September 29, 2015

Inside This Trust

Inside this trust I have in God
Is a place where I am safe
Hopes and dreams live and grow
Heart’s desires slowly unfold
Faith learns how to take each step
Day by day as I follow Him

The best place to be in a relationship with the Lord is a place of complete trust. When I understand God is sovereign over all and that He has my best interests at heart, there is no better place to be than a safe and secure trusting walk with the Lord.

When we seek Him first and trust Him with all our heart, the details of our lives fall into the perfect places He has prepared for us. While we have been trying to figure out what to do next, He already holds all the answers and He asks us to join with Him and walk a road of complete faith and fully surrendered lives.

Trust God with every care, big and small, casting it into His hands and leaving it there. Let go of fretting and learn to trust your heavenly Father, and you will find a depth of relationship you didn’t know was possible before. Whatever comes your way, whatever crosses your path, in your heart you must say and believe, “Lord, I trust you with this, completely, this is in Your hands, Your perfect hands.”

It isn’t always easy to do or the natural way our thinking wants to take us, but as one who has walked with the Lord a very long time I can testify that this choice, this action of complete trust has grown my faith to a deeper and steadfast place in my mind, heart and soul.

I have found that my life holds the most peace and joy when I choose to dwell inside this trust I have in God.

Psalm 5:11a
But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You.

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. 

September 24, 2015

Catch the Sky

I caught the sky in a moment of beauty this morning. As I opened the blinds on the east side of the house I was met with beautiful morning skies that quickly drew me outside to catch a better gaze. Yesterday's morning sky was hazy, but today was a different story. Today was a palette for my morning heart. 

I love to watch the sunlight spread across the sky ushering in the newness that lies ahead for yet another day. I have never understood the closeness I feel with the Lord standing under the vast expanse of such a big sky, but I do. It is as though there is nothing at all between us. I know His Spirit lives inside of me, but when I am standing beneath a great big morning sky, I know He is all around me. That is what I take with me through the rest of the day.

The beauty of morning was born in my heart when day by day, dawn by dawn, I ran to meet my Lord, embracing the blessings His presence poured into my life. Each day He filled me to overflowing and yet filled me with thirst for more at the same time.

This is why each morning I choose to place my first thoughts upon Him, and instantly the day begins with joy that comes from walking in close relationship to the Lord. The beauty of morning is the treasure of more of Him.

Morning is the time to find great joy in who God is 
and to discover anew all the love, grace and mercy He has for you.

Psalm 130:6 
My soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning—
Yes, more than those who watch for the morning.

September 22, 2015

The Blessing Around the Corner

Exodus 15:27  
Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve wells of water and seventy palm trees; so they camped there by the waters.

It is a familiar and well known story from the book of Exodus, Moses leading the Israelite nation out of Egypt and across the sea where God miraculously piled up the waters and made a way for them to safely cross over on dry land. After God destroys the pursuing army of Pharoah by drowning them in the same sea the Israelites just safely crossed, this nation of people begin their wilderness journey to the Promised Land. 

In Chapter 15 after the harrowing journey from Egypt and across the parted Red Sea, Moses sings a song of praise and deliverance. From there they begin their wilderness journey and on the third day they are tired and thirsty in a place called Marah where the water is bitter but the Lord commands Moses to cast a tree into the water which made it sweet and drinkable. This was done because of the outcry of the people.

Yet, just a couple verses later they arrive at Elim where there were twelve wells of water and seventy palm trees. Every time I read verse 27 I think about the times I have almost given up on something I have prayed about or asked God.

God knew they were almost there. He knew the oasis was just ahead. He wanted them to learn to trust Him. I think we can all agree if we have read the book of Exodus that they waffled between trust and complaining quite regularly, and complaining was more frequent than trust.

How many times have you thought about giving up and then when you least expected it, God did something that totally surprised you in an answer to prayer?

I want to live my life expecting the blessing around the corner. It may take longer than I expect sometimes. There may be dry and difficult seasons and my trust may be tested as I continue to wait and ask. But because I have seen God work in wonderful ways over a lifetime, I still believe that around the corner an overflowing and abundant blessing waits for me. 

(Photos taken in White Sands, New Mexico and Dallas Arboretum)

September 15, 2015

The Same Amazing Love

There is someone I have known and prayed for their salvation for many years, and after years of invested prayer on their behalf, the only response I have seen is their continual pushing away of people who try to come close and show they care. The best way to describe this person is to think of a prickly cactus or porcupine, definitely someone that doesn’t welcome a caring hug.

Recently, as I prayed for this lost person, I asked God again to do a work in his heart to convict him of his need for Christ. I immediately experienced God doing a convicting work in my heart to demonstrate love to this person in a way I had not done before. I realized that God wanted me to show this person the same amazing love He has shown me, and if he visibly saw God’s love in me, maybe he would see it is the same amazing love God also has for him.
I have been making that effort and reaching out in ways I did not practice before now. I have not noticed any change yet, but I believe God is doing a work I cannot see. The results are not up to me, but obedience to follow God’s leading in my life is up to me. God continues to remind me to pray for this person and to demonstrate the amazing love of Jesus Christ. 

I have seen God’s love break the barriers people have put around their hearts and penetrate the walls, the cactus prickles, and porcupine quills they use to protect themselves. Maybe, day by day as I continue to be loving towards this hard to love person, the barrier will begin to crack and crumble - and the heart will be softened, and will slowly open to receive God’s amazing love and grace. For this I will continue to pray. 

James 5:16 
The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.