Saturday, March 20, 2010

A Stronger Trust

To trust God

means more than just saying,

“I trust You.”

It’s a complete surrendering

of every part

of my insecure nature

or my innate tendency

of uncertainty;

needing, then, only certainty of Him.

He will indeed calm

the raging storm once again

and reveal His glory

His peace;

I must be on the boat He provides

so that my journey is guided by His rudder

The Strength of my faith

must be stronger than any storm I’m in.


Saturday, March 6, 2010

Words of Wisdom IV

I came across this prayer in a poetry book and thought it was such a great reminder of Isaiah 55:8-9, which says "'For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,' declares the LORD. 'As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.'"

I needed to be reassured that God's plans are not based on the perspective of men, and this prayer just put that reassurance in my heart. God knows more than we do. He is perfect in every way. He will not fail us. He hears us, He knows us, and He does answer us. He has purpose for all He does and all He allows. Know that God is good. His ways are not our ways. He reigns in majesty and glory and for the greater good of His masterful plan. May you be richly blessed today by this prayer and by the reassurance that God cares for you, He loves you, He is with you, and He answers prayers...

Prayer of an Unknown Confederate Soldier:

"I asked God for strength, that I might achieve,
I was made weak, that I might learn humbly to obey...
I asked for health, that I might do greater things,
I was given infirmity, that I might do better things...
I asked for riches, that I might be happy,
I was given poverty that I might be wise...
I asked for power, that I might have the praise of men,
I was given weakness, that I might feel the need of God...
I asked for all things, that I might enjoy life,
I was given life, that I might enjoy all things...
I got nothing that I asked for--but everything that I had hoped for.
Almost despite myself, my unspoiled prayers were answered.
I am among all men, most richly blessed."

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Handling Hardships

" And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us."
Romans 5:2b-5

Suffering hardships is necessary for three reasons:

1) They cause us to need and rely on God.
2) They create an awareness of our state of faith.
3) They instill in us a desire for the Kingdom of God.

Many people, it seems to me, go around trying to avoid or escape hardships. I think it is very important as Christians to welcome hardships because we can be such powerful witnesses through them. But please don't misunderstand me here. I'm not saying we need to create hardships. I'm very familiar with people who like to make mountains out of molehills. So, I'm not encouraging that we go around and welcome difficulties into our lives. No, what I'm saying is that when hardships come--and if you have a heartbeat they will come--we Christians should see them as opportunities to reveal Christ, who can really show Himself in powerful ways. Hardships challenge us to grow in our faith, to learn about our strengths and weaknesses, and to use our talents to serve the Lord. "That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong." (2 Corinthians 12:10)

Be strong in the Lord today. He has your hardships in His heavenly hands.