I woke up this morning with this verse on my mind. I thought about God’s omniscience. He is all knowing, from eternity to eternity. It is hard for me to grasp this concept since I tend to think in terms of a beginning and an end. But God isn’t like us. He knows all that has been and will ever be. He has put the desire for eternity in each of our hearts. He has created in us a desire for so much more than this world has to offer. The world competes for our attention. It is so easy to become distracted and caught up in the things we see around us. Colossians 3:2 says to “think about the things of Heaven, not the things of the earth”. And 2 Corinthians 4:18 reminds us to not fixate on the the momentary troubles we are experiencing, but to “fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen”. We may not fully understand what is happening, and certainly cannot know into the future what will happen, but we have a longing for eternal life. It is up to us where we will spend our eternity. The Bible says we have been given a choice. “Choose you this day whom you will serve”. Today, when you feel overwhelmed and burdened, pause and remember “our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. They are producing for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever”. (2 Corinthians 4:17)
So far I’m loving “None Like Him” by Jen Wilkin. This morning as I was reading in Psalm 26, I took great comfort in the fact that our God has no limits. Our strength is very weak, especially during stressful times. Our patience runs out quickly at times. We come to the end of what we think we can handle. BUT. Only when we turn our “I can’ts” into “He can” do we find the strength to go on. I find that the only way to remain in His strength is to remain in His Word. Today I spent time reading these verses. “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.””
Psalm 46:1-3, 10 NIV
1 Corinthians 7:24 “Each of you is to remain with God in that condition in which he was called.”
Comparison is the thief of joy. Looking at others’ success, social status, or anything else that we compare ourselves to will only trap us in an endless cycle of feeling left out and forgotten. Sweet friends God has not forgotten you. He has you right where He wants you. His timing is usually not ours. We want instant success, friendships, and financial security. These things (if we are to have them at all) take time. Rest in where you are right now. Keep abiding in Him. Pursue a closer relationship with your Father in Heaven by spending time in His Word.
You may have heard the term “You are what you eat”. This is true because our bodies respond to the food and drinks we consume. The fuel we put in produces either a strong, healthy body, or one that is severely lacking in nutrients. The same is true for our minds. What we allow our minds to think about will direct the attitudes we have, the choices we make, and the people we become. I have found that it is through studying God’s Word, meditating on Scripture, and applying what I have learned that I experience success. Not worldly success in the form of popularity, money, possessions, or intellect. But success in being the person He has called me to be. Only through His Word can we experience true joy. True peace. Find lasting love. If you are new to reading the Bible, start small. Choose one or two verses and commit them to memory. Think about how they can be applied to your life. Pray over them. Then watch the amazing transformation that will most surely occur. Your life will be transformed by the renewing of your mind, according to Romans 12.
What do monkey bars and Faith have to do with each other? Go with me. I am fearful. About everything. Once a fear goes away another pops up. Sometimes right away, sometimes it takes a few days. But there is always something else to worry about. The enemy knows us so well that he is always ready to tempt its with a new fear. For me it’s usually the same things coming back around. I think I have mastered a fear, but it always comes sneaking in the side door. These monkey bars represent what it is like for us to hold onto a certain fear, let go (either it resolves itself or we are not afraid anymore). But then another fear is waiting for us to grab onto. Then another. Then another. So often I find myself telling my husband that I am going from one fear to the next. So how do we stop this endless cycle? Well there is only one sure fire way. Prayer. We absolutely must turn every thought over to God. The Bible tells us to take every thought captive in 2 Corinthians 10:4-6. Our thoughts must be obedient to Christ or they will control us. When a fear creeps into your thoughts, stop it right there and kick it to the curb. Do not spend one minute allowing the what-ifs to run rampant in your mind. You have no time for that. Such foolishness does not belong to a child of God. We have power given to us through the Name of Jesus to take those fearful thoughts captive and send them packing to where they came from. Remember this when you begin to fear.