Wednesday, May 19, 2010

What Am I Supposed to Do?

Proverbs 16:1-3 (Amplified) The plans of the mind and orderly thinking belong to man, but from the Lord comes the [wise] answer of the tongue. All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirits (the thoughts and intents of the heart). Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed.

I really want to do what God wants me to do, but I just have so many things going through my mind. What is the right way? How do I know if I’m chasing rabbit trails or going after something God really wants for me?

I believe laying my desires at the feet of Jesus is a start. I have asked him to never give me anything that would move me away from his ideal for me.

Then I move forward with what I have in my heart to do. I believe if I’m going the wrong direction, He will nudge me or in some cases let a boulder fall in front of me so I will know not to proceed.

This very thing happened to David. He had it in his heart to build a temple for the presence of God. Nathan the prophet told him, “Whatever you have in mind, do it, for God is with you.” (1 Chronicles 17:2) However, that very night the Lord revealed to Nathan that David was not the one to build the temple but Solomon, David's son, was.

God’s wants to give us revelation so He can accomplish His purposes through us. If we seek Him with all our hearts, He will reveal to us all the information we need.

In our world today there are many distractions. Sometimes it’s the voice of friends or family or our own voice telling us the tasks before us are impossible. The television and computer are time-suckers that often keep us from hearing the voice of God as well.

Today, I’m committing to communing with the Lord so He can clarify His plan for me. I hope you will join me as well.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Mother's Day Surprise

Isaiah 49:18
Lift up your eyes and look around all your sons gather and come to you.
As surely as I live,” declares the LORD,“you will wear them all as ornaments;
you will put them on, like a bride.

Allow me to brag a little. I have three sons. They are the best ever. There were days when they were growing up that I secretly wondered how they would turn out. You know, those days when you get tired of having to discipline them AGAIN. However, they are now all grown and have far surpassed my expectations with the character they display in their lives.

For Mother’s Day what I really wanted was to be with all my kids. Two of them live in California. On Thursday evening they surprised me with a weekend visit. It had been quite some time since our family has all been together, and I was grateful for the time.

We celebrated at my son and daughter-in-law’s house on Saturday. What a blessing it was to all be together and be honored for the evening. They each went around and told what they appreciated about me. What more could a mother want? (The gifts were nice too, I will admit. Thanks, guys.)

Proverbs 31:28 (Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her) came alive for me that night. It was the best Mother’s Day ever.

Friday, February 26, 2010

God's View is Better Than Mine

Mark 10:35-40 Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him. “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do for us whatever we ask.”

“What do you want me to do for you?” he asked.

They replied, “Let one of us sit at your right and the other at your left in your glory.”

“You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said. “Can you drink the cup I drink or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?”

“We can,” they answered.

Jesus said to them, “You will drink the cup I drink and be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with, but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared.”

James and John told Jesus, “I want you to do for me whatever I ask.” I laugh when I hear that statement because it sounds so much like our society today. Instead of us doing what God wants, we want him to do what we want.

Jesus was gracious to James and John and asked them, “What do you want me to do for you?” I believe he will do the same for us today. Sometimes we receive answers to those prayers because they are what he also wants for us, but there are occasions we hear, “You don’t know what you are asking.”

Even though I do pray for specific things, I have told God to never give me anything out of line with his perfect will. I do believe just like those places beside Jesus are prepared for certain ones, there are also places prepared just for me. I may not know where they are or what they look like right now, but I don’t want to miss them by focusing on the wrong things.

The other day we were driving down the road and saw a couple of balloons overhead. The people in these balloons could see the roadway in every direction for quite some distance. Our view was limited. If there had been traffic problems ahead, the balloonists would know it before we would. They could see any accidents ahead and would know how to navigate through any construction along the way. God also has a better view. He knows which road we need to take and any turns we need to make along the way. We just need to ask for direction.

Join me in trusting God to navigate your life today.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Running the Race Marked Out for Me

Hebrews 12:1
…Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.

The Christmas season was an awesome time for me this year. I enjoyed being with family and friends. During the season, I totally set this blog aside. It was not on purpose. I just didn’t make it a priority. I was focusing on other things.

Have you heard the story of the person who turned left and was focusing so much on where he was headed that he missed the person at the intersection saying, “The road is closed ahead -- if you turn that way?”

I have been standing at the intersection and asking God to show me which way to turn in 2010. I want to hear what He has to say before doing what I want to do. I have come to the conclusion that I can’t do everything! God has a specific "race" marked out for each of us. He knows those things that will hold me back.

The beginning of a new year is a good time to reflect back over the past year and see all that you have accomplished and done as well as let go of any negative things that have occurred. And then determine what the new year should hold.

I have set out some specific things I believe God wants me involved in this year, and I am excited to see how the year progresses. My sister’s favorite word is “deliberate.” I do believe if we want to accomplish anything we must be deliberate about it!

In 2010, my plan is to break down my goals into steps to get me to the ultimate finish line and to let go of anything that will stand in the way!

How about you? What changes are you making in your life in 2010?