August 29, 2016

The Way Out Is Through

As much as we would like to bypass a difficult situation and be delivered from it altogether, most of the time, we have to go through to come out on the other side.

Eventually, there will be a light at the end of the tunnel and we will make it through.

This picture was taken when Randy and I drove from Dallas to Phoenix to see his family for Christmas in December 2014. Twelve hours of driving on a Tuesday and six hours of driving on the Wednesday which was Christmas Eve. Once we were in Arizona we turned off Interstate-10 and took a road less traveled and much more scenic.

I was almost dozing off when my eyes opened wide at the scene in front of me, this tunnel through the mountain suddenly before me. I grabbed my phone as quick as I could and took this picture, and I can’t believe how well it turned out as quickly as I took it.

What a visual reminder that the way out is through. And that you will get through. You won’t always be in this difficult place. 

 Is there a mountain looming in your life right now? A storm you wish would go away but won’t? A trial that is difficult and scary?

I hope you will find comfort and strength as you walk through a difficult season and I hope you know God is always with you each step of the way and He will never let you go. He will take you through and you will come out on the other side.

Joshua 1:9 
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.

Isaiah 41:10
So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

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 17, 2016

The Most Important Thing We Can Do

Where I walk there is a nice paved trail…

And then there is the trail off the trail where the sunlight and shadows mysteriously dance and I savor the moments this is mine to enjoy.

Nothing clears my head more than a walk in wide open spaces, fresh air filling my lungs and conversations with God.

In this place there is nothing between us and I can fully embrace being present with the Lord. I wouldn’t trade this for anything in the world.

Sometimes I forget how careful I have to be to protect and guard what is so precious to me – and that is taking time to deeply focus, quietly away from thoughts of everything else, and draw near to the Lord.

Getting caught up in activities, even good ones, can take us down a road where we find ourselves involved in too many things going on at the same time. And time has slipped away without making time for what is so important.

The balance and the boundaries of how much time we give to different aspects of our lives becomes an essential pursuit when trying to consistently make time to be with God, alone.

Maybe it is sipping coffee on your back porch and watching a sunrise or sunset and enjoying it to the fullest because you are enjoying it with the Lord who made those beautiful skies.

It might be a song that stirs your thoughts to drawing near to God.

We all have them and we know exactly what means something special to us. As our days unfold before us let us choose to guard those intimate moments when we most enjoy our relationship with God.

We need to Make Time and Take Time
 to Spend Time with God alone.
This is the most important thing that we can do.

Psalm 105:3-4
Glory in His holy name;
Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the LORD!
Seek the LORD and His strength; Seek His face evermore!