Jesus is our Rock


photo by: David Benbennick

photo by: David Benbennick

 

 

 “The Lord lives,

and blessed be my rock,

and exalted be my God,

the rock of my salvation

2 Samuel 22:47

 

 

Do you ever find yourself struggling? Do you ever feel like you are just barely keeping your nose above the water. When we find ourselves feeling this way, we need to take a moment and examine our lives. When we do this we may find that we have placed our faith in the wrong place.

I am reminded this morning of a song we sing in church that goes like this:

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ Name.

On Christ the solid Rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

When darkness seems to hide His face,
I rest on His unchanging grace.
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil.

His oath, His covenant, His blood,
Support me in the whelming flood.
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my Hope and Stay.

When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh may I then in Him be found.
Dressed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne.

Hymn written by: Edward Mote 1834

So many times in life we are tempted to rely on other things and other people to hold us up, be it drugs, alcohol, friends, our children, or even our spouses. They may seem stable for a while, but eventually these things will fail us and we will find ourselves sinking in despair.

I have always loved the story of Peter, and how he wanted to walk on the water with Jesus. Peter had confidence that he would be able to walk on the water, and he did for a while, but when the wind picked up and the waves began to form, poor Peter began to sink. You see, Peter took his eyes off of the rock. He began to place his faith in something else other than Jesus.

Now, it would be a sad story if it ended there, but it does not. The story goes on to tell us that when Peter realized he was sinking he cried out, “Lord, save me!” And IMMEDIATELY Jesus reached down and caught him.

Here is what I want to encourage you with today. Do not put your faith in things that can not hold you up, And do not let the devil lie to you and tell you that you can make it on your own. Put your faith in the One true God who is your rock.

If you do, however, find yourself sinking because you have taken your eyes off of Him, cry out!  Jesus reached down and picked up Peter out of the water, and our Heavenly Father will do the same for us. All we have to do is ask.

Scripture taken from: Matthew 14:22-33

God Knows…


sparrowAre not five sparrows sold for two pennies?

Yet not one of them is forgotten by God.

  Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”

Luke 12:6-7

Does life ever overwhelm you? Do you ever feel like you just can not keep up? I want to encourage your heart today by telling you that you are not alone.

This week has been a very busy week for us. Our little girl graduated preschool, we are entering the last few weeks at school, and life just seems to be in overdrive right now.

After school yesterday I had turned the television on to the music channels while I was doing my cleaning. As I sat down for just a minute to try to catch my breath from all the running, a song came on called, “He Knows My Name.” Oh, what peace filled my heart as I listened to the words, “I have a maker, He formed my heart”! At that moment God spoke to me, and I was reminded that no matter how crazy life may get God is still right there.

You see, sometimes life starts to move so fast that we feel we can not keep up, but God does not look at time as we do.
God is an all-seeing, all-knowing God. He sees from the beginning of time all the way through eternity. Does that comfort your heart this morning? It should.

When I think about God and His love for me, when I remember that He knows the very number of hairs on my head, I am so humbled.

I do not know what life holds for you right now or what trials you may be facing, but I do know that God is bigger than anything that this life can throw at you. God formed this world by simply speaking it into place. He formed you in your Mother’s womb before anyone even knew you existed. (Psalm 139:13) There is nowhere you can go that God can not see you, hear you, or minister to your heart.

I know that life can get busy. I know that there are times when you feel so overwhelmed by the speed of the world that you wonder how you will ever keep up.
I pray right now that God will send His Holy Spirit to comfort your heart as He has mine. I pray that you will let God’s love wash over you right now, and that in this moment you will realize that you are not just a speck in this crazy thing called life. You are precious. God has made you that way, and He loves you beyond understanding.

I wanted to share this with you today. This is the song that has brought me so much comfort the past couple of days. I pray as you listen to it that you will find peace and comfort as well.

God bless you today!

I Have a Maker( He Knows my Name)

God-sized Dreams: Spread the Love


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And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 

not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some,

but encouraging one another,

and all the more as you see the day drawing near.

Hebrews 10:24-25

As I was looking at Scriptures to share this morning, I realized just how many there are on encouraging each other and lifting up each other. I believe that it is no coincidence that there are so many of them. God knows as humans that we need to be encouraged, we need to be lifted up by fellow believers.

I wanted to take a moment this morning and spread the love a little. I want to encourage your heart to keep doing what God has called you to do even when you get tired and discouraged.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 reads:

“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil.

For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!

Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone?

And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”

We can accomplish many things through God when we stand together as believers and God-sized dreamers. We may all have different dreams, but we should all have the same goal. That goal should be to bring honor and glory to our Heavenly Father. When we stand together with that common goal we can not be defeated. I thank God every day that I am blessed to be part of such a great group of fellow dreamers. You all are a blessing to my heart.

Colossians 3:16 tells us to:

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly,

teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom,

singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,

with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”

We all have things that we can learn from each other.As believers and dreamers we all bring different gifts to the table. I am encouraged every day as I read the words of others. As I see what God is doing in their lives a new spark is started in my heart to continue on the journey that God has set for me. I pray each day that I can be an encouragement to those that read what God has placed on my heart.

A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver

Proverbs 25:11

dream

Today I wanted to encourage you to keep pressing toward the mark. You may not have reached it yet, but do not let that get you down. Enjoy the journey that God has set before you.
I feel that I have been called to encourage others, and as I live my God-sized dream each day I pray that God will continue to open new doors for me to do just that. I pray that He will show me new ways every day to share God’s love with others and to encourage them to live out their dreams through Him.

I do not yet know where my journey is taking me , but I sure am glad that He has blessed me with a great group of friends with which to share the trip.

God bless you today as you live out your God-sized dreams

Motivational Monday: Do Your Thing


 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord,

not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.

It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”

Colossians 3:23-24

Do you ever wonder if what you are doing matters? Let me assure you today that yes, it does!

I know there are times when we all feel like no one cares about what we have accomplished, but God cares. God sees everything we do and He knows the intentions of our hearts when we do them.

I wanted to encourage you on this Monday with a fun song that has been running through my head since I awoke. I pray it will be a blessing to your heart. Happy Monday to you!

Steven Curtis Chapman: Everything You Do.

I hope that this will encourage you today to do everything for the glory of God even when you feel like no one is watching.

No Cost Too Great


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photo by: Flickr

6″And when Jesus was in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper,a woman came to Him having an alabaster flask of very costly fragrant oil, and she poured it on His head as He sat at the table.But when His disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, “Why this waste?For this fragrant oil might have been sold for much and given to the poor.” 10 But when Jesus was aware of it, He said to them, “Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a good work for Me.11 For you have the poor with you always, but Me you do not have always.12 For in pouring this fragrant oil on My body, she did it for My burial.13 Assuredly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her.”

                                     Matthew 26:6-13

How much does this cost? This is a question that we hear a lot these days due to the economy. We oftentimes find ourselves asking it as well, whether it be paying bills, buying groceries, or even taking the kids out to eat.

I believe it is a legitimate concern since we want to be good stewards with the blessings God has bestowed upon us. But what about when it comes to our service for God? Do you ever find yourself asking, “What is serving God going to cost me?”

When this thought first crossed my mind, my immediate response was, “Of course not!” but as I searched my heart further and I was honest with myself I discovered that, yes, I do ask this question more times than I should.

It should not matter what serving God will cost us. We are so important to God that He sent His Son to die on a cruel cross for our sins. We should be willing to give up anything that is needed of us in order to serve God.

As scary as that sounds, I have grown to understand that we can not out-give God. Whether we give of our time or our finances, God is faithful to supply our needs.  Philippians 4:19 says:

“But my God shall supply all your need

according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

The lady in this story was giving to God all that she had. She did not consider the cost. She did what she could to bring honor and glory to God.

As I read this Scripture and have continued to ponder it in my heart, I have discovered some changes that need to take place in my own way of thinking. Possibly you have too.

I pray today if you find yourself concerned with the cost of ministering for Jesus or serving Him, that you will think back to these verses and remember the sacrifice that Jesus made for us. John 3:16 tells us:

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“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son,

that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

I have made the commitment this morning to stop focusing on what serving God will cost me. I do not want to be so concerned with the cost of serving God that I miss an opportunity to bless others. I want to share God’s love with those around me no matter what I must give up.

I pray today that you will join me in this commitment. I can promise that you will not be sorry. I am reminded of the Scripture that is found in Matthew 6:19-20

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth,

where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.

But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy,

and where thieves do not break in and steal.”

One day all these earthly things will pass away and all that will matter is what we did for God’s glory.

There is a quote that I was recently reminded of as I helped one of my students work on a literature report. It is by Jim Elliot,  a missionary who was killed while ministering to the Auca Indians in Ecuador. Jim said:

“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep

to gain that which he cannot lose.”

I pray that these words will find you encouraged and inspired this morning to continue to minster for God’s Glory.