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Rest in the Lord

Psalm 37:7 NKJV — Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.

Resting in the Lord is a choice.

It’s not based on circumstances.

It’s not acted on by our perspective.

Resting in the Lord is choosing to trust God and putting all faith in Him.

It’s believing.

Scripture gives us many examples of those who chose to rest in God and those who did not.

Isaiah 30:15 NKJV — For thus says the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel: “In returning and rest you shall be saved; In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.” But you would not,

Yet the option is still open.

Each day is another opportunity to trust God, to rest in His sovereignty.

Jesus promises:

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
Matthew 11:28‭-‬30 NKJV

For the burden of sin is heavy and exhausting.

Psalm 32:10 NKJV — Many sorrows shall be to the wicked; But he who trusts in the LORD, mercy shall surround him.

1 Timothy 6:10 NKJV — For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

The two paths, trusting God or trusting mankind (including self), are before us each day.

But those who trust in the Lord Jesus have rest.

While on Earth there is peace and security for their souls in the eternal life which awaits them in heaven.

Doubt, fear, and the world bombard our senses with lies about how to find peace and security, how to fill our lives with pleasure and good times.

The stark contrast of eternity with Christ and living a life surrendered to Him, brings rest which can never be attained by the world’s ways.

It is a choice.

Each one must choose, daily, who they will serve, what they will put their trust in.

But only one path brings rest.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You so much for Your promises. How wonderful it is to rest in You. How blessed we are to walk in Your ways, to find security and comfort in Your Word, to walk in this life with the knowledge that You are sovereign. Lord Jesus, please help us to remain humble and teachable, looking daily for opportunities to surrender ourselves before You. Lord, please guard our hearts and minds against the lies of sin and the doubt which would rob us of Your truths. Thank You for loving us always and being the Savior of our souls. I love You, Jesus. Amen.

Joy

Then David spoke to the leaders of the Levites to appoint their brethren to be the singers accompanied by instruments of music, stringed instruments, harps, and cymbals, by raising the voice with resounding joy. I Chronicles 15:16 NKJV

King David had made a mistake.

He hasn’t consulted the Lord on the proper way to move the ark of the covenant.

However, he learned from his error and this verse is only one part of the preparation he made to bring the ark of the covenant to Jerusalem.

This move was definitely one of great joy for King David.

So David, the elders of Israel, and the captains over thousands went to bring up the ark of the covenant of the Lord from the house of Obed-Edom with joy.
I Chronicles 15:25 NKJV

On that day David first delivered this psalm into the hand of Asaph and his brethren, to thank the Lord :
I Chronicles 16:7 NKJV

The psalm is the beginning of Psalm 105:

Oh, give thanks to the Lord ! Call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples!
Psalms 105:1 NKJV

King David didn’t allow his mistake to hinder him from setting it right nor did he retire from seeking God, from worshipping Him and through this he had joy.

In Nehemiah 8 the priest Ezra stands before all the people, reads the book of the law and the people sorrow.

So they read distinctly from the book, in the Law of God; and they gave the sense, and helped them to understand the reading. And Nehemiah, who was the governor, Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, “This day is holy to the Lord your God; do not mourn nor weep.” For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the Law.
Nehemiah 8:8-9 NKJV

Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength. So the Levites quieted all the people, saying, “Be still, for the day is holy; do not be grieved.” And all the people went their way to eat and drink, to send portions and rejoice greatly, because they understood the words that were declared to them.
Nehemiah 8:10-‬12 NKJV

Although the people were grieved by the book of the law, they rejoiced greatly.

Can we not relate?

How easy it is to error, to fall into sin, to transgress the law of God, and yet these are our examples.

We should acknowledge our sin, turn away from it, and seek the Lord.

For the joy of the Lord is our strength.

Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
Luke 2:10‭-‬11 NKJV

And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus , for He will save His people from their sins.”
Matthew 1:21 NKJV

Joy is from God.

We can and should rejoice in our salvation through Jesus Christ.

Because the joy of the Lord is what strengthens us to repent when we fail as well as endure the trials and tribulations.

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
James 1:2‭-‬4 NKJV

Like King David we can say:

Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him; Talk of all His wondrous works! Glory in His holy name; Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the Lord !
Psalms 105:2‭-‬3 NKJV

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You so much for Your joy! How great and mighty is Your name and Your Word. Lord, Your Word brings such hope. In the seasons of trials or the times when sin has overtaken, the answers are all in Your Word. Lord, please continue to help us learn what strength there is in Your joy. Let us find the treasure of praise. Please continue to shine Your truths into our hearts and minds. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

Living water

A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.”
For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. Then, the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans. Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” John 4:7-10 NKJV

Living water

Spiritual truths are often difficult for us to grasp and Jesus knew this woman was in desperate need for the gift He had ready for her.

But she was focused upon the material.

The woman said to Him, “Sir, You, have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water? Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?” John 4:11-12 NKJV

Is she mocking Jesus here?

We do not know the tone in which she asked Him if He was “greater than… Jacob”, but she doesn’t seem impressed by His words.

Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” John 4:13-14 NKJV

This got her attention.

The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.” John 4:15 NKJV

And here we see Jesus bringing her to a crossroads.

To be free from the sin in our lives we have to admit it is there, we must realize we are sinners.

Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You have well said, ‘I have no husband,’ “for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly.” John 4:16-18 NKJV

Here it is.

Her sin is sitting before them.

Her life is one of brokenness.

And she doesn’t deny it, she knows she is a sinner.

The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.”

Why did she suddenly veer off onto this topic?

Perhaps because it was a bondage for her, maybe this teaching had caused her heart to become hardened.

We don’t know, but Jesus deals with it and returns her to the point.

 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:21-24 NKJV

Jesus clarifies the heart of this “where should we worship” question with how to worship: in spirit and truth.

He’s turning her heart away from a religious act, which fulfills an outward show, and goes to the place God cares about, her soul.

The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When He comes, He will tell us all things.” Jon 4:25 NKJV

Finally! She’s come back to the point Jesus had all along, but now her heart is ready.

Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.” John 4:26 NKJV

The Living Water, the answer to mankind’s separation from God is sitting before her.

The truth of Jesus, what He said, what He did, how He has redeemed those who call upon His name, and so much more is the life-giving water which becomes a spring of water welling up into eternal life.

“And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.” 1 John 5:11-12 NKJV

And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely. Revelation 22:17 NKJV

This woman’s life was changed forever.

And the living water is free to those who would believe.

For those of who have already believed and tasted of this water this story is our own.

We were sinners, we met Jesus, our lives were changed.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for this wonderful story of the woman at the well. Lord, thank You for meeting her there and for meeting each one of us. Thank You that You are not a God who stands far off, but instead You meet us where we need it most. Lord, I can not imagine what this woman’s life would have looked like if she had scoffed at Your “living water” comment, picked up her jars and left. I am so glad she didn’t. Lord, please do not allow us to walk away from You. Please do not let us harbor sin or misunderstanding, bitterness or anything which would hinder us from being able to hear Your truth and drink of Your living water. Lord Jesus, there is such need all around. Lord, let those who thirst find themselves at Your well. Lord, please help those of us who have tasted and know You are good to share with those around us. Please help us to live transparently as Your servants to a world which needs You. Lord, thank You for Your salvation, thank You for Your Word. Thank You for truth. May we worship You in spirit and in truth. Amen.

October 4th

Today’s prayer:

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Ephesians 6:12 NKJV

Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for reminding us of this truth. It is easy to forget about the spiritual battle and get distracted with the things going on in front of us. Lord Jesus, we acknowledge there is a spiritual battle going on and we lift up to You praise, honor, and glory that You have defeated the enemy! We praise Your holy name, Jesus. You paid the price at Calvary! Thank You for the victory over sin and death! Thank You for Your sacrifice, which cleanses us! Thank You for Your love, which is everlasting! Lord Jesus, Your name is above all other names! You are great and greatly to be praised! You have made a way, when there seemed to be no way. You provided when there seemed to be nothing. Thank You! May take whole Earth be filled with the knowledge of You! Praise the Lord!

…all you peoples!

Praise the Lord , all you Gentiles! Laud Him, all you peoples! For His merciful kindness is great toward us, And the truth of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord! Psalms 117:1‭-‬2 NKJV

We see clearly the psalmist calling us to praise God.

He gives two reasons for the peoples to praise.

“For His merciful kindness…”

And “…the truth of the Lord” which endures forever.

It is through God’s Word that we can see ourselves clearly.

In the light of His scripture our hearts become aware of all that we lack.

The Ten Commandments alone are enough to show anyone how unable we are to live without sin.

And the truths of scripture are everlasting.

When we sin the consequences are death.

We might not see it right away, but it happens.

Yet, our Lord Jesus is the answer.

God’s loving kindness made a way to save us!

And He’s working daily to redeem the time through those who have submitted themselves unto Him.

Both these things are truly worth praising the Lord for.

Because the truth of scripture contains such hope.

For those who follow Christ there is such a wonderful future: life eternal with Jesus.

And all of this is a free gift to any who would receive it.

“Praise the Lord!” Psalm 117:2b

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You so much for Your loving kindness! What an incredible gift You freely give! Lord, I am humbled by the truths of Your Word. I do not deserve anything from You outside of judgement. Yet, I thank You for how You have extended to me and all people both mercy and grace. Thank You. Please cleanse me heart and soul. Make me clean and teach me to walk in Your ways. I love You, Jesus. Amen.

Psalm 3

One of the reasons I like flowers so much, is it only takes one to brighten the landscape.

And yet the detail, the intricate design of any flower holds me in awe at the Creator.

Even in a garden of many blooms, each one is worth looking at.

Then to stand back and see the bigger design often takes my breath away.

Of late, that is what has been occurring with the Psalms, the big picture is incredible, but I’ve learned so much from looking at the details.

We are memorizing Psalms 3.

Lord , how they have increased who trouble me! Many are they who rise up against me. Many are they who say of me, “ There  is no help for him in God.” Selah
Psalms 3:1‭-‬2 NKJV

The opening is a cry from the heart and it’s not a happy one.

Yet, there’s such connection here.

The Psalmist is reflecting an emotion most people can relate to.

The beauty comes in the next verses.

But You, O Lord , are  a shield for me, My glory and the One who lifts up my head.
Psalms 3:3 NKJV

He states his circumstances, completely.

Though many are against him, the Lord is with him.

I cried to the Lord with my voice, And He heard me from His holy hill. Selah
Psalms 3:4 NKJV

To be heard when one is crying out!

What compares to the comfort of knowing God has heard?

I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the Lord sustained me. I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people Who have set themselves against me all around.
Psalms 3:5‭-‬6 NKJV

After being heard by God, the Psalmist could rest peaceful, aware that God is the One protecting and providing.

Arise, O Lord ; Save me, O my God! For You have struck all my enemies on the cheekbone; You have broken the teeth of the ungodly.
Psalms 3:7 NKJV

Since the coming of Jesus, we know that His death on the cross conquered sin and death.

Evil has not been completely wiped out yet, as the Lord is waiting to save as many as will come to Him, those who will call on His name.

Salvation belongs to the Lord . Your blessing is upon Your people. Selah
Psalms 3:8 NKJV

What joy!

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for salvation! Thank You for these verses. Thank You for the beauty in scripture both the big picture and each individual detail. Lord, Your Word is a light to my path and food to my soul. How good to know that I can call upon You all day long. I can rest in Your salvation. I can lift up my head, for You are the One who sustains me. Blessed be Your name, Jesus! Amen.

God is love

LOVE.

It’s often misunderstood and misrepresented.

It’s been used to buy and sell.

It’s been tainted and tarnished in every way possible.

All because true love comes only from God.

Man without God can’t truly understand love.

Although it’s poured out on us daily by our heavenly Father.

Romans 5:8 NKJV — But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Praise God for His love which brought Jesus to the World, that He might demonstrate love.

John 15:9 NKJV — “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.

Through Jesus, through God’s Holy Word, through the Holy Spirit’s teachings, we can find true love.

We can also learn how to love.

Infact the Bible is so full of what true love is, the definition becomes clear.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8a NKJV — Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. 

And this is only one portion of the many, many passages which teach us what love is.

God’s love becomes a gift to share as we ourselves understand and daily accept it.

Through personal, one-on-one relationship with Jesus Christ each of us can not only experience true love daily, we can give it freely.

Because God is love.

He already loves each and every single one of us.

I’m learning, each day, a new way to see God’s love and prayerfully, new ways to share it.

I hope you are as well.

New

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They’d never been there before. 

Sis had seen San Francisco only on movies and they were there together, walking into a brand new memory.

They were picking up some friends from the airport.

I was praying for them while they were away.

I enjoyed listening to all they saw and experienced when they came back.

I was happy for them.

Since this is their first year of marriage everything they do is a new.

As I pondered this another perspective dawned on me.

The Bible tells us that Jesus Christ causes us to be new.

” Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” 2 Cor. 5:17

Every single day is an opportunity for those who walk in Christ to walk in the newness of Jesus’ salvation.

Each day I am given the gift of another day to live as a child of God Almighty, resting in the comfort of Jesus’ salvation, while called to redeem the time.

If I look at each day as an opportunity.

If I truly understand how present the Lord is in my life.

If I trust Him as He deserves.

What a wonderful gift each day is!

How lovely, every day is a new!

What are you wearing?

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It’s not the best picture, but this teddy was wearing the cutest white dress with pink embroidery.

(I was bear sitting for an adorable little gal at one of our basketball games.)

Being female and raising three daughters I ask the “wearing” question in many ways.

I often stand I’m my own closet and ask the Lord, “What am I wearing today? “.

Yet the truth of what I am clothed in is so much greater.

No matter what is covering me, be it a dress or slacks and a sweater there is a much more important garment.

“I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, My soul shall be joyful in my God; For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness,…” Isaiah 61:10a NKJ

No matter what I’m walking through or how life turns I’m clothed in salvation.

Because Jesus Christ has cleansed me from my sins I can walk in the joy of the future.

Recently, a fugitive from justice turned up on my mother’s front porch. She called the police and the woman was safely apprehended.

My mom is a widow and lives alone.

I was relating the story to a member of our church and they were surprised.

“Wow, that can be scary!”

I smiled.

My mom had been a bit nervous by being awakened at 2am by this person, but her compassion for the woman led her to give the hat I had made her for Christmas.

“She just looked so cold, I wanted her to wear a hat,” my mom said.

(I assured her I can make another.)

Even personal injury isn’t a huge worry when one is clothed with salvation.

Mom and I both have a security in eternity with Christ.

So…

What are you wearing?

I have…

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“I have declared Your faithfulness and Your salvation; ” Ps. 40:10b

As these are the words written by King David.

They inspired me.

My own story of salvation and grace is not one dot in time,
but an on going rhythm of life.

Yet when I first began the journey,
I was about 4 yrs old.

My Sunday School teacher, whom I loved dearly, was telling us about following God.

I remember her saying following God was to let Him be in charge of your life and it would mean Jesus was King.

My latest and favorite games at the time involved dressing up in sheets and pretending to be part of a royal court.

When I heard the news that Jesus would be my King, I couldn’t be more thrilled.

At home I asked my Mom to help me have Jesus as King.

We kneeled down and prayed.

Sometime later I heard several messages from a pastor at Vacation Bible School explaining the need for Jesus and I began to worry I didn’t do it correctly the first time.

So I went back every day to the place where the children were to pray and earnestly prayed for Jesus to save me.

I know my presence was a little confusing to at least one of the adults because I kept praying for salvation.

They seemed to think once was enough,  but failed to share with me any Bible truths on walking in the knowledge of salvation.

The period of concern over my saved or not saved issue passed (most likely due to the teaching of my mother who patiently explained it several times).

I spent my childhood telling other kids at school about Jesus and His love for them.

Often I did so and then acted in a manner which showed I may believe Jesus loved them but I didn’t.

However, I truly wanted other people to know Jesus.

Then we moved.

I was barely 13 and was ready for some changes.

I was thrilled to live in the country instead of the city.

To have animals and the ideal of growing our own food and being free from the need to buy things. (Which shows how little I understood how to farm!)

My father became sick and we went through a turmoil and uncertainty of how to deal with the everyday.

I had to learn to cook and clean and do outside chores.

My faith struggled as I strove to make sense of the difficulty we were living in.

Yet years went by and my King became second to the pursuit of the ” love of my life”.

After all, I was supposed to find this guy so we could live “happily ever after”.

(Don’t laugh too hard, I really believed it.)

I made so many messes trying to be what each new boyfriend asked that I lost my self.

I kept thinking if I would just change they would stay and solve all my problems.

The funny thing is I still went to church and read my Bible and prayed but my King was no longer allowed to rule my life.

So I got married at the tender age of 20 and discovered we had no idea how to live let alone doing it “happily”.

I was in need of salvation again.

Not from marriage,
but from myself.

I had wrecked emotions and skewed perspective because I had tried to do what I thought best and was suffering because of it.

And He did.

Jesus saved me.

Not by radically removing me from the consequences of my sin but by walking me through them.

He still is.

And I still need Him desperately.

Often I find times of trial or difficulty,
but I know He is King.

He will save me.

Because He loves me dearly,
and proves it daily.

So I can say:
“I have declared Your faithfulness and Your salvation.”

How about you?
What’s your story?
I’d love  to hear it.