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I think we are all guilty of trying to fit God into a box of our own design…a box that conforms Him to what our limited minds can handle and grasp.  However, no matter how we try to shrink God down to our level, we just cannot do it.  He was, is, and forever will be the King of the world.  Natalie Grant’s song says it best:

I tried to fit you in the walls inside my mind
I try to keep you safely in between the lines
I try to put you in the box that I’ve designed
I try to pull you down so we are eye to eye

When did I forget that you’ve always been the king of the world?
I try to take life back right out of the hands of the king of the world
How could I make you so small
When you’re the one who holds it all
When did I forget that you’ve always been the king of the world

Just a whisper of your voice can tame the seas
So who am I to try to take the lead
Still I run ahead and think I’m strong enough
When you’re the one who made me from the dust

When did I forget that you’ve always been the king of the world?
I try to take life back right out of the hands of the king of the world
How could I make you so small
When you’re the one who holds it all
When did I forget that you’ve always been the king of the world

Oh, you set it all in motion
Every single moment
You brought it all to me
And you’re holding on to me

When did I forget that you’ve always been the king of the world?
I try to take life back right out of the hands of the king of the world
How could I make you so small
When you’re the one who holds it all
When did I forget you’ve always been the king of the world
You will always be the king of the world

God is so much bigger than anything we will ever be able to understand.  We will never be eye to eye with Him.  He is beyond anything our minds can fathom and the best we can do is remember that He was, is, and forever will be the King of the world.

 

“It may not always be easy, but being frustrated and unfulfilled due to being outside the will of God is more difficult than pressing through all the opposition in order to walk in His will.” Joyce Meyer

I think for most of us, it’s easy to decide that being in God’s will is the most difficult path we could possibly walk. We can convince ourselves that what He is asking is to do or not do is just beyond what we can do. We may believe that there are just too many obstacles in our path to accomplish what He has planned for us, and we can be sure there are people encouraging us to give up. And what do we do…we give up! What we fail to consider when we give up and step outside of His will is that ANYTHING outside of His will is going to end up infinitely worse than ANYTHING we could’ve faced in His will. We have to realize that outside of His will, we don’t have His protection, His strength, His resources, His power, and His hand guiding us. When we are in God’s will, we may face opposition from the world, but when we are outside His will, we will face opposition from Him. God will fight us to stay in His will where He knows we are safe and protected. He will battle us as long as it takes and as ferociously as it takes in order to bring us back to where we need to be. God is relentless in His pursuit of us…He will never let us go! The choices we make are ours and no matter what we choose, there will be difficulties and opposition. We just have to decide if we want to face opposition from the world or from God.

My youngest grandson just turned ten months old, and every day brings new discoveries for him. He is adding new words to his vocabulary daily and is taking more and more steps on his own. I know that it won’t be very long before he is taking our ears off and running around all over the place. But for now, I’m just trying to soak in every little step and every little word he says.  I know he won’t stay little forever and I want to hold on as long as I can. Each milestone is bittersweet – it’s exciting and fills me with joy to see him accomplishing new things, but a little sad because each accomplishment takes him one step closer to growing up! No matter how much I would love to, I know I can’t keep him little forever…it’s just the natural progression of life. In the same way, there should be a natural spiritual progression in our lives. God doesn’t want us to stay babies in our faith…He wants us to grow more mature as we walk with Him. He celebrates our milestones and encourages us to take that next step! He cheers for every baby step we take, knowing that it is taking us closer and closer to a deeper and more intimate relationship with Him. Sometimes we may fear that God is going to be disappointed if we stumble or fall, but He won’t! Just like I know my seeet boy is learning, God knows that our entire life journey is a learning experience. Just as I would never be disappointed in my grandson for not getting something right, God will not be upset if we make a mistake. He will continue to cheer us on and encourage us to keep going until we get it right!

“As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the Word, that you may grow…” 1 Peter 2:2

“Sometimes God says ‘No’ to something good to say ‘Yes’ to something better.”

I’m not sure who originally said the above quote, but it has proven true many times in my life. It’s so easy to think that when God closes a door or says “no” about something we want that He is just being mean or unfair. It’s easy to think He doesn’t really care about what we want or that our feelings don’t matter at all to Him. However, nothing could be farther from the truth. God says “no” in order to protect us or to give us something better than what we’ve asked for. We may not understand His timing or His ways, but we can count on the fact that whatever He has in store for us is what we really want. We have to realize that His plans are perfect and will never fail us. We have to understand that He is all-knowing and knows every detail of everything from start to finish. He sees the big picture, while we only see bits and pieces. He knows how each moment of our life is intricately woven together to create the masterpiece He intended it to be. We have to grasp the fact that we are limited in our understanding and in our vision. We need to comprehend the fact that what He has planned for us is probably so far beyond us that we can’t even ask for it because we don’t even begin to understand what it really is. God, unlike us, knows us in the future, so only He can make the best decisions for our life. Is it easy to be told “no”? Absolutely not! Just tell a toddler “no” about something they want and you will probably catch a glimpse of how we react to God when He tells us “no”.  It’s not a pretty picture, is it? We may not like it, but we can trust it! God will not let us down! He will never fail us or lead us in the wrong way! Trust Him…and let Him show you things beyond your wildest imagination!

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; lean not on your own understanding…” Proverbs 3:5

 

 

 

I saw a video on Facebook recently that showed several ducklings following their mother across a bridge. The mother duck jumped off of the bridge into the water and  every duckling followed suit. Not one of them stopped at the edge of the bridge and thought about whether to follow or not. Not one turned around and ran back from where they had come. Not one quacked as if to ask the mother if she was sure she wanted them to follow her. Not one acted afraid of what may lie ahead in the water. They simply followed where she led. As I watched, I wished that I followed God in that same way. Unfortunately, that is not the case. I may follow for a bit, but if He expects me to jump off a bridge into the water that I am not familiar with, I’m going to have to think long and hard about it. I know myself well enough to know I am going to prefer just to turn around and go back to the familiar…the place where I am comfortable, the place that I am accustomed to. If I even consider the possibility of jumping into the water of the unknown, I am going to have a multitude of questions. “Are You sure, Lord? Do You really want me to do this? Isn’t there something else You would rather me do? How can I be sure it’s safe down there? How can I know that You are going to protect me fro whatever is lurking under the surface of the water? What if O can’t swim? What if I start to sink? What if a big wave comes and knocks me under? Where will You be? What if You can’t get to me in time?” The ducklings follow their mother because they trust her implicitly…why can’t I trust God like that? He calls us to follow Him and doesn’t give us a roadmap. Following Him is based on trust alone! It’s not easy, but no one who’s ever followed Him has ever regretted it! If you are like me and struggle with jumping off of that bridge, take a deep breath and jump! He’s waiting right there and will be with you every step of the way!

“Then Jesus said to them, ‘Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men. They immediately left their nets and followed Him.”   Luke 1:17-18

Recently, I had a conversation with someone about the fact that so many of us are just barely sqaueaking by in so many areas of our life. We may be struggling financially and just scraping to get by from paycheck to paycheck. We may find that there just isn’t enough time in our day, and we are having difficulties getting everything accomplished that we need to accomplish. We may be hanging on to our job by the skin of our teeth. We may find that we barely have enough strength and energy to get through our day to day activities. As I thought about this conversation, I was reminded of something I heard in a Bible study. The teacher said the reason so many of us fail to share our faith is because we don’t have any to spare. We barely have enough faith to squeak by in our own life, much less have any left over to share with someone else. We may want to share our faith, we may have good intentions of sharing our faith, and we may even set out to share our faith, but life comes in and depletes our supply before we even get out of the door in the morning. The question I’m asking myself is, “Why in the world am I living this way?” Jesus didn’t come for us to just squeak by…He came so we could live in abundance! Our God never intended for us to have just enough faith to barely keep ourself going…He intended for us to have faith to share! He wants you to share your faith sonthat others can see Him through you! He is the God of more than enough…ask Him and let Him fill you to overflowing!

“I came that they may have life and have it more abundantly.” John 10:10

This weekend, many of us celebrated Mother’s Day, so my mind has been on moms and everything that being a mom entails! No matter what our circumstances, no matter how many children we have, and no matter where we are along our parenting journey, there are some things that, for the most part, moms share in common. Moms love their children unconditionally, sacrificially, and without hesitation. That love is formed long before she ever lays eyes on her bundle of joy. Moms protect their children at any cost. Moms nurture and care for their children with a passion unlike any other you will find on this planet. Moms do everything they can for their children. And moms worry! They worry about every single thing imaginable regarding their children. It all starts in the womb. Natural birth vs anesthesia vs C-section, home birth vs hospital birth, breastfeed vs bottle feed, rock the baby to sleep vs let them learn to put themselves to sleep, sleep alone vs co-sleep, pacifier vs no pacifier, homemade baby food vs store bought baby food, sugar vs no sugar, vaccinate vs no vaccinations, home school vs private school vs public school…the list goes on and on and on. Ever decision seems as if the weight of the world is on your shoulders and if you make a mistake, you just know your child/children will be scarred for life. You worry, you fret, you research, you worry some more because you discover even more things you hadn’t thought about when you research the thing you were researching. It’s a vicious cycle and, at this point, we’ve only made it to preschool! Add peer pressure or well intentioned friends/family to this equation and we have a recipe for disaster! Everyone you know that has a child your age is a constant reminder that you may not be measuring up! Their baby is already crawling, walking, talking, feeding themselves, is fully potty trained, writing their name, etc. Your friend’s child is so well behaved, her house is always spotless, and she looks like she just stepped out of a photo shoot, but you can’t even manage to take a shower every day! She feeds her child only organic foods, but your doing good to get a frozen pizza cooked. She never seems frazzled or tired, and you never seen anything but! Motherhood is definitely not for the faint of heart! It’s a 24/7 job and it doesn’t get any easier as you become more experienced. And if you allow it, the guilt will consume you and sick every ounce of joy out of motherhood. Our relationship with Christ is no different. We can compare ourselves to other and allow guilt and condemnation for how we don’t measure up to destroy us. We can allow it to hinder our relationship with Christ  because it takes all of the joy out of it. Jesus died to TAKE AWAY your sin, not to condemn you for them. Let Him!

“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,” Romans 8:1


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