Category Archives: Strengths

The Trap That Gets You Every Time

It can paralyze you in minutes.

It can render you helpless, weak and confused.

It can steal the good and leave you with bad.

What am I talking about?

Worrying about what others are thinking.

I’ve been there and quite honestly

 I still need to deal with this at times.

It doesn’t matter what we do….

   or what we say…..

someone might criticize us.

That’s just life on planet earth.

Growing up many, many years ago I tended to be shy

and fearful.

I scrutinized the faces of people- family members, teachers, acquaintances etc

trying to see if they approved of me. What they were thinking.

Round and round my thoughts would go.

Always worried. Always uneasy. Always wrong in my thinking.

Because the truth is

   God knows us deeply – through and through –

Only He is worthy of our trust and adoration.

Only He knows us well enough.

People have their own issues. 

They struggle with their own insecurities but as long as

we put our confidence in them and how they see us

we will always be weak and confused.

Yes, it’s a futile battle, isn’t it?

But as we learn to live for the applause of One

 we will experience a peace that does pass understanding.

We can learn from the comments of others but live our lives for His approval.

Refuse to worry about the thoughts of others.

Stand tall. Stoop low as you serve. And give thanks for all.

So are you looking for ways to build more peace in your life?

Here it is.

Stop worrying about what others are thinking.

 And, I, for one, need the Lord to help me do this.

“The greatest prison people live in is the fear of what other people think.”

Proverbs 29:25 It is dangerous to be concerned with what others think of you, but if you trust the Lord, you are safe.

 

 

 

Come Fly With Me, Won’t You?

When I was a child I used to want to fly.

So much.

Sometimes I would even jump off my bed longing to fly

when no one was looking.

But every time I painfully hit the ground awakening to the fact that

that I didn’t have the ability to fly.

I’d watch the birds with perfect faith wing their way to skies overhead.

I even remember going to the huge airport in Kansas City at eight or nine

 and watching the big planes take off and land.

Deep within me was a hunger for higher.

For more than walking on land.

 Then there was the time I boarded a gigantic plane to fly to Russia

on a mission to adopt my baby girl.

High above the clouds we flew that night-

for it was in the black of the night that that plane took off.

Above all the ‘how in the world are you’ questions..

Above my own fears and doubts.

Yes, there way up high I surrendered my fears to the Lord.

Whatever your Will is, Lord. I accept it. Your Will; not mine.

And with that unspoken surrender there was peace.

An amazing peace.

Yes, He has always provided.

Has always made a way where there seems to be no way.

Teaching me to wing my prayers to Him

And to receive the answers.

Rising above the earthly weights that can all too easily ground us.

You know – ‘You just can’t do it’.

‘Give up’. ‘It won’t work’.

‘Never. Never’. ‘It’s just not been done that way before’.

Weights that limit our imagination

And destroy faith that soars high.

Today I wandered by the old playground.

The one where my daughters used to laugh and play

and swing high to the moon and back.

My eyes fell on the childhood plane.

The one that they used to ride high into the sky

 and fly to Maine or Florida or China.

It’s looking older these days but still there for children to fly.

I thought to myself “You too can still fly.”

“Yes, you can.”    And then I had a little conversation with myself.

“Where would you like to go?” I wondered.

I have no idea but deep within is still that longing to fly high-

To soar above the clouds.

To do what might even seem impossible to others

Because God loves to do what seems impossible to us.

Yes, He still calls us to soar high with Him.

To use those wings of faith and pray prayers that move mountains.

He whispers that more things are possible than we can even imagine.

Much more.

So lets stir our faith and blow that dust off those dreams.

And let’s open our hearts to possibilities.

What would you do if you could do it?

Think long and hard. Let that thought stay with you for awhile.

And so will I.

Let’s keep flying, my friends.

For the Lord of life loves to lift us out of the here and now,

ordinary living

and breathe new ideas, fresh dreams within us.

Listen and follow.

You can trust Him to lead you safely.

 

God, my shepherd!
    I don’t need a thing.
You have bedded me down in lush meadows,
    you find me quiet pools to drink from.
True to your word,
    you let me catch my breath
    and send me in the right direction. Ps. 23:2 Message

We’ve All Been There, Haven’t We?

Living like a sheep can bring tremendous peace of mind.

The Shepherd by his very nature provides for all the needs of his sheep.

All the needs.

Yes, living like a sheep can be so peaceful.

But all too often we become dissatisfied with the Shepherd’s care

   Or become fearful that He will not provide for us.

    Or will let harm come to us.

We look to have our wants and oftentimes all of our needs met

  in just the way we want them to be met.

Like cranky toddlers we fuss and cry

insisting on our own way.

But The Shepherd by His very character cares for His sheep.

He is willing to lay His very life down in protecting them.

He gives them rest and refreshment as needed.

He feeds them from His very own nail-scarred hand.

And those sheep love their Shepherd and follow Him.

Following the Shepherd brings peace.

Life might sometimes bring great sorrow and loss.

Unexpected tragedies might come our way.

But we can always trust the Shepherd.

He knows what is best for His sheep. 

As long as the sheep follow the Shepherd all their needs will always be met.

Do you ever worry that the Shepherd might withhold something from you?

But could it be that your focus has shifted to your want rather than to your Shepherd?

Instead of gazing into His eyes your attention is fixed on something or other?

Yes, we’ve all been there haven’t we?

But the psalmist believed that the Shepherd would supply all of his wants.

Every. Single. One.

And with that trust he rested in the care of his Shepherd

And so can we.

Have you lately been missing the joy

 that comes from resting in the care of the Shepherd?

Don’t wait one second more.

Return to Him today.

He sees. He knows. He cares.

Living like a sheep can bring tremendous peace of mind.