Tag Archive | God

TIME

IM000004.JPGThis is the last posting for this blog. I made a commitment to write everyday in 2012. Today is the last day. I chose to use the same photograph I used on January 1, 2012 when I started this blog  – the sundial at the waterfront in Grand Haven, MI.

Today people look back on the year which is ending and think about what they’ve done or didn’t do. They remember good and bad times.

Today resolutions are also being made for the new year. Some will be kept. Others will be forgotten in a matter of weeks or even days.

We have the chance to make 2013 better than 2012. Granted, there are many things over which we will have no control. However, we can control how we will deal with them and if we try to deal with them alone or not.

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.”   (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

How will you spend the time God gives you in 2013? Will you wallow in self pity, letting depression take over? That’s what Satan wants you to do. He wants your focus to be totally on you. When that happens it’s easy for depression to set in when things don’t go the way you want.

The alternative is to focus on God and His son, Jesus Christ. There will still be some bad times. There’s no doubt about that. The difference will be in how you handle those times. Instead of saying, “poor me”, you can rejoice in what God has given you. You can know you are not alone.

Maintain a positive attitude in 2013. Keep your eyes on God. Let 2013 be a life-changing year for you. All time comes from God. Use it wisely and to the fullest.  HAPPY NEW YEAR and have a new year in Christ.

CUT OFF AT THE KNEES

IM000870.JPGWhile driving for work I spied this tree. The trunk appears fine, but the whole top half is sliced off.

Have you heard of the expression “cut off at the knees”? In a fight a person can hit his opponent right behind the knees and down he’ll go – cut off at the knees. It’s the way you feel when everything seems to be going wrong. You feel like you have no control and down you go.

All is not lost. You might not be in control, but God is. The writer of Psalm 42:5 put it this way,

“Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God.”

We all experience times when we feel all hope is gone, but it’s not. We always have our hope in God. He provides hope when we think there is none to be found.

Turn to God. Put your hope in Him, not in worldly things. God’s hope will not fade away or leave us. It’s there 24/7.

Reach out to God. Cling to Him and the hope He will install in you. You don’t have to feel cut off at the knees.

GET THROUGH ANYTHING

IM000869.JPGI saw the vehicle with these huge tires and thought, “this jeep can get through anything.”  No mud, sand, or snow is going to stop it.

Are we equipped to get through anything? When rough times, loss of loved ones, giant obstacles block our way, can we break through and overcome them?

We can if God is with us.

“For nothing is impossible with God.”  (Luke 1:37)

“I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.”   (Philippians 4:13)

There is no obstacle the Lord God Almighty can’t break through. Nothing Satan throws at us is too strong for God to handle.

On our own we are weak and give in to temptations. We crumble under the weight of evil.

However, with God fighting for us and with us we can resist anything the devil dishes out. Our strength comes from God and there is nothing mightier than that.

Is God by your side? Are you holding His hand? Call out to Him and you will be able to get through anything and everything.

DEPRESSION

IM000854.JPGEverything outside is dead-appearing. The trees are bare. The fields are plowed under. There are minimal sunny days. It’s gloomy.

Winter is a time when depression sets in for many people. They feel alone, have no energy. They focus on the gloom and seem to forget this is temporary. In a few short months spring will be here again. They are stuck and become as dreary as the weather.

King David experienced times like these when he was losing all hope.

“Save me, O God, for the waters have come up to my neck. I sink in the miry depths, where there is no foothold. I have come into the deep waters; the floods engulf me.”   (Psalm 69:1-2)

Can you relate to these words of David? Do you feel stuck in the mire, being swallowed up by the water?

What did David do at times like this? Did he wallow in self-pity? Did he just give up?

NO!    He turned to God. He laid all his negative fellings before his heavenly Father. David did not try to deal with it by himself. He called out to the Lord.

A few chapers later in the book of Psalms David wrote, “I will praise You, O Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify Your name forever. For great is Your love for me; You have delivered me from the depths of the grave.”  (Psalm 86:12-13)

When you feel like nothing matters and nobody cares remember you are never alone. God is always nearby. Call out to HIm. Place your burdens on Him. Trust that He will get you through this time of despair and you, too, will rejoice and praise His name.

GOD REMEMBERS

IM000851.JPGThere’s the old adage that an elephant never forgets. I wish we could say the same thing about us. The reality is we forget things all the time. I always say, “Thank goodness for sticky notes.”

We use our planners, calendars, and notes to help us remember appointments, important dates, and things we need to do.

It’s a good thing God remembers us.

“He remembers His covenant forever, the word He commanded for a thousand generations, the covenant He made with Abraham, the oath He swore to Isaac.” (Psalm 105 :8)

Even tho’ we forget God quite often, He never forgets us nor the promises He made.

We really need to try harder to remember God as we go about our daily business. He needs to be the top priority in our lives.

God always remembers us. Why do we forget Him?

INCOMPLETE/SEPARATED

There is something wrong with this camper in the photo. The living space is fine, but it’s incomplete. Without being attached to a truck it’s useless. The two parts (camper and truck) are needed together to make one fully functional vehicle for camping.

Separated from God we don’t function well either. We may think we are doing fine on our own, but we really aren’t. What separates us from God?

“But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear.”  Isaiah 59:2)

How can we reconnect with God?

CONFESSION and REPENTENCE

We need to fall to our knees in prayer before God, confessing our sins. When we take that step to bridge the gap God will hear us. But that’s not all that is needed to eliminate the separation. We must also repent and try our hardest not to commit those sins again.

As the camper without wheels is unusable, our lives without God are incomplete. There is a void inside all of us only God can fill. Once we are connected to Him our lives become full and effective.

Are you sensing something is missing in your life? Are you feeling separated from God? Approach God. He will reach out to you and close the gap. Your life will be complete.

TOYS/DISTRACTIONS

Children have their toys, so many sometimes they don’t play with half of them. Even my dog has too many toys, as you can see in the photo.

As adults, we also have our toys. They can be fancy cars, boats, campers. We have facebook, video games, hobbies. None of these are bad things and it’s not wrong to have any of them.

The problem develops if these toys become the priority in our lives, and we lose sight of God and what’s important. I’m just everyone else. I can start to play a game on my computer and before I know it I’ve wasted a couple hours.

In the Bible Paul was talking to the people of Corinth about distractions.  “I am saying this for your own good, not to restrict you, but that you may live in a right way in undivided devotion to the Lord.”  (I Corinthians 7:35)

We need to get our priorities straight.

Make sure you spend some time everyday in communication with God and reading His Word first. Then do the things you have to do like work, taking care of your family, doing household chores. Finally, if there’s time, after all your obligations are taken care of, you can play with your toys.

Have fun, but don’t let toys become distractions from your obligations to God and your family.