I love the way you hold me

Hold me..

I love the LORD, for he heard my voice; 
he heard my cry for mercy.
Because he turned his ear to me, 
I will call on him as long as I live. – Psalm 116:1-2

There’s a song I hear on the radio that I like called Hold Me by Jamie Grace. Not only does it have a catchy tune, but the words speak to me regarding how God loves me in such a special way. In fact, here’s the link so you can listen to it yourself.

Each day is so special because of God. Consider and take notice of the ways he shows his love to you. Does your day need “flipping around”? He can do it.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord Jesus, for the way you love me. You are my constant companion through all the good and challenging of life. I pray that I always turn to you. Amen

Faith Tip: Love the Lord with all your heart, mind and soul.

Delays to your destination

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“I will hasten and not delay to obey your commands.” – Psalm 119:60

I love driving and seeing the beautiful countryside. As a friend and I traveled to North Carolina for a conference this past week, we had an idea when we were supposed to arrive and were able to enjoy the ride as we rode around mountains, across bridges and flatlands. Through communication online, I learned that some who were making their way to the conference via airplane were struggling with arriving because of flight delays and cancellations. It was so frustrating for them to sit and wait for a response from the airlines that would get them to the place they needed to go. Nothing is happening as they sit and wait knowing that there is a lot of great activity going on at their destination.

Our response to God’s call can be like that. In delaying to answer the call, we are in limbo to what God has for us and it is frustrating. Nothing happens, yet there is activity going on at the destination of where God wants us to go. We need to break through whatever is holding us back in responding to God’s call for it is a command, not a request. There is beauty in traveling the journey of our call. We see the wonders of God’s handiwork and many times wonder why we didn’t answer the call earlier.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for the call you have on my life. I pray that I will not delay in responding to what you want me to do. Amen

Faith Tip: What is God calling you to do today? Trust him and respond.

 

To fix or not to fix…that is the question

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For I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me to say all that I have spoken. – John 12:49

But they soon forgot what he had done and did not wait for his plan to unfold. – Psalm 106:13

For all of us with a “fix it” mentality, we have a very difficult time waiting for something to be done, don’t we? We see someone suffering in some way and we are ready to throw on our cape and rush in to rescue them. At first glance, this may seem like the right thing to do, but consider the big picture. We can’t see the whole situation, but God can. If we jump in to rectify everything, we may actually be doing more harm than good. What lessons will be missed? What character won’t be built up? What trust will be built up to depend on God?

So what do we do? We just can’t stand by and let it happen. God doesn’t want us to stand by; he wants us to be in connection with him and to listen carefully for direction. God will give direction as we ask him. Listening and obeying is the key. He may have you act right away, or he may want you to wait on him for his purpose to be played out.

Prayer: I thank you, Lord, that you have all situations in your hand. I pray that I can discern when to act and when to wait. Amen

Faith Tip: Pray for a situation you know of today to see if God wants you to act. Listen carefully.

Hearts set on pilgrimage

the journey

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Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage. – Psalm 84:5

My morning is running a little slow as I catch up on a bit of sleep from a wonderful weekend in Newaygo. This was the Michigan Presbyterian Pilgrimage #17 and as always, is worth doing. With the great team that God put together and the guests that were called to experience the journey, there was no question who was in charge. The rector did a wonderful job in leading, but God was at the controls.

Life can make us feel drained. Whether it is everyday responsibilities or certain challenges that we experience, we get tired. Those on the pilgrimage experienced the life giving Spirit of God as we all focused on what God was doing in us all. We drank in the reflections of God’s love as we served one another and gave gifts of encouragement. Together we were strengthened.

God gives the refreshment, wisdom, stamina, vision, encouragement, love, joy and anything else we are willing to accept from him. It is our choice.

Prayer: Lord, I thank you for this past weekend where I can join other sisters and brothers in a journey that brings us to you. It is so refreshing! I pray that I can carry that refreshment will me always to give a drink or a splash of your love and grace to those who are parched by life. Amen.

Faith Tip: Take the time to experience a pilgrimage of faith in whatever manner that may look like.

 

Prompted to praise

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Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue set free, and he began to speak, praising God. – Luke 1:64

Danny laid in a coma in the hospital bed. His wife, Sheila, by his side continually talking to him to let him know she was there. She would pray over him. Friends and family would come and gather in prayer. The doctors were unsure of the outcome. The accident caused brain damage, but it was hard to measure how much. If he did come out of the coma, he may be unable to do many of the things he did before.

A few days later, Danny opened his eyes. Sheila took his hand and said, “Danny, how are you feeling?”

Danny looked at her and smiled, “I praise God for his goodness. I heard many of the prayers said, but I couldn’t respond, but God did.”

When we go through struggles in life, is the praise to God on our lips? Even when we don’t know the outcome of our struggle, we do know that God responds. The one who loves you and has total control will help you through—and will carry you if necessary.

Prayer: I praise you, Lord, for your continuing goodness. I pray that praise will always be on my lips for you. You are so worthy. Amen

Faith Tip: Struggling today? Start praising God and see how he responds.

Desperate living

No worries

As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God (Psalm 42:1).

Many young men and women participate in Holland’s Tulip Time parade as either a Dutch Dancer or band member. I was a Dutch Dancer both in high school and for some years as alumni. Part of this role included walking in the parade with your dance group. One Saturday was particularly hot and I remember being so thirsty. I felt desperate for a drink and knew we wouldn’t receive one until the end of the parade route. It’s uncomfortable to want something so much, but it calls for action.

How much do we want God? Are we desperate for the Lord to be involved in our lives on a daily basis? If not, why? What are we putting our confidence in other than God? There is a thirst that is not quenched without God. We may try to drink from the world for satisfaction, but living water only comes from God.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for being the living water for me. I pray that I drink in your presence in my life and allow the springs of your water to spill out of my life for others. I pray that I remain desperate for you. Amen

Faith Tip: Monitor your thirst today and what it is you are thirsty for.

Peaceful Living

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Teach me your way, LORD, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name (Psalm 86:11)

It’s no trick to be busy. In fact, it’s the easiest thing to do. A portion of our life goes to family, another to work, ministry, hobbies, etc. Each day is filled with things we want to do, we need to do, and we have to do. Sometimes we try to give each portion an equal amount of our time and energy, but that rarely happens. Usually one gets a lot more than the others and that’s okay. Sometimes we wonder if we are giving enough to one part and worry we may fail if we don’t do enough.

Peace can be given to us through the giving of our heart to Jesus. God wants our whole heart. That doesn’t mean we blot out all the things we do each day, it means to include God in all the things we do. God is a master at organizing days. Allowing God to direct us in what we do will show us how faithful he is all the time.

Prayer: Lord, I hand to you my day and pray that I can follow your instructions in what I should do. I know that your plan for me is perfect. Thank you for being such an awesome God! Amen

Faith Tip: If you can’t hand over the whole day just yet, begin with smaller portions and give God more as you see his faithfulness at work through you.