Monday’s Musings #233 & Stepping Aside

Monday's Musings #233 & Stepping Aside | What Joy Is Mine

One of the best things us Christians can do in any situation in life is step aside. Yet, sometimes we find it is the hardest thing to do. When life throws us curve balls, especially, we often take things into our own hands instead of stepping aside and letting God do His thing. We think we can do it better or handle it without Him. But the truth is, we can’t on both accounts. Psalm 55:22 says, “Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.

See, our trials do not take God by surprise. He knows they are coming. He knows all the details surrounding them. And He knows how we will be when they come upon us. So, why do we insist on walking through them in our own strength and wisdom? Why do we feel He won’t be enough so we gotta fill in the gaps? Why do we believe God isn’t fully present when we’re suffering? Why don’t we step aside? Jeremiah 29:11 reminds us that God knows the plans He has for us. So, It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man.” (Psalm 118:8)

Often when trials happen, we tend to lean on our abilities and knowledge instead of running to our Father. We forget He is able. Able to get us through and bring us out on the other side. Able to carry us then place us down gently on our two feet to stand. Able to hear and answer our heartfelt prayers as He sees best. Able to hold us close and bring us comfort in our hour of need. Able to remind us how much He loves us with an abundant love that never fails or lessens.

This is the God we love and serve. So very able! We just need to step aside and trust Him. We need to let go of the reins and give Him control. Denying ourselves and relying on our Lord is where we find peace and contentment during all tribulations we will experience in life. So, today, step aside if you are going through a rough patch in life. Give it all over to God and let Him carry you. He is faithful and able. “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us…” (Ephesians 3:20)

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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!

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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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2. Please link directly to the post you’re sharing. Be sure to link back here by using a text link or the logo in the side bar.

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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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When God’s Plan Isn’t Evident

 When God's Plan Isn't Evident | What Joy Is Mine

Some of you, if you follow me on Facebook, know that we had a serious family situation arise a little before Christmas. Our Christmas traditions were done a little differently with my husband’s family to accommodate the situation. And recently, we have seen much improvement in our loved one. But…today. Today we are back almost to where we started in December.

Sometimes, we don’t know what God’s plan is in any given situation. It can seem like we are walking blind not knowing which way to go except to put one foot in front of the other and hope for the best. Yet let me share that God does have a plan and a purpose in all He does. “Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.(Proverbs 19:21) His work is for His glory and it is always for our good. (Romans 8:28) 

So, when God’s plan isn’t evident, what are we to do?

We are to trust in our holy God. “He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord.” (Psalm 112:7) Our God is never without reason for what He allows to happen in our lives. When we put our trust, wholeheartedly, into who He is, there is comfort that what we endure is not endured alone or in vain. Trusting in the Lord means relying on Him and having confidence in His design of things. Proverbs 29:25 says, “…whoever trusts in the LORD is safe.” Often we want to put our trust in the things and people of this world but our trust ought to be completely in our heavenly Father. We can trust that God is always present and always working in the situation at hand. “Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.” (Proverbs 19:21)

We must keep the faith. Trust and faith truly walk hand in hand. If we trust the Lord with all our concerns then we carry a faith in Him that supersedes what we’re going through. Having faith in an omniscient (all knowing) God will help us hold on through each day. Ask the Lord to grow your faith in Him and to remind you that He “is a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.(Psalm 9:9) He does not leave us when the going gets tough. Instead, He carries us and leads us. God is sovereign in all things and we need to surrender our will to Him understanding He knows what is best. “For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.” (1 John 5:4)

We are to be on our knees. Although this seems so obvious, we don’t always fall to our knees in prayer when trying times come upon us. However, it should be the first place we go. We need to “seek the Lord and His strength, seek his face continually!(1 Chronicles 16:11) If we seek Him, we will find Him. “But from there you will seek the LORD your God and you will find him, if you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul.” (Deuteronomy 4:29) Ask God to give you a wholehearted desire to seek and find Him. In finding Him, we can lay our heart and its contents in His hands and find reassurance in an omnipotent (all powerful) Lord. For nothing is impossible with God. (Luke 1:37) Prayer is where we can lay it all down in submission to His will and find peace that surpasses all understanding. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” (Philippians 4:6)

We are to be in the Word. Not much to say about this but to open the Bible and find comfort in the words written there. Remember “Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.(Proverbs 30:5)

Lastly, a practical approach would be to keep a journal. Write down what happens (or doesn’t happen), put scripture God gives you, jot down prayers and thoughts, and all answers to prayer. This journal will be an encouraging reflection of a good and purposeful God in the days to come. “For this is the will of God, your sanctification.(1 Thessalonians 4:3) 

God always has a plan and we may not know it in the moment or even for a while after. That’s okay. Some mysteries of God are not for us to know until He decides. Yet we can pray that our suffering will produce in us an attitude of gratefulness and humility towards our heavenly Father. Deuteronomy 31:8 says, “It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” Always we should pray for trust and faith in Him. He is sovereign and good.

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