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Feature Article: Depending on God

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A Personal Note from Suzanne

Gil and I want to joyfully announce the birth of our son, Carter, who was born on Sunday, October 7, 2007. We are so excited to welcome Carter as the newest member of our family and wanted to share some special photos with you. These include Carter at home and some special people he met his first weekend home from the hospital - Grandma Sisson, my Sunday school teacher from childhood who's now in her nineties, and my great-aunt Eunice at her 90th birthday party! Stay tuned for more updates from Mom and Dad and also the grandparents!

Depending on God to Live Victoriously Despite Our Circumstances

One of the realities we experience as we grow in our relationship with Christ is that of our dependence upon God. When we are "younger" in our relationship with the Lord, we still can be prone to do everything in our own strength and power, but over time and through various ways, the Lord shows us our dependence on Him - often through the most difficult of circumstances.

Let's look at some principles Scripture shares with us regarding our need to depend on God and the freedom we can find to live victorious lives through Him in every circumstance.

  1. God has promised to always provide for our needs.

    As our heavenly parent, God has always promised to provide for our needs. This point was brought home to me even more recently as my husband and I began to provide for our son. Carter really didn't have to worry about where his next meal would come from, or his clothing, or any of his other needs. We, as his parents, are focused on providing all of those needs for him. God reassures us of this same commitment - to provide for our needs - in a passage you're all familiar with - Matt. 6:25-34 from the New International Version:

    Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?

  2. And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear? For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

We've seen God do this recently for us in such a tremendous way. Our dear familly and friends have helped provide generously for us and for Carter's needs as they've celebrated his birth with us. We are very grateful and thankful to you all.

  1. We can trust God to meet not just our physical needs, but also our emotional and spiritual needs.

    Listen to the Psalmist as he writes of God's provision for him emotionally and for all those who are righteous before God:

    I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears...This poor man called, and the LORD heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles... Fear the LORD, you his saints, for those who fear him lack nothing. The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing...A righteous man may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all (Ps. 34:4, 6, 9-10, 19).

    As we relate to the Lord over time through prayer and His Word, we'll experience that deep closeness with Him that carries us safely through every circumstance.
  2. As we learn to depend upon God in a greater way, we are able to bring glory to God for His favor granted in answer to the prayers of many.

    Paul wrote to the Corinthians, telling them of the tremendous difficulties he and Timothy encountered In Asia and the results that came about in theirs lives spiritually.

    We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about the hardships we suffered in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.

Paul recognized that God had sustained them and taught them to be even more dependent on Him, rather than on their own strength. And God was glorified through the answers to many people's prayers on Paul and Timothy's behalf.

Perhaps you've felt as you read this article that this issue doesn't apply to you. But for those of us who have struggled at times in these areas, here are some principles from God's Word to help us learn to depend on God to live victoriously despite our circumstances.

Keys to Victory along the Journey

  • Learn to recognize God's daily grace and provision in your life. Recognize his many gifts of grace to you through others - gifts of time, counsel, physical gifts, their presence, and their friendship.

  • Remember to praise and worship God, even in the midst of difficulties. Praise and worship keep our hearts focused on Christ and provide rest for our hearts and souls.

  • Draw close to God in the midst of your most troubling and difficult circumstances. Daily prayer and journaling about the issues that are painful to you allows you over time to see God's faithfulness in answering those prayers and working out His will in your life.

Joy and Strength has a wonderful devotional that reminds us of God's ever-present readiness to help us and meet our needs as we depend on Him. I hope the passage and devotional encourage you.

    Then shall thou call, and the Lord shall answer; thou shalt cry, and He shall say, Here I am. (Isaiah 58:9a).

    "He will be very gracious unto thee at the voice of thy cry." That has comforted me often, more than any promise of answer; it includes answers, and a great deal more besides; it tells us what He is towards us, and that is more than what He will do. And the "cry" is not long, connected, thoughtful prayers, a cry is just an unworded dart upwards of the heart, and at that "voice" He will be very gracious What a smile there is in these words!
    (F.R. Havergal)

    If you would like to hear more topics like these, please join us for the November "Inspirational Women's Garden Club" event on Wednesday, November 28, at 7 p.m. EST. For more information, contact Suzanne at We'd love to have you join us and bring a friend, too!

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Please let me know what issues you would like to hear about in the next newsletter. I'll do my best to address your concerns! I look forward to speaking with you all next month.

Many prayers and blessings to you all,

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Would you Like to Hear Recent Garden Club Messages?

Developing Patience through Your Difficulties (April 2007)

Celebrating the Goodness of God in your Life (May 2007)

Dealing with Stress and Anxiety (June 2007)

Finding Rest for Your Soul (July 2007)

Conquering Bitterness through the Power of Forgiveness (August 2007)

Resolving Conflict and Healing Patterns from the Past (September 2007)

Pink and Blue: Secrets to Translating Male/Female Communication to Achieve Meaningful Love and Work (October 2007)

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These two devotionals will help renew your focus on Christ, gain strength for the trials you face, and enable you to give praise to God amidst whatever difficulties you encounter.

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During the last 20 years as Suzanne served in the marketplace and in ministry, she learned to excel amidst the pressing demands and challenges of leadership in each setting.

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Suzanne desires to help leaders renew and refresh their vision, attain new levels of leadership excellence, and build healthy and strong leadership organizations.

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