Bigger than This

Earth has no sorrow that heaven can’t heal. – David Crowder 

Our God is so much bigger than any circumstance we could ever possibly be in. Never forget that. His promises always hold true. 

Keep Fighting

This evening, after I got home from work, one of my little brothers came up to me and said in the sweetest, timid voice: “Sissy, would you be willing to help me read my Bible better??”

I cannot describe how honored I felt in that moment… That the simple action of setting aside the first part of my day to have quiet time for the past five years has actually made an impact on my brother. The fact that my heart has fought to spend time with Jesus everyday and God has used what I have made a part of my life to shine into my brother’s life is HUGE. It is such a privilege to see God at work, truly touching the people around me through my actions.

I needed that encouragement. It’s hard to keep living for Christ every single day in the simple, mundane areas of life. Sure, it’s easy when it’s getting recognized and praised and you’re seeing results, but when it’s in the boring everyday living it’s so much more difficult to keep pushing forward. I needed to be reminded that when other people don’t see it, and when I can’t see the results, God sees. He knows. And He rewards. He reaffirms that I will reap what I sow. And I can only pray that this opportunity will be fruitful and that God would use my efforts to influence my brothers life in a magnificent way that only He can.

Don’t give up. Keep fighting in the humdrum, day-to-day living. Don’t be discouraged. Let God fill you with a desire to spend time with Him. He blesses and rewards those who seek Him.

A God of Deliverance

Selections from Psalm 107

Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble;
He rescued them from their distress.
He led them by the right path

Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble;
He saved them from their distress.
He brought them out of darkness and gloom
and broke their chains apart.

Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble;
He saved them from their distress.
He sent His word and healed them;
He rescued them from the Pit.

Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble,
and He brought them out of their distress.
He stilled the storm to a murmur,
and the waves of the sea were hushed.
Then He guided them to the harbor they longed for.

Let whoever is wise pay attention to these things
and consider the Lord’s acts of faithful love.

The Lord not only hears us. He acts. He acts in faithful love. He rescues; He leads; He saves; He brings us out of darkness and gloom; He breaks our chains and sets us free! He sends His Word; He heals; He does not allow us to perish in the Pit; He calms the storms of life; and He guides us to safety. Consider His acts of faithful love. Ponder them, revel in them, let them wash over you. Our God is good. 

What a God we serve, that even when we are faithless, He remains faithful still…

Sovereignty vs. Fatherhood

We are moved by the act of God. Omniscience holds no conference. Infinite authority leaves no room for compromise. Eternal love offers no explanations. The Lord expects to be trusted. He disturbs us at will. Human arrangements are disregarded, family ties ignored, business claims put aside. We are never asked if it is convenient. – Samuel Chadwick

“Having said that, it should be noted that God is not only a sovereign Lord who can do as He wills, but also a loving Father whose paternity will never clash with His sovereignty. The fatherhood of God is our guarantee that His sovereignty will never require of us anything that will not in the long run be in our highest interests.”

— Spiritual Discipleship; J. Oswald Sanders

How Life Is

“That’s how life is: it has conflicts, pleasures, harmony, and dissonance; the same thing occurs in music.” – Seymour: An Introduction

Gift Giver

When God gives anything, God does not lose it. He gives without separating Himself from it. He gives without loss, and He receives back without gain, because God is all and takes in everything so that He never received anything from anybody that He did not give first.

– A.W. Tozer; And He Dwelt Among Us

What a beautiful thing that I have a God who doesn’t separate Himself from His good gifts to me. He is IN the good gifts.

You are a good gift giver, Yahweh.

Do a 180

My turning from the world IS my turning to Christ… Turn from the world and turn to Christ. And all the natural things like eating, drinking, buying, selling, marrying – all the things that God created to be done that are not of the spirit of the world but are natural and of God – will all be sanctified. So the common things, things that we call secular, will no longer be secular to us. The mundane things will be mundane no more, but heavenly. The most common thing can be done for the glory of God when we have turned from the world and the world’s ways and look into the full face of the Son of God.

– A. W. Tozer; The Crucified Life

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