Sunday, September 7, 2014

"Lead me to the Rock that is Higher than I"

Hello friends,
I want to encourage you today by just reminding you how big and great our God is! I love Psalm 61, especially verses 2-4.  Psalm 61:2-4 says, " From the end of the earth will I cry unto Thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy. I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah." Wow, I can just read and re-read those verses. What an encouragement.  It doesn't matter what you are going through, God can always lift you up.  I love the analogy that I picture in my head as I read verse 2. When I am overwhelmed and sinking, I can call out to God and He lifts me up out of the water and sets me on top of a rock. When I think about that, it helps me picture how great and mighty our God really is.  In a split second of you calling out to Him for help, He will help you.  You may not always feel immediate relief, but I can promise He has a plan and He is helping you.  Verse 3 tells us that God has been a shelter and tower from the enemy.  I will share with you another mind picture for those of us who are visual! I love to picture things, it makes it so much more understandable and real to me! I picture verse 3 as a huge tower in a field where we as Christians can run inside and get away from the devil.  I picture verse 4 as hiding under the wings of a huge bird where nothing can hurt me because I'm covered under the feathers of the bird. I often read those verses and what a peace it brings to my heart especially when I'm feeling anxious.  No matter how stressed or down you are feeling, you can bring it to God! David said, "From the end of the earth will I cry unto Thee." God will meet you where you are, even if it's as far as the ends of the Earth. Nothing is too big for God, so no matter what kind of pressure or overwhelming situation you feel that you may be in, it is not too big for God.  He can always set you up on top of that rock while He draws you closer to Himself.  Next time you begin to feel overwhelmed or just stressed, ask God to lift you up onto the top of the Rock that is higher than you.  He will, and things will look so much better from that point of view. 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Wait, Wait, Wait

Hello friends,
Sorry it's been so long since I posted! Life has been crazy lately with college classes starting back up and a lot of other activities going on! I'm so blessed to be in the Early Childhood program at my college. I'm enjoying my new classes, but wow what a busy semester it looks like it is going to be. I am so excited about becoming a teacher! I've been waiting and dreaming my whole life of becoming a teacher and finally the time is here. I'm considered a pre-service teacher right now and my practicum starts in just a few weeks. How fitting I thought that it would be for us to talk about waiting today. I want to just encourage you and remind you that waiting on God does pay off.  Trusting Him in the midst of waiting and pressing on toward the goal is exactly what He wants us to do.  I have had several situations lately that I've been waiting for and praying for.  At times, it seems to be an unending cycle of wait, wait, wait.  Sometimes it's difficult to wait; I'm not going to tell you it's easy.  But waiting is so worth it! When God eventually says, "Ok, now is the time!" Everything begins to look more clear.  Looking back, sometimes you can see that you are in a better place in life to receive the blessing God has had you waiting for.  That has definitely happened to me.  I've wanted something in life to happen and it just wouldn't happen and I did not understand why.  Later, when God allowed it to unfold, I could look back and see His hand in the whole thing. Waiting deepens our faith in God.  We have to keep trusting God that His plan and His timing are perfect for us. How many times can you remember being told to wait? I'm sure you can think of at least a few times.  Waiting is something that we all have to do at some time or another. I love to plan ahead; I have a calendar that I keep and I write down everything! I'm usually looking ahead to the future and sometimes wanting to hurry up and get ahead on the calendar of life.  I've been learning and I've been reminded lately to enjoy each stage.  Enjoy the time I have in college.  Enjoy the time I have to be the student-teacher instead of the head teacher.  Enjoy life for today's blessings and stop looking ahead and trying to figure out what tomorrow's blessing will be.  God wants us to live life in the present moment enjoying His presence in each moment of every day.  But it's hard to wait.  When you are waiting for something, it can be difficult to be content where you are.  That is where we must realize our contentment is never going to come from our circumstances.  It will always come from God! He is the One who completes us and makes us content.  Not our circumstances. Not what we are waiting on.  Wait for God and you'll be happily and completely content exactly where you are no matter what you are waiting on.

Psalm 27:14- "Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord."

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Jump Over the Mud!

Hope all of you are enjoying a nice August day! As some of you know, I teach a children's Sunday School class at my church.  This past Sunday was promotion Sunday which means all of the kids moved on to the next grade level.  I had a fantastic class this past year.  We all grew close and just really made some great memories and bonds! It was very difficult to see them move on.  I was excited to receive new children moving into my class but so sad to see my old ones go.  That whole situation reminds me of how sometimes in life, we don't want to move on.  We like our comfort zone and to get out of it takes a huge amount of effort.  But in the situation of my new Sunday School class, God is ready to use me in different children's lives this year.  My role and time of ministering to the old group during Sunday School is now over, and God has blessed me by allowing new children to move up into my class.  It will take time and effort to build relationships with each of the new students in my classroom, but God has placed them in my life for a reason and I want to be the best Sunday School teacher I can be! I want these kids to remember God as they grow older and as a teacher, I can help lay foundations to Biblical doctrines and a relationship with our Heavenly Father! What a blessing! However you do not have to be a teacher in order for God to use you, He gave you special gifts that He wants to use! So when God places new people, new opportunities, new places in your path, embrace them! They are not there by accident, but by divine appointment.  God wants to use you in every situation, every day.  Don't be stuck in the old ways, but be willing to travel a new way with Jesus! So often, we try to live in the past in a situation that is gone, and we don't move forward because we are stuck back in the mud.  The mud could be the devil telling you that you are unable to complete the task, the mud could be a past situation that now just won't leave you alone, the mud could be fear, but God doesn't want us stuck in the mud! So, jump over the mud and move on with God's help! When God begins to place new situations in life, He wants us to trust Him and be willing and ready to be used wherever He plants us! I'm not telling you that it is always easy to do, but it is always best! If you try to stay in the same place you have been in, you will never go anywhere.  God wants to use you in His timing, where He places you! I must start over training these new Kindergarten students who just moved up into my class, and I must learn new tactics to relate to them.  God wants us to be willing to restart at times, and jump into a new ministry opportunity! That could be witnessing more openly and more often, it could be serving in a new ministry, it could even be helping a co-worker and showing them the love of Jesus! Whatever it is that God is calling you to today, go ahead and just jump over the mud and keep staying on track with God!
Psalm 37:23, "The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way."