The Lord Reigns

We often live, sometimes unintentionally and sometimes very intentionally, as if we are in control of our own lives.

We are not in control. We are not Lord over our own lives. Every ounce of our being cries out to be in charge of our lives…and fix everything. And yet that is the exact opposite of faith and trust. It is completely contradictory with yielding and following. It is totally contrary to making God the foundation of our lives.

When we build our lives on the foundation that is God and keep Him at the center, He becomes our whole life – not just a part. He is our all in all.

When we continually grow in our walk with the Lord, we will eventually find it very natural to pray about everything first and not wait until after we have exhausted all of our other resources. If we are doing everything in our own effort first, then we are still placing ourselves in the position of being Lord of our own lives.

Do you ever pray in such a way that it sounds like you’re telling God how He should fix things for you? I find myself falling into that pattern way too often, and I have to stop and surrender my will to His, acknowledging His sovereignty in my life and over my circumstances.

Another temptation is to view God’s position as Lord of our lives as a weakness. If we listen to what the world says, we may see our dependence on God as giving up much of ourselves, when the opposite is actually true. We will gain much when we put God first, because we release His power to work and flow more freely when we give Him access to every corner of our hearts. What others may perceive as a weakness is actually wisdom and strength on our part! 

It’s only when we give God full authority and allow Him the rightful position of reigning as Lord over our lives that we will see the person He uniquely designed emerge as the workmanship He created us to be.

The Lord Reigns is an excerpt from First Breath of Morning: Where God Waits For You Every Day. See Book Info Page for book description and how to purchase. Click on older posts for two more book excerpts: Thirst and Living Water and A Walk of the Heart.

Thirst and Living Water

There is a paved walking trail a few blocks from our house that winds like a ribbon parallel to a creek and the woods along its banks. A large bridge gives passage across the creek and a view of the gurgling rippling water that flows beneath, with shadowy trees rising above the steep rock lined sides of this stream. 

During the drought of 2011 I kept checking on the creek. I dreaded the day I would reach the bridge, peer over and find the flow of water had stopped, but it kept flowing all year.

The water did drop to an extremely low level, but there was always some movement, always the faint but soft pleasant singing of water passing under the bridge.

I thought about the Living Water Jesus is for us. I thought about the thirst in our lives that only He can quench. I thought about the satisfaction only He can bring. He is the answer to any drought in our lives and He holds the answer to all our needs.

For every frustration, He comes to me with peace. He loves me and doesn’t want me to stay in an agitated and bothered state. I place the frustration in His hands and my thirst for calm and peace is quenched.

When I am worried, He comes to me with rest and fretting turns to trusting. When I am lonely, He comes to me and promises to never leave me.When I am uncertain, He comes to me with truth and wisdom and opens my eyes to see more clearly.

When I don’t know where to go, He invites me to follow Him and trust where the path leads.

He pours all that He is into my life and my life is filled with Him. Jesus is the spring of living water and river of life that flows through me. 

Jesus answered and said to her, “…Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”  ~ John 4:13-14 (NKJV) 

Thirst and Living Water is an excerpt from First Breath of Morning. Please click on Book Info page for book description and how to purchase.

A Walk of the Heart

Jeremiah 29:13
And you will seek Me and find Me, 
When you search for Me with all your heart. 

My soul ever longs to closer be ...
My heart seeks to know You more.

I wrote in my journal one morning declaring each day a brand new day to walk with the Lord. Then, as I paused to consider and examine what those words truly meant, I realized that much of that walking is walked out in my thoughts and prayers as I seek Him. This walking can be accomplished without taking one single step. 

Walking with the Lord is a walk that takes place in the heart—a heart to follow Him.

I went on to write in my journal that “Today, walking with Him required me not to worry about something troubling that happened, but to pray and trust. Today, walking with Him has shown me through the reading of His Word that I am not helpless, but I am an overcomer and more than a conqueror.”
Walking with the Lord has also taught me to never give up when visible answers to prayer are slow in coming. Walking with Him has shown me this week not to focus on the natural things of this world and circumstances surrounding me, but to keep my eyes on God and what only God can do.

My journey with the Lord is a walk to seek Him. 
This is a walk of the heart 
I choose to take each brand new day.

 A Walk of the Heart is an excerpt from my devotional book, First Breath of Morning. 
Please click on Book Info page for book description and how to order.