Even If..

It was the spring of 2019, Landon was making a cover song for a singing competition in Nepal. He came into my room to sing his song for me. I’d never heard it before, it was the song by Mercy Me, “Even If.”

As I listened to him sing, I was struck by the words. After he finished I looked up the lyrics and read them as I played the song online. Streams of tears flowed from my eyes, for you see, we had just found out my dad had cancer.

I can remember thinking to myself, “will I still be able to praise Him, if He doesn’t heal my dad.” It was a bitter pill to swallow as I thought on this reality.

Fast forward to the Fall of 2020. Today, as I drove home from the store, I heard this song once again. This time on the radio. And once more I was struck by the lyrics.

For you see, the reality as believers is that we know that God is able and that He can do imeasurably more than we can ask or imagine, yet, sometimes He chooses not to do as we ask or desire.

Spring of 2020, my dad went home to be with the Lord. God could have healed him, as he has healed many others I know with cancer. He could have. He was able to do so. It was not too difficult a thing for Him. Yet, He did not.

I struggled deeply with this in the midst of my dad’s last month, when the cancer had gone to his brain, and he was no longer able to speak or remember. I struggled with this in the weeks after his passing, when the loss was so raw.

To be honest the reality that God was able to heal and did not, made me angry and abandoned at times.  I could not understand why it seemed my prayers went unanswered and we were forced to watch the one we loved slip away.

The truth that God is able to do greater things than we can ask or imagine is quite comforting when life is good, but in the midst of trying times when it seems He chooses not to do that which He is able to do is beyond difficult.

Shadrach, Meschach, and Abindigo were ready and willing to be cast into the fiery furnace. They knew and believed that their God was able to protect them and keep them from all harm. Yet, they replied to the king, “even if He does not, we will not bow down to the golden image (Daniel 3:18).”

Last spring when Landon sang this song, after a long cry, I surrendered my dad to the Lord, and told the Lord, I knew He could heal and restore my dad, but that if He chose not to, I would still praise Him.

As the cancer progressed, through his final days, and then after his death, I had to continue to daily surrender to His Lordship in this.

Driving home today, I was reminded once more how difficult it is to truly surrender all to Him. As the lyrics go, “Its easy to sing when there’s nothing to bring me down. But what will I say when I’m held to the flame like I am right now?”

Trusting, surrendering, and having faith aren’t so difficult when life is going well, but trusting, surrendering, and keeping the faith when everything is falling apart is when what we say with our lips is tested by our actions.

Every day I miss my dad. I think of him all the time, and wish I could call him or tell him the latest news. But I know He is in a better place, and I know I will see Him again.

Could God have healed him? Yes

Was He wrong not to do what I prayed? No

Do I understand? Not really

Will I still praise Him? Absolutely

For you see, our God is worthy of our praise whether He answers our prayers or not. He is worthy simply because He is God.

He sees and knows all that the future holds, things we are unaware of, and He always knows what is best.

His best and our best aren’t always the same, but then His ways and His thoughts are indeed higher than our own.

So even if God’s answer is no to the prayer you are praying now? Will you still trust Him? Even if He does things differently than what you desire, will you praise Him? 

It is certainly not always easy, yet, He is always worthy, and we can trust Him, because He loves us more than we can fathom and always knows best.

Faith ,Trust and Peace

faith over fearI’m always amazed at the story of Elijah. Here is a man who was used greatly to defeat the prophets of Baal, calling fire down from Heaven. This great hero of the faith one moment, but in the next he is running for His life in fear.

Somewhere along the line he lost faith and fear set in. Somewhere along the way peace was replaced with panic and trust with doubt.

And though I am always amazed by this, I think it is due to the fact that I am so often just like him.

One moment it seems I am full of faith, the next fear. One moment I trust God completely, and the next I’m full of doubt. At one moment my heart is at peace knowing God is in control, but in the next panic sets in.

I’m reminded of Paul and his battle with the flesh. For though he desired to be fully devoted to the Lord and to live for Him, He battled the flesh and its natural tendencies.

This is what happened to Elijah and what happens to us all. When our eyes and our hearts are fixed on the Lord, our faith and trust overcome and peace fills our heart. But when flesh takes over and the world infiltrates our soul, we are left with fear, doubt, and panic.

As I read contemplated this today, the Lord brought to mind these truths.

  1. We are not to beat ourselves up every time we fail.                                                              For if Elijah and Paul struggled with these tendencies, we will struggle because it is our natural tendency even as believers.
  2. We are not to become complacent.                                                                                          Although this is our natural inclination due to the body of flesh in which we dwell. This does not mean we just accept it. Rather, we must discipline our hearts, minds and our thoughts. Thinking on that which is true and allowing our minds to be transformed through the study of God’s Word. Taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. It takes work to discipline our hearts, minds and thoughts, but it yeilds the fruit of faith, trust and peace.
  3. We are not to give up.                                                                                                                  I’ve noticed that when my thoughts betray me and I sink into unbelief. If I am not careful and I do not repent, I will slide down the slippery slope into despair, discouragement, and depression. We must fight against this, submitting ourselves to God and resisting the devil. His greatest desire is to lead believers to the pit of despair. For once we are here, we are of no threat to him and ineffective for the Lord.
  4. We are not to grow weary.                                                                                                          The Christian life is a journey that is not always easy. It involves valleys, inclines, and mountain tops. Along the way, we can become weary, especially if we try to make it on our own. Remember when Elijah was running for his life, God sent an angel to provide him with food. The angel greeting him and said, “rise and eat, for the journey is too great for you.” If we try to walk this journey alone or in our own strength, we will fail. But if we cling to Christ and rely upon His strength, His grace will see us through.
  5. We are not to loose sight of the goal.                                                                                        As Christians we are to have one goal and one aim- to win the prize and to hear the words well done. When our eyes and our hearts are fixed on the Lord, God gives us faith over fear, trust over doubt, and peace over panic. But, when our eyes roam away from the Lord to the storms of life, the reverse is true. You know the story of Peter, so long as he looked at Christ, he walked on water, but when his eyes focused on the wind and the waves, he began to sink. We must train our eyes and our minds on Christ and not loose sight of the goal. Loosing perspective can cause us to loose the race. Yet, keeping perspective and our goal in view helps us to press on toward the goal and the prize.

None of us is perfect, each of us struggle in different ways. Yet, God is faithful and He can enable us to live lives of faith and trust, which lead to hearts of peace. May we then fix our eyes on Christ and our minds on truth and continue daily to press on. He never said the journey would be easy, but He did say, He’d be with us through it all.

A good, good Father.

prodigal sonThis morning our music minister sang the song, “When God Ran.” As I listened to Him sing this, I was flooded with memories of when I heard it for the first time. It was at BSU my sophomore year.

I’d had a wayward freshmen year and had lived my own way. I had many regrets and wished so badly I could go back in time and undo so many things. Though I had turned back to the Lord and gotten right with Him, the guilt weighed me down.

But, as I sat and listened to this song, the tears flowed down my face. And I was reminded of the great love of God. I was overwhelmed and overcome by the forgiveness that was mine for the taking, as I repented and laid my sins before Him.

This morning all those memories came rushing back and joy filled my heart knowing that as far as the east is from the west He has removed my sins from me (Ps. 103:12).

So many think they have to get themselves right before they come to the Lord. Yet, this is a lie of Satan himself. For the Lord is ready and willing to forgive, if we turn to Him and repent.

And unlike humans, He doesn’t chastise us over our mistakes, He doesn’t bring up our past against us, He forgives.

The story of the prodigal son is a beautiful picture of the Father’s love for you and me.

He isn’t waiting for us to repent, so He can yell at us or tear us down. He simply waits for us to repent so that He can shower us with His forgiveness and grace!

So, no matter what you have done, no matter how bad you think you are. The Father is ready and willing to forgive you. Run to Him, and find the forgiveness and the grace that He offers.

When God Ran

 

Change starts with me

light shineAs our world seemingly falls apart more and more each day. It is easy to point fingers and to blame others.

We see this being lived out live on TVs and the internet across America and the world.

But as I watch the chaos all around us. I realized how quick we too can jump on the bandwagon and join the crowd. How quick we can give into compromise and excuse sin.

If you have ever read the book of Judges, you know that the book ends with the verse, “and everyone did what was right in his own eyes (Judges 21:25).”

How did the Israelites get to this point? How did our world come to this?

For the Israelites it began when they failed to obey the word of God. Rather than driving out their enemies as God instructed, they lived among them. And because they failed to obey, but instead compromised, God allowed their enemies to become a thorn in their sides and a snare.

Rather than being a light and changing those they lived among, the Israelites became like their enemies, and began to serve the gods of the land. Before long the Bible makes it clear that they had turned from the Lord and done evil in His eyes. And in the midst of this a new generation came forth who neither knew the Lord nor what He had done for Israel.

I see this clearly among the world today.

As we (the church) have made compromises and excused sin, we have become more and more like the world.

As we (God’s people) have blamed others for our sins, the snares of this world have pulled us under.

As we (you and I) have become indifferent to sin, our hearts have grown cold for the things of God, and because our hearts have grown cold, we have failed to teach and train the new generation to know and obey God’s Word.

I noticed a pattern as I read this morning:

  1. When we fail to obey the Lord, we will make compromises and excuse sin.
  2. When we excuse sin, we will become hard hearted
  3. When we become hard hearted, we will become indifferent and calloused.
  4. When we become indifferent, we will fail to study God’s Word, much less teach God’s Word.
  5. When we fail to study and teach God’s Word, we will do evil in God’s sight and become like the world.

Oh it is easy to point fingers and to blame, but difficult to examine our own hearts. Yet, as we allow God to examine our own hearts and show us our sin, we realize change must begin with us.

God has called us as believers to be salt and light. To be like beacons on a hill. He has set us apart to be different.

Yet how easy it is to hide our lights under the bushel, to remain seated when we need to make a stand. To become indifferent to the things of God, and become more and more like the world.

Paul warns us in Galatians that a little leaven leavens the whole lump (Galatians 5:9). Solomon warns us to beware of the little foxes that seeks to destroy the vine.

Why? Because it is the little things that lead to the big. It is the small compromises that lead to indifference.

If we really want to change the world, and make a difference. The change must begin with us. And for any change to take place, we must get back to the basics. The study of God’s Word, time spent in prayer, and seeking to walk in obedience to the Word of God.

What does the world need now?

The world needs Jesus.

May you and I seek to be a light to change the world, rather than allowing the world to change us.

True change begins with us, the church, the people of God.

 

 

Running to win

running to winI ran track in high school for about a week, and it about killed me (lol). It seems everyone was running to win, and I could not keep up. The last day I ran, I  ran as fast as I could, with my sides aching, and then I got sick. The coach let me go to the toilet, but then told me to keep running. That was it, I was done. This was not all it was cracked up to be.

Running was not my thing. But I had a friend who ran like the wind. She could beat just about anybody. She had one purpose, to win.

In Nepal, each year Landon and I would run (walk) in the 5k for International Women’s Day. Landon would run to win, leaving me in the dust, and I’d walk, and come into the finish line with all the other slow people. As I walked at my fast pace, and jogged from time to time, I saw all kinds.

I saw some walking slow talking with friends, some sprinting leaving everyone else behind. I saw groups jogging at an even pace, and sometimes I’d see others stopping for a water break. And when the race was over, everyone received a complementary medal for running, but only one got a prize. The one who had won the race.

Paul compares the Christian life to a race. He says everybody runs, but only one receives the prize. Then he encourages us to run to win!

Oh how easy it is to get distracted. To stop along the way to smell the roses. To stop for a cup of coffee, to loose sight of the finish line by looking on other things.

There are so many things that can cause us to loose sight of the finish line, that if we aren’t careful, we forget that we are even running a race.

The distractions are real, the pull of this world is strong.

And if our focus shifts to ourselves, to our family, or even to doing good things, we can loose sight of the goal fast.

Paul said he ran in such a way that he had an aim, he had focus. And he did this through discipline. He said he disciplined his body in such a way as to make it his slave (I Cor. 9:24-27).

My friend and I were talking the other day about how we wish that God would just zap us with desire for Him. That He’d just zap us with love for Him and others. That He would just change us with the snap of His fingers to be more like Jesus.

Why? Because the truth of the matter is, God could do that. He could just zap us, He could just snap His fingers, but He didn’t create robots. He created people and gave us free will to make our own choices. He does not force us to love Him or to serve Him, He gives us the choice to do so.

And as nice as it would be if He just zapped us, He doesn’t. Instead He desires that we discipline ourselves like Paul speaks of here.

He desires that we discipline ourselves to put Him first. That we train our bodies to resist sin, and to delight in Him. He wants us to choose to love Him and serve Him. He longs for us to run to win because our eyes are focused on Him, rather than the things of this world.

Running to win. It isn’t easy. It takes focus. It takes discipline. It takes effort and hard work.

No runner that wins, wins without the hard work. They train hard, they watch what they eat, the discipline themselves to get up early, to stay up late, whatever it takes to win.

Oh Christian, may we not loose sight of the goal or the prize. May we not forget what this life is all about by getting too caught up in what the world has to offer. May we remember Him, serve Him, share Him, and live for Him.

This world and all that is in it will one day pass away. And only what we have done for Him will last for all eternity.

Let’s run to win!

 

Learning to be content

learning to be contentMonday night our Sunday school class met with proper social distancing mind you and our teacher spoke on contentment.

She asked if we had learned to be content through this time of quarantine.

Everyone sat quietly and smiled, but no one really gave a response.

The past few days I have thought on this question and have studied the passage from Philippians where Paul says he has learned to be content.

And I was struck by the fact that this was something he had to learn.

I’ve home schooled my kids for years, and I have found that they each learn in different ways. Yet regardless of how they learn, there is certainly some repetition involved in their learning. Whether it is speaking the lesson aloud over and over, writing it down over and over, making up a song to sing over and over etc.

And no matter how they learned, it took time. It was a process.

As Christians we are all still learning. We are each learning how to be more like Jesus. We are each still growing in our understanding of who God is and of His amazing love for us. We won’t stop learning or growing until we die.

The fact that Paul says he has learned to be content, tells us that he had to endure some things on an ongoing basis in order to learn this.

So how did Paul learn to be content? Because if we keep reading we see he learned to be content with little and with much. He learned to be content whether well fed or hungry, whether living in want or in need.

He tells us the secret for contentment is found in realizing that he could do all things, go through all types of situations, endure all kids of circumstances, by depending on Christ who gives Him strength.

The past 40 some odd days of quarantine have certainly been a learning process for a lot of us.

Learning to be content when you are with your people 24/7. Learning to be content when things have gone wrong. Learning to be content with what you have on hand rather than running to the store. Learning to be content with your natural hair color (lol) until the salons open, etc.

And I think for most of us if we are all honest here, it has shown us that we are all still learning.

We have yet to arrive.

But that is okay, because our Father is a patient teacher, who gives us much grace.

So often I have found that when I struggle with contentment it is because I have lost focus.. I have begun looking around, comparing myself to others, and have my eyes on my situation rather than on my Lord.

Paul said he’d learned to be content because he had learned that he could do all things through Christ, who gives him strength.

Oh my when I try to do things in my own strength, watch out, there are going to be big problems. But, when I do things in His perfect strength and look to Him, peace abounds.

I don’t know about you, but I am certainly still learning…

I’m still learning to be content.

Still learning to focus my eyes heavenward.

Still learning to rely upon the Lord and lean not on my own understanding.

Still learning to trust.

I’m still learning.

But I rest in His amazing grace, knowing that He is not finished with me yet, but that He will be faithful to continue teaching me and growing me until that day!

Don’t beat yourself up if your still learning, we all are.

Rest in His perfect grace, rely upon His strength, and focus you eyes heavenward.

When we do this, everything else seemingly falls in place, as we are reminded afresh and anew of His love for us, and that He is still in control.

When it’s not suppose to be this way..

It’s not suppose to be this way.

This has been a thought that I have found crossing my mind over the past few months. A thought I have a feeling many have also experienced the past few weeks.

When we returned from serving in Nepal after 5 years, I looked forward to many things. I looked forward to spending time with my mom and dad. I looked forward to our teenage sons going on youth trips with our sending church and enjoying some of the normal experiences they had missed out on while living overseas. I anticipated celebrating the holidays back in the USA. I wanted to take the kids on trips to see the sights of America, I looked forward to my middle son having the chance to run track and rooting him on at his track meets, etc.

But then, life did not turn out the way I had expected, and I found myself saying, “it is not suppose to be this way!!.”

See, two months after arriving back in the States, my dad whose cancer was in remission, suddenly began having seizures and we found out the cancer had metastasized to the brain. It was not suppose to be this way.

The holidays I had looked so forward to experiencing back in the USA were interrupted with back and forth trips to the hospital. It was not suppose to be this way.

Then in February, we brought my dad home with hospice and he passed away 2 weeks later. My heart cried out to God in anguish, why now, why God, this is not how I envisioned it. It definitely was not suppose to be this way.

My middle son began track practice in February and was awaiting his first track meet on April 6th, when suddenly the Coronavirus shut everything down, and then the whole season was canceled. It was not suppose to be this way.

The youth events I had looked forward to the kids being apart of, canceled. As pretty much all of life was put on hold and continues to be on hold even now. It was not suppose to be this way.

Road trips to take the kids to the American sites, put on hold, as the stay at home policy continues in most states. It was not suppose to be this way.

And I know my stories, my experiences are similar to many others world wide.

Seniors who missed their last semester of high school and college. It wasn’t suppose to be this way.

Friends whose wedding plans have been canceled. It was definitely not suppose to be this way.

And others who have lost loved ones, and could not have a funeral service or be with them in their final hours. This was not the way it was suppose to be.

Life as we all have known it has been abruptly changed. Things have not gone as planned. Things have been canceled and rescheduled. It was not suppose to be this way.

But God..

Was not taken by surprise.

He knew all of these things would take place, and He remains in control even when life seems out of control.

Life disappoints, but God never fails.

Things don’t according to “our” plans, but God’s ways and His thoughts are always higher than our own.

When we see only the here and the now, He sees into eternity, and knows the full picture.

I have surely questioned the Lord during this time, in fact, I have grown quite frustrated at times.

Yet, He remains the same, faithful and true. And His love for me and for you doesn’t change.

I’m finding comfort in the midst of these trying times knowing that God can and will bring good out of all of these seemingly difficult circumstances and days.

Because He is God, He is all powerful, and He can turn all of our disappointments and hurts into something beautiful if we let Him.

Or we can remain bitter, angry, and frustrated because things have not turned out the way we envisioned. We can let this weigh us down, steal our joy, and make us negative.

It is a choice we have to make, sometimes daily.

So though a lot of things have not turned out the way I wanted. Although a lot of the plans I had, have changed or been put on hold.

I take comfort knowing that my God never changes, and that because He is faithful I can trust Him even when it isn’t easy and when life doesn’t make sense.

Now, I’m not saying the choice is easy, nevertheless, it is a choice we make.

Will we choose joy and peace in Him in the midst of our difficulties or will we choose anger and frustration.

I encourage you as the Lord has encouraged me, to choose joy. Choose hope, which does not disappoint. Choose peace, that comes from time spent with Him. Choose to give thanks for the good you do have, rather than complain about what you don’t.

Let’s choose joy!

He is still on His throne, He is still in control, and His love continues to be demonstrated to us day after day!

Consider HIM

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,  fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart (Hebrews 12:1-3).

I love reading about the heroes of the faith. In fact recently I began a series of Kids Bible study lessons on such topic.

But after you read through Hebrews 11 and hear the stories of those who have come before us. You come to Hebrews 12, and to the real victor, Jesus.

Here the author of Hebrews encourages us to run this Christian race with perseverance, with our eyes fixed on Christ.

But I love what it says in verse three.

It is as if the Father knew we’d grow weary (because He did know).

He tells us to consider HIM.

How does considering Jesus help us when we grow tired and weary of this Christian journey?

I’m learning that when we stop and consider all that Jesus endured on our behalf, for our salvation, we realize we can keep pressing on.

Our hearts are encouraged as we understand afresh and anew the love of God on our behalf.

Here it says, “Consider Him who endured such opposition for sinners.”

It wasn’t just a little opposition, it was a lot.

And He endured it not for those who loved Him, but for sinners like you and me.

So when you get tired weary, because truthfully we all do.

Let us consider Christ.

Let us consider Him who endured great opposition on our behalf in order to bring us into a right relationship with the Father.

He did not have to endure such things.

He could have left us to our own destiny.

Yet, His love and obedience to the Father enabled Him to endure the shame on our behalf.

The Christian journey is full of ups and downs. If you look back at Hebrews 11 and those mentioned here, some of the names are surprising, others are not. Yet, each person mentioned was sinful. Each one had mountain tops and valleys.

Just like you and me.

Yet, for each of these their eyes were not on the here and now, rather they were fixed on Christ.

It is all too easy to get bogged down and discouraged when we look at the circumstances of our day.

Easy to become depressed when life just isn’t turning out the way we wanted or expected.

It is in such moments that we like those who came before us, must fix our eyes on Christ, the author and perfecter of our faith, and consider HIM.

You can keep pressing on because His grace is sufficient, and He will enable you and help you daily to do so.

 

 

By Faith

maxresdefaultHow do we even process what is taking place today.

I’d like to block it out.

I’d like to pretend everything is normal and watch Hallmark movies with happy endings, and act as if what is taking place outside is not reality.

Yet it is reality.

And it is scary.

How do we process this.

How do we live in this unprecedented time?

Truthfully, it is easy to succumb to depression.

Easier still to allow fear to rule.

Yet, I know neither are the correct responses.

The only way we can live in the midst of this ongoing pandemic, is by faith.

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance of what we do not see (Heb. 11:1).”

We can only make it through such desperate days by faith.

And I don’t say that as some pat answer, I say it because it is the truth.

When people are dying daily, we continue on by faith.

When we don’t understand, we keep pressing on by faith.

When the darkness seems to take over, we catch a glimpse of hope by faith.

By faith, we believe that God is good.

By faith, we know that He is in control.

By faith, we recognize that He has allowed this, and can bring good from it.

By faith, we trust Him for tomorrow, because He knows the number of our days.

By faith, we place our family in His hands, knowing He loves them more.

By faith, we keep putting one foot in front of the other and continue to live out this Christian journey in a way that seeks to point the lost to Him.

By faith.

Now, I did not say it was easy.

I didn’t say it comes naturally. For the enemy would like nothing more than to keep us drowning in fear and depression.

Which our flesh naturally falls for.

No it is a battle.

Paul said he beat his body into submission.

Why? Because our flesh is weak. Our flesh is sinful, and he had to train his mind to think right. He had to train his body to react the correct way. He had to work to live his days out in faith.

And likewise, so do you and I.

So what does this mean?

It means we have to be in God’s Word, where we are reminded of who He is and how much He loves us.

It means getting up early to meet with the Lord, and to be in constant prayer.

It means dwelling on that which is true, lovely, pure, and good.

It means rejecting the lies the enemy wants us to fall for.

It means confessing all sin, so the enemy has no foot hole in our lives.

It means being filled with the Spirit and not our flesh.

It means daily, moment by moment dependence on the Lord.

And as we do this, as we live out each new day by faith.

He walks beside us, and gives us the grace to keep moving forward.

To keep pressing on.

Press on dear friend.

I know this is not an easy time, and I know living by faith seems like a pat answer for the days which we are going through.

But if not by faith in the God of the Universe, who created you, who loves you, who died on your behalf. Then by what?

May we continue to encourage one another as long as today is called today.

And may His amazing grace carry us when we aren’t sure we can go on.

 

 

 

Peace in the midst of uncertainty

peace eliz. elliotIf you are like me, watching the news does nothing to give you peace.

Checking Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, likewise these do nothing for sanity and peace in this uncertain time.

I’m not saying we should not be updated on the status of the pandemic we are facing as a country and world, but I am saying, these sources can not nor will not bring you peace.

Our one and only source of peace comes from the Word of God.

As my husband reminded us this morning during morning devotions, “faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17).”

Other sources will fill our minds with questions, doubts, and uncertainties. But God’s Word reminds us that He is on His throne.

God’s Word reminds us of His love that was demonstrated at Calvary.

The Word of God speaks truth into our hearts, helping us to remember the character and love of God.

God’s Word encourages our hearts as we remember that the God we serve is the God of the impossible.

We must saturate our minds, our hearts, and our lives with God’s Word daily, and even more so today.

But, it is more than that.

For though reading and knowing God’s Word does bring encouragement.

The peace needed in these uncertain times is the result of prayer.

Philippians 4:6-7 makes it clear that when we present our request to the Lord, that God’s peace will guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Yes, these are uncertain times, and it is easy to slip into discouragement. Easy to fall for the gloom and doom the media overwhelms us with.

Which is why we must be encouraged in our faith as we read God’s Word, and overwhelmed by His peace, as we spend time praying.

I want to encourage you as God has encouraged me to use the time He has provided to saturate our minds with His Word, and to pray.

Sometimes we feel at a loss, as I’m sure many of us do now.

We want to do something, but don’t know what.

May I remind you, that one of the best things we can do is pray.

What we are unable to do, God can do through prayer.

Let us then be reminded of the goodness of God through His Word, and experience the peace of God through prayer.

For these alone will bring us the peace needed in these uncertain times.