Depending Upon God

There was a time when I would have thought “leaning on God” was a weakness.  Today, as I depend upon God for everything and realize all good comes from God, I am strengthened.

Isaiah 40:28-31 states, “Do you not know? Have you not heard?  The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.  He will not grow tired or weary, and His understanding no one can fathom.   He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.  Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

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Putting God First

Beginning my day, the temptation to outline my busy day ahead comes to mind. The over-stimulating world can often zap my energy when I have not first communed with God.  Then, I read from Luke 12:22-25, “Then Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear….Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them.  And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?’ ”

Proverbs 16:3 states, “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.”

Have a blessed day!

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All Important to God

There is no need for me ever to “be full of myself” or to feel “less than”.  Each and everyone one of God’s children is important to Him.  I find the evidence of this in the parable in Luke 15:3-6 where it reads,

“And he spake this parable unto them, saying, What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?  And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.  And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.”

Today, I will relish just being me and realize who my Father really is!

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Why Struggle?

This morning while I was at my desk, I glanced out the window to watch a bird walking up a tree and it appeared to be struggling.  As I continued to watch it, the question came to mind, “Why would that little bird be struggling, when it could just fly?”  Then, I was reminded that I sometime do the same thing, when I could just turn to God and give Him my seeming problems.

John 16:33 reads, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.  In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart!  I have overcome the world.”

When I looked back the little bird had flown off and I realized he had just been getting insects for food from under the bark.  The human scene can be so deceiving!

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Releasing Loved ones to God

Today, I release my loved ones to God’s care and relax in knowing they are safe and loved.  It is important that a loved one does not become an idol; therefore, retarding their spiritual development.  Jacob loved Joseph more than all of the brothers, causing hatred among them.  Even though, God was there for all, they had to endure years of separation and suffering.

Genesis 37:3-4 reads, “Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old age; and he made an ornate robe for him.  When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him and could not speak a kind word to him.”

Even parental love can come in the form of idolatry.  Today, I give all to God!

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Jesus walks on the water

Have always loved the story of Jesus walking on the water.  When Peter asked to join Him, Jesus replied “Come”.  He continued to walk until he took his eyes off the Christ and began to entertain fear and doubt.  Even as he was sinking and cried out to Jesus, he was saved!  This is so applicable today when we watch where our focus is and what we are believing in.

Matthew 14:30-31 reads, “But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.  And immediately, Jesus stretched forth His hand and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?”

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The Battle is always God’s

There are times when I am resistant to something I need to do.  It may be  because I feel it will  be unpleasant or difficult.  When I look closer, it is human will or pride that is resisting the deed.  II Timothy 1:7 reads, “God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”  It is never about us personally but about leaning more on God and learning about our relationship to Him.

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