Archive | August 2013

Psalm 121-A Response

Psalms 121: 1-8

V1. I lift my eyes to the hills. Where does my help come from?

(M). I lift my eyes to where I see the cross, I see Jesus drench in blood. I know He is there to help me

V2. My help comes from the LORD the Maker of heaven and earth.

(M).  For I know that by His wounds I am healed. For I know that He is my savior. He came to save me.

V3. He will not let your foot slip, He who watches you will not slumber.

(M). He sees me. He sees my joys, hurt, pain, happiness, sadness, excitement. He watches over me.

V4. Indeed He who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.

(M). In my bed He watches me. As I slumber He whispers to me, let me know that everything is okay.

V5. The LORD watches over you. The LORD is your shade at your right hand.

(M). He comforts me. His presence is always with me my LORD

V6. The sun will not harm you by day nor the moon by night.

(M). He protects me. He shields me. He loves me. When I feel beat down or run through, you shade me.

V7. The LORD will keep you from all harm He watches your life.

(M). I need to listen when He says don’t go. I need to pay attention when He stops something because it is for my good.

V8. The LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.

(M). The LORD created me. He saw me being birth to life. He will see me when I take my last breath and join Him forever. Amen

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A Good Gift!! What??

God did not give you a spirit of fear but the power of love and a sound mind 2Timothy 1:7

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17

Can I tell you how many times I have been rejected? I’ve been rejected by jobs (fired and never hired), rejected by my father (who now has accepted me), rejected by an ex-boyfriend (who cheated on me multiple times). Can you see the negative patterns? I have a fear of being rejected, yet God does not give us the spirit of fear but the power and love of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).  God doesn’t dole out fear but gifts, and love, and grace.

Three years ago I was let go from a job that I really did enjoy. I knew that the company finances were not looking good and because I didn’t have a car I knew it was a matter of time before they let me go. I was right they did let me go, but what I didn’t know that they had hired someone else to do what I was doing who had a car! I was hurt. I knew that God had something bigger and better in store for me. As I struggled to find employment I would go onto interviews make it to the last round then not get the job. I was discouraged, I had no hope, and I was depressed. I could not see the light at the end of the tunnel.

God took me on a journey where I had to trust him to rely on His strength and not my own. In fact in June 2012 I learned that the joy of the Lord is my strength, I went through the month learning to find joy in the Lord and I gained strength.

Finally in January 2012 a break through happened. I was hired by a great company and it was a whirlwind! I had applied for the job because I needed my quota for the week. I knew that I was qualified but I was sure I wouldn’t even get a call. A week later I get the phone interview with the recruiter, then the day after I had the phone interview with my boss (current), the next day we had the face-face interview, and by the end of the interview I had the job. My current job is perfect for me. It was like God created the job just for me. Every good and perfect gift is from above (James 1:17)

Despite of the fear, despite of what the Devil tried to steal from me God was working. He was preparing a place for me that He knew that would fit me and my skills. I had to be patient, I had to get out of my comfort zone, but most importantly I had to trust God.

To live life beyond the fear is to trust God and be strengthened by God. To trust God you must seek him out. To be strengthened by God you must find joy in what He is doing. You must allow him to work through you.

This is something I have to do on a consent basis, especially right now as I am entering into a new friendship and it scares me. I feel like I am in another whirlwind but then the doubt, when the fear rears it’s ugly head. I have to remember that my trust is in the Lord that He is allowing this new friendship and it’s a good thing whatever may happen.  Kind of  like with my job it is scary because it’s not fully secured or assured but I trust that God knows exactly what He is doing and it is a good thing.

What are you struggling with today? What fears and doubts are you plaguing you today? Turn to the Lord give it to him, and trust him.

Dear Heavenly Father,

I may not understand what is fully going on in my life right now. I have to admit that I am scared and unsure what steps I should take. I place my trust in you, I place my strength in you. I give to you my situation and let go. Fill me with your peace and love this day.

In Jesus Name Amen.

Answering the Call

There I was serving food to the poor, hungry, and homeless at the Northwest Life Church in Elma, WA. I look at a boy whom I just served food too. I felt a nudge in my spirit as I saw the boy eating alone, I’m looking around to see if any of the youth students who I was with would sit with him and talk to him. Finally I was released to get food and sit down. I sat down next to the boy I whom I was looking at. His name is Devin, he is 10 years old. From our conversation he loved Taylor Swift and soccer so I had invited him to the soccer camp that my youth group was leading. He did not show that day. He did show up the next day with his older brother in tow. His brother heard the gospel that day. The next day was the day we were planning to share the gospel boldly. I saw Devin again at the Northwest Life Church with more of his siblings and his sister Chole whom clung to me. She also showed up for soccer camp as well. Well that evening as we invited people to pray Devin was one who prayed to receive Christ and boy you could tell just a light in him. The next day his sister Chole received Christ. What would have happened if I didn’t listen to the Holy Spirit invitation to go and sit next to Devin?

A part of God’s plan in our life is that He invites us in to do something along side of him. Yes it can be scary but yet worth it. Peter Lord said this “The worst thing you can do the quickest way to become insensitive is to ignore an impression. So you must commit yourself to listening to your Lord for the purpose of responding to what He says and you must not allow yourself to hear without responding.” This is very true. How many times have opportunities been missed because of fear, because you can’t trust that feeling?

When you take the risk of responding it is amazing to see what can happen! I had a friend who had worked for a Christian organization. She was given the assignment to check out how people communicate on social media and one of the sites that they wanted her to check out was EHarmony. She bulked and laugh at that suggestion. After praying about it she felt God saying yes. She actually met her husband on EHarmony! Now she is about to have her 2nd child. What would have happened if she said no to the invitation?

There is a fear that I’m wrong, or the job is too hard. Or maybe you question God like this am I really ready to handle this, to take this on, why me LORD. In Ephesians 2:10 it says: For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good work which God prepared in advance for us to do.  That you are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good work that God prepared you for in advance! Isn’t that amazing that God does not throw you to the wolves that he takes his time in preparing you. He will let you know what you need to do.

I think about Mary mother of Jesus right here. Gabriel came and told her what was about to happen giving her the invitation. Mary reply was I am the LORD servant your will. God could have just sprung it on her she would woke up pregnant and then he could have said that’s my child! No he prepared her for what she was about to become and do.

God loves us He doesn’t scare us much except when He ask us to do things outside of our comfort zone. Yet when you say yes doesn’t the feeling of fear goes away and you have a sound mind.

God is an invitational voice; He is not going to give you more than what you can handle. The invitation will come just in time when you are ready to do the work, the task, the love, the serving whatever it is. It will come in God’s time. God will invite you into a relationship that will lead to marriage. God will invite you to apply to a specific job that you don’t think you are qualified for. God will invite you to speak with a friend about His son Jesus. God will invite. The question is will you say yes.

The prophet Isaiah wrote; that he heard the voice of the LORD saying Whom shall I send? And who will go for us? Now that is a huge invitation. Yet Isaiah replied Here I am send me! He was bold and humbled to accept and answer the invitation that God sent.

What is God inviting you to do today? Is God calling you to say yes to a certain relationship? Is God calling out to you today to reach   out to a friend that you haven’t seen in a long time? Is God calling you to serve in an area that you are not familiar with? Whatever He is calling you today, you can respond with yes Lord I will do.