March 25, 2015

Give It to God First

Far too often I hear this statement, “Now that I know I can’t do this on my own – after I have tried everything and nothing is working, so now I’ll give it to God.” 

When bad news comes we are presented with a choice to first give it to God with a heart full of trust, or, first give it everything we have in our own strength and eventually after multiple failed efforts… then finally giving it to God. 

This choice to trust doesn’t mean everything
suddenly turns to sunshine and roses. 

Circumstances do not instantly resolve themselves and everything fall perfectly into place. That is not how it works. Instead, we will experience that our choice to trust God will bring a presence of peace we didn’t have before. This is the kind of peace we read about in Isaiah 26:3 You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. 

When I follow the pattern of first instead of finally, I am comforted knowing God is in control and trusting Him allows me to approach every difficulty or stress with a much calmer state of mind. When I fall into the pattern of finally instead of first, I will ultimately regret that I didn’t give it to God in the first place. 

How many times do we take things into our own hands instead of taking them to God, which is what we need to do first instead of finally.

Let us take it to Him in prayer… 

Dear Heavenly Father,
I give this to You, it is in Your hands, You have the answers. I know You are with me and I trust You with this as You lead and guide and grant me wisdom, I know this is not mine to handle alone. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.

March 22, 2015

Love Poured Out

Fill an empty room with a group of women, ask them to open up and talk about their lives, relationships, and their feelings, and you will often find a room full of emptiness, and it shouldn’t be that way. Sadly, in this room you will find many women with empty broken hearts.

There is hope for every heart and it is the unending, unfailing, everlasting love of God. Those empty hearts can be filled with this love and when this love invades an empty heart, it fills it to fuller than it has ever been filled with love before. It is one thing to know God’s love exists, and know He loves you, but it is another thing to experience the fullness of life that comes when God’s love is pouring into your heart and flowing like a river, a river of life.

I’ve been in that room and felt the emptiness many women are living with and my heart is filled with such longing to open their eyes to see the depth of God’s love, a love that they have somehow missed. Not because it wasn’t there for them, but because the pain of life has caused a disconnection to occur, and this disconnect blinds a hurting person to the hope of God’s love coming into their heart and healing the hurt that is inside.

Many women live in the hurt of a failed love relationship or are longing for a relationship to fill them with love, and oftentimes experience rejection and loneliness. Even people that are in good, loving marriages, will still find themselves longing for a depth of love they aren’t experiencing in their marriage and in family relationships, because the only love that fully satisfies is God’s love. God’s love makes an empty heart full and a broken heart whole.

Only God’s love takes away the emptiness. Only God’s love loves enough. Only God’s love can. 

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.