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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

The Beginning

Today was the first day of our study and I was definitely nervous. Thankfully it was just opening jitters and they passed quickly. It is good for me to remember Who it is really all about.

It can be difficult to brake that barrier of unfamiliarity but I pray the Lord will bond us supernaturally and quickly, so we can bypass all the awkwardness and jump straight into growing friendships. I hope to lead the way in this by example. True to form I shed a quick tear after reading scripture! WOW you can always count on me for that.... I think the Lord likes to keep me humble by making me look like a fool in front of people constantly! Oh well, He knows best!

Isaiah 55 has held my attention for about a month now and last night the Lord just infused my mind with new appreciation for those words. I don't know about anyone else, but I am a woman without spiritual currency of my own and the thought of buying without cost is liberating to me! I also LOVE verse 11 which reminds me of Jeremiah 29;11- For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." We can trust His Word to accomplish His will for us and what good plans He has!

Isaiah 55:
1 "Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. 2 Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare. 3 Give ear and come to me; hear me, that your soul may live. I will make an everlasting covenant with you, my faithful love promised to David. 4 See, I have made him a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander of the peoples.
5 Surely you will summon nations you know not, and nations that do not know you will hasten to you, because of the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, for he has endowed you with splendor." 6 Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near. 7 Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon. 8 "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD. 9 "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
10 As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, 11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. 12 You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.13 Instead of the thorn bush will grow the pine tree, and instead of briers the myrtle will grow. This will be for the LORD's renown, for an everlasting sign, which will not be destroyed."