Have you heard the sayings, “Third time’s a charm?” Or, “Things always happen in three’s?” I like to say, “Third time is Providence,” because charm simply conjures up for me the essence of the enemy. He walks in like a prince charming and then lays his deception and destruction. Look at Eve, Satan charmed her by appealing to her desire to have her significance filled be something other than God…the fruit., which gave her knowledge of good and evil, something God never intended us to have or the fruit would have never been forbidden. And, things always happening in three’s, well to me that is what many call coincidental and I don’t believe in coincidences I believe in the Holy Trinity – Father, Spirit, Son. I know, you probably want to refute this by bringing to my attention all the public figures that seem to pass in waves of three’s. If that is God’s will then that is Providence!
Our family has been struggling with some health concerns that have brought stress and anxiety and as I continue to cry out to God he keeps giving me Joel 2:25-26. For the third time this year I have read or heard a prophetic message about these verses in Joel.
“I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten-the great locust and the young locust, the other locusts and the locust swarm-my great army that I sent among you. You will have plenty to eat, until you are full, and you will praise the name of the LORD your God, who has worked wonders for you; never again will my people be shamed.” Joel 2:25-26.
Whatever you are going through, if you believe in Christ Jesus, if you allow faith to prevail over hopelessness then restoration is on nigh. Not only that but God promises that you will have plenty to eat, until you are full and you will praise the name of the LORD you God! I’m not saying it is easy and many times God’s word uses the analogy of a woman giving birth, the pushing, the sweating, the tears and the pain, to express what it will take to get to your breakthrough, but once you are holding that sweet, precious newborn in your arms all the hard work is forgotten.
Precious One, press in, seek God and don’t give up! I’m telling myself this as well.
Providence – the only Three you need.
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Restoration. The word holds hope and joy and of things yet to come.
When my husband was a teenager his stepdad bought this 1960 356B Porsche Cabriolet. At the time it was in perfect working condition, or so we thought. My husband has always wanted this car and his stepdad told him one day it would be his. A few years ago, after we had comfortably settled my father-in-law into assisted living, we brought the car home. The car had sat garaged for many years and began to fall into disrepair. My husband’s intention was to always restore the 356 to its former beauty.
Here are some things we’ve discovered in the process. It is by the grace of God alone that whenever my father-in-law drove this car he was safe. The ‘mechanic’ that had originally restored the car had done so in such a way that if it weren’t for Providence, driving this car could have resulted in a catastrophe.
The other thing we have learned is restoration takes time. A.LOT.OF.TIME. My husband completely gutted the inside of the car, has taken apart all mechanical and moving parts and has spent countless hours cataloguing all parts, researching and locating original or close to original parts as possible, networking with other Porsche restorers and finally coming to the point of putting it all back together. Please don’t misunderstand me, even though many times this task can be frustrating and seem daunting, it brings my husband joy. He loves working with his hands and God has uniquely gifted him with knowledge, wisdom and passion for this type of work. By trade he is an aircraft system engineer and aircraft mechanic.
Restoration. It can be the same in our own life can’t it? Allowing Holy Spirit to completely empty us of who we thought we were in Christ. Taking apart all the working pieces only to make room for the putting back together with a newness in our minds. It isn’t easy and it most definitely can be messy, it can take countless hours of prayer and crying out to God and may even require godly counsel for spiritual and emotional healing.
But, God promises that after suffering for a little while HE will RESTORE you. He will make you stronger, firmer AND more steadfast.
Precious One, that is truly good news!
Do you linger with God? Are you wondering what lingering with God might even look like? I know I was yesterday morning as I was reading this article “The Lingerers And The Fragranced Ones Are Catching The King’s Attention” by Dawn Hill.
The word linger means, “to stay in a place longer than necessary, typically because of a reluctance to leave; to spend a long time over something.” I am reminded of King David’s words in Psalm 27:4, One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in his temple. Dawn Hill
- Have a special place that you go to sit in the presence of God, making sure it is comfortable but not overly so that you are too comfy and could possibly fall asleep.
- Have all you essentials at your finger tips.
- Any devotions that are speaking to you at the moment.
- for me this includes “Power of a Praying Parent” and “Praying for Your Adult Children” both by Stormie Omaritan, and “Jesus Always” by Sarah Young.
- Any devotions that are speaking to you at the moment.
- A book that you are reading that furthers your spiritual growth.
- I’m currently reading “The Letters in Red A Study on the words of Jesus” by Lee Wilkerson.
- Bible study material perhaps something you are studying on your own or with a small group/life group.
- I’m working on “Nehemiah a heart that can break” by Kelly Minter. Great study by the way!
- 3×5 cards. I like to buy the pack with all the different colors. As I’m reading Scripture and a verse(s) stand out at me I write them down as prayers over my family.
- A journal to record what you feel Holy Spirit speaking to your heart.
- A Bible or two and different translations.
- My go to favorite is my NIV study Bible prior to 1984.
- The Message, although this is not an official translation, I really like to easy to understand thoughts of The Message.
- Worship Music.
- Sermon or training podcasts. This is ought to be used with great care, only because we can become distracted by this tool and the result is it takes away from our lingering with God rather than contributing to our growth.
I hope this has encouraged you! Please leave some ways that you linger with God in the comments.