S4, Mysteries that Seasons Send -Revised w/ New Devotional

Mysteries that Seasons Send
© 1999, 2014 Michele Vidor Krile

What will become of Summer’s end?
Oh, the mysteries that seasons send!

Can Wisdom follow the Autumn change,
Then without fear, in your heart remain?

Though in the chill of Winter you may wonder
Still, dreariness can be put asunder

God will surely meet you where you are
As you entrust to Him each season of your heart

To our Creator, all mysteries are clearly known
Give to Him total control; He’ll calm your anxious soul

Each day Jesus will walk with you, as Savior, as friend
He will give you strength so you may live as He intends

The Holy Spirit intercedes for you in ways that you cannot
As you seek discernment, He’ll guide you in the will of God

As you wait upon the Lord, Who births Spring anew
At last, His Hope and Joy can truly bloom inside of you!

Ah, those moments and prayers around the bend
Shed light on the mysteries that seasons send!
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Job 11:7 “Can you fathom the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of the Almighty?”

Eph 1:9 And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ.

I like to share this poem near the end of summer. I wrote it for a crying stranger in a church I was visiting in my early adulthood. I have expanded it since then. In turn, It has blessed me and many others through the years.

Need encouragement and clarity for what lies ahead? Ask God for His discernment when you are unsure what is around the bend. Ask Him for His strength in times of challenge or comfort in times of sadness. Ask for peace in times of chaos and frustration. Ask Him for a grateful heart, for He loves you so much to include you in His marvelous mysteries, in the Big plan! Thank Him that He reveals only what you need to know in order for you to learn to trust and obey! Ask Him to place joy in your heart where there might be negativity…  Passion where there is complacency. Praise Him through everything (Yes, sometimes that happens in hindsight.) Ask him for other godly Christians to pray with and support you in your faith journey! Then as God prompts you, give back to others in however He has gifted you to share the Good News of the truth, to support and help others understand the mysteries and life challenges! And as Remember, Jesus is always with those who believe, but we need to spend time with the Lord! Keep talking with Him, reading the Word, keeping open your heart, quieting your thoughts, slowing down and listening to the still small voice of the Holy Spirit!

For more supporting Bible passages, continue on…

IN CONTEXT:
Eph 1:4-10 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love, 5) he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will– 6) to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. 7) In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 8) that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. 9) And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10) to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment–to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ.

Other relevant verses:
Prov. 4:11, Philippians 4:6-7, 12-13, Romans 8:26-27

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S2, #8 Resting in God

Rest in Me

© 1993, 2012 Michele Vidor Krile

Rest in Me my child, rest in Me
For I am your true and complete Source
I have purposed everything about you, all you’re made of
I cared for your needs long before they arose
Just rest in My love

Rest in Me my child, rest in Me entirely
If I can set the whole universe on its course
Surely, I can give you strength that no one can oppose
Let go of worldly frustrations, hold tighter onto Me
You can rest in My security

Rest in Me my child, rest in Me
Offer up your dreams for tomorrow
And I will give you a vision, a holy passion
That the world can neither take away nor borrow
Open your heart to joy, in the heavenly fashion!
You can place faith in Me, even unto the end

Rest on Me, my child, Rest on Me
For there is purpose and mercy even in the pain
Lean on My shoulder with your every burden
And I will comfort you with My perfect Peace
Oh beloved, rest in Me, your true Hope

Rest in Me my child, rest in My grace
Talk with Me and I will talk with you
Seek earnestly My ways and I will show you My face
Walk closer with Me every moment of every day
Come My dear child, come, and rest in Me!

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Ahhh, to rest! Some of us moms and busy people can’t easily find time to truly rest the body, refresh the mind, renew the sprit. But rest we must by taking daily quiet time (and even occasional naps!) to keep healthy and sane! Or we and our family will feel our unrest. (I know, I struggle with this very thing!)

I have learned the last year or so that our adrenals can only be recharged by sleeping during the hours of 10:00pm and 12:00am midnight. To never or rarely sleep those important 2 hours can contribute to adrenal fatigue. Spiritually speaking, to not take time to rest in God some each day (at least once a week) will result in spiritual fatigue. Many of us are running on empty both physically and spiritually.  Let go for a time of the unnecessary “plug-ins.” Rest your emotions, relax your body (responsibly care for it, too) and let God refresh your spirit; not by meditating on the things of the world, but on God. We must rest in God to hear His still small voice. This can be done only by wholeheartedly resting in God. And this can only be done by totally trusting God in everything. Trust His Word. Trust His plan for your life. Trust Him in the turmoil of current world events! Trust, rest, rise up in strength, obey!

Jesus tells us not to worry, not to fear and not to be anxious. Worry is a type of unrest.  Science supports Jesus’ many exhortations to us to not worry. Concern is good, and paired with prayer produces action, even if that action is no more than prayer and trusting God (which is a lot more than we can do on our own!). Concern can keep us open to be compassionate and careful. Worrying, on the other hand accomplishes nothing except frustration, fear and stress.

Most everyone knows now that excessive fear and worry leads to excessive stress. This causes many physical and emotional health problems. If worries, fears or frustrations have become overwhelming, rest everything in Him. Give it all to Him. He’ll help you keep it all in perspective as you see it all in His hands! Scripture reminds us many times not to worry, that God cares for us, and that suffering and struggles have a purpose.

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Scripture in Context to Guide You

Matthew 11:28-30
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

1 Peter 5:7-11    7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 8 Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. 10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 11 To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.

Matthew 6:25-34
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life ? 28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Isaiah 40:26-31
26 Lift up your eyes on high, And see who has created these things, Who brings out their host by number; He calls them all by name, By the greatness of His might And the strength of His power; Not one is missing. 27 Why do you say, O Jacob, And speak, O Israel: “My way is hidden from the Lord, And my just claim is passed over by my God”? 28 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, The Creator of the ends of the earth, Neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. 29 He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength. 30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall, 31 But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.

Isaiah 26:1-13  1 In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah: We have a strong city; God makes salvation its walls and ramparts. 2 Open the gates that the righteous nation may enter, the nation that keeps faith. 3 You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trustsin you. 4 Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD, is the Rock eternal. 5 He humbles those who dwell on high, he lays the lofty city low; he levels it to the ground and casts it down to the dust. 6 Feet trample it down– the feet of the oppressed, the footsteps of the poor. 7 The path of the righteous is level; O upright One, you make the way of the righteous smooth. 8 Yes, LORD, walking in the way of your laws, we wait for you; your name and renown are the desire of our hearts. 9 My soul yearns for you in the night; in the morning my spirit longs for you. When your judgments come upon the earth, the people of the world learn righteousness. 10 Though grace is shown to the wicked, they do not learn righteousness; even in a land of uprightness they go on doing evil and regard not the majesty of the LORD. 11 O LORD, your hand is lifted high, but they do not see it. Let them see your zeal for your people and be put to shame; let the fire reserved for your enemies consume them. 12 LORD, you establish peace for us; all that we have accomplished you have done for us. 13 O LORD, our God, other lords besides you have ruled over us, but your name alone do we honor.

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I found Isaiah 26 to be an interesting passage somewhat parallel to our times. Read the whole chapter of Isaiah 26 sometime, and see what God speaks to your heart.