Grace, mercy, and peace which come from God the Father and from Jesus Christ –
The Son of the Father – will continue to be with us who live in truth and love. (2 John 1:3 NLT)
Sunlight filled into our tiny cabin and we awoke early on Easter morning. Our family recently celebrated the Easter holiday in the most unusual way. We remained in our pajamas as we read the story of Christ’s burial and glorious resurrection. Our sunrise service was located in cabin R156 of the Carnival Fantasy cruise ship.
After our atypical Easter service we dressed in swimsuits and sunblock. Within a few hours we were exploring Nassau, Bahamas and the Atlantis. As soon as we exited the building we found ourselves in a tropical paradise. Beautiful waterfalls surrounded our view creating lagoons and pools of water. As we toured the Atlantis aquarium/water park we were actually able to walk behind a series of waterfalls.
We continued to stroll through the aqua park we were amazed by the spectacular sound and fascination for our senses. We paused in front of another waterfall, mesmerized by the beauty. I explained, God’s love, grace, and mercy is like this waterfall; it is never-ending.
The steadfast love of the Most High he shall not be moved. (Psalm 21:7, ESV)
When we finally reached our desired resting place, Andrew jumped in the pool and allowed the waterfall to cascade over him. Not wanting to let this life lesson slip by, I shared again the similarities of waterfalls and God’s never ceasing love, mercy, grace and blessing. However, just as the kids choose to stand under the waterfall, we too can choose whether or not we want to be standing in the water flow of blessing. God’s steadfast loving flow never changes. But sometimes we step out of the water flow.
This year, we celebrated Easter in a most unusual way. This Easter we stood under a waterfall on a tropical island in the Caribbean and felt God’s blessing cascade over us.
Today is March 14, which means today is “Pi Day.” Pi is the mathematical term for the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter
. Pi always equals 3.14159265359
. While, Andrew, our sixth grader, has been discussing the significance of pi, I’d rather discuss baking a pie. In honor of ‘Pi Day,” below are some verses worth considering. I will savor these truths over coffee and a slice of pie!
God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” (Exodus 3:14, NIV)
If you walk in obedience to me and keep my decrees… I will give you a long life.
For she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. (Proverbs 3:14, NIV)
I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him. (Ecclesiastes 3:14, NIV)
Be glad and rejoice with all your heart. (Zephaniah 3:14, NIV)
He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit. (Galatians 3:14, NIV)
I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:14, NIV)
But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order to provide for urgent needs and not live unproductive lives. (Titus 3:14 NIV)
We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end. (Hebrews 3:14, NIV)
But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.” (1 Peter 3:14 NIV)
So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. (2 Peter 3:14, NIV)
“God is good. And God is good at being God.”
Today is the third birthday of Red Chair Moments! Someone please cue the band and release the confetti and balloons! I can not believe that I have been on this journey with God for 1,095 days. But what I really can’t believe, is that God would choose me, ME of all people, for this experience. I am ever so thankful.
Rather than trying to come up with a creative description of how I feel on this birthday. I thought I would give you a peek into my recent prayer journal entry.
It is the 3rd birthday of Red Chair Moments! Lord, I am so thankful You are still in the business of speaking to Your children, of calling out Your people, and answering prayers!
This was YOUR idea. This is YOUR blog. I just happen to be the one typing (and maybe running a spell check).
Lord, You have taught me an incredible amount through Red Chair Moments about Your power, grace, sovereignty, abundance, provision, friendship, mercy, love, and faithfulness.
You have stretched my faith,
deepened my faith,
and grown my faith!
I have never encountered such spiritual oppression until Red Chair Moments. I have never felt the enemy working so hard on me and my family until Red Chair Moments. I’ve never been so vulnerable in sharing real life until Red Chair Moments . . .But I’ve also never felt so free!
God, I’ve seen Your hand move in mighty ways. I’ve seen Your hand push back the darkness. I’ve seen You answer big hairy audacious prayers. I’ve felt Your presence more and seen the power of prayer more. I have truly felt the security of the army of angels surrounding my family.
Lord, I still struggle with the same doubts as Moses. Like Moses, I too, feel like I’m not good with words. Like Moses, I sometimes wonder if You chose the right person for the job. I still have doubts even though I know I can trust You. It’s not You I doubt. It’s me.
But then You send word either by a song, a verse or a word from a friend to reaffirm I am doing what I’m supposed to be doing until You tell me otherwise.
If there is one thing I’ve learned though Red Chair Moments it is this:
Obey whatever He tells you to do.
Let God do the rest.
Lord, I thank You for calling me out of the mundane to walk by faith in this adventure with You. Through Red Chair Moments, the stories of how You work providentially have been read over 15,000 times! Red Chair Moments has crossed state lines, international date lines, and all time zones. I am humbled each time I see this blog being read in a foreign country. By accessing the statistics page of the blog, I can see that Red Chair has been read over 1,654 times in Russia, Germany, Ukraine, France, Poland, United Kingdom, China, Uganda, Romania, and Brazil. Lord, these are places that I may never physically travel. But Your Word goes out!
So it is my word that goes out from my mouth. It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
(Isaiah 55:11 NIV)
Lord, Your word is eternal. Powerful. Limitless. Lord, Your word brings peace and salvation to all who believe.
Red Chair is never about me; it’s always about You, Lord. Just as You are the author and creator of my faith, so are You the author and creator of Red Chair. Thank you for extending Your hand and whispering to me, “April, do you trust me?””
Today is a great day to celebrate the goodness of the Lord! And now is the time to bake a birthday cake!
Happy 3rd Birthday Red Chair Moments!