Thursday, November 29, 2012

Listen for the Whistle

As a young girl growing up in New Jersey, I have fond memories of playing outside with friends in my neighborhood.  There was no shortage of games to play, and we didn't need a Wii to have fun..We used something called "imagination".... It's not made by Nintendo...  It's made by God....

Of course, my sister and I did have boundries as to how far we were allowed to wander from home....  We didn't have cellphones or even a watch to keep track of the time..... so how did we know when it was time for dinner ?  Daddy's whistle....

Daddy's whistle was loud and strong....  No matter where we were in our neighborhood, there was no mistaking it...

When the whistle sounded, we'd drop what we were doing and head home... or at least, that's what we were supposed to do.... 

The first whistle was a warning...it would signal dinner was ready, or perhaps we needed to visit family or go to the store...  He certainly gave us ample time to get home before the second whistle would sound...

The second whistle sounded with a bit more urgency....dinner is getting cold, hurry home or we'll be late, etc.....

The third whistle?  Well,  there really wasn't a third whistle as I recall...rather at that point, my mom would hit the phones calling around the neighborhood to track us down....  That didn't happen often... thankfully....

So what made me think about the way our daddy used to whistle for us?

I was reading the book of Zechariah, and this is what it says....

"I will whistle for them and gather them, for I will redeem them; And they shall increase as they once increased." Zechariah 10:8  

I love that my Bible states that Zechariah's purpose was to comfort and encourage God's people to remain faithful in times of distress and perplexity.  Zechariah focused the attention of the people on the Lord's promises for the future...

Grab hold of His promises...and don't let go....

Just like my daddy's whistle on those warm summer evenings calling out to his daughters...

Be encouraged today, that our Heavenly Father whistles for us, gathers us, and redeems us...His daughters.

When you hear the sound of His whistle...The first whistle...answer the call and draw near to Him....









Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The "What If's" & "If Only's"....continued

Today, I was reading over some earlier blogposts....
   
The one written on 7/7/12 really resonated with me....
   As I read some of the things listed under my "What If's"
        ... I realized something amazing...something I should have 
                been totally aware of.....and yet...I hadn't clearly seen it..
                  The Lord has been at work in my life fulfilling
                        those things I had written about!  Very cool!

      (If you missed the original post, you can refer back to it to see
                    what started me on this in the first place!)

First ~ I had mentioned quitting piano some years ago..
     I hate the word "quit" don't you?? 
       Well....turns out one of our customers is a piano teacher!
          So guess who is back taking up piano once again?  Me!          

Next ~ I mentioned neglecting my writing for a period of time....
   Well...turns out I am six or so chapters into my first Christian fiction
        (oxymoron, I know!) novel, found time to write some short stories....
           and entered a few writing contests too.... I don't yet know what will come of all
              of that....but He does... I can do ALL things through Christ....                              

Then ~ I said something about regretting not persuing a career in education...
   Well...turns out, after a long hiatus, I'm back in the classroom being blessed by about
          15-18 2nd & 3rd graders on Sunday mornings....That has truly satisfied my soul :)

Oh, and as a bonus....I love speaking and encouraging women...I was recently blessed
     to share my testimony/HisStory at a Women's Ministry event at our church!  So blessed!

I had totally forgotten about writing this original blogpost back in July...

   Perhaps the Lord wants to remind us that it's never too late
        to receive the desires of our hearts when we delight in Him (Psalm 37:4)....
             His word promises it to His children and He is faithful....
                  Let that encourage you today!  Thank you Heavenly Father....

He shall bring it to pass (Psalm 37:5)...maybe not in quite the same way we think it should happen, but in His way and in His great timing....

After all......

              His ways are not our ways... Isaiah 55:8-9

What are some of the "What if's" & "if only's" in your life?  Is God still calling you to re-visit any of them?  Has He rekindled a passion in you? I would love for you to share it in the comments...