A Summer of Psalms

Do you remember the first Bible verse your teacher asked (more like challenged) you to memorize in Sunday School?  I do – and this is it!  Of course, I memorized it from the King James version which is:

WHAT TIME I AM AFRAID, I WILL TRUST IN THEE.  – Psalm 56:3

Not to brag, but I was the first one in the Primary class to memorize it, and my teacher gave me a brown teddy bear wearing a little gold cross.  Of course, the best prize of all was that I had started the journey toward hiding the Word of God in my heart.  You see, when you hide God’s Word inside your heart, it’s like knowing there’s a fire extinguisher handy in case there’s a fire one day.  The verses we commit to memory come to mind just when we need them most.  God is faithful to bring them to our mind if we are faithful to put the time and effort into memorizing them in the first place.  One lesson I’ve learned in this life is – if you hold up your end of the bargain, God is more than faithful to hold up His end!

I can’t tell you how many times this verse has popped into my mind.  I’ve been afraid many times.  Most of the time, it’s not like being afraid at a scary movie, but more like being unsure of an uncertain future.  Fear is fear no matter what, and to conquer a fear of any kind, we need to instill some faith!  Faith is our fear extinguisher.   There are Christians walking around who don’t even know they need a fear extinguisher!  Amazing.

Fear by its very nature is a lack of faith in God.  It means we are not trusting Him as we should, and it’s a very dangerous place to find ourselves in.  When we feel completely overwhelmed with fear and know we are short on faith, that’s when we make stupid decisions and fail to rely fully on our loving Father.  We try to get out of messes on our own, relying on our own savvy, which pales compared to the Father’s plan for handling the situation.  If we keep depending on our own abilities and ignore God’s prompting in our lives, we can end up digging quite a large hole for ourselves – and then we have to hit our knees and seek the Lord and humbly ask Him to lift us out of the hole we dug for ourselves!  I can’t be the only one who has done that, right?

Save yourself some pain and hit your knees in prayer right away.  His will and His way are best.  Ask Him to cover your fear with more faith, then trust the Lord to work it out.  You can alleviate your fears completely with your fear extinguisher!  It’s filled with faith and it works instantly – believe me!  

I’m glad I learned this verse as a child.  Of course, when I was a little girl I said it as I walked through dark places in our house at night.  I was afraid of boogie men just like every child is, and used the verse to bring comfort and ease my childish fears.

Today I don’t use it in the same way (aren’t you glad to hear that?)  But this verse has reminded me to place more trust in my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  I know there’s nothing He cannot handle.  I can sort things out because I know He sorts me out.  It’s a sorting situation, you might say.  🙂

 

 

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An Enriched New Year

TL 1-1 HAPPY NEW YEAR

I CHOOSE

The word HAPPY is so over-used and under-effective to my way of thinking. Happiness does not hold a candle to JOY, and real JOY comes from GOD! Some people share my opinion and will tell you to have a BLESSED New Year. Sadly, I think the word BLESSED is getting over-used as well.

Here is my greeting: Have an ENRICHED New Year and may God grant you wisdom in all situations and make crystal clear what all of your options are so that you can choose the best one.

For every bad decision we make in life, there is most certainly a consequence that goes along with it. But to put a positive truth out there, for every good decision we make in life, there is most certainly a reward that goes along with it. I choose the good, the right, the best. I want God’s very best in my life. I pray you do the same.

I look ahead with a calm assurance that God will work in my life this year! He knows my dreams and only He knows how the timing will come together. I know when I need to know, and I’m okay with that. I trust God to help me achieve my goals. He is never a disappointment to me and He never will be.

 Every man should be born again on the first day of January. Start with a fresh page. Take up one hole more in the buckle if necessary, or let down one, according to circumstances; but on the first of January let every man gird himself once more, with his face to the front, and take no interest in the things that were and are past.  – Henry Ward Beecher

The decision to let go of the reins and let God do the driving is not easy for some people. There are some Christian control freaks, believe me! Most of them do not like the saying, “Let go and let God…” in the least. When they don’t ask God ahead of time and make the wrong decision, they wonder why they are not receiving God’s best. But if you do not ask for God’s help, He will just let you wander around aimlessly, relying on your own compass. When you finally learn that you are not omnipotent or omnipresent, but God is – then you begin to understand the real reason it might be a better choice to seek His direction before you begin walking.

Have you prayed this New Year? Some people pray the new year in, and I believe that is the most powerful and positive way to assure that you have an enriched new year! Humbly bow before your God and seek His face. Seek His direction for your life. But don’t stop seeking at midnight New Year’s Eve. Seek Him in prayer every day of the year. What a difference you will notice in every aspect of your life.

Some people will have a happy new year, but happiness does not last. Some people will have a blessed new year, but if they do not want to relinquish control, it may not be as blessed as they hope it will be.

I choose to pray and seek God’s direction every day of this new year, how about you?