He Orders our Steps

Order my steps

Next Sunday, June 30 will mark what would have been my 57th anniversary.  I’ve been thinking back to that young farmer’s daughter leaving home to spend a lifetime with a marine (at that time), not knowing what all was ahead for me.   Yet God knew all along the way; and knew one day I’d be here, a widow, living in what was my in-laws home.  He has never failed me all through my journey.

In the Bible, Esther was a young Jewish girl taken captive along with many others Jews, including her uncle.  The word “God” is never mentioned in this short book, and yet on every page God’s sovereignty and providential care can be seen.  From a captive to the queen of Persia–who would have thought?

We may not always “feel” like God is right beside us, but He is always guiding us into His perfect will.  We can trust Him to do what is right for our life.  We can simply pray the scripture:

“Order my steps in your word.”  Ps. 119:133

Our responsibility then is to follow; trust and obey all our life through.  He won’t fail us.

Temporary Shells

Fearfully and wonderfully made

“I will praise thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” Ps. 139:14

Our bodies. Quite amazing aren’t they?  But they get sick, they hurt, they weaken.  Having had recent surgery just reminded me again of how frail we are; how temporary these “shells” are that we live in.  But if this was all we had to look forward to, it could be pretty grim.

As Christians, we have so much more to look forward to.  One of my favorite passages of scripture is as follows:

“For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.  For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

  I Cor. 4:16-18

If you are feeling faint, check where your focus is; take heart, look up to the eternal things and know that is where our hope lies.

There’s Something About That Name

Jesus plaque

On my kitchen window sill I have this homemade wooden decoration that spells out the name JESUS.  However, at first glance, and even after looking for some time, not everyone can see the name.  It looks like jumbled little pieces of wood.  If you can’t read the name perhaps change your position and focus (stare) at the darker sections.

Have you ever felt as though your life is just a jumbled mess of pieces that seem to make no sense?  You can’t focus; all you see is the darkness, the frustration, no rhyme or reason for anything.  Many times it’s because of our own doing and because our focus is in the wrong place.  When we begin to pray and trust God and His word, the name of JESUS will break through that darkness and assure us that He is with us; has been all along.  We just couldn’t see Him.  He’ll give us peace that passes understand  because there’s just something about that name!

“Fear thou not for I am with thee; neither be dismayed for I am your God.  I will strengthen you; yes I will help you; yes I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. “Isa. 41:10

Jesus never fails!

Old Into New

recycle

The advertisement read, “Free Electronics Recycling Event.”  Just what I needed to get rid of some old computer equipment–part of some of my spring clean-up.  Who knows what they may change it all into; but hopefully into some useful things.

If you are a Christian, you have already been made into something new.  That “old man” in us was made into a new creature in Christ the day we trusted Him as our Savior.  Isn’t that great?  Look what II Cor. 5:17 says:

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things become new.”

That means:

We don’t have to try to do things on our own or in our own strength any more.

We don’t have to let sin control us (no we aren’t sinless, but we have victory in Jesus).

We have a new life–Christ in us!  He is not only our resource for living, but He is our Source.  All I (you) need is in Him.

One day when He calls us home “we shall be like Him for we shall see Him as He is” (I John 3:2).

So let’s ask ourselves two questions:

Am I living like a “changed person in Christ?”  Are others seeing Christ in me?

Or perhaps you may be one who needs some change in your life.  Whether it’s for salvation or for a renewed relationship with the Lord, He stands with open arms.  Just call his number – J – E – S – U – S!

Remembering

Memorial Day

Along with you, I am grateful for those who served our country over the years and paid the ultimate price for our freedom.  This is the day of memorial for them.

I am also remembering my marine husband, Autry.   No, he didn’t give his life in the service of his country, but he loved our country and considered it a privilege and honor to serve.  He also served in the greatest army of all–the army of the Lord!  He was fully committed to his “Commander in Chief” all the days of his life.  Across the top of his gravestone the following words are engraved, “Nevertheless we live.”  That’s a blessed promise.  He is already with the Lord and one day I’ll join him. Right now we have our memorial days; and presently,

“We walk by faith, not by sight.”  II Cor. 5:7

I’m looking forward to the day when our faith will become sight!  Are you?

Have a great day.

 

Slow But Sure

press toward the mark

I took this picture of the framed verse I saw while on the retreat a few weeks ago.  To me it speaks volumes.  The snail itself sets the pace of a slow, but steady push forward as it crawls its way over the rocky ground.  Isn’t that like us in so many ways?  We can’t hurry up the Christian life or hurry up Christian maturity.  Yes, we’d like to advance quickly, but life isn’t just smooth going–it’s filled with a lot of rocky places (a lot of trials and difficulties).  The important think is that we don’t quit and think it’s hopeless.

That little snail is’t a quitter.  He keeps going and he’ll get to where he wants and needs to be in time.  He’s a picture of hope.  Of course, our hope is in the Lord Jesus Christ. Because of who He is, as we continue to “press on,” we’re going to make it!  As my husband would have said, “And that you can take to the bank!”

Jesus will help us press on.  And when the way is rocky and tough going, He’ll use that to mold us to become more like Him.

And remember: there’s a prize ahead–you won’t be disappointed!

 

Be Still

BeStillAndKnowThatIAmGod2

Last weekend I had the opportunity to speak at a retreat for some Cross Roads House volunteers and doulas.  One requirement was that we couldn’t speak during a few designated times.  To go along with this idea, I chose the topic:

“Be Still and Know that I am God.” Ps. 46:10

Do you realize we could be in the most silent of places, but at the same time our inner being is far from being still?  Turmoil from all kinds of situations may be attacking our hearts and minds.  There is no peace: when in reality, as a Christian, we can have peace.  So, okay, how do we do this?

We need to focus on who God is and what He has done and claim His promises.

God is omnipresent – He will always be with you where ever you are.

God is omniscient – He know all about you.  Knows what you are going through.

God is omnipotent – He is all powerful.

Whether you are battling cancer, loss of a loved one, whatever – remember:  God’s love for me doesn’t change.  My circumstances may alter, but God doesn’t change.  There is nothing He cannot do.  He cannot lie – so believe and claim his promises.  Don’t listen to Satan’s lies (which will keep you in turmoil), but counter his lies with the truth and promises of God’s word. Keep your eyes focused on God.  He will give you perfect peace.

Our God will never leave you or forsake you.  He does not fail.  You can be still and know that He is God.  He’s got you in the palm of his hands.

“Thou will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee, because he trusts in thee.  Trust you in the Lord forever, for in the Lord  Jehovah  is everlasting strength.” Isa. 26:3,4

A Double Blessing

Make a joyful noise

I love music and my music starts early in the morning when the birds start singing their sweet melodies.  I always feel they are the first ones to give God the glory and praise every day.  And this year God has been sending quite the variety of “singers” to my feeders.  How precious!

Last Friday I received a double blessing; when I also made a visit in a nursing home.  One of the residents was softly singing some of the old familiar hymns she had memorized.  I’m sure it was sweet music to the  Lord’s ears as it was a blessing to mine.

No matter what we sound like, we can all make a joyful noise to the Lord.  And I hope, no matter what our age, we won’t worry about how we sound, but that we will just want to keep praising the Lord for as long as He gives us breath.

“Make a joyful  noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.  Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.  Enter into his gates with thanksgiving and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto Him, and bless His name.”  Ps 100:1,2,4

 

Just a Little Kindness

He will direct your path

I couldn’t help but hear the sadness in her voice as she talked with someone on her phone in the store. She was dreading to go home as that particular one wouldn’t be there anymore.  My heart cringed as I’ve been there, done that.  “I’ve got to talk to her,” I thought.” But just then she turned and went down another isle.  Minutes later I did track her down and introduced myself and said how I overheard her conversation and was sorry for her loss. That’s when she told me her dog died!  We continued to talk and she expressed how much she appreciated my concern and thoughtfulness.  So, it wasn’t quite what I thought it was; but she was a hurting lady and I was thankful for the opportunity to  talk to her.

We really don’t know the hurts that are going on inside of anyone; and sometimes we just need to step out of our comfort zone and show compassion and concern to those whom God brings into our path.  We never know how God may use us.

“In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”  Prov. 3:6

“Be you, therefore, followers of God, as dear children; and walk in love, as Christ also has loved us…”  Eph. 5:1

Be a ready follower to wherever and to whomever God may lead you.

His Story is History and More

why stand gazing

History has recorded all kinds of events that have happened centuries ago from eye witnesses who attest to those facts.  The greatest event in history is recorded in the Bible and is supported from eye witnesses, too.  Many witnessed the death of the Lord Jesus Christ on a cruel cross; many saw Him alive three days later and many saw him as long as 40 days later as He rose into the clouds returning to his home in heaven.

Why is it so easy to believe the accounts in  traditional history books but not believe in the facts that are in the history found in the Bible?

Look how the Book of Acts in the Bible starts out:

“The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, until the day in which he was taken up, after he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen:  To whom also he showed himself alive after his passion  by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.”  Acts 1:1-3

Paul continued farther down the chapter with this:

“You men of Galilee, why stand you gazing up into heaven?  this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as you have seen him go into heaven.”  Vs. 11

Yes, His story so far is history, but there is MORE COMING. Sooner or later I know you will believe.  My prayer is that it will be sooner because later will not be a pretty picture.  His first coming was that of a “Lamb.”  His second coming will be that of a “Lion!”