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Broken and Praying

So it was, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned for many days; I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven.  - Nehemiah 1:4 NKJV

Nehemiah was heartbroken over the news that his people, the Israelites, were in "great distress and reproach." (Ne 1:3)  The city wall of Jerusalem was broken down, and so were the floodgates for Nehemiah's tears.  The situation compelled him to pray and fast for answers.  As a result, new history was made. 

I admire the compassion Nehemiah had for his people.  I also admire his reliance upon God for comfort and guidance.  Additionally, Nehemiah provides an excellent example of intercessory prayer and its power to impart change.  We find out later on in the book of Nehemiah how God answered his prayer and eventually enabled Jerusalem's wall to be rebuilt under Nehemiah's leadership.

How do you respond when crisis strikes?  Do you immediately turn to God in prayer or do you take matters into your own hands?  We can all learn a lesson about prayer from Nehemiah.  Prayer works.  Especially when we pray God's very words back to Him.

To ponder:
1) What is it that I am most broken for?
2) Upon whom do I rely on for comfort in times of distress?
3) What can I do to strengthen my prayer life?

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Janna Rust is a Professional Coach and Speaker dedicated to encouraging others towards lives God intends for them.  For more information, visit her at www.purposefulpartnerships.com.


Our Sure Inheritance

And he said to him, "Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours. -Luke 15:31 NKJV

Most of us have heard the parable of the Prodigal Son and how he was once lost but eventually came back home seeking a new start with his family.  I love how it pictures the second chance we get with God once we return to Him after we have gone astray.  However, I can't help but think about the Prodigal's brother (the good son) and the "What about me?" thoughts going through his mind as he hears of his father's plans for his brother's "Welcome Home" party.

The good son needed some help to see the bigger picture of his life.  His father aptly reminded him of his place in the world.  All that the father had was already the son's. 

Too often, we are like the Good Son, worried about how and when we are going to be rewarded for our obedience to God in things big and small.  We see how others succomb to worldly pleasures and fail to heed God's call on their lives, yet have lives seemingly more fulfilling than ours and wonder "What about me?".  God's answer to us is as simple as the father's answer to his good son.  All that God has is ours.  God is always with us.  Like the Good Son, we have the riches of God at our fingertips in the form of inner peace, joy and soulful rest, because we can be confident that God is in charge of our greater good. 

In addition to peace on earth as a reward, we also are guaranteed an inheritance in heaven with God.  We are joint heirs with Christ in our future home.  We just have to wait a little longer for it than those who are getting their only inheritance from the things on earth.  But it is worth the wait.  We just need to remember to see things as they really are. 

To think on:

1.  What good things am I missing because I'm so focused on what I don't have?

2.  How can I remind myself to overlook the "blemishes" on my wall of life, and see what I do have, no matter what is going on around me?

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Janna Rust is a Professional Coach and Speaker dedicated to encouraging others towards lives God intends for them.  For more information, visit her at www.purposefulpartnerships.com.


Truth, Reality, Love & Wisdom

In order to further equip you in your faith, each week here at Bread Crumbs I will share the latest posts over at my other blog, Truth Talks.  Check out the latest posts for answers to the following:

Do you know how to explain to someone how truth and reality are equivalent to God's Word? 

Have you ever had trouble explaining God's love as universal?  What does that mean exactly?

Where do we find wisdom anyway?

Hope to see you there!


Its All About Timing

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. - Ecc 3:1

I'm glad the bible talks about time, because I am a self-proclaimed "time freak".  I love to be on time and I love to make sure other people are also on time.  I'm a good time keeper.  However, I am not the one in control of time.  Each day that I live, I gain a little more appreciation for God's timing, rather than my own.

I appreciate God's timing ...

  • in placing certain friends in my life when I've needed them most
  • in delivering a note of encouragement through a friend
  • in creating new opportunities through a job loss
  • in working all things in our lives for His glory---the good, the bad and the ugly

In what area do you struggle with respect to timing?  All of us struggle from time to time, in spite of God's Word that says those who wait on God will "soar on wings like eagles" (Isaiah 40:31). 

Timing is indeed everything.  We need to remember that when we get impatient for things to happen.  We need to remember that God's timing is best.  He knows all.  He sees all.  He coordinates all.  For that, I'm very thankful.  There's no way I can keep track of it all.

For further consideration:

1) How can you better trust in God's plan for your life rather than your own?

2) What evidence do you see in your life that God's timing has been perfect?

3) What opportunities are available to you right now to get involved in God's plan?

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Janna Rust is a Professional Coach and Speaker dedicated to encouraging others towards lives God intends for them.  For more information, visit her at www.purposefulpartnerships.com.


Finding Faith

The LORD said to Moses, "Is the LORD'S power limited?  Now you shall see whether My word will come true for you or not." - Nu 11:23 NASB

Moses was at his wits end.  More than 600,000 people were clamouring for meat to eat rather than the manna that God had so graciously provided for the many years of their wandering.  In spite of their complaining, God heard their prayer and told Moses that He would feed them for a whole month -- until they were sick of meat.   This is where Moses once again started doubting and questioning God's ability to provide.  This is where God emphatically answered him (see above passage). 

Notice that God replied to Moses with a rhetorical question and then turned Moses back to His word.  God's promises are always kept.  His Word always comes to pass.  God never forgets to do what He says He will do.  As for us, we are also forgetful like Moses.  Not only do we sometimes let others down by failing to keep promises, but we also forget the things God promises.  In times of our greatest need, our memories fail us regarding all of the miracles God has done for us in the past.  Logic leaves and emotions prevail.  We forget to look back at our past experiences and the way God provided back then. 

We can overcome our "forgetfulness" by staying close to God.  By renewing our minds with His Word every day, we can keep His promises fresh in our minds.  When we read about God's nature, we can learn how powerful and capable He is to deliver on His promises.  When we take time to reflect on our past blessings, we can look forward with more hope and again find our faith.    What will you do today to regain your lost faith?

Taking it Home:

1) In what situation are you doubting God?

2) How has God worked in your life in your past? 

3) Are you too blinded by your own idea of a "solution" to see how God is answering your prayers?

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Janna Rust is a Professional Coach and Speaker dedicated to encouraging others towards lives God intends for them.  For more information, visit her at www.purposefulpartnerships.com.