Friday, March 13, 2015

Do you feel discouraged?




When you are feeling discouraged, you know that God does not bring that emotion to you, the enemy does. Right? Yet, we are humans that feel discouragement from time to time . . . at least I sure do.

This morning I felt completely overwhelmed. And discouragement began creeping towards me like the morning fog, with hints of engulfing me.

Since I know this is not a feeling that brings me joy, I immediately prayed about the discouragement, and as I did, the Spirit of God reminded me that God is not only aware of it, but for whatever reason, He is allowing this situation to remain in my life, and He is going to use this for my good. 


So, being the wise Christian (insert a slight grin here, okay?) I opened up His word for verses to encourage me. Romans 8:28, Joshua 1:9, Psalm 121:2 and Proverbs 3:5-6 all brought much needed encouragement!


And while the discouragement is beginning to burn off as I put my trust in the Lord, I made a resolution to find some real R & R this weekend. I need that refreshment, don’t you? 

Trusting in the Lord, 

Becky 


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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

It's All About Love

This morning, while it was still dark, I lay in bed, praying, thinking about my day ahead, and spending some reflection time. I was thanking God for surprise answers to prayers over the past two weeks. And I was asking Him for guidance in my new ministry opportunities.

I thought about Psalm 5:3 "In the morning, O Lord, You will hear my voice; In the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch."


love, prayers, God, quiet time, Jesus, Psalm 5:3

And God spoke to me.  
He didn’t speak out loud, but simply whispered gentle words into my heart. He reminded me about love: His love for me, and my love for Him. He took me on a short little journey, showing me the importance of spending alone time with just Him. 

Not making graphics of faith about Him. Not writing a blog post about Him.  Not ministering to others. Not working through a Bible study I teach. But just one-on-one time. Our time. Alone.

Life has been crazy for me, I'm willing to admit to you. And the truth is, I got caught up in the drama of other people, Christmas celebrations, work, life, life and more life. And my alone times with the Lord weren’t as long as they had been, and not as fulfilling because of interruptions.

He reminded me of how I felt when I was in love with a man years ago. The joy of love, the wanting to be with that man all the time, the way I felt such contentment. The way our love grew . . . because we spent so much time together.

God reminded me how He can be that man.  How I can lean on Him all the time, depend on Him all the time, trust Him all the time. But we need a lot more alone time together, He whispered. He wants me to influence others, and the only way I can do that is to spend quality time with just Him.

And out of the time He was requesting of me came insight: My love for God keeps growing bigger and bigger because of the time I spend alone with Him. When I read His words in my Bible, they touch my mind and soul. They remind me of everything God is about. They make me a stronger woman spiritually, and one who has more to give to others as a result. So I agreed to God’s request.


Today, in the busyness of life, I turned off everything. No interruptions. Just us, spending love time alone. 

And I found the sweet joy of fellowship to be completely and overwhelmingly satisfying.

In His love,

Becky



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Thursday, January 1, 2015

A Time for Everything!

Welcome to my brand new year*! 365 days to fill up with all kinds of exciting opportunities, happy occasions, and joy-filled celebrations. There will no doubt be some unexpected times of sadness, sorrow, and frustrations too. Life’s just that way: a great big mixture of everything jumbled together like an old watch drawer. There’s this mixture of smiles and tears, grins and frowns, laughs and shouts, that all somehow work together in ways that I hope glorify God. And that is what I seek more than anything: to glorify Him.



Solomon shares in Ecclesiastes 3:1 that there is a “time for everything and a time for every event under heaven.” And do you know what? I have a choice in the way I react to every event that comes my way.  I choose to accept them as learning opportunities.  After all, God isn’t going to allow anything to happen that He is not aware of.  God doesn’t take coffee breaks: He is never absent. He will always give me the wisdom I need when I ask for it (James 1:5). 

I’m going to embrace the New Year’s learning opportunities because I know God is in charge of every aspect of my life. Through the good and bad, He is there. Through the ups and downs, He is there.  Through everything, I am surrounded by His presence. I seek Him all day long and want to follow Him, not my own yearnings. This year, no matter what happens, good, bad, happy, sad, peaceful or turbulent, I will seek out scripture and the wisdom it offers me. I will seek to strengthen my prayer life. I will Seek Jesus.

A heart full of blessings to you,

Becky

*It’s your year too . . . how will you use it?




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