October 16, 2018

Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow


Just a couple days ago our temperature was in the high seventies and now after a cold front we are in the forties. I don’t like this cold weather. I want yesterday back. Yesterday was better! 

As I heard myself thinking this, I knew I was having a complaining spirit. Then I thought of the many times we find ourselves wanting yesterday back in so many other senses of that phrase. We remember something good about the past when we are having a hard time in our present, and wistfully wish we could go back. But that is not the answer.

The solution to what we are dealing with now cannot be resolved by wishing today was like a particular season in the past when things were going more smoothly. We will find ourselves stuck in the past, if we keep turning to the past, when we should focus on today and face tomorrow with hope.

We tend to use selective memory in regards to warm remembrances of the past. If we are honest with ourselves, our past is also filled with uncertain and tough times, just like our present is. It is probably very common and natural to look to the “good past” when we are uneasy about facing today and the uncertainty of tomorrow.

There is one good thing we can draw on from the past, and that is knowing God was with us in our yesterdays, and He is with us today, and He will be with us for all our tomorrows. Are you believing this today?

Every tomorrow is uncertain, 
No matter what I’ve planned.
But God is with me—
Whatever tomorrow brings,
Of this I can always be certain.

Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go." 

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October 13, 2018

First Place

Jeremiah 29:13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. 

Have you ever stopped to wonder, really wonder, at the awesome truth that God wants a relationship with us? He wants us to spend time with Him. He wants us to draw quiet and draw near and He wants to spend time with us. He wants us. This realization humbles me every day. 

We have it inside us, we are wired in such a way by our Creator—we want to be loved … this is our deepest hearts’ longing—to be loved. And we are loved with an immeasurable love that fills this longing of our hearts. We are loved by a Holy and Almighty God who pursues us and wants to spend time with us.

Romans 5:5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. 

With the rising of the sun as a new day begins, make this vital choice. Give God first place in your heart and your life, and give Him first place in your day … every day. You will find Him today, when you seek Him with all your heart. He is always there ... waiting for you.

There are many things that could fill my thoughts
And keep me too busy to listen to You.
I have learned I would rather be still,
I would rather hear Your voice.

I can save other things for later,
I can chase all those thoughts away for now.
You have first place in my thoughts, Lord,
You have first place in my heart.


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October 10, 2018

Psalm 23 Reflections


Is there a more beautiful passage in the Bible than the 23rd Psalm?  It is definitely in a category all its own and has always been a favorite of mine.

The riches of each phrase wrap around my heart like a cool fresh breeze after a long hot afternoon.

Stepping into the depths of its treasure is a gift to the soul every time we read these six intricate verses.

The weary find solace. The wounded find healing. The hungry are filled. The thirsty are quenched. The fearful find comfort. The tired are refreshed. The worshiper finds intimacy with the Lord.

We will all find God’s immeasurable goodness and mercy.

What do you need today and in the days ahead? I pray you will find it in the words of this beloved Psalm.

PSALM 23

A Psalm of David

The LORD is my shepherd;
         I shall not want.
 He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
         He leads me beside the still waters.
 He restores my soul;
         He leads me in the paths of righteousness
         For His name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
         I will fear no evil;
         For You are with me;
         Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
         You anoint my head with oil;
         My cup runs over.
 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
         All the days of my life;
         And I will dwell in the house of the LORD
         Forever.



 
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First Breath of Morning: Where God Waits For You Every Day
First Breath of Morning contains six chapters portraying our walk with God through drawing near, growing our relationship, leaning into His love, strengthening our faith, trusting Him through trials, and praising Him in worship. These messages will refresh your faith and renew your trust in God.