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Saturday, 20 February 2010

Spiritual Sundays

Hello everyone and welcome to my Spiritual Sundays post! I would like to thank our lovely Charlotte and Ginger for hosting this inspirational get-together every week. Please click on the link to visit them and the other participants.

As most of you know, I enjoy reading a little devotional called Our Daily Bread and today's devotion was one I wanted to share with you all.
It is penned by Cindy Hess Harper and I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did.
Sometimes I feel 'parked' myself and it's good to know that it's not always a bad thing!
"I waited for the Lord; and He inclined to me, and heard my cry." ~ Psalm 40:1
Parking my car has been a lifelong problem for me. It really wasn't a high priority with my driving instructor, so I never learned to back up into a parking space until many years later. He also skipped the parallel parking lesson, and I still avoid that unless there's enough space for two or three cars.
I've also struggled to understand a statement I heard when I was a young Christian, "God can't steer a parked car." I took that as a challenge to shift my life into motion, and along the way God would guide me in the right direction. It's an interesting thought, but it's not always the way God works. Occasionally, God does want us to"stay parked" for a while.
At times, when Moses was in the wilderness, God kept the Israelites in one place. He led them by a cloud, and when it stayed still for may days, "the children of Israel...did not journey" {Num. 9:19}. Waiting isn't always easy, but sometimes God wants us to stay right where He has put us. The psalmist reminds us, "Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart" {27:14}.
You may feel that you're stuck and just spinning your wheels in your service for God. But keep your heart open to God's leading. Then you'll be ready to shift gears when you hear God say, "Let's go this way."
Sharing from my heart~ Sandi


  1. Thank you for sharing this. I enjoy reading Our Daily Bread, too, and also your blog!

  2. my S.Sunday

    nice to meet you and thanks for sharing!

  3. Good advice, Sandi. I can relate with parking the car. I never did learn to parallel park. I drive around until I can find a place I can just pull into. There are some cars, Lexus I think, that can park themselves. I've seen it on TV. That's the kind of car I need. Not likely to get it though, lol.
    Thanks for sharing with us each week on Spiritual Sundays.

  4. I like reading Our Daily Bread, too. Thanks for sharing this nice,short devotion. All of us can relate with the parking dilema!

  5. Hello, dear Sandi,
    Thank you for this wonderful devotional! I think just standing still and letting God work is the hardest thing to do. Thank you for the reminder: Be still and know that I am God! I loved your birdhouse and little fairy that you shared for Pink Saturday. I hope you have a fun-filled weekend full of laughter! Vicki

  6. Waiting is so hard! I've often thought that I'm missing the part about patience when it comes to the fruit of the Spirit. But waiting for God's perfect timing is so worth it

    I can relate about parking the car. :)


  7. Much to ponder...But I'm leaving all the driving to my Daddy. Thanks for this. God bless and have a great weekend sister.

  8. A good thought. Makes me think of the verse....Be still and know that I am God.

  9. I needed to read this today. Thank-you for sharing this Daily Bread with us.
    God Bless,

  10. A great devotional, thank you. Blessings ~

  11. Oh my! 'Thought I was the only one who'd never been made to parallel park!
    OK, back to the point ... I really, really enjoyed your post this evening!

  12. Great devotional. I learned to drive in a big city and had to parallel park. Couldn't get out of that one! Thank you for your prayers.

  13. Beautiful message. Thank you for sahring.

  14. Amen, that is a hard, but wonderful truth.

  15. This was a great devotional...I love this..God orders our stops as well as our steps...Perfect thought. Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Debbie

  16. Lack of patience is my vice. I'm telling you I have no patience. Waiting on God has been tough for me. I can't tell you how many times I went off half-cocked without waiting on Him (like I know more than He does) and it got me into trouble every single time. Now, I'm getting a little better, but it's still difficult for me.

    Thank you so much for sharing your post with us. May God bless you today and every day!


  17. What a great devotional. if it is the one I am thinking of, I love it too!

  18. Thanks Sis, I really needed this today!!!
    Hugz Lorie

  19. sooooooooooooo good and we needed to hear this as we are "parked" for now. :)

    thank you for being led by the Spirit.


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