Why I’m not a Salesman (God’s Gift in Disguise)

Nov 26, 2012 | Faith

Attempting to blog during the Holidays is like putting another ad flyer in an already stuffed newspaper.  Lots of good ideas, but there’s too much out there already.

Now you know why I’m not a salesman.


In the busyness and too muchness of everything this season, Life Beyond the Picket Fence is going to focus on the gift of God’s character over the next several weeks.  As we sat around our Thanksgiving table, my kids played the “do what Mom says” game by each sharing what they’re thankful for in the last year.  Then, being the dorky Mom I am, we played Round Two, with each of us sharing one character of God we are thankful for.

I want my kids to have an awareness of His character because it’s the only gift that is true, steadfast, and standing when everything is stripped away.

The holidays bring a plethora of moods, expectations, and reflections. In all of our experiences, there’s one constant  – God’s character. It doesn’t change.

It’s the only thing I held on to when our family’s world came crashing down several years ago. I could literally hear glass shatter in my head in the moment I realized the joy of our Imageentire world and way of life was gone. Everything I thought about life and faith was gone in that moment.  I stood there screaming inside, “Lord, I don’t know what you’re doing!”

The only peace came from the next thought, “But I know your character, and in this moment, it’s still the same.”

Over the course of the next several months and years, I studied scripture and questioned everything I knew about faith, God, and life. One thing I continually returned to was God’s character.

I’ve learned when life doesn’t make sense, God’s character doesn’t change. He’s the same God today as he was to Job, David, Peter, Daniel, Ruth and Esther.  And He’s the same God to you and me.  He doesn’t waiver.

In this holiday season, let’s recieve the gift of God’s character.  Together, may we rest in the knowledge, peace and stability of His character. Perhaps the craziness around us will seem less crazy.  The rush may seem less rushing.  The expectations less overwhelming.

May the peace of Christ in the manger sink deep into our minds, bodies, and spirits, bringing joy of who He is each day.

“The Lord so gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love.” Psalm 145:8

Do you need to receive God’s grace?  His compassion?

 His patience with you, or His love that abounds?  I do, every day.

Thank you, Holy God, for your gift of your character.

It’s His gift to you today.


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  1. Janette's Sage

    Amen…and this dorky mom does the same thing around here! When our world came crashing down four years ago I too did the same thing…ran to Him and I stood on over 40 years of his faithfulness and character. I am standing on that today as I pray for a prodigal and I know His character…not just from reading about it, but from knowing it!

    • brendayoder

      Janette – those words of yours are the testimony of our living God! Amen! Your words witness to Him and of Him. It’s what we stand on when everyone and everything around us is not what we knew before. Thank you for this testimony!

  2. Tracy

    Hi Brenda, I love what you say here that life is unpredictable but God’s character remains the same. Great truth and one I need to maybe print out and put somewhere I see it every morning i wake up… hmmm, probably on the kettle would be the best place, 🙂 Anyway, great post and great reminder and I love the background
    God bless

    • brendayoder

      Thank you so much Tracy!

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