August 25, 2016

In God I Trust

Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge him and he shall direct your paths.

My life verses are Proverbs 3:5-6. What are life verses? Simply, they are favored verses that hold a deep meaning to us. What do these verses mean to me? They are how I live my life. They guide my life. They are my default verses. When I am faced with choices, struggles, and uncertainties—I run to these verses and apply them to each present situation.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Trust is vital. Trust is faith in action. Trust is the essence of faith and the essence of my walk—my relationship with God. God has built trust deep into my being, and it lies at the core of how I live my life.

And lean not on your own understanding. We need to understand that we are not going to go through life doing things our own way. Not in a trusting relationship with God. We will have a divided heart if we try. That is what I have learned. It was a valuable lesson when I learned to just let go of my own way and go His way. My heavenly Father knows best.

In all your ways acknowledge Him. Believe God is who He says He is and make Him Lord of your life. See His Holiness. See His majesty and power. See every knee bowed low one day. He is God. He is in control. He is sovereign.

And He shall direct your paths. My life is in His hands. As I follow Him I am going where He is leading and this is how I know I am where I am supposed to be and going where I am supposed to be going. Even the twists and turns are sovereignly being navigated by God as I yield my heart and life to His will.

There is power to live the Christian life in these two amazing verses. As you read these familiar verses again today, I pray they plant themselves deep in your heart and grow an unshakable and lasting trust in the Lord your God.

August 24, 2016

Think About

In the quiet moments of a peaceful morning walk
I let my thoughts drift heavenward
My thoughts are filled with You

I think about Your majesty
That flows from Heaven’s throne
I think about the wonders
Of Creation You have made

I think about the human heart
That You want to invade
I think about this heart of mine
That You have entered in

I think about the mercy
And the grace You freely give
I think about the love and joy
I found when I found You

I think about the changes
You have made inside of me
I thank You for the love
That brought You deep inside my heart

In the quiet moments of a peaceful morning walk
I let my thoughts drift heavenward
My thoughts are filled with You

Psalm 9:1-2
I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart;
I will tell of all Your marvelous works.
I will be glad and rejoice in You;
I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.

August 21, 2016

Walking Away and Coming Home Again

What causes a person to close the door on their relationship with the Lord? Lose faith? What makes some Christians - walk away? 

Death of a loved one
Financial loss

I think most people will experience at least one on this list and probably more than one. I’ve heard many people say one of these was what made them throw up their hands and walk away. 

When Life Hurts the Most 
When that hurt comes along, this is when it is vital for us to be there for one another - to help each other cling to God instead of turning away, and help bring us back when we lose our way. We need to keep loving, praying, and caring for each other. I cannot emphasize enough how much we must do this for each other in those difficult times in our lives. Satan wants that turning away to happen and he is probably clapping his hands when it does. 

God Never Lets Go 
For those of us who are God’s children, and something happens that causes us to let go of the grasp we’ve had on His hand and we turn away in anger, hurt, or disbelief - He never lets us go. We’re still His, no matter what. No matter how many years you live your life away from Him, when you breathe your last earthly breath, you are still His child with the everlasting life He died to give you when you accepted His gift of salvation. You will spend eternity in heaven with the Lord who never let you go.

If all God’s children could really grasp that now, and fully understand that He keeps holding onto you even when you “let go” of Him, would it make a difference? 

A Choice to Come Back Home 
I heard this testimony in a Sunday morning church service and it filled me with such hope for every person that faces deep pain and moves far away from a close walk with the Lord. This young man’s testimony reminded me that God is always calling us back to Him. 

It was the testimony a man in his thirties shared about “stepping out of his relationship with the Lord” after a divorce, and almost becoming an alcoholic, until someone he worked with invited him to come to church, and since he was feeling at the end of his rope, he agreed to go with his co-worker to one church service. He beautifully said that when he went to that one church service, “It was like coming home, I felt the joy I remember knowing when I used to walk close with the Lord.” He admitted, he was the one that walked away, but he realized now that God had been there all along waiting for his return. 

Romans 8:38-39 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.