Psalm 27 (NIV)
“1 The Lord is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?
2 When the wicked advance against me to devour me, it is my enemies and my foes who will stumble and fall.
3 Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident.
4 One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.
5 For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent
and set me high upon a rock.
6 Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the Lord.
7 Hear my voice when I call, Lord; be merciful to me and answer me.
8 My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, Lord, I will seek.
9 Do not hide your face from me,
do not turn your servant away in anger; you have been my helper.
Do not reject me or forsake me, God my Savior.
10 Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me.
11 Teach me your way, Lord; lead me in a straight path because of my oppressors.
12 Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes, for false witnesses rise up against me, spouting malicious accusations.
13 I remain confident of this:
I will see the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living.
14 Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”
This is my favorite Scripture. It has helped me since I was a young girl. In times when I was younger, I would quote, “The Lord is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?” when I was scared or afraid of something. As I got older, I began to quote this on more “major” things in my life. I really like the entire passage because nothing can come against me. I have Christ on my side. He is who I look to for my comfort, salvation, and needs. He protects and provides for me no matter what or who comes against me. It is also a Scripture I taught my daughter when she was about 3 and was afraid of the dark. She continues to quote it even three years later.
Memorizing and quoting Scriptures can be so powerful in your life. I encourage you to find a Scripture that deals with a situation you are going through. Post it in your car, in your bathroom, or room. Memorize it and quote it often. Do you have a favorite Scripture verse? If you would like to share it, post it in the comments.
When going on a trail walk with my family, I began to think of it like our journey in life. Sometimes, we are on the mountain top where everything is good. We can look out and see God’s perfect creation and His plan. There are other times we go in the valley of life (trials) and need a peace in our lives. When we were in the valley of our trail we saw a stream of water coming from a waterfall. It was very calming and peaceful to me. It made me think of those times where we need peace in our difficult “valley” (trial) of life. As we journey up “the mountain top” of life, we may have a few “rocks” or obstacles we have to overcome. So, my question to you: is the reward in the end worth the effort?
Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.
As a Christian, I know my end. I know what awaits for me in eternity. I say it is worth the effort (the good and the bad).
When I think of Fall, I like to think of my childhood / teen years. Growing up in a small school, football games were huge in our town. As a kid, I remember playing with my friends at the end of the bleachers or by the end zone. We would have cheer clinics before Homecoming and we elementary girls would get to perform at half time.
Having a brother four years older than me, we were at football games every Thursday night for three years. Then every Friday night for three years. In seventh grade I began cheering for three years on Thursday nights. I will always have those wonderful memories of cold nights and fun cheering! I loved having my parents there to support my brother and me.
While I was in college, I was dating my now husband. He was a High School Junior and Senior during my first two years. He was also a drum major for his marching band. I loved going to his high school games and watching him direct. He was also in a town where football was (and still is) the highlight during Fall.
Now that we are youth pastors, we get to enjoy games where are students play football, cheer, or are in the band. I love this time of seeing the students. I know I always loved having family and friends supporting me. I also know it creates lasting memories for everyone involved.
Tonight, we took our young kids with us. It was cold, but we had fun together as a family. Both of my kids enjoy the band. My son loves watching the game and my daughter enjoys watching the cheerleaders.
If you have kids in activities at school, go support them any way you can. Encourage them. Make long lasting memories with your family no matter what season of the year it is and during any season of life!!!
During the month of November, I read all kinds of “Thankful” posts. I think it’s a wonderful idea to share our wonderful blessings! Being thankful is something everyone can share. Even if life seems horrible at the moment, you can always think of something to be grateful for. Try it today! It may even make you feel better and change your attitude or perspective about your situation. Do not take life and your necessities and even your wants for granted. Do not take the people in your life for granted either. There are many others who have more than us and also many others who have less than we do. Our life situation can change at any moment. Be thankful today. I would love for you to leave a comment about what you are most thankful for in your life. I will begin first. My favorite thanks are for my relationship with Christ, my husband & kids, our families and friends, church, and knowing that our needs are met.
As I take on this challenge of posting daily, today I wanted to focus on something for which I am grateful. It is my number one priority in life that I have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I am so thankful He died for everyone and especially for me. He came to this earth as a man and died as a man for mine and your sins. Doing so, allowed me to have a Savior from this world. Through Him dying on the cross, and rising again three days later, allows me to live for eternity. His sacrifice on the cross gives me forgiveness from the sins I have committed and my future sins. I am very thankful for His sacrifice.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
(John 3:16, NIV)
As I have begun posting more on my blog, I have decided to take on a new challenge. I have recently learned that many bloggers take time to post daily in the month of November. I want my readers to be aware that I will begin posting daily for the rest of the month of November. (After November, I will go back to once or twice weekly.)
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I am challenging myself with this commitment praying that I will be able to follow through with it completely. I pray it blesses each of you who read it.
Jonah 1:1-3 NIV
1The word of The Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai: ”
2″Go to the great city of Ninevah and preach against it, because it’s wickedness has come upon me.” 3But Jonah ran away from The Lord and headed for Tarshish.
God told Jonah to got to Ninevah and give a message to the people. Ninevah was a wicked town. The country was an enemy with Jonah’s home country of Israel. Jonah ran in a different direction than what God told him to do. Can you imagine how he felt? What would his friends, family, and even his own country think of him if he went to Ninevah? He had no desire to go there.
What if God is calling YOU to do something that doesn’t seem normal? What if your friends, family, and maybe even your country think you are crazy?! Would you do it, or would you run as far away as you can?
Jonah was given a message to take to the Ninevites. In the end, this was to save them of their wickedness, but Jonah did not want to think of their spirituality. We as Christians are to reach out and spread the message of the Good news of Jesus Christ. We are to do this no matter a person’s background, culture, religion, or what kind of a person whether good or bad that they are.
I think missionaries who go all in for God are in a similar place in life as Jonah. Some may have ran but others go all in not caring what others think. Some missionaries may have family or friends not wanting them to go off to a far away country. We have to do what Jesus Christ asks of us to do in life. It can’t depend upon what others think of us or what they feel we should do. Yes, seek wisdom from godly counsel, but ultimately if God is calling you to witness to someone or to do something, you better do it. While continuing to read Jonah Chapter 1, we know in the end that Jonah was in a massive storm and swallowed by a big fish. (Read the next post to find out what happened to Jonah.) I would rather do God’s will then to find out what would happen to me if I didn’t do it.
If God is calling you to do something, that is part of the purpose He has set out for you to do. Don’t Run!!!