Day 7: To what do I {hold} when my hands feel empty?

So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter.  2 Thessalonians  2:15

{Hold} – my first thought – not very spiritual I know, but anyway…

A Seinfeld episode in which Jerry arrives at a rental car agency to pick up the car he previously reserved.  At the counter, Jerry is told the rental agency does not have the mid-size car he reserved.

Much annoyed over the continuous exchange, Jerry finally says to the rental employee, “You know how to take the reservation, you just don’t know how to hold the reservation.  And that’s really the most important part of the reservation – the holding.  Anyone can just take ’em”

Funnier when Jerry Seinfeld says it (or my husband imitates the scene) for sure, but the exchange makes a good point I think.  Especially as concerns spiritual matters.  It’s easy to take the word of God – to read it, to hear it, and to know it intellectually.  However, the most important aspect is {hold}ing to the Word of God.  poppies and wheat 31 days

At times when my circumstances seem impossible to bring about the good for which I hope, it’s most important for me to make a conscious choice to go back to what I know is true.

When hands seem empty and all is dark, dry and despair threatens, I must {hold} fast to the teachings of God.

A quick and easy way to reset my mind and my heart to the truth I know is to say my ABC’s.  Beginning with the letter A, I remind myself of the true attributes of God – my true Redeemer.  Perhaps you will enjoy it too.

  • A – Almighty
  • B – Beautiful & Bountiful
  • C – Cares for me
  • D – Deliverer & Delights in me
  • E – Emmanuel (God with us) & Eternal
  • F – Forever Friend, Faithful
  • G – God, Giver, Gracious
  • H – Holy, Helper
  • and all the way through Z

Gleaning again, as I read through the book of Ruth.  Naomi was familiar with the Mosaic Law and the provision God made to care for widows and to provide a redeemer of name and property through a near kinsman.

Reading the Scripture below in Ruth chapter 2, we catch a glimpse of Naomi {hold}ing to the truth she knew of God’s Word, His Law, and His character.  Not only did Naomi hold to the truth as a light of hope for herself, she held it out for her beloved daughter in law, Ruth.  Glean and {hold} the truth of God’s Word for yourself…

Now there was a wealthy and influential man in Bethlehem named Boaz, who was a relative of Naomi’s husband, Elimelech.  One day Ruth the Moabite said to Naomi, “Let me go out into the harvest fields to pick up the stalks of grain left behind by anyone who is kind enough to let me do it.”  Naomi replied, “All right, my daughter, go ahead.”  So Ruth went out to gather grain behind the harvesters. And as it happened, she found herself working in a field that belonged to Boaz, the relative of her father-in-law, Elimelech.

 So Ruth gathered barley there all day, and when she beat out the grain that evening, it filled an entire basket.  She carried it back into town and showed it to her mother-in-law. Ruth also gave her the roasted grain that was left over from her meal.  

“Where did you gather all this grain today?” Naomi asked. “Where did you work? May the Lord bless the one who helped you!”  So Ruth told her mother-in-law about the man in whose field she had worked. She said, “The man I worked with today is named Boaz.”

“May the Lord bless him!” Naomi told her daughter-in-law. “He is showing his kindness to us as well as to your dead husband.  That man is one of our closest relatives, one of our family redeemers.”

Ruth 2:1-3, 17-20 nlt

Saturday Share coffeeToday is day 7 of the 31-day writing challenge for sure, but it is also Saturday.  Probably the aspect of Eyes on Jesus and Shine I am most fond of is Saturday Share.  It was God’s idea (so it’s the best idea) to offer a space for people I know to guest post their own testimony of truth God is teaching them right now in their current circumstances.

In this week’s edition of Saturday Share, my nephew, Brad Milford, has given me permission to share his recent blog post from Dear Elias.brad-and-elias.jpg

This (the picture) is the hope Brad has been {hold}ing to for months.  Even when his daddy-hands were empty and he had no human way of thinking he would get to {hold} his son like this, he prayed and begged God and he chose forgiveness and asked others to pray for him and asked Elias’ mom to relent.  He didn’t give up.

When all was dark and empty Brad was {hold}ing onto what he knew was true.  Love is right and God is good.  Period.

Thanks, Brad for teaching me to {hold} to God with the hope of His good for me as well!

Read Dear Elias: Dry Bones Come Alive by clicking here.

Disclaimer:  Brad wrote this post I think because I asked him to do it.  He wrote it quickly and posted it without revisions.  This is truly a 5-minute post (probably typed out on his phone).  I purposely have not asked to clean it up or edit or change it in any way because his daddy- heart scribbled out quickly with all the text-style spelling and grammatical imperfections is absolutely precious!

Ponders:

  1.  Is there something you’re hoping for, but the circumstances right now could tempt you to choose hopeless instead?
  2.  Will you speak your circumstances out loud to Jesus?  Regardless of your circumstances, will you ask a trusted loved one to pray with you for victory?
  3.  Circumstances can be very deceptive.  It can appear in our finite world of the 5 senses that nothing good is happening which will lead to a breakthrough.  What do you know to be true about God?  Will you write out His attributes/ His character in a journal?  (Maybe try the ABC’s)
  4. How about conducting a search for Scripture which teaches us about the character of God?  blueletterbible.org or biblegateway.com for starters
  5. Will you choose to HOLD to the truth you know until the breakthrough comes your way?

Will you share about your experience currently (or from your past) of how you’ve experienced God’s faithfulness in your life by the simplest action of {hold}ing on to the truth of God’s Word and His character?

Eyes on Jesus… you will Shine!   ~Lisa


6 thoughts on “Day 7: To what do I {hold} when my hands feel empty?

  1. I read everyone of Brad’s blogs. Then I bowed my head I prayer for him and Elias. I am so glad he has fallen in love with Jesus and is teaching his son the meaning of that. I pray he never loses heart or his faith. I shared a link to his blog on my FB page. I wanted to use him as an example to other young adults of how you can turn your life around if you turn it over to God.

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    1. Phyllis, thank you for reading Brad’s blog – every post. It is truly an outpouring of his redeemed heart – not perfect, like mine, but redeemed by Christ for sure! Thank you for sharing his blog on Facebook. Thank you for your encouraging words, which I will make sure he sees and reads and knows Jesus is making use of Brad’s redemption story of the glory of Jesus’ name – The Name above all names!
      Bless you, Phyllis, as you have spent some of your precious time here on my blog site. Eyes on Jesus… you’re shining!

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  2. God brought me through a very painful divorce some 20 years ago now. I held onto the scripture that He would never leave nor forsake me as my husband had done both. Thankful for his faithfulness.

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    1. Thank you, kluvst, for stopping by to read my post on {hold} and to enter into the conversation. I’m so sorry for the tremendous loss you experienced through a divorce. And more grateful you knew God and were able to hold to truth – to know God will never leave you. No, He will never forsake you. God is the only faithful One! Thank you again for participating with me today.
      Eyes on Jesus… you’re shining! ~Lisa

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