Quit Your Pouting

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. Psalms 23:1
 
I read this familiar verse yesterday morning and I couldn’t seem to get past it. I thought about it all day. My mind went to my sweet little grandson who wants lots of things. If he wants a toy, a drink, a cookie, whatever you have, he says “Ty” sometimes with a please, sometimes he just says, “thank you Ty” with his hand outstretched waiting for you to give him what he wants. Ya know for a two year old wanting things isn’t such a big deal. He’ll eventually learn the world really doesn’t revolve around him (except at Emmy and Pop’s house). He will learn to accept the “No Ty, you can’t have that” without throwing a two year old fit. Hes growing and learning.
 
Then my thoughts go to me… i thought about how many times I’ve wanted something that I had no business having. I thought multiple times yesterday, do my desires really line up with what God wants for me? I want a candy bar, I want to go to lunch, I want a new car, I just want the phone stop ringing, I want things to change, i want, i want i want. The Lord is my good Shepherd… He knows what I NEED. He knows where to lead me, and how to provide for me!! I’ve gotta get out of that 2 year old mind set and quit being so me focused. I’ve gotta quit throwing fits when I don’t get my way and start trusting my Shepherd. I’m 46…not 2… maybe it’s time I really start growing and learning. The Lord is MY Shepherd… I shall NOT want!!!

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Sing Praise!

I will praise the Lord according to His righteousness, And will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High. Psalms 7:17

Sometimes life gets rough… we lose our way… those around us disappoint us… we feel unloved… bad things happen… our circumstances look bleak… This verse reminded me this morning that regardless of our circumstances we still can praise Him… why?? because of His righteousness. We don’t have to have it all together, know the outcome, recognize the lesson, feel okay, or even want to… we just have to do it!! We need to praise Him for who He is… He’s our peace maker, our protector, our provider, our salvation, our deliverer, our promise, our way maker, our shelter, our guide… what do you need today?? He’s that. Praise Him!!


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Be the Good

“There are many who say, “Who will show us any good?” Lord, lift up the light of Your countenance upon us.” Psalms 4:6

Over the past few years, I’ve noticed that when I post a Bible verse with a life lesson God has taught me, almost always, one of my fellow Christ followers will say something like, “I needed this!” or “Thanks for the reminder!” Its just some comment to let me know that the little tidbit I shared put a little of His goodness in their life that day. As I read 

this verse this morning, I couldn’t help but think… if we as Christians need encouragement… if we as children of the King need to be reminded of the good, how much more does this broken world need it?? I pondered this all day and realized just how sad it really is. Look around, it doesn’t take long to realize the world needs…. is screaming… pleading… hungering and thirsting for good!! As believers “the light of His countenance” IS upon us!! We don’t have to search for it, He, the Light of the World, lives within us!! His light… His good… should radiate from us! So what are you doing brother?? What is your response sister?? There are many who will say, who will show us any good? Let it be us!


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Keep Moving

30 minutes into my summer laundry room make over and I’ve already hit a snag. *Insert loud sigh here* So here I am… sitting on the couch… pouting!!!
 
As I typed these words, i couldn’t help but think how sadly accurate this is in my life. *Insert louder sigh here* I began to think about those God ordained task that He has set in front of me… and the multiple times that I hit a snag, and just stopped, pouted, and wallered around in my failure. As if somehow that is going to make it better… as if my contemplations over what I could have done or should have done will help… as if that is going to miraculously get the job done… as if that one person on facebook understands why I quit, it’s somehow justified. *insert loudest sigh yet* but guess what… its not!! We have all been given tasks to accomplish… some of our God ordained tasks are ‘big’ and some are just ‘ordinary’… but each one should be done as if we are doing it for the Lord… cause we are! I don’t know what your task is today… maybe it’s cleaning house… maybe it’s changing 100 diapers today… maybe it’s loving that unlovable co-worker… maybe it’s forgiving your spouse, friend or relative even though you don’t want to let go of your resentment… maybe it’s taking a less than desirable job so you can provide for the family God gave you… maybe it’s flying across the world, giving up your comfort for others… maybe it’s getting off your phone and investing in those around you… I don’t know what God’s set in front of you today… but I do know that He’s called each of us to something today!!! He’s called us not to throw or hands up in defeat, but to try and if necessary, try again, and try again, and try until we figure it out… no more sitting… no more pouting… no more wallering… lets get to work!!! 
Job 17:9 The righteous keep moving forward, and those with clean hands become stronger and stronger. This girl is headed back to the laundry room… moving forward!!! Praying you keep moving too!!!! 

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