The Light of His Loving Presence and Care

The Light of His Loving Presence and Care

By: Rebekah Beene

I know I’m not the only wife who has little worries about her husband. The first time I remember thinking my sweetheart was dying was when he had an allergic reaction in the 80’s. The next time was when he grabbed his chest and exclaimed “ow!” while we were riding the motorcycle! That one will get you for sure! Then there were the blowouts on motorcycles. Off and on through the years he’s had some mighty close calls – all of which turned out fine. We are getting older, so when he has heartburn or grabs his back in momentary flinches I automatically say “What’s wrong?” “Are you okay?” and then “Don’t scare me!”

As we sat on the couch together yesterday morning before I headed to work I took his hand and held it. Then I just sighed. He wanted to know why and I told him I just enjoyed sitting there in the quiet of the morning. Holding his hand was so very comforting – that hand I’ve held for many, many years. I don’t want to every quit holding his hand. Together is so very good. Forever is even better.

I also know that no matter what I have a Savior Who promises to hold my hand forever, through all things, in spite of whatever comes my way and even if I find myself without other hands to hold.

Oh beloved, this is how God feels about you. He loves you. He relishes time with you side by side. He wants you to know that He is that constant companion that will never leave you or forsake you. If you are alone, you don’t have to be lonely. Even if you have close ties with a loved one, it is God’s hand that will keep you secure and give you ultimate satisfaction. No other person, place or thing can do for you what God does. His hand of anointing is on you. His hand of blessing is over you. His hand of protection is all around you. This is where your true power comes from. Fear has to leave, worries have to flee, and questions are silenced.

God loves you and He’s for you! Rest in His Presence and let Him hold your hand all the way as you live in the Light of His Loving Presence and Care.

Isaiah 41:10.  Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with My victorious right hand.

Isaiah 41:13. For I am the LORD your God, who upholds your right hand, Who says to you, ‘Do not fear, I will help you.’

Psalm 63:8 I cling to You; Your strong right hand holds me securely.

Psalm 18:35. You have also given me the shield of Your salvation, And Your right hand upholds me; And Your gentleness makes me great.

Hosea 6:3.  Oh, that we might know the LORD! Let us press on to know Him. He will respond to us as surely as the arrival of dawn or the coming of rains in early spring.

Lord, May I? by Heather Bixler

Lord, May I? by Heather Bixler

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But he gives us more grace.

“God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” – James 4:6

I think most of our prayers begin with:

  • “God, can you?”
  • “Lord can I have?”
  • “God I want…”

I remember in second grade I had a teacher who use to always make us say, “May I go to the bathroom?”

If we ever said, “Can I go to the bathroom?” She would always respond with “I don’t know, can you?” It used to drive me crazy. Having to use the words “may I” was a break down of my seven-year-old pride!

It felt awkward to say, “May I go to the bathroom.” I would often wonder why I had to say it that way especially when I didn’t have to at home.

It should be no surprise to you (my readers) that God has been working on the topics of humility and obedience with me. You see I have issues, and I am working on bringing them all to the light. One thing that has always been a huge problem in my life was submitting to authority. For some reason I feel I know enough to not have to submit to those in authority over me. …But this is NOT TRUE!

Today in prayer God gently convicted my heart in how I approach certain situations, and even my prayer to HIM. Often I tell people what I’m going to do, in particular I tell my husband what I’m going to do. I do not ask his permission enough, and I know that.

Then there is God, and my prayers to Him. I often approach Him with a huge sense of entitlement.

  • God give me this!
  • I’m just SO frustrated!
  • I want THIS!

Then today I just tried to approach Him by ASKING Him. I didn’t ask Him if He COULD give me something – of course He can give me ANYTHING.

Kind of like when the teacher asked if we could go to the bathroom, of course we can use the bathroom but we weren’t asking if we could, we just needed permission to do so.

It’s not a question as to whether God CAN but a matter of us gaining His permission to have the desires He has placed on our hearts.

Honestly, I think God is waiting patiently to show us His generosity. I can even say this when several desires of my heart have yet to be fulfilled.

God is a generous God.

He has always been faithful, even in the trials. He has always shown me that He sees me, and He is there. Never once does He allow me to remain in my own self-pity thinking that there is not a purpose, and reason, for the prayers that have not been answered the way I had hoped.

I know God doesn’t take our requests lightly, but sometimes I FEEL like He does. However, today as I learned to ask for permission instead of demanding results right now, He has been GRACIOUS, and I received my answers a lot quicker than usual.

Prayer has always come pretty easy to me. Writing out what I think and want comes naturally. I can have a conversation with God, no problem.

But the hard part is reconciling the “NO” with “Ask and it shall be given to you,” and God knows this. You see I was able to ASK Him the painful question, and He was willing to answer.

I have a problem with people who say God will never say NO to a prayer. Honestly that little bit of “encouragement” has always left me baffled. Didn’t he basically tell Jesus NO in the garden before His crucifixion? Didn’t He tell Adam and Eve they couldn’t eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Obviously we have convinced ourselves that God will never tell us NO so that we could have faith for the things we want.

But ask and it shall be given to you is simply God inviting us to ASK His permission to have the things He has already given to us.

Changing our prayers to asking for permission will drastically change how we pray. To often we approach the throne of grace with entitlement instead of thanksgiving. We are entitled to nothing, and yet God has given us EVERYTHING He ever loved and cherished through JESUS!

Asking for permission does one important thing, it brings God into Your life and you are opening up your heart to hear His guidance.

If we want God’s direction in our life, then we need to approach Him for guidance instead of praying for the things we want…

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Don’t Ignore the Call by Rebekah Beene

Don’t Ignore the Call by Rebekah Beene

As my daughter answered the phone this morning I thought I heard tussling and some arguing.  Sure enough it was my granddaughter Stella fighting for control of the cell phone and speaking her unhappiness. It seems that Stella was playing on the phone. When it began to ring she said, “No!  It’s NOT RINGING!” so that her mother wouldn’t take it from her. The power play continued until her mother gained control. Stella was unhappy but she was bound by her mother’s decision to answer the phone.

We do that to God sometimes don’t we? We hear His message loud and clear. Repent. Change direction. Stop doing that. Turn over control to Me. We hear the ringing but we say “No that’s not God. He wouldn’t tell us to stop? He wouldn’t want to be in control? We were just having a good time!”  Truth is we often have our spiritual life and a good time fade into one another. What starts out as just serving God gets clouded as it becomes more fun than ministry. Pretty soon we’re just having fun and not really ministering to anyone. Then when God calls up and wants to change things we try to ignore His still small voice.

Oh beloved, I encourage you today to listen to the Lord’s call!  Take it quickly!  Drop whatever you are doing and answer His request to get in closer touch with you. His call is important. His call is your life source. It’s not “your” ministry anyway. It’s His through you. And if a talk with the Lord makes you crazy then it’s time to slow down and step away from the fun.  God never says His call has to be drudgery. He just wants to stay in close contact with you so He can guide you, watch over you and give you His best.

God loves you and He’s for you. That’s what matters as you reconnect with the Lord. Christ is living in heaven interceding for you 24/7. The Holy Spirit is residing in you to help you answer the call. God’s call is your most important message. His love is why you answer. And His anointing is why you let Him call the shots. God blesses the life connected and in close contact with Him. Rejoice that He’s still calling you! Live in the Light of His Word and watch those calls become the very thing you look forward to most in your day!

1 Samuel 3:9   And Eli said to Samuel, “Go lie down, and it shall be if He calls you, that you shall say, ‘Speak, Lord, for Your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

John 10:3 To Him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear His voice, and He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.

Matthew 4:4 But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'”

Jeremiah 10:23 I know, O LORD, that a man’s way is not in himself, Nor is it in a man who walks to direct his steps.

Psalm 16:11 You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of Your presence and the pleasures of living with You forever.

About the Author:

Rebekah Beene

In a Christian Women’s meeting in 1983, Rebekah was given a prophetic message that she would write books. Several years ago she began writing stories about special holiday memories and travels, sharing God’s love and care through each story. God has gifted Rebekah with the ability to look at the natural and see the supernatural. Both Rebekah and her husband Danny have a heart to share the Gospel and the riches of life in Christ to everyone they meet. They have served in the local church and in ministry to motorcyclists. Danny is an ordained minister and they both have been Bible study teachers for many years. Rebekah also speaks at women’s retreats and conferences. Her tag line says it all “God loves you and He’s for you”.

My website is http://rebekahbeene.wordpress.com

My first book in print is Oh Beloved! Live in the Light of His Word.
Link to buying the book via paypal is on the website.
As well a link to purchasing the ebook on Amazon is there too.
I’m also on twitter @rebekahbeene, tumblr http://rebekah-beene.tumblr.com/
and of course facebook as Rebekah Beene (Warren) I included my maiden name for old friends.
Walk in Newness of Life by Rebekah Beene

Walk in Newness of Life by Rebekah Beene

Have a blessed Easter! Isn’t it wonderful to walk in newness of life?!

Roy Orbison’s lyrics come to mind as I ask the Lord what He has to say this morning. I hear Roy singing “It’s Over!”  By the time you read this, Easter will be over. The excitement, preparation, festivities and enjoyment is past. All we have left is leftover food and wilting flowers. A few Easter eggs may be lost in the yard and hopefully they will be taken away by rodents or birds.  There’s always a letdown after the party is over.

But is it really over? Is Easter over for good?  Is there nothing left to celebrate beyond the natural events of the day?  I think not! God speaks to my heart and He says Rejoice in Me – for I AM Risen and I will remain alive! For you who call upon My Name you can live in Resurrection power and promise! There is more to the Holiness of My Life than just the holiday.

Oh beloved, don’t mourn what was. Rejoice in what is! Don’t let the enemy tell you it’s over! Don’t cry as though you’d lost the love of your life. For He is Your King and Love and Protector. Through Christ, you have access to everything you need for Life and Godliness. You are a strong evangelistic seeker and giver of Life!  Easter is just a holiday, but the Resurrection can be celebrated daily for the rest of your life!

God loves you and He’s for you.  That is the Seal of the Savior that It’s Never Over!

According to His great mercy, He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” 1 Peter 1:3

For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives. Romans 6:4

About the Author:

Rebekah Beene

In a Christian Women’s meeting in 1983, Rebekah was given a prophetic message that she would write books. Several years ago she began writing stories about special holiday memories and travels, sharing God’s love and care through each story. God has gifted Rebekah with the ability to look at the natural and see the supernatural. Both Rebekah and her husband Danny have a heart to share the Gospel and the riches of life in Christ to everyone they meet. They have served in the local church and in ministry to motorcyclists. Danny is an ordained minister and they both have been Bible study teachers for many years. Rebekah also speaks at women’s retreats and conferences. Her tag line says it all “God loves you and He’s for you”.

My website is http://rebekahbeene.wordpress.com

My first book in print is Oh Beloved! Live in the Light of His Word.
Link to buying the book via paypal is on the website.
As well a link to purchasing the ebook on Amazon is there too.
I’m also on twitter @rebekahbeene, tumblr http://rebekah-beene.tumblr.com/
and of course facebook as Rebekah Beene (Warren) I included my maiden name for old friends.
I’ll Win It For You by Staci Stallings

I’ll Win It For You by Staci Stallings

The game was tight. Archrivals had faced off for three and a half periods in a seesaw battle that was going down to the wire. As the clock ticked down, the two sides traded the lead back and forth. Neither could be assured of victory because with the game so close, anything could happen.

From the sideline, the coach watched his team getting more and more apprehensive as the seconds ticked away. They were missing shots they never missed. They were missing opportunities they didn’t miss. Even their body language said, “This is bad. We might lose this one.”

With less than a minute left, the coach called a time out. Now he knew that every girl on that court had been over the plays a million times. They didn’t need elaborate help to set up a play for a last second win. They needed to calm down and play the way they knew how to play. So when they bent into that huddle, the coach told them something more than a little unconventional. “Go out there. Play the game. Have fun. Do your best, and I’ll win it for you.”

No pressure instructions. No you have to win this or we lose to our rivals. No anxiety-inducing strategy. Simply, “Go play, and I’ll win it for you.”

To my way of thinking, that was an audacious statement because in reality, it wouldn’t be the coach taking the shot that would win or lose the game. He would be standing on the sideline with no direct control whatsoever. However, this coach knew something about the training these girls had been through, and he knew without a doubt they could do it. The problem was they didn’t know they could do it, and so, he let them rely not on themselves for the win but on him.

The amazing thing to me when I really started thinking about this statement is that what that coach told his team is exactly what Jesus tells each one of us: “Go out there. Play the game. Have fun. Do your best, and I’ll win it for you.”

We think it’s all on us—that we have to get everything right, do everything perfectly, or our “win” will never materialize. In fact, we get sucked into this mentality that Heaven may be just out of our reach no matter what we do. However, I think the reality is that Jesus is the coach standing on the sideline having full faith that we can do everything He’s trained us to do. We can love just like He’s shown us. We can give; we can live—not because we can do it on our own but because He’s right there, and He has faith that we have been given everything we need to win through Him.

I’m sure you know the end of the story. When the buzzer sounded, the team who had just gone out, had fun, and done their best was victorious.

One day the final buzzer of your life will sound, and the question at that moment will be this: Did you allow Jesus to be your coach? Did have faith that He would win the game for you—or are you still trying to win it yourself? It’s a question worth contemplating. (Copyright, Staci Stallings 2003)

About the Author:

Staci Stallings

Bio:

Now a #1 Best Selling Christian and Inspirational Romance author. Staci Stallings, a stay-at-home mom with a husband, three kids and a writing addiction on the side, has numerous titles for readers to choose from. Not content to stay in one genre and write it to death, Staci’s stories run the gamut from young adult to adult, from motivational and inspirational to full-out Christian and back again. Every title is a new adventure! That’s what keeps Staci writing and you reading. Staci is a co-founder of CrossReads.

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