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God Didn’t Bring You This Far to Leave You

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God didn't bring you this far to leave you. (Phil 1:6, paraphrase) Click To Tweet

Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:6, NIV)

“There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears.” (Philippians 1:6, Message)

Some days, I lack confidence. I forget what I’ve been taught and allow my mind to dwell a little too long in the land of What If. When I sense my thoughts derailing, I return to Philippians 1:6.

Today I have offered three variations to the same message: God didn’t not bring you this far to leave you.  He is not finished and He isn’t leaving any time soon!

That’s reason enough to be happy today!

~April Dawn White

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Everything Beautiful in His Time

For the first time in fourteen years, these irises bloomed!

I transplanted my favorite flowers from one house to another. Over the years, most of the irises, which blossomed majestically in my old yard, have only sporadically bloomed here. In fact, this particular cluster of irises have never bloomed in the fourteen years.

God makes everything beautiful in His time.(Ecclesiastes 3:11) Click To Tweet

In His time, those words, watered by my daily tears, germinate a seed of hope. Knowing God will make all this beautiful in His time makes “it well with my soul.”

~April Dawn White

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Surrounded on Every Side

This passage jumped off the page into my heart. It was as if God Himself, uncapped His holy highlighter drawing my eye to these much needed words of encouragement. Everywhere I turn, problems pile up like post vacation laundry. Unlike the laundry, these problems are all beyond my control. All I can do is wait and pray.

The image above are the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Nestled inside the pocket of protection, I reside in the Blue Ridge Valley, more specifically, the Roanoke Valley. Whether I am driving to physical therapy, church, or to my children’s school these lovely mountains serve as my backdrop providing spectacular sunsets and protection from the elements.

Each time I see the mountains surrounding me I am reminded that He takes care of me on every side. My life rests safely in the palms of God’s hands to strengthen me and protect me and “It is well with my soul.”

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~April Dawn White

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Breakfast for Dinner

Pancake Spurgeon QuoteEating breakfast for dinner is our favorite meal. For unexplained reasons eggs, bacon, and pancakes taste better at night. Do you agree?

This quote by Spurgeon makes me smile! Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892) was a self educated preacher. His teachings were both wildly popular and highly controversial. He did not follow the rules dictated by proper England. His transparent and humble heart paired with defiant faith is why I pour over his ancient sermons and quotes.

I cannot eat pancakes. The carbohydrate content within one cake is enough to trigger a sixteen hour paralyzing attack. But, when I get to heaven, I want to eat pancakes with the misbehaved Charles Spurgeon.

After a brutal week, we need a reason to smile. Pancakes for dinner sounds like the perfect way the end the day.

Happy Friday!

~April Dawn White

 

Promise Gained

Lake landscape mountain verseI am camping out on the famous “By Faith” Chapter of Hebrews chapter eleven. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1, NKJV)

Faith is my full-time job.

I am encouraged each time I read the history lesson of what God did for His people who acted by faith. The Bible lists many triumphs of His people, but the end of the chapter it is as if the writer ran out of paper and quickly wrote: “I do not have time to tell you about…” and he lists numerous people.

What caught my attention this week were the words:

“Through faith [they] GAINED WHAT WAS PROMISED.” (Hebrews 11:33).

I do not hold the answers, but I am holding onto faith in the name of Christ.  God’s word encourages me that through faith I will gain what was promised. I too will add an addendum the the famous “By Faith” chapter.

By faith, April, believed in the in the promises she would gain and it was well with her soul.

~April Dawn White

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I Am a Little Pencil

Little Pencil quote by Mother TeresaThe full quote by Mother Teresa reads: “I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God, who is sending a love letter to the world.” 

As I read this quote this week, I am reminded of the power of words. Mother Teresa compared herself to a “little pencil in the hand of God.” She probably never knew the significant impact of her “little pencil” life.

I believe heaven is filled with Indian children skipping rope and cartwheeling across the lawn, evident of her “little pencil” life.

When the burdens of life dull your senses,

Sharpen your little #2 pencil and let God write His story.

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Happy Friday!

~April Dawn White

 

 

 

 

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