When seeking the Lord of hosts, it is so important to get or find quiet time. We don’t need to be quiet, we just need a quiet place and a sincere heart, the Lord will do the rest. A lot of the time that is a hard thing for us to do… to let go and just breathe, to stop trying so hard and trust God. He doesn’t need our help. God is who He is regardless of our storm. When you need it most, peace and calmness seem so far away, prompting us to run from where we are (earnestly seeking Him) or to forgo the attempt. But if we were to stay we could see the fruit our labor and patience.. wait on the Lord. Sometimes we forget how to come in, we try too hard to find the right words or to get rid of the traffic in our in our hearts when if we could just trust God and let go He could direct the traffic, He could still our hearts and quiet our minds. He is the ultimate crossing guard. He can lay all things to rest and give you a peace centered on His voice and His heart. Knowing that all things are right in Him. Sometimes a worried heart or a troubled mind begins to think that its ability to calm the storm is as good as any past and failed attempt, but there is one who is greater and is a Master at calming the storm, His name is Jesus Christ. So when seeking the Lord, have peace and be still.
I’m still new to this format and forum. I’m still new to trying to get into the groove of things. I’m still new to finding graphics for the cover to this blog, and I’m still new to trying to find a layout I truly like that speaks to me and to what I want to convey. I’m very new to domains and still know very little about getting one which is why I still don’t have my own site, but I would love to. If anyone reading this can explain it to me, then I’d appreciate it. I don’t know the difference between domain and hosting. I still have questions like do I need both? and Why?
While I’m still new to blogging on WordPress, I’m also still new to marriage and navigating faith and I’m still learning more as the time goes on. All of this is exciting… but only because I have God. It’s exciting to know that God is in control and knows what’s around every corner. It’s exciting to know that He has a plan, a clear cut plan, and has chosen us to be part of it. And it’s both reassuring and exciting to know that no matter what I face, I am not alone and God was, is, already there and has an answer and direction to navigate even the toughest mountain to climb.
This is such a great truth and a great read! I love the way this blog always explores God’s word.
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4.8
I am not sure we realize how much our THOUGHT life controls us – our attitude, our feelings, and our behavior. But the Apostle Paul knew the power of what one thinks. So when we read these words “whatsoever things … ” we must not gloss over them as though they were meant for someone else. He clearly had the Philippian believers (and us too) in mind.
If we link the two preceding verses with this one, we discover a valuable lesson: “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made…
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At the bottom of this post, you will find some of the Bible, not a verse or a paragraph but a whole chapter. I put the whole chapter because isolating scripture causes it to be taken out of context, so no matter who (myself included) quotes or explains the Bible, you should ALWAYS read it for yourself.
The church has become very self-centered these days. Everything that is taught, preached, or presented in the mainstream seems to be about the church, not the people but church people. You can call them the body and edify them and they too will proclaim that that’s indeed who they are, but they have grown fat and kicked (Deuteronomy 32:15) and become all about themselves. The church today is a series of “It’s All About Me” sermons. Think about it, everything taught is built on motivational speaking. No one is really being the hands and feet, but we’re all claiming to be. There are tons of conferences where people come together to express their ideas and they go to great lengths for an opulent setting but those same people won’t go out and preach the gospel. Who are we if we preach to the ones sitting in the pews, but nothing is said to the homeless man standing on the corner or the homeless woman living on the streets?
No one is really living out the Gospel. Everyone is using the Gospel to show who they see themselves as, but going to church, having a mission statement, guest speakers or conferences isn’t really reaching the needy of this world… It isn’t really preparing them for the kingdom of God. There is so much preaching of a better life through self-centered edification that we have forgotten the needy other than a show of what we’re doing through selfies there’s no real sincere outreach.
Everyone is waiting on the next “Christian” guest speaker who looks like they have it all together to tell them how to do “it” (it being life) and do it well, the problem with that is that it creates a co-dependency on man, for evaluation and validation. The world is constantly looking to man for where to go next, when in reality God has already given us that in The Bible, He left an instruction manual that many neglect because they would rather have the pastor give them a verse here or there to quote, but a single verse or a series built on the guise of a few scriptures can never truly encompass the full word of God.
Today, instead of looking in the Bible people are looking to others to tell them what the Bible means and what it says about every situation that plagues them. The new move of self-centeredness takes the cares and worries of self and puts them above others. Take your mind off of yourself and put it on His people. The true hands and feet of Jesus are still lost, still waiting, but nobody’s approaching them because we’re all sitting in the pew. No one wants to leave the pew because they are used to the comfort of cliches shouted to them like, “This is your year for a breakthrough!” or “God is going to turn everything around for your good!”. It’s like getting fed junk food or sugar in place of sincere milk (1 Peter 2:2).
The problem is not favor, breakthrough, or an encouraging word, the problem is that once we receive these things, they seem never to be enough and more and more, people are starting to rely on man rather than God for confidence, peace, strategy, and for revelation when true revelation comes from spending time in God’s word and in His presence. The problem with this is that people become co-dependant on man’s word, validation, and justification rather than on God’s.
If God desires to use you or bless you, it’s not so you can so you can store up your blessings in a barn and guard it with your life (Luke 12:16-21), it’s so you can reach out to His people, speak His word, show His love, lay hands on the sick, and encourage the lost. (“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.” Luke 4:18-19 https://www.bible.com/1/LUK.4.18-19)
Don’t get so comfortable with the cliches of man that you forget that only God can be God. Don’t neglect His word and don’t be led astray by everything that sounds good (See Ephesians 4:14). Don’t get so comfortable that you forget to go out and reach a dying nation.
Note to self: Remember this truth.
by Hazel Straub
You can always trust that if God gave you a promise, he will fulfill it. It does not matter how insurmountable the odds against you seem, if God has assured you that it will happen, it will. Think on these promises and rehearse them, with anticipation. Confidently, rest in Yahweh, as you wait!
This is what the Sovereign Yahweh, the Holy One of Israel, says: “Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength. But you would have none of it. (Isaiah 30:15 NLT)
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It is easy to get back to God if you just pray and turn everything over to Him. It may not seem easy but just start with something that’s bothering you. Something that you would normally tell everyone else, something you’d normally obsess over, something that would discourage you or cause fear, something that would bring feelings of inadequacy; take it to God, tell it to God. Normally we over think these situations and wonder why they happened to us. In an attempt to understand our hurt, we obsess and talk about it to ourselves. We replay the situation in our heads with “what if’s” and “I should have said’s”.
If you have a pure or genuine heart toward God and those around you, chances are you’ve felt crushed but held your tongue and tried to let it go only to get home and have it all ( a snub by a coworker, a snide comment by an acquaintance, or rudeness and rejection by those close to you, being embarrassed) come back to you and sit front and center in your thoughts.
In an attempt to nullify these feelings and thoughts of regrets, we talk it out with several people, hoping they’ll make us feel better about the situation. But truthfully the only time we really feel better is when we truly turn it over to God. This is more than just saying “I give it to God”, this is sincere, open prayer to God about what and why “it” hurt us… “it” being the situation or person that caused the regret. Once you open up and give it to God you will be able to move on without regrets. You will be able to rest assured in your response, even if it was no response at all. You will know that the Lord will fight for you and that you need only be still (Exodus 14:14). Rest assured that when you glorify the Lord with your response, even when it is no response at all, you are not being weak, you are being His! When any of these things happen, know that you are not defeated, you are victorious because you have given everything, all of your fears, doubts, and worries to Christ, and He has victory over EVERYTHING, even death! We are victorious, we have the mind of Christ!
Can I just say that I haven’t been listening? I haven’t been listening. I know my Father’s voice, but I haven’t been listening the way that I should. I haven’t been drowning out distractions the way should. The first thing I used to do was get up and read or and pray. I don’t mean that to sound cliche, but I really, really used to do that and I lived for it. Spending time with God, in His presence, with His Spirit was the highlight of my day.
There was a time where it was common to find me, face to the carpet, in worship at any time of the day. I would be home in my prayer room just in awe of Him, being filled with Him so much so that it caused an ache to be filled even more… I wonder if we even have that capacity. I mean even though I ached to be even more filled with Him, I wonder if my heart and spirit even have the capacity to just overflow with Him so much that there’s nothing of me left but the vessel… No personal will, no self-serving cares. Can you imagine?
But that was then and this is now. Then I still watched television, even Netflix. Then I still took daily calls from my best friend, but none of it outweighed the voice of God. I’d hear Him call to me and I’d listen, just the smallest stir and I’d be waiting. I was not afraid to feel because I knew He’d comfort me and I trusted Him with my whole heart! Today I still hear Him but I haven’t been listening, I still feel the unpleasant sting of reality, but I’ve hidden those feelings away. Sometimes I feel as if I’m trying to drown everything out with distractions instead of giving them to God… I keep wondering; when did I become so afraid of the thing I want most? Intimacy with God.
Honestly, there are so many things around me that have brought hurt and I’ve really just wanted to shut it all out. Rather it’s food, TV, or any other source of distractions, I find that I’m always trying to feed on something that doesn’t truly fill me. When I look at that I know that I’m not deserving but that He deemed enough for His call, enough for His love.
I feel Him calling me, stirring in me the promises of old. I’m so glad that He’s faithful. I’ve been afraid and I’ve hidden from my first love they things only He can fix. But He is a faithful God. I’m so glad that He is not a man that He should lie, nor the son of man that He should repent. I’m also glad that God never leaves us, nor forsakes us and that His mercy endureth forever, for without these things, where would I be?
God has shown me things, and even through my lack of diligence I’m glad of this: “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” Numbers 23:19
So Father I just thank You for all of Your goodness, and mercy. I thank You for Your redeeming strength, the truth of Your Word and the power of prayer. I ask forgiveness for the times I’ve run from You, the times You called and I didn’t answer. I repent Father, I turn away from those things, and those ways and I lay them at Your feet. In Jesus’ Name, I pray, Amen.
I was recently on Instagram, and by recently I mean two minutes ago, and I was posting about my moment in time. Where my thoughts were, what I was doing. The first thought was of the storm that was coming. I could hear thunder in the distance and see clouds forming over the building where I live. The second thought was that I wanted to share it with the world and let them know that there was something so simple about just turning everything off and listening to nature. The quiet is beautiful. My third thought came when I looked down and saw the reading material that had been calling to me since I first got up this morning. I looked and saw this plain, jade green mead notebook. Now to the ordinary person, this notebook might just look like a thin wisp of someone’s notes left behind, nothing interesting to the passerby who might see it on the street or at a desk at someone’s house; but for me, these very pages are worth more than anything that money could buy.
So as began to post, I took the usual pictures of the clouds and my view from where I sat in my living room with the blinds open. There was nothing special about those first four pictures, But when I got to the last one I noticed that there, right in front of me, was a treasure. This little green journal held treasures. These were times and records of time spent with God. These were times when I heard Him call to me, direct me, comfort me, strengthen me, and teach me. These were times when God opened my eyes to things not seen and taught me to listen with my heart of hearts for understanding. These were priceless, endless, treasures.
Every time I look at that notebook I feel a tug, a call, a beckoning to dip into the pages that unveil the depth of our conversations… a give and take with the King. It’s a reminder that there’s no place I’d rather be. At His feet, listening intensely to His plans, His words, His instruction and encouragement for what He’s assigned me. I look at these treasures, written in mere ink on paper, but deeper still, captured on the tablet of my heart and ingrained on my soul, reminding me who I am and all I am meant to do.
This is my treasure, it’s not silver, nor gold. This is my treasure, the thing I keep, time spent with God, sitting at His feet.
When I first met the Lord, on a personal and deeper level, I had no idea who I was, but He did. He picked me up when I was out on my own and taught me to depend on Him. I was afraid. I had been hurt countless times and had become tough as nails on the outside, but inside I was searing and bitter and trusted no one.
I thought I was alone and it was me against the world, but then I heard a voice and felt a touch on my shoulder. Someone was talking to me, telling me to let go, let go of everything that I’d been holding on to. She said, “God wants to heal you but He needs you to let go, let go of all that you’ve been through.” She called me by name, even though she had never met me. She didn’t know me, but God did and He used her to speak to me. She named everything I’d been through and then God began to pull. As He let His messenger speak, He began to pull from me all the impurities and dross that I had held onto since I was just a child.
As I sat on my knees in the dark on a concrete floor at a small church in Enid, I found myself completely vulnerable. And for the first time in a long time, I knew what it was like to feel, to feel something more than anger, fear, and the need for self-preservation. There on that floor in front of people I barely knew, and one whom I didn’t know at all, I surrendered and God gave me a new heart and I’m determined to honor Him with it. I don’t want to hold on to anything that doesn’t belong in a place that God gave me. I’m determined to bring every hurt, every disappointment and lay it at His feet and I’m determined to always forgive.
I so needed this, I think we all do, no matter what our station, situation, or place.
You are too good, and too loved to live like you’re not. You’re too valuable to think, you’re not valued. You are more precious than gold, more costly than the largest Tiffany diamond, in the world.
You were created, designed, and fashioned by God, in his image and in his likeness. You are perfect. Quit looking from without, in lieu of seeing what Yahweh has placed within, “You.”
Quit trying so hard, to earn or receive what Yahweh has already given you, freely. You are an original, walk in the original image and pattern of grace, He placed, upon your life. Free yourself, to be yourself. Come out of the seduction, of self-inadequacy.
Come into the divine production and masterful creativity of being, “You.” You are so loved, so honored, and so treasured. Accept Yahweh’s love for you as Truth. Believe in Him, believe in yourself…
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