Saturday, March 21, 2009

God Is Always Faithful

I know it's about time to think of my weekend post. I'm so ready to write with the Lord. I've sought my notebook and asked Him to show me the words and the post to share with others. On the way home from my ladies small group Bible study on Thursday, I went to the Lord again, praising Him for what He's done. In awe of why He'd do such things for me. In awe of how I can clearly see His plan, His hand, His direction in my life the last 21 months. I passed a church and just happened to look to my right. What did it say? Yep, you got it...the title of my post. "God is always faithful." I knew it then. Even though I passed another sign saying "Without God, we cannot. Without us, God will not." Ponder that. A broad thought yet profound statement. I still knew the direction I was to take but no words.

God is always faithful to us. He is faithful when we don't see Him. He is faithful when we don't feel Him. He is faithful when we don't understand Him. He is faithful when we are not faithful to Him. Get it. He is ALWAYS, ALWAYS faithful. What does He have to do or say to solidify that in us? Yes, I believe most of us know that. But do we know it? Really know it. Really feel it. Really believe it. Or does He give us signs? Does He show us His hand in our lives to reaffirm He is faithful? Yes, there are signs all along our paths to show His faithfulness to us. We only need to look, see, and pick up those signs and place them deep in our hearts.

If we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself. 2 Timothy 2:13

My Lord has been faithful to me. More than faithful. More faithful than I deserve. I see His Hand. Oh, how I could tell the stories of how He's shown me a direct relationship to someone entering my life 25 years ago and how that person to this day has been used by God in regard to my recent house deals. (She entered by life 25 years ago and has only recently reappeared in the last couple of years.) He used her and her friendship with me to keep His plan in check as of recent. I can't explain it better than that without sharing more than I'm allowed. I hate that God has clearly shown me His direct hand in a specific situation yet I've given my word to not share that information. It was confidential but she shared it with me. I'm so glad she did, not because it was confidential or not because of the information itself. Rather, because it pointed even so clearly and directly to Him. Oh how I wish I could share more details so you too could see His hand...see the awe I feel. But, you will have to trust me and allow me to praise Him in my heart and through my vagueness.

I have no idea if this is going to
enrich, encourage, uplift or strengthen anyone. Oh how I pray it does. I just feel led to share His faithfulness to me and to encourage others to hold tight to His faithfulness to you also. I hope I never forget this time of God revealing His faithfulness. May I cling to this in times when I don't clearly see or feel His hand in my life, when I'm clueless as to what He's doing or why He's doing this or not doing that.

He has been faithful to provide my finances. He has been faithful to provide peace in the midst of confusion. He's been faithful to provide an outstanding realtor. He has been faithful to guide my decisions. He has been faithful to make my path clear. He has been faithful to provide overwhelming peace when I needed it so desperately in decisions. He has been faithful in instilling in me a gift and love for writing. He has been faithful to provide a deeply loving family. He has been faithful to provide friends who genuinely rejoice with me. He has been faithful to share hearts I've never met yet they have embraced and loved me for who I am. He has been faithful to extend encouragement through others of who I am in Christ, who I am in heart, who I am in personality.

I've never felt so beautiful as a person inside. I've been encouraged in such a way that I'm beginning to believe again I am and have a beautiful heart and a sweet spirit. Rejection and abandonment from the past had caused me to think I really am a terrible person. No, I've done terrible things for reasons understood now, but those terrible actions/sins don't make me who I am.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9

You found his heart faithful to you, and you made a covenant with him to give to his descendants the land... You have kept your promise because you are righteous. Nehemiah 9:8 His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!' Matthew 25:21
I hope He has found, is finding, and will continue to find my heart faithful. I know He is righteous and will keep His promises. Oh, I definitely desire to share in my God and Master's happiness. Is there anything better?

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me faithful, appointing me to His service. 1 Timothy 1:12 Again, I can only hope and pray HE sees me as faithful. What honor it is to be appointed to His service, to do His work.

But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one. 2 Thessalonians 3:3 He has definitely strengthened me and protected me from harm the enemy intends.

So then, those who suffer according to God's will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good. 1 Peter 4:19 I can attest to my own share of suffering and pain. I don't believe some of it has been God's will but rather He's allowed it and allowed free will. Nevertheless, He is my faithful Creator and I commit myself to Him always and doing His good.

See how faithful He is...
He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he. Deuteronomy 32:4

All the ways of the LORD are loving and faithful for those who keep the demands of his covenant. Psalm 25:10

For the word of the LORD is right and true; he is faithful in all he does. Psalm 33:4

The Lord is faithful to all his promises and loving toward all he has made. Psalm 145:13b

Rejoicing in His Faithfulness,

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Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Great post....and He is Faithful!


Anonymous said...

How cool is that Paula! Isn't that just like God though. :)

Melanie said...

Paula, I just love this post! Yes, God IS faithful!! AMEN!

Beth in NC said...

Of course I'm bursting to know the secret that has set you on fire, but I'm grateful for your joy and peace. I'm grateful that you feel His love and desire for you. Hallelujah, He IS faithful to us -- to YOU.

Many blessings!

Laura said...

He is faithful!

I am so thankful, to you, Lord--that you have reminded Paula of how beautiful she is, and what a wonderful person she is. You are a God of details and magnificent wonders! There is nothing to big for you to do, nothing to small for you to care about.

Thank you for reassuring my friend today.

Carol said...

Hey Paula,

What a great post. He is faithful, I'm rejoicing with you on all that's transpired with your home.

Also I love that you wrote you are starting to like yourself again. You have such a great big heart!. Ugly words from our past our washed away, and Jesus makes us white as snow.

Love ya,

I'm actually texting you back too. How funny. If we lived in the same city we'd do serious coffe and lunch times I bet. Haha

CathM said...

Paula - what a timely reminder. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Graceful Threads said...

Thank you for this post!

Abba's Girl said...

Amen and amen, He is faithful! I am praising God for what He did in your situation but really praising Him for Who He is!

Runner Mom said...

Yes, sweet friend, He is truly faithful and awesome! This post has just made my day...the tone of your writing shares with us the peace you have! I love that!

Hope that your day is wonderful!

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Love your blog....It it just inspiring...hope this week only brings great things.

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I own a gift basket business and it is the most requested gift over the last 15 years.

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Happy Monday!

LynnSC said...

Great post Paula.

I so needed to read this verse...

"If we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself. 2 Timothy 2:13 "

He is faithful... beyond anything I deserve.

Thank you for sharing this... I loved it.

JnL4God said...

Paula my sweet friend,
The dilligent prosper. A year ago when I met you, I knew in my heart this day would come, however in the midst of our trials it is hard to see the rainbow.
I am rejoicing to see you rejoicing. My heart is happy for your joy, whatever it may be.
I'm happy you're happy! xoxox


Billy Coffey said...

That God remains faithful in my doubt and works when all I see is stillness has brought me much comfort in life.

Thank you for a wonderful post.

valerie said...

One of my very favorite hymns is "Great Is Thy Faithfulness." We sang it yesterday at church.

Thank you for sharing this, Paula.

I am praising God for how He is blessing your life.
It's so good to read this post and hear such a good report.


SILVER said...

God is faithful.

Always! Such a Comfort, isn't it?


pat said...

Yes God is faithful Paula.Thanks for this sometimes we need to be reminded of the things we think we know very well. Pat