thankfully, not me! who are we to know what God has for us? let’s approach each day, not decided on what we have to do, but rather what He wants us to do as we take care of the responsibilities He has placed before us. there isn’t anything that can come our way that can shake us, if we are firmly planted in Him!
He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord. Psalm 112:7
some time ago a friend spoke of a study she was doing, so i apologize for not knowing what that study was. in any event, she shared with me something so profound that almost immediately i disagreed with her. that is, until i stopped to really think about it. it went something like this:
“the areas of our lives where we have the most fear, are the areas we trust God the least.”
“wow, how can this be true?” i thought. it sounded like a complete contradiction. of course i trust God, especially in those areas! why wouldn’t i? they mean the most to me. i pray the most for and about these areas!
what i figured out: praying doesn’t actually mean we fear less… we have to also release it to His care. it’s only when we have our hands completely off it … that He can do His thing and fill our [now empty] hands with His love and care!
The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you. Psalm 9:10
that’s the key: seek Him!
i love this verse. i love the use of the word never. if we seek Him in all we do, He promises to guide. look for Him in every circumstance, setting and situation, in what we’re pursuing or even if we are just going about our mundane day. He is our Director and doesn’t leave as long as we are trying!
there is so much (too much if you ask me) debate these days over the bible, its meaning, its translations over the centuries and its relevance for today. although most of you know where i sit on this, i’ll try my best to steer away from my thoughts on the topic and what i believe He has revealed to me.
but i will say one thing that has been a mini revelation to me. we talk about Psalm 119:11 when the author writes how he hid the Word in his heart “that I might not sin against you.” and yet the “written” word hadn’t been penned yet. hmm, got me thinking…
if Jesus equals the Word as the bible says He does in John … it seems logical that it is Him we should be “hiding” in our hearts. not necessarily the written word, seeing as the author of this particular Psalm hadn’t even had it (the bible) to refer to when writing.
for me, i’m hiding love in my heart. Jesus, Himself, said the greatest command is to love Him and love others. He IS love! if i love, all else will fall into place as He deems fitting!
Amen and thank you Jesus that the only translation of the Word that is completely accurate is quite simply, You!
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
I love this quote by Albert Einstein: “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
as a parent, when one of my children compares themselves to another sibling as to belittle themselves because they aren’t as talented in a certain area, my heart cries. I just want to swoop them up and give them a big hug (and knock some sense into them lol) assuring them God made them with abilities and qualities all their own. how much more does God (THE Creator) look at His children and is saddened when we look at ourselves as less because we may not look or act or be like others. we each have likenesses and abilities that are uniquely ours. own who He has made you to be, there is no one else like you!
We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
let me just say it like it is … having to grieve sucks! you can’t dictate how or when you’re going to feel whatever it is you’re feeling. oh man it’s tough!
if there is one thing I’ve learned, you’ve got to go with it, whatever stage is hitting you. there is no sense in trying to pause it or push yourself to the next stage, that just prolongs it altogether. all we can do is feel it and trust Him at His word:
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
in times like these, it’s even more important to cling to His promises!
getting to step 5: acceptance, can seem so far away, but all the experts say we’ll get there!
At A Loss
many years ago I hurt my back beyond complete repair. without regular chiropractic visits I become somewhat immobile. I got thinking, this is not unlike our Christian walk, if we don’t regularly study His word and learn His principles on how to live and love others we become unable to really move in the direction He would have us move. we will become complacent or unsure of what to do or where to go or how to act. to prevent this from happening, we must daily seek Him and hide His maintenance in our heart!
I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.
ever wanted something so badly that you, if you were honest, almost (if not completely) took the reins from God? how far does that get us? … not far. in fact, some times we end up moving backwards.
a recent, brief conversation between me and God:
[little] me: alright God, I’m back.
[big] Him: alright then, now let Me do it.
Just as you cannot understand the path of the wind or the mystery of a tiny baby growing in its mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the activity of God, who does all things.
Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.
I love my car time, even though I hate traffic. I’ve learned to make the most of it, because really, is there any other choice? there are endless [productive] possibilities. from singing, to dancing, to talking, to listening, to thinking, to praying.
rides in silence seem to be my favorite lately. it’s become a time to just let loose before a God who knows it all anyway. sometimes laugher, sometimes tears, sometimes complete silence. regardless, He is there. listening, loving, answering and maybe even sometimes shaking His head at my silliness or senseless babble. whatever the case, times like these are priceless! thank you Lord for being willing to meet me right where I am … traffic’n’all.
Now devote your heart and soul to seeking the Lord your God.
1 Chronicles 22:19a
You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Psalms 16:11 ESV
music has always ministered to me in ways too sensational to explain. no matter what’s going on in my life, songs can meet me right where I am. I’m not just talking “Christian” songs. God can and does use modern day music too. He’s cool like that! take for instance this lyric,
“so clear my vision is blurred” …ahhh… the irony, well at least to me. I’m notorious for getting in my own way. knowing exactly where to step, yet insecurities creep in leaving me to doubt my abilities.
I’ve asked God to show me what it was getting in my way of receiving all that He has for me. you know how He answered? with a vision of me looking in a mirror! whoa! may that mirror be shattered, beyond replacement!
Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts.
Get Outta The Way!
Let The Music Play
Music That Touches The Soul