11. Hope in God’s Mercy

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God showed mercy to Joseph when his brothers sold him into slavery. Potiphar, an Egyptian officer, bought him. “The LORD was with Joseph,” and he made him prosper in His master’s sight. “Joseph found grace in his sight.” Potiphar made him overseer over all he had. When Joseph refused to sin with his master’s wife, she lied against him. Potiphar believed his wife, and “his wrath was kindled.” He put Joseph in prison.

Even in prison God was with Joseph. “The LORD was with Joseph, and showed him mercy.” He “gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison.” This man committed to Joseph’s hand all the prisoners.

Later, Joseph is brought before Pharaoh. Pharaoh, king of Egypt, dreamed two troubling dreams. He told his dreams to Joseph. He interpreted these dreams which had the same meaning. In them God told Pharaoh seven years of plenty would come. They would be followed by seven years of famine. God gave Joseph wisdom, not only to interpret the dreams, but to advise Pharaoh what to do. This pleased Pharaoh, and God extended mercy to Joseph through him. He set Joseph over all his land. Not only was Joseph released from prison, but he became a ruler. (See Genesis 39-41 for the full story.)

God showed mercy to me, too. Growing up, I was a shy, bashful kid. It appeared that I would not amount to much. I feel so unworthy of God’s mercies toward me.

When in the seventh or eighth grade, I heard that Jesus died for sinners and rose again from the dead. It must be true, I reasoned, because it comes from the Bible. I believed it in my head and thought of myself as a Christian. However, I did not know what a true Christian was.

Years later, the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart. “Repent. Lynn, you are a sinner. Christ died for your sins. He arose from the dead that you might live. Repent.”

Then I fell upon my knees by my bed, and Jesus came to live in me. When I arose, peace like a river flooded my heart. Though unworthy, He made me His child.

My life has not been perfect since, but His mercy does not leave me. He promised, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Heb. 13:5). His mercy to us unworthy creatures is everlasting.

Much time passed. In my mid-thirties He called me to the Navajo mission field. Leon Wallace came to the same place where I was. We prayed and believed that the Lord wanted us to serve Him together. We married. God gave us a daughter who presently studies law and manages a business.

Sixteen years later on June 22, 1987, God called my beloved husband home. What will I do now? I pondered. In about a week I visited a church where the pastor preached about writing. He described my shanty that he had never seen. I knew the Lord was speaking to me. Since that time I’ve been writing.

In 2008 Ambassador International published my first book, Our Lifeship: A Study in Proverbs for Women. Now I am seeking opportunities to speak. In myself I am not worthy; God gives me grace and mercy to help me. Butterflies flutter in my stomach as I plan to do power point, a new thing for me. By His grace and mercy I can do it. I cannot give up.

God delights in mercy. He takes pleasure in all who fear Him and hope in His mercy. Have you placed your trust and hope in Him? In Hebrews 6:19 the Lord says this is a “sure hope.”

My book, Our Lifeship, is available from Lynn’s website: http://www.writingfrommyheart.com. Watch for changes to this site from time to time.

4. Keeping Calm in Storms

lynnCalm in a Mess
By Lynn Wallace

Calm in a Mess
By Lynn Wallace

Had a tornado struck! Every desk drawer lay upside down, its contents strewn about on the floor. I felt crunchy stuff under my feet.

I couldn’t take another step into my bedroom. Something might break.

Since my car required many repairs, Regee and Gina furnished my transportation.

The bathtub overflowed and a sickening odor wafted up to my nostrils.

When I rushed down the hallway and peered out the front door, I sighed with relief. “Regee, Gina” I exclaimed, “Come into the house with me.”

They did.

Some office books and linens lay on the floor. However, the vandals left my computer untouched. God protected it.

When I mopped up the bathroom floor, I ended up with a dripping skirt. In the meantime my friends viewed the scene in the bedroom.

Regee said, “Things were in such disarray it looked like a tornado had hit the room.”

I said to my friends, “Please take me to Mom’s house.” I can’t stay here tonight.”

I called Mom and told her what happened. I ventured back into the bedroom to grab what I needed for an overnight stay at Mom’s. I threw things on the bed to make a path to the closet. How can I find anything to wear in this mess? I wondered.

Then I rummaged around for a dry skirt and changed. I grabbed clothes for an overnight stay at Mom’s.

The next morning Regee and Gina showed up at Mom’s house. We went over to my mobile home and labored until 4:00 in the afternoon. They supported me as with an anchor, getting my place back in order.

We scrubbed floors, the bathtub, and kitchen sink. Regee even cleaned out the heating ducts that were filled with muck and debris. He said, “Water run the entire length of the heating ducts.”

Someone consoled me the night following the “tornado” with an anchor greater than Regee or Gina could provide. The Anchor of my soul gave sweet rest all night. I awoke with peace and joy in my heart, and a smile on my face.

Good friends can help you stay calm when trials come. They will stick with you. Many young people and adults do not choose their friends wisely. Such lead them in the wrong direction. God says, “He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed” (Prov. 13:20). Stay calm. Choose your friends wisely.
Names have been changed by request.

Bio: Lynn lives in Montrose, Colorado on her parents’ farm. She enjoys watching deer at play, and birds gathering seeds and bugs. God called Lynn to write for Him shortly after her husband departed for his heavenly home. Over eighty of her articles appeared in various publications. Nature Friend published “A Strange Animal,” an article about the platypus. Win Informer, Shining Star, and other periodicals also have published her articles. Accent Bible Curriculum published two of her curriculum packages. Ambassador International published her first book: Our Lifeship: Studies in Proverbs for Women. In it chapter 6 speaks about companions or friends. Her website received a new look, http://www.writingfrommyheart.com.

1. Calm Sailors Steer Right and Keep Calm

lynnHelm of Our Ship

By Lynn Wallace

Helm of Our Ship
By Lynn Wallace

God uses the analogy of a ship in chapter one. In verse five He says, “A man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels.” The English words “wise counsels” are translated from the Hebrew word tachbulah. The Hebrews used this term to refer to steering a ship. This word comes from chebel, a rope. This rope guided the ship. God wants to give you wise counsels in the way you conduct your lifeship.

Be a wise sailor and guide your ship by “wise counsels.” A God-fearing woman embarks on her vessel towards Heaven’s portals. Jesus Christ desires to be your Captain and impart wisdom to you in the way you conduct your ship.

Then you will keep on course and steer away from erroneous paths. Shun the advice of pirates. Their ships run into the coral reefs. The Captain says, “Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest judgment” (Exo. 23:2). When the pirates seek to enmesh you in their nets, say, “No, I belong to Jesus, and I cannot do that.”

Staying on Course
One mother told the school principal where her daughter, CJ, and a friend went when they played hooky. CJ wanted her mother to write a note saying they stayed home sick. The mother, a sailor for Jesus, refused to do so. She thought, Now I’ve made them my enemies. I’ll never be able to speak to them about Jesus.

Later, the countenance of CJ’s friend changed after she received Christ as her Saviour. On another occasion, her mother listened when CJ’s mother testified to her of Jesus. Beware! A lie reaps its harvest, not peace. Honesty does pay.

This sailor pleased God by telling the truth and trusting in Him. “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths” (Prov. 3:5-6). Telling about the girls when they played hooky seemed to be a way to make enemies. Because the mother told the truth, the way opened for her to witness. God promises in Proverbs 16:7 that when you please the Lord He will make even your enemies to be at peace with you. In this case this mother had peace with her enemies because she guided her ship aright.

Outwardly, the winds of adversity may rage. Trust the LORD in the tempest and He will help you remain unruffled. God will cause even your enemies to make peace. “When a man’s ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him” (Prov. 16:7).

Follow godly counsel from your logbook, the Bible. Avoid the crags of envy, pride, harsh judgment, ill temper, and bad words. With the Captain’s help you can steer your lifeship in the right direction, and avoid shipwreck.

Names have been changed for protection. All Scriptures are taken from the King James Version. This blog is based on Lynn’s book: Our Lifeship: A Study in Proverbs for Women, chapter one. The Study Guide for our Lifeship on PDF is available. Find out how on http://www.writingfrommyheart.com.

Who Is Lynn?

Lynn served with her husband Leon for about nine years in Navajoland. On June 22, 1987 God called her beloved home. “What will I do now?” Lynn asked. About a week later, she visited her brother-in-law’s church. That evening Pastor Bill preached on writing. He described Lynn’s shanty though he had never been there. Lynn knew the Lord was speaking to her. She started writing, something she loved to do. Numerous articles and two curriculum packages landed at the dock of publishers. In 2008 Ambassador-Emerald International published her first book, Our Lifeship: Studies in Proverbs for Women. She wrote it to help women sail calmly on life’s troubled seas. You may find out more about it at www.writingfrommyheart.com, and order it from this website through PayPal.