Gather His Faithfulness

As I look at the beautiful foliage on full display outside my window, I see handfuls of the autumn masterpieces swirl, whirl and scuffle around with the wisps of the wind and whimsically float to new destinations. The aroma of pumpkin coffee brewing fills the inside of my home and the goodness and faithfulness of Jesus overwhelms the inside of my heart.

In this comfortable moment, it is easy to recognize Jesus’ hand on my life and to trust Him. All is well, so it is easy to. But we also know, that often a new season brings a different set of challenges and change. Will we trust Jesus when life does not present so lovely to us? What about when our circumstances lack the beauty and contentment we once saw to bare trees, dull skies and no coffee for our coffee maker, will we trust Him then?

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:” (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

In those challenging times when burdens come upon us, it can be harder to place our confidence in Jesus. The great news is, His faithfulness is not dependent upon our circumstances or feelings for Him. His unfailing character is always present and fully arranged at its peak for us, whether we believe it true to be or not.

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.” (Hebrews 10:23)

There is so much we can harvest for our souls from God in this season. I pray that you taste and see Jesus in autumn, and hibernate in your heart a confidence that He will always yield faithful.

“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!” (Psalm 34:8)

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How My Life Changed Forever

As a little girl of seven, me and my mama drove together into the driveway of a sweet church we passed by often. Little did I know, that at this little church, my heart would be ready for a future of amazement. Courage enveloped our beings. Hand in hand we were ready, in more ways than one, to take a step inside this church’s four walls.

And here I heard a message that altered my way of living, forever. My heart was soft and ready, fertile for the message of Jesus.

I heard all about God and His love for me and it changed me. It seeped all the way down into places only the roots of God could touch and heal. The message was of Him sending His Son, Jesus, for my sin. He gave His Son for me and my wayward heart. Wow, suddenly it made complete sense.

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

Never once was the message of Jesus crammed down my throat. Scripture was lovingly taught to me, pointing straight to His love, His grace and His forgiveness. I wanted that as much as I needed it.

Something in me just knew, this was the path to eternal life with God. That day, my heart changed. It was just like a light illuminated the nooks and crannies of my heart that I never even knew existed. I understood the depth of my sin towards a holy God and accepted the gift of His Son Jesus as the sacrifice for my sin. His light filled my being.

“For You light my lamp; The Lord my God illumines my darkness.” (Psalm 18:28)

Twenty years have passed since I heard and accepted the Gospel of Jesus as mine, and my heart still bursts with joy for it. For Jesus my once dim heart shines, for Jesus I owe it all.

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes..” (Romans 1:16a-b)

Hope in Fear

Sometimes life can be so scary! We can quickly feel fear fill our hearts, weigh us down and sink us into a pool of fret.

In Matthew 13, Peter and the other disciples found themselves caught in a wind storm on a boat. Jesus starts walking towards them on the water and they become terrified, thinking it is a ghost approaching. But immediately, Jesus reassures them it is Him and not to be afraid. Peter then asks Jesus, if it is Him, to command him out of the boat. Jesus does this, so Peter gets out.

“And He (Jesus), said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. (Matthew 14:29)

To willingly get out of the boat in those circumstances, Peter’s heart had to know Jesus is God and know He had no need to fear. Though once Peter’s mind was drawn to the scary wind, instead of on Jesus and who Jesus is, he began to sink. Worry and doubt overcame him.

“But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!”” (Matthew 14:30)

Fear hit Peter when he lost focus of his Savior. We really need to actively keep our eyes fixed on Jesus and rest in who He is. Our gaze should be locked on Him and not on the problems around us.

Scary and trying times will come to us, but with Jesus, we have no reason to be afraid. He, and He alone, is our saving grace and trustworthy hope that never fails.

“Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.” (Matthew 14:31-33)

It Is Coming!

It is coming! Right now, a very prevalent anticipation in my life is the arrival of two of my dear siblings coming to town. I cannot even wait!!!

As I have been thinking about them coming, I have wondered if the Lord Jesus’ arrival is as exciting to us as whatever else we may be expectantly waiting for. Deep down in our hearts, could we say that the coming of our King is the absolute best thing we look forward to?

A prophet in the Old Testament named Isaiah, predicted the birth of our Savior. Isaiah lived about 700 years before Jesus’ birth! Guess what? Jesus came!

This is so amazing to me. There is no book like the Bible, none! God’s Word is living and active. Anything He promises us in His Word, He fulfills.

Jesus promises that He is coming again! We also see that those of us who are left here upon His return, will meet Him in the air and we all will forever be with the Lord. THIS is the greatest thing we should be anticipating! More than anything else, the arrival of our King. It is coming!

For This I Am Grateful

I am not worthy of His grace. Like a loving father, God is always ready for me to return to Him. Even when my heart strays away from Him.

In Matthew 15, Jesus tells a story about a father and his son. After the son receives his share of his father’s estate, he goes on a journey and spends this gift from his Dad loosely.

He spends everything. A severe famine hits, and he is in great need of food. Humbly, he returns to his father and his father’s response is rejoicing with wide open arms, and a lavish blessing.

You see, the lesson Jesus is talking about is a reflection of us! This is our heart condition and this is God’s response, when we repent from our sin and return to Him! He rejoices and celebrates when we return our hearts to Him.

Just like this father and son, we were freely given a great gift from our Father God, that we often squander. Jesus, the Savior who came into the world for us, is a treasure that we should regard with high honor.

I am so thankful for this example of the grace of God. No matter what we have done (lust, adultery, lying, murder, stealing, you name it), our God has compassion on our humble return to Him, for we are His children. I am in awe that my Creator not only loves me in my mess, but is quick to embrace me when I return to Him. Thank you God, for accepting me with wide open and forgiving arms, and with celebration.

Less of Me

I witnessed someone do something completely contrary to the norm. Their out of the ordinary gesture intrigued me, like a rare gem, captivating and admirable.

God’s Words says:

This humble attitude was what I caught a glimpse of someone modeling. The unique humility displayed, greatly spurred me on to want to be like this in my own life towards others. Sacrificing ourselves for another is a great picture of Jesus to those around us. Less of us, more of God.

Living this out is not a piece of cake. Dying to yourself is uncomfortable, uncommon and unheard of. But, living in obedience to God’s Word, even in the out of the ordinary things just like a rare gem, is what a believer in Jesus needs to do.

Faith In The Big And Small

We drove around and around looking for a parking spot and started to get a little antsy. After a few minutes, someone said, “God wants our hearts to be obedient to Him, let’s pray expectantly for a spot.” We prayed and then right away, we looked ahead and a vehicle pulled away in perfect time for our car to pull in.

We smiled and chuckled at the quickness of the Lord’s response to us, and gave Him glory together. God is not our magical genie, but a God who delights in obedience. He loves to show Himself when we humble ourselves and place our faith in Him.

Jesus said,

“Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him.Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” (Mark 11:23-24)

Sometimes our faith is to trust for His provision for something simple like a parking spot, while other times we need faith in a big, scary mountainous situation in our lives. I am not sure what you need to have faith for, but what I do know is, God hears and wants to answer obedient hearts.