Will you run and hide when you’re not approved by the rest?
Or will you put into practice all you’ve been shown
Speak boldly, stand strong even when all alone?
Faith without works is dead
Works without faith is misled
Demonstrate your faith by your works instead.
“What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,’ but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” James 2:14-17
Disappointments and heartaches We can give these to You And attempt to align how we think to Your Word and Your truths So what do You say About moments that don’t go our way To remember You are Sovereign And there are grander purposes at play
“Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan.” Ephesians 1:11
Your love does not sway It can’t be altered or taken away It doesn’t change with each passing season It knows no limits, it surpasses all reason Your love is better than life More than our finite minds can possess Your ultimate gift to us and reassurance That in Your perfect love, we may breathe and rest.
“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:3).
“And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them” (1 John 4:16)
I did everything the Bible told me to I forsook all others And followed after You
You said when I confessed all my sin That You cleansed, You forgave When I believed with all my heart You had washed all my sin away
You said my weakness was my strength Because where I am weak You are strong You said I could trust in Your grace But this now appears all wrong
You have not kept Your promises Your Word has not proven to be true You have forsaken and abandoned me Unless there never really was a You.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD.
My God! My God! Why have you abandoned me? Why are you so far from delivering me— from my groaning words? My God, I cry out to you throughout the day, but you do not answer; and throughout the night, but I have no rest.
I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime! Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning.
If we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself.
You know what’s truth and what is false You know how and where to direct our feet You know why the sun rises each day You know what gives our hearts their beat You know the reasons disappointments come You separate the land from the sea When the sun doesn’t rise or a heart is lost You still call us to trust in Your Sovereignty
Summer is here, let the classes and camps begin! This year the summer activities we signed our boys up for all happen to fall on the same two weeks. Coordinating all of the pick ups and drop offs has taken quite a bit of concentration and effort. Band for one kid at 10:20, Basketball for another at 1, basketball for the other at 2:20, Ninja training at 4 and carpooling a group of kids to drama rehearsal at 5 and 10 pm, and a partridge in a pear tree.
As I was preparing to let the boy’s dad know which pick ups and drop offs he could help with on Wednesday, my mind jumped to thinking about the details of Thursday. That thought felt quite overwhelming as each day this week has it’s own specific minute details. So, I decided we would just go over the details one day at a time. Let us get through the details of Wednesday and help that run as smooth as possible before we start working out and discussing the details for Thursday. Otherwise, our minds may explode.
And it dawned on me that God probably has that same desire for us when giving direction. Each day has it’s own challenges, it’s own details, it’s own decisions to be made and acted on. Yet, when seeking direction from Him, we tend to want to know our entire future. “Can’t You just give us the entire picture now?!” I know for me, I rarely stop and ask for just the directions He has that one day. No, I want to know exactly what the directions will be for the next and the next and the next instead of trusting Him for the big picture and walking with Him one day at a time.
Lord, You know the details and needs of this day. You know the challenges and decisions we will face. You see down the road and know what direction You would have us take today. When we turn to the left or the right, let us hear You say “this is the way, now walk in it”.
“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” Matthew 6:34
“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21
I went in with the lions And yet came out alive Unscathed to tell the story Of how and by Whom I survived Clearly not by strength Not by my wit nor guile But because the Lord, He fought for me And always wins the battle
“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:14
19At the first light of dawn, the king got up and hurried to the lions’ den. 20When he came near the den, he called to Daniel in an anguished voice, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to rescue you from the lions?” Daniel 6:19-20
Don’t forget the Lord When you face hopelessness Don’t forget the Lord When you lose sight of the light Don’t forget the Lord When you look at probability Don’t forget the Lord When you feel you’re losing the fight.
Have you ever noticed the phrase ‘But God’ in your Bible? Chances are: you have – and skated right past it. Take a closer look. From Genesis to 1 Samuel and Acts to Ephesians, almost every time the phrase occurs, it is to signal a change of scene. And each time, it is God stepping into the picture to powerfully upend a messed-up world again.
43 Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. 44 They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.” Mark 12:43-44
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:3
May Your will be done Whether it leaves me wanting or satisfied May Your will be done Whether it finds me alone or with loved ones by my side May Your will be done Whether full of pain or jubilee May Your will be done As I draw near to Thee
11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength. (Phillipians 4: 11-13)