BEHOLD, I DO A NEW THING!  By Lori A Alicea

Where to next Lord?”

In my walk with the Lord, I’m always asking for directions, waiting for the red light to change green across the street of my journey; standing still for the next instruction of my destiny travels.path in woods

Because God has a plan for our lives.

A great plan of prosperity, of hope and a future already determined for us.
(Jeremiah 29:11)

But we dare not get ahead of Him.

We dare not take matters into our own hands.

We must trust Him in the waiting.

We must not succumb to discouragement in the silence?

For His sheep hear his voice and they know Him and follow when He speaks.
(John 10:27)

Because God will speak again, and may this moment find our lamps filled with oil in anticipation and ready to move in our next instruction.

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Until then, we must stand still in the timing, be confident in the strategy, be excited in big picture God has already prepared and planned out for us.

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When my mother was still with us and comfortable in her Lazy Boy recliner, I recall like yesterday her enjoying a reality TV show called “Amazing Race.”

This show was a race full of teams following one instruction leading to another instruction, taking them all around the world and awarding a million dollar prize to the first successful team who crossed over the finish line.

The instructions were complex.

The instructions had to be followed exactly.

One instruction was a precursor to the next instruction.

There were no shortcuts.

There was no possible way to hurdle the finish line without every instruction completed.

The million dollar prize was waiting to see who would finish their
AMAZING RACE.
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The Bible re-tells amazing races of instructions, keeping us gripped in the narration to see if these characters would follow the “next steps” which God had given them towards their destiny.

Abraham’s instruction went like this:

1The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you. 2I will make you a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great and you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those you bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse, and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
Genesis 12:3 NIV

Abraham’s instruction required him to leave everything behind without knowing where God was sending him. But if Abraham trusted the instruction, God would make him a great nation where his name would be great and be a blessing.

Abraham followed the instruction.england journey walking on tree

David’s instruction went like this:

17Now Jesse said to his son David, “Take this ephah of roasted grain and these ten loaves of bread for your brothers and hurry to their camp. 16Take along these ten cheeses to the commander of their unit. See how your brothers are and bring back some assurance from them. 19They are with Saul and all the men of Israel in the Valley of Elah, fighting against the Philistines.
1 Samuel 17:17-19 NIV

All David’s instruction required him to do was take a lunch to his brothers. How many times do we become annoyed by meaningless tasks, not realizing they are actually setups by God to test our obedience.

Little did David know the next step of his destiny was waiting in the slaying of Goliath.

So interesting how God had already prepared David’s confidence to meet the challenge with Goliath, when David had previously slain the lion and bear behind the scenes of his life.
(1 Samuel 17:36)

David followed God’s instruction.

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Preacher and Author Dr. John Tetsola once quoted:

The instructions you are willing to obey
will determine the destiny God brings into your life.

In my own walk with the Lord, His instruction and Word for 2023 in my life is this:

BEHOLD, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.
Isaiah 43:19 KJV

Towards the end of the year 2022 this “new thing” has become more evident and confirmed; but will I obey?

I confess “kicking and screaming”, and “digging my heals in the sand” to this next instruction, complaining in my inadequacies, “Not me!”  But I know the amazing race of my life with come to a standstill and my destiny and His instructions waiting ahead hinges on my obedience.england journey walking on path

Dr. John Tetsola’s words push me forward as I know they are from God,

The instructions you are willing to obey
will determine the destiny God brings into your life.

God is doing a thing in our lives.

Don’t you see it?

He’s making a way in the wilderness…

Rivers in the desert…

Let us all obey the Word of the Lord.

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MORE THAN A PIECE OF THE PUZZLE  By Lori A Alicea

Peering into an opened puzzle box of a thousand pieces, one looks with astonishment the beautiful picture which waits an unveiling by the simple interlocking, the coming together of a thousand pieces.

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Not for the impatient.

Not for those blind to the bigger picture.

Designed to pass on the awareness where every counted member in the box is more than a piece of the puzzle.

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Created with eyes to reveal each piece their significance in the picture; rendering the vision incomplete in those unwilling to assume their appointed place in the Master’s design.

Yes, we are all more than a piece of the puzzle in God’s plan.

Our likeness and way we interlock with one another is on purpose, yet has us questioning God at times the pieces He’s put together not seeming to fit.

In these times the Master Designer reminds us to trust Him in the finished painting, as the aerial view we see is just our one of a thousand pieces.

In the beginning, God meticulously fashioned our talents and determined in the beginning those needing the impact of these gifts by our placement in His big picture, those other pieces we’d interlock and connect with.

In His still small voice, God’s instruction of how and when He dares to use us, spurs a child-like faith when the big picture isn’t in sight to see.

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.
John 10:27 KJV

Not understanding and unaware of God’s “why”, our quick obedience prevents those delays what God wants to do today thru us for another piece of the puzzle.

I will quickly obey your commands…
Psalm 119:32 NCV

Without delay, I hurry to obey your commands.
Psalm 119:60 GNT

God is a personal God.

His Masterpiece is beyond beautiful and awe-inspiring because His heart is intimately thinking and longing about each piece of the puzzle, the one” whether the piece He holds in His hand is about you or a complete stranger He plans to introduce.

The following is an excerpt from a previous blog when the big picture comes into full view as our reminder; we are more than a piece of the puzzle.

STOP COUNTING
By Lori A Alicea

Excerpt…

God goes to great lengths to show his love for you, the “one”.

God sent His Son to die for you, the “one”.

God will work through complete strangers to reach you, the “one”.

This message of the “one” came to light a few hot summer years ago at this glorious historical mansion located nearby where I hosted a table for six of dear family and friends for a Victorian Tea and Luncheon.Daisy lady gloria marge linda at tableDaisy lady candy lori at table

With one seat unspoken for to be filled by the Victorian Tea organizers and believing God wanted to use five tea ladies to bless a complete stranger, we prepared a gift bag full of thoughtfulness with her in mind; a present for the “one”.

A week prior to the Tea, God impressed a vision of this “one”, letting our eyes know in advance to be looking for a woman “dressed in daisies”.

That afternoon when the Victorian Gala began, hand-painted cups for each Victorian dressed lady were filled with their chosen flavored tea. Vintage dressed waiters and waitresses placed silver trays of crumpets, delicately filled croissants and other luncheon foods on our table of china place settings and white linen.

Though the details of this elegant day were breathtaking, we five tea ladies couldn’t take our eyes off the chair still unspoken for.

Had we heard from God correctly?

Were we supposed to meet a lady “dressed in daisies?”

Though sad, we still savored our time together, enjoying a bright and sunny afternoon over tea, seated side by side next to those that we loved.

Caught off guard when the weather filled the skies with a torrential rain, the Victorian crowd made a dash towards the open doors of the mansion for the remainder of the event.

With the mansion unprepared to receive our Victorian ladies, we sat or stood in whatever corner we could find.Daisy lady candy by herself

We refined ladies now soaking wet, you couldn’t help but laugh.

The itinerary resumed itself making the best of the unforeseen chaos.

It’s in these moments when you least expect that God’s plan comes into full view; our lady “dressed in daisies.”

We tea ladies gasped when we saw her.

Head to toe in daisies.

We five weren’t so refined when we surrounded our daisy lady following the Tea, presenting God’s heart and a gift bag prepared with her, the “one” in mind.

Overwhelmed by it all, our daisy lady shared she almost didn’t attend the event as her husband was hospitalized in a health crisis. But decided to divert her troubled heart and attention for a few hours over tea, throwing on whatever she could find, not Victorian clothes, but an outfit donned of daisies.

The impact God made when He loved the “one” through five strangers.

With God, it isn’t about the crowd, the masses, the ninety-nine, but the “one”.

Excerpt end…

Yes, we are all more than a piece of the puzzle in God’s plan.

Our likeness and way we interlock with one another is on purpose.

There’s no need to question God when the pieces He’s put together don’t seem to fit.

In these times the Master Designer reminds us to trust Him in the finished painting, as the aerial view we see is just our one of a thousand pieces.

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