Thursday, February 20, 2014

God's Redeeming Love {Day 20}: He is FOR Me {A Giveaway}

{Be sure to scroll to the bottom to enter the giveaway}

As a little girl, I was playing in the front yard, when two teenage boys drove by in a car.  They slowed down, almost to a stop, yelled a few expletives at me {with a not-so-kind gesture} and drove off laughing.

I, shocked, ran inside to tell my Daddy.

He gave me very simple instructions ... "Go stand at the end of the driveway until I tell you otherwise".

Nothing else ... just stand there.

I did exactly what he told me to and waited.

I wasn't even sure what or who I was waiting for.  I just did what my Daddy said to do.

I remember how panicked I felt when I heard the boys' car coming from my right.  Yet, I still stood there ... waiting.

Of course, they spotted me, slowed down, almost stopping in front of me with dumb smiles on their faces.  Smiles that immediately turned to horror as they spotted something behind me.

My Daddy, who was hiding behind our car, shot out like a bullet towards the boys.

I stood in awe as I watched the car speed up and then my Superman Daddy, who was on foot, ran them down to let them know not to mess with me.

It was a good day.  And one, out of dozens, I still talk about today.

This day is a great reminder to me how a father fights for his children.  I had a wonderful example in my earthly father, which makes me understand even more the defender I have in my Heavenly Father.

Friends, we have a God that is not only looking out for our best interest, always, but He fights for us.  As a woman that craves stability and safety, that Truth is an overwhelming comfort to me.

What shall we then say to these things?
If God be for us, who can be against us"
Romans 8:31

When I cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies turn back:
this I know; for God is for me.
Psalm 56:9

Today, I'm giving away another beautiful necklace from Kate at The Adopt Shoppe.

To enter, please leave a comment on THIS post including your name, an email address {or a way to get in contact with you} and tell me one way you KNOW God is FOR you.

Only one comment per person please.  I'll choose a winner Sunday at 8pm.


Walking in Truth:

Self-image says:  I am DEFEATED
God's image says:  I am DEFENDED

When I cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies turn back:
this I know; for God is for me.
Psalm 56:9

Scripture for the Heart:

What shall we then say to these things?
If God be for us, who can be against us"
Romans 8:31


Piper said...

I know God is for me. He fights for me. Even when I was far away He was standing right there waiting FOR me!
This morning I was letting the thoughts of my day create anxiety...How Sweet the Sound played on the radio
Yea though I walk through the valley
I know that You are always right beside me
And I will fear no evil
You're my rock
And my strength
You comfort me

Love the words today -
He is my defender!!

Oh, and that necklace...I hope I am the right ## :).....There is someone that could use it right about now.

Mindy said...

In the face of my anxiety, when it is rearing it's ugly head, I work everyday - sometimes every minute -- to remind myself that God is for me. He's FOR me. He's for ME! I don't have a hard time believing and telling other's he is for them but sometimes I have a hard time believing I'm included. How do I know He is for me? I choose to believe His word and not my anxious feelings....

Anonymous said...

There are so many ways!!! I know he is for me and he fights for me daily. 5 years ago I had the privaledge to go on a mission trip to Uganda Africa, while there we went into prisons and provided medical attention and shared Christ with each prisoner. It was a very emotional 10 days, I seen things that I had not seen before and without Gods protection I know that I would not have been able to walk away from the experience without completely being insane...But God used that experience to show me that he was always by my side, we went into multiple prisons in Africa with nothing but our bible and I not once had an ounce of fear. I felt completely confident in God fighting any battle that I would face. Today Im so thankful for a Heavenly Father that fights for me!

Katherine said...

I am laughing at the story about your Dad. To see the look on those boys faces!

I have thought of God being for other people most of my life but not necessarily for me. I know he is but I am learning to really believe it. I have taken for granted the times he has, now obviously, gone before me to fight for me. This is all new to me as I am just now opening my eyes to all he is doing.

JenB said...

How do I know God is for me? He let me be Jillian's mom. Today I feel that he's for me. I have to remind myself everyday though. :/

Rebecca Jo said...

OH MY GOSh.. if I don't win this one, I need to know where you got this - I have to buy one. That is one of my favorite life verses!!!

Yep... what a perfect image of our father waiting to pounce when we need protection!!! Love it!

Harriette Crump said...

What a blessing for you to have the protection of an earthly Father then and still with you today.
I am so thankful that I have the protection from my Heavenly Father. It is hard to even wrap my brain around how much He loves me and protects me daily. I pray for constant provision and protection in my life.
I don't always know how God has protected me is situations but I know that He is good.

J & A said...

I know (in my head) that God is for me, but I've been struggling with the heart part of it recently. I guess what I'd say at this exact point in time, is that I know God is for me but not in the ways I want or expect Him to be. (Sinful old me getting slapped upside the head yet again!) :-) He's constantly showing me grace yet undeniably, that He and only He is in charge and my ways are NOT His ways. I'm a work in progress, and though I can say honestly that I KNOW He is for me, sometimes the feeling it is so hard.

Anonymous said...

God is for me and I know it because miraculously He NEVER gives up on me!

Anonymous said...

I know that He is for me because He chose me! Wretched old me! He loves me, He is faithful to me, He is trustworthy, He is the great I Am!

Tammy Swain

Jody said...

16 years ago I gave birth to a son with a severe heart defect. By all medical standards he should not have survived. Thankfully God had other plans (Jer. 29:11).He has had 3 open heart surgeries, too many catheterizations to count,and survived a heart attack. Now he is a junior in high school and driving.I know God is for me because he has carried me all the way.

Kimberly King said...

Psalm 139:1
O Lord thou hast searched me and KNOWN me.
I am so thankful that the Lord knows me and all about me. That he knows what is going to take place in my life before my feet even hit the floor for the day. I am so thankful that all I have to do is ask for his grace and strength in my time of weakness and he gives it to me. I love that I can have his power resting on me. I know God is for me because he never fails to give me wisdom,discernment or direction in whatever circumstances I may find myself in.
I must praise him!!!!!!! He is always a friend and faithful to remain by my side.

Anonymous said...

I know that he is for me. Because he gave to me three of the most amazing children a mother could ever ask for. He has shown himself in you my sweet daughter,yes he is for me and always has been and always will be. I sit here overwhelmed with all he has done for me in my sometimes sinful life. But he loved me so much that he took all of that away and gave me HIM. Thank you Heavenly Father for showing up at a time in my life when all I had was you who was for me.

~Lynn~ said...

I know that He is FOR me because He is ACTIVELY, PERSISTENTLY pursuing me!! He LOVES me!!!

Carolyn Mc Eachin said...

Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the plans I have for you, "declares the Lord," plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. No matter what comes into my life, I know He is for me, because He is ALWAYS with me, holding me by my right hand.

Jeannie said...

Well, first of all I know He is for me because He tells me so in His Word. So even when I don't feel His love, I can KNOW it is so. I also know He is for me because He has healed me when I was very sick and there was no medical explanation. He rescued my parent's marriage when Satan came after them with vengeance. He rescued my marriage when it should not have survived. He has shown me over and over that He is for me. How I love Him!

Laurie said...

Laurie O

I know God is for me because my gratitude journals are full...even through lean, sad, tumultuous pages have God's blessings recorded. Always enough to let me know He is there even while He had to let some circumstances through for my good.

AubreyLaine said...

He has protected me and never given up on me no matter what.
alaine74014 at gmail dot com

mer@lifeat7000feet said...

That is a beautiful story, Deidre. It's such a gift when you have a strong, loving, and protective earthly father...and it makes it easier to view God in those ways. I am grateful I had a father like that too!

Juice said...

I love this story about your dad! How wonderful that God loves us even more than that.

Mandy said...

I know He is for me !! I look at my life and think of all the times I have rested in his arms.Then I look back at the times he has been there and I have to say " If it had not been for The Lord"....

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