• “How different the world would look, how different the state of our nation would be, if there were more sanctified priestly souls! These are souls who have the power to bless, for they intercede with sanctified hearts. They never begin their daily time of intercessory prayer without having first brought to the cross all that is unholy in their lives, so that their old self can be crucified there with Jesus, the sacrificial Lamb.” – Basilea Schlink

The Parable of the Boots by Michelle

Not long ago I decided that this year I was going to buy me a GOOD pair of boots. Instead of buying a pair and having them fall apart in a year or two. So I set out to find the  best pair I could find, for a price that I could “somewhat” afford. I decided on a pair of Doc Martens, they are known for holding together. However, when they came in the mail I was a little disappointed, the size was a little big and they did not look exactly like I wanted.

In all this time that I spent in my mind and on the internet looking for the right pair of boots. I was thoroughly disappointed and returned the boots. Learning to be content with what I had, I decided my tennis shoes and the pair of nicer flats were good enough for me for now.  After all the Missouri winters are nothing like the amount of snow that is in Ohio! Thinking of the verses Ephesians 4:22,23

That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;

I decided to start thinking like a Missourian! And to trust in the Lord….

Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 1 Peter 5:7

So then a few weeks later, I was listening to some messages, I listened to a message by Christ Our Life, in which someone was talking about their own testimony about finding a pair of boots.

So I decided to pray through. “Lord if you want me to have a pair of boots, then I will wait upon You for them. And in your good timing you will provide what I need. Until then I will wait and be content with what I have.”

And I really was! I began loving wearing my tennis shoes again. Though I loved them  before. This time was different. It was for the Lord.

So what do you know? This past Monday after doing some ministry at the jail. Amy B. turns to me and says “I  know this really great thrift store. Would you like to go?”

I know which one she was probably talking about and have always wanted to go there but never did. (And by the way, I am not a big thrift store shopper myself. Usually, if I go it’s when other’s want to go. I usually prefer the clearance rack myself.  )

But they  had a lot of shoes! And immediately I found a pair of black boots in good condition. A slight heel, but not overbearing. And not the kind of heel that makes a lot of noise! PTL!  They even have a little fur inside for warmth. And what do you know my exact size! Is this my answer to prayer? And how did He know? I never told Him exactly what I wanted…

Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. Psalm 139:2

So I go to check out. Then later I stand in line with Amy, she says you know those boots are buy one get one. I turn to the clerk. And she says I can go find another pair if I want. So doubtingly I go and look for another pair. I did find another pair! Brown ones too. I’ve been wanting a pair of brown ones since the ones that my sister gave me years ago fell apart.

Both pairs a perfect size and fit. Each a little worn, but not worn out. And with a little saddle soap both look near brand new. A little worn is better anyway. Someone else had already stretched them out and made them comfortable. Besides, any flaw they may have totally diminished when it comes to the fact that they are from my Father to me.

 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. James 1:17

All for $1…

Just goes to show, that when you wait upon the Lord, it is worth the wait than to jump ahead of His timing. He knows what we have need of. And anything from Him is better than anything we can get and grab ourselves anyway.

I’d rather see the perfect Hand of my Father intervening instead. It’s not even the boots that matter so much, but its Him delighting in me and caring for me that counts and draws me upward to see more of Him.

He delights in me. And I in Him.

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33

Isaiah 55

 Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.
Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.
Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people.
Behold, thou shalt call a nation that thou knowest not, and nations that knew not thee shall run unto thee because of the LORD thy God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for he hath glorified thee.
Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:
Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the LORD for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.

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