Coach's Clipboard
Issue #481
November 13, 2017
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Reflections

Scripture
How precious it is, Lord, to realize that you are thinking about me constantly!  I can't even count how many times a day your thoughts turn towards me.  And when I waken in the morning, you are still thinking of me!  Psalms 139:17, 18 (Living Bible)

Praise the Lord!  For it is good to sing praises to our God; For it is pleasant and praise is becoming.
Psalm 147:1 (NASB)

For such is God, Our God forever and ever; He will guide us until death.  Psalm 48:14 (NASB)

But  when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.
John 16:13 (NASB)

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Reflections

 

This article is a reflection upon my life journey, the direction and the special people God placed along the way.  My dream, after high school was to pursue nurse's training.  I did succeed in getting a job at the local hospital.  There two God-appointed ladies, the supervisor of the hospital and a retired army nurse, took special interest in me.  They trained and taught me more about nursing than I sometimes cared to learn.  After helping the nurse with a particularly nasty procedure I heard her brag to the supervisor: "She hung right in there with me."

 

After three years I moved to Salem, Oregon, and got a job as a typist in the motor vehicle department of the state of Oregon.  That move, and the people I met at the First Baptist Church in Salem, forever changed the course of my life.  One of the friends I made at the church had a cousin who was tall, good looking and a lot of fun.  Therein lies a whole new story!

 

I thank my wonderful Heavenly Father for those growing up years.  He was always guiding, protecting and providing for me.

 

My dad's mother, a tiny lady with seven children, was a staunch Christian who read her Bible and prayed every day.  I credit her faithful prayers for me that God specifically answered.  We corresponded until she stepped into God's presence shortly before I graduated from Northwestern College.

 

God faithfully provides answers to prayer, sometimes even before we are aware there is a need.  Early one spring, our son-in-law Mark Skorheim traveled to North Dakota to help his parents set up in-home health care.  A few days after Mark arrived, our daughter Donna sent the following email to our family:

Today I have thanked our wonderful God for His perfect timing.  Shelly, the in-home health care giver (Mark had hired) had taken care of a lady for 2 1/2 years before the lady passed away.  Shelly had taken a little break and was just getting ready for another patient when she was called for Mark's parents.  She is respected, well known and comes very highly recommended.  It blesses me realizing how our awesome god's timing is perfect and how He went before to bring all this together even before we knew of the need and prayed!  Talk about amazing.  He is already working on prayer requests He knows we are going to pray in the future!  When I let that soak in - it is overwhelming!

 

With this history of God's continued watch care I have every confidence He will be faithful until I step into His presence in heaven and my eternal home.  Please read Psalm 139 in the New Living Translation, or your favorite translation, to renew your mind, trust and restore faith in God's eternal love for you. 

 

Even before birth and through death and into His presence in heaven you are His beloved one.

 

A note taped on my bathroom mirror reads "Walk steadily toward God without fear" (Psalm 23:4 Paraphrase).

 
   Q uotes
How often I have awoke tired and out-of-heart, the harp on the willows, the soul like a lark beaten down by an east wind; and when the usual Bible-study has failed to grip, or prayer has seemed cold and mechanical, the disconsolate heart has started to praise, to give thanks for mercies received, and to adore the majesty and glory of God.  As one has thus continued, the soul has thawed, the spirit has found wings, the horizon has cleared, and the angel-song has broken in with its Hallelujah!  We are thus transported into the Divine Presence-Chamber; we have obtained joy and gladness, our night is gone, and 'sorrow and sighing has fled away'.
(August 4)
Our Daily Walk: Daily Readings by F. B. Meyer

It's always God who's at the controls.  Ephesians 1:11 says that He works all things after the counsel of His own will-
all things.  That circumstance in your life, which is causing you pain or dismay or confusion or worse, is not accidental.  As someone has said, "With God nothing is accidental, nothing is incidental, and no experience is wasted."  God is working for a purpose in allowing these things.  He is looking out for us, and He won't let anything happen to us that He can't work together for our good, just as He has promised.
p. 89
The Perfect Love by Ruth Myers

I love David's prayer in Psalm 143: "Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground" (v. 10, NIV).
When you study the Word and ask the Holy Spirit to illuminate your mind, you get spiritual direction from the Word of God.  When you ask the Holy Spirit to illuminate your heart, you get spiritual confidence to live your life no matter what's going on all around you.  When you ask the Holy Spirit to illuminate your path, you get a sense of direction you would never have apart from Him.
If you don't know about the Holy Spirit . . . if you don't trust in the Spirit . . . if you don't walk by means of the Spirit . . . if you're not filled with the Spirit, life can be very, very unsettling.  But when you put the Holy Spirit in control of your life, He has everything you need to make it through with victory and joy-no matter how dark and violent the storm.
When you finally break through the clouds of earth and touch down on heaven's long, golden runway, you'll know it wasn't your own skill that got you through that troubled flight.
It was that still, small voice in the control tower.  He led you all the way.
p. 106
God in You: Releasing the Power of the Holy Spirit in Your Life by David Jeremiah
Pinecone Prayer Requests
       & Praises


1. Pray: He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake.  Psalm 23:3 (NASB)

2. Praise: In Your lovingkindness You have led the people whom You have redeemed; In Your strength You have guided them to Your holy habitation.  
Exodus 15:13 (NASB)
 
3. Pray: For lack of guidance a nation falls, but many advisers make victory sure.
Proverbs 11:14 (NIV) 

4. Pray: ...guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.  Psalm 25:5 (NIV)

5. Praise: The Lord will guide you always; He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame.  You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.  Isaiah 58:11 (NIV)

6. Pray: For God's plan and the direction of BTR board members.
  
7. Pray: The Preservation Project.
 
8. Pray: Philippines radio & OnePlace.com broadcast.

Prayer: Lord, I am trusting in You with all my heart and leaning not on my own understanding.  In all my ways I am acknowledging You and I know You will make my path straight.
Guided by Him,
 
Pearl Anderson

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 (NIV)