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I’ll Catch You

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Café Menu for Monday, July 6, 2015
Today’s Special is: Jumping In
Carefully prepared just for you by your friend, Paris Renae
Main Ingredient:

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.

1 Peter 5:10 NIV

Entrée:

Today may be messy, filled with… heartaches, anger, fear, anxiety…

Have you ever watched a toddler at the pool, standing a few feet back from the edge, shaking their heads ‘no’ at the coaxing father saying ‘Jump, Johnny, I’ll catch you.’  After much coaxing and bribing they get up to the edge, eyes big, shivering no matter the heat outside.

Looking out at what looks like a vast ocean to them, and back to their dad – and finally… they jump.  Daddy catches them, takes them to the side, and sets them on the deck again.  Round they come, less hesitant this time – and less hesitant each time as they have learned… daddy will catch me.

I don’t like the scary stuff, none of us do. In this broken world, I hate to break it to you, but it’s going to keep coming.  The job loss - the financial ruin; the cancer verdict - the awful treatments; the car accident - the tragic death.  The ISIS threat, earthquakes, tornadoes, riots in the streets…

Sometimes I fear the unknown, or not yet happened things – sometimes my fear is because I’m in the midst of the known.  With God there is no unknown; and the known, He’s in charge of that.  Hillsong’s beautiful piece called "Oceans", starts off with this line ‘You call me out upon the waters, the great unknown, where feet may fail’. 

In this world, Jesus told us we will have trouble – but God is there, standing in the big pool, reminding us ‘Jump, I’ll catch you’ – we’ll get wet, it may be scary, but each time, like the toddler, we will begin to fear…less.  Hillsong, a few lines later says: ‘feet may fail and fear surrounds me, You’ve never failed and you won’t start now’…

The world’s messes and those of our own creating will knock us down and make us cower, but they can’t overcome us because He will never fail and in the end we will stand in His embrace – forevermore…

Take Out:

Dear friend, 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 was written for us.

Join me?

Go to His Word now, read what He’s written for your soul… Moment by moment we will need to draw on His strength, the here and now will constantly drain us of ours, but His strength is without end.  Fix your eyes on WHO has you, not on the ocean threatening to overcome you…

Dessert:

Father, sometimes we doubt our faith when we find ourselves once again in the grip of fear.  In this world we will face many fears, but You have overcome this world.  May Your peace descend upon us whatever the situation.  Let us feel that quiet calm in the midst of the conflict, Your loving arms and Your still small voice proclaiming ‘She is mine.’  Teach us moment by moment to remember that the battle is already won, and at just the right time we will find ourselves in Your forever with no more tears… In Jesus’ powerful Name, Amen.

For more encouragement, visit Paris at Living Braver where we discover what it means to Fear…Less and Paris Renae, where we look at how very extraordinary ordinary is!

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12 Comments

Colby, thanks so much for sharing your father's heart for your girls. It is SOOOO hard when they are adults because we don't want them to suffer consequences. But we realize that is how God will grow them and make them useful in His kingdom. Parenting is the hardest job ever and it never gets easier. Praying for your girls today that they will seek Him first and find they have all things because of Him...

Sharon, yes, these are days that can cause us much unrest, but so sweet to rest in His arms and know that even though we may be surprised or dismayed, He is already there and will see us through...

Janet, we can always trust His loving arms can't we... Praying He gives you direction in all your days...

Kristine, loving His peace and thanking Him for you...

Margle, thank you for your kind words and blessings. Praying God blesses you in many surprising ways...

Stephanie, isn't it sweet to be His, always amazed at His loving arms...

I remember as a father teaching my children to swim and I did it the very same way. Once my daughters realized it was safe and that I wasn't going to let anything happen to them, they were just fine with it. Now that they are older, I find that I need to trust in God the same way as I deal with my girls struggling with life choices. My prayers are for them to turn their lives back to God and for me to be patient and allow God to work. It's so hard at times because of bad choices that cause them to suffer. My heart aches for them at times and I find myself searching for answers. Thanks for the devotion today. God has been so graciuos in His love to me these past few weeks. I am encouraged more and more each day that He wiil be there for me when I need Him to be. God Bless!

Really comforting, seeing the days that we are living in now! Thank you.

A beautiful example of trust and building trust which is an ongoing practice casting all of our cares on the Lord and trusting His direction.

Great reminder, thanks. He is our peace in every storm!

Very well done Carolyn. Really enjoyed this devotion this morning. May God bless you with your ministry!!!

Thank you Paris for this sweet reminder from my Father, that it not that He's only willing to call me His, but that He wants to!!

"For I am Yours, and You are mine"

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