Trusting God When Life is Hard

Trusting God is a choice, one we must make daily. He is faithful and can be trusted, but it is up to you and me to choose to trust Him.

Give Him whatever is weighing you down, whatever is troubling you, whatever is causing you pain~give it to God today and watch Him create something beautiful out of it. And He will bless you with rest!

“Then the Lord said to him, “Go back to the land of your fathers and to your family, and I will be with you.” (Gen. 31:3)
 Jacob had wronged his brother long ago, and now it was time to “fix” it. He had no idea how his brother would react to seeing him.  He was afraid.  But, he knew God is bigger than fear, stronger than any danger, and he chose to trust God.  He trusted Him with the details enough to obey.
God wants us to have true peace and lasting joy.  Not just on the surface, but deep inside in our innermost heart.  Late at night, when the world is still and quiet, He wants us to rest in complete peace!
And God knows, the only way for lasting, perfect peace—we must deal with our “stuff”.  We can’t cram it down, hide it, ignore it, or run from it.  No, the only way to be truly free is to remove its hold, its power over us, by bringing it into the light and trusting God.
God wants us to live in complete freedom in every way!  Sometimes we need forgiveness. Sometimes we need to forgive.  Sometimes, we need both.  But there is always freedom!
Trust, Obey, Rest…Repeat
 
Is there something (or someone) from your past that needs God’s reconciliation? Forgiveness? Grace? Give it to God and watch Him do the miraculous in you and through you. It won’t be easy.  It might be one of the hardest things you’ve ever done.  But when we obey God, He will bring healing, freedom, and joy…
Trust God for the miraculous!  Go… right now!
God is always with me
Lord, You direct my path and guide my steps.  
Quiet my thoughts, help me be still in Your presence and hear You.  
Whatever you ask me to do, strengthen me to obey with confidence and joy, 
knowing You are with me. In Jesus’ name, Amen!
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I would love to hear from you!

For prayer
If you would like prayer for any reason, it would be my joy and delight to lift you to the Father.

For encouragement
I would love to hear from you and know your thoughts on this post.  I am grateful for your encouragement, and I would love to encourage you in any way I can!

For fellowship
I would just love to “meet” you!

 And I pray you are blessed beyond measure!
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What is Prayer and Why Does it Matter?

The Gift of Prayer

Prayer.

Every believer knows the word ‘prayer’. We understand the importance of communication with our Father. But there can be a lot of mystery, doubt, even fear surrounding the act of prayer. We all have many of the same questions and struggles, and Jesus has already given us the answers (just like He always does!). So, let’s look at what it means to pray.

 What is Prayer?

Prayer is simply communication, talking with God. He doesn’t expect fancy words or polished speeches. He doesn’t want memorized words. He wants to hear your heart, and mine, cry out to Him. He desires us to know Him more, and prayer is the open door, the invitation into a deeper, closer relationship.

To understand prayer, it’s important to understand Who we’re talking to. It’s equally important to know He is listening, and He cares. Meaningful prayer requires faith.

And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.(Hebrews 11:6)

Prayer is about having a close, personal relationship with God, coming to Him in our excitement, in our pain, with requests, and with thanksgiving…coming to Him with all that we are and trusting Him with the details.

Why Should We Pray?

God doesn’t need us and He doesn’t need to hear our prayers. But He loves us, He desires a relationship with us, and prayer is the communication that keeps us connected.

Prayer is for you and me to grow closer to our Lord, to know Him more, and learn how deeply He loves us. God already knows everything there is to know, about you, me, the world, everything. Nothing is secret from Him and nothing takes Him by surprise. He wants you, and me, to know Him.

Prayer is for you and me to grow closer to our Lord, to know Him more, and learn how deeply He loves us.

Yet, you desire truth and sincerity. Deep down inside me you teach me wisdom. (Psalm 51:6)

When Should We Pray?

The simple answer, always! We should “never stop praying” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). We should “Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion” (Ephesians 6:18a). We should “always pray and never give up” (Luke 18:1b).

 Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. (Ephesians 6:18)

Prayer is an ongoing, constant dialogue between Creator and created, Father and child, Lord and servant, God and His people. It is a choice to personally remember God in every thought, in every situation and maintain an open, constant, relationship with Him—to put Him first, to seek Him first, and to love Him most.

Where Should We Pray?

If we are to pray always, then we are to pray everywhere. God is everywhere and He is always with us. There is nowhere in creation that we cannot or should not pray. We must pray in private and we must pray everywhere we go—always.

But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you. (Matthew 6:6)

Prayer should not be a public display of piety or righteousness. For the greatest reward, His powerful, comforting, overwhelming presence, we must spend time with Him. Just as we would crave time with our best friend, our deepest inner need is time with God. Choose to silence the world for a time and enter into His presence—no expectation other than to meet with Him. He is our greatest reward.

We are called to pray privately, and we are called to “pray without ceasing”, so praying in public is inevitable, and even appropriate, but we must guard our hearts and intentions. We must not pray to be seen praying. If we are seeking the attention of man, then that will be our only reward. But when we pray to God from a sincere heart, our reward is more of Him. Our intentions and attitude matter to God.

How Should We Pray?

Abraham fell on his face before God (Genesis 17:3). Moses spread out his hands in prayer to the LORD. (Exodus 9:29). David cried out for forgiveness, (Psalm 51:1), sat down and prayed (1 Chronicles 17:16), and even danced before the Lord. (2 Samuel 6:14). Solomon knelt before God with hands spread toward Heaven.

Jesus often knelt in prayer, often going off to be alone with the Father. “During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.” (Hebrews 5:7)

The Bible offers many examples of what our physical posture can be. Jesus even gives us the perfect model of prayer in Matthew 6:9-13 when He taught His disciples how to pray.

God does not want religious piety, memorized words, and dead hearts. He wants our heart cry, our passionate plea to Him for whatever it is we need—forgiveness, restoration, refreshing, help, protection…the list of our need is endless. Thankfully, our God is limitless!

Just Pray!The Gift of Prayer

Prayer is one of the many gifts from God. It is a blessing that, when we grab hold of it, it will change us and change our lives.

Don’t miss out on even a single moment of what God has for you. Spend time with Him right now, today. Let Him sing over you, rejoice over you, and change you from the inside out. He will fill you, renew you, and transform you through His love and peace, and not a single moment in His presence will you ever regret.

In my distress I called to the LORD; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears. Psalm 18:6

The LORD hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles. (Psalm 34:17)

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. (Psalm 91:1)

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. (James 1:5)

 

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June 20, 2015

at His feet Daily Prayer

Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lordand He will give you the desires of your heart.

Lord, teach me to trust and delight in You. Guard my heart and mind and keep my thoughts focused on You. You know what is best for me. As You fill my heart with dreams only You can fulfill, give me the courage and strength to pursue them. May others see Your love, grace, and goodness in me. In the name of Jesus, Amen!

Time in the Word: Psalm 37

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The Infinite Love of God

God is Love…

Love is more than what God does…Love is Who God is.

If you are in Christ, you are a child of God, loved and cherished by your Father. His love is not dependent on your actions, your attitudes, or your beliefs. His love has nothing to do with your past or your circumstances.

God loves you because He is love.

There is nothing you can do to make Him love you more, and there is absolutely nothing that can separate you from His love. God is love.

Children are known by their behavior; their actions show if they are innocent or good. (Proverbs 20:11)

As believers, though, as His children, the world knows us by our actions. And our actions are a reflection of our relationship with the Lord. Non-believers see us and judge our God by our behavior. They won’t know His love if they don’t see it in us…and we can’t love like Him if we don’t spend time in His transforming presence.

We must love others– the broken, dirty, sinful world– just as Jesus loves us– His broken, dirty, sinful believers. The only difference between a believer and a non-believer? The merciful, forgiving, infinite love of Jesus!

The infinite love of God is beyond anything we can understand, and it changes everything!

Lord, make me like Jesus. Thank You for loving me and changing me, but I recognize my continual need for growth and wisdom. Flood me with Your Holy Spirit that others would see Your love and mercy in me. Make me like Jesus! 

 

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Undivided

Teach me your way, LORD, 
that I may rely on your faithfulness; 
give me an undivided heart, 
that I may fear your name. (Psalm 86:11) 
 



So many things pulling at my heart,my time, my life– some good, some not, but countless things demand my attention, scream for my focus.

I am called, just as every believer is, to love God with all my heart, soul, mind and strength—all of it! Not pieces, not half, not most, not what’s left…but all!  Undivided, complete, whole–all for God!

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So how do we accomplish everything on our to-do list without becoming divided, distracted, and exhausted?  How do we honor God and bring him glory through dirty dishes, laundry, and “normal” day-to-day responsibilities?
We remember Who we are doing it for!
Actions and tasks are only as important as the One we do them for!  What we do becomes important because of Who we serve!  As followers of Christ, we have the glorious opportunity to do “all things for His glory”! (1 Cor. 10:31).
The mundane and ordinary become extraordinary when we follow God and live for Him!
When we seek Him first, He equips us with strength and perseverance.

God has been incredibly faithful to me and I am learning to rely in Him in every situation. I want my heart to be completely whole, without even a tiny piece divided, but I can’t do this on my own—only in His strength can I learn to love God completely.

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Father, teach me to trust You and rely on You—You are faithful! I admit my heart is divided and distracted. Create in me a pure heart that is whole and teach me to love you with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength. In Jesus’ name, Amen!



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But God!

I can’t do this. But God can!

This is true for absolutely everything we do.  But, the bigger the dream, the loftier the goal, the harder the challenge, the more we realize just how true it is!

Delight yourself in the LORD, and He will give  you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4, NASB). 

 

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This verse does NOT mean He gives us everything we want.  We can’t claim this verse for a new car, or quote it when we want new shoes.  “Well, God wants me to have the desires of my heart and I really want these shoes so He must want me to have them.”  No!  This is twisted and selfish thinking that we all, at one time or another, are guilty of.  God’s main desire for us is not our comfort.  Yes, He loves to bless His children and often does give us material things to enjoy.  But those things are never to replace our desire for Him!

So what do we delight in?  We don’t have to go searching for something to delight in  God gives us desires, dreams, passions.  He gives us what He knows will bring Him the most glory!  He–and He alone–is to be our delight.  And He (and He alone) can place that desire in us.  He gives us the dreams, passions, the longings for Who we are to be, and what we are to do.  He gives us what He knows will bring Him the most glory. And then…He gives us the strength and wisdom to fulfill them!

  I can do all things in Christ who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:13).
 

 

God takes our questions and gives us answers

God takes our fears and gives us confidence
God takes our worry and gives us peace
God takes our pain and gives us endurance
God takes our weakness and gives us strength
God takes our hopelessness and gives us hope
God takes our doubts and gives us faith
God takes our death and gives us life!
Yes, I will delight myself in the LORD! 
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God desires to make us like His Son Jesus.  He has never promised to make us comfortable. He has never promised to give us every material possession we could ever want.  But, He has promised to love us, to provide for us, and to never, ever leave us! Delight in Him!

 

 
Thank You Lord for placing hopes, 
dreams and desires in my heart,
and for the opportunity to bring You glory.  
Strengthen and equip me 
to fulfill all that You have called me to do.  
I will delight in You always!  
What desire has God placed in your heart?
Trust Him and He will amaze you with indescribable joy!

Please leave a comment~ I would love to hear from you!

For prayer
If you would like prayer for any reason, it would be my joy and delight to lift you to the Father.


For encouragement
I would love to hear from you and know your thoughts on this post.  I am grateful for your encouragement, and I would love to encourage you in any way I can!

For fellowship
I would just love to “meet” you!

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