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June, Issue 3

2017: Inspiration for Her Volume 2

Peace I leave with you ; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world Peace I leave with you ; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hea rts be troubled and do not be afraid. I have told you these things, so that in me you may have p eace. In this world you will have trouble. But take hear t! I have overcome the world. John 14:27; 16:33

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June, Issue 3

Letter from the Editor

Ask, and it will be given to you. Seek, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Matthew 7:7-8

“Peace is My continual gift to you. It flows abundantly from My throne of grace. Just as the Israelites could not store up manna for the future but had to gather it daily, so it is with My Peace. The day-by-day collecting of manna kept My people aware of their dependence on Me. Similarly, I give you sufficient Peace for the present when you come to Me by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving. If I gave you permanent Peace, independent of My Presence, you might fall into the trap of self-sufficiency. May that never be!  

“I have designed you to need Me moment by moment. As your awareness of your neediness increases, so does your realization of My abundant sufficiency. I can meet every one of your needs without draining My resources at all. Approach My throne of grace with bold confidence, receiving My Peace with a thankful heart.” Exodus 16:14-20; Philippians 4:6-7, 19; Hebrews 4:16

The above passage is from a daily devotional called “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young. I was gifted this devotional by a great friend, and I’ve enjoyed the times I’ve been able to read it consistently. However, I did not come across this one because I was reading it, but because SHE was reading it. And she sent it to her husband, who sent it to my husband (Andy), who sent it to me. And then I sent it to another friend, and am now sharing it with you. This devotional was so powerful for us in those moments, that we felt it needed to be shared, the message needed to be spread. When I reflected on the passage later, I realized that the word “peace” could be changed to many other words, and still hold true, and maybe even be more pivotal in our current circumstance. Words like joy, strength, motivation, purpose, grace, mercy, love, attention, wisdom, guidance, forgiveness, etc.

There are so many things I need from God. And the list of words I just made are only a few of them. I’m assuming we can all agree on that… But I have a hard time asking Him for those things. First, because I want to be self-sufficient. I want to be able to do everything for myself, because then I don’t have to feel let down if something doesn’t turn out the way I want it to. And then I fall short, and I continue to fall short until I seek Him and ask for His help. Second, because I don’t always believe that I have the right or deserve to ask Him of anything. Will He really answer? Will He really care? The answer, of course, is OF COURSE! Of course He will answer, and He will care. Now, I could never ask for His… anything… ever again, and God wouldn’t necessarily be effected; He would still love me regardless. However, I wouldn’t be getting the most out of my relationship with Jesus that way. I wouldn’t be as satisfied, happy, joyful, caring, as I would be if I would seek the Lord and His purposes and desires.

One section that really hits me: “I can meet every one of your needs without draining My resources at all.” No matter what we ask of Him, or how often we ask of it, the magnitude of that which we receive will never diminish. We won’t get less forgiveness or love or joy or strength in 10 years than we will today. And when God says He can meet every one of your needs, He means every one. Even the ones we don’t realize that we need, maybe because we are too distracted by our need for something else. So I encourage you to seek God with all of your needs, every day, every moment. Because that is what He is there for! Give Jesus something to do – let Him petition to the Father for you! Call out to Him so that you can receive that which God is willing to give continually.

I want you to think for a moment of how excited you are to give someone a gift – the anticipation of the joy you will experience through this person. The blessing this person will receive through this gift giving, and the blessing you receive as the gift-giver. Now think how excited God must be to give you a gift He knows you not only need, but want, and are asking for! Another thing to think about, is how being asked for help makes you feel. I know that when my daughter, Lilly, is needing something, and she comes to me for help, I feel so much better knowing I was able to relieve her discomfort, or her need for something as silly as putting a “pretty” in her hair, or turning on “Frozen” for her. I also know how terrible I can feel when my son, AJ, is crying out for something, but I can’t figure out what he needs, and he can’t communicate any other way. I imagine God feels these same feelings – joy when we ask for and receive His gifts, and sadness when we don’t communicate our needs or desires to Him. I am reminded of the following verse: “Who among you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him” (Matthew 7:9-11). So I encourage you to ask, seek, and knock, so that you may be answered, you may find, and the door may be opened to you, in the name of Jesus!  I want you to think for a moment of how excited you are to give someone a gift – the anticipation of the joy you will experience through this person. The blessing this person will receive through this gift giving, and the blessing you receive as the gift-giver. Now think how excited God must be to give you a gift He knows you not only need, but want, and are asking for! Another thing to think about, is how being asked for help makes you feel. I know that when my daughter, Lilly, is needing something, and she comes to me for help, I feel so much better knowing I was able to relieve her discomfort, or her need for something as silly as putting a “pretty” in her hair, or turning on “Frozen” for her. I also know how terrible I can feel when my son, AJ, is crying out for something, but I can’t figure out what he needs, and he can’t communicate any other way. I imagine God feels these same feelings – joy when we ask for and receive His gifts, and sadness when we don’t communicate our needs or desires to Him. I am reminded of the following verse: “Who among you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him” (Matthew 7:9-11). So I encourage you to ask, seek, and knock, so that you may be answered, you may find, and the door may be opened to you, in the name of Jesus!

I just want to take a second to say how excited I am to be including again some more pieces written by YOU LADIES! We’ve received so many letters from women around the country we are having a hard time keeping up. But don’t worry – responses are coming! We would love nothing more than to encourage you in your walk with the Lord, answer questions, and get to know you. So keep ‘em coming! Let us know if you’ve found inspiration in these pages, what has touched your heart, what has opened your eyes, how the Lord is leading and changing you. I know these letters are super encouraging for me as a woman of God, knowing that what I have shared matters. I’m sure other ladies would love to hear the same! I just want to take a second to say how excited I am to be including again some more pieces written by YOU LADIES! We’ve received so many letters from women around the country we are having a hard time keeping up. But don’t worry – responses are coming! We would love nothing more than to encourage you in your walk with the Lord, answer questions, and get to know you. So keep ‘em coming! Let us know if you’ve found inspiration in these pages, what has touched your heart, what has opened your eyes, how the Lord is leading and changing you. I know these letters are super encouraging for me as a woman of God, knowing that what I have shared matters. I’m sure other ladies would love to hear the same!  

Continuing to seek Inspiration,

Kirsten Foster  

Inspiration Ministries

Newsletter Features

  • Letter from the Editor by Kirsten Foster
  • My Testimony Pt. 2 by Arlene Samuelson
  • I Can Hear You...by CJ Eaton
  • He Waited / Would You Give by Katrina Scott
  • Does He Love Them More by Laura Gauthier
  • The Pathway to Humility by Lysa TerKeurst

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