February 25, 2015

Perplexing


There have been many times my life did not track the way I thought it would. Yet, I learned that when it doesn’t track according to my plan, that doesn’t mean it isn’t tracking according to God’s plan. When I watched my life take twists and turns that did not seem to add up to the fulfillment of what I perceived to be God’s plan for my life, I wondered how to deal with the uncertain direction my life was taking. 

I know God is in the business of changing, molding, shaping, and testing us. There will be perplexing twists and turns in the events of our lives that make us wonder what God is doing and the answer won’t seem clear at all. That is part of the test to see if we are serious about the work He has called us to do. It is also part of the test to see if we are willing to be changed, molded, and prepared for what He has planned for us to do in His perfect timing, perfect way, and in His perfect will.

I don’t know if the perplexing part of my journey was God changing me, preparing me, testing me, or the enemy assaulting me, or if it was all of those. If God was changing me, I am definitely a different person now. If He was testing me, I want to pass the test.  If He was preparing me, I am thankful for the work He is doing in me. If the enemy was attacking me, he failed.

God is building something out of our lives, and the beginning product does not look like the finished product. God is the one with the blueprint and the plan. Looking back across the years of my life’s journey, I can track God’s hand working in my life through many turns in the road, including detours and disappointments, along with joy and blessings. Ultimately, His will is being accomplished in my life, and that is the best track for me.

February 19, 2015

Waking Up to Mercy



Lamentations 3:22-23
Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed,
Because His compassions fail not.
They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.

I am so glad I live in the grace and blessing that each new day is full of new mercy for me, and I rise each morning knowing this, and this assures me of God's love for me and the security I have in my walk with Him.  I walk in mercy I never deserved and grace that is rich and free because I am a child of God. 

Morning
Is still a wonder to me
Each brand new day
A new beginning
A time to start over
Try again, do it better

Morning is when
Hope is..
Fresh, strong – renewed!

Morning and mercy go hand and hand with the Lord. Each new day, we wake up to a new morning, and we wake up to new mercy, a clean slate and a fresh start. God's lovingkindness offers us this every day. As morning rises new each day, so do God's tender mercies.

Psalm 145:8-9
8 The Lord is gracious and full of compassion,
Slow to anger and great in mercy.
9 The Lord is good to all,
And His tender mercies are over all His works.

This gift of mercy He offers to us, filled with kindness and compassion in all the love God has for us, maybe we can pass some on to others. Is there anyone you know who needs to be on the receiving end of mercy? Maybe God is calling us to offer a fresh start, a clean slate to someone who needs us to extend to them - this bountiful mercy God has shown to us. To walk in this mercy is walking in the goodness of the Lord.

Psalm 23:6 
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.


February 17, 2015

This I Pray


I have recently heard more than one person say that they don’t pray much for themselves. They pray for others but not themselves. I guess that makes me selfish because I regularly pray for myself.

This does not mean that I am constantly asking God for things. It does mean I am constantly asking Him to work in me and through me and for me and in spite of me. It means I am praying for wisdom and discernment, guidance and direction, and to change me and make me more like Him.

I have prayed to be a good wife, a good mom, to be a good witness to those around me. I have prayed to always have a teachable heart. The list goes on. I cannot fathom not praying for myself.

My encouragement to you today would be to look at your prayer list and if your name isn’t already there, write it down. You can pray for others, most definitely, but also remember to pray for yourself.

Psalm 25:4-5
Show me Your ways, O Lord;
Teach me Your paths.
Lead me in Your truth and teach me,
For You are the God of my salvation;
On You I wait all the day.


Dear Heavenly Father, this I pray,
Please help me focus in days ahead on what You’re working out in me.
Help me dismiss all distractions and place me at your feet.
Cause me to be still and learn more of you.  
Open my eyes to see all You want to show me.
Open my ears to hear all You want to speak to my heart.  
Open my heart to know and love You more,
And to know more this love You have for me.
Draw me close to You and pour Your Spirit fresh, anew on me.
Draw me near to You, Father, this day I pray.