At The Gate Called: BEAUTIFUL

Acts 3:1 -11

Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the ninth hour, the hour of prayer. And a man who had been lame from his mother’s womb was being carried along, whom they used to set down every day at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, in order to beg alms of those who were entering the temple. When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple, he began asking to receive alms. But Peter, along with John, fixed his gaze on him and said, “Look at us!”  And he began to give them his attention, expecting to receive something from them. But Peter said, “I do not possess silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you: In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene—walk!” And seizing him by the right hand, he raised him up; and immediately his feet and his ankles were strengthened. With a leap he stood upright and began to walk; and he entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God;  and they were taking note of him as being the one who used to sit at the Beautiful Gate of the temple to beg alms, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.

A Beggar – Nameless, Broken, Hurt.

Everyday this man was carried to the temple gate to get what he could; to get what he or others thought he deserved. In His mind he had been given a blow in life, a unique and terrible pain that made him different from everyone else – an outcast. His future looked bleak, he was damaged and only good for one thing and that was to daily sit at the gate and beg for alms from anyone who would have pity on him.

I wonder if there was a place in the beggars heart that longed for more? Did he dream of walking and jumping like others? Did he belive that this could happen? Did he pray daily that someone would have more than pity on him and show true compassion?

Did he ache with anticipation of what could be?

If he did, he did not express it out loud, instead, the same as he always did, when Peter and John passed by he simply asked them for what he thought he could get or what he thought he deserved.

 BUT

Peter and John DID NOT give him what he asked for! This was no ordinary day. As the beggar sat at the gate called BEAUTIFUL he was given more than a few alms, He was given something much more extravagant.He was given beauty in Body and Spirit for it says he went WALKING,  LEAPING AND PRAISING GOD!!

And ALL who heard were filled with wonder and amazement.

And that miracle opened the door for Peter to share the good news!

What about you and me?

Have we asked for the impossible? Have I asked for MORE in my own life or do I simply ask for what I think God can give me or what I deserve? Do you sit at the gate called Beautiful feeling broken, used, weak, perhaps an outcast or alone … too scared to hope there is more but dying to know if there is?  What are we asking God for?

When it comes to my own healing as a woman I want more! I want to be able to STAND to walk, leap and praise God so that MANY will SEE what God has done at the Gate called BEAUTIFUL.

It is there for you too!!

“And on the basis of faith in His name, it is the name of Jesus which has strengthened this man whom you see and know; and the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect health in the presence of you all.” (Acts 3:16)

At the gate called BEAUTIFUL!

Psalms 16

Keep me safe, my God,
for in you I take refuge.

I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
apart from you I have no good thing.”
I say of the holy people who are in the land,
“They are the noble ones in whom is all my delight.”
Those who run after other gods will suffer more and more.
I will not pour out libations of blood to such gods
or take up their names on my lips.

Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup;
you make my lot secure.
The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
surely I have a delightful inheritance.

I will praise the Lord, who counsels me;
even at night my heart instructs me.
I keep my eyes always on the Lord.
With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
my body also will rest secure,
because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
nor will you let your faithful one see decay.

You make known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

In His Time

As I climb … higher and higher …

The MAGNIFICENCE of Gods creation overwhelms me!

The blue sky, white clouds, tall mountains covered with a blanket of snow, the valley below with rivers running through them, the ever greens standing tall in their rightful positions …

And then …

There it is ….

The tree …

So …

Dead … yet alive

Empty … yet full

Isolated … yet strong

Different … yet lovely

Cracked and weathered … yet full of colour and story!

I stood amazed …

In His time

In His time

He makes ALL things BEAUTIFUL

In His time!

Lord please show me everyday

As you’re teaching me your way

That you do just what you say

IN YOUR TIME!!!

 

No matter what you have gone through, no matter how you feel, God makes ALL things BEAUTIFUL in HIS TIME!!!

I Will Follow

I will Follow 

Chris Tomlin:
Where you go – I’ll go
Where you stay – I’ll stay
When you move – I’ll move 
I will follow! 
Who you love – I’ll love 
How you serve – I’ll serve
If this life I loose  
I will follow!
 
On one of my walks with my Heavenly Father recently:
Can you see the where this path leads? No
Do you believe there is something good around the corner? Well, yes of course … it has been wonderful up to now, even the ugly has been beautiful to me today, I can only imagine what is yet to come!
Do you want to keep going or stay here? want to keep going even though it is truly lovely and peaceful here.

Well then, child, in your own life, do you see how this applies? In the moment you are happy and content, though there have been many times of hardship in your past and moments of uncertainty in your present – will you continue to walk in obedience before me, one step at a time, even if you cannot see the future? Yes. I will follow!

How about you my friend? Are you facing the unknown today?
I want to encourage you to look behind you and see what HE HAS DONE. Then look beside you and see what HE IS DOING and then look forward and say with me: 
I may not know the future, but I know who holds the future! 
Psalms 121:5
The Lord himself will watch over you!
The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade.

Where are you planted?

Jeremiah 17
Wisdom from the Lord

 5 This is what the Lord says:
“Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans,
who rely on human strength
and turn their hearts away from the Lord.
6 They are like stunted shrubs in the desert,
with no hope for the future.
They will live in the barren wilderness,
in an uninhabited salty land.

 7 “But blessed are those who trust in the Lord
and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.
8 They are like trees planted along a riverbank,
with roots that reach deep into the water.
Such trees are not bothered by the heat
or worried by long months of drought.
Their leaves stay green,
and they never stop producing fruit.

 9 “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things,
and desperately wicked.
Who really knows how bad it is?
10 But I, the Lord, search all hearts
and examine secret motives.
I give all people their due rewards,
according to what their actions deserve.”

Pondering

Who do I REALLY trust? What does my heart hope for? Where does my confidence truly lie? Does my outside actions match my inside motivations?

As I am learning to wait on the Lord and His timing I realize over and over again that I must put my WHOLE trust in the Him. No matter what my circumstances are, the promise of the Lord is that if I put my trust, hope and confidence in HIM and HIM ALONE, I will be like a tree planted by the waters who is healthy and fruitful in ALL seasons!

Trust: Firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something.

Hope: A feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.

Confidence: The feeling or belief that one can rely on someone or something; firm trust.The state of feeling certain about the truth of something.

What about you?