Transitions: (Part 13…Established Steps)

Scripture references;

The Mystery of Time

 1 There is an occasion for everything,
and a time for every activity under heaven:

2 a time to give birth and a time to die;
a time to plant and a time to uproot; [a]

3 a time to kill and a time to heal;
a time to tear down and a time to build;

4 a time to weep and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn and a time to dance;

5 a time to throw stones and a time to gather stones;
a time to embrace and a time to avoid embracing;

6 a time to search and a time to count as lost;
a time to keep and a time to throw away;

7 a time to tear and a time to sew;
a time to be silent and a time to speak;

8 a time to love and a time to hate;
a time for war and a time for peace.

9 What does the worker gain from his struggles? 10 I have seen the task that God has given people to keep them occupied. 11 He has made everything appropriate [b] in its time. He has also put eternity in their hearts,[c] but man cannot discover the work God has done from beginning to end. 12 I know that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice and enjoy the [d] good life. 13 It is also the gift of God whenever anyone eats, drinks, and enjoys all his efforts. 14 I know that all God does will last forever; there is no adding to it or taking from it. God works so that people will be in awe of Him. 15 Whatever is, has already been, and whatever will be, already is. God repeats what has passed. [e]Ecclesiastes 3:1-15 HCSB

 5Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

 6In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

 7Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

 8It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones. Proverbs 3:5-8 KJV

6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever. Psalm 23:6 KJV


1The plans of the heart belong to man,
   but the answer of the tongue is from the LORD.
2 All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes,
   but the LORD weighs the spirit.
3 Commit your work to the LORD,
   and your plans will be established. Proverbs 16:1-3 ESV
9 The heart of man plans his way,
   but the LORD establishes his steps. Proverbs 16:9 ESV

Boasting About Tomorrow

 13Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— 14yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. 15Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” 16As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. 17 So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin. James4: 13:-17 ESV


It has been awhile since I have updated my readers on my life. A lot has happened over the past 6 months. I have been blogging for over a year now and if you click on the link titled “Transitions” in the left margin of this page you can read about all of the changes that have taken place in my family’s lives over the past 1 1/2 years. By the end of last year my son had finished graduate school, and my husband had finished his first semester back in college after about 17 years. By spring of this year my son had begun his new career not far from St. Louis, Missouri (a 7 or 8 hour drive from where we live), and my daughter had finished her high school homeschool courses and was accepted for admission this fall to the university where her father is attending here in our town. Then after some persuasion from my family (mostly my son) I decided to enroll, as well. We all have made our plans.

I don’t know what the future holds. Over the past few years I have found that I make few plans more than a week in advance, and here I am making a plan for the next four years. I am a little nervous as time passes, because it means a drastic change for me. I am trying to remember to just say “Lord willing” and to remember that all I have to do is trust the Lord and acknowledge Him in my ways and He will direct my path, which is a good thing because like King David said, “The Lord is my shepherd.”, and “Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life:  and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”. That doesn’t mean I won’t suffer and fail at times…it just means that He has promised to never leave me or forsake me no matter what situation I face.

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All His Benefits (Part 5b: His Ways)


Scripture Reference;

Psalm 103

 1Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.

 2Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:

 3Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;

 4Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;

 5Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

 6The LORD executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.

 7He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.

 8The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.

 9He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.

 10He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.

 11For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.

 12As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

 13Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.

 14For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.

 15As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.

 16For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.

 17But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children;

 18To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.

 19The LORD hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all.

 20Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.

 21Bless ye the LORD, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure.

 22Bless the LORD, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the LORD, O my soul.


I have been thinking about the word “ways” today, as it is used in this verse:

 7He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.

In my last post I shared some thoughts about that.  Below is both a link to that post, and the excerpt to which I am referring.

 “The Lord made his ways known when He delivered Israel out of the hands of the Egyptians, and also during the 40 years that they wandered in the wilderness.  It says He made “His ways” known to Moses, and “His acts” known unto the children of Israel.  That is something we should consider. Moses had a personal relationship with the Lord …He was not perfect. He sinned at times, but when the Lord called Moses He heard Him and followed Him in faith. Not all of the children of Israel responded to the Lord like that. All of mankind have witnessed the actions of God no matter if they have acknowledged them or not. But witnessing the Lord’s acts and knowing His ways are two different things. Only those who both hear the Lord’s call and receive Him through faith experience the privilege of  knowing His ways.  The Lord even gave them the Ten Commandments and many laws which revealed much about His ways, but throughout history they ignored them time and time again. At times the children of Israel saw great miracles like when He parted the Red Sea and they crossed on dry ground, and when he gave them manna from Heaven to eat and water that suddenly came out of a rock. He also punished some  whose  behavior grieved Him, but in everything the Lord did He was always just. He cared about the oppressed then, and he cares now.”

When considering the Lord’s ways so much comes to my mind. The Lord made His ways known to Moses, and He also makes His ways known to all who have placed their faith in Him. Have you ever wondered how and to what extent He does this? I have. At this moment I am thinking about that very thing.

By looking up the word “ways” in an online Strong’s Concordance we are given some great clues that help us to see how the Lord reveals His ways to believers. Look at what it says:

Strong:  H1870

Orig:  from 1869; a road (as trodden); figuratively, a course of life or mode of action, often adverb:–along, away, because of, + by, conversation, custom, (east-)ward, journey, manner, passenger, through, toward, (high-) (path-)way(-side), whither(-soever). 

Here is the part to which I am referring specifically:  + by, conversation, custom, (east-)ward, journey, manner, passenger, through, toward, (high-) (path-)way(-side), whither(-soever). 

Isn’t that something?! Some of the words really help. “Conversation” is an interesting word. The first thing that comes to my mind is our prayer life. We get this urge to pray. Where does that urge come from? It comes from the Father drawing us…calling out to us. Here are some passages of scripture that speak about that:

20And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers:

 21And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.” Isaiah 30:20-21 KJV

43Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Murmur not among yourselves.

 44No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

 45It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me. John 6:43-45 KJV

27My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

 28And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

 29My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.

 30I and my Father are one.” John 10:27-30 KJV

So whose idea is it to come to the Lord in prayer; ours or His? I would have to answer by saying “both”. Then we bow our heads in prayer. We speak to Him, and hopefully we will also listen. Our prayer time can certainly be a wonderful time of conversing with the Lord. But the word “conversation” has more than one meaning. Let’s look at  some more scripture.

1Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives;

 2While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. 1 Peter 3:1-2 KJV

1IN LIKE manner, you married women, be submissive to your own husbands [subordinate yourselves as being secondary to and dependent on them, and adapt yourselves to them], so that even if any do not obey the Word [of God], they may be won over not by discussion but by the [godly] lives of their wives,

    2When they observe the pure and modest way in which you conduct yourselves, together with your [a]reverence [for your husband; you are to feel for him all that reverence includes: to respect, defer to, revere him–to honor, esteem, appreciate, prize, and, in the human sense, to adore him, that is, to admire, praise, be devoted to, deeply love, and enjoy your husband]. 1Peter 3:1-2 Amplified Bible

 20For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:

 21Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself. Philippians 3:20-21 KJV

20But we are citizens of the state (commonwealth, homeland) which is in heaven, and from it also we[f]earnestly and patiently await [the coming of] the Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) [as] Savior,

    21Who will [g]transform and fashion anew the body of our humiliation to conform to and be like the body of His glory and majesty, by exerting that power which enables Him even to subject everything to Himself. Philippians 3:20-21 Amplified Bible

The above verses show us that the word “conversation”  can also mean both our way of life (our conduct) and our citizenship (the place we call “home”).

Well, I digressed a little. The subject of today’s post is “the Lord’s ways”, and I was addressing how He reveals them to believers, the various techniques He employs…one of which being conversation. He reveals His ways by both the things He says to us and the manner (or mood) in which He says them (He can whisper, shout, speak tenderly, or warn emphatically). He also does this by allowing us to see Him at work…how he conducted Himself in many situations described in the Bible, and how we see Him at work in countless situations that we either witness or experience (from our journey during this lifetime on the earth). The last method He uses to teach us about His ways is through our citizenship. Lets look at the following passages of scripture.

20But we are citizens of the state (commonwealth, homeland) which is in heaven, and from it also we[f]earnestly and patiently await [the coming of] the Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) [as] Savior, Philippians 3:20 Amplified Bible


8By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.

 9By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:

 10For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God. Hebrews 11:8-10 KJV

 15 Some people were even bringing infants to Him so He might touch them, but when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. 16 Jesus, however, invited them: “Let the little children come to Me, and don’t stop them, because the kingdom of God belongs to such as these17 I assure you: Whoever does not welcome the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” Luke 18:15-17HCSB

I know there were some other words mentioned in that Strong’s definition of the word “ways”, but I think what I have found and shared gives us a good glimpse into the various methods the Lord uses to make His ways known to believers.

Now what about “extent”? To what extent does He reveal His ways to us during our lifetime here? Well, it varies from person to person and from season to season…even one day to the next. I believe the two factors that impact that the most are the attitude of the believer’s heart and the needs of the believer at any given time. The longer we trust and follow Him the more He will reveal. He hides this knowledge in our hearts just like He hides the word that we have studied in our hearts, and then He causes it to surface in our minds at the appropriate times. He knows His children through and through, but His ways are higher than our ways…they are past our finding out. We are acquainted with them only in part, but when we get to Heaven we will know Him just as well as He knows us.

 33O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!

 34For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor?

 35Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again?

 36For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen. Romans 11:33-36 KJV

 9For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.

 10But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.

 11When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

 12For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. 1 Corinthians 13:9-12 KJV

 25At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.

 26Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight.

 27All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.

 28Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

 29Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

 30For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 11:25-30 KJV


Has this post left you longing to learn more about the Lord’s ways? Psalm 145:9 tells us His tender mercies are over all of His works. Would you like to witness them in action? I have written a series that is devoted to that very thing. Here is a link that will help access those posts:


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