When what God ask doesn’t make sense..

trsting GodI don’t know about you, but it seems oftentimes that what God ask of us doesn’t make sense in my mind or in the eyes of the world.

It’s kind of His theme, a way to see if we will really trust Him.

For example when He told Abram to leave his country, his family, etc and move to the land He would show Him. This didn’t make sense, but in obedience to God, Abram obeyed, and watch God provide.

Or when God chose Moses to deliver His people from Egypt. Though what God asked of Moses seemed impossible, after many excuses, Moses obeyed, and watched God do the impossible.

Today I read about another such instance in Joshua, when God led the people into the promised land by way of the Jordan River.

As I was reading I noticed that the Jordan was at flood stage. Now if they were anything like me, I’m sure as they neared this high, flood stage river, a dozen thoughts were going through their minds. Like how in the world, they would ever get to the other side.

When suddenly the Lord instructs Joshua to tell the priest to go and stand in the river. The Israelites must have watched in amazement as the waters stopped flowing and instead piled in a heap.

Once they got to the other side Joshua was instructed to circumcise the men, putting them at their weakest, while they had enemies on every side. This must have seemed insane, and yet Joshua obeyed. And GOD struck  fear in the hearts of the people so that they did not attack.

Then there is the familiar passage where the Lord instructs Joshua and the Israelites to march around the city of Jericho, they were to march around once each day, not making a sound. Then on the final day, they are told to march around the city seven times, and that on the last time, they are to shout.

I’m telling you this was a crazy battle plan.

But God.

The people began to shout as they marched their final time around the city, and then they stood amazed as the walls began to fall.

In my own life there have been many times I have felt what God was asking of me did not make sense. And far too often I have been consumed with fear as I imagine the worst.

But God.

He is always faithful despite my fears or my doubt.

And just as He did the amazing things listed above for those who trusted Him despite their fears, He can and will do the same for you and me.

Yet, if I’m not careful my fear can far outweigh my faith.

But, I know from the past, that when I let go of the fear, and trust Him with what He is asking of me. That these are the times I clearly see the Lord do the most amazing things in my life.

What is God asking of you today, asking of your family?

Will you allow your fears to overtake your faith? Or will you trust God with all the unknowns, with all the giants you have to face, and with all your fears?

Oh may we be like the saints of old, ready and willing to trust God, even when what He ask doesn’t make sense!

Ready to watch God do that which is beyond human explanation!

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Praying for your Teens

I don’t know how it happened. My little boys who use to make mud pies, drive cars through the dirt, and wear cowboy hats and boots, have become teenagers. These boys who use to love being wherever I was, now long to go hang out with their friends.

It is the natural way of life. Yet, I have found that the older they get, the harder I pray. For when they are young, they depended so much on me and their dad. Yet, as they grow older they must learn all the more how to depend upon the Lord.

So I pray regularly for them, not that they’d be a success in the eyes of this “world”, but that they would be pleasing in the eyes of the Lord.

10 things to pray for your teens:

1. Pray that they will have their own “real and personal” relationship with the Lord.  One that is not based upon what they have been told, but rather what they have experienced in their own lives with the Lord.

2. Pray that they will desire the things of the Lord more than their own way, and be willing to follow hard after Him. 

3. Pray that they would seek the Lord and His wisdom first before making decisions. Being willing to wait upon the Lord and His perfect timing.

4. Pray that they would seek and desire after a godly mate, and that God would bless them with a wonderful marriage.

5. Pray that they will remain pure until they are married.

6. Pray that no matter what God ask, no matter how big or how small, they will walk in obedience to His leading in their lives.

7. Pray that their lives will reflect their walk with the Lord, that others will see Jesus when they look at them.

8. Pray that they will never become so successful that they depend upon themselves rather than the Lord.

9. Pray that they will raise up their children and your future grandchildren in the ways of the Lord.

10. Pray that they will always know how much they are loved, how special they are, and that “in Christ”, they are perfect.

As a mom we want our kids safe, we want them successful, we want them to have friends, to experience love, to enjoy life….but I’m realizing that more than all of that, our greatest desire should be that they truly love the Lord their God with all of their hearts, mind, and strength.

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.

3 John 1:4