Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Psalm 138:8 NLT The LORD will work out His plans for my life--for Your faithful love, O LORD, endures forever. Don't abandon me, for You made me.
This scripture verse reminds me of the old song "He's still working on me to make me what I ought to be. It took Him just a week to make the Moon and Stars. The Sun and the Earth and Jupiter and Mars. How loving and patient He must be, He's still working on me." The part of the song that stands out to me this morning is "how loving and patient He must be, He's still working on me."
Have you ever thought about the patience of the Lord? How much He has to work to straighten out the messes we have made! Most of the problems that I have encountered have been of my own making and yet the Word tells us in Romans 8:28 that "all things work together for good to those who love God". He takes the messes and makes messages out of them and the tests He uses for testimonies. And I am reminded of the pain and heartache that I've encountered and the times that He has comforted me in my pain and know that as I reach out to others that are hurting, He uses my experiences to bring comfort to them. How loving and patient He must be to still be working on me!
Today I know that whatever I encounter He has already gone before me into it. I can count on His loving kindness to carry me through the disappointments and I can rejoice in His ability to take those disappointments and turn them into something good. Most of all I can know that He never gives up on me. He's always for me and never fails to give me another chance when I mess up. He's still working to bring to completion the plan that He has for my life. And if I will cooperate with Him I will see the fulfillment of all that He has promised to do in me, through me and for me!
Thank You, Father, for continuing the good work that You have begun in me! I rejoice that today there is nothing that will come to me that hasn't been filtered through Your fingers, Lord! Thank You for Your love and blessings on my life, Father. To You be all the glory!
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire is fulfilled, it is a tree of life. Proverbs 13:12
Well, today was my weigh in day! And what a disappointment! The scale still says the same as it did last week. But I am not going to let that get me down. I know that it could be close to dropping another pound, but just not close enough to register on the scale.
Disappointments in life can often cause us to throw up our hands and quit. God's word says that when we hope for something and it doesn't happen it makes our heart sick, but when it does happen it is like finding the tree of life. I remember when I lost my husband the Lord told me to not allow the disappointments of life to shipwreck my faith. If ever there was a time that I could have given up, it was then. I had to really fight to keep my faith in God and continue to fight the good fight of faith.
These may seem like two very opposite disappointments, one small disappointment in the reading of the scale verses the loss of a mate and that is true; one minor and the other a major loss. But they are disappointments, none the less. Disappointments whether large or small still have an impact on our ability to stand strong. The important thing to remember is to keep our focus where it should be. If we focus on the disappointment, the ability for our God to help us overcome that disappointment becomes small. Whatever you gaze at will become big in your own mind. But if we gaze at the Lord, the ability the disappointment has to defeat us lessens and becomes smaller in our minds. Whatever you hold before your gaze will become the largest.
So, today my focus is on the Lord. I choose to magnify the Lord in my life and not the minor disappointment of an unchanging weight. I will continue to make right choices to effect change in my life so that when the desire is fulfilled, it will be a tree of life, in full bloom! Thank You, Lord, for this day! It is a good day!
Monday, March 12, 2012
There have been so many things running through my mind the last few days; the health of loved ones, broken relationships that need reconciling, goals awaiting achievement, etc. All these things have a tendency to weigh me down and take my eyes off the One that I know sees all, knows all, and takes care of all. So this morning as I was praying the Lord reminded me that if I would cast my cares on Him He would take care of all that I am concerned about. He reminded me that if I would release these things to Him I could be free from the weight of the negative emotions.
How often do we carry around problems that we can't do anything about? These things weigh us down and keep us emotionally agitated so we can't think and do the things that are within our control. The stress of carrying around unnecessary burdens affects our ability to focus on the things that are important that we can accomplish. I'm so thankful that my Heavenly Father is the One that I can look to for freedom from fear, emotional distress and the need to solve the world's problems! The word says in I Peter 5:7 AMP "Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully."
Today I choose to cast my cares on the Lord and live free from anxiety and fear. I will walk through this day happy and worry free, knowing that He is taking care of those things that are outside of my control!
Sunday, March 11, 2012
I'm sure glad yesterday's over and today I have another chance to change! Have you ever felt like you just negated all the good you had done? Well, that's my feelings about yesterday! A change of schedule threw me off course and I didn't make the right choices to keep me on the right track with my weight loss journey. But, as a believer, I don't live by my feelings, I live by faith in the Word of God.
I'm so thankful that even though I mess up, God forgives and gives me another chance! He is the God of another chance. And no matter what I have done, His word says if I will confess my sin, He is faithful and just to forgive me and cleanse me of all unrighteousness. (I John 1:9) You might say, “well, you didn't really sin just because you over ate or didn't stick with your lifestyle changes”. Well, lets think about what sin really is: the definition of the Greek biblical word for sin is “missing the mark”. I fell short of the mark for the standard I had placed before me for my weight loss journey. I mistreated my body, the temple of the Holy Spirit who lives within me, by eating things that were outside the parameters of my diet. So, does that really count as sin? Romans 4: 17 says, “Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.” If I know that it is good for my body to follow a healthy guideline for living and I don't do that, to me it is sin.
So, what must I do to have another chance? Acts 3:19 says “Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord,”. To repent means to have a change of mind, which in turn leads to a change of purpose and action. So, I make a decision to change and that decision causes me to change my course and actions. Really, it's very simple. Repentance, in the biblical sense is not just being sorry for what I have done; it's letting that remorse move me to change my direction and my actions. What's really fantastic about this principle is that when I have repented, the Word says that “times of refreshing” then come from the Lord. Have you ever prayed and confessed your sin and immediately felt like a weight was lifted off your shoulders? That's the refreshing of the Lord!
So, today I will get up, brush myself off and turn back to the right course of action for my weight loss journey. I choose to follow God's word to glorify Him in my body, which is His temple!
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Genesis 16:7, 8 Now the Angel of the LORD found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, by the spring on the way to Shur. And He said, “Hagar, Sarai's maid, where have you come from, and where are you going?” She said, “I am fleeing from the presence of my mistress Sarai.”
Just as Hagar was in the wilderness, running from the fears and heartaches of the past, so we often try to run away from our failures, and those things that we think we have no control or power over. We think if we can just get away or move to a different place we will have success, we will find freedom. But notice what the Angel of the Lord said to Hagar. “Return to your mistress, and submit yourself under her hand.” What good could come out of turning around and going back? Would anything change?
As I reflect on the past I see many choices that I made that were wrong. I can't go back and change the past, but running away from it doesn't solve anything either. In facing my fears and failures, I take away their power of control over me. I can be free to move forward; free to make healthy decisions and choices that will affect my future in a positive way. I don't have to look for success in another place, I can take control over my life now, here where I am, and experience success.
God has already gone before us into our futures. He sees the failures we have made, but offers redemption in their place. He knows our fears and weaknesses, and offers His presence to guide us, help us make the right choices, and strengthen us to succeed. He has prepared a good plan for our lives; it is a future filled with hope, mercy, love and grace. What could we possibly fear when God is for us?
Today I choose to face the past and go forward with confidence that My God is with me, empowering me for success!
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