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Sat, Aug 02 2008 - 07:11 PM

God Speaks at the Beach !

I was at the beach last week--my favorite place in the world! I REALLY, REALLY needed a vacation too!  I have to admit that I have been burdened, mentally, physcially and spiritually over the last few weeks. I needed to get "away" from it all and find some quiet time with God. 

(I also read a GREAT book while I was there-- The Shack by William P Young.  It is a Christian fiction but is deeply spiritual and very revealing about just how personal God's love for us really is.  It gave me a whole new way to look at the Trinity and just reminded me how very close and very human Jesus is--all the while being fully God.  I highly recommend it.)

Turns out my "quiet" time was around 6:30am each morning.  I'd gently get out of bed so as not to wake my husband and I'd lie on the floor in front of the big window and look out at the beach and ocean as I read my Bible, wrote in my journal and prayed.   God spoke to me faithfully each morning.

Below are parts of my journal entries from various days that I wanted to share:

As I look out of my 13th floor window I am amazed at all the footprints on the beach.  There appears to be not even 1 inch of space without one.  The prints are all different sizes and going all different directions.  I wonder.... just how many different people are represented by those prints?  I wonder what they looked like, what there were thinking about, who they were with, what their lives are like.  Then it hit me.  God does know!  He knows everyone of them.  He created them.  He knows their thoughts, their wishes, their dreams, their hurts.  He knows what their very thoughts were as they each walked by the vast, beautiful ocean!  And while the footprints are going so many different directions, Jesus is asking us to walk only One Way, His Way.    

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Last night, the sky was so incredibly beautiful.  There was a red glow behind a group of clouds.  The clouds were towering, long and tall.  It almost looked like a city.  A portion of Heaven, perhaps?  It made me stop and realize.  God knew that I was going to look at the sky at that very moment, in that very place.  He loves me so much that He painted the sky in such a way that He knew I would find it beautiful.  I was with a large group of people.  No one else in our group even noticed it but my breath was taken away by its beauty. I wonder how many other of His children enjoyed that special view.  I am sure each that noticed it saw it in a different way.  What an amazing God we serve!   

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Several people drowned yesterday at the beach.  The water has been rough due to the hurricane way out in the gulf.  The weather is pretty nice but the water isn't!  Needless to say, I am disturbed that lives were lost while on vacation-- something meant to be fun and relaxing.  It was hard to eat last night or have much fun.  I flipped open my Bible and landed on Ephesians1:11: 

In Him wwe were also chosed having been predestined according to the plan of Him who works out EVERYTHING in conformity of the purpose of His Will. 

God knew the drowning would happen and He will use it for good--someway, somehow.  We must trust HIm.  His plans are NEVER to harm us.  He is LOVE.  Lord, please be with those families in an extra special way.

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Matt 13:14... you will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.  He goes on to say in verse 15 that our hearts are calloused.

I see in this scripture that we are so worldly, so logical, so stuck in the "facts" that we don't see or hear God's involvement in our lives everyday.  We don't understand.  We would be and would feel so much more blessed if we opened our eyes are really "saw Him" at work all around us.

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God really took care of the girls last night (my 16 year old and her best friend).  They were down at the pool at the Condo just talking.  They were approached by some teenage guys that had been noticeably drinking.  They talked for awhile and then asked them to come to their room.  One of them rather harshly grabbed my daughters arm and said, come on, go with us!  She snatched her arm away and said, No!  The guys then asked them to stay there while they went and re-filled their drinks so they could talk some more.  When they guys got out of sight my daughter and her friend literally RAN back to our room!  Thank you Lord for your protection!

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I wish I could claim this but I read it.......Jesus doesn't want to be first in my life.  He wants to be the CENTER of every part of my life!  What great insight and revelation.  How do I make sure I am letting Him in so that He is at the center of everything I do?  He isn't a far away God.  He is a right here with me God.  As Beth Mooore says in one of her books..... He is so close ....I can hear His heartbeat close!   What a comfort!

I am grateful to God for touching my heart each day as I made time to be with Him and listen to Him.  I did leave the beach feeling spiritually renewed. 

I have really missed being here on Praize!  I'm afraid I've allowed too many things to "stress me" , "worry me" and "overwhelm me" of late.  According to Dr. RAleigh Jenkins in his book, God Will Provide, that is called meditating on Satan's lies!   I don't want to allow myself to do that anymore!

Love and Blessings!

Brandi

  

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