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God's ways defy all logic.

God's ways are always different than we imagine.

  • God doesn't call the qualified, He qualifies the called.
  • God grades on the cross, not the curve.
  • God loves everyone, but probably prefers "fruits of the Spirit" over "religious nuts.
  • God promises a safe landing, not a calm passage.
  • He who angers you, controls you.
  • If God is your co-pilot - swap seats.
  • Prayer: Don't give God instructions - just report for duty.
  • The task ahead of us is never as great as the Power behind us.
  • The will of God will never take you to where the Grace of God will not protect you.
  • We don't change the message, the message changes us.
  • You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage him.
  • The best mathematical equation I have ever seen: 1 cross + 3 nails = 4 given.
  • God's ways are always the best ways.

    My take on the above:

    1. Feeling you have to measure up to a standard in order to be used by God is the world's thinking.  He'll take your mess then give you a message and send you on your way [your destiny], if you just ask!  1 Chronicles 4:10

    2. His grace covers our guilt.  Be faithufl in what He imparts to you.  Matthew 25:21

    3. Be humble.  Empty yourself of everything "flesh" and be like the bottom of a dry pond.  As with the rain, God's love will then be able to fill you up.  Matthew 6:2

    4. Ask yourself this.  Am I taking things into my own hands when life gets messy or am I trusting God?  In Him, there is safety.  Proverbs 29:25

    5. Live in peace with others and avoid angry people.  Pray for them instead of being their prey.  Proverbs 22:24

    6. Get rid of your agenda and stop wrestling with God.  Genesis 32:24-26

    7. Keep prayer simple.  Afterall, you're talking to God not reciting a dissertation.  Matthew 6:7

    8. Gain strength in struggles by using the power within you as a Believer - the Holy Spirit.  Trust and believe that you can do all things through Christ Jesus!  Philippians 4:13 

     9. No matter what you are facing ask that God's will be manifested in the situation.  His grace will cover you.  2 Corinthians 12:9

    10. Words are meaningless unless you make them meaningful.  Romans 12:2

    11. WHO'S YOUR DADDY? The Lord is your Rock and Salvation!  He is your Strong Tower and Defense! Your Shield!  Your Strength!  Your Fortress and Deliverer! If your faith can move a mountain why are you allowing mountains to move you?  Psalm 16:8

    12. When was the last time you gave up your child for a stranger? John 3:16

    God's ways are always the best ways.

    Is it logical that God would send a person who is seated in a wheelchair since childhood into the mission field in a Third World country?  Most people would say no but He does.  I have learned not to reason myself out of situations that I know God is leading me in even when, logically speaking, it makes no sense in the natural.  Allow God to lead you by the unction of the Holy Spirit and the Truth of His Word.

    GBY!  Barbara :) 


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    Comment balloon 27 commentsBARBARA RIES • July 27 2008 10:17PM

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    Barbara-and while the whole process of recovery in our industry and our economy some scripture that I have been meditating on.

    When I think that I know how to make things turn around-"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding." Proverbs 3:5

    When I think that God isn't looking out for me-"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." Jeremiah 29:11

    And finally for our country-"If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14

    Posted by Neil G. Blair-Bennett (NationalREORelief.com) about 9 years ago

    Hi Neil:  Those are the three scriptures that have been very meanngful in my life.

    God's ways defy all logic.  If we try to do life our way we quite possibly will miss the greater blessing when God makes his move.

    Thank you for your post and for sharing these scriptures with us.  Barbara :)

    Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) about 9 years ago

    Barbara ...wow! I can't decide which one is my favorite. They are all so true and wise. Well... they would be wouldn't they? They are God's word. Thank you for including the scripture links. Wonderful post. I am bookmarking!

    Posted by Sharon Young (Ivy League Mortgage Philadelphia, Pa) about 9 years ago

    Hi Sharon:  You're most welcome!  Gotta love His Word!  Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.  God bless!!  Barbara

    Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) about 9 years ago

    I agree with everything you posted EXCEPT the title. God's ways ARE logic. It is our human foolishness that make it seem not to be.

    Posted by Leslie Prest, Owner, Assoc. Broker, Prest Realty, Payson, (Leslie Prest, Prest Realty, Sales and Rentals in Payson, AZ) about 9 years ago

    Thanks for another great post!  I saw your last comment and I receive it.  Coming your way!  The kids are doing great!  All is good!

    Posted by Chuck Carstensen, Minnesota Real Estate Expert (RE/MAX Results) about 9 years ago

    Hi Leslie:  Thank you for your post and visit -- please come back again. Barbara

    Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) about 9 years ago

    Hi Chuck: Glad to hear your family is doing well!  Kids grow up way too fast.  Thanks for your post and your encouragement.  GBY!  Barbara :)

    Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) about 9 years ago

    Sister Barbara you hit the nail on the head. It's not about us. And i'm so glad.

    Posted by Robert L. Brown, Grand Rapids Real Estate Bellabay Realty, West Mic (www.mrbrownsellsgr.com) about 9 years ago

    Wonderful words of wisdom Barbara.  We can either trust God's direction or try it our way.  After reflecting on Exodus 14 this morning, I know I don't want to wander in the wilderness for 40 years and still end up missing out on God's best for me.  His path may look hard sometimes, but it's always shorter and sweeter than choosing our own.

    Posted by Judy Regan (PRMG) about 9 years ago

    Hi Robert:  I appreciate your post.  Thank you for your thoughts and visit!  Please stop by again. God bless you!  Barbara

    Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) about 9 years ago

    Hi Judy:  It gets challenging in the wilderness -- I've been there myself.  To read about trusting God is easy but when the rubber meets the road the only way truly is God's way.

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts and wonderful insight!  Barbara :) 

    Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) about 9 years ago

    I need these daily reminders in life .  Thank YOu

    Posted by Kevin Whitty about 9 years ago

    Hi Kevin: You'e welcome!... and welcome to 'the secret place'.  Thanks for your post and please stop by again. Barbara

    Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) about 9 years ago

    Hi Barbara,

    This is like the second time I have used paypal so let me know it went through...thanks

    Posted by Chuck Carstensen, Minnesota Real Estate Expert (RE/MAX Results) about 9 years ago

    Barbara,

    It's taken me years to see that the paths of righteousness are where I want to go. Sometimes those paths aren't the easiest to travel, but they're much more rewarding in the end. Thanks for the post.

    Posted by Andrew Trevino, Wilkes-Barre Homes For Sale (ADT Real Estate) about 9 years ago

    Hi Andrew:  Welcome to 'the secret place'!!  Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts with the group.  Please come by again and God bless you!!  (Wilkes Bare,PA. was my old stomping ground, many, many light years ago!)  Barbara :)

    Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) about 9 years ago

    The most important part is if God's ways were like ours what would the use be. To know there is a deity out there ABOVE all things warms my heart. Man will fail you everyday but the Lord never will.

    Posted by Robert L. Brown, Grand Rapids Real Estate Bellabay Realty, West Mic (www.mrbrownsellsgr.com) about 9 years ago

    Precisely Robert.  Thanks for your insight.  God bless!  Barbara

    Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) about 9 years ago

    Great blog! Thanks for all your comments! God is God. God Bless

    Posted by Bradley Oliver (1st Place Realty LLC) about 9 years ago

    Hi Bradley -- thanks for your post, I appreciate your visit! Barbara

    Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) about 9 years ago

    Hi Barbara,

    Sometimes we ask " Where is God when we need Him?" I am sure that the turmoil in our industry is causing alot of us to ask that question. When we get past this time in our lives we will look back and Thank God for carrying us through. Footprints in the Sand.

    Thanks for your inspirational post!!

    Posted by Kim Casto, Helping People Find Their Way Home! (Russell Real Estate Services) about 9 years ago

    Hi Steve and Kim:  Amen to that! This too shall pass! Thanks for sharing your encouraging insight.  Have a blessed day!  Barbara

    Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) about 9 years ago

    Barb..... boy you just keep on making GREAT posts, sis!!

    KEEP them coming!!

    =-)

    Posted by Alexander Harb, Dallas, Texas Real Estate Investing (Knights Investing) about 9 years ago

    Gosh, thanks Alex -- to the One and Only extravagant God -- to Him be the gloryGod bless you!  Barbara :)

    Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) about 9 years ago

    Perfect timing, just the words we were needing to hear while trying to know whether or not we have heard God correctly during some financial struggles. We will remember "God's ways defy all logic." Thank you!

    Posted by The Dunn Team Real Estate by The Book (Exit Realty Tri County) about 9 years ago

    Hi Chris and Dianne! You are most welcome BUT thank you! for posting to "the secret place" -- I love when God brings those special times of confirmation -- what a testimony of His great and enduring love for us.  God bless you both and keep pushing through to victory.  Remember, when we're in God's will He becomes our biggest fan!  Barbara :)

    Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) about 9 years ago

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