AND SO MUCH MORE…

Hey friends, how are you today? How was your week? I know… I do know… I have been MIA so frequently throughout this past year, that apologies are just words at this point.   This year has had so many ‘newness’ which brought about that much dreaded word ‘changes’ that at times, I must admit, I feel quite lost.  I am convinced that it’s my fault because we both know how much I detest changes.  I find myself trying to hold on to my life as it was, that I feel anchorless when unexpected, uncontrollable changes enter my space.  Yet this is my reality with its changes, if I persist in a virtual life of ignorance, I do not benefit myself nor those around me.   

I must adapt, and I can only do so with the help of my Heavenly Father.  Yet although that previous statement is true, in addition to this, there is my responsibility to that truth.  The help of my Heavenly Father is never far from me, He promised that He ‘will never leave me nor forsake me’.   That implies that when my ‘heart is overwhelmed‘ I’m at fault because I’ve lost sight of His precious promises.  I want to hide and bury my head ‘under the shadow of His wings’ and He’s allowed that for a moment, but now He says, behold I’ve given you the victory walk in it.  He needs me to stand, when what I feel like doing is whimper and go on a pity party.  Although He will always be my Heavenly Father, I need always remember too, that He is more than just this title, He also needs to be my LORD and my MASTER.  As His servant, obedience is non-negotiable.  

I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior at a very early age.  I have said before, I didn’t really grow up with a godly, father figure in my life, therefore the Lord fit that bill.  He became my Heavenly Father.  For years, that’s really all He was and honestly speaking, at the time, that’s all I wanted, my Heavenly Father.  He was the best Father, I could ever have, I could not ask for any better.  He totally loved me, and He made sure I knew it.  He protected me and provided for me; just like any earthly father would and should do.  For years, I ran to my Heavenly Father every time I needed something.  If I needed to do well in a subject at school, (I didn’t like school, so a ‘well’ performance would do) I spoke to Him about it.  Just not failing that subject would do (I know, I know… mediocrity; something I would never accept from our girls).  As I was saying, my Heavenly Father came through every time I needed Him. 

As time went on, I realized my prayers were not answered as quickly as I was used to, nor sometimes, were they answered in the way I wanted.  I wanted to teach after I left school, I waited three years for that dream.  Our first child ended in a miscarriage, that certainly wasn’t my plan.  What happened? Where was my Heavenly Father? 

He needed to be more in my life, but I like my comfort and that role brought me comfort.  Sometimes, I think I’m a tad bit slow and hardheaded.  Do you know it was quite a few years before that mystery was solved? I know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the Lord tried to get my attention in various ways through His Word and also through various people, but I kept on going. And I suspect that’s what He is doing now, giving me that reminder.   I was content with a Heavenly Father when my God was so much more.  He is so very much more! 

  • He is more than a Miracle Worker and a Way-maker.
  • He is more than the Great Friend
  • He is more than the Great Comforter
  • He is more than the Great LOVE
  • He is more than the Great Judge

He is more than the one box, I wished to assign to Him.  He is all of it and so much more.  He is beyond my imagination. He is my Heavenly Father, Miracle Worker, Friend, Comforter, Savior, Love, Judge, He is LORD and MASTER and still He is so very, much more.  He is the Creator of the Universe and so much more.  And He desired that I know that He, GOD, will not be assigned to a box, not my box and not your box.  

He is GOD.  Do you know my GOD? 

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20 thoughts on “AND SO MUCH MORE…

  1. I can relate to God being my Father. My earthly father left our family when I was 14. My mother did her best, but she was so lost in her own sorrow she was not able to be much comfort/support to me. I found the verse in the Psalms where it said, “When my father and my mother forsake me, the Lord will take me up.” And so He did.

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  2. I live long enough to know one thing about myself. I don’t like changes, I don’t readily welcome changes but I have come to realize that in order to accept the changes in our life, in order to endure all the changes in our life, we have to weigh the changes with an eternal view. Great post, full of wisdom. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Oh you know I’m right with you!! “Change” is like a bad word to me! …Maybe, just maybe, that is because of our control freak tendency! Yikes 🤪
    But because God is all of those good names ‘and so much more’ that you listed we can also rest knowing that ultimately He is in control! 🙌

    …also I love that you used the word stand, that’s a word God has been placing in front of my eyes and reaching my heart with many times lately😉Great verse you linked to it!!

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  4. This season of life is so hard for people like us . We don’t like change , and we blame ourselves for being unhappy . God knows this and he’s patiently helping us along . We make ourselves miserable feeling guilty for struggling with change . It’s been a tough year for me, too. Another way of putting it might be , don’t be too hard on yourself. God is gracious to those who are suffering. Bless you, my friend

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      1. I didn’t mean to sound like we were twins, lol. I probably shouldn’t comment on posts when I am watching TV! But hopefully you understood what I meant. He definitely is our Anchor!

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  5. I know that you and I speak of the same God; I cannot claim to KNOW God, for I am learning more of Him day by day. He gives us eyes to see, and ears to hear, so that we may know when we see and hear Him; and for that I am grateful. I so look forward to the day in Heaven when I shall know Him, even as I am fully known.

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  6. Changes!? Nobody likes them very much. I remember when Anita and I went to Mongolia in 2013 for her to teach at the Mongolian International University and I was going to teach a class in Basic Ecology. As the plane lowered over Ulaanbaatar, I turned and asked her, “What did we get ourselves into?” It was fianlly registering in my brain that we were in for a significant lifestyle change! But Jesus was with us, and we built long lasting relationships with students, some of whom we still meet on Zoom to pray and encourage.
    Now, when I pray, I usually begin by addressing Him as, “Father, Whom You know Yourself to be…”.
    This removes my images of a grandfather in the sky, a harsh judge, a gentle Jesus with a lamb on His shoulder, etc. It frames my mind that He IS who He IS, not my little brain’s conception of Him.
    Great blog today; really set my brain on fire!! 😊
    ❤️&🙏, c.a.

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  7. “I’m at fault because I’ve lost sight of His precious promises. I want to hide and bury my head ‘under the shadow of His wings’ and He’s allowed that for a moment, but now He says, behold I’ve given you the victory walk in it. He needs me to stand, when what I feel like doing is whimper and go on a pity party. ”

    Thank you for these words!! I’m going through a ‘rough patch’ and this has spoken to me a lot! Thank you for sharing, thank you for your testimony.

    God bless you and your family, and may He keep you in His unfathomable Love.

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