February 15, 2019

Search My Heart

Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me, and know my anxieties;
And see if there is any wicked way in me,
And lead me in the way everlasting.  Psalm 139:23-24

Do you have those moments in your faith journey when you stop and intently examine if you are doing what you are supposed to be doing and going where you believe God is leading?

I have been diligently searching my heart and am cautiously arriving at a place where I can claim with peace and assurance that I am exactly where I am supposed to be and doing exactly what I am supposed to be doing. God reigns and rules in my life, He is leading and guiding and I follow only Him.

If I am not careful though, I will attack myself with doubt and second guess every move I make. I have also learned not to compare myself to others and how or what they are doing because it always results in sabotaging my individual and unique journey. I am and I must continue to follow the unique path God has designed just for me.

What I do, I do for Him. The life I live, I live for Him. The path for my journey is the path He has prepared for me. I have searched my heart and examined my ways so I can know I am walking the walk of faith God has called me to live.

This does not mean I do it all perfectly. It means I have set my heart to follow as He leads, to prayerfully listen and watch for His direction and to place my life fully in His hands.

In this moment and going forward, I will tightly hold onto Him through it all. This is my journey with Him, the warmth of His hand holding mine, His presence ever near to me. This is how I move forward taking the next step where God leads. He is with me and He never leaves or forsakes me.

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February 9, 2019

I Have His Attention

Have you ever tried to get someone’s undivided attention and wished you didn’t have to go to so much effort in order for them to stop what they are doing and focus their attention on you? I would guess that most of us have had this experience with family members. On the other hand, we have probably also been the guilty party who did not stop and give someone else the attention they were seeking. 

It feels good to know we have someone’s attention. I thought about this lately in regard to my relationship with the Lord and if it is possible for me to have His undivided attention. 

I will admit that I do feel that I have God’s attention.  As if He is in the room with me, or beside me in my car or when I take a walk. 

That He hears me even though I am just one in millions, yet He knows me.

He hears my conversation, He hears my prayers. My thoughts and prayers and words aren’t just hitting the ceiling. I have His attention.

I love the way we can have an individualized one on one personal relationship with God.

This is a mystery. How His Spirit inside us works this, His Spirit that is placed in each of us at the point of salvation. His Holy Spirit works this mystery and so much more.

This mystery assures me that I have His attention. 

He has wanted ours all along. That is the theme of the Bible, God reaching out to man, reaching out to you and me. It is His desire for us to know He is with us and that we have His undivided attention. 

Psalm 116:1-2 I love the Lord, because He has heard my voice and my supplications. Because He has inclined His ear to me, therefore I will call upon Him as long as I live.

Jeremiah 23:23-24 “Am I a God near at hand,” says the Lord, “And not a God afar off? Can anyone hide himself in secret places, so I shall not see him?” says the Lord; “Do I not fill heaven and earth?” says the Lord.

Acts 17:27-28 So that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’

February 2, 2019

Blue Skies and Cloudy Days

Blue skies and abundant sunshine - that is my kind of day. When the skies are cloudy and gray, I must remind myself…the sun is still shining right where it was yesterday when skies were blue.

On the gray days, the sun is still there on the other side of those gray clouds. God perfectly placed it there a mere ninety three million miles from earth just where it needs to be to sustain life on this planet. The sun has not moved.

So is God, still shining, still working, still doing what He does.

Don’t forget that on your cloudy days, He is still there!

Of course we prefer blue skies and sunshine. Of course we love a more visible evidence of His presence and working in our lives.

Here is the truth, for our faith to stretch and grow we must believe He is still there even though there are days when the clouds may appear to block our view.

This is so important to understand. God is still with us on the days when the skies are not blue. There is not a cloud that can dim the power of the sun, or cloud or storm that can lessen the power of our God. 

What is the cloud or storm in your life? Health issues, financial matters, marital problems, family problems, trust issues, fear? 

We are incapable of moving any clouds one inch for the sun to come shining through again.

But we can move the clouds of fog in our mind that make us feel like He has moved away from us. We must choose to push them away with the truth of God’s Word that He goes with us and never leaves us, whether it is blue skies or a cloudy day. 

“For the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”  ~Deuteronomy 31:6