Do you ever just sit and look at what God has created? Sometimes life can be overwhelming and it feels like God is taking forever to answer our prayers. Take a seat or a walk and truly open your eyes. Carefully look at all that God has created, from the sky down to that really green grass. I know this might sound odd to some of us, but taking the time to train our eyes to see life is really important. Job 12:7-10 “But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the Earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. Which of all of these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? in his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind. Please take a moment today, even just for a moment or two. Let it sink in that God, Creator of the whole universe is always looking out for you. You are his very special creation and wants to help you grow.
I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live…and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.
Just recently I felt impressed to confess something that happened many years ago. It was rough and hard to hear on both sides, but this needed to be out in the open to start the healing process for everyone. I don’t know about anyone else but it is extremely difficult to hold things inside that will potentially put a damper on a walk with God. This particular sin had been eating away at me for many years because it was so shameful and devastating that I wouldn’t be able to find forgiveness. After telling my support group, they prayed for me and helped me through this situation making it easier to deal with. It’s like a mountain being lifted off your shoulders. If you have something to get off your chest I pray that you do so as soon as possible. Find that special person in your life that will not judge you and share the hindrance with making your walk with God even closer. Make sure that you pray, asking the Holy Spirit to give you the strength to confess your sin breaking out of your burdens.
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
James 5:16 NIV
Romans 15:13, I pray that God, the source of hope, will find you completely with joy and peace because you trust in Him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.
The possessions that we fill our lives with, family & friends that we constantly surround ourselves and the recognition that we continuously seek does not make us happy. We can have wealth, friends, fame anything we want and be the most miserable person on earth if we don’t have Jesus. I think the message version of the Bible says it the best Psalm 94:16-19,
Who stood up for me against the wicked? Who took my side against evil workers? If God hadn’t been there for me, I never would have made it. The minute I said, ”I’m slipping, I’m falling.” your love, God, took hold and held me fast. When I was upset and beside myself, you calmed me down and cheered me up.
There is nothing in this world like the love, joy, peace, and comfort that God gives us just at the right time. Jesus is all we need!
My mother was going to be late coming home from work one day. She had asked me to stay at home to watch my little brother after he was out of school. I had agreed but didn’t really want to because my friend wanted me to come hang out with him. I made a deal with my brother, he got to do whatever he wanted being at home by himself and I would go hang out with my buddy. He agreed, so I hopped on my bike and started on the long 5 mile journey to my friends house. Upon arrival my friend met me outside with the telephone telling me that my mother was on hold and that it was an emergency and sounded very angry. Apparently, in the time that it took for me to ride to my friends house, my brother had taken his own bike out and had fallen off injuring himself badly. Fear and worry swept over my mind and it felt as though I was having an anxiety attack. Peddling as fast as my legs would allow, I made it home in record time beating my mother back. Running into the house yelling my brothers name, he yelled back and it had come from the bathroom. He was sitting on the toilette holding a beach towel on his knee and there was blood all over the place. He lifted the towel to show me the damage, it was extensive and gross to say the least. At the end of the block there was one of those large neighborhood mailboxes and he thought it would be cool to drag his bike to the top and jump off of it landing like the dirt bike guys did on t.v. However on the way down he had caught his knee on the steel corner and now had an L shaped gash in it. He pulled back the skin to show me and the cut clear down to his knee bone. All I could think of was how much trouble I was going to be in and how my actions ended up in my brother being hurt so badly. We took him to the emergency room and my brother ended up with a lot of stitches and “YES”, I was in a lot of trouble. On occasion I still get into trouble making bad decisions and feel that anxious feeling but as long as I pray asking God to remove the anxiety from me, He will do so. The fact is is that we will all make mistakes, it’s just a fact of life, we need always to remember that God is always with us and always hears our prayers. Psalm 94:19 says, When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.
The one thing I ask the Lord and seek the most is always to live in his presence. God, please guide my steps, if I start to cross to the broad road of destruction keep me on your path of righteousness. Open my eyes and all my senses so I don’t take my walk with you for granted. Thank you for loving me, I love you.
Your daughter, Karen
We all like to feel comforted when we are sad or going through something extremely painful. The times when we are going up to speak in front of a large crowd or doing something outside of our comfort zone. Life can throw many trials at us but we can always find comfort in knowing that God is always with us. He guides us through the darkness, carries us when we stumble, and holds us when we are weak. I remember going through so many dark and confusing times and in those times I called on our Lord to just hold me. It was like the warmest blanket being wrapped around me, having all my troubles just melt away. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 says, Praise be to God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.