“He gives power to the weak
and strength to the powerless.
Even youths will become weak and tired,
and young men will fall in exhaustion.
But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
They will walk and not faint.”
“There are no ‘if’s’ in God’s world. And no places that are safer than other places. The center of His will is our only safety – let us pray that we may always know it!”
“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in him.
They will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.”
“Faith don’t come in a bushel basket, Missy. It come one step at a time. Decide to trust Him for one little thing today, and before you know it, you find out He’s so trustworthy you be putting your whole life in His hands.
“When my daughter was a toddler, I used to take her to a park not far from our apartment. One day as she was playing in a sandbox, an ice-cream salesman approached us. I purchased her a treat, and when I turned to give it to her, I saw her mouth was full of sand. Where I had intended to put a delicacy, she had put dirt.
Did I love her with dirt in her mouth? Absolutely. Was she any less of my daughter with dirt in her mouth? Of course not. Was I going to allow her to keep the dirt in her mouth? No way. I loved her right where she was, but I refused to leave her there. I carried her over to the water fountain and washed out her mouth. Why? Because I love her.
God does the same for us. He holds us over the fountain. “Spit out the dirt, honey,” our Father urges. “I’ve got something better for you.” And so he cleanses us of filth; immorality, dishonesty, prejudice, bitterness, greed. We don’t enjoy the cleansing; sometimes we even opt for the dirt over the ice cream. “I can eat dirt if I want to!” we pout and proclaim. Which is true—we can. But if we do, the loss is ours. God has a better offer.”
― Max Lucado, Just Like Jesus
I came across this text today and it got me thinking….
How many times do we choose immorality instead of morality?
How many times we choose dishonesty instead of honesty?
How many times we choose prejudice instead of fairness?
How many times we choose bitterness instead of sweetness?
How many times we choose greed instead of apathy?
How many times we choose to trust ourselves instead of trusting God?
Yes… many times we choose the “dirt” instead of cleanliness.
The choice is always ours. But please remember, God has a better offer for us. Better than anything we could ever imagine! All we have to do is trust Him!
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding.”
“He sees the perils that are in our path that we cannot see. He speaks to us in mercy and grace and He builds us up to meet the dangers and be prepared to receive the things we could not wisely use today. There are many things which we can employ tomorrow that we cannot wisely use today.”
Let’s take the time to appreciate all that He has done! On our way to the supermarket, school, work or any other place we go, I bet that if we stop to pay attention to our surroundings we will find something beautiful to appreciate.
“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” – William Arthur Ward.
“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power to the weak.” Isaiah 40:29
“Battles are fought in our minds every day. When we begin to feel the battle is just too difficult and want to give up, we must choose to resist negative thoughts and be determined to rise above our problems. We must decide that we’re not going to quit. When we’re bombarded with doubts and fears, we must take a stand and say: ‘I’ll never give up! God’s on my side. He loves me, and He’s helping me! I’m going to make it!”
– Joyce Meyers
Yes, we are bombarded with doubts and fears most days, but we need to learn to let go and trust God. I know this is difficult, I personally struggle with letting go and trusting God . At night when I pray I say: God I trust in You, I know you will protect me, I know you love me and I know you want what is best for me, but when morning comes doubts and fears try to take over, and most days I struggle to trust. I need to keep reminding myself that I am not in control, He is. I need to surrender to God not once but everyday, every time I feel the need to manipulate and control a situation and it’s outcome. I thank God for the battles in my mind, because with every battle there’s an opportunity to surrender, to get closer to God and to learn to trust Him.
God, I want to thank you for every opportunity you give me to get closer to You and to grow in faith. Amen.
“When things go wrong do not think that all your efforts were in vain. Maybe it was all for the better; so smile … and try again!
It may be that your apparent failure becomes a magic door that will lead to a new happiness that you have never known before.
You may be weakened by the fight, but, do not consider yourself a loser … This does not mean defeat.
It is not worth wasting precious time in tears and sorrow. Stand up and face life again … and if you keep in mind the most important goal, your dreams will come true …
Learn from your mistakes, reap experiences from your pain, so one day you will say :
– Thank God , I dared to try again!”
– Unknown author, “Experimente Outra Vez” Original text in Portuguese
“God knows our situation; He will not judge us as if we had no difficulties to overcome. What matters is the sincerity and perseverance of our will to overcome them. We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive. What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step.”
– C.S. Lewis
Please God, give us the courage to get up and try again. That we may learn the best way is not always the most apparent choice. That we learn to seek you and listen to your voice, not only today but always. Amen!