Category Archives: Strengths

Possibilities

Waking up that morning

I tip-toed downstairs

so as not to awaken my daughters.

Something was different.

Something was changed.

What could it be?

I turned the coffee maker on, fed my begging  lab

and let him outside.

Still thinking.

Aware.

Something was different.

Today for the first time in weeks

there was a sense of energy and hope and aliveness.

Where had it come from?

For months there had been this heaviness within.

So many deaths.

So much sickness.

And rules to remember and follow.

But today it was different.

I poured my coffee and sat down in the familiar, deep green comfy chair.

Yes, it had been weeks of holding on,

 hoping upon hope for a change

but today was surprisingly different.

It was as if He had whispered it just for me.

“All things are possible.”

Yes ALL things.

I could hardly contain myself.

All things.

In 2021?

Yes I sensed Him assure me.

 No matter how challenging the days might still be.

No matter how difficult the problems.

God’s promise was still true. He knows and sees and loves us still.

He had not changed.

The wonder of it all flooded me again with new life.

What was different?

Why the change?

I can’t explain it but I realize it’s true – like never before.

God’s Word for me, for us, for all of us,

hasn’t changed.

All things are still possible.

I don’t know about you but that literally thrills me.

I’ve needed to know it afresh.

Maybe you do too.

Get away from the many distractions,

   the loud voices,

    the noise,

and turn to Him.

He wants you to come closer, to lean in, to bend your ear.

Listen well, my friends.

All things are possible with God.

He wants you to know this.

Today.

Especially today.

 

 

The Promise

As I scroll down my social media feed and check my email I’m overwhelmed by offers to join this and sign up for that. Good things. Yes classes, conferences, trainings that I might enjoy and benefit from. But I wonder….

Pushing away from my laptop I reach for my Bible, my trusted Companion, for many years now and begin to read.

I will instruct you and teach you in the way that you should go. I will guide you with my eyes.. Psalm 32: 8

I stopped and read it again.

Clearly God has promised to show me the way I should go and how I should live.

But day after day I am faced with more ideas than my little brain can hold.

Confusion sets in.

Paralysis grows.

Sometimes I simply choose nothing

or other times I choose what seems to make the most sense at the time.

But He has promised to teach me.

Those words echo in my head as I go about my day.

Teach me. Teach me. Teach me.

How I long just to be shown what to do and which way to go.

What to sign up for and what to ignore.

God has promised.

It seems that the distractions of this world and the constant changing confusion

make it so difficult to make Godly decisions.

But that’s what I want.

I hunger to follow Him and to be guided in His Way.

I know that I do

but again and again the fast paced, social media driven world places more options out there than I can filter.

What do I do?

Where do I turn?

Pushing away from the distraction and looking up to the One Who guides me with His eye

I quietly commit to prayerfully saying no to instant decisions and compelling options.

To slow down the process.

 I determine to prayerfully follow the leading of the One Who knows just what I need and where He wants me to be.

It will be an ongoing decision that I might easily waver from

but this time I write out the verse on a slip of paper and hang it on the wall by my computer.

More of Him, less of me.

 More of His instruction, less of my distractions.

I feel more free already.

Yes, it’s going to be a good day.

 

 

Where Do You Look For Help?

Where do you look for help?

Difficulties abound. Financial disaster. Disease. Decisions.

Debates rage. Back and forth. Emotional pain.

Where do you look for help?

Politicians want us to look to them for assistance.

Doctors want us to look to them for healing.

Administrators want us to look to them for solutions.

But no matter how they try

   those sources are imperfect.

Years ago when in a tough place David penned these words.

“My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. Indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore. Psalm 121

If we look to politicians we will be disappointed.

If we look to physicians we will be confused.

If we look to friends and family we will grow more and more frustrated.

Only God is worthy of our trust and confidence.

He knows the beginning from the end.

The Lord sees and knows the way we should take.

Our wisdom is found in crying out to Him and then waiting on Him.

Listening. Being still. Seeking His Will above all.

Where do you look for help?

My help comes from the Lord.

How about you?