Pain is an awful thing. A strange thing. Some go through life with relatively little, while others suffer an inordinate amount of pain. I think it all goes back to what we as an individual need to shape us into that perfect child of God. Right now, I’m suffering a lot of pain. God has given a tool to help with that — better living through chemistry — but still, WHY? Seems that sometimes He thinks I can bear more than I think I can. He of course is always right. And you know what? If, in my pain, I turn to God in love instead of anger, my spirit being grows and my relationship to Him grows stronger. He allows me to stand there with him. Standing side by side with the Lord God Almighty. He takes me through it and I’m so much more than I was before.
As much as we might wish it to be so, our God isn’t in the business of saving us from pain. He often does, and we praise Him for that, but many lessons are only learned through pain. Many times our character can only be molded in a fiery crucible. So we praise God when He delivers us from the pain and we praise God when He doesn’t. And we rest in Him, confident that wherever we are, whatever we are experiencing, it is exactly what we need to shape us into the child of God He wants us to be.
That still small voice comes in the night. In the still of the morning, when fears so easily rise. When you can see the pain ahead. When you are so sure within yourself, just how difficult things are going to be. If you think on the pain and difficulty, the fear becomes a dark cloud, growing and enveloping you in its blackness. The pain grows in your heart and brings tears to your eyes. But that still small voice penetrates even the blackest cloud. That is where your focus must be. God’s voice brings peace and calm, no matter how black things may seem. As your mind stays focused on Him, the peace comes and that dark cloud dissipates into nothingness — showing you the truth. That the darkness must flee instantly from the face of the Light. Continue reading That Still Small Voice
Know that God brought you here on purpose? That it had to be His plan? That everything just seemed to fall in place? Then, oops, things suddenly didn’t seem so smooth? Every sentence is suddenly a question?
Are you familiar with sandpaper and know it’s function? There are many techniques, and God will use them all as needed. But generally it works best when the object is held still and the sandpaper does the work.
“Be still and know that I am God.” Ps 46:10
You are there on purpose. It is part of the plan. Hold still and let God work. Coarse paper for the tough work — ouch. Fine paper for the most intricate detail. Some sandpaper is so fine it doesn’t even feel like sandpaper. With its touch the surface becomes exceptionally smooth — and that is the point you must reach for the finish to look the best.
Trust Him when you place yourself in His hands. He will take you to where you need to be. Relax in His hands, and let Him do the work. It wasn’t a mistake just because things got a bit uncomfortable.
At our wedding in October, Anne and I included a sand ceremony. I made a base of apple wood to hold the vase and the three flasks we used to pour the sand. I’ve been making these for other people’s weddings, selling them on Etsy. Thought I’d post an update, showing some of the bases I’ve made. This one is made of Pear wood, and included wood caps for the vase and all the flasks.
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At our wedding in October, Anne and I included a sand ceremony. I made a base of apple wood to hold the vase and the three flasks we used to pour the sand. It was a precious moment full of important symbolism. We wanted everyone present to know the significance we placed on each part, so we included the following in our program:
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