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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Divine Dust

Perhaps one of the greatest living gifts in a family's legacy is experiencing the more vulnerable aging years with Godly parents and grandparents. The living reality of a weakened body combined with the living proof of a strengthened spirit are intensely impacting.
Our devo today states, "Instead of resenting the limitations of a weakened body, search for My way in the midst of these very circumstances. Limitations can be liberating when your strongest desire is to live close to Me." "...quiet trust makes a powerful statement in spiritual realms."(49)
I praise God for a godly heritage that powerfully impacts lives and legacies. The following verse helps me sense the tenderness of God's heart toward us. "For He knows our frame, He [earnestly] remembers and imprints [on His heart] that we are dust." Psa 103:14
Trusting God with my "Dust"...dmc


  1. Dawn, I traveled a similar path that you (and Pastor Joe!) are experiencing today. That was years ago. Now I seem to be entering that phase of my own life and today's devotional went straight to my innermost being."Trust me..." is the only way I can be victorious. Both sets of your parents have been a great inspiration in my life. Each of us responds to our weaknesses in different ways but I know that God is truly in control, understands each one individually and walks with us. Now, I'm off to see Dr. Webb at 9:00am!

  2. Thanks, Amelia, for sharing your heart. I'll continue to pray for you and the challenges you are facing, too!

  3. “Do not spoil the quiet hours by wishing them away, waiting impatiently to be active again." So often I didn’t sit still long enough to really “feel” His presence. I felt I didn’t have time; I had to get to work, I was interrupted by the kids or I was busy doing things for God. The devo today really opens my eyes to how precious these quiet times are no matter how brief and I want to use every moment I can to “enhance my awareness of His presence”. We may be limited physically at times, but we can also be limited spiritually without the “quietness and trust”.


    As I read the following email this aftn, I thought of our devo this morning about “being still, listening and trusting”. This is very uplifting! It blessed me and hopefully, you will be blessed also. It IS long...so hangest thou in there :)

    A member of a certain church, who previously had been attending services regularly, stopped going. After a few weeks, the pastor decided to visit him.

    It was a chilly evening. The pastor found the man at home alone, sitting before a blazing fire. Guessing the reason for his pastor's visit, the man welcomed him, led him to a comfortable chair near the fireplace and waited.

    The pastor made himself at home but said nothing. In the grave silence, he contemplated the dance of the flames around the burning logs. After some minutes, the pastor took the fire tongs, carefully picked up a brightly burning ember and placed it to one side of the hearth all alone then he sat back in his chair, still silent.

    The host watched all this in quiet contemplation. As the one lone ember's flame flickered and diminished, there was a momentary glow and then its fire was no more. Soon it was cold and dead.

    Not a word had been spoken since the initial greeting. The pastor glanced at his watch and realized it was time to leave. He slowly stood up, picked up the cold, dead ember and placed it back in the middle of the fire. Immediately it began to glow, once more with the light and warmth of the burning coals around it.

    As the pastor reached the door to leave, his host said, with a tear running down his cheek, 'Thank you so much for your visit and especially for the firey sermon. I will be back in church next Sunday'.

    We live in a world today, which tries to say too much with too little. Consequently, few listen. Sometimes the best sermons are the ones left unspoken.

    The Lord is my Shepherd ----- that's a Relationship!

    I shall not want ----- that's Supply!

    He maketh me to lie down in green pastures ----that's Rest and Provision!

    He leadeth me beside the still waters -----that's Refreshment!

    He restoreth my soul ----- that's Healing!

    He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness --that's Guidance!

    For His name sake ----- that's Purpose!

    Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death--that's Testing!

    I will fear no evil ----- that's Protection!

    For Thou art with me ----- that's Faithfulness!

    Thy rod and Thy staff comfort me -----that's Discipline!

    Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies------that's Hope!

    Thou annointest my head with oil ----- that's Consecration!

    My cup runneth over ----- that's Abundance!

    Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life----that's Blessing!

    And I will dwell in the house of the Lord -----that's Security!

    Forever ----- that's Eternity!

    God loves us! Be still, listen and trust... while patiently awaiting His Strength and Power to show themselves is our weaknesses!

    Be still and KNOW that I AM God. Ps 46:10

  5. I really liked how the devo today said that "quietness and trust" are simple ways of serving Jesus. I had never thought of it that way! I always think of serving as being busy DOING something.

  6. Wow...I wish we could all just sit and talk together! Awesome comments! We are so blessed to have each other!