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Trust and…

“When we walk with the Lord
In the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way;
While we do His good will,
He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey”

These words are like a warm blanket wrapped around my heart.

My love of hymns was planted as a young child, sitting in wooden pews and singing beside my parents.

But the truth is where my heart finds comfort.

“Trust and obey,
For there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus,
  But to trust and obey.”

As an adult, my journey has taught me to trust and obey.

Trust comes first.

Without a personal relationship with Jesus, I can’t understand what He is asking me to do.

Therefore the obedience is marred before I even begin.

But when my entire life is centered upon the salvation of the cross, I can learn His will for me.

I can obey.

“Not a burden we bear,
  Not a sorrow we share,
But our toil He doth richly repay;
  Not a grief or a loss,
  Not a frown or a cross,
But is blest if we trust and obey”

As trials or difficulties come, He uses them in my life to teach, to hone, to humble.

He shines and polishes my character through adversity.

Although it’s uncomfortable, I’m always thankful for the outcome.

Truly, He brings so much treasure from these things.

“Then in fellowship sweet
  We will sit at His feet,
Or we’ll walk by His side in the way;
  What He says we will do;
  Where He sends, we will go,
Never fear, only trust and obey.”

It’s so true.

The more I trust Him,

the more I walk in obedience to His will,

the more I find myself at His footstool or in His Word or walking forward in His truth.

It’s a beautiful, vibrant, inspiring thing to trust and obey.

2 Samuel 22:3 NKJV — The God of my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, My stronghold and my refuge; My Savior, You save me from violence.

Psalm 62:8 NKJV — Trust in Him at all times, you people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Selah

Hebrews 5:9 NKJV — And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him,

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for truth. Thank You for this beautiful old hymn. Lord Jesus, no matter what happens today, tomorrow, or next year I trust You. Thank You for walking with me each and every day. Thank You for Your faithfulness. Thank You for salvation. Lord, thank You for guiding, directing, and providing. Jesus, there is no friend like You. What a blessing it is to walk with You in all things. May those who call upon Your name find comfort and encouragement. May Your name be glorified throughout the whole Earth. Amen.

“Our love…”

Kissing baby brother.

As I focus on praise, worship, and prayer today it seemed fitting to share part of a hymn written by Peter Scholtes.

“We are one in the spirit, we are one in the Lord.
We are one in the spirit, we are one in the Lord.
And we pray that all unity may one day be restored.
And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love.
Yes, they’ll know we are Christians by our love.”

This hymn is precious to my heart.

The first time I was touched by it was as a young adult, sitting in church.

During the offering a music video with this song was played.

Tears streamed down my face and my heart hurt so deeply.

Because although I knew many Christians, it wasn’t our love for one another which we were known for.

I remember telling God I wanted to be the kind of Christian who was known by God’s love.

We purchased a Jars of Clay CD which contains the same song.

My children have grown up listening to it.

Anne’s favorite song is this same hymn, preformed by King and Country.

Our family will be listening to this and other hymns this morning.

I will be praising the Lord.

From what I can find, Jason Upton added these lines to the original hymn.

“All praise to the Father from whom all things come,
And all praise to Christ Jesus, His only son.
And all praise to the Spirit,
Who makes all things one.”

“And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love.
Yes, they’ll know we are Christians by our love.”

1 Chronicles 29:13 KJV — Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name.

Psalm 30:12 KJV — To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for beautiful songs and hymns and spiritual songs that we can sing unto You. Lord, if my breath is taken and I can’t sing, may my heart praise You even more. Lord Jesus, please continue to bring us to a place of prayer and praise, that our hearts might find all we seek in You. How great and wonderful You truly are! What a privilege and honor it is to praise Your holy name! What joy there is in my soul safely in Your hands. Jesus, I lift up those who are hurting, sick, lost, fearful, and in need, please let them each find comfort and security in You. Open their eyes, unstop their ears, and soften their hearts, that they might find joy, peace, and true love in Your salvation. Please heal our land. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

“A Mighty Fortress is Our God”

Written by Martin Luther in 1529, it’s truth is still relevant for today.

“A mighty fortress is our God, A bulwark never failing; Our helper He, amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing. For still our ancient foe Doth seek to work us woe;…”

The beauty and relevance of these verses are due to the Biblical truths contained there in.

“…The Spirit and the gifts are ours, Thro’ Him who with us sideth. Let goods and kindred go, This mortal life also: The body they may kill: God’s truth abideth still, His kingdom is forever. Amen.”

Old English is at times difficult to understand, but the truth he’s speaking is priceless: our lives are temporary, God’s Word is everlasting, His kingdom is forever.

Nothing anyone can do to us can change God’s love for us and the security our souls find in Jesus Christ.

Let us join in worship and praise God our Savior!

2 Samuel 22:47 NKJV — “The LORD lives! Blessed be my Rock! Let God be exalted, The Rock of my salvation!

1 Chronicles 16:23 NKJV — Sing to the LORD, all the earth; Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day.

Psalm 13:5 NKJV — But I have trusted in Your mercy; My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for these words of song and Your scripture. Lord, please continue to bring us to a place of worship, praise, and prayer. Please keep us from being afraid of those outwardly things, the circumstances of this temporary life, but instead help us to cling to You and Your Word. Lord, in Your Word is life, in Your Word is true love. Please help us to abide in it and to reflect Your love and Your truth to those around us. Please protect the innocent and guard the weak. Please heal the sick and hurting. Comfort the needy and save the lost. Thank You so much for all Your great and mighty works! Thank You for Your salvation! Thank You that Your kingdom shall never end! Glory be to You, Lord Jesus! Glory and praise and honor. Amen.

Praise, worship, and prayer

These days, just a few steps before a major election in our nation, seem to be full.

Full of voices, words, emotion.

No matter where I drive or walk there are signs saying something about the season we find ourselves in.

The social unrest, the violence, and the fear seem to be rampant.

Therefore, in these next few days I’m going to be focused on praise, worship, and prayer.

I would encourage you to look up worship music which speaks about God, Who He is and what He has done.

Is He Worthy? by Andrew Peterson is one of my favorites.

Whenever times are frightening it is wise to remind ourselves of who God is and what He has done.

Deuteronomy 10:17 NKJV — “For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality nor takes a bribe.

God is never tempted by sin.

He doesn’t wonder what might happen next.

He is mighty and awesome, and doesn’t show partiality.

Deuteronomy 10:21 NKJV — “He is your praise, and He is your God, who has done for you these great and awesome things which your eyes have seen.

We need to remember the things He has done, the blessings He has given, the provision of food on the table and breath in our lungs.

Psalm 66:3 NKJV — Say to God, “How awesome are Your works! Through the greatness of Your power Your enemies shall submit themselves to You.

Truly, the LORD, He is God!

Let us worship and praise Him!

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You so much for who You are. You are mighty and awesome. You are worthy of all praise and honor. Your ways are higher than our ways. Your thoughts are better than our thoughts. You are good and we can trust You that in all things You are working. Lord, we know You spoke clearly in Your Word, that one day sin and death would reign here on earth, that the wickedness of mankind would be dealt with fully. Lord, before that time, I humbly ask, that You send a major awakening in the hearts of men and women all over the world. Lord, please let the hearts of people see the truth, that You are the only way, there is no other. Please stop the lies, stop the deception and let people see You, the truth. Thank You Lord. I praise Your holy name. Thank You! Amen.

Just an average Wednesday

Some days seem to be just getting things done.

Today has been one of those.

I got up early, but I didn’t stick to my normal routine.

However, the garden got watered, prayer and Bible happened, I ate breakfast.

I needed to get my shots today, so Anne and I had planned to drop off the things we’ve been setting aside for “give away”.

She kindly loaded the car.

Jase and Anne are no longer allowed in the office, so both packed school work.

They both sit in the car and use the 30 minutes to get things done.

Afterwards, Anne drove us to the donation drop off.

She’s still working on getting her hours for her license.

I wanted to go in and look for frames.

We have another project in the garage, but I’m hoping to finish it tonight.

Over the weekend I realized I’ve not started making any Christmas presents for our family and friends.

After praying about it and looking through the yarn box, I dug out some yarn.

One of my “to do” items was checked off this morning as I finished a gift for our little nephew.

Hopefully, I’ll start on more little creatures later in the week for our other nephew.

As our homeschooling day wraps up, I am thankful.

It’s an average Wednesday.

Average in nothing unusual, nothing out of the norm.

What a blessing!

God has patiently and faithfully walked us through the day.

He’s blessed us with getting our school work done.

He has blessed us with food and a comfortable house.

He’s guided and directed us as we did the tasks at hand.

Praise God!

I love how He is in the details of an ordinary day.

Like having exactly enough change for the bill at the allergist.

Like the new frame I found for $4.

Like our teens getting through their school work with smiles.

And so many more things.

1 Chronicles 29:13 KJV — Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name.

Psalm 44:8 KJV — In God we boast all the day long, and praise thy name for ever. Selah.

Praise the Lord!

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for an ordinary Wednesday. Thank You for Your faithfulness to us. Thank You for Your provision. Thank You for Your sustaining us. Thank You for walking with us through every part of our day and on into the night. Lord Jesus, it is easy to miss the little blessings, or to grow callous to the days which seem full of work without end, but I thank You for helping me to see the blessings in today. I thank You for showing me that even in the midst of a busy week there’s many things to praise Your for. May our hearts continue to praise You day after day! Amen!

My mouth…

My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord, And all flesh shall bless His holy name Forever and ever. Psalms 145:21 NKJV

How this resonates within me.

I want my mouth to be full of the praise of God.

To be continually speaking the honor that Jesus deserves.

But it must be a heart condition first.

Luke 6:45 NKJV — “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

What comes out of my mouth is dwelling in my heart.

Since, I want my words to edify, those truths need to reside in my heart before they can be spoken in spirit and truth.

Because, God isn’t fooled by my words if my heart is out of order.

And He speaks clearly about lying.

Proverbs 6:16 NKJV — These six things the LORD hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:

Proverbs 6:17 NKJV — A proud look, A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood,…

Therefore, my heart is the key to my mouth being filled with praise.

I must daily praise God, with my in- most being, to fix my thoughts upon all that I know to be true of God.

It normally starts with something simple.

“Jesus, I thank You and praise You for loving me.”

Then I try to name as many things about Him as I can think of.

“Lord Jesus, You are righteous, holy, set apart, full of mercy, truth, goodness, kindness, grace…”

After my heart speaks these things I normally flow into thanking Him for each member of my family.

“Thank You so much for my husband, thank You for Sis, for Tim,…”

Focusing on God’s attributes and naming my blessings helps me focus my heart.

I praise God, throughout my day.

It’s not a formula or recipe.

Instead it’s a purposeful practice of praise, which brings such rewards.

One of them being a mouth which speaks praise to God Almighty.

The other is a heart which is focused upon giving glory to God.

2 Samuel 22:4 NKJV — I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised; So shall I be saved from my enemies.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for another day. Please teach our hearts to be focused upon You and Your Word, that we might have lips full of praise and thanksgiving. Lord, I want my life to be honorable before You. Please, help me to walk in Your Word, applying it to my life. Lord, I want to give You all You are due, all honor, all glory, and all worship. No matter the circumstances, please help me to praise You. Thank You for all You are and all You are doing. Jesus, You are amazing and I praise You! Amen.

Worship the Lamb

And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying: “Blessing and honor and glory and power Be to Him who sits on the throne, And to the Lamb, forever and ever!”
Revelation 5:13 NKJV

No matter what, we should worship the Lamb.

He has created us.

John 1:1 NKJV — In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

John 1:3 NKJV — All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.

He came as a babe in a manger, to teach us, love us, to shine the light of truth.

John 1:14 NKJV — And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

But more than that.

He came to bridge the gap.

John 3:14 NKJV — “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up,

He came to pay our price for sin, once, and for all.

John 1:29 KJV — The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

And He did.

Revelation 15:3 KJV — And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.

This Sunday, be sure to set aside your heart for true worship of the Lamb.

Jesus Christ, the Son of the Most High God.