February 25, 2018

Life Before Cell Phones


Not that long ago, I unintentionally left my iPhone at  home and while out running errands I began to worry, what if I have car trouble while I am out and can’t call someone for help? I reminded myself that my trust is in God, not in my phone, and God has been rescuing people out of jams long before cell phones came along.

This generation is growing up with this technology, but my generation did not. When I think back to life before cell phones, I am reminded of memories from a time when I was much younger, a time before cell phones, a time when I would have loved to have had a cell phone!

I would have loved to have had a cell phone in December of 1981 in my early 20’s, when my car skidded on a patch of ice and then slid into a snowy ditch in Lexington, KY on Interstate 64 on my way to work on a slippery morning. I still remember how helpless and alone I felt when I climbed out of my car to stand in a deep snow bank and observed that I was not going to be able to just back my car out of that ditch. I needed help.

God graciously took care of me in that moment of need. I didn’t stand there long before a pickup truck pulled up and two middle aged men who were carpooling together  who said they worked at IBM, offered to give me a ride to work. I worked across the street from IBM, and had peace about accepting this short ride from them. I was able to find assistance once I was at work, where a couple of nice co-workers went out and towed my car with chains to a tire place.

As it turned out, my tires were practically bald, and I, the single girl living alone who knew nothing about tire maintenance, now had a brand new set of tires for the rest of the winter, which included no more skidding off icy roads. I was rescued and my car trouble was remedied, all without the aid of a cell phone. God didn’t need one to do what He does!

The important message in this life event for me is to always remember, my trust is in God to take care of me. My life is in His hands, and this is where my security lies. He can take care of me whether my iPhone is with me, or not! 

Psalm 36:7 How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings.

February 21, 2018

Victory Is Ours!


I started the day early in conversation with the Lord. He delighted me with another amazing sunrise and I imagined heaven’s throne beyond those clouds.  I had my quiet time after breakfast and was refreshed by what I read in His Word.  I closed my eyes and prayed and declared my journey is with Him today, and that I know He is always with me.

And then, as I moved forward into my day, a bombardment of destructive and discouraging thoughts were suddenly and furiously flying at me like darts towards a dart board, and I was the target.

When I examined what was going on, I recognized what happened. Our enemy the devil was once again trying to attack me, and if I gave an inch, he would take more than a mile in his vengeance to destroy.

Not so fast, not so fast
The enemy isn’t getting away with this
I have been here before
This journey comes with battles like this

I claim my ground
I am a conqueror as God has declared
He fights for me
I resist the enemy
Submit to Holy God
And Victory is mine!
Victory is ours!

I traced the sequential events that happened here and I see a familiar pattern emerge. The attack came. But, I was ready to fight the battle - because I put Him on early this morning. Being equipped made all the difference.
We can fight this battle and we can have victory!
God has equipped us to be more than conquerors!
Romans 8:37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

James 4:7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

Ephesians 6:11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Ephesians 6:16  Above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.
1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 

February 18, 2018

Not a Linear Journey


Following God and His plan for your life is not a linear journey. 

There is not a direct path from Point A to Point B. Faith doesn’t take us on a predictable journey but a journey that is so mysterious it cannot be explained.

Sometimes it seems that the deeper our faith grows the more challenges we encounter that leave us with more questions than answers. 

Following God and the life of faith is not a long bullet point list of goals. 

It is a wide-eyed buckle your seat belt and get ready for the ride of your life journey. It is a wondrous adventure filled with awe and wonder that God would choose to work in your life in the most inexplicable manner imaginable.

God appears to derive great delight in working outside the boundaries of conventional methods. He wants His glory to be evident in works that we could never accomplish on our own. He lines up events that defy explanation and leave us exclaiming “Only God could do this!”

While He knows exactly what He is doing, we often find ourselves frustrated with uncertainty for what He hasn’t yet revealed. He asks us to wait and trust and keep doing what we know to do as we continue to follow Him along this path we call our lives.

There will be disappointments we must endure as we know in our finite hearts that we cannot see the big picture that God sees. But when we keep our eyes on Him and strive to move forward in our faith and on our journey, I believe we will see unfolding events that slowly reveal the plans He has for us. 

Are you ready for this unknown non-linear journey God has prepared for you?

Ephesians 3:20-21 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.


UPDATE: For details on my book that is coming out this fall, see the Book News page on my homepage. This will tell you about the themes of the devotions in First Breath of Morning - A 90 Day Devotional.

February 15, 2018

BOOK NEWS!


I have tried to find the words to write a great post announcing my good news, but words have failed me because I am too overwhelmed with joy to think straight. Here is what I can share at this time.

My devotional book has been contracted and will be published! I will tell you much more about this as the process moves forward. I have created a Book News page at the top of my home page for the book and updates.

I do want to say what you already know about how God works.

God has a plan. He directs our paths. He equips us to do what we are called to do. It isn’t easy. It usually isn’t fast. He expects us to work hard. He will open and close doors and He will keep you believing He has a plan! I am so blessed and grateful for all He has done!

I can’t wait to tell you more, but for now just know, my book First Breath of MorningA 90 Day Devotional is contracted to be published by Elk Lake Publishing.

For those of you who have long been following me through all of this over the last few years, you know the journey has had its ups and downs and did not happen easily or quickly…but beautifully—as ordered by the Lord.

First Breath of Morning - Fall 2018

February 6, 2018

Waiting God's Way


How are you at waiting?

I am talking about the kind of waiting we do for answers as we seek God’s direction in matters of prayer and decisions that need to be made and hopes and dreams that have yet to be realized.

I’ve been thinking about how to do better than I have impatiently waited in the past.  This has been a long and gradual process. Waiting is teaching me how to wait. 

Waiting - with trust added to it will give us endurance, peace, confidence in God’s ways, His plans, and His timing. Waiting without this kind of trust can be acutely agonizing and will make us miserable.

Waiting on God should be our place of rest, not worry and fretting and not wringing our hands. Waiting on Him from a position of rest comes when we have learned to trust Him with everything and with all of our heart.

When I am waiting on answers from God, I know He is asking me to trust and rest while I am waiting -and I want to do that, but I must admit I often find it difficult.

That is okay, since I am continually learning to walk by faith, draw closer to Him, listen for His direction, and not be in a hurry. As He teaches me to wait on Him with all my trust placed confidently in what He is doing in my life, I will find I can wait more patiently for what He knows is best.

When we find the place of rest that waiting God’s way will bring us, we will find a new strength we didn’t know before, because we have experienced our faith growing, and we know in our heart that what we are waiting for is a perfect answer from God. That makes our waiting worth it all. 

Isaiah 40:31 
But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.


Photo by Amy Doty