Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Becoming Like Little Children

Matthew 18:3 And [Jesus] said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

I sat on my front step and looked at the blossoms coming from the euphorbia.


 “You bloom?” I asked. (I talk to my plants all the time. I think they appreciate it.)  I had no idea it did. I just knew it had pointed leaves, lasted a long time, and was easy to grow. That’s why I bought it.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

God’s Words To Us

I know everything about you
Your strengths and your weaknesses
Remember, I gave them to you.
Nothing you do or say
Or think or desire
Will surprise me, for I already know it.
Trust me even when you can’t see what
I am doing in your life
I will reveal it when you are ready.
Persevere, for it increases your character
And character will give you hope and assurance
That you will come out the other side
One day you will see how all the pieces of the puzzles of your life
Fit together to form a beautiful picture I have planned
I will surround you with all you need
Friends and family, wisdom and knowledge.
You will receive them when you need them.
Trust me, for I am not a liar.
I speak only truth.
I am the path for you to follow
I am the TRUTH you must hang onto
I am the LIFE that you need.
I love you to the ends of the earth and
I will never leave you or forsake you.
I am faithful and will bring about my purposes in your life.
I am working to grow you in ways you cannot see.
And my plans will prevail.
You must simply hold fast to what never changes.
You must hold onto me.

God tells us all these things in the Bible. Which one(s) comfort or challenge you most? Don't forget to join the conversation.




Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Emmanuel--God is With You

"God is with you.” Christians know this is true, that God is with us because He’s everywhere.  But sometimes we fail to personalize it. “God is with you” means he is with YOU, personally, individually, everywhere you go. And he always will be.  He tells us in Joshua 1:5, “I will never leave you or forsake you.”  David also penned these thoughts  toward God in Psalm 139

Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in the depths, behold, You are there.

If I take the wings of the dawn,
If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea,
Even there Your hand will lead me,
And Your right hand will lay hold of me. (Psalm 139:7-10 NASB)


It’s easy for us to think God has let us go, that he’s abandoned us when life beats us down. There are times we feel pummeled over and over whether it’s finances, health problems, difficult family relationships, or any host of other hardships we encounter in life. We have to hold onto what’s true. Our circumstances ARE real, they DO matter, and we CAN’T just ignore them.  But, the key is we don’t have to handle it alone. 

God puts people in our lives to walk alongside us. People who will walk alongside us, encourage us, pray for us, and help keep us on the right path toward our goals.
How have you seen God’s presence in your life?