October 27, 2018

Let the Winds Blow

Every day of the first week of September 2012 was over 100 degrees. On a Friday afternoon at 3pm the temperature was 104, breaking the previous heat record for this day in North Texas.

Later that evening my husband attended a high school football game in Denton, which is farther north than where we live in the Dallas area. He texted me at 9pm. “North wind is beginning to blow.” At 9:10, “Serious wind blowing now.” Let the winds blow. 

I stepped outside to see if we were experiencing any change yet. I thought I might have heard a little wind. Maybe, just maybe, the predicted cool front was at my back door. Instead, I was greeted with the same stifling hot air as each previous check. It was 92 at 9pm. Let the winds blow. 

But an hour later, I knew it was at my back door because I could hear powerful, gusting winds. The reprieve from a long hot summer had arrived, and you could hear a city breathe relief. The north winds were blowing and we gladly said goodbye to the record breaking heat of an entire week. Let the winds blow. 

I couldn’t see that wind, but I could certainly feel its effect. The mysterious line between visible and invisible revealed the evidence of the unseen wind. My hair whipping around my face definitely felt the effect as I stood in the back yard welcoming the north wind and the cooler weather it was ushering in. It was dark, but in the shadows of the night, I could see tree branches and leaves blowing in the wind and other plants and flowers bent over by the force of a strong wind. Let the winds blow. 

There is a greater invisible mystery and that is our invisible God. I can’t see God, but I feel His effects. His life and His Spirit have been breathed in me. He has changed me. His work in my life is like the wind that I can’t see, but I know it’s there, doing an invisible work.

Yes! I believe in a God I can’t see. I believe in the salvation that is mine because I accepted His free gift of salvation and eternal life by grace through faith in His Son Jesus Christ. I believe in the invisible regenerating work He did that made me a new creation. There are a lot of unseen factors in this Christian walk as the evidence of an unseen God is lived out in my life every day. The effects of God in my life are just as real as the autumn winds beginning to blow across the plains of Texas. The Christian walk is a life of faith. Let the winds blow!

John 3:8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.

 Let the Winds Blow is an excerpt from:  
First Breath of Morning: Where God Waits For You Every Day - A 90 Day Devotional. 

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October 24, 2018

Battles and Praise: Reflections on David

I read the Psalms more than any other portion of my Bible. I take comfort and I am deeply encouraged by the strong and poetic words written by its major author, a shepherd warrior king. I keep a long list of favorite verses and passages from the Psalms that I turn to often, and I am blessed each time I read them.

And yet, when I read the story of David’s life in the books of I and II Samuel, it is wrought with danger and battles and heartache.

We see David anointed king at a young age by the prophet Samuel, and we see him victoriously kill the giant Goliath with a slingshot and go on to become a great warrior. The chant “Saul has slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands” puts his life in jeopardy, making him the sworn enemy of King Saul, who becomes jealous and attempts to kill him at every turn. When he is eventually crowned king of Israel, he is engaged in constant war and battles with the enemies that surround God’s chosen people and with enemies among his own people.

Yes, he writes about battles in the Psalms. But he writes more about victory given by the hand of God. We see God’s sovereign hand of guidance and protection, and we hear David declare that our battles belong to the Lord.

He proclaims God is his strength, his refuge, hiding place, strong tower, and his shelter in the storm.
He writes praise, worship, thanksgiving, and he beautifully writes in Psalm 23:
The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want…
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life…
We see David rise, fall, and rise again, and we learn from this shepherd warrior king that there is no sin that cannot be washed away and forgiven. We learn that our Holy Almighty God is a God of healing and restoration.
We see David’s battles and we see the victories only God can bring. We read this psalmist's praise unto the Lord in words modern poets cannot duplicate. He teaches us to hide God's Word in our heart, and he teaches us through psalm after psalm that our hearts are made to worship.

When I reflect on David, I learn a lot about my God.

Battles and Praise: Reflections on David is an excerpt from: 

First Breath of Morning: Where God Waits For You Every Day - A 90 Day Devotional

October 21, 2018

Take Him at His Word

Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. 

Do we take God at His Word? This is an important question because for some people it means that we have to logically understand everything He says–and that is impossible. Does that mean we don’t take Him at His Word, or does it mean we engage our faith? 

Yes, we must engage our faith to take God at His Word. God’s ways are higher than our ways and we will never understand everything He has written to us in our Bible. But we can believe what we don’t understand…by faith.

Faith is definitely required to take God at His Word and it begins the moment we exercise faith to receive Salvation and is integral in living out our new life in Christ.

It is also important that we read our Bible and know what God actually says in His Word and not just rely on teachers and preachers. We need to read our Bible and allow God to teach us. Not everyone is a studied theologian, but everyone can read Genesis through Revelation and ask God to teach them and increase their knowledge and wisdom.

Everyone can also benefit from the use of a concordance that is either in your Bible or buy one to use when you read the Bible. There are so many convenient and free online tools that can help with Bible study and we need to reap the benefits of the resources that are now online.

Why is this so important? We need to know what we believe and why we believe so we can be grounded and rooted in our faith. We need to know God’s Word so it can help us navigate our life.

We need to know God’s Word in order to benefit from the many promises He has given us. 

His Word tells me if I believe on Him then I am saved: John 3:16, Romans 10:9 

His Word tells me once I am saved that I am His forever: John 10:27-30

His Word tells me nothing can separate me from his love: Romans 8:38-39

His Word says He has a plan for my life: Jeremiah 29:11 

I will take Him at His Word. 

Proverbs 30:5 Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him.

October 16, 2018

Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Just a couple days ago our temperature was in the high seventies and now after a cold front we are in the forties. I don’t like this cold weather. I want yesterday back. Yesterday was better! 

As I heard myself thinking this, I knew I was having a complaining spirit. Then I thought of the many times we find ourselves wanting yesterday back in so many other senses of that phrase. We remember something good about the past when we are having a hard time in our present, and wistfully wish we could go back. But that is not the answer.

The solution to what we are dealing with now cannot be resolved by wishing today was like a particular season in the past when things were going more smoothly. We will find ourselves stuck in the past, if we keep turning to the past, when we should focus on today and face tomorrow with hope.

We tend to use selective memory in regards to warm remembrances of the past. If we are honest with ourselves, our past is also filled with uncertain and tough times, just like our present is. It is probably very common and natural to look to the “good past” when we are uneasy about facing today and the uncertainty of tomorrow.

There is one good thing we can draw on from the past, and that is knowing God was with us in our yesterdays, and He is with us today, and He will be with us for all our tomorrows. Are you believing this today?

Every tomorrow is uncertain, 
No matter what I’ve planned.
But God is with me—

Whatever tomorrow brings,
Of this I can always be certain.

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."