The Spiritual Inspiration Thread

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jeanette - May 4

I just loved that other thread with the letter from God, it was very encouraging!....so...I thought that I'd make one where everyone could post just their stories, poems, bible verses, experiences in faith, prayers, or prayers answered, so that anyone can come and be encouraged and strengthened daily. I will start off by posting the other ones first!

 

jeanette - May 4

If GOD were to write you a Letter: Effective Immediately, please be aware that there are changes YOU need to make in YOUR life. These changes need to be completed in order that I may fulfill My promises to you to grant you peace, joy and happiness in this life. I apologize for any inconvenience, but after all that I am doing, this seems very little to ask of you. Please, follow these 10 guidelines... 1. QUIT WORRYING: Life has dealt you a b__w and all you do is sit and worry. Have you forgotten that I am here to take all your burdens and carry them for you? Or do you just enjoy fretting over every little thing that comes your way? 2. PUT IT ON THE LIST: Something needs done or taken care of. Put it on the list. No, not YOUR list. Put it on MY to-do-list. Let ME be the one to take care of the problem. I can't help you until you turn it over to Me. And although My to-do-list is long, I am after all... God. I can take care of anything you put into My hands. In fact, if the truth were ever really known, I take care of a lot of things for you that you never even realize. 3. TRUST ME: Once you've given your burdens to Me, quit trying to take them back. Trust in Me. Have the faith that I will take care of all your needs, your problems and your trials. Problems with the kids? Put them on My list. Problem with finances? Put it on My list. Problems with your emotional roller coaster? For My sake, put it on My list. I want to help you. All you have to do is ask. 4. LEAVE IT ALONE: Don't wake up one morning and say, "Well, I'm feeling much stronger now, I think I can handle it from here." Why do you think you are feeling stronger now? It's simple. You gave Me your burdens and I'm taking care of them. I also renew your strength and cover you in my peace. Don't you know that if I give you these problems back, you will be right back where you started? Leave them with Me and forget about them. Just let Me do my job. 5. TALK TO ME: I want you to forget a lot of things. Forget what was making you crazy. Forget the worry and the fretting because you know I'm in control. But there's one thing I pray you never forget. Please, don't forget to talk to Me - OFTEN! I love YOU! I want to hear your voice. I want you to include Me in on the things going on in your life. I want to hear you talk about your friends and family. Prayer is simply you having a conversation with Me. I want to be your dearest friend. 6. HAVE FAITH: I see a lot of things from up here that you can't see from where you are. Have faith in Me that I know what I'm doing. Trust Me; you wouldn't want the view from My eyes. I will continue to care for you, watch over you, and meet your needs. You only have to trust Me. Although I have a much bigger task than you, it seems as if you have so much trouble just doing your simple part. How hard can trust be? 7. SHARE: You were taught to share when you were only two years old. When did you forget? That rule still applies. Share with those who are less fortunate than you. Share your joy with those who need encouragement. Share your laughter with those who haven't heard any in such a long time. Share your tears with those who have forgotten how to cry. Share your faith with those who have none. 8. BE PATIENT: I managed to fix it so in just one lifetime you could have so many diverse experiences. You grow from a child to an adult, have children, change jobs many times, learn many trades, travel to so many places, meet thousands of people, and experience so much. How can you be so impatient then when it takes Me a little longer than you expect to handle something on My to-do-list? Trust in My timing, for My timing is perfect. Just because I created the entire universe in only six days, everyone thinks I should always rush, rush, rush. 9. BE KIND: Be kind to others, for I love them just as much as I love you. They may not dress like you, or talk like you, or live the same way you do, but I still love you all. Please try to get along, for My sake. I created each of you different in some way. It would be too boring if you were all identical. Please, know I love each of your differences. 10. LOVE YOURSELF: As much as I love you, how can you not love yourself? You were created by me for one reason only -- to be loved, and to love in return. I am a God of Love. Love Me. Love your neighbors. But also love yourself. It makes My heart ache when I see you so angry with yourself when things go wrong. You are very precious to me. Don't ever forget.....

 

jeanette - May 4

Desperately, helplessly, longingly, I cried. Quietly, patiently, lovingly, he replied. I pled and I wept for a clue to my fate. The Master said gently, "Child, you must wait." "WAIT!," you say, "Wait!," my indignant reply. "Lord, I need answers, I need to know why! Is your hand shortened, or have you not heard? By faith I have asked and I'm claiming your word! My future and all to which I relate, Hangs in the balance and You tell me, 'Wait?' I am needing a 'Yes' or a 'Go ahead' sign. Or even a 'No' to which I could resign. And Lord, you have promised that if we believe, We need but to ask and we shall receive. And Lord, I've been asking, and this is my cry, I am weary of asking, I need a reply!" And quietly, softly, I learned of my fate. As my Master replied once again, "You must wait." He seemed then to kneel and His eyes met with mine. And He tenderly said, "I could give you a sign... I could shake the heavens and darken the sun, I could raise the dead and cause the mountains to run, All you seek I could give and pleased you would be. You would have what you want... But you wouldn't know Me. You'd not know the depth of my love for each saint. You'd not know the power I give to the faint. You'd not learn to see through the clouds of despair. You'd not learn to trust just by knowing I'm there. You'd not know the joy of just resting in Me. When darkness and silence is all you can see. You'd never experience that fullness of love. As the peace of My spirit descends like a dove. You'd know that I give and I save for a start. But you'd not know the depth and beat of My heart. The glow of My comfort late in the night. The faith that I give when you walk without sight. The depth that's beyond getting just what you ask. An infinite God who makes what you have last. And you never would know, Should your pain quickly flee. What it means that, My grace is sufficient for thee! Yes, your dreams for that loved one O're night would come true. But what loss!....if you lost what I'm doing IN YOU. So be silent, my child, and in time you will see. That the greatest of gifts is to get to know Me. And how often may My answers seem terribly late..... My most precious answer of all is still, 'WAIT!'" (Thank you Lord!)

 

Amber #2 - May 4

This is a GREAT idea jeanette! I do believe that a thread like this can get us through the worst of times!!!

 

jeanette - May 4

Here is the poem I read for DH during our vows on wedding day....***Angels dance in light places behind your eyes-- bright as the shimmer on a waterfall at dawn, or soft morning light on dove's eyes. It must be that God speaks in your deep places... light unto light, deep unto deep. I've heard him laugh within your laughing, Felt his sunrise from your eyes, You have His smile... and His beauty is on your face.

 

Amber #2 - May 4

Aww..that's so beautiful! I could have never come up with such eloquent words as that for my husband! We had to do the typical vowel thing b/c we would have probably stood up there laughing at each other while reading our own person vowels, lol...it's just the way we are.

 

Amber #2 - May 4

*personal vowels*

 

jeanette - May 4

One day, a small opening appeared in a cocoon; a man sat and watched for the b___terfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through that little hole. Then, it seems to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it had gotten as far as it could and it could not go any further. So, the man decided to help the b___terfly: he took a pair of scissors and opened the cocoon. The b___terfly then emerged easily. But it had a withered body; it was tiny and had shriveled wings. The man continued to watch because he expected that, at any moment, the wings would open, enlarge and expand, be able to support the b___terfly’s body, and become firm. Neither happened! In fact, the b___terfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a withered body and shriveled wings, fluttering a little up in the air then coming right back to the ground. It was never able to truly fly. What the man, in his kindness and good will did not understand was, that the restricting cocoon and the struggle required for the b___terfly to get through the tiny opening, were God’s way of forcing fluid from the body of the b___terfly into its wings, so that it would be ready for flight once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon. Sometimes, struggles are exactly what we need in our life. If God didn’t allow us to struggle free of our cocoons, we would miss out on the work He is doing inside of us, in the midst of our struggle, the strengthening of our ‘wings’---If He allowed us to go through life without any obstacles, we would not be as strong as we could have been. Never able to 'truly' fly. --------- *** I asked for strength….God gave me difficulties to make me strong. I asked for wisdom……God gave me problems to solve. I asked for prosperity…..God gave me a brain and brawn to work. I asked for courage……God gave me obstacles to overcome. I asked for love…..God gave me troubled, broken and wounded people to help. I asked for favors…..God gave me Opportunities. I received nothing I wanted……but He gave me everything I needed………

 

soimpatient - May 4

I don't really have anything to contribute to this thread but I just wanted you to know how much I appreciate it. The past couple days have been difficult for me to accept and reading this pa__sages has reminded me to keep on having faith in God. This is exactly what I needed. Thank you.

 

Amber #2 - May 4

You don't know how much I need to hear all of this right now. I'm going through some very difficult times both emotionally and physically and this is just what the Dr. ordered!

 

BrendaW - May 5

Thank you Jeanette

 

mg - May 5

Thanks for your post. My dh and I suffer from infertilty (I can finally say it) The last year has been one big uphill struggle, and I am finding myself losing the will to continue. I am tired. Sitting here typing with tears in my eyes and pain in my heart, I find a little bit more stregth and faith in God keep going. Thank you.

 

jeanette - May 5

A speaker (Dr. Wan) has once shared his experience: While his family and he were in Europe, there was a time that they needed to drive 3 days continuously, day and night, to get to Germany. So, they all got into the car -- he, his wife, and his 3 years old daughter. His little daughter has never traveled at night before. She was scared the first night in the car, with deep darkness outside. "Where are we going, Daddy?" "To your uncle's house, in Germany." "Have you been to his house before?" "No." "Then, do you know the way?" "Maybe, we can read the map." Short pause. "Do you know how to read the map?" "Yes, we will get there safely." Another pause. "Where are we going to eat if we get hungry before arriving?" "We can stop by restaurants if we are hungry." "Do you know if there are restaurants on the way?" "Yes, there are." "Do you know where?" "No, but we will be able to find some." The same dialogue repeated a few times within the first night, and also the second night. But on the third night, his daughter was quiet. The speaker thought that she might have fallen asleep, but when he looked into the mirror, he saw that she was awake and was just looking around calmly. He couldn't help wondering why she was not asking the questions anymore -- "Dear, do you know where we are going?" "Germany, Uncle's house." "Do you know how we are getting there?" "No." "Then why aren't you asking anymore?" "Because Daddy is driving." Because Daddy is driving. This answer from a 3 years' old girl has then become the strength and help for this speaker for the many years to follow, whenever he has questions and fears on his journey with the Lord. Yes, our Father is driving. We may know the destination (and sometimes we may just know it like the little girl -- "Germany", without understanding where or what it really is). We do not know the way, we do not know how to read the map, we do not know if we can find restaurants along the way. But the little girl knew the most important thing -- Daddy is driving -- and so she is safe and secure. She knows that her Daddy will provide all that she needs. Do you know your Daddy is driving today?

 

jeanette - May 5

He was just a little boy on the week's first day. He was wandering home from Sunday School, and dawdling on the way. He scuffed his shoes into the gra__s; he found a caterpillar. He found a fluffy milkweed pod, and blew out all the "filler." A bird's nest in a tree overhead, so wisely placed on high. Was just another wonder that caught his eager eye. A neighbor watched his zig zag course, and hailed him from the lawn; Asked him where he'd been that day and what was going on. "I've been to Bible School," he said and turned a piece of sod. He picked up a wiggly worm replying, "I've learned a lot of God." "M'm very fine way," the neighbor said, "for a boy to spend his time." "If you'll tell me where God is, I'll give you a brand new dime." Quick as a flash the answer came! Nor was his little voice faint. "I'll give you a dollar, Mister, if you can tell me where God ain't."

 

jeanette - May 5

Mg, my prayers are with you darlin...

 

jeanette - May 5

God's Boxes of Love I have in my hands two boxes Which God gave me to hold He said, "Put all your sorrows in the black, And all your joys in the gold." I heeded His words, and in the two boxes Both my joys and sorrows I stored But though the gold became heavier each day The black was as light as before With curiosity, I opened the black I wanted to find out why And I saw, in the base of the box, a hole Which my sorrows had fallen out by I showed the hole to God, and mused aloud, "I wonder where my sorrows could be." He smiled a gentle smile at me. "My child, they're all here with me." I asked, "God, why give me the boxes, Why the gold, and the black with the hole?" "My child, the gold is for you to count your blessings, the black is for you to let go."

 

jeanette - May 5

Things aren't always what they seem........... Two traveling angels stopped to spend the night in the home of a wealthy family. The family was rude and refused to let the angels stay in the mansion's guest room. Instead, the angels were given a space in the cold bas____nt. As they made their bedroom the hard floor, the older angel saw a hole in the wall and repaired it. When the younger angel asked why, the older angel replied.... "Things aren't always what they seem." The next night the pair came to rest at the house of a very poor, but very hospitable farmer and his wife. After sharing what little food they had, the couple let the angels sleep in their bed where they could have a good nights' rest. When the sun came up the next morning the angels found the farmer and his wife in tears. Their only cow, whose milk had been their sole income, lay dead in the field. The younger angel was infuriated and asked the older angel "How could you have let this happen!? The first man had everything, yet you helped him," she accused. "The second family had so little, but was willing to share everything and you let their cow die." "Things aren't always what they seem," the older angel replied."When we stayed in the bas____nt of the mansion, I noticed there was gold stored in that hole in the wall. Since the owner was so obsessed with greed and unwilling to share his good fortune, I sealed the wall so he wouldn't find it. Then last night as we slept in the farmers bed, the angel of death came for his wife. I gave her the cow instead. "Things aren't always what they seem." Sometimes this is exactly what happens when things don't turn out the way you think they should. If you have faith, you just need to trust that every outcome is always to your advantage. You might not know it until some time later. "Things aren't always what they seem."

 

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