May 29, 2016

The Answer to Prayer Is in God's Hands

God taught me a valuable lesson many years ago when He showed me that I don’t have to figure out every detail, but to prayerfully trust Him with the questions and uncertainties that are part of raising a family. I learned this important lesson when I prayed about a situation when my sixteen year old daughter became involved with a boy at school and I did not have peace about the direction the “relationship” was going. 

Navigating life, including parenting teenagers, does not depend on me figuring out in precise detail what will produce successful results - but in trusting God with answers and believing He will guide me all the way, one day at a time, one dilemma at a time.

I heard someone pray recently for a situation in her family, and her prayer sounded like she knew exactly how God should fix things and she was helping Him by letting Him know how to do it.

I chose to pray a simple unassuming prayer, “God, please make their relationship what You want it to be.”  I had no idea how God would answer that prayer, but I trusted Him with this as I have trusted Him with everything else in my life. I placed this care into His perfect hands.

A few weeks later, the young man broke up with my daughter. Of course it hurt for a while, but then life went on as normal.

After I comforted my daughter the day of the break up, I went to my room and closed the door, then bowed my head and said, “Thank You, Lord.  Thank You for this answer to my prayer.”

God had confirmed what I believed all along. The relationship wasn’t good for those two young people, and God brought it to an end. 

When we pray, we seek wisdom and guidance from the Lord. He shows us the direction we need to go and sometimes we are very involved in how the answer unfolds. However, there other times when we pray, we can just lay it in His hands and stand still and see what He does. 

An important lesson we can learn is that the answer to prayer is in God’s hands, not ours. As much as we want to be hands on in the answer, that is not always His way.

May 25, 2016


I purchased a plant in early spring. I selected an attractive vine to grow on a beautiful trellis in the back corner of our yard. It looked great when I brought it home, leaves healthy and green, blooms in vibrant color. My husband dug a deep hole and planted it, then carefully wrapped the delicate tendrils of the vine around the trellis, and we watered it and looked forward to new growth and a flowering plant to enjoy among the others in the flower garden.

Then it went through a phase I would guess was transplant shock, so I tended to it with large doses of loving care. This involved more watering, fertilizer, pruning, and daily checking on its progress. Nothing I did seemed to make it thrive as I hoped it would do.

Instead of thriving, the best way to describe my new vine was to say it’s alive and hanging in there. I was disappointed because I wanted more for this new vine. I wanted it to thrive. 

As I wished for more for this struggling new plant of mine, my thoughts turned to people and how we sometimes live our lives. We are alive. Breathing, walking, existing, and going through our days with little hope and few expectations. We are often merely hanging in there. But not thriving. Not embracing the fullness and richness that God intends for us to experience in our daily walk with Him.

For my plant that was hanging in there, I continued to tend to it and hoped that it would eventually thrive. For you and for me…we can make a choice concerning how we live. We can do better than just hanging in there. There is a much better way. We can choose to thrive.

Let’s claim the fullness of JOY and abundant life Christ came to give us when our lives are hidden in His. We can live in the promise of John 15:11 These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. 

Meditate on these verses and claim them each new day. With these verses hidden in your heart, you will walk in the joy of the Lord.

John 10:10  The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

Psalm 5:12 For You, O LORD, will bless the righteous; with favor You will surround him as with a shield.

Psalm 68:19 Blessed be the Lord, who daily loads us with benefits, the God of our salvation!  Selah  

While you tend to your garden, coaxing plants to grow - watching them flourish under your diligent care, I hope you will think about flourishing in your own personal journey with the Lord. God has more for us than just hanging in there. He has so much more to offer us – He wants us to Thrive!

May 18, 2016

Looking Through Faith's Eyes

Isaiah 55:8-9
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.”

Our faith must be the eyes we use to see what we cannot see. The unseen, the unknown, the questions without answers… 

(If God had put every answer in the Bible, we wouldn’t need faith, and our Bible would be so big we couldn’t carry it!)

God told us what He wanted us to know and called on us to believe by faith as we look at who He is, and what He did tell us, and what He has already done. We can do this by studying our Bible and also by recalling His work in our lives and those around us.

We just have to open our eyes to see Him and remind ourselves He is in control. He is working what we cannot see. We need to look through faith’s eyes. 

It is hard though because our questions can be difficult. 

Why didn’t you get that job?
Why did you get that diagnosis?
Why did that business deal go south?
Why did the door close to such a great opportunity?
Why did that relationship not work out?
Why did that relative turn away from God?
Why doesn’t God answer this?
Why isn’t He moving to change things? 

Maybe we can’t see the answer we so deeply long for. 

Instead, maybe what we can choose to see—is that the answers are in His hands. The timing is in His hands. The way, the when, the how, the who…are all in His hands. God is still on His throne. We can stay strong in our faith and understand that answers don’t have to come in our time, but may slowly unfold in ways we never imagined. Maybe we need to open our eyes of faith and see all the possibilities on the horizon and trust that God knows best.

May 15, 2016

Ticket to Heaven

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
John 6:37 All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out. 

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.

Some people have the shortsighted notion that salvation is mostly a ticket to heaven. There is so much more to Salvation than a ticket to heaven. It is a ticket with benefits. So please don’t merely bide your time on this earth waiting to cash your ticket in. Abide in Jesus here and now.

My life in Jesus Christ is everything to me. Every day I run to Him as fast as I can and rest in the relationship I have with the Lord.

I have been a born again child of God for many, many years and as the years go by-

I am more assured of His love for me.

I am more assured of His healing and restorative power for life’s pain and disappointments.

I am more aware of His grace and mercy.

I know the joy in knowing Him.

I know where to run when I am afraid.

I know who to cling to when the storms come.

I know who to take great delight in and know He delights in me!

Sometimes, even as born again believers, we live as though we have forgotten all we have in Christ through salvation in Him.

Maybe someone needs a reminder….

Do you remember or have you forgotten?
Jesus laid down His life for you
To give you Life and Love
To fill your heart with Joy
To embrace your life with Freedom and Peace
Do you need reminded how much He loves you?

Jeremiah 31:3
I have loved you with an everlasting love;
Therefore I have drawn you with loving-kindness.

Romans 8:38-39
38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 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.