Trust

Our trust in God not only brings blessings and peace, it also changes us for the better. 

At one time we were all probably vunerable to fear and worry.  We tried to combat these weaknesses by taking charge of our own life and finding our own way.  We thought that it was our responsibility to take care of ourselves.  Major fail.  And in response to failing many of us felt that we were not strong enough or smart enough.  Or that something was wrong with us. We thought, and there was.  Yes, we had put our faith in the wrong person. 

On our own we are bound to fail.  But with renewed minds, we have our faith in Jesus, where we cannot fail, for He is always victor, and this knowledge makes us strong where we were once weak.

 

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Right There

Testing times although tough, can also help us see how much we have learned and grown in our walk with the Lord.  We all know that a teacher’s job is to teach, and a part of teaching is also our subjection to testing. 

There is a familiar quote that says, ” When a teacher is teaching they talk, but when they are testing they are quiet.”   Well, just to encourage you this day, the Lord is always in the midst of every test we face, and even though it appears that He is absent, His silence doesn’t mean that He is absent.  He is ever present.

 

The LORD your God is testing you to know whether you love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.

Deuteronomy 13:3

   

Glorious Day

We never know what a day will bring.  A perfectly ordinary day could end with glory and grief, or it could end like a perfectly ordinary day with smiles and laughter.  We try to prepare ourselves for any and everything that could come our way, at least mentally, but the truth is, there are too many possiblilities for us to even consider.

All that we can do is put our trust in the Lord and live each day in the belief that He knows that everything will work out, even if we don’t.  He will show us which ways to turn.  He will guide and protect us day after day.  He has the plan, and although we don’t know it or understand it, we should always trust Him.

 

Trust in the LORD with with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.  Proverbs 3:5-6 

Knowledge Wisdom & Understanding

Wisdom is more than knowledge.  

For those of us with children, we encourage them to seek knowledge because it is beneficial to know history, languages, science, and mathematics.  Yet, even the uneducated may have wisdom, which is understanding how to apply knowledge in daily life.

God promises to lay up sound wisdom for the righteous so that we will understand how He wants us to live and therefore bring glory to His name.  If we have to choose between giving our children knowledge or wisdom, we should choose to give them an understanding of the wisdom that comes from God.  

 

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. James 1:5

Home Improvement

Many of us love to decorate, redecorate, and decorate some more.  We watch home improvement shows like HGTV and DIY, read up on the latest home trends, and dream of all the new paint colors.  We wouldn’t ever consider meticulously maintaining the exterior of our homes while leaving the interior shabby.

All too often, though, our inner lives resemble an abandoned or neglected home.  We take careful attention to care for the outside of our bodies, however many times the quality of our inner self goes lacking.

We mean well.  We know and want to make prayer a priority, but our daily to-do-list has to get done.  Or we would love to just sit in our easy chair, and reflect on the goodness of God, but that alarm clock is going to ring at 6:00 a.m. for our commute to the workplace.  We often don’t feel like human beings, but more like human doings. Prayer, meditation, and rest become our empty rooms when we don’t take the necessary time for them.  We NEED the power of Holy Spirit to get our interior rooms redecorated.

We must take care of ourselves, both inside and out.  Because it is crucial to our survival.  When our true identity has deep roots in Jesus, we have much more confidence to face all that life throws at us.  When we are connected to our source of power and love, GOD Almighty, we then have the resources to be healed, filled, and cleansed.  And when we get the proper rest, we are then more prepared to give more of ourselves away to others.

It is important to know that none of us have “arrived” yet, and have it all together.  God is not finished with us yet.  However, we can still have powerful prayer lives when our spirits are well fed.   We should hunger for the Word of God.  And then take time to think about what we have read, and meditate on it.

We should also never forget to pray that God will reveal His true worth and value, in His eyes to us.   Ask Him to strengthen our lives from the inside out, to be more positive and friendly, and to speak His truth with kindness.  In the hands of Jesus, our inner lives can and will become alive with colors so deep and rich, that they will color our lives and the lives of others beautifully.  

 

Instead, [your beauty] should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.  1 Peter 3:4

 

Single and Living

In today’s society there are many who are single.  Some have chosen to remain single, for some life circumstances caused singleness, and then there are those who are now single due to the passing of a loved one.   If you are one who has chosen to live alone after being involved in a relationship it requires adjustment.  However, on a positive note there is more time for reading, meditation, prayer, community involvement, travel, gardening…..the choices are limitless.  

For anyone who has found themselves living alone. It doesn’t matter the circumstances as to why you are now single.  Just know this you are NEVER alone.  Trust God who is faithful, a provider, and a constant source of strength.  He will always be there to assist you with whatever life brings your way.  May you always find the courage to press onward and enjoy life to the fullest.  There are worse things than being single.  Embrace everything that God has for you during this season, and choose to live.