Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Pray First-Aim High-Be Still

Here is another great e-mail I got from my hubby today. Why forward on an e-mail? Well, this blessed me today as I prepare for upcoming posts which will contain stories from my life that all contribute to my testimony as a whole. The past is in the past and if we know Jesus we are blessed, forgiven, and free from shame. I may have to study and read up a bit on shame before I move on to some things I feel led to share. Shame and Judgement may just be my next topics. I don't think it's shame as much for me as much as it is fear of being judged. The only judgement I should fear or be concerned with is that of the Father and he has already forgiven me. So, I should just get over myself already.

This also helped reaffirm for me today just where I should be looking. Todd and I have a large task ahead as we rebuild our financial foundation and this served as a great reminder to keep my eyes on Him, my goals high, and wait upon the Lord, and be still. Must we live in such an immediate gratification society? Ugh, patience in the past has not been my strong-suit.


Matthew 19:26 With God all things are possible

There once was a man who had nothing for his family to eat. He had an old rifle and three bullets. So, he decided that he would go out hunting and kill some wild game for dinner.
As he went down the road, he saw a rabbit. He shot at the rabbit and missed it. The rabbit ran away.

Then he saw a squirrel and fired a shot at the squirrel but missed it. The squirrel disappeared in to a hole in a cottonwood tree.

As he went further, he saw a large wild 'Tom' turkey in the tree, but he had only one bullet remaining.

A voice spoke to him and said, "Pray first, aim high, and stay focused." However, at the same time, he saw a deer which was a better kill. He brought the gun down and aimed at the deer. But, then he saw a rattlesnake between his legs about to bite him, so he naturally brought the gun down further to shoot the rattlesnake.

Still, the voice said again to him, 'I said, "Pray, aim high, and Stay focused." So, the man decided to listen to God's voice. He prayed, then aimed the gun high up in the tree, and shot the wild turkey.

The bullet bounced off the turkey and killed the deer.The handle fell off the gun, hit the snake in the head, and killed it. And, when the gun had gone off, it knocked him into a pond. When he stood up to look around, he had fish in all his pockets, a dead deer, and a turkey for his family to eat. The snake (Satan) was dead simply because the man listened to God

Moral of the story: Pray first before you do anything, aim and shoot high in your goals, and stay focused on God. Never let others discourage you concerning your past. The past is exactly that, 'the past.' Live every day one day at a time, and remember that only God knows our future, and that He will not put you through any more than you can bear. Do not look to man for your blessings, but look to the doors that only He has prepared in advance for you in your favor. Wait, be still, and patient: keep God first, and everything else will follow. Don't worry about tomorrow, God is already there!!!

2 drops of sunshine:

Shannon Crane said...

I'm a visual learner for sure, so the story you shared did wonders for me... great moral!

Wendi said...

I really enjoyed this! Thanks for sharing it!