Declare It! Trusting

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I Am

 

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Psalty Moments

Growing up, my mom used to play these red cassette tapes called Psalty the singing Psalm book. Psalty was like the early Christian version of Kids Bop and my siblings and I loved him.

For some crazy reason, his name popped up in my head today as I sat in the ER with my husband Deric for the third time since his gastric sleeve surgery 4 weeks ago.

I sat there feeling a mix of emotions. After working a full day and heading straight home to get my husband and go straight to the ER, I was seconds away from a breakdown.

I sat there feeling everything from angry, to sad, to abandoned, and then annoyed. In the midst of all those feelings, the Lord speaks to me in a way only I could get. He says, you can be salty all you want. I’m still Me.

Of course, leave it to me to think of Psalty the songbook. I sat there annoyed at myself for thinking of something so random until God made it clear why this blue songbook popped up.

You see, the book of Psalms is one mainly written by David. The one thing God showed me about the book of Psalms was that there was a pattern to David’s writing. He would always start by wining and complaining about all that was wrong with him or all that was going wrong in his life. But the one thing I love is that no matter how much he talked about his enemies or his pain, he always ended his venting by acknowledging God. Who God is, what He’s capable of, and the fact that David believed and trusted in God’s ability to rescue him and make it all right.

David had a heart after God and knew that he could come to his Father as he was, feeling however he felt because God would hear his heart and come to his rescue however He saw fit.

Tonight God reminded me that I will have my Psalty moments and that’s ok. He wants us as His children to be honest with Him about how we feel and what we’re going through. He knows our hearts and sees all, so we won’t surprise Him.

Just remember this. When it’s all said and done, trust God. He knows what’s going on and has a plan for it all.

Life can get crazy, but God is certainly able. Bring it all to Him and have your Psalty moment. But when it’s all said and done, remind yourself that God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we can ever think or imagine.

Until next time, be blessed ❤

I AM: Trusting

I can’t possibly let a topic like trust go by without bringing up my boys Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego!  These three amigos were cut and dry when it came to serving God.  They offered no sugar coated excuse and refused to compromise…in essence, they made a few people angry to say the least!

The book of Daniel gives the account of King Nebuchadnezzar and how he ordered the nation to serve his gods at the sound of the music (Daniel 3:9).  Our three men refused to do so and the king’s men were quick to tell on them (Daniel 3:12).

They could have easily compromised their faith to save face, but they were sold out to Christ and trusted God above all else.

The King then summons the 3 men before him to ask if the allegations were true. He then tries to give them an ultimatum, either bow to my gods when the music starts or be thrown in the fiery furnace (Daniel 3:13-15). His question to the men was if they believed their God would save them from the fire? I’m sure the King expected them to cave at this point, but their response has shifted the perspective of millions of people since:

“Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. 17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. 18 But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”  Daniel 3:16-18 NIV

Now that’s TRUST!!

For those who don’t know the story, that statement pushed the king over and he made the furnace so hot it killed even the very soldiers around it! (Daniel 3:19)

The men were thrown in and when they went to check to see if they were dead, they found a 4th man in the fire (Daniel 3:25).  Those men came out unbound and as clean as they came in and did not smell of the very fire and smoke they were just in (Daniel 3:27).

Their unfailing trust in the face of death not only saved their lives, but changed the heart of a King and brought about promotion in the kingdom.

Most days we stand at a cross roads.  We have to choose to either compromise our integrity to fit in, or stand out regardless of the consequences.  As children of God, we are called to be different, even if it changes people’s perspective of us.  Our lives are dependent on our trust in God as He is the One who will lead us to all truths.

What I’ve learned is that even when people turn away from us for being different, if we’re truly genuine about our motives, they will come to see that.  God ultimately has a plan for every decision we are faced with.  We have to trust God knowing He has great plans in store for those who trust His leading.

It’s not always about us, but trusting God may just lead to the very decision that changes the course of a family, community, region, or nation.

Until next time, Be Blessed!

 

I AM: A Willing Vessel

Those who have followed my blog for at least a year know how much of an impact the story of Esther has had in my life.*

Esther went from being a little orphan living with her uncle to a revered queen over many provinces.  She never intended to be a queen.  Esther simply obeyed not only the people placed in authority over her, but the voice of God.

The key point to Esther’s life was she was willing.

Her willingness to be obedient to her uncle and the king’s messengers brought her to the palace (Esther 2:8).  Her willingness to be open to wise counsel brought her favor with the king…well, her beauty helped her too (Esther 2:15)!  But let’s be real, her beauty on the outside was merely an extension of her inner beauty.

Esther was willing to go against the odds in entering uninvited to speak to her husband the king even though she knew there could possibly be repercussions (Esther 4:11).  Why? Because she was made for such a time as this (Esther 4:14) to represent an entire nation and potentially save them.

Esther’s willingness helped her passed her fears as she asked for the help of her people to pray and fast with her in preparation for what would result in the salvation of a nation (Esther 4:16). Her willingness gave her an ear to hear the voice of God in how and when to approach the king with what she needed. Can we say #methodical ??

In essence, Esther represents each and every one of us today.  Those of us who feel at times, so insignificant.  Always wondering what someone as unknown as us could do to make a difference in a such a big world.

Esther’s willingness is a shining example of what God can and will do through us if we would allow ourselves to push fear aside and open our hearts to be willing to do whatever it is that God is placing in our hearts.  From the small little gestures to the big sacrificial moves, we simply have to be willing to be obedient to whatever God asks of us not because we know why, but because God has something amazing in store for us and those around us whether we ever get to see it in full view or not.

Until Friday, Be Blessed!

*Feel free to check out my study on Esther in my self published study, Unlocking the Warrior From Within

I AM: ALERT

Alert. The state of being watchful and prompt to meet danger or an emergency.  Being quick to perceive and act, or in a state of constant readiness.

2 Samuel 11 speaks of a time where alertness was far from present.  King David’s men were in battle and he chose to stay home.  While on the roof, he notices a beautiful woman named Bathsheba bathing and went to ask about her.  After being told that she was the wife of one of his men, King David sends for her and sleeps with her. Bathsheba goes back home and later finds out she is pregnant. She then sends word to King David and in an attempt to cover his mess up, David sends her husband to the front line of battle where he is set up to be killed.  After Bathsheba hears of her husband’s death, she mourns his death and King David then sends for her to live with him, makes her his wife, and she bares his son.

A single decision to give in to temptation caused a ripple effect that turned an entire kingdom over.  David allowed the temptation of a beautiful woman to cause him to lose focus and add more fuel to the fire with more sin to help cover it up.

The Bible says the enemy lurks around like a lion, seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 1:5).  The key word in that verse is LIKE.  The enemy is far from a lion, but he tries to give us the impression he is so we can fall over and over again for his tricks.  Why? Because if the enemy can keep us distracted, he can keep us off track and push us further from where we need to be.

This week I want to encourage you to stay alert.  Stay in your Word and praying at every chance.  Remember that God has everything under control, so there’s no reason to fall for the enemy’s tricks and whispers.  Ask God for discernment so you can see things and people for who and what they are.  Incline your eyes, ears and hearts to God’s will for your life so you can focus on that and not be so easily swayed by the blowing of life’s winds.

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Life is a daily cup.  You can either fill it with the river of living water or the worries of this muddy world. What you choose will determine how clear you see.

Until Friday, Be Blessed and stay alert!