Here’s what I’ve been dealing with this month. In the face of very real fear – the kind of fear a mother faces when an incidental finding on a CT scan suddenly becomes an incident in the life of her four-year-old child – I have had to examine how deeply I really trust my Heavenly Father. I praise Him when I see His provisions. I worship when I receive His wisdom. But do I trust Him, “Though [He] slay me”? When God, in His wisdom, lets me go far into the unknown to strengthen my faith, do I submit and willingly hand over my fears? I’m workin’ on it.

Nancy Missler writes, in Private Worship, the steps she believes we must take to truly enter “the beauty of His holiness.”

1 | Recognize     2 | Repent

3 | Release         4 | Read

So here I am saying, “I am not the master of my fate.” Or my son’s. Or anyone’s fate, for that matter. I cannot and will not find what I need within myself or the world. I. Need. God.

So while I may be troubled // perplexed // persecuted // or cast down, I am not distressed // in despair // abandoned // nor destroyed.

I choose to believe that God is for me. He will make a way.

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When Neither Left Nor Right is Right

I have to admit, I’m having a really hard time deciding who to vote for when it comes to our presidential election. Both candidates have qualities that are deserving respect. Both, also, cause me great concern. Neither captures the essence of where I believe we should be heading as a nation, and neither has a political record that suggests faithfully listening and boldly acting according to the Word.

While I believe God is a God of miracles and He works all things for good, I also believe that I have a special responsibility in making a wise choice in a leader. So what happens when the choice is not between the best of candidates? I’m sorry, but I don’t care for the advice to vote for “the lesser of two evils” because I don’t believe either Obama or Romney to be evil. At the same time, I have a lot of questions for both men. With as many as three Supreme Court justices to be replaced during the next several years, the decision for President is not a light matter. We have Case law and precedent that will be set.

Oh, Lord, what to do? Standing idly by is not an option. I have learned from the Israelites on that one! I’m with Paul in wondering, “Why is my freedom judged by another’s conscience?” This political stuff is tough.

Just wanted to create a reminder for those days

when everything isn’t going to chumly as today.

And here is my goal for the week: turn faith into tangible love.

Just add goodness and a few godly behaviors. Ta Da!

Today: Be Strong & Deal Kindly

I have long admired Joshua, who so trusted in God’s promise to him he asked that the sun stand still until he had conquered his enemies. And it did! But before he stepped into battle, he was charged repeatedly, to be strong and courageous. Over and over, God reminded him. In heeding God’s word, Joshua stepped forward into his promised land.

 

Not only was this man an effective spy, a faithful servant, and a warrior to be reckoned with, but he was a man of his word. To me, this is one of his most admirable qualities. When Rahab asked that he and his men keep her family safe, Joshua responded, “It shall come about when the Lord gives us the land that we will deal kindly and faithfully with you.” And they did. Because he said they would. Whether is was of great cost to him or not, he kept his word. That is a man I would have followed.

 

Premiere

I may not have special training or a $2000 design program, but I sure like to play with vintage graphics, beautiful fonts, and novice design. This little ditty was created for my fellowship program’s Digital Storytelling event later this month. Sorry, it’s by special invitation only.

 

 

Justice

Take away from Me the noise of your songs; I will not even listen to the sound of your harps. But let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream. Amos 5:24