We must continue to surrender. Surrender to God afresh moment by moment if that’s what it takes. And trust that He will, in His time, defend you, righting the wrong. Or, in the mean time, provide you armfuls of grace. … Continue reading
Do you see God walking on the sea with you..
Through all the waves and rolling thunder..
And splashes of rain..
Unconcerned and certain all is well?
Even if you cannot see the seashore, nor know which way is north, God does.
His ways are higher than yours.
He longs for you to trust Him through the process.
Through the waves and calmness of the sea.
Don’t live day after day, wishing all of life’s issues were solved.
If you do, you’ll miss out on the blessing of trusting God with all of yourself.
You’ll miss the peace which passes all understanding, guarding your heart and mind.
God longs to have you now, so He can use you mightily through the process.
It’s easy to trust God when you can see the shore.
Even easier when the sun is shining, birds are singing, you’re looking great and your family is all singing the same tune.
It’s easy then to trust.
But it’s also easy to trust the wrong thing- yourself.
Watch out, because you might think you had something to do with the blue sky and harmonious waters.
The beauty in a storm is the child-like faith we cling to.
Necessary because there’s nothing else to do.
Peace is the reward.
Peace that comes knowing we can do nothing, that God can and will do everything.
He is in control, we are not.
Cling to Him in the storm and quiet.
Purpose your will and thoughts to trust Him completely.
Even if you cannot see the shore.
Life is full of seasons. Well, yes, seasons, but those are akin to the phases of life. I’m speaking of ups and downs. Highs and lows. The rain and the desert. Hills and valleys. There are times in our life … Continue reading
~~ Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, ~~ When I follow Your lead, When I want nothing, because You provide all things, Goodness and mercy will be with me every single day. … Continue reading
~~ Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me. ~~ Because I have trusted, Because I have trusted my Shepherd, who has led me onto paths … Continue reading
~~ He makes me lie down in green pastures. ~~ My Shepherd, who guides me, tells me what to do. I must listen and obey. And look where He guides me? To relax in a sweet safe spot, where there … Continue reading
Trust in the Lord. You mean trust in my own strength, right? No, trust in the Lord. But I know what I want. Need. So does God. In fact, He knows best. He wants your best, sees your future, and … Continue reading
Be still and know that I am God. Quiet your cluttered mind. Remove the noise of life. Stop running around with your list. Be still…… Focus on God. Look back at His faithfulness to you. Believe in your heart the … Continue reading
Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him, and He will act. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and hour justice … Continue reading
Those words were whispered to me today. Stay the course. Trust in God´s plan. Knowing and believing He is in control. Even when you´re confused about what to do… Keep pursuing God. When hope seems to die regarding your precious … Continue reading
Sometimes I ask myself what is God doing? Why this or that? We picture life a certain way. Then our picture changes. Why? I remember we’re not supposed to know why yet. We’re not supposed to know all the answers. … Continue reading
God is a good, good Father. Love that song. Except something in the song has always bothered me. Is He really perfect in all of His ways? Because when life goes down the toilet, it doesn’t seem so. I become … Continue reading
Ever work yourself into a worried frenzy? Consume your thoughts with worry and then your body simply shuts down? Worst case scenarios play out in your brain and you are completely convinced all heck will break loose? Think about the … Continue reading
Completeness. Perfectly sound. Intact. God promises us His peace. His perfect peace. His shalom. When the waters begin to sway your boat, He is there to speak peace over you. In the stillness of the night, He’s there to cover … Continue reading
Every time a new experience confirms a truth you already know, a layer of trust is laid. Layer upon layer, trust is built over time and these layers cushion us from the blows of life. New relationships create layers of … Continue reading
Life is full of promise. Possibilities are brimming at every turn. Are you cheerfully anticipating God to work in your life, delivering His plan for your days? Or are you planning things yourself and expecting God to work your plan? … Continue reading
It’s not about me or you. Life. Our lives are not to be lived for us. Really? Really. Jesus is our focus. Our lives should be lived for Him. To realize His purpose. To be used for His glory. Sometimes … Continue reading
Have you ever asked God to spend your time? To fill it with His desires and needs for you? God has fashioned our brains brilliantly. Capable of so much. Sometimes we have many voices, one louder than the next, all … Continue reading
It’s time. I’m done. Not reaching out for prayer, that is. We must pray for each other. Because prayer makes all the difference in the world. So why are we NOT utilizing this gift God has left for us? This … Continue reading
Jesus says to love your enemy. Even people you don’t particularly like. Jesus says to pray for those who persecute you. People you don’t get along with very well. Or who do you harm. Oh, but I’m justified in my … Continue reading
I lifted my tear stained eyes and looked upon my sweet Lord’s face. Compassion dripped from His eyes as He scooped me into His arms. My child, I love you. I cover you this day with My peace. May you … Continue reading
Why do you doubt me? Why do you doubt my love? Why do you doubt my goodness? Why do you doubt my plan for you, my personal love story written just for you? Are you scared? Lonely? Trust me. Completely. … Continue reading
God is here. He is here in my room at this very moment. He knows my heart. He knows my deepest wishes. He sees every corner – the love for my husband and children…the fragile yet strong self-esteem…the hurt He … Continue reading
God is looking for you. You’re a wanted soul. Wanted for redemption. For a relationship with the One true God. Funny, though, because God knows just where to find you. But He has always given us a choice. To surrender … Continue reading
How many burdens do you keep?
How many burdens do you take back after you give them away to God?
When you lay your burden down, giving it to God,
don’t pick it back up.
We are not made to carry them.
We are sheep.
But our Shepherd is made for the job.
He’s willing and happy to do it.
But we have to make a choice.
To lay the burden down.
And leave it at the foot of the cross.
Jesus might not carry it like you think He should.
Don’t ask for it back.
When your mind thinks of that burden, you begin to think of ways to fix it.
That, my friends, is scooping the burden back up.
Every time your thoughts return to that burden, give it back to God.
Thank Him for fixing it for you.
Tell Him you can’t wait to see How he solves it.
He will let you know.
If you instead, keep musing over that issue,
the burden will climb back onto your shoulders.
Worry and fear will once again join you.
Give them to God and stop those thoughts in their tracks.
Smile, knowing God’s in control.
And He has your best in mind.
“Look unto Me and be saved, all the ends of the earth; for I am God and there is none else.” Isaiah 45:22 Saved, yes, for all of eternity. From the punishment we richly deserve. But I think there’s … Continue reading
Jesus loves me this I know For the Bible tells me so Little ones to Him belong They are weak, but He is strong. Do you know Jesus loves you? Do you really know? He does. With everything He has, … Continue reading
May we press into Jesus so that others see only Him through our hands, our words, and our self. May we focus so intently on Him that we forget our selfish troubles and our attitudes become pure. May we remember … Continue reading
What are yours? Your temptations? Believing the worst about someone because of your own personal wounds? Sneaking off early or wasting time at work because you feel you deserve it? Not correcting the clerk who hands you extra change? Embracing … Continue reading
Are you humbled that God whispers your name? That the Creator of ALL things even notices you? He does more than notice you. He crafted your very existence. He ordains your days. He allows you to experience life as He … Continue reading
When faced with complaining, you have an opportunity to witness God’s power. We cannot behave properly without God, so we must allow Him to work through us. Disgruntled situations provide freedom to let God move. But only if we choose … Continue reading
The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, He will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you. Romans 8:11 … Continue reading
“Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.” 1 John 4:15 If you confess with your lips… If your soul longs for God… If your heart knows it needs to … Continue reading
My dear mother shared this verse with me today: “But none of these things move me….” Acts 20:24 Paul goes on to explain his pristine focus on the mission God had entrusted to him. Earthly things didn’t move him. Including … Continue reading
Who am I to question Almighty God? What gives me that right? His ways are above mine. He holds our future in His capable strong hands. Our job is to trust Him with faith like a child. Oh we can … Continue reading
Choose you this day whom you will serve. Joshua 24:15 Who is your master? Who are you serving? God? The flesh? Christians are quick to say God, of course. We do lots of business in God’s name. And most of … Continue reading
He has you where He wants you. Jesus. He places us in spots where He can use us. Do you ever wonder why He chose this spot? I do. Sometimes things don’t make sense. Logically. But that’s not our job. … Continue reading
Let not your hearts be troubled…. John 14:1a I find this funny. Funny like haha, yea, right. Oh wait – is God serious? How can I possibly ignore life’s troubles? Well, God didn’t say ignore life’s troubles… Just don’t let … Continue reading
Pulled the chicken out of the oven and assembled the many dinner plates. Peas, macaroni & cheese, and chicken on my blue dishes looked appetizing. As I said out loud to thin air, “Good job, Amy”, I knew at that … Continue reading
Not literally. I’m talking about spirit crushed, gut wrenching grief. When you are overcome with grief from the very depths of your soul and you cry until you cannot cry anymore. That kind of dead. Times like those are when … Continue reading