Lower than a Servant Girl

Originally posted on jennifersanabria.com on July 20, 2010:

“Be encouraged that humbling seasons are for our ultimate benefit, though painful and well, humbling.

Let me encourage you not to resist the process of humility. When God has ordained the humbling, you can be wholly certain that His love is the catalyst, and the process is forming in you a meek and gentle heart, preparing you for the abundance ahead. If God has you in the place of a servant girl – or even beneath one – humble yourself under His mighty hand. In due time, He will lift you up.”

“He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heaps; he seats them with princes, with princes of their people. He settles the barren woman in her home as a happy mother of children. Praise the Lord.” (Psalm 113:7-9)

Excerpt from Ruth: Loss, Love and Legacy by Kelly Minter

But I don’t know her that well…

Originally posted on jennifersanabria.com on July 7, 2010

This was sent to me from sweet Heather, a friend from my former Life Group. She and I don’t speak too often, but she sent me the following email and it encouraged me that even though we may not speak with each other often, when the Lord places someone on our hearts, it’s for a reason:

Okay so the Lord keeps prompting me to share with you the devotional that I was reading when He placed you on my heart.  Hope it has some relevance to you…It is from the Devotional “Streams In The Desert”

“My words…will come true at their proper time.” (Luke 1:20)
“What the Lord has said…will be accomplished! (Luke 1:45)

“The Lord is sure to accomplish those things
A loving heart has waited long to see;
Those words will be fulfilled to which she clings,
Because her God has promised faithfully;
And, knowing Him, she ne’er can doubt His word;
He speaks and it is done. The mighty Lord!

The Lord is sure to accomplish those things,
O burdened heart, rest ever in His care;
In quietness beneath His shadowing wings
Await the answer to your longing prayer.
When you know you have ‘cast your cares’ the heart then sings,
The Lord is sure to accomplish those things.

The Lord is sure to accomplish those things,
O tired heart, believe and wait and pray;
Peacefully the evening chime still rings,
Though cloud and rain and storm have filled the day.
Faith pierces throught the mist of doubt that bars
The coming night sometimes, and finds the stars.

The Lord is sure to accomplish those things,
O trusting heart, the Lord to you has told;
Let Faith and Hope arise, and lift their wings,
To soar towards the sunrise clouds of gold;
The doorways of the rosy dawn swing wide,
Revealing joys the darkness of night did hide.

Bessie Porter

Matthew Henry said, “We can depend on God to fulfill His promise, even when the roads leading to it are closed, for no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ.  And so throught him the “Amen” (so be it) is spoken by us to the glory of God.” (2 Cor 1:20)