Nylse Esahc

Divine Appointments

Recently I experienced the sting of deep disappointment. I shot my shot and hit the rim; the ball didn't quite make it through the net. When I started on this recent venture, I did not ignore the possibility of disappointment; I went in with my eyes wide open. 

As I prepared, I focused more on the possibility than the impossibility. I relied on verses that I knew, whispered positive affirmations to myself, had lots of conversations with God, took deep breaths, and ultimately took my shot. But I also kept it close to the vest, sharing with very few. I was prepared for either outcome, or so I told myself, but I only listened to the possibility.

Isn't that the way it is with disappointment? We build ourselves up, hoping against hope, and become still utterly deflated when we don't get the outcome we hoped for. Disappointment can be a passing emotion over a temporary loss, or it may strike powerfully when something permanently changes our lives.

Joseph was familiar with disappointment, both with people and God. His brothers sold him into slavery, and things looked like they were working out for him. But then his master's wife tries to seduce him, and he ends up in jail. While there, he interprets the dreams of the baker and the butler. When the butler is released, two more years pass before he remembers Joseph. By this point, Joseph has had his fill of disappointment. But it is at his lowest when things begin to turn around. 

Joseph interprets the Pharoah's dream and is put in charge of Famine Management for the land of Egypt. It is in this capacity that he's finally reunited with his brothers and his father.

Hope isn't wasted, neither was the preparation for the shot. God worked on Joseph through his disappointment; his heart was tender towards his brothers, who experienced regret over their actions. Through it all, God was with Joseph in all of his circumstances (Genesis 39:2, 23).

 As we see in Joseph's life, there was a divine appointment in disappointment. The same is true for us. When we're disappointed, we can bring it all to Him - our sadness, dashed hopes, shot self-confidence - we can place it all in His hands so that He can do what He does best - restore our souls (Psalm 23). And in so doing, our faith is strengthened. 

As I write this, I'm not letting my disappointment fester. I'm choosing a divine appointment, letting God change my disposition as he strengthens and enables me to persevere - shooting my shot. One day it will be nothing but net!

He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary, and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:29,31

Dear Lord, when we are disappointed, help us run to you and not wallow in our feelings. Help us turn those feelings and thoughts over to you to strengthen for the journey. Thank you, Lord, for your steadfast faithfulness. Amen.

Can you see a divine appointment in your disappointment?

--Nylse


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nylse-headshotNylse is a Christian wife and a mother of four who loves life and inspiring others. She likes to have fun but is very clear on who she is and Whose she is. A prolific thinker, she blogs to encourage others from a Christian perspective at www.lifenotesencouragement.com. She can be found online on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.



A Firm or Flimsy Foundation

Anything built on an unstable or decaying foundation will not stand. One example of a famous foundation failure is the  South Padre Island’s Ocean Tower in Texas. Ocean Tower was originally designed to be a 31-story building that housed high-end condominiums. However, construction of the tower couldn’t be completed because of foundation problems discovered in early 2008. The expansive soil beneath the tower began to compact, causing the building to sink and lean. Construction ceased and the building had to be demolished in 2009. (source - https://www.structuredfoundation.com/blog/extreme-example-of-foundation-failure/)

 

Another famous example is the Leaning Tower of Pisa; it leans because its foundation is unstable.

The word foundation comes from the Latin word fundatio or fundare, which means to lay a base for, confirm, or establish.

We witnessed a foundation failure earlier this week when the events at the Capitol took place. When we are swayed by personality, position, or power our foundation will crumble.

Many ardently believe that they have a strong foundation, but their actions indicate otherwise. In order to be sure you have a strong foundation rooted in the truth of God's word, take time to listen, discern, and obey. Be prayerful in your actions and seek God's will concerning you. Jesus Himself told us we will be known by the fruit of our actions by following His words and example.

Wherefore by their fruits, ye shall know them. Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock..(Matthew 7:20,24)

Too much is at stake when our foundation is unstable.

Is your foundation sure? How do you know your foundation is sure?

nylse-headshotNylse is a Christian wife and a mother of four who loves life and inspiring others. She likes to have fun but is very clear on who she is and Whose she is. A prolific thinker, she blogs to encourage others from a Christian perspective at www.lifenotesencouragement.com. She can be found online on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.



Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled

Hindsight is 2020. With that sentiment in mind, reflection for growth, I've decided to do this post. 

On New Years Day 2020, I had friends over for an old-fashioned get-together. Remember those? They are my favorite form of hanging out. The beauty of this day was seeing our children, all at varying stages,  playing with board games and talking with each other. The TV was off, and it was not missed. It felt like a scene from another time, and I thought this may be the start of a new tradition. Well, that won't be happening this year, thanks to Corona, but I'm not mad. 

Because as Corona reared its ugly head, I remember being asked what's one word that comes to mind as you navigate this new reality; I replied fortification. At the time, I felt I was being strengthened for the journey ahead; I was being prepared in a new way to trust God for things that are out of my control; a prescient thought. This year, I've learned so much, thanks to Corona.

Thanks to Corona, I’ve rediscovered nature. Beaches, sitting and listening to the waves; stairways to heaven which provide a welcome workout; the miracle of bioluminescent waves; nurturing my garden.

Thanks to Corona, I know myself better. I know what upsets me, but I also know that I can choose my response. It’s harder when you’re in close quarters, and you’re constantly reminded of what upsets you, but my response is up to me. 

Thanks to Corona, it is clear that I’m a work in progress.

Thanks to Corona, my prayers are more honest; some days, I’m a mess, and God hears all about it. During one of these intense prayer times, where it seems that God's voice was audible, events unfolded that yielded a new professional opportunity.

Thanks to Corona, I’ve had some of the best conversations with friends near and far. I’m an honest person, but we’ve gone deeper with our emotions, maybe because we’re all stuck with no place to go. Thanks to corona, I know who my true friends are.

Thanks to Corona, I’ve had time to complete some projects, learn new skills, and pursue new ventures. The world is shut down, but I’m not.

Thanks to Corona, we can all see the ugliness in this world. The puss of racism and social injustice oozes from an open wound. Now the whole world can see how horrid life can be for those whose only "sin" is their skin color. I discovered my inner activist and proudly protested against injustice because the risks were worth it.

Thanks to Corona, I've seen faith in action. I completed my book, whose title is also my testimony. I have had many dark nights of the soul, and I know He is The Comfort of Night.

Thanks to Corona, I can see the opportunities in every obstacle. We don’t have to live in fear. Corona has shown us how resilient we are. We deal with what is and leave everything else in God’s hands. It’s all in his hands anyhow. Thanks to Corona, I know that for sure.

I know this year was hard for many, and the pandemic complicated it. But I also know many that thrived despite the pandemic, and it was simply a matter of perspective. I want you to know that regardless of how your year went - whether it was the best or worst year of your life, that you are never alone. God is with you each step of the way. Lean on Him for wisdom, understanding, and direction because he cares about every aspect of your life. I know with assurance that God is with me in the ordinary moments of life. It is He who is molding me into the person I'm becoming even at this stage of the game.

Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. John 14:1 KJV

Knowing that God is in control - always has and always will be, so I don't need to feel sorry for myself because of a pandemic. Every day I'm alive is another to give thanks and do what He's called me to do.

nylse-headshotNylse is a Christian wife and a mother of four who loves life and inspiring others. She likes to have fun but is very clear on who she is and Whose she is. A prolific thinker, she blogs to encourage others from a Christian perspective at www.lifenotesencouragement.com. She can be found online on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.