Monday, April 28, 2014

What are your expectations?

Hello friends,
Today I want to write to you about waiting on God and placing your total trust and expectations in Him.  It's hard to wait. Let's face it, we want what we want and we want it now! God has been so gently reminding me lately, to trust Him entirely.  Trust Him so much, that no matter what answer He gives me, I will rejoice in it.  No matter what the situation, take what He places in my day as a blessing from Him.  Sometimes things don't go exactly how I expect them to or how I planned them to, but I must remember that God has a purpose in that.  Psalm 62:5 says, "My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from Him."  Am I allowing God to be the center of my expectations? Am I so in love with HIM, that I can be excited about any answer He brings me, whether it is what I wanted or not? We have to let go and when we do let go and we allow the God of the universe, who knows everything, to control our life, He will do what is best for you! You see waiting on God is hard to do especially when its SO easy to fall prey to worrying.  We worry that God may make a decision that we don't like, but that is all part of learning to put our expectations in God! Psalm 112:7 is an amazing verse in dealing with worry! It says, "He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD." I do not have to be afraid of ANY bad news that I may receive.  God is going to take care of it! My heart needs to be so in love and glued on God, that I can trust Him with every situation that may come my way.  God is going to be with us through everything, and to be totally honest, whether we worry or not is not going to make any situation less hard to go through. One other verse that reminds us how worthy God is of our trust is verse 6 in Psalm 62- it says, " He only is my Rock and my Salvation: He is my Defence; I shall not be moved." God is our firm Foundation, our Salvation, and our Defender! We can stand strong in HIM! So set your expectations high in God Almighty, because He is worthy of our trust!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Prayer...our greatest adventure

Hello friends,
Today I want to encourage you and remind you how important prayer is to the Christian life! It really is our life-line.  It's a 24-7-365 connection to God Almighty, the One who created you, knows you, and loves you for you! He wants to hear you talk to Him and He's ready and waiting.  When you are feeling guilty, angry, confused, upset, happy, excited....everything, God wants to share your emotions.  He will help you control them if you ask.  Do you ever get so so excited about something and just praise God right there and then? What about when you are having a bad day at work, do you stop and seek His help? Prayer isn't something for mornings and bedtime...it's a lifestyle.  I'm not saying that we shouldn't pray when we wake up and before we go to bed, because we should; however, it needs to be more than that.  Paul tells us in 1 Thess. 5:17 to "Pray without ceasing".  All the time, and I know you are thinking that that is something that is impossible. How do you pray without ever stopping?  I get it. I feel the same way at times.  It's a difficult concept to grasp.  But prayer is an attitude.  How's yours been lately? An attitude of thanks when God sends a special blessing into your day, and really a thankful attitude no matter what happens.  We know that God's ways are higher than ours.  An attitude of forgiveness when your co-worker mistreats you.  Those simple prayers, "please help me Jesus", are some of the best! Prayer takes practice! It's something you must work at...it doesn't just happen the instant you get saved.  It's a quality that as a Christian, you have to work at.  Believe me, I'm still working at it.  It's not easy, but prayer can be the greatest adventure you ever dreamed of!  An adventure with the Almighty, who has far greater plans than you.  A dream becomes an adventure when you bring it to God. He can write a life story, love story, career story, or any other story greater than you ever imagined.  So keep waiting, keep praying, and never give up!

Isaiah 55:9- "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts."