God Intentions

 

From the greatest evil
ever done

Christ nailed upon
the cross

You brought forth
the greatest good

salvation for
the lost.

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You establish good from the bad.

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“So they sent this message to Joseph: ‘Before your father died, he instructed us to say to you: “Please forgive your brothers for the great wrong they did to you – for their sin in treating you so cruelly.” So we, the servants of the God of your father, beg you to forgive our sin.’ When Joseph received the message, he broke down and wept. Then his brothers came and threw themselves down before Joseph. ‘Look, we are your slaves,’ they said.”

“But Joseph replied, ‘Don’t be afraid of me. Am I God, that I can punish you? You intended to harm me but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.’ “

Genesis 50:16-20

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In This Place

 

I have come down
from heaven

in order to carry
you home

no long lists of how to’s
or rungs to climb

I give you rest and call you
My own.

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You establish Yourself as the way, so the only step I have to take is into Your arms.

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“Jacob left Beersheba and traveled toward Haran. At sundown he arrived at a good place to set up camp and stopped there for the night. Jacob found a stone to rest his head against and lay down to sleep. As he slept, he dreamed of a stairway that reached from the earth up to heaven. And he saw the angels of God going up and down the stairway.”

“At the top of the stairway stood the LORD, and He said, ‘I am the LORD the God of your grandfather Abraham, and the God of your father Isaac. The ground you are lying on belongs to you. I am giving it to you and your descendants. Your descendants will be as numerous as the dust of the earth. They will spread out in all directions – to the west and the east, to the north and the south. And all the families of the earth will be blessed through you and your descendants. What’s more, I am with you and I will protect you wherever you go. One day I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have finished giving you everything I have promised you.’ “

“Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, ‘Surely the LORD is in this place, and I wasn’t even aware of it.’ “.

Genesis 28:10-16

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God Provides

 

You truly see
my every need
knowing how and when
to provide it

as You gave up
Your only son
and didn’t withhold Him
from us.

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You establish my provision.

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“When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. But the angel of the LORD called out to him from heaven, ‘Abraham! Abraham!’ “

” ‘ Here I am, ‘ he replied.”

” ‘Do not lay a hand on the boy,’ he said. ‘Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.’ “

“Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide.”

Genesis 22:9-14 NIV

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Image from The Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp, page 55.
Title ‘God Provides’ from The Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp, page 56.

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Laughter

 

Hard pressed
barren

seemingly running
out of time

yet we can joy
in Jesus

knowing His ways are
lovingkind.

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You establish the gift of laughter.

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“The LORD kept His word and did for Sarah exactly what He had promised. She became pregnant, and she gave birth to a son for Abraham in his old age. This happened at just the time God said it would. And Abraham named their son Isaac. Eight days after Isaac was born, Abraham circumcised him as God had commanded. Abraham was 100 years old when Isaac was born.”

“And Sarah declared, ‘God has brought me laughter. All who hear about this will laugh with me. Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse a baby?  Yet I have given Abraham a son in his old age!’ “

Genesis 21:1-7

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Blessed To Be A Blessing

 

I will send you blessings
upon blessings

you will be full
of Me

and never lack
a gift to give

from now through
eternity.

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You establish me as a blessing.

“The LORD had said to Abram, ‘Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you . . .and you will be a blessing to others. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.”
“So Abram departed as the LORD had instructed and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he left Haran. He took his wife, Sarai, his nephew Lot, and his wealth – his livestock and all the people he had taken into his household at Haran – and headed for the land of Canaan. When they arrived in Canaan, Abram traveled through the land as far as Shechem. There he set up camp beside the oak of Moreh. At that time the area was inhabited by Canaanites. ”
“Then the LORD appeared to Abram and said, ‘I will give thIs land to your descendants.’ And Abram built an altar there and dedicated it to the LORD, who had appeared to him.”
Genesis 12:1-7

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Finding Favor

 

With each flood
of pain and trouble

you can come
to Me

and rise up
with My favor

born out of My
suffering.

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You establish Yourself as our ark of favor, so we rise up in the midst of pain and suffering.

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“The LORD observed the extent of human wickedness on the earth, and He saw that everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil. So the LORD was sorry He had ever made them and put them on the earth. It broke His heart. And the LORD said, ‘I will wipe this human race I have created from the face of the earth. Yes, and I will destroy every living thing – all the people, the large animals, the small animals that scurry along the ground, and even the birds of the sky. I am sorry I ever made them.’ But Noah found favor with the LORD. “

Genesis 6:5-8

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God Called

 

God is calling
out to us

there’s no need
to hide

He knows all
about us

 says, Come
in Me abide. 

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You establish where I am.

“The woman . . .saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband. Who was with her, and he ate it, too. At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves. When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man and his wife heard the LORD God walking about in the garden. So they hid from the LORD God among the trees. Then the LORD God called to the man, ‘Where are you?’ “.
Genesis 3:6-9

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Life Begins As A Love Story

 

You hover
over the water

speaking forth light
land and beasts

but gather together
in loving communion

to create us
from Your Trinity.

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You establish us by Your love.

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.
Then God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. Then He separated the light from the darkness. God called the light ‘day’ and the darkness ‘night’ . . .
God said, ‘Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.’ “

“So God created human beings in His own image.
In the image of God He created them;
male and female He created them.”

Genesis 1:1-5,26-27

 

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Boundaries

imagefence line

becomes overgrown

then corrected

 

Boundaries can get blurred.

 

“So Abram said to Lot, ‘Please let there be no strife between you and me . . .for we are brethren.'”  Genesis 13:8

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God Will Surely Visit You

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“And Joseph said to his brethren, ‘I am dying, but God will surely visit you, and bring  you out of this land to the land of which He swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.’ ” Genesis 50:24 NKJV

Joseph was so sure of God.

Thank You, Lord, for never forgetting where we are and where You want us to be.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

Surely You
will visit us

You’ve not forgotten
we’re here

and as You work
out the details

we need not worry
or fear.

God bless you as He visits you today!

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