Saturday, January 30, 2010

Praise His Name

Soooo, since I'm an 85 year old woman trapped in a 28 year old's body, I was watching the Gaithers on PBS tonight...(insert laughter here). Actually, I'm proud of my Southern Gospel roots and here is a good example of why. I'd never heard this song before, but it spoke right to my heart. May the God who is worthy of our praise, encourage you tonight with this song...


Praise His Name
by Sheri Easter

When you're up against a wall
And your mountain seems so tall
And you realize that life's not always fair
You can run away and hide
Let the old man decide
Or you can change your curcumstances with a prayer

When everything falls apart
Praise His name
When you have a broken heart
Raise your hands and say
Lord, You're all I need
You're everything to me
And He'll take the pain away
When you feel you're all alone
Praise His name
And you feel all hope is gone
Raise your hands and say
Greater is He that is within me
And you can praise the hurt away
If you'll just praise His name

Ohhh,
You can overcome
By the blood of the lamb
And by the word of your testimony
You'll see the darkness go
As your faith begins to grow
You're not alone, so how can you be lonely





Thursday, January 28, 2010

My Smiles

  • 1980's Southern Gospel
  • Finding a Bible verse that speaks straight to my heart
  • Mod Podge
  • Discovering a new hole-in-wall with friends
  • Otis
  • Cranking up a new fav on my ipod
  • Peanut butter M&M's
  • Sleep masks
  • Candles
  • Grabbing the last hot deal off the sale rack
  • Lipgloss
  • Picturing my parents at home playing Wii golf
  • Rearranging someone's living room
  • 40% off coupons at Hobby Lobby
  • Moonlight
  • My old scrapbooks & journals
  • Bridgestreet
  • Sappy love songs
  • The "like" button on Facebook
  • Seeing a dog with his floppy ears hanging out a car window
  • Arm length self portraits
  • Paper folding
  • GooGoo
  • The Blue-mina
  • Coke Zero in a Styrofoam cup
  • White twinkle lights

Monday, January 25, 2010

Trust

Can I trust God to handle this? Will He really "come through" for me? Wonder if He's playing games with me and dangling a carrot in front of me, just to jerk it back at the last minute.

Is it blasphemous to wonder such things about God?

In my heart I know He loves me and has my life in His hands, but wonder if I'm the lucky one who gets to keep learning how to release and live without? Wonder if my journey is one of growing closer to God and never seeing my dreams fulfilled?

I don't think this will ever get easier...this trust thing. Even when God "comes through" and shocks me with His "perfect" timing, the next moment, I've all ready forgotten and gone back to questioning.

I guess it's a daily/moment-by-moment thing. I've found myself having to actually say out loud, "I trust You, God." I have to say it when I wake up...when I'm driving...during a restless night. I often find myself begging God to make His way clear, so that trusting is easier, but that doesn't always happen.

I'm thankful that the Lord is patient with me, as I learn to keep placing my trust (and hope) in Him!

May you, too, be able to place your trust in our Sovereign God tonight.


Sunday, January 24, 2010

Hope 101

My friend Julie and I were talking about the definition of hope today.

If you look up the definition of hope on http://www.dictionary.com/, you'll find several choices. But they mostly deal with the emotional side, "hope things work out", "here's hoping" etc.

But if you look up hope on http://www.eastonsbibledictionary.com/ you'll find the definition that my friend, Julie and I were talking about.

This is the hope that we as Christians must cling too: "To place confidence in; to trust with confident expectation of good."

One of my favorite hope verses is Ps. 25:4-5, "Show me Your ways, O LORD, teach me Your paths; guide me in Your truth & teach me, for You are God my Savior & my hope is in You all day long."
"My hope is in You all day long." According to our definition, this verse could also say, "Today I have confidence that You will bring good."

May the God in whom your confidence rests, bring good to your life today.



Saturday, January 23, 2010

Waiting

"Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord." Ps. 27:14

Does anyone else find this verse hard to accept? This is a great verse to read when you're not waiting on anything. But, if you're in the middle of waiting, in the middle of wanting to take over, make things happen, then this verse is hard to swallow.

At least for me.

However, I know it's truth. I know the Lord brought it to my attention when I most needed it. I think He added the "be strong and take heart" for me. It takes a great amount of strength to wait and let God move.

Last week at BSF (Bible Study Fellowship), I was really struck by the events in John 11. THREE times Jesus is questioned- by two close friends, Mary and Martha, and then by the Jews. They all three basically said, "If You'd had been there, Lazarus wouldn't have died." They had waited on God, but He didn't respond when they wanted Him too. Lazarus died. Jesus later said, "Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?"


So, I believe, Lord. I don't understand. I want to take things in my own hands. But I won't. I will wait for Your glory.

May the God perfect timing raise your Lazarus soon.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

This Week's Challenge

On Sunday, the pastor at the church I was at, challenged us all to the following for the next week:

To choose joy rather than bitterness…forgiveness rather than anger…trust rather than unbelief…faith rather than fear…love rather than hatred…kindness rather than malice…mercy rather than revenge…peace rather than worry…

Has this been easy? No. Did I live every moment in victory? No.

Did the Lord help me win some battles? He sure did! Could I tell a difference in my week? Oh, yes!

I'm so glad that we serve a God of second, third, fourth, etc... chances! He loves us enough to not leave us as we are.

May the God of victory help you win your battles this week!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The God of Hope

I compare.
I compare my life with yours.
I compare my life with the strangers I see at Home Depot.
I compare my life with what I see in the movies.
All this comparison leads to inner turmoil, discontentment and a sense of being unsettled.

During a particularly difficult season of comparison, the Lord gave me a verse that reminded me that it’s in HIM I find what truly completes my life. Hope doesn't come with getting what I think I need. True hope comes with finding Jesus.

He's given me so many verses about hope, that I've claimed "hope" as my life theme this year!

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

May the God of hope show Himself active in your life this week!