Posts tagged ‘Doubt’

September 2, 2011

Faith Defined

Faith means…

Getting up tomorrow and doing it again

Faith means…

Saying goodbye to something that’s not good enough and trusting God to bring the right thing

Faith means…

Throwing off whatever grips your anxious heart at 3 am and knowing God is in control

Faith means…

Trusting an unknown future to an unseen God

Faith means…

Speaking the truth when you could risk losing something or someone

Faith means…

Believing God will do what he said he would do…even if it takes longer than I think it should

Faith means…

Not giving up

Faith means…

Believing that there is a purpose in today

Though we grow weary at times, faith will get us through. Faith will bring hope. Faith will bring joy.

Believe.

What does faith mean to you?

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June 14, 2011

Just Today

I have a tendency to live in the future – not necessarily the past. I constantly wonder what tomorrow will bring and if I will have enough _______(you fill in the blank) to make it through my many tomorrows. I do this so much so that I forget to live in the present. I am then unable to enjoy the many blessings that today holds.

Just the other day it FINALLY hit me how wrong I have been.  (I’m kind of slow sometimes.) How much time have I wasted worrying? How many days have I not truly lived? How many opportunities have passed me by because I was inattentive or afraid of seizing them?

Simple it seems, but I know I’m not alone.

The future is out of our control. Let me say it again, the future is out of our control.  The only thing we can do is to make good choices today that will reap a harvest later – though we do not know how or what that harvest will look like.

Ecclesiastes 11:4 “Farmers who wait for perfect weather never plant. If they watch every cloud, they never harvest.”

We can plant the seeds of good decisions and choices today. They will be cultivated over time to grow into something greater in the future. Take a moment to break your life down. The emotional, physical, financial, relational, spiritual etc. What decisions can you make that will lead to a better tomorrow?

For example we know that if we eat right today we will age better.

If we save our money wisely, we could have a nice retirement fund. But we also know if we do not take the time to spend a little on a much needed vacation, we will wear ourselves ragged and deal with the consequences of an overworked self.

Are you making good decisions in all your relationships – friendships, business relationships, romantic relationship, in your family – that will lead to a healthiest future?

What decisions are you making in your spiritual life that will pay off tomorrow? Do you practice reading God’s Word and praying even when you don’t feel like you need it? All those hours of praying and reading will come handy when a crisis hits. The seeds you plant today will be there for you tomorrow.

All we can do is make good decisions today because the future is not ours to control. Faith says, God will do what He says and can do more than we can ask or imagine. Worry says, we do not trust Him and that we think we can do better.

So live in today.

Stop waiting for tomorrow to get started. Go. Enjoy. Love. Serve. Seize. Cultivate. Plant. Give God the glory!

Matthew 6:25-34 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

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March 11, 2011

Stripped

God wants all of us. He wants us to come to him. Sometimes we are the ones that stand in our own way of a deep, authentic relationship with Him. But don’t worry, God can (and will) get our attention. He often does this by tearing down our walls. Removing (often quite painfully) idols in our lives or misperceptions of faith and who we think he is (or who we think we are). He does this for a reason.

Envision a brick wall destroyed. At first look, this might appear to be a tragedy but I assure you this is an opportunity. As you sit in the pile of bricks you have the opportunity to examine them before you put them back together. I’m not sure what your wall is all about but could it be about trust? Do you really trust Him or just kind of? What keeps you from trusting? Is it about faith? Do you believe God is good? Do you believe he has a plan?

Ask the questions you need to ask. God is big. He can take it. He knows already – you might as well tell him.

The Book of Hosea has been a great allegory for me in times of rebirth, rebuilding, and challenge in my own life. When God has torn my life to pieces, he has a purpose. He has my attention. He will heal me – but in a new way. He will heal me so that I might know him more fully and live abundantly because he has removed the rubble and built something even more beautiful. He will show each of us – as sure as the morning dawn.

Take heart when you find yourself stripped and laid bare before God. Cry out to him as he will heal you. He will heal in a beautiful new way if you let him.

Hosea 6:1-3 Come, let us return to the Lord. He has torn us to pieces; now he will heal us. He has injured us; now he will bandage our wounds. In just a short time he will restore us, so that we may live in his presence. Oh, that we might know the Lord! Let us press on to know him. He will respond to us as surely as the arrival of dawn or the coming rains in early spring.

March 9, 2011

Unexpected Lessons

Have you ever noticed that in the times when you’re faced with an unexpected lesson or challenge that you learn the most? We can spend our lives planning away but it’s the things that seemingly take us off course where we learn the most. I’ve recently seen how stepping away from my own plan has allowed me the opportunity to experience God in an authentic way. I believe God calls us to experience his goodness. Psalm 34:8 is evidence of this in my mind.

Psalm 34:8 Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.

During these unplanned times, we learn what it is to walk in freedom and grace because we realize we are not the ones in control – that job belongs to God and God alone. When we find ourselves stripped of our defenses (even the ones we mask behind the routines of religion) we are face-to-face with our true nature and our level of faith.

Do we choose to trust Him?

Do we choose to let Him cover us in His blood?

Do we let Him take the reins of our lives and lead us beside still waters?

The questions alone can unhinge us but do not stop asking them. Taste and see my friends. Taste and see that He is good. Experience His goodness all around you. In the mundane. In the pain. In the uncertainties of life. He is there. He is good. He wants you to come to him and know Him. See Him for who he is – good. And what’s more, He loves you. This good God loves you.

I hope each of you find yourselves facing an unexpected challenge – not because I wish confusion or distress on you but so that you would have an opportunity to draw closer to an authentic experience with the Lord and to know Him deeply.

 

February 16, 2011

You Are More

This song hit me today as I was driving into the office. How often do you and I know the right answers or deviate from the “right” path only to be faced with doubt, fear, and confusion on where we are going? There is hope. We have been remade. We are redeemed from our past choices, our intentional mistakes, rebellion, etc. We are more.

There’s a girl in the corner
With tear stains on her eyes
From the places she’s wandered
And the shame she can’t hide

She says, “How did I get here?
I’m not who I once was.
And I’m crippled by the fear
That I’ve fallen too far to love”

But don’t you know who you are,
What’s been done for you?
Yeah don’t you know who you are?

You are more than the choices that you’ve made,
You are more than the sum of your past mistakes,
You are more than the problems you create,
You’ve been remade.

Well she tries to believe it
That she’s been given new life
But she can’t shake the feeling
That it’s not true tonight

She knows all the answers
And she’s rehearsed all the lines
And so she’ll try to do better
But then she’s too weak to try

But don’t you know who you are?

You are more than the choices that you’ve made,
You are more than the sum of your past mistakes,
You are more than the problems you create,

You’ve been remade.

You are more than the choices that you’ve made,
You are more than the sum of your past mistakes,
You are more than the problems you create,
You’ve been remade.

‘Cause this is not about what you’ve done,
But what’s been done for you.
This is not about where you’ve been,
But where your brokenness brings you to

This is not about what you feel,
But what He felt to forgive you,
And what He felt to make you loved.

You are more than the choices that you’ve made,
You are more than the sum of your past mistakes,
You are more than the problems you create,
You’ve been remade.

You are more than the choices that you’ve made,
You are more than the sum of your past mistakes,
You are more than the problems you create,
You’ve been remade.

You’ve been remade
You’ve been remade.
You’ve been remade.
You’ve been remade.

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