Many Troubles

many troubles

“The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all;” Psalm 34:19 NIV

Someone is always watching.  It may be a friend or neighbor or a casual observer.  When we encounter our many troubles, do we reflect the confidence that the Lord will deliver us?  Is there anything different about us that stands out to the casual observer? Or do we look like everyone else?

Those questions can give me brain freeze.  I ask for more boldness and courage daily.  Now I’ve added confidence in the Word of God to my list.  1 John 5:13-15 says something very similar but is even more pointed.  This is my paraphrase:  An encouragement to believers: Be confident that we can have anything that we ask God for that is in His plan.

So that begs the question: What is God’s plan? I do not mean to sound cliché but it is pretty simple for me.  It is God’s plan that we love each other. It is God’s plan that we share His love with everyone we meet. It is God’s plan that we take authority and demolish every obstacle that Satan places in our path that keeps us from accomplishing that goal. That is the simplified version.

Sometimes I get caught up in my own agenda.  That creates anxiety in me that makes me wonder if I’m going to get what I want when I ask God for it.  The anxiety comes when I try to anticipate the packaging!  I begin to imagine the packaging and pile on features and benefits that really stretch the intent of God’s plan.  It’s a slippery slope.

I’m thankful that God is patient and gentle and kind.  He reminds me of His plan to keep me on track.  I’m thankful that I can trust His love for me.  Walking by faith is not for the faint of heart!!  It requires a surrender that is very challenging some days for this rehabilitating self-sufficient, independent, performance driven, single mom! I remain thankful that God is teaching me a different way to live each day.  It is a kinder and gentler path with a lighter burden…just like He promised.

Thank you Lord for Your gentle guidance and Your faithful presence. Help me to trust you more each day and rest in Your arms with confidence.

1 John 5:13-15, Ephesians 3:12, Hebrews 10:35, James 1:5-6

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Many Troubles

Embed from Getty Images“The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all;” Psalm 34:19 NIV

Someone is always watching.  It may be a friend or neighbor or a casual observer.  When we encounter our many troubles, do we reflect the confidence that the Lord will deliver us?  Is there anything different about us that stands out to the casual observer? Or do we look like everyone else?

Those questions can give me brain freeze.  I ask for more boldness and courage daily.  Now I’ve added confidence in the Word of God to my list.  1 John 5:13-15 says something very similar but is even more pointed.  This is my paraphrase:  An encouragement to believers: Be confident that we can have anything that we ask God for that is in His plan.

So that begs the question: What is God’s plan? I do not mean to sound cliché but it is pretty simple for me.  It is God’s plan that we love each other. It is God’s plan that we share His love with everyone we meet. It is God’s plan that we take authority and demolish every obstacle that Satan places in our path that keeps us from accomplishing that goal. That is the simplified version.

Sometimes I get caught up in my own agenda.  That creates anxiety in me that makes me wonder if I’m going to get what I want when I ask God for it.  The anxiety comes when I try to anticipate the packaging!  I begin to imagine the packaging and pile on features and benefits that really stretch the intent of God’s plan.  It’s a slippery slope.

I’m thankful that God is patient and gentle and kind.  He reminds me of His plan to keep me on track.  I’m thankful that I can trust His love for me.  Walking by faith is not for the faint of heart!!  It requires a surrender that is very challenging some days for this rehabilitating self-sufficient, independent, performance driven, single mom! I remain thankful that God is teaching me a different way to live each day.  It is a kinder and gentler path with a lighter burden…just like He promised.

Thank you Lord for Your gentle guidance and Your faithful presence. Help me to trust you more each day and rest in Your arms with confidence.

1 John 5:13-15, Ephesians 3:12, Hebrews 10:35, James 1:5-6

Walk in Faith Gracefully

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“But if we hope for what is still unseen by us, we wait for it with patience and composure.” Romans 8:25 AMP

This scripture really gets at the grace part of faith.  To me it describes how to walk in faith gracefully. As we walk forward with a listening ear for God’s direction – into the unknown, sight unseen – it is to be with patience and composure.

Patience: 1. An ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay. 2. Quiet, steady perseverance; even tempered care; diligence.

Composure: Serene, self-controlled state of mind; calmness; tranquility.

To accomplish this it requires a focus in the Spirit, on God’s plan, in a state of complete trust. Otherwise fear, doubt, worry and anxiety start to creep in.

I picture that I have blinders on to block out distraction, focusing my eyes on a bright light ahead. No sense of panic. No sense of floundering, being lost or left behind. I simply walk toward the beacon that has been placed in front of me for direction. I imagine that on a stormy night that is what the beacon from the lighthouse looks like. The captain has been navigating according to His compass, maps and headings but he can’t physically see anything. Then he captures a glimpse of the light. It confirms for him that his course was true, even if he may have felt uncertain at times. It affirms his choice to follow the course that had been laid out. The light guides him the rest of the way – past even the rockiest of shores.

Father thank you for being a beacon in my life to confirm and affirm Your direction. Help me use all the tools that You give me wisely. May I be full of patience and composure on this journey regardless of what I can or cannot see!

Romans 8:31, Psalm 19:8, 2 Corinthians 1:24