September 24, 2009, "Confidence"

Inspired by the Holy Spirit
Written by: Teresa Criswell

"Be strong and courageous; do not be afraid nor dismayed before the king of Assyria, nor before all the multitude that is with him; for there are more with us than with him."
~ II Chronicles 32:7 ~

We were in the kitchen all cooking and playing together as Tristin helped dad cook. Laughter filled the aitmosphere. Suddenly, we were interrupted by the ring of the door bell. We paused, because were not expecting anyone. Then simultaneously we looked at each other and then proceeded to the door. As I opened the door, I found that no one was there. I stepped out onto the porch and looked to see if maybe they were driving off or walked away, but found no one.

With laughter, our daughter excitedly said, "I know what happened. We just got 'door bell ditched'." We said, "What?" And then we realized what she meant. Someone had rang the doorbell and ran off.

Of course, dad and Tristin decided they would conduct their mystery solving, as this is what they do every opportunity they get and Tristin saw something and shouted, "Hey, Peter it's you!" She looked at dad as he followed her on the sidewalk, he crossed his arms and she said, "Dad, I'll be right back, I need to go karate chop someone." We started to laugh, as she has not been known to be courageous in this area.

As I looked at the stance my husband was in, I realized she was receiving confidence from her daddy. She felt as though she could go 'kick someone's rear end' in a silly way because her dad was there. As the 'culprits' saw her dad and then Tristin chasing after them, the boys started running and screaming like little girls. We were laughing so hard and then what really tickled us is when we saw Tristin with her fist pointed at them, and she yelled, "If you ever do that again, my daddy is going to get you."

She turned around, satisified knowing that she solved this problem from every happening again. I met up with her as I had my arm over her neck and shoulders and she had her little arm wrapped around my waist and we walked together and she said, "Mom, I have the best daddy."

As I heard her make this statement, I realized how this statement she made, confirmed my observation of her new found confidence when running after the boys. She had her daddy watching over her.

This story reminds me of how I want to be with our Father God revealed so awesomely by Jesus Christ. I want to get to this point that no matter what situation attempts to come against me, I can truly say undoubtedly, "I have the BEST DADDY!" And more than anything boasting in my Daddy's powerful protection and strength over me.

I just want to meditate on our Awesome God. He is so loving! He is so merciful and His lovingkindness is better than life itself.

I desire to have the heart of a giant, because I serve and I am a daughter of the King of kings and the Lord of lords! Truly thinking and meditating on such a thought leads my mind to the vanishing point of awe. I know the surface meaning of these phrases, but the infinite power behind it is so incredibly unattainable and beyond my comprehension levels. When this happens, it leads my heart to a place of absolute worship and absolute awe of Amazing, Almighty God. Majestic Holy God! Righteous God, the Redeemer of our hearts and lives! The Burden Remover of sin! Healing God who desires to take our pain and hurt and replace it with His delivering restoration and healing!

When we have our 'setbacks' as the 'cheap shots' of life come at us, may we sit back and be in awe of Almighty Father God and watch Him do what He does best and that is being ALMIGHTY GOD! YAWEH (pronounced yaw-way)! Revealing His powerful, perfect peace that surpasses all understanding! God's great strength in the waiting time through His great joy!


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