September 29, 2016

There Are Days


There are days
When all things neatly line up as they should

Then there are days when nothing lines up
When nothing fits or looks the way
It seems that it should be

Do I still trust when I don’t understand
When I can’t see the way
It could possibly work out okay?

That’s when I trust the most
That’s when I hold on tight
That’s when I put my faith to work

Faith believes God is making a way
Faith believes
He can work all things for good
When there are days all things line up
When there are days
They don’t


And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.  ~ Romans 8:28

September 25, 2016

Where He Leads


Does anyone remember this line from the Avalon song “I Don’t Want to Go” from their 2001 album Oxygen?  “I don't want to go somewhere, if I know that You're not there.” I would hear those lyrics and whisper to myself and God, “That’s how I want to live.”

This is how I try to live. I want to go where God leads and not where I want to lead myself and not where man leads. I have learned that it is not wise to blindly follow the wisdom of man, but to only follow God. 1 Corinthians 2:5 That your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

There are times when we do call upon the wise counsel of a godly person, and God uses wise people to help us with some areas of our lives, but this is something we have to exercise caution in doing, and we need to know for certain these people are hearing from God and not just forming their own opinions. This is why paying attention to the leading of God is of utmost importance.

I must do this thing called life—God's way, not the world's way, not even all the things that look okay and that seem good. If He doesn't say yes, then I can't say yes. He knows what is best and what is best for me, and He knows me better than I know myself.

Sometimes, I seem to know so very little but my comfort is that I know He holds the plan. He asks me to have faith and trust Him all the way, even in a sometimes deafening silence and even when I can't see where He is taking me. But I have learned that faith is not a knowing journey and instead, it is knowing and trusting God.

In our relationship of walking with Him - it isn't about figuring everything out. It is about continuing this walk - this journey with Him. When I walk with Him each day, I know I am going where He leads.

Psalm 16:11
You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

September 21, 2016

Clay in His Hands



But now, O LORD, You are our Father; we are the clay, and You our potter; and all we are the work of Your hand.  Isaiah 64:8

When an artist paints a picture, or a composer writes a song, there is a finished product. Think of your favorite song or a favorite painting in your home, or in an art museum or gallery. The idea was conceived, the work was mastered, and the product was brought to completion.

I ask myself sometimes, what is God, the Master artist, doing with me? What is He making, shaping, molding, out of me?  Why can’t I see the finished product?

Because I am not a finished product. He is still working on me. I am clay and He is the potter. I am clay…in His hands.

And having lived for many years now, I have learned that He does not work in a hurry.

I have also learned that much of the time it is an invisible work He is doing, work I wish I could more easily see, but that would be my impatience showing. He’s working on that in me, too.

I am His workmanship, on the potter’s wheel, and I am being changed. He is still working on me. The Creator of the universe—who spoke into existence a whole world and its expansive heavens—is working on me!  In His hands, the hands of the Potter, I am being made beautiful.

September 19, 2016

Morning Glory

The Morning Glory flowering vine is quite the persistent plant. Mow it down, it will return. Pull it up by the roots, it still comes back. Spray it and it comes back anyway. 

They are often defined or described as an intrusive plant. Seems a little negative for such a pretty flowering vine, but once it gets a foothold it wants to stay.

If you have observed a plant that is a vine, you will know that it is a strong and hearty plant.

This is why Jesus refers to Himself as the vine, and to us as the branches. He is the strong steady source we are connected to when we abide in Him.

He has a lot to say in John 15 about bearing fruit or being cast away. He repeatedly offers us the best solution.

Abide in Him.

John 15:5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.

Recommended Reading: John 15:1-17


September 18, 2016

Psalm 23 Reflections


Is there a more beautiful passage in the Bible than the 23rd Psalm?  It is definitely in a category all its own and has always been a favorite of mine.

The riches of each phrase wrap around my heart like a cool fresh breeze after a long hot afternoon.

Stepping into the depths of its treasure is a gift to the soul every time we read these six intricate verses.

The weary find solace. The wounded find healing. The hungry are filled. The thirsty are quenched. The fearful find comfort. The tired are refreshed. The worshiper finds intimacy with the Lord.

We will all find God’s immeasurable goodness and mercy.

What do you need this coming week? I pray you will find it in the words of this beloved Psalm.

PSALM 23

A Psalm of David

The LORD is my shepherd;
         I shall not want.
  He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
         He leads me beside the still waters.
  He restores my soul;
         He leads me in the paths of righteousness
         For His name’s sake.
        
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
         I will fear no evil;
         For You are with me;
         Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
        
  You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
         You anoint my head with oil;
         My cup runs over.
  Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
         All the days of my life;
         And I will dwell in the house of the LORD
         Forever.