Fear is a Liar

“Fear is a Liar” is a popular song right now.  And if we are honest, how many times do we hesitate to step forward to serve the Lord because we don’t feel worthy?  Because we are afraid we might fail?

But the truth is – it is God that is good.  And we can count on His goodness.  All of these people served God, and not one of them was perfect.  We don’t have to wait to serve God until we are perfect, they didn’t.  Just pray and keep walking.  And remember, Prayer Changes Things 😊

 

(The photo is on the door of a friend of mine 🙂

Trust God

Everyone says it.  Everyone means it.  But how exactly do you do it?

For me, it’s sometimes as basic as repeating over and over in my mind, “Trust God”.  That way, there is no room for any scary thoughts! Recently, I had an experience that I had to do that.  My tire had been torn, and I had to drive it quite a long way, and over a bridge with a metal grate in it.  To say I was scared is an understatement!  What if that tire blew?  What if I lost control of the car?  But it needed to be fixed before all the air leaked out, and that was the only way.

So I got in the car and drove the long drive, over the bridge, and the metal grate…saying to myself over and over “Trust God”.  Sometimes it’s just that simple..   And you know what, I arrived just fine 😊.

Coincidence?  Miracle?

Prayer changes things 😊

 

 

 

 

Picture By Mbmariogc3s – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=25157408

Respect God’s Power, Accepts His Son and Remember His Love

Looking around, I am reminded that God created this world.  The clouds, the sun,  winds. seas  and mountains are but a few of His creations.  And yet so often, we forget just how powerful our God is!  And how much He loves us, and what that means.

You have a very, very powerful “friend” who loves you very, very much!  Do not fear 🙂

 

 

 

Jesus Does Not Judge A Person By One Season-And Neither Should We :)

From Worthy Devotions:

1 Corinthians 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.

“We came across this powerful story and wanted to share it with you.Dead Snowy Tree

There was a man who had four sons. He wanted them to learn to not judge things too quickly, so he sent them each on a quest to go and look at a pear tree that was a great distance away. He sent his first son in the winter, his second in the spring, his third in summer and his youngest in the fall. When they had all gone and come back , he called them together to describe what they had seen.

Green parkThe first son said that the tree was ugly, bent, and twisted. The second son said no – it was covered with green buds and full of promise. The third son disagreed, he said it was laden with blossoms that smelled so sweet and looked so beautiful, it was the most graceful thing he had ever seen. The last son disagreed with all of them; he said it was ripe and drooping with fruit, full of life and fulfillment.

After hearing all his son’s responses, the wise father replied, “Sons, you are all right — because you have each seen only one season in the tree’s life. But you cannot judge a tree, or a person, or anything else by only one season. Most things can only be measured at the end, when all the seasons have come to pass”.

When I read this devotion, I can’t help but think how true it is-and how comforting.  I know that I myself have a tendency to worry about those I love.  Our husbands, our children, our family and friends.  With so many people that we love, there’s always some that are doing great-and there always a few that are struggling.

And when it comes to our children especially, there are simply no words that can really explain just how muchiStock_000002462782XSmall we love them.  And as they grow up, there are times we can’t help but worry about them.  Are they on the right track?  Do they have the right friends?  Are they truly learning to love the Lord?  Have they found the kind of faith that will light their way both here and through eternity?  The kind of faith that can never be taken away or torn down?  And as they grow, there will be days when we look at them amazed that someone so wonderful could be our child!    And there will be times that their love and thoughtfulness will bring tears to our eyes.  But there will also be days when we worry and wonder if they will find their way. And there will be days when we are frustrated and angry with them.

heavenAnd it’s on those days, the hard days, that we need to hold onto this reading, because just as it says above, no man is judged by just one season.  And we need to remember that when we are worried about someone we love, whether it’s our child, our husband or someone we love, Jesus loves them even more than we do.  And just as we will never give up on them and just as we will always love them-so will He.  So if there is someone in your life right now that you are worried about, remember, “With God All Things Are Possible”, and this life is a journey with many seasons.  But for those who follow our Lord, regardless of the seasons, our journey will end in one place-in Heaven.

Is Your Faith Enough?

“Blessed are those who have not seen, but believe”.- Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior of our WorldiStock_000007198750Small (2)

A child’s faith is a beautiful, precious gift.   It accepts without question the amazing love that God has for us.  But as we grow into adults, each one of us will struggle at some time in our life to cross the bridge between a faith that is young and untried to a faith that will withstand any challenge.  The question isn’t whether we will ever experience doubts, but rather what we will do when they occur.  Perhaps one of the most important things we can do during those times is realize that Jesus does not love us any less on the days where faith does not come easy.

iStock_000005413574XSmallWe know that to be true because after Jesus rose, one of his own apostles, Thomas had doubts.  In fact, so much so that after the other apostles had seen Jesus,  Thomas said that “Unless I see the mark of the nails — in fact, until I touch those marks and put my hand in the wound in his side, I will not believe,”.  But Jesus did not stop loving him.  For only a short time later, Jesus came and stood among the apostles and said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands.  Reach out your hand and put it into my side.  Stop doubting and believe.   And Thomas believed.  And then Jesus told Thomas, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

Diverse Students PrayingYou see, Jesus loved Thomas, just as He loves us.   He forgave him his doubts.  Just as He forgives us ours.  We can’t help how we feel, nor can we change the fact that we will go through times in our life when we struggle. What we can do though, is choose what we do during those times. We can choose to follow Jesus or we can choose to turn away. We can choose to surround ourselves with those whose faith will help to build our own, or we can choose to spend time with those who would tear down our faith. We can choose to turn to the Word of God or we can choose the word of those who do not believe.  The choice, as always is ours.

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So if you are struggling with doubts or questions.  If you have faith, but sometimes wonder if it’s enough.  If you believe, but occasionally wonder and worry.  Stop worrying.  You have chosen to follow our Lord-and that is enough.   For Jesus’ love never changes and it will never falter.  So no matter where you are in your walk with the Lord, just keep walking.  It’s enough.

Why do some succeed and not others?

A friend sent me this from Worthy Devotionals, it seemed so perfect I couldn’t resist sending it on 🙂

“Roger Babson, a famous statistician was having lunch with the President of Argentina, “Mr. Babson,” the President said, “I have been wondering why it is that South America, with all its natural advantages, mines of iron, copper, coal and silver, rivers and great waterfalls is so far behind North America?” Babson replied, “Well, Mr. President, what do you think is the reason?” He answered, “..South America was founded by the Spanish who came in search of gold. North America was founded by the Pilgrims who went there in search of God.” If we live a life of seeking gold — the blessings of God but not God Himself — we end up losing both. The Pilgrims, who gave us the wonderful holiday of Thanksgiving, came in search of God. It is because of this that America has reaped blessing upon blessing.” “Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

The Hope For Our World :)

With the state of our world and our country– it would be easy to at times become discouraged.  Accept for one thing.  One thing never changes.  God is still God and Jesus is still coming back.

And as for the world we live in?  The hope for our world is still where it has always been, in” the power of God working through the hearts of people”.   All the people.  And that hope still shines brightly in our country. It always will…

In God We Trust: The Best Job Of All :)

Like any one, I can get caught up in worrying about the economy, the job market, or any one of a number of the challenges we are all facing.  But there is something our Lord said that not only brings me great comfort, but also brings me down to earth-where I belong.

Our Lord said, “Thus says the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches:  But let him that glories glory in this, that he understands and knows me…”-Jeremiah 9, Verses 23 & 24

Now there’s a job-for all of us. After that, what more can be said…

May God Bless each of you and your families, now, and always.