God's "Green Room" 

God’s “Green Room”

God is the ultimate “recycler”!  He uses everything we experience or journey through to shape us, teach us and equip us for future encounters.  He is often preparing us even when we don’t realize it.  Nothing is wasted in God’s economy!

Several weeks ago this simple chorus filled my heart.

You are my rock, my refuge in the storm

My fortress, my shelter

You are my rock, my strong and mighty Tower

God of grace and power, my helper

You are my shield, You are my hiding place

Lord I’m held…

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Praise Anyway! 

 

Well, it's May 2nd, but spring seems very far away right now!  Snowing the last two days, and our once dry yard is now covered in a new blanket of heavy, wet snow!  In everything give thanks, right?!  We can definitely give thanks for the moisture, as there was a fire ban in our area due to dry conditions.  So.  Thank you Lord for the snow.  The garden will wait, the yard will dry out again, and, for now, the thirsty ground will soak up the needed moisture, ready to awaken the dormant seeds and burst…

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Answers to Fervent Prayer 

Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.  Jeremiah 33:3 (NKJV)

Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.  And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.  Jeremiah 29:12,13 (NKJV)

Last week I had some amazing and deep times of prayer.  I had a prayer burden for requests both known and unknown.  That’s one of the best parts of meeting with God – He knows our deepest needs and concerns…

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Filling up at the Well 

This song expresses what I’ve been experiencing of late.  The deep need for more of God, and my awareness of my complete dependence on Hm.

https://soundcloud.com/cyndiaar/where-the-living-water-flows

So the recurring theme that’s been speaking to my heart and life the last couple weeks has been “delighting in God”, desiring His presence and the power and blessing that comes with waiting on God.   I’ve read it in various devotions, in the Word and felt its impact on my personal prayer times.  His presence…

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In the Carpenter's Shop 

 

 

 

Lately I’ve been working on some small wooden scroll-saw projects for Christmas gifts.  It’s a time consuming process, depending on how much detail is involved in the pattern.  Usually, I trace the design onto the wood using carbon paper.  Then small holes have to be drilled in all the places that have to be cut out.  In each of those tiny openings, a thin sawblade is inserted and the required cuts are carefully made.  The saw is shut off, the blade removed and then reinserted into the next hole…

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Humble Myself and Pray 

If there ever was a time to pray...it's now.  More than ever, we need to seek God, to call upon His name, to draw close to Him, to bring the countless needs and petitions to Him, and to spend time in His presence, drawing upon the endless resources available to those who wait on Him.  2 Chronicles 7:14 is a well-known and often quoted scripture that describes what will move God's heart and hand and bring healing to our nations.  Humility, prayer, repentance. There is no other formula.  There is no option…

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Come And Receive 

 

Come and receive, all that you need, for I am here

Walk in My strength, rest in My grace, for I am here

Abiding life and joy and peace, are only found in Me

For I am Truth and Love and Hope that never dies

I am here, seek Me and you will find

© Cyndi Aarrestad, June 20, 2017

This morning I listened to a devotional about Job - how it demonstrates to us that even in the middle of our times of deepest struggle, sorrow, or suffering, we can be certain God is there with us. There was a hidden purpose in…

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Breaking Bones and Leaving Home 

So, we recently had an eventful week.  Our younger son had his lower leg broken during a high school football game, bringing his season to a disappointing (and painful!) end.  He’s been quite stoic about it all, but for an athletic 16 year-old, being hampered by a cast for 6 weeks isn’t exactly an enjoyable experience!  Combine that with his recently graduated older brother moving away from home to venture out into the work force.  These boys are very close, sharing many common interests, a lifetime of…

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An Anchor in the Storm 

 Life is unpredictable.  So many unknowns.  So many unexpected twists and turns in the road. Times of amazing joy.  Times of deep distress and sorrow.  Times of routine and times of spontaneity.  Plans get made, but often they don't turn out quite the way we anticipate.  Sometimes they do, but more often than not, we face circumstances that we hadn't planned on dealing with.  These past few weeks have demonstrated that to me anew. Dear family and community members faced a difficult loss.  We had prayed…

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Harvesting Hope 

Harvest.  The fruition of much effort and time.  The end result of what is planted - in hopes of much return.  It's the beginnings of harvest here in our area.  Hay is cut and bales are being made.  Beans and peas are being picked and frozen.  Berries are out in abundance, ready for picking, eating and being processed into jam or syrup.  Potatoes and carrots are almost ready to eat.  It's a very busy time, but so worth all the work for what we get to enjoy later.  And there really is nothing as tasty as a…

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