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Psalm 16:8
“I have set the Lord always before me; Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.”

So, the question of the day: Where have you set God? Do you have Him on a shelf tucked neatly between what you want, your busy schedule and what your friends and family want, maybe needing a little dusting off? Is He stuffed in the closet so you can pull Him out when things get tough and you can pour your heart out to Him? Do you have Him hidden somewhere so only the people you want to know that He is a part of your life will know? (I am not talking about those people who have to worship God in secret in some of the countries around the world where they are not free to openly worship ~ there is a difference!) Have you forgotten where you put Him?

As silly as those questions may seem, where does God really fit into your life? Think about it for a minute. How important is He other than when you need something? Do you desire a close, personal relationship with Him? He desires a close relationship with you! He wants to be by your side in all that you do and all that you face. He loves you more than you could even possibly love yourself! His desire is to see you fulfill all that He created you to be and do!

If you want to have true victory in your life then He needs to always be before you! We need to set our minds on Him and allow Him to be the answer to our questions and our guide when we need to make decisions.

If we will truly set our minds on Him and set the Lord always before us then we will not easily waiver in our faith and in our beliefs. We live in a world where people want to believe there are no absolutes, there’s no real right or wrong, it is a “if it feels good and right to you do it” society. That goes against everything the Bible teaches us. We need to teach our children and grandchildren what the Bible says about those things. James 1:6 “But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.” The only way to truly have the faith we need and to live the life we are called to live is to always have “set the Lord always before us.” The Bible also tells us that without faith it is impossible to please God, but I can guarantee you that if He isn’t at the forefront of your life your faith will always be lacking. Our faith comes from knowing who He is and reminding ourselves of that every day! He is the God of all creation, the Lord of all the earth, He is our heavenly Father, He created you as one of His masterpieces, He is the healer of broken hearts, He is the only one who can forgive our sins and make us new again, He is the provider, the lover of your soul……… our list is never ending!

Remind yourself of who He is today! Make Him first on your list of priorities! Seek Him with your whole heart, mind and soul! Ask Him to help you rearrange whatever you need to in order to set Him before you. Know how much He loves you and wants to be apart of all that you do and face! All of your answers will be found in Him today, so stop looking elsewhere!

“Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there!” Will Rogers

“And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge.” 2 Peter 1:5
Writer Joel Sutton saw a sad sight in the woods of Arkansas. The foundation of a house was left unfinished. Instead of walls and a roof, weeds and small saplings had overrun the concrete slab. The initial phase of a dream project was complete, but nothing else had been done. It had been abandoned.
The Christian’s spiritual life is also a dream project. Our goal is to have an abundant life fueled by God’s wisdom and strength. Unfortunately, sometimes as believers we stop after laying the foundation of faith. We don’t add virtue or knowledge, building upon our trust in God. The foundation is left unfinished with nothing more than the basics in place, and the weeds of sin begin to grow and spread.  If you are still “here on earth” you haven’t “arrived” yet, you need to continue to grow in Him, keep pushing to be all you can be!
The apostle Peter told us if you want to have a more vibrant faith, you need to start building on top of your foundation. Put your faith into action by doing good works. Develop a deeper relationship with God. Study His Word and pray daily to add to your Bible knowledge. Build with diligence and grow.
Don’t get satisfied with where you are spiritually, pursue God with all your heart and become all you can be for Him. It can be easy to get so caught up in the business of our world that we neglect our spiritual growth. I remember one preacher as I was growing up saying that you cannot just sit in one place spiritually either you are growing or you will become like a stagnant pond and stink spiritually.
“True grit is making a decision and standing by it, doing what must be done.” John Wayne

Psalm 105: 4
Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!

Are you needing some extra strength today? I know I can use some extra “strength” no matter where I am in life, whether things are good or bad, I would never turn away some extra strength to do whatever it is I need to do! I say those words and really I don’t take them lightly because I am also one who is not real crazy about accepting help. Funny as it may seem for some reason I can be overwhelmingly bullheaded about receiving help with silly things. I am not so much that way with big things, just stupid little things, for example; stay out of my kitchen! I seriously used to be that way, and I fight it to this day, what on earth is wrong with me? I really have had to fight allowing people to help me when I am fixing a meal, now they can load the dishwasher all they want, (don’t unload it) but I have fought for years some stupid idea that they were seriously invading my space in my kitchen, it probably comes from being a single mom for so long I just want everyone out of my way so I can get it all done ~ who knows but the point is; I will always take the extra strength just maybe not always help in my kitchen. Silly

What are you doing today? Do you have children? Have you done the “happy dance” today because they are back in school? Are you homeschooling and getting started with another year of planning? Are you maybe somewhere where those things seem small because you are struggling to survive? Where’s your marriage today, how about your finances, seriously; how is your walk with God? Wherever you are today let me encourage you to seek God and His strength, seek His presence continually!

If you are putting your children back in school today or sometime soon, what are you going to do with the “little bit” of extra time during the day? Could you squeeze a little more time in for God? Maybe there’s a Bible Study you could join at your church, maybe you could ask if there’s something you could do to help out at your church or maybe there’s someone in the church who could really use someone to reach out to them! Maybe you spend more time in prayer for those around the world who need us to intercede in prayer for them!

If you are working outside the home or homeschooling and trying to get your kids back into the routine and dreading all of the homework etc. that comes with the school year and the craziness that it adds to your schedule, please allow me to encourage you to not neglect your time with Him! Make sure that you are seeking God in all you do. Ask Him for the strength to do what you need to do with all of the extras that will be thrown at you with this new school year.

If you are just plain struggling in life and feel like the waves of doubt and frustration are just drowning you, seek Him! Ask Him for the strength you need to face another day! Deuteronomy 4:29 says, “But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul.” Don’t be stubborn like I can be at times trying to go it alone, seek God and His strength, accept any help He may send your way! Rest in Him as He guides you through to a new day! Seek His presence and enjoy the peace you will find only in Him!

God wants to be sought out! He wants to be special in your life! Don’t waste another day going it alone and trying to make it in your own strength, seek Him and He will give you His strength for the journey you face.

“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” Carl Bard

He Still Has A Plan

August 17, 2014 — Leave a comment

Psalm 103:11-12
For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.

What is it that is holding you back for what you feel called to do? Is there something that in your heart you know God called you to a long time ago and yet you still aren’t doing it? Do you feel you may be too old or maybe you have done things in your past or present and don’t think God could use you? God is a Great and Mighty God, don’t underestimate Him and all that He can do with your story at any age!

When I went through my divorce many years ago, I had left because of all of the affairs my husband had had and because I literally feared for our lives. It was a mess as it always is when marriages fall apart, the divorce was simple but the impact it had on all of us as well as others who knew us was overwhelming. One Sunday after my divorce, someone came up to me after church and asked me when I would sing again in church and I said I wasn’t sure, I hadn’t been asked to and I sort of needed some time to adjust. One of the leaders of the church overheard what was said and he pulled me aside to let me know that I would never sing in the church again, not even in the choir because I was divorced and they couldn’t afford that sort of public embarrassment! Wow! I was horrified! Not only had I just lost my dreams for our future with my husband but now I tried to process the thought that I would never be used by God again! Bless his heart, that man was wrong for saying that, He was not the one who would determine my worth to God, Thank God! You see, I fully believed that when I was 12 years old I was called by God to be a missionary, that was part of my struggle getting a divorce, I had hoped and prayed that my husband who had gone to Bible school to be a preacher would feel the same call, obviously that wasn’t the call he felt. I lived for years feeling hopeless and unusable for God. What exactly does that leave you with in life, if you feel as though you have missed the call of God on your life and you won’t be used by Him again? It left me empty, other than the fact I loved my children and knew my call was to be a good Mom to them and hopefully they could be used by God one day, but I didn’t really think He would use me!

No matter where you are today, no matter what you have done, no matter how old you are God can and will use you if you make yourself available and follow Him with your whole heart! Give it all to Him! Give Him all your reasons or maybe someone else’s reasons for why you cannot be used and just lay them all right there at the bottom of the cross! Now, choose to follow Him and allow Him to decide how to use you! God has placed within each of us the gifts and talents that He will use to fulfill all that He created you to be! Don’t allow Satan to have victory in your life one more Day! Get Your call back today! Go after what God has for you to do with all your heart, mind and soul!

You see, the sad thing is, there were years wasted because I thought I was washed up and couldn’t be used anymore. I felt as though I would never have the opportunity to be a missionary and yet God has used Chocolate and God in 141 countries around the world! God is so good and no matter where you are, He wants to use you! Don’t miss out on His call for you for any reason!

“Courage does not always roar. Sometimes it is the quiet voice at the end of the day, saying, “I will try again tomorrow.”

Hosea 5:15
I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offense, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early.

Don’t wait until you are “in affliction” to seek God’s face. Keep your eyes fixed on Him, seek His face daily and ask Him for His guidance. If you are feeling “afflicted” today I would encourage you to seek His face this morning.

A few years ago Bill and I were on a cruise and one of our excursions was scuba diving. Now, the only real set back is that I have asthma and it is really not something they suggest you do with asthma but I really wanted to give it a try. If you have never been scuba diving it doesn’t really seem as though it should be a big deal to put a tank on, pop the mouth piece in and dive in and breathe! What’s the big deal, right? Well, the “big deal” is that everything in your brain says, “you are under water – don’t breathe!” And when you have asthma (thus the reason they tell you not to scuba dive) your brain doesn’t say anything it screams: “Don’t try to breathe you are under water and you are going to die!” Well, our instructor was amazing and there were a few of us trying to get acclimated to going under water and breathing, one lady just couldn’t get passed the panic so he came over to work with me: he grabbed both of my hands and motioned for me to go under water, once under the water he motioned for me to keep my eyes on him and then he started making motions for me to slowly breathe in and out, breathe in and breathe out until I could relax, after a few minutes I was fine.

Life is like that even though it isn’t just a few minutes under water. There are times that I know my eyes need to be so fixed on God that He can tell me to “breathe in, breathe out.” Life can be so overwhelming, trust me I know, and that is when your full focus needs to be on Him, don’t look to the right or to the left of Him, just seek His face. We need to ask God daily for His guidance for our lives. Our peace comes from Him, our Hope is found in His face, and the great thing is you know He already has a plan for you, (Jeremiah 29:11 – “plans to give you a hope and a future”) Don’t put your trust in other people or your job, put all your trust in Him and know that He will bring it to pass. People are people and they can let you down and jobs are not your security because any job can be gone tomorrow. He’s got your back and He holds the keys to your future, seek Him!

God’s desire is to guide you and keep you through all that you face on a daily basis. Nothing is too big for Him and nothing catches Him by surprise. The peace, comfort and hope you will find in His face will give you the strength to make it through another day and it will also guide you into all that you can be. It isn’t just all about when we are struggling, it is also the only way to handle the mountain top experience, in fact we may even need more guidance when things are great so our faith remains in Him and Him alone! We can learn a lot from the old testament characters like Daniel and Joseph; they trusted God and sought Him no matter what their circumstances were. Life is a journey and you don’t have to face anything alone, God’s desire is to walk with you every step of the way if you will just seek Him.

Quote: “You become what you think about.” Earl Nightingale