Monday’s Musings #255 & Never Alone

Never Alone & Monday's Musings #255

This week I had lunch with a dear friend. We are in the same season of life. It was a blessing not only to visit but to feel comfortable in sharing what we are going through these days. It’s not anything major but for both of us, it’s taking us on a journey we were not ready for. Yet to know we are not alone in our journey is a precious reassurance. Reminds me of the verse in Ecclesiastes, chapter 4, “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!” 

The Lord is so good to give us friends who will walk through life with us. I am ever so grateful for the friends I have in my life. Truly. Be that as it may, I am privy to an even more wonderful relationship that never, ever fails me.

When life gets challenging, the Lord never leaves us. When we hit lows, He is ever present. Our “times are in His hands” it says in Psalm 31, verse 15. If our times are in His hands, we can believe He will help us through whatever we are experiencing. Discouragement, sadness, and any other negative emotion that we might allow to encompass us during any season of life, He removes because He is right there with us. “Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence?” (Psalm 139:7) In addition, all of our sweet precious moments of joy are in His hands as well. Those times that make us smile and rejoice, He orchestrates.

All events that concern us, and the timing of them, belong to Him. They are at God’s disposal. Matthew Henry, in his commentary on Psalm 31, states that “David didn’t prescribe to God, he subscribed to Him.” In other words, he agreed with the Lord and accepted God’s design for his life. All of it.

See, we are never alone no matter where we are in life. Our God is a faithful presence. And we can (I will!) rejoice in that! “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” (Psalm 16:11)

UPDATE: Last week I was not able to put the linky up. I had an injury to my eye and was unable to handle staring at the computer screen or bright lights in general. I am doing much better and praising the Lord for healing.

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Never Alone & Monday's Musings #255

Monday’s Musings Purpose:

To have others share encouragement about being a child of God, being a godly wife, motherhood, homemaking, homeschooling, healthy recipes, modest dress, etc. (I reserve the right to remove anything I deem unacceptable. Keep in mind this is a Christian blog.)

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We Are Greatly Loved

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As children of God, we can know without a doubt that we are a people greatly loved by a good and amazing God. Daniel learned about this great love in a moment of consternation. A hand reached down and touched him setting him to tremble on his hands and knees. Then, the Lord said to Daniel, “O Daniel, a man greatly loved…” (Daniel 10:11) See, how the Lord refers to him?

Daniel was chosen and directed by the Father just as we are chosen and directed by the Father. Can we not appropriate this title as well? A woman/man greatly loved? Do we embrace this great love given to us by the Father?

Once, we rioted in our sin. We were slaves to it. It entertained us and fed us. It also kept us separated from our Father in heaven. Sin does that. It takes our eyes off of our awesome God. But Jesus came. He lived among us. He spoke words of comfort to us. He healed the brokenhearted. He suffered cruelly. He carried and died on a cross. He rose again to sit at the right hand of God. He now reigns forever and ever. This friends, is the great love found in Jesus Christ gifted to us by God, the Father.

And although we know we are greatly loved, we don’t often grab a hold of it wholeheartedly. So, how do we embrace this truth of being greatly loved?

~ We believe without a doubt in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Son of God the Father. “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)

~ We trust in the written Word of God which we “accepted…not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers.” (1 Thessalonians 2:13)

~ We have confidence in the certainty that “neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)

~ We are humbled by the fact that when we do sin, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)

~ We relish in the reminder that “The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17)

~ We cling to the reassurance that “If we are faithless, he remains faithful— for he cannot deny himself.” (2 Timothy 2:13)

~ We understand when suffering comes upon us “that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” (Romans 5:3-5)

See, we are greatly loved, Beloved. We need to embrace this love and think on it daily. We ought to hold tight to it and let our hearts focus on this love God gives us.

 

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Monday’s Musings #229 & The Unexpected Rescue

The Unexpected Rescue & Monday's Musings #229 | What Joy Is Mine

Most of us know this truth found in the gospels of Matthew, Mark and John. Jesus had just finished feeding the disciples and the multitude miraculously. Jesus immediately made the disciples get in a boat afterwards and set sail to Bethsaida while He went up on the mountain to pray alone. This happened most likely in the late afternoon as evening found Jesus praying on the mountain alone. (Matthew 14:23)

When evening came, Jesus “saw that they were making headway painfully for the wind was against them.(Mark 6:48) At about the fourth watch, Jesus came to them, walking on the sea. At first sight, they were terrified, shouting, “It is a ghost!” (Matthew 14:26) But “immediately, [Jesus] spoke to them and said, ‘Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.’ “ (Mark 6:50, brackets mine) 

Jesus then “got into the boat and the wind ceased.” (Mark 6:51) The disciples “were glad to take him into the boat.” (John 6:21) Matthew’s version of this truth covers Peter’s “little faith” but we are not going to talk about that today. Right now I want to share how Jesus performed an unexpected rescue. Unexpected to the disciples, that is.

Our lives will be filled with many unexpected “storms” just like the disciples experienced. Yet we can have peace in knowing that God knows each one of those storms we will face. From the littlest ones to the ones that really shake us. The disciples didn’t foresee this storm they would encounter and definitely didn’t know the extent of its fierceness, but Jesus did. In the gospel of Mark, we read that Jesus saw their storm. God foresees our storms as well. Nothing is hidden from Him, friends. “And no creature is hidden from his sight.” (Hebrews 4:13)

Sometimes we are in the middle of a storm in life and begin feeling we won’t make it out. It tries every fiber of our faith and we begin to think we won’t survive. The disciples not only were shaken about by this storm but it was occurring at night. This most likely increased their fears about the whole situation. God’s people are not exempt from heavy storms. Yet we have hope. So did the disciples.

That hope is Jesus. See, Jesus did not leave the disciples to their fear and frightening situation. Instead, he came to them. Did you catch that? He came to them. He not only came but he walked on water to get to them. And he was not late about doing so. The account says Jesus came “in the fourth watch of the night.” That would be like 3 a.m. in the morning. It may seem like he waited too long but God’s timing is perfect all the time. Jesus knew just when to go to the disciples. We must trust the timing of God. He is never early nor late.

So, our Savior walked on raging tides at the peak of the morning to save His own. That’s what God does for us in our storms. He comes in the right moment to rescue us even when we aren’t expecting it. The disciples certainly didn’t expect to see Him. We can tell that by their terrified reaction. However, Jesus was there to deliver them. We can believe He will do the same for us in our tough times according to His will. When it feels like we will not be able to stand and walk through our storm or we feel we are alone in doing so, we can hold onto the fact that God is always on time and can overcome all. He does not leave us or forsake us. “And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.” (Psalm 9:10)  

This wonderful truth in the gospels reassures us of a faithful God. May you know His faithfulness today and always believe in the almighty power of an on time God.

Well, hello all! I got this post and linky up on time this week. Yay! Hope your week has been joy-filled. I have been revamping my planner this weekend and am so excited about that. I have found that my planner must change with the seasons of life so I change it. Anyways, what will you share this week friends? Thank you for doing so!

Monday's Musings | What Joy Is Mine

Monday’s Musings Purpose:

1. To have others share encouragement about being a child of God, being a godly wife, motherhood, homemaking, homeschooling, healthy recipes, modest dress, etc. (I reserve the right to remove anything I deem unacceptable. Keep in mind this is a Christian blog.)

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An Accident, A Good God & Monday’s Musings #221

An Accident, A Good God & Monday's Musings #221 | What Joy Is Mine

I shared last week that my car was rear-ended and in the shop. It took them ten days but they finally decided what to do. They deemed my car a total loss. This was bittersweet news for me. That car has served us well. It has driven baseball players to and from games and practices, was used to teach two kids to drive, taken us to Disneyland, the beach, Kansas, Memphis, Alabama, Colorado, Arizona, and Missouri, a few of those on more than one occasion, not to mention the many every day activities and errands. I am going to miss that car. So many memories.

Letting go and moving forward isn’t always desired or easy. We get comfortable and any change, no matter how little, is disrupting to our life. However, our Father knows what is best for us all the time. For us, He knew our car had many miles on it. He knew we were going to have to replace the timing chain before it snapped, which would cost more to fix if it did. He also knew we are hoping to take three out-of-state trips after summer and would need a more reliable vehicle. The way in which a new more reliable vehicle would be made available to us was not at all what we would choose, however, we “know that for those who love God all things work together for good.(Romans 8:28) Including the unexpected and sad things.

So, even a situation like this shines forth a faithful and loving God. We have learned:

  1. God is all knowing. Omniscient. He knew what we would endure. “Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure.(Psalm 147:5)
  2. God always provides. Our Jehovah Jireh. He makes sure we have what we need to endure. “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.(Philippians 4:19)
  3. God is present. Omnipresent. He never forsakes His children and He hasn’t left our side. He reminds us, “My presence will go with you.(Exodus 33:14) 
  4. God is wise. He perfectly knows the best way in every detail of every circumstance to bring about His purpose in our lives. And we say, “To the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen.” (Romans 16:27)
  5. God protects. We did not suffer serious injury and we are not stuck with a financial burden because of the accident. “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.” (Psalm 91:1)
  6. God loves abundantly. We have felt His steadfast love in how all the concerns surrounding this situation have come together without any of our doing. “So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us.(1 John 4:16)
  7. God is trustworthy. We can completely trust Him to guide us in deciding on the right vehicle for our family. We know He will do this so we “Commit [our] way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.(Psalm 37:5, brackets mine)

No matter how nerve wrecking these last few weeks have been, we have found peace in the shadow of the Almighty. (Psalm 91:1b) He has been our Keeper. (Psalm 121:5) And we believe what He has brought our way, He will continue to bring us through as He is “the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations.(Deuteronomy 7:9) 

Friends, it is a new week. And that means, new encouragement! Thank you for sharing. Now onto the party.

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Monday’s Musings Purpose: I would LOVE! to have you share encouragement about being a child of God, being a godly wife, motherhood, homemaking, homeschooling, healthy recipes, modest dress, etc. (I reserve the right to remove anything I deem unacceptable. Keep in mind this is a Christian blog.) Please link directly to the post you’re sharing. Be sure to link back here by using a text link or the logo below. This link up party stays open until Wednesday evening. Oh, and sometimes I share your posts on Pinterest, Twitter and/or Facebook because I desire for our readers to be blessed. Thank you for visiting and linking up. Now, let’s get to sharing. Link following this post. Grab my link button in the side bar and place on your blog so others know about our community and can join in.

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Breaking Our Chains & Prisons

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Do you ever feel trapped? Trapped in fear? Trapped by a situation in life? Trapped with no feeling of hope? In Acts 12, we see that the Lord is bigger than our chains and prisons, whether they are ones we create or ones created for us for a reason.

In Acts 12, we learn that Peter is imprisoned and four squads of soldiers were put in place to guard him. Matthew Henry writes, “that would be equal to sixteen men.” In addition, upon knowing of Peter’s imprisonment, earnest prayer was made for Peter by the church.

Now the very night that Herod was about to bring Peter out, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, and bound with two chains. There were sentries guarding the prison door. Herod made efforts to make sure Peter could not escape his imprisonment. However, an angel of the Lord sent by the Lord penetrated the prison walls. This angel came and stood next to Peter and a light shone in the cell.

He struck Peter on the side and woke him. He told Peter to “Get up quickly.” His chains fell off immediately. The angel instructed him further, “Dress yourself and put on your sandals.” Peter obeyed. Finally, the angel said, “Wrap your cloak around you and follow me.” Peter went out and followed him.

This is such a powerful truth for us. Peter’s story reminds us that God is bigger than our chains and prisons. He can penetrate those walls that keep us inside. He can provide a light in the darkness. Peter probably had no clear idea that God would deliver him from this situation let alone how. In fact, while his rescue was taking place, Peter thought that all that was happening to him was a vision. But he soon learns that the Lord sent his angel and rescued him from the hand of Herod and from all that the Jewish people were expecting. (Acts 12:11)

First lesson here, God allowed Peter to be imprisoned. When trials come upon us, it is hard to think that God would allow them to happen. Yet remember, He is sovereign over all. “Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases.(Psalm 115:3) In His sovereignty, He knows what He is doing in our life. Each trial we walked through does have a purpose and we do not suffer in vain. The “prisons” we feel we are trapped in are not to encourage a lack of trust in a holy and sovereign God but instead draw us closer to Him. Peter doesn’t resist what is about to happen to him but instead endures it. He most likely doesn’t like it but his faith reminds him that “The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.” (Psalm 145:18)

Second lesson, God sent an angel to rescue Peter. You’ve heard that saying, “If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.” God did that for Peter. His angel came to deliver Peter from the cell. But so much more in this deliverance does Peter gain. Not only is he rescued from the prison cell, he was also led to safety by the angel of the Lord and, most importantly, his eyes are opened to what God had done for him. How often our eyes are closed per se then opened to see God’s hand leading us. God is perfect in His timing when moving in our life. “The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.” (Lamentations 3:25,26) We may not always know this in the moment but we can be sure that God is present even in our doubtfulness.

Thirdly, God prepared Peter for his rescue and the journey that followed. He had him get dressed, put on his sandals, then cover with his cloak. God equips us for all situations we face and live through. He clothes us with what we need, he makes our feet fit to walk through our situations, and He covers us and places us under His guidance and protection. Psalm 23:1 reminds us, “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” We can know without a doubt God is very present and provides all we need to endure our sufferings that make us feel imprisoned.

Finally, Peter does not keep this God-story to himself. Instead, he gave glory to God then went on to share what God had done for him. Isn’t that what we are about while on this earth? We are to spread the good news of what the Lord did for us through His Son, the cross, and His resurrection as well as what He does for us daily. We are to speak of Him boldly so others can see Him. We are to plant the seed and let the Lord do the watering. It says in Psalm 96:3, “Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!” After all, we are created in His image to enjoy Him forever while witnessing to others His great love for His sheep.

Today, if you are in a “prison” or feel “chained” to a difficult situation, turn your eyes and heart to God. Trust Him with your tears, fears and shackles. Our Father does care for and tend to His children with a steadfast and faithful love. As the old hymn goes, “Turn your eyes upon Jesus. Look full in His wonderful face. And the things of earth will grow strangely dim. In the light of His glory and grace.”

 

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