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.

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!

 

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.

 

 

Grace and Peace

God isIt is a crazy time that we find ourselves living in. I have never experienced anything like it, and find myself anticipating how God can and will use this time. For I know that NOTHING He allows is ever wasted.

As I was reading Philippians tonight, I came across these simple words… “Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ (Phi. 1:2).”

And I thought to myself, is this not what the world, what we need now.

Grace and Peace.

And not the grace or the peace that this world has to offer, but the grace and peace which come from God alone.

We need His grace to endure the days ahead of us in the midst of this time of uncertainty. His grace which is sufficient for everything and anything we may face.

We need His peace that comes from casting all our cares upon Him, as we remember that He cares for us.  His peace that passes all understanding and that will guide our hearts as we present our request to Him.

These are both available to us through God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

They are ours for the taking every time we let go and let God.

So in this time of unknown, this time of isolation, may we look to God the Father and to His Son for the grace and peace we need daily to live for Him and to be a light for Him no matter what.

Pressing On

It seems that life should just stop, and yet it keeps moving.

Simply put life does go on, and yet for those of us left behind it is a struggle.

A few weeks ago as I sat with my dad, holding his hand. He said to me, “I want you to live.”

At the time I thought he was referring to right then, right now, and so I told him I was living.

Yet, now two weeks later I sit thinking on these words, and I realize he meant after he was gone.

It is hard to keep moving on. Some parts of my day seem normal, and then I’m hit afresh with the grief that he is gone, and all I can do is cry.

I miss him, oh how I miss him.

Yet, I know he would want me to go on, and not to mourn as one with no hope.

After the doctors came in and explained that the cancer had spread and that they were sending him home with hospice. He looked at my “aunt” Dana and said, “for me it is a win-win.” He could say this because he knew that to live is Christ, and that to die is gain.

And because of this I have hope. Hope knowing I will see him again someday, and knowing that until then, he would want me to live life to the fullest.

So though I mourn the great loss of my dad, I do not mourn as one without hope. For I know one day I will see him again, and until that day I can live in a way that would make him proud and that honors the Lord.

He ran his race and finished well. And I know this is what he would want of me as well.

 

 

Why Leviticus Matters in Kid’s Ministry

teaching-children-about-christFor the past few weeks I have been teaching, yes, you guessed it Leviticus in my children’s Bible Fellowship Class.

I warned the kids going in, that the book we were about to study was considered boring by most, and confusing by others.

I explained that it was a book filled with laws, (do this, don’t do that.) A book about sacrifices and offerings, with all the specifics of such things.

They looked at me like I was a bit crazy.

Then I asked them does this book apply to us today? Is it important for us to know and understand?

When they didn’t answer, I held up my Bible and asked, is the Bible important? Does it apply to us today? Yes, they answered. I asked is Leviticus in the Bible? To which they smiled and said yes.

See we can not pick and choose what parts of the Bible are important, and which parts are not. Because they are all the inspired Word of God.

Likewise in kid’s ministry, we should not pick and choose the exciting Bible stories, and leave out the others.

Far too many Children’s Bible Study curriculum materials are limited to creation, Noah’s Ark, David and Goliath, the story of Daniel, and so forth, leaving out way too much our kids need to hear and understand.

So why is Leviticus important to kid’s ministry?

I believe Leviticus is important because it allows us to teach our children what holiness is, and that God requires this of each of us.

It allows us to explain that just as God chose Israel to be set apart and different from all the other nations, He calls us to be set apart and different as followers of Christ. Which impacts what we do, what we say, how we dress, and how we act.

Leviticus teaches our kids about offerings made to God, and how they were required to give the Lord the best. Teaching our kids that God desires our best in all things as well.

Ultimately it allows us to teach our kids how impossible it is to keep all the laws, and that only Jesus could keep them perfectly on our behalf.

The laws are there to reveal to us all our sinfulness. Something our kids need to understand.

They are there to show us we could never earn our salvation, no matter how hard we tried. We could never be good enough. Another thing that must be instilled within our kids minds.

Way too many teens and adults have the mindset that they are pretty good because they compare themselves to others. I have met many who believe they will go to Heaven because they are good people.

Leviticus makes it clear, as do the teaching of Christ, that being a good person will not get us into Heaven.

Our best works are as filthy rags to the Lord.

Kid’s ministry teachers, our kids get enough self help and self motivation from the world and their teachers at school. They get awarded often for just showing up. The world we live in tells them they deserve.

We must be the voice of truth that shows them what the Scriptures says, and that truthfully they deserve nothing, rather all they have that is good, comes from the mercy and grace of our God.

Teachers, God has given us a high calling. May we not take it lightly, but may we teach God’s Word in it’s fullness to those children He has given to us.

 

 

The Importance of Children’s Ministry

In my 18 years of ministry, I have served as Children’s director and teacher in various churches, and ministry locations. Yet, I have found no matter the location (Arkansas, Tennessee, S. Korea, or Nepal) children’s ministry is a much needed and important ministry of the church.

Far too often parents place the Spiritual growth of their child upon the pastor, and or children’s minister. Many times falsely believing that once their child has recited a prayer and been baptized, that he or she is good to go.

Yet, in my years of ministry, I have found this is far from true.

Being a Bible believing Baptist, I do believe that once saved, always saved. Yet, many times children whom we assumed to be saved based upon a date written in their Bibles, are in fact lost.

Praying a prayer, being baptized, attending kids/youth functions, and being in church on a regular basis, do not save.

Jesus and Jesus alone saves. Not based upon what we have done or not done. But entirely based upon His own accomplishments.

I can’t tell you the number of kids I have taught over the years, who are now teens or college age who are no longer in church.

I also know this because it was true of me.

Growing up, I prayed a prayer, I was baptized, I rededicated my life at least twice. I was at church whenever the church doors were open. I went on all the kid’s camp trips, and youth retreats.

Yet, it wasn’t until I was in college, that I realized for the first time that God desired a personal relationship with me. It was then when I saw the sinner that I was, and that I was truly saved.

Up until this time it had all been pretense. I knew the lingo, I knew what was expected, but to me it was a sense of knowing and obeying the rules. Not a relationship with the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

Too many kids have a similar story and understanding. Believing that church is something you “do” or a place you “go”. And they miss the relationship the Lord desires to have with them.

I know now that having our children pray a prayer and be baptized is not the ending point. It is only the beginning.

Paul tells us to be sure of our salvation. Our lives should display fruits and evidence that we belong to Jesus. And if they do not, then we are wise to question our salvation or the salvation of our children.

I have three children, all of whom have prayed asking Jesus to forgive their sins, and be their Lord and Savior. One is almost 17, one is 15, and one is 11. From the time of their prayers for salvation, and baptism. My husband and I have told them clearly, that if we see that their lives do not reflect the fruits of a Christian we would call them upon it.

And there have been such times, we have done so. Admonishing them as Paul admonishes the believers in his epistles, to make sure of their salvation.

This is why children’s ministry and family devotion is of utmost importance in the lives of our children. This is why we seek to establish a pattern of church attendance, daily devotion, and prayer in the lives of our kids.

So that eventually, these rules or things they do because their parents and teachers instruct them to do so become things they desire to do, out of their overwhelming love for their Savior.

One of my daily prayers for own kids and the children God allows me to lead, is that the Lord would become real and personal to them. I pray daily that the Lord would declare to them how vast His love is for them, so that they will be overwhelmed by His grace. Therefore, desiring to live for and follow after Him, not because they have to, but because they want to.

Yet, as children’s teacher and ministers, it begins often with us. Far too many children receive little to no instruction in the home. And though I do believe it is the priority of the parents to train their children in the Scriptures, we can not assume this of the kids in our ministries.

Children’s ministry is far more than babysitting. It is so much more than entertainment. It is the God given opportunity to teach and train the future generations.

Why is it that so many teen and college aged leave the church?

I’m learning that it is because they lack that firm foundation of God’s Word, and a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus.

Fun kids and youth events certainly have their place, but they must not be our emphasis.

Our ministry to children must be Gospel focused, with its aim being life transformation.

It is also more than head knowledge. Many kids are good at Bible trivia. They know the stories, they have heard them a hundred times. Yet, even the demons believe and tremble.

Head knowledge is not enough.

Transformation must be our goal, seeking to see those we minister to changed into the likeness of Christ.

Obviously only the Lord can do such a work, yet He allows us to be His hands and His feet in this process.

Which is why Children’s ministry is of such importance.

May we see it as such, and teach in such ways to transform the lives of the children in our midst to reflect the life of Christ.

Remembering the Greatness of our God

When we forget whom we serve, we grow tired and weary. When we forget whom we serve, we have anxious and fearful hearts.

Yet, when we remember how great is our God, we are encouraged. When we remember how great is our God, peace floods our souls.

As I was reading through the Psalms at church today, I was reminded of the greatness of our God. I was reminded that He truly holds the whole world in His hands. He sees and knows our every need.

He is not limited by time or space. He needs not our assistance, nor our instructions in what to do. For His ways, His thoughts are far beyond our limited views.

“By awesome deeds You answer us in righteousness, O God of our salvation, You who are the trust of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest sea;Who establishes the mountains by His strength, Being girded with might; Who stills the roaring of the seas, The roaring of their waves, And the tumult of the peoples. They who dwell in the ends of the earth stand in awe of Your signs; You make the dawn and the sunset shout for joy (Ps. 65:5-8).”

He answers our prayers not in accordance with what we think is best. He answers in awesome deeds true to His very nature. So much better than what we could ever ask or even imagine.

Why? Because He is awesome in all that He does. His greatness is beyond our understanding.

He is the trust, the hope, the answer to all peoples, even to the ends of the earth.

The Mountains were created and are sustained by His strength.

Even the vast, magnificent Himalayas were established by His greatness and for His glory.

And though the seas roar, they calm completly at His word. He tells them just how far they can go, and they obey His voice.

Through His amazing creation, His voice goes out into all the world, so that people as far as the farthest seas stand in complete awe of His wonders.

And as magnificent as the beauty of the sunrise and sunset are, they pale in comparison to the greatness of our God.

As I meditated upon these verses, I stood in complete awe of who God is.

I was undone by my limited view, my doubting heart, and my fearful spirit. I was ashamed at how often I think I know better, and how often I act as if He needs my help.

Yet,I  was also encouraged and strengthened. As I was reminded afresh and anew of how truly amazing He is. As I learned again that nothing is too difficult for the Lord.

As we stood to sing, my heart rejoiced in praise to the Lord. My spirit which was weary grew strong. My heart that was anxious became calm.

Simply by remembering the greatness of my God.

Where are you today? Are you tired, weary, and worn? Is your heart anxious and afraid?

Then I encourage you to take time to remember the God you serve. Meditate upon His greatness, sing His praises, and watch how the burdens you now face become so small as you look upon His greatness.

We truly do serve a mighty, and awesome God!