Father, I praise You for being able to provide for us everything we need throughout our lives. Whether it is a physical need (health, safety, financially, nourishment), or spiritually (becoming more like Christ in holiness), You will always provide for us. I pray that my children will be very aware of Your presence working in their lives. May they know that it is You who are working in them, providing for them, and guiding their lives. May they become more like Christ in their words and thoughts. I pray they will abound in every good work, giving You the glory for all they accomplish.
Our Father is more than able to meet every need that we have. His resources are endless. Today let’s praise Him for being fully ABLE. His knowledge of our circumstances far exceeds our limited perspective. Trust in Him for His timing and ways.
Sometimes things are not as they seem. Like a broken car for instance. This weekend my car stopped working. The timing was absolutely perfect, if that can be a thing with a car that does not run. I looked back at the recent trips I had made and thought of the number of places I could have been stranded. Anywhere but my garage would not have been ideal. But through the grace of God my car was parked in my garage when it decided not to start. I am so grateful for that. I am also thankful for my dad living so close to us who has AAA towing. Since the battery was so far gone, it had to be towed. Oh, and our wonderful neighbors who just happen to own a Motorsports company jumped in to connect us with their mechanic. Hurray for awesome neighbors! We trust their guys completely, so there was no worry about it being in good hands. As it turned out, it was not just the battery. You see, if my car hadn’t had a problem that required it to be looked at this weekend, we would not have known about the engine overheating problem that was imminent. Yep. That could have been a much bigger problem. So a thing like a car that won’t start when I am on my way to get food for my hungry teen isn’t such a horrible thing after all. I made this cute wood tag to remind us to Count Our Blessings in every circumstance. Because you just never know what you are being protected from.
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
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.