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Where is Your Comfort?

This morning as I read my favorite devotional entitled Streams in the Desert it spoke of the trials of Job. It reminded me of how the Lord uses the hard things in our lives to help us grow stronger in our faith and in our total dependence on Him. There is a song that comes to mind as I reflect on the current trials in my life. The song is by recording artist Laura Story and is entitled Blessings. It speaks to the truth that the trials and the unanswered prayers in our lives just may be “His mercies in disguise.” We can’t always know or see these mercies for what they are as we walk the path of trials, but He tells us that He will shepherd us through them. His Word tells us that He will work everything for His good.  We are to trust our Faithful Savior. This morning as I opened this devotional, neatly tucked in between the pages for today and tomorrow was this prayer that I wrote years ago.

     A Prayer for Comfort 12-18-09

     Oh Precious Savior, what is it that I dread?

    I look at the road before me on which I continue to tread.

    What is it in my heart, Dear Lord that pulls your joy from me?

    Why have I lost my focus on the plans you’d have me see? 

    Plans to prosper, plans for good, plans filled with your constant care,

    Why Oh Father, do my eyes wander far from there?

    I see around me burdens, stacked so high and deep.

    These are Satan’s visions that only make me weep.

    Please Dear Father and my God, help my eyes to see

    I can carry all these things, as hard as they may be. 

    I will draw my strength from You, enough for each new day.

    Keep my eyes upon you Lord as we go our way.

    You have the strength for me to stand and grow steadfast in heart.

    I place today in Your strong hands as I take my start.

    Let me fix my eyes on You, and know that it’s all good.

    And step by step I’ll walk in faith as I know I should.

    Let Satan not distract my gaze. Please keep me hedged in tight.

    I am in your loving arms Dear Lord, hold me with Thy might. 

    Thank you Father for this road that reminds me You are there,

    Standing here beside me, my Rock of Power, Strength and Care.

 I remember the trial, and Yes… He did answer this prayer. He walked me along a path that I would not have chosen and at the end, placed my feet back on solid ground. In looking back on that path there were so many blessing that I would have missed if He had let me bypass that particular road. What are you facing this day, this week, this month, or this year? Are you comforted as I am that Our Shepherd is walking right beside you? He knows the way…He has already walked it…Trust Him!                

Written by: guest blogger Jeanne East

Christian School Educator

“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God whose words I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?” Psalm 56:3-4

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God Speaks on Anxiety

What are you anxious about? anx·ious -full of mental distress or uneasiness because of fear of danger or misfortune; greatly worried; solicitous.

We cannot have both fear and peace at the same time.  Faith and fear cannot coexist.  You either trust God in this area of your life or you don’t.

1 John 4:18

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.

Do you know the love God has for you?  Do you believe Him for all things?  Do you love God with all your heart, soul and mind?

This is what God says about anxiety.  Meditate on these verses.

Jeremiah 17:8 - He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.”

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Please note that God is saying below “do not be anxious”…this is a command; not a suggestion.

Matthew 6:25 [ Do Not Be Anxious ] “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?

Matthew 6:31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’

Matthew 6:34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Matthew 10:19 When they deliver you over, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say, for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour.

Mark 13:11 And when they bring you to trial and deliver you over, do not be anxious beforehand what you are to say, but say whatever is given you in that hour, for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit. Luke 12:11 And when they bring you before the synagogues and the rulers and the authorities, do not be anxious about how you should defend yourself or what you should say,

Luke 12:22 [ Do Not Be Anxious ] And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on.

Finally,

Philippians 4:6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Do not be anxious about anything…

Matthew 6:27

Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

There is nothing that God wants us to be anxious about.

What should we do when we begin to worry?

1 Peter 5:7

casting all your anxieties on Him, because he cares for you.

Pray, cast your anxieties on Him, and meditate on His Word & character.  You can trust the man who died for you!

Written by Julie Van Gorp

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Do You Try to "Figure it Out" Or Do You Simply Trust God?

Recently, we decided to house and act as a “summer camp” experience for an inner city child through “Fresh Air Fund”.  Plans were set, and I had spoken to this child’s mother several times.  Then suddenly, the mother “pulled” her daughter’s application and told the administrators at Fresh Air that her daughter was no longer going to participate.  Upon getting the news our family was disappointed, especially my daughter who was excited to make a new friend.  

As I wondered about why they cancelled I was immediately relieved that I no longer believed the lie that everything that doesn’t work out the way I hoped is my fault or that I had to “figure out” why they made this choice!  

Do you blame yourself when things don’t work out the way you planned?

I can admit that there would’ve been a time in my life where I would have recounted verbatim every word I had spoken to the mother.  I would have lost sleep wondering what I could have and should have done differently; blaming myself for a result, that in reality, I have NO control over!  I would have requested that the administrator “figure out” why they cancelled and report back to me so I would know or maybe I could “fix” it (oh don’t go there unless God calls you to it!) instead of resting in God’s plan.  

When we try to “figure things out” it can lead to many unwanted problems, drama, upsets and heavy burdens.  God tells us in Matthew 11:30 that His burden is light

“For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”- this is true when we trust God.  

When we choose to trust God we will find rest.

Yes, my soul, finds rest in God; my hope comes from him. Psalm 62:5

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I now pray and believe that when I say or do something that genuinely caused hurt feelings or a change in plans that God will make it known to me and will also make known to me what I should do about it.  In the meantime, we must trust God and move on.  

It is so freeing to realize that most of the reasons people use to make decisions has nothing at all to do with us, but everything to do with them.  We must stop trying to “figure it out,” and start trusting God in the details of our lives.

Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable His judgments, and His paths beyond tracing out!

Romans 11:33

Yesterday, I received a call that a new girl has been matched with our family through Fresh Air Fund!  We are trusting that she is the exact child that God wants in our home.  

Are you tempted to try to “figure it out” or do you rest in God’s plan?

Written by Jamie Shaver

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