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Rose Ward
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I love when God says no. What? Yes, you heard me right--- I love when He says NO.

Every time I pray and hear a big fat “NO” to something I greatly desire, it can hurt. When that door closes unexpectedly, it can downright make me curl up and cry like a baby. Then why would I like to hear No?

Because God changed my perspective. He changed my perspective with a Promise, an assurance of things to come, a declaration of love...

See, He loves me so much that He wants what is beautiful for my life, He has the bigger picture, not I. He is not deterred by my fleshly existence or what I think He should say in my theological thinking. He not only cares about my life, His assurances are undeniable.

When Jesus took everything upon His shoulders it was a promise to us as His children. A promise that will hold steadfast, forever--- As in the rest of eternity. We do not have to worry about today or tomorrow or the future. It is in His hands, and we just need to let Him hold us. Rest in His promises, in His abiding love.

When we feel like our world is upside down and inside out without understanding the parameters---that is okay. Get close to Him and He will bring clarity, even when doors close and the answer is No. Rest in Him and let Him open your eyes, your heart--- for there is a work to be done in the here and now. It is a time to dig in and to hold fast. To find joy in the journey through the desolate places that exist.

He lets us cry out in our anguish of disappointment in the flesh, He is there to pick us up and dry our tears. He is there to show us a better way for the moment. A way to succeed in the “what we thought should have been” times. The No is a promise from Him. The NO is a succession to what is to come. The promised blessings that are waiting in the wings. Promises that will never be broken by Him.

So take hold of the what He gives now and find beauty in Him. He is our found beauty, our found joy. Each morning is new, He makes it new.

The first thing lately when I wake up, I push out every thought and only let this message rest in my mind. This is a new day. There is joy in this new day. He has promised from the beginning to make all things new.

I want to encourage you today to shift focus, let your eyes rest on Him and Him alone.

In John 14 it says “Let your heart not be troubled”... this message alone needs to seep into our very being, for He holds our hearts well; He loves well and He is a heavenly Father that will be there for you.

When Jesus ascended to heaven who did He promise that would come in just a little while to the disciples? The ultimate comforter, the Holy Spirit---This is another promise. We can always ask Holy Spirit to comfort and He will.

In John 16 it talks about a woman giving birth and that she has sorrow (pain) because her hour has come, but it says as she delivers the baby, she does not remember the very sorrow, the anguish of giving birth because of the joy that her child being born, into the world, brings.

So we must remember, we to have to go through certain seasons, certain doors (closed and open) until we meet our beautiful King once again. He promises that we will see Him again and our hearts will rejoice and be glad and that nothing can take that joy from us, not even the No answers that He may give us this time. Let the No, instead, shift our thinking to change our focus and rely more than ever on Him.   

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