September 24, 2017

He Walks with Me

When I slip my key in the front door and lock it, tuck my phone and keys in my pockets and step off the front porch and begin a morning walk, I always invite someone to go with me. I invite the Lord to walk with me. I ask Him to join me and as I come to the end of our street and cross over to the paved walking trail I am delighted that He is with me.

Morning falls across the trees in shadowy streams of sunlight and shade. The crepe myrtles greet us at this intersection where I choose today which direction I want to go. I know that whichever path I choose, He is going with me. I know that with every step along our way I can pour out my heart to Him and I can breathe the fresh air of His presence around me.

His nearness fills me with peace and strength. His spirit indwells me and I know I am His and He is mine. There is a unique joy that I experience when we walk together surrounded by the beauty of His creation.

I am so thankful for this relationship I have with the Lord. For years He has cultivated a close walk with me that transcends everything else in this world. I have discovered that there are secret treasures that He reveals to us when we abide in Him as scripture calls us to. When we walk hand in hand past the crepe myrtles and over the creek bridge, I know I am enjoying the greatest treasure of all.

John 15:9-11 “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.”

September 20, 2017

My God Is So Big

Nehemiah 2:4-8
4 Then the king said to me, “What do you request?” So I prayed to the God of heaven. 5 And I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, and if your servant has found favor in your sight, I ask that you send me to Judah, to the city of my fathers’ tombs, that I may rebuild it.” 6 Then the king said to me (the queen also sitting beside him), “How long will your journey be? And when will you return?” So it pleased the king to send me; and I set him a time. 7 Furthermore I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, let letters be given to me for the governors of the region beyond the River, that they must permit me to pass through till I come to Judah, 8 and a letter to Asaph the keeper of the king’s forest, that he must give me timber to make beams for the gates of the citadel which pertains to the temple, for the city wall, and for the house that I will occupy.” And the king granted them to me according to the good hand of my God upon me.

Someone shared in a Bible study small group that she would pray, “Lord, please, just get me through this day.” I thought how sad to pray for so little from such a big God. Little faith does not see a big God. A small faith has our eyes on ourselves instead of looking at God. I’m glad I have more for my resources than me, my strength and my ability! I have a big God. But I watch people around me expect little from Him.

Why do we expect so little from Almighty God?

Nehemiah would have much to say on this subject. He was the cupbearer for the king of his captivity, and yet, the king gave him everything he asked for when he prayerfully sought him for all he needed to return to Jerusalem and rebuild the broken walls around the city. After praying for several months, he courageously asked for a long list of favors and supplies, and the king granted him every single request. 

Nehemiah asked Big!
He believed in a Big God!

Nehemiah makes sure the reader knows in the eighth verse of Nehemiah 2, this blessing from the king was God’s good hand upon him. Nehemiah could never have accomplished this by himself.

One of my favorite verses I love to recall when I’m asking God for something that requires a huge leap of faith is 1 Corinthians 2:5 “that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.” This has encouraged me many times when doubt would start knocking at my heart’s door. Doubt will shrivel up your faith like a pin pricking a balloon will drive out all the air. But the truth in this verse will chase the doubt away and remind us that we serve a powerful and Almighty God.

Do you believe God can do more than merely get you through the day? Open your eyes of faith and see a Big God!

Psalm 147:5 Great is our Lord, and mighty in power; His understanding is infinite.

September 10, 2017

Butterfly Free

Something about a butterfly delights me...

So light and free,

It's how I want my heart to feel,

Like a butterfly...

Beautiful and free.

Free means
I don’t have to burden myself with deep worries
I don’t have to figure everything out
I don’t have to know where everything
Is supposed to fit
Or why things happen at all

Free means
I can look at life with a new perspective
I can see beauty in all that is around me
I can see God's hand in things I don’t understand
And when I don’t see His hand
I still believe

Because I’m Free
I know He is in control
Sovereign over all
Sees and knows everything
Holds a whole world
In His hands

That’s why I’m Free
He set me free
When I put all trust in Him
And live by faith each day
And walk in His ways

And God's way
Is for me to walk
In freedom
Because this is what
He wants for me

Freedom is what He wants for you

Galatians 5:1 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

John 8:32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.

September 7, 2017

Shine Like Moses

Recommended Reading: Exodus 34:29-35

Exodus 34:29 Now it was so, when Moses came down from Mount Sinai (and the two tablets of the Testimony were in Moses’ hand when he came down from the mountain), that Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone while he talked with Him.

Here is what I pondered this week, after reading again in Exodus 34 about Moses’s face shining after spending time with God on Mt. Sinai when the Israelites were in the wilderness. Moses was so close to God his face literally shone. When he returned down the mountain to be with the people, he would wear a veil over his shining face because they were afraid to come near him that way.

Then I remembered Jesus saying He is the Light of the World.  Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”  John 8:12

Jesus also tells us, His followers, that we are to be a light in this world. “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16

We want Jesus to shine through us. How does that light shine?

In part it is His Spirit that indwells us from the moment we choose to follow Jesus.

But also in part, it is relevant to whether or not we are spending time with God. 

This is how we turn up the light that He has put in us.

I suspect our light will shine brighter if we are spending serious time with Him, drawing near and dwelling in His presence on a regular basis. The effect will be His light shining through us.

You cannot get close to the Lord without God-sized results. That result is a face that shines His Glory in us and through us to the world around us. Will those around us know we have been spending time with Him?

If we want our faces to shine like Moses, it starts with drawing near.

James 4:8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.

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