Father God, I am so grateful for all that You do in my life. Thank You for every blessing and miracle that You have poured out into my life. Thank You for every breath You have given me. Thank You for all the provisions You have bestowed upon me. Lord, I simply want to say thank You for being the great and wonderful God You are. In Jesus name, AMEN!
I am a lifter.
I am an encourager.
I am a builder of my brother.
I am a minister of my sister.
I am an agent of hope to the downtrodden speaking words of inspiration about His freedom.
I am a promoter of grace, sharing words of deliverance to my war-worn sibling of the spirit.
I am a supporter of peace who chooses to use the mouth and the words God gives me to speak light, life, and love.
We are to speak “that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” Ephesians 4:29
“TRUE KNOWLEDGE STARTS WITH TRULY REVERENCING GOD!” Lord, help us to walk today in the paths that are pleasing to You.
There is a beginning to everything, except
God who is everlasting (Ps. 90:2).
There is a beginning of days, years, life,
creation, and so on. There is also a
beginning of knowledge. This beginning starts
with reverencing God. It starts with being
concerned about one’s life aligning
to His will and desires for each one of us.
To have true knowledge, one must ask, “Is this
what God would have me to do? Are the
choices I am making pleasing to His eyes?”
If the answer is not an affirmative yes through
and through, then today is the day to start
realigning the path one walks that our lives
are established in the fear of the LORD.
“By You I have been upheld from birth; You are He who took me out of my mother’s womb. My praise shall be continually of You,” Psalm 71:6, NKJV
As you look back over your life, is there ever a time when you know you should not have made it? Is there a time when you recognize that it was only by the grace of God that you are still here today?
Yeah, me too!
Life has a way of throwing us many curve balls. Sometimes we hit it and sometimes we miss. Sometimes we are even awesome enough to get a home run, whereas at other times we would just be grateful to still be in the game. The fact that we are, is a testimony to the love of the Father on us. It is evident that He still has you and me in His hands and in His plan.
There are times that come that make it extremely hard for us to recognize this great truth. Crushing times that weigh on us making us believe that we are forgotten or that we are walking this path alone. Nothing could be further from the truth. God has always been with us. God has always taken care of us. God has always been the one holding on to us when our lives seem to be spinning out of control.
I find it utterly amazing that we have been upheld since birth. Truth be told, Psalm 139:16 shows us that He was paying attention to us even before the time of our birth. It says, “Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; And in Your book were all written the days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was not one of them,” (NASB). Even before day 1 of our lives, God had His eye on us.
How awesome is that? I find great comfort in verses like these because I realize that yes; I have gone through some very difficult and troubling times. Yes, as I look back through the different stages of life I wish things could have been better or I wish wrong choices could be undone. But, despite all the “I wish I had…” or the “could have and should have,” these verses remind me that I never walked alone. There was never a time in my life that God didn’t see me and didn’t see what I was going through. There was never a time when He was absent. He was there the whole time reaching out for me and calling me with His love, beckoning me to stay in the safety of His arms and rest there.
God’s hands have always been us!
I don’t know what you may be facing today but the Word of God is sure in all it promises and His Word promises that you are not alone. Yet, sometimes it does seem that way. It seems like you cry and cry and cry some more, but I assure you, your tears do not fall on deaf ears. As you cry, the one who has had His hands on you since birth feels the flow of your tears running over His hands as He holds you. Stay right there in His loving embrace.
If you have to, turn back to Him and trust Him who has you in His hands today and wants to hold you forever.
“And those twelve stones, which they took out of Jordan, did Joshua pitch in Gilgal. And he spake unto the children of Israel, saying, When your children shall ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean these stones? Then ye shall let your children know, saying, Israel came over this Jordan on dry land.” Joshua 4:20-22
One of my favorite things to do when the weather is nice is to open up all my windows and to put a fan in my bedroom window. Why the bedroom particularly? For some reason or another, no matter where I live, when there is a fan in my bedroom window, it makes the air smell just like my grandma’s house when I was growing up, particularly her upstairs and bedroom. Sometimes, I long for weather not too hot and not too cold, just so that I can have a fan in the bedroom window that blows out that smell. And when it does, I look for reasons throughout the day to visit my bedroom, to inhale deeply and to let my mind wander to another time.
Smells have that effect on me, nostalgically letting me remember times past. While the fan smell is my favorite, another smell is stuff burning. Not like a house catching fire or anything, but rather a pit-beef joint cooking or a log in the fireplace. This smell reminds me of my paternal grandparents. They live in the South and during the summer we would visit. There I witnessed something I hadn’t seen before. In the evening, they took their trash to a heap outside and set it on fire. No trash trucks to pick it up twice a week. They just light it up and watch it go.
It’s good to indulge in a little bit of nostalgia once in a while, especially when it comes to remembering God’s deliverance. After a certain amount of time goes by, whether it becomes a time of prosperity or a time of hardship, it’s so easy to forget. The daily grind and routine schedules tend to overshadow what previously occurred. That can be a good thing when someone is trying to get over hurtful things, but when one wants to remember a glorious time it can be dangerous.
The danger of forgetfulness can leave us with a warped outlook on life. “Why does this always happen to me?” “Things never turn in my favor.” “It’s useless for me to even try!” Words such as “always, never and useless” denote negativity when used this way. This negative brow beating overshadows the good. We use words so lightly, but if I were to really question, what would the true outcome be? Do things really never ever turn in your favor? Is it really useless for you to try? The answer, most likely, would be no.
Through times of hardship and prosperity, our perspective on life can get blurred. That’s why God mandated for these stones to be set up as a memorial. These stones would stand as a physical reminder of God’s deliverance; of a time when He altered nature and did the impossible just so that His people could gain their promise.
We may not have physical stones, but I do believe we have “markers” in our memory that can transport us to our time of deliverance. Things that help us to remember that no matter what state one may find themselves in now, God is still on the throne and He is still working it out on our behalf. That He is the one that saved me and He is the one that ushed deliverance in my life and yours.
That’s why it’s good to indulge in nostalgia. It opens the door to the good old days. The thought of it can instantly put a smile on my face when I think of memories past. Now, imagine doing that with God’s deliverance. Sometimes we need to remember, on purpose, where He brought us from and how He brought us through. Set that up as a “marker” to help you remember His goodness no matter what life may bring.
Today, if you are tempted to run ahead, be still, and know that He is God.
Today, if you are tempted to try to do it your own way, be still, and know that He is God.
Today, if you are tempted to throw in the towel, be still, and know that He is God.
God can and will perform every promise He has for each one of us, but we must wait on Him. We must be still and know that He is God.