THE SOUND OF GODBy: Darrelyn L. TuttWe stood talking but hearing nothing;the deafening roar of the waters drowning out our attempts to speak and to be heard.The sense of our smallness entirely absorbed by a voluminous canopy of descending waters too amazing to articulate:The sound of the Falls.Niagara Falls is a composition of three wondrous waterfalls producing the highest flow rate of any waterfall on earth.Her power, not surprisingly, is channeled into a sizeable source of electricity;and to be near her and hear her is to experience the power and presence of God in a wondrous and audible way.The sound of God.Ezekiel and John try to describe it:"And behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the East; and His voice was like the noise of many waters ..." Ezekiel 43:2"And His feet like unto fine brass as they burned in a furnace; and His voice as the sound of many waters." Revelation 1:15----Resounding, Reverberating, Thundering,Deafening, This is the voice of God ... and there is a power to be harnessed in it.To be near Him is to sufficiently drown out the voice of deficient man and become supernaturally infused with His power.When the voice of God becomes so deafening that we cannot hear what others are saying to us or about us ... We are in the place called holiness.We must stay there,Remain there,Listen.To hear Him is to be silent, in an understood and reverent recognition of the magnitude of His glory and holiness.The sound of God's presence is His own, It is an experience to be had by those listening.And through His voice, His power is made known;His glory is shown.To be near Him is simply to hear Him ...and say nothing at all.-----"The voice of the Lord is upon the waters, the God of glory thundereth; the Lord us upon many waters.The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.The voice of the Lord breaketh the cedars, yea, the Lord breaketh the cedars of Lebanon ...The voice of the Lord divideth the flames of fire.The voice of the Lord shaketh the wilderness of Kadesh.The voice of the Lord maketh the hinds to calve and discovereth the forests; and in His temple doth everyone speak of His glory. The Lord sitteth upon the flood; yea, the Lord sitteth King forever.The Lord will give strength unto His people, the Lord will bless His people with peace."Psalm 29:3-11-----Supremely sufficient ... the voice of the Lord.Listen to Him.
EVERY DETAILBy: Darrelyn L. Tutt
For things I would have wanted not,Yet things I would not change;For much that’s come into my life,And much that’s rearranged.
For lessons learned and trials sent,For heartache and for pain;For mountains hard to navigate,For new and straight terrain.
For holy hands that hold my own,And One who knows my way;For transformation taking place,And mercy every day.
For pure and undefiled love,And nothing left to chance;For sifting every detail of my life,Through holy hands.
For things I would have wanted not,Yet things I would not change;I’m thankful, simply thankful,For the much that’s rearranged.-----
“It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning;Great is Thy faithfulness.”Lamentations 3:22-23
"What surprises you most about God?"As the provoking answers returned, the realization hit me, that each individual was speaking from their present life situation into their "view" of God. It really was quite an insightful exercise.Here are a few of your answers.What surprises you most about God?-That He would choose to use me and that He still loves me.-His unconditional love for me.-His amazing grace.-His care and faithfulness evidenced in the tiny details of our lives.-How He smooths the way, and it all works out for good.-That He cares about me.-His protection over my son in a recent accident.-His faithfulness, even when I'm not.-That God remembers the places of our hurt and redeems them.-That He keeps His word.-That He calls us to Himself, no matter what we have done or not done.-That He doesn't strike more people with lightening.-I don't know.-That prayers are never void, they don't expire. It may take ten years, it may be a "no," but they are never unanswered.-That He loves without condition. No hidden strings attached. No "gotcha" moments.-That He is unrelenting in His pursuit of us. The last response is mine and, indeed, speaks to my present life situation.What would be "your" answer?-----The personalness of God is extraordinary.In God's vastness, He relates to our smallness.In God's glory, He welcomes our weakness.In God's greatness, He receives our nothingness.God is extraordinarily good,Exceptionally wise,Sovereignly in control,And of gentle and merciful eyes.Worthy of our adoration ... there is none to be compared with Him.Get alone with the Christ and love on Him.He loves "you" so.Amen. ----"O Lord, Thou hast searched me, and known me."Psalm 139:1
The true self is not cowed into timidity. Buoyed up and carried on by a power greater than one's own, the true self finds basic security in the awareness of the present risenness of Jesus Christ. Jesus, rather than self, is always the indispensable core of ministry. The moment we acknowledge that we are powerless, we enter into the liberating sphere of the risen One and we are freed from anxiety over the outcome."-Brennan Manning----We tell the story of Jesus because it is what we are made to do.We tell the story ... because He tells us to.You are the "poster child" of redemption; Let Him use you.-----"I am the vine, ye are the branches; He that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without Me ye can do nothing."John 15:5
THINGS THAT MATTERBy: Darrelyn L. Tutt
A little hand slipped into mine,A dandelion bouquet,Little words like, “Thank you, Mom,”Are things that make my day.
Taking time to read a book,With you upon my lap;Listening while you sing a song,And little hands that clap.Puckered lips that whistle blow,And learning how to wink;Watching you developAnd respecting how you think.
Finding you a band-aid,For the hurt I cannot see;Looking at a part of you,And seeing a part of me.
Footsteps padding down the stairsFor one more hug and kiss;These things that matter most to me,One day I’m going to miss.
Help me, Lord, to not regretThe memories left today;In my preoccupation,Help me stop for child’s play.
A privilege being a mother,Things that matter most to me;A little hand slipped into mine,And eyes that help me see.
My propensity for getting lost is something akin to amazing and the only reason I arrive at a given point is because of my faithful GPS. I find comfort in the familiar and distinct female voice that lets me know I am on the "Fastest route possible."I enjoy the journey so much more with the knowledge that the GPS knows where I am in relation to where I'm going and, if followed faithfully, will complete my travels with the words,"You have arrived at your destination."I appreciate knowing that if I choose to get off on an exit, for any reason, my GPS is immediately employing a rerouting of my journey.While I feel the language could be a bit more entertaining at times and a little bit of "color" might be contributed to the tone inflection, I'm grateful that the days of the road map are over and that I'm living in the days of GPS.-----Look over the paragraph above for a moment and imagine that we exchange Global Positioning System for God's Positioning System and let's see how much applies to the spiritual arena:Man's propensity for getting lost is something akin to amazing and the only reason we arrive at a given point is because of God's Positioning System. We can find comfort in the absolute and unchangeable truths that line the pages of His word and in the Spirit's prompt which lets us know with repeated assurance, "Obedience is the best route possible," though not always the fastest.The journey is enjoyed so much more with the knowledge that God knows where we are in relation to where we're going and, if followed faithfully, will accompany us on a journey with timely truths, encouraging words, and countless corrections given in love, to aid us in our navigation home.We can appreciate knowing that if we get lost or choose to exit where we shouldn't have exited, that God will show Himself faithful and reroute us ... in order to get us to our true and final destination.We can appreciate knowing that our final destination does not appear on the Global Positioning System because it's bigger than that;It's an eternal Kingdom that will not rust, fade, or pass away, and made to last for forever. God's Positioning System is the only system that leads man home.We can be thankful for a positioning system that's bigger than ourselves and bigger than the one which gets us only to an earthly address.----Regardless of where you find yourself, my friend, shut out the voices that surround you and tune into God's Positioning System. Open up His word and trust the "prompting of the Spirit" to take you from where you are to where you need to be. God will utilize methods of rerouting as agents of refining, and "with you," He will make the journey home."You are on the safest route possible."----"Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path."Psalm 119:105
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