In The Light

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One of my favorite things about summer is that it stays light until almost 9:00!  I love it! Even on rainy days, it is still light out into the evening.  Where we live we adhere to the day light savings rules, so for someone like me when that “spring forward” time comes around I am ecstatic!  I don’t even care if I lose an hour of sleep!  It is going to be light longer, way longer.  Then of course there is that dreadful day, if there is a “spring forward”, there has to be… “fall back”!  Clocks are turned back 1 hour, everyone gets their lost hour of sleep back and the darkness, oh the darkness.  It is dark by 5:00 pm.  Of course the cycle will continue and the this pattern of dark days is only temporary.

We all have times of darkness in our souls, and day to day darkness, but our hope in following Jesus is He is our Light! Forever! He is our eternal light.  When we choose to follow Him, he promises that we will never have to walk in the darkness.  We can find the light we need to persevere the messy times in our life in His word.  Isaiah 9:2 tells us “No longer will the sun be your light by day, and the brightness of the moon will not shine on you; for the LORD will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your splendor.”

This is a great reminder for me. God is forever.  Our times of sadness, hopelessness, and even Day Light Savings are just temporary. Whatever we are facing today will pass and God is way big and bright enough to lead us through.  God is always with us.  Find him in His word, in prayer, with another believer.  When we do, we then become the sons and daughters of the Light to share with the world, and to have eternal life with Him in the next.

 

Align

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This week I have been focusing on delighting in the Lord and what that might look like in our daily lives.  On Monday in, “Heart’s Desire” I wrote about how when we delight in the Lord He gives us our heart’s desires. (Psalm 37:4) We discovered that this doesn’t look like when we delight in God he will send us a genie in a lamp that will grant us three worldly wishes.  No, when we are followers of Jesus, genuinely praising Him and giving Him the thanks for all things our hearts desires are no longer worldly.  

Today’s verse shows us what we need to do to align our will with God’s will for us to begin to see this change in our hearts.  First we need to surround ourselves with positive relationships.  People that will build us up, not our egos, but our spirits. 

Next, to be aligned with God’s will we need to be in His word, studying, meditating, and learning.  Jesus said,  “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6).  We can’t know our Lord and Savior if we are not in the word.

Finally, no matter what we set out to do, whether it be a new job, a new hobby, a mission trip ( if you go, I will for sure pray for you) we need to ask God to come along with us to give us the strength and perseverance to continue what we have started , doing it all for His glory, then we will prosper.

  I ask today, Lord, that you will see over all of your people who are struggling with letting go and letting you be in control of their heart’s desires.  Lord I thank you for this day, may you have all the glory!  Amen.

 

What are your heart’s desires today?

Heart’s Desires

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Wozwza!  Seriously?  God will give us ALL we desire and all we have to do is delight in him?  Yeah, No.  I hate to burst your bubble, but keep reading.  I think you will see that even though this verse doesn’t mean exactly what it might sound like to our worldly ears, you will be surprised, actually you will be overjoyed.

Let’s just start from the beginning, shall we.  The first part of the verse says, “when we delight in the Lord…” What does that mean to really delight in the Lord? It means that we put God first in our lives, he is our focus.  We should always be giving praise and thanks to God for all things. (Ephesians 5:20)  We turn our will over to God the Father.  That is a short version of what it means to delight in the Lord.

  I believe there are areas where we struggle with God.  Not getting what we want when we pray and even delight in God is one of those areas. However, we have to be honest with ourselves. Are we asking God to provide us with worldly possessions that we feel we need to fill a void in our lives to make us happy?  Sadly, I have been there, friend, all the while attending church, bible studies, and delighting in God.  Well, I thought I was delighting in God.  I thought if I had the right house, right car, right job, right this, right that and so on and so forth, I would be happy and content.  I did have all of that and more and I still had a  desire for more stuff.  There was never enough.  You see, when our hearts desires are of this world we will never truly find peace and contentment.  That is what the devil does, he keeps us searching in this world to keep us from the love, grace, and forgiveness of Christ. 

John 14:27 reminds us, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”  When we let go of the fear, I do believe it is fear of losing something tangible, and when we are no longer conformed by this world, but become changed by renewing our minds (Romans 12:2) and placing our eyes on Jesus, our heart’s desires become aligned with God’s desires for each of us. Here is the joy and hope.  Here is the peace and contentment. Here, in Christ, is the satisfaction and fulfillment we honestly are seeking.  Dear friend, He has individual, amazing desires for each of us.  

Dear Heavenly Father,

I thank you today for all blessings in my life and for those reading this blog today.  God I ask that you give us courage today to let go of our worldly fears and to have the wisdom  to know that you do provide all that we need.  Amen