Nov 6, 2008

Seeking God Part 3

Before we get started here I want to tell you about a give-away. For any of you that know a sweet little girl that likes to play pretty dress up, Lola Tutu is giving away one of her adorable little tutus. I had to enter to try to win one for my grandaughters to fight over. ;D


If you're new to my blog and missed Part 1 and Part 2 of this story, just click on the links to go read them and come back here for Part 3. We will wait for you. ............. I'm gonna go grab a cup of coffee, the rest of you holler at me if they get back before I do. ........................... Ok, are we all here now? Let's go.

When we left off God had just told me to do what I knew to be right. This in itself shows what a Loving and Merciful God we have. He knew where I was in life and how skewed my thinking was. I was still quite influenced by peers and culture. God chose not to remove me from the path I was on, but instead He walked with me and ultimately carved a new direction from it.

Fast forward to 1990 and Desert Storm, the Gulf War. When we got involved in this war I began thinking about end times. In my childhood, I had two aunts who became Jehovah's Witnesses and spent two weeks teaching me all about armagedon. So even though I still had not read the Bible since my failed attempt, I did know that the world was going to come to an end. I still had that same King James Verion Bible that I couldn't understand the last time I attempted to read it but I got it out and once again began reading.

"The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass..."

That's right. This time I began in Revelation. That is, after all, where the Bible talks about the end times. So I read through Revelation, and read it again, and read it again, and ... well, you get the idea. Then I began to notice there were references to Daniel and Isaiah, and I thought "Hey, those are in the Bible! I'll go see if I can find where it says that." I bought an atlas to compare to the map in the back of my Bible and without even realizing it, I was searching the Scriptures for answers. I also found that this time, I could understand the Bible.

After reading Revelation so many times that I just about had it memorized (no lie), I decided to read the New Testament. By this time I had learned that the Old Testament was prior to Jesus' life and the New Testament was from His birth and later. So I read through the New Testament again, and again, and again. I read every second I had. I couldn't wait to get home from work so that I could read my Bible. I didn't know it at the time, but the Holy Spirit was working in my heart. Then one day after reading, I sat down on the floor in my living room and told God that all I wanted to do was live my life to please Him.

We have an absolutely Amazing God. There is nothing He cannot accomplish. No one He doesn't know. No one He can't reach. And He seeks us with His undivided attention even when we don't realize it. I'm not sure why He prompted me to write about this, but I hope He speaks to someone though this. He has spoken to me again as I've brought all these things up to the forefront of my mind.

Ok there is one more part that I was going to try to squeeze in here but it's turning out to be too long so it will wait til next time if you are still interested.

Lord thank you for drawing me, for teaching me, and for giving me understanding. You stayed with me throughout my rebellious years and guided me straight into your Loving Arms. You have been faithful even when I have been unfaithful. I recommit myself to you my God. I want nothing more than to live my life to please you. Even this, I know I can only do by your Power. Help me to Live for You and You Alone. In Christ ~ Amen


"Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God." Corrie ten Boom


Fitts said...

This has to be one of the most beautiful blogs I have visited! I will be sure to have my wife visit.

Grace & Peace,

DeAntwan Fitts

Dorothy Champagne said...

Wow, that's inspiring. Why is it when we do something for so long - it gets to be old hat? We should want to tear into the scriptures like that everyday! Thank you for the revival!

Chatty Kelly said...

Dude - of course we are still interested! This is a great story. Am loving it.

And who knew the bible talked about shoes! I love shoes! (Shew) LOL!

Okay, have a great day.

From the Heart said...

Edie, I have seen your name and work on some of the blogs I visit. Everything you do is beautiful. I have one or two of your scripture tags. There's one I know. Please stop by to visit anytime. I am going to add your Button to my Sidebar. I also signed your guestbook.

Jody said...

I just have to say AMEN to this post!!!! God is awesome.

Barb said...

Edie, your story is a modern day telling of the Apostle Paul's story. His attention was caught by God talking directly to him and then God took him off to a wilderness for three years while God HIMSELF talked to him and taught him what he needed to know. And only THEN, did he come back to Peter and the others and compare and find out that he had been given the same revelation and understanding of Jesus (without Jesus being present) that they had of Jesus while walking with Him.

The Bible is real, it's alive, it's relevant.... TODAY... for me...for you.

Oh, I just love a good story!

Sue J. said...

What an amazing journey, Edie! And that you are now able to look back and think about all the ways that God has intervened, trying to reach you....never letting go, but waiting until just the right time for Edie and in just the right way for Edie....

I wish someone had defined "personal relationship with our Lord and Savior" in such terms, as the phrase as spoken was not fully understood by me, and not convincing enough to believe, at one time.

But, He knows how you think. And who goes to buy an atlas to compare with the Biblical maps?!?! He knows you!

Thank you so much for bringing His message--His purpose--alive again for us this week. (Part 4, part 4!!)

B His Girl said...

I loved reading your journey. It went perfect with my cranberry tea.: ) The Lord waited for you to turn completely toward Him. Isn't it amazing that THE King of Kings would do that? He really is mindful of us. My bloggy friends all crossed my mind in prayer this morning. I saw everyone's little photo and said a prayer for you and your families. Keep sharing your heart for the Lord.

Tammy R said...

I love this...God chose not to remove me from the path I was on, but instead He walked with me and ultimately carved a new direction from it.

Please tell us more!

Shabby Olde Potting Shed said...

Good morning Merry Edie,

Just lettin you know, I'm GLAD you're sharing your journey... and anxious to read the part you were gonna squeeze in... but didn't.

My heart was touched that you were so thirsty, you bought an atlas to go ALONG with the map in your bible.

I'll check in with you tonight and see how your day was.

My ADHD Me said...

Again, you amaze me that at a such a young and normally immature age, you were so thirsty for God.
Bought an atlas....geez.
At that young age you probably were on a very tight budget...but you went and bought an atlas to enhance your journey.
You continue to amaze and YES....we do want to hear..The Rest Of The Story!

Chel's Leaving a Legacy said...

Well I'm sittin' here with my cup of pumpkin egg nog (store-bought kind!) :-D and Dean Martin singing "White Christmas" reading my dear friend's journey.

It can't get any more perfect than this.

Except she LEFT ME HANGING! That's not fair. Carry on...


God's Girl said...

You have a wonderful blog! I'm so glad I stopped by! Thanks for being such a blessing to so many!


Kathryn said...

Edie, I love the image of you sitting on your living room floor with your Bible and an atlas spread around you! Oh, that all would be drawn to "dig deep" into the well of Living Water!

I look forward to hearing "the rest of the story". Hope you had a glorious day off yesterday! :-)

Shabby Olde Potting Shed said...

Me again Marguerite.
I just re read 1-3. :)
Thought I'd say hi while I'm here.