Do as You Promised

Did King David have a red chair? This off-the-wall thought invades my mind as I ponder God’s Word.

Each morning I drag my little red chair across from God’s throne. Knees touching with the Almighty, I sit and wait for God to breathe a living word into my day.

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Throne of King Charles III of Spain (1716-1788).

Today, I read the historical account of Nathan a prophet who reported to King David the words of his revelation of David’s future.  First Chronicles 17:16-27 is David’s prayer in response to such a significant blessing:

Then King David went in and sat before the Lord, and he said: “Who am I, Lord God, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far? Lord, let the promise you have made concerning your servant and his house be established forever. Do as you promised, so that it will be established and that your name will be great forever.” (1 Chronicles 17:16, 23-24)

Do as you promised.

Comprised of four words and five syllables, “Do as you promised,” packs a power punch prayer.

Rising from my red chair, I pad into the kitchen, deciding this requires more coffee. I pour another cup of liquid mercy pondering the words “Do as you promised.”

Tugging the handle of the junk drawer, I give it a forceful yank. Why does this drawer always stick? Shuffling through box tops and pencils needing sharpening I find a marker and a sticky pad. I write, “Do as you promised” and stick it to the kitchen cabinet.Do as you Promised Verse

Whether washing my hands, reaching for a glass, or pouring coffee, this four-word prayer reminds me, God’s Word is full of promises to His children.

The Bible contains over 8,000 promises. I am clinging to this promise penned by passionate Peter:

“And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” (1 Peter 5:10, NIV)

 After I have suffered a little while, Christ Himself will restore me. Lord do as you promised.

“Not one of all the Lord’s good promises to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled.” (Joshua 21:45)

God fulfilled every promise made, every-single-one. It is well with my soul, because God will answer the prayer, “Do as you promised.”

~April Dawn White

Images courtesy of Pixabay and author.

But God

But God” packs a two-word power punch.Hiking Pixabay

“But God” can serve as a two-word prayer, while not grammatically correct, it is spiritually correct. In the midst of adversity and unknown circumstances, I use this two-word sentence as my two-word power prayer and whisper, “But God.”

I do not know what God has up His holy sleeve, but God can turn a mess into a message. Below is a compilation of “But God” verses to encourage you today.

Apply  “But God…” to your circumstances and watch God change the trajectory of your faith.

But God Verses

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”(Romans 5:8, NIV)

But God had mercy on him, and not on him only but also on me, to spare me sorrow upon sorrow.”(Philippians 2:27, NIV)

children- hope pixabayBut God knows your hearts.” (Luke 16:15, NIV)

But God has helped me to this very day.” (Acts 26:22, NIV)

But God promised…”(Acts 7:5, NIV)

But God made the earth by his power; he founded the world by his wisdom and stretched out the heavens by his understanding.”(Jeremiah 10:12, NIV)

But God will never forget the needy; the hope of the afflicted will never perish.” (Psalm 9:18, NIV)

“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” (Psalm 73:26, NIV)

But God is my King from long ago; he brings salvation on the earth.” (Psalm 74:12, NIV)

But God has surely listened and has heard my prayer.” (Psalm 66:19, NIV)

But God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us.” (2 Corinthians 7:6, NIV)woman-Pixabay1

“I do not know, but God knows.” (2 Corinthians 12:3, NIV)

But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded.” (Genesis 8:1,NIV)

“You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” (Genesis 50:20, NIV)

Faith is the evidence of things unseen, But God sees it all and “it is well with my soul.”

~April Dawn White

A New Path

Trail hiking foggy path Pixabay“I will lead the blind by a way they did not know; I will guide them on paths they have not known. I will turn darkness to light in front of them and rough places into level ground. This is what I will do for them, and I will not forsake them.”  (Isaiah 42:16, HCSB)

February 10, 2016 my beloved drove me to the hospital for an outpatient procedure. We sat in silence for most of the hour long trip. I was anxious yet prayerful. 

“Lord my eyes are on You. Please direct my steps and this test today- a skin biopsy. Lord, You created me and You know what’s wrong with me.

Please give me counsel.

            Guide me and the thoughts and knowledge of my doctor.

                       Lord, don’t keep me on a physically fruitless path.

                                  Lord I need instruction.

Your Word says:

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go.” (Psalm 32:8).

Lord, what’s wrong with me? Amen.”

Prior to theDrive Road sign Winging Path PIxabay procedure, Chris and I discussed with my doctor, the adverse effects that certain foods and exercise have on my body. Taking this all in, my doctor then instructed me to put on the stylish surgical gown to prepare for the procedure. When he reentered the room, he said,

“Mrs. White, I’ve been doing some research on what you just discussed with me. I don’t think you need this skin biopsy. Instead we are going to take a different direction.”

A different direction.

change sign Pixabay“Thank you Lord.” I prayed.

My doctor explained in great detail why. I appreciated the details, but on this day the details did not matter.

I had prayed for God’s instruction. I prayed for God to give wisdom to my neurologist. I prayed for God to put me on the right path.

My God answered!

“The Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the one who trusts in Him.” (Psalm 32:10)

God knows what is wrong with me. He will guide me on paths unknown. He will go ahead of me. He will turn my darkness into light. He will guide the wisdom of my doctor. Because I trust in His unfailing love that surrounds me, “It is well with my soul.”

~April Dawn White
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What is Your Anchor Outlook

Last month twenty-five men from my church gathered for a prayer meeting. These men specifically prayed for eight individuals. Unbeknownst to me, I was one of the eight.coffee-2Bimage

Last week, I received an email from my friend’s husband. While he was praying for me, the word ‘anchor’ came to mind. (If you are new to Red Chair Moments, ‘anchor’ was my word for 2015. I wrote an entire anchor series.)

I am humbled and honored to share with you Bev’s insight he roped in while studying God’s Word. Pull up your chair. Refill your mug. As my Grandma Rheba would say “We’re going to sit a spell.” You will be blessed. ~April

 

Guest Post written by Bev Chaffin

On the night of JPrayer-2Bby-2BGerd-2BAltmann-2BPixabayanuary 29, 2016 around twenty-five men converged on the Radford Baptist campus to pray. We read and prayed through several passages of scripture. We also took a block of time to pray for about eight individuals in our church body who were facing trials of various kinds. Their pictures were posted in different stations with a brief description of their difficulties. We individually took time at each station to pray for that person, sign a card, and include a personal message. When I came to April, the familiar word anchor came to mind. I started to think about what an anchor was. Two thoughts came to mind.

Depending on your perspective, an anchor can have two variations in its purpose. It can have a positive or a negative conAnchor for our Soul made on Picmonkeynotation. If I am in a boat race dropping anchor would not be a good idea. It would either severely hinder or stop my progress all together.

But, if I were moored in a harbor an anchor would hold the vessel in place to keep it from drifting away or running aground. As I considered this I thought of how our circumstances can be viewed in the same way. We can either see them through the negative lens of hindrance or the positive lens of securing.

We’re all familiar with the phrase, “Everything happens for a reason.” But do you know where this phrase originated? The Bible states:

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

This is a very comforting verse but it is often looked at out of context. It doesn’t say all things are good, but that all things work together for good. This verse comes out of an amazing chapter which talks about the sufferings we must endure in this life because of sin. The world is marred by the effects of our wrong choices.

For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.” (Romans 8:22-23)

If we stop there we can take on the negative perspective of being held down. Oh but wait! Let’s back up. The chapter starts by saying:

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. (Romans 8:1-4)

Praying hand holding-hands-752878_1920 PIxabayThe passage continues:

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” (Romans 8:18)

 “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)

Amen!!! Therein lies the positive perspective that we are secured to the only anchor that can keep us from being shipwrecked no matter what storm may come our way.

Great news, but you may still be asking, “Why would this good God let us even be subjected to these trials?” That is something we individually need to press into God about. It could be that he drops anchor when he sees us drifting into danger.

My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him. For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.” (Hebrews 12:5-6).

Perhaps God is mooring us close to his side to keep us from depending on anything lesser than him.flock of sheep by Hans at Pixabay

He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul.” (Psalm 23:2-3).

Keeping us near to his side, the place we find refuge and satisfaction, is the most loving thing he could do. In both of these situations the anchor is tied with the tethers of love.

So, child of God, the next time you start to wonder, “Why?” ask your Heavenly Father what he is trying to teach you, and thank him that He cares enough not to let you drift away. Jesus spoke:

“Satan demanded to have you that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” (Luke 22:31-32)flour sifter Pixabay

“So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.”(Hebrews 6:17-20).

Keeping us near to his side, the place we find refuge and satisfaction. Our anchor is tied with the tethers of love.

Written by Bev Chaffin

Photos courtesy of Pixabay.com

 

Celebrate

JanuaryJan 21 cropped 21st is a regular day for most people, but for me, today is a day to celebrate!

Red Chair Moments turns 4 today! 

Today, I will eat cake. Today I can point back to the history of God’s faithfulness over the past four years.

What day do you celebrate? Perhaps it is the day you heard “Cancer Free” or the day you said “I do.” Maybe its the anniversary of being drug free? Or the day you chose to make your marriage work? Everyone has a day to celebrate the faithfulness of God. What’s your day?

The History of Red Chair Moments

My first article, “Just Ask” debuted on January 21, 2012.

Red Chair Moments began as a humble response to share stories of God’s grace more frequently than my annual Christmas letter.  What I didn’t know then, is that God would use Red Chair Moments to speak to thousands of hearts overseas and in my own backyard.

Who me?

I am not qualified to write. I possess degrees in Biology and Pharmacy not English. As a pharmacist I am more comfortable discussing the colons inside our bodies than the grammatical use of a colon.  My calling to write thus proves three things:

  1. God has a sense of humor.
  2. God will equip those who he calls.
  3. Kissing Ireland’s Blarney Stone in 2001 has lasting effects. (Legend states, if you kiss the Blarney Stone you will be given the gift of gab.)

In 2013, I sensed God stirring for something different with Red Chair Moments. For over a year, I prayed God’s will to be revealed. I wanted to use Red Chair Moments to raise money for Serving His Children, a non-profit organization that provides nourishment to children in Jinga, Uganda, but I didn’t know how.

In 2014, I met Brenda Gay Shumaker, a local writer, founder of Designs for Living and owner of Shepherd’s Gate Retreat. Little did I know meeting Brenda was part of God’s divine plan.  Brenda offered to mentor me in my writing journey.

SHC logoIn 2015, Brenda invited friend and editor, Vie Herlocker of Cornerstone –Ink, to teach a weekend writing retreat at Shepherd’s Gate.  In March, I allowed advertising on the website; however I never had peace about this decision. Two weeks later, I revoked the advertisements and prayed, “Lord, if you want to raise extra money for Serving His Children, you’ll have to find another way.” I took my meager $0.65 profit and wrote the smallest check to Serving His Children. Prior to handing over the check, I prayed “Lord, five loaves and two fish.”

Walk by Faith Not by Sight

converse- red shoes 932667_1920 pixabayWith Brenda and Vie’s prompting, I leapt by faith to the five-day Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference in Asheville, NC. There I was invited to submit articles for consideration to magazine, Clubhouse and Clubhouse Jr In November of 2015, Clubhouse purchased a craft article! Six months after I prayed for God to find another way to raise money, I presented Serving His Children with a check for $75.00!

“One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much.” (Luke 16:10, ESV)

Little is much when God is in it!

Over the years, my kids have taught me ‘new math’, but nothing compares to God’s math!  In God’s math class, he doesn’t subtract or add, HE MULTIPLIES!  My $0.65 faith check in March multiplied over 1000 times to a $75.00 faith check 6 months later. I am excited to announce Clubhouse purchased another article for the 2016 magazine. Like the little boy who shared his lunch, I too have little to offer.  Also like the boy, I have firsthand knowledge of God’s enormous respbirthday-cake 1008396_1280 pixabayonse to simple offerings.

What’s your day? 

Everyone has a day to celebrate the faithfulness of God. What’s your day?

To God be the glory, great things He hath done!

Let’s eat cake!

~April

Multiplication Lesson

mathematics equation-989129_1920“When God enters the equation, His output always exceeds your input.”

-Mark Batterson, The Circle Maker

Over the years, my kids have taught me ‘new math,’ but nothing compares to God’s math!  In God’s math class, he doesn’t subtract or add, HE MULTIPLIES!

My favorite illustration of God’s math was when Jesus fed five thousand people (not including women and children) with a little boy’s lunch.

“Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish,but how far will they go among so many?” (John 6:9, NIV)

Like the little boy who shared his lunch, I too have little to offer.  Also like the boy, I have firsthand knowledge of God’s enormous response to simple offerings.

I prayed, “Lord, five loaves and two fish.”

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“Breaking the cycle of malnutrition, ONE LIFE at a time.”

In March of 2015, I allowed advertising on the Red Chair Moments website.  My mission was to use the site to raise money for Serving His Children, a non-profit organization that provides nourishment to children in Jinga, Uganda. However I never had peace about this decision to sell ads.

Two weeks later I revoked the advertisements. I prayed, “Lord, if you want to raise extra money for Serving His Children, you’ll have to find another way.” I took my meager $0.65 profit and wrote the smallest check to Serving His Children. Prior to handing over the check, I prayed “Lord, five loaves and two fish.”

Walk by Faith Not by Sight

With promptingconverse- red shoes 932667_1920 pixabay from my writing mentors, I took a faith leap and attended the five-day Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference in Asheville, NC. There, I was invited to submit articles for consideration to Focus on the Family’s Children’s magazine, Clubhouse and Clubhouse Jr.  In November of 2015, Clubhouse purchased a craft article! Six months after I prayed for God to find another way to raise money, I presented Serving His Children with a check for $75.00!

“One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much.” (Luke 16:10, ESV)

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My $0.65 faith check in March multiplied over 1000 times to a $75.00 faith check six months later.

Little is much when God is in it!

I am excited to announce Clubhouse purchased another article for the 2016 magazine. Like the little boy who shared his lunch, I too have little to offer.  Also like the boy, I have firsthand knowledge of God’s enormous response to simple offerings.

 “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?” (John 6:9, NIV)

Do you have a story of a time God multiplied your faith and obedience? Please share below!

To God be the glory!

~April 

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