“He’s Never Failed & He Won’t Start Now”

After the unexpected impact of Hurricane Matthew in our area, planned and unplanned days out of school for my kids, and a family trip…I am finding my footing again in a return to regular rhythms of life.

I am thankful for the routines, for the quiet corners of a day and moments to spend with Words that bring peace and life….especially because things feel hard right now. There’s a level of anxiety around us that is palpable.

This darkness tries to pull us in, this sinking feeling strong in this time when discord tries to win the day.

But, again — as many times as it takes — again and again and again — “I will stand my ground where hope can be found.” Again and again and again, I will put my trust in the Light that conquers darkness. I will put my faith in the One who is the Prince of Peace, the One who has already overcome. When I am uncertain and afraid  — I will sing praise. I will stake my life in His love.  When I feel helpless and small, I will remember that authority over nature and time, nations and governments, the church and our future, my family and my heart — it still belongs to God. It always has and always will.

In this time when everything feels mixed-up, I know that this is what I need: Prayer. Time to listen. Time to read His words to us. I need to see the world by His Light, by His truth.

On that note, I’ll pick up our daily readings again tomorrow…we’re in Genesis, walking alongside Abram.

For tonight…I think that the most useful and true thing I can say to myself and to you is this – it’s His presence that we need.

Forget the noise and the answers flying around and the dire predictions and the stress of what has been and what will be — let’s get away, find even just moments of silence, and turn our eyes to Him. He is our help. 

We need Him.

I pray that we will knock and find the door swinging wide open….listen and hear the still, small voice….lay down the burdens and pick up peace…

Father, we come to You.

 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. -Psalm 121:1-2

My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.
-Psalms 73:26 

 

 

 

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Because Jesus is Alive…Boldly I Approach (Music Monday)

I woke up today with anxiety tightening around my heart. Worries wound their way into my mind – worries that had no foundation in anything actually happening in my life right now. My stomach was cramped with dread and I could feel fear trying to take over the controls of my day.

Do you ever have days like this – days when the enemy tries to tamper with your life through your emotions, stirring your anxieties and fears?

So many times before, I have given into these feelings. I’ve become paralyzed by uncertainty. I’ve drawn back and chosen to hide my heart, to do nothing for fear of what might happen if I try to move forward.

But today? Today I heard the voices of those changed by grace…I heard a friend’s testimony of hope never failing us…I heard the voice of Jesus saying – do not fear!…Take heart, for I have overcome the world!…and the anxieties began to lose their grip.

Because Jesus is alive, the Holy Spirit is with us to be our comfort and our teacher who leads us back to the Truth we stand upon…so when our own legs are shaky, our own voice wobbly and misleading, we can hear and trust the One who never changes and never falters.

Because Jesus is alive, we have help on days like these – in every time of weakness, we have a Savior who is at the right hand of the Father to intercede for us. His death on the cross ripped down the veil that would hold us back from the Holy of Holies….so we can come boldly to God’s throne of mercy and receive help.

And what I have been learning is this – it is best to immediately throw our hands up to Him and call out for help when we need it. Sometimes we do this ‘I can be strong’ and ‘I can hold it together’ thing…and, friends, this is not at all what we are asked to do by our Father and our Savior. We are to be strong in the power of His might. We are to remember that all things hold together in Him. We must know that His grace is sufficient for us, for His power is made perfect in weakness…in other words, we are not meant to do this on our own. So at the first sign of a storm, at the first inkling of a struggle – that’s the time to come to that throne of grace.

Just in case anyone else ever faces this kind of inner-fight….with the help of the One who has overcome and made us more than conquerors – our battle is won by making this choice to shift our eyes away from the anxieties and onto Him. Jesus died and He rose again to win the battle for us – because we could not overcome without His love, His grace, and His power.  The victory is ours through Him. Instead of magnifying the emotions and turning them into the focus of our day, giving them power over us, we choose to magnify – to extol and glorify – the God who promises to go with us through every moment of this life, to bring us Home into the next. When we begin to counter-act every worry with worship, our hearts are reminded of who He is – the Love that casts out fear, the Deliverer who has already broken our chains.

For Your Friday…A Scripture & Song (the joy edition!)

But when the right time came, God sent His Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that He could adopt us as His very own children. –Galatians 4:4-5

So if the Son sets you free, you are free through and through! -John 8:36