Every Day…

Every day we get up and start our activities. Every day we have the opportunity to “not” take for granted the things we can see and do,
when you woke up this morning, you were given another gift. The gift of a new day. What will you do with it?

I have spent my day cleaning, not something too many enjoy, but I find pleasure in it. I like to see the task completed. I like the look and smell of a clean home. As I clean I am thankful, yes, very thankful. First, I am healthy and able. I can see, I can walk, I can use my hands; plus I have something to clean, a home. All of these are gifts from the Lord.

When I opened my eyes this morning I knew I had been given the gift of a new day, filled with new mercies. (Lamentations 3:22-23)
22 “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; 23 they are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness.” I don’t know about you, but I need new mercy each day.

I choose each day to live in thankfulness and joy. I do not want the momentary trials and tribulations to steal my joy and my thankfulness. I read the word right after breakfast, I am reminded each day of God’s faithfulness to his children, his Sovereignty over every detail of my life. He has already prepared my day. Long before I was a thought in my parent’s mind, God knew me. He stretched out my life and called it good.

He sees me now as I type these words to you. I cannot go a day without him, I would not want to face this life without him. I have the security of knowing I am his and his Holy Spirit lives in me, teaching and guiding and helping me each day. God took pleasure in me before I even knew my name. I am so very humbled by that.
(Psalm 18:19) “He brought me out into a spacious place; He rescued me because He delighted in me.”

I can rest in His goodness, not my goodness. Without Christ, there is no good in me. I have His righteousness now and that makes each day a blessing, not just something to endure, but something to enjoy and be thankful for.

On my worst day, I have the promise and assurance that God is with me. Holding me, helping me, bringing comfort to me.
Hardships come to us all, sorrow enters each of our homes and hearts at different times. Trouble finds us and tries to draw us away from our Lord, but God. God is there, all we need to do is reach out to him. He offers us all we need for each day. We are never alone. That makes me smile; knowing that even now as the words fill this page He is with me.

I don’t know what you are going through, have gone through. I don’t know if you were thankful today, or if you have even given it thought. You may never think about your body and how God keeps it going. But I hope if you have not that you will take the time right now to offer up a prayer of thanks for the new day, the new mercy that greeted it and the body that is taking you through every task.
We all choose how we will live, either thankful and grateful or bitter and angry, allowing ourselves to be our idols. An inward focus is never good.

I want to leave you with a few scriptures that bless my heart and I hope will bless yours. Every day, be thankful and joyful. God is with you, he loves you and he is able.

(Galatians 2:20) “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

(Romans 8:18) “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”

(Corinthians 5:17) “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”

(Proverbs 3:5) “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.”

(Corinthians 12:9-10) “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in my weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

(1 Chronicles 16:34) “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; His love endures forever.”

Tell Them

So often in our lives, we do not take the time to be kind, to tell others how very much they mean to us. We assume people know that we love and care about them. We get so busy in life that we do not stop to write a note or make a call. Nowadays, most things go through text or email. I know I used to write letters and send them off in “snail mail.” As I was thinking about a couple of people in my life that I genuinely love and appreciate this verse came to my mind.

Ephesians 4:32 “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”

What is a kindness you can do for someone? Often it is a task they need doing, or maybe a ride somewhere, the list can go on and on, but one of the easiest ways to show kindness is telling people how much they mean to you. Why wait? Why save it all for when they pass away?

We can feel tenderhearted toward someone, we can forgive them, we can do all kinds of things without their knowledge, but I truly feel that it is important to tell people how you feel. Don’t make them guess. I hate regret, I do. There are things I wish I had said to friends that are long gone, to my family members that have passed away.

Sometimes the kindest thing we can do for someone is telling them we care. Telling them the special qualities they have that bless us each time we are together. It could be what makes their day, the very thing they need at that moment in life.

I love when someone tells me that my friendship matters, or when they point out a characteristic I have that blesses them. I can get hard on myself always picking away at what I am not or what I think I am not according to what the world says I should be. My flaws are always evident to me, but when someone says a kind word it makes all of that fade away and at least for that moment I feel special. Having a moment where you feel special is sometimes what gets you through a hard time.

But each of us deep down wants to know we are more than what we do, don’t we? I don’t think it is pride or an overinflated ego that wants that, it is true friendship and appreciation that our souls need. I kid around and say that my grandmother thought I walked on water, she is the only one out there that ever did. However, I know that she knew my flaws, but she chose to build me up, tell me the qualities she saw in me that were special to her. It gave me confidence when I had none. Let me just say, I cannot walk on water!

Let me encourage you to be kind with your words, to tell others what they mean to you. Let your words build up instead of tearing down. They cannot know unless you tell them. Do not stand over a casket with regret. Be a friend or family member that uses kindness as your guide, speak into others lives and be the difference you want and need.

Maybe you need to send a card or make a call. I promise it is easy, it will only take a few seconds of your life and it may just be what the person on the other end needs to hear at that very moment in time.

Do A Little Bragging!

Jeremiah 9:23-24

“Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, 24 but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice, and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight.”

My grandmother loved to talk about Jesus every opportunity she had she would tell of all the things He had done for her and how much she loved and trusted him. She would tell about times when God showed up in both big and small ways. Anyone who met her soon figured out that she loved the Lord. He was her favorite subject.

Do you talk about Jesus? Do you share how good the Lord has been to you? All those times that he has shown up in your life, in big and small ways. I want others to know what a good God he is, I love to tell how he has mended my broken heart and spirit. My growing up years were hard years. God has done such a work inside of me, that there is no more pain associated with any of it. It does not matter what happened except that I can share with others my life story and how God has healed me and revealed himself to me.

He is such a good, kind, loving, and caring Savior. He rescued my soul from hell and filled me with his sweet Holy Spirit, and leads and guides every day. No matter what I need he is never too busy to listen to my cries for help. He gently and tenderly leads me through the rough waters of life. I can find the answer to all my questions by spending time with him in prayer and in his word.

Every morning he fills my lungs with air, each new day is a gift that I never want to take for granted. Each morsel of food I enjoy is given by his loving hand. Life is better because of Jesus, He is Lord of my life.

I want others to not only see Jesus in me but to hear how he walks with me daily supplying my every need. I love to hear about him and I love to talk about him.

There is enough bad news that goes around on the internet, TV, radio and by mouth, why not take a little time to share something not only good but possibly soul-saving? We need to share with others on a regular basis the goodness of God. We need to brag about our Lord and all the wonderful things he has done and is still doing. He needs to head up our conversations, not get lost in the mundane daily onslaught of negativity that comes our way.

We spend far too much time telling others how great we are or trying to impress people on social media and other ways. We are nothing without Christ. Without him, we are bound for hell. We will take nothing with us when we leave, but we can leave behind either a good memory of us or a bad one.

My grandmother has been gone for a long time. I still recall our conversations about Jesus. I still smile at how she loved the Lord, her precious tears on Sunday’s when something the pastor said resonated in her soul. I remember her kindness, her gentleness, her honesty, her integrity and so much more, but the thing that stands out the most is her constant unashamed love of Jesus.

I want to emulate her in that. I want Jesus to be my first thought when I wake, my last thought before I fall asleep and the biggest part of my conversations. I am not perfect, far too often others things push in…but oh how I want to. Do you? Let’s all start bragging a little more on the Lord and a lot less on us or other things that really have no value or lasting eternal significance to bring.

Psalm 119:60

“I made haste, and did not delay to keep your commandments.”
(Psalm 119:60)

What is it that motivates you to hurry, to get excited and be on your way? Is it a lunch date with your spouse or friend? Is it a day shopping? Do you love to play sports and so you get excited at the prospect of playing a good game with your teammates? There are so many things that make our hearts happy and our feet to hurry. But I wonder, are we as quick to obey God’s word? Do we eagerly look for ways to be obedient? Do we deny the flesh to obey or do we get grumpy or defensive or slow when we feel that prompting of the Holy Spirit when He says, “go this way,” “do this,” “don’t go there,” “talk to that person,” and so many other things we know he is saying to us!

How often do we know the right thing to do, yet we do the opposite? Assuming as a Christian, you have read God’s word, you know what he tells us we should be doing, what his word says about our conduct. “The Ten Commandments” are in the book of Exodus, chapter 20.
Each of us is guilty of breaking them, if not in our actions then in our minds and hearts.

But God’s word tells us how we are to treat one another, how we are to live and act. His word tells us actions and behaviors we are to have as we walk this earthly path. Sometimes the Spirit will prompt us to go help someone we are not in the mood, but know in our hearts we need to do it. We will stall and take our time, trying to find a way out. We don’t want to be bothered, so we go when it is convenient for us when it costs us the least, and no joy or haste in our actions.

I want to be that person who “hastens to obey.” I want to be listening in my spirit for that prompting to move into action. Yes, it often means it is not a good time, I am tired, I really would rather not, but obeying God means more than my comfort. Loving and doing as Jesus did costs us something. Knowing that at that moment I am doing the Lord’s bidding causes me to get excited and even find joy in the task however difficult or taxing it may be. I want to be an obedient child of God.

Jesus loved sacrificially, he obeyed all that his heavenly Father told him to do and he “hastened” to do it. He was not bitter or bothered by all that he had to do. When people came and were hungry to hear him, even though he was tired he taught them, healed them, loved them.

Where are you in this journey of “hastening?” Are you the I will get to it later person? I am so tired of doing this person? The let someone else go/do it this time? Or are you the one who wakes up and saying “Here I am send me?” God, let me do it, please?

I believe that not only does it matter in obeying “The Ten Commandments” matter to God but every day, moment by moment obedience matter to God. When we walk out our faith and love as he did, God responds by pouring out blessings in our lives that are too great for us to contain.
Simply put I think God smiles when he sees his children eager to do his bidding, just like we smile when our children obey us when we first tell them to do something, especially if it is something they really would rather not do, but pleasing you matters more than what they want.

I pray that each of us will get excited about doing those things God calls us to and we will find ourselves hastening to obey!

Blessings to you!

Unconditional and Freely Given

As I was doing my bible reading this week, I came across this verse, and it just resonated in my heart and mind.

Hosea 14:4 “I will heal their waywardness and love them freely for my anger has turned away from them.”

This was written by Hosea, concerning Israel. They had fallen away from their first love and were caught up in horrible sin and rebellion. Hosea was telling them they needed to turn from their sinful ways and repent. They had strayed so far from how God had told them to live. But God was not finished with them, and His desire was for them to come back to him, in a right fellowship.

We are the same all too often the world’s charms hold us captive and we continue in sin all the while knowing God is not pleased.
We choose our way over God’s ways forgetting that He is holy and eventually we will suffer the consequences of our sin and rebellion. It is fun for a while or so it seems. God wants to forgive us, He draws our eyes from the charms of the world and gives us this promise in the middle of it. There are no conditions on God’s love. None! “I will heal their waywardness and love them freely, for my anger has turned away from them.”

When we truly repent of our sin and turn away from it, God forgives us. He doesn’t remind us of our sin, He does not hold in his anger to bring it against us later. It is done. Wow! No conditions, just love, and forgiveness. We should never be afraid to come to God and seek his forgiveness. He gives it to us and restores what has been stolen by the enemy.

Can we do the same? When someone sincerely asks us for forgiveness do we give it with no strings attached, or do we hold in just a little of our anger and allow it to bubble to the surface, the next time something happens? We need to emulate our Lord to the best of our abilities. We need to walk in forgiveness and give it with no strings attached. And sometimes, depending on how bad the hurt or action against us was it is very hard to do. But God does not operate the way we do. We want to think that he does, we try to pull him down to our level, and our ways. God is so much more than we can truly grasp, and he understands that about us. I personally take great comfort in knowing that He knows me, inside and out!

God judges our sin, but he shows his mercy to the sinner. Are we merciful in our dealings with difficult people? I would rather be guilty of giving to much mercy than being known as a hard nose that holds grudges.


So, today if you find yourself caught up in sin and you have been hesitant to bring it to the Lord, do not be afraid. After all, He already knows all about it. He is waiting…won’t you come?
Freely given, never remembered, no conditions to get through beforehand…OPEN ARMS ARE WAITING FOR YOU!

It Matters

What matters you ask? It is whatever or whoever you are ushering into the throne room of God during prayer. It does not have to be a prayer where you try to figure out what someone needs, because God knows the need, better than you or the person you are praying for. And better yet, He has a plan, a perfect plan.

Matthew 6:6-8
“But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”

When you pray for someone God hears. Whether it is a whispered prayer, just a name, or a prayer that comes from the depths of your soul, with groans and sobs that you cannot know, God hears.
1 John 5:14
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything to his will, he hears us.”

We are encouraged to ask, we are encouraged to speak a name. God knows what we have need of, but he still says to come, to ask.
Luke 11:9
“And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you.”

If you tell someone you are going to pray for them, sometimes it needs to be done right then. No waiting. You say, ” well I was at the store and it just seemed weird to pray right there in the aisle.”
Never be ashamed to lay a hand on a person in need and simply say, “Jesus, help my friend”. It does not have to be a long drawn out thing, all prayer from your heart matters!

Many people have good intentions, they say, “yes, I will pray for you”, and at that moment they truly believe they will remember and pray, but all too often we get busy and it just slips our minds especially if prayer is not a daily thing we do. So, if you prayed at that moment of contact, at least there is one. Our prayers matter, not because God doesn’t already know their need, it isn’t that he needs our ideas on how to answer, or a plan for later. It grows us, it stretches our faith, it causes us to stop and really connect with God. It shows him we have faith.

If we are prayerless it gives the enemy a hole to jump through. He sees that we are weak in faith, in spirit, maybe even in our minds and bodies. If we choose not to prayer we are leaving ourselves open to attack. Prayer strengthens us for our daily tasks, it helps strengthen us in overcoming temptations.
Matthew 26:41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

It matters. It matters for our minds to keep them focused on things above. It matters to our faith to grow it. It matters to God or he would not have told us to do it!

Prayer is a gift that we too often neglect to open. We never tap into the power that can be found in prayer. Prayer not only changes things, but prayer also changes us.

Many years ago I was in a season where I was spiritually, mentally and physically depleted. I had just had it. I felt beat up by life. Instead of running to the throne room of heaven and seeking help from my Father, I got withdrawn, I stopped asking, I stopped searching, I stopped reaching for that peace that passes understanding. What a mistake that was. The enemy had been prowling around looking for a way in and he found it. Keep her from seeking God and let her lean on her own devices and see where it gets her. I will not go into it, but needless to say, life unraveled.

My already heavy heart could not bear the weight of anything. My tired body just wanted rest. My spirit felt numb…isolated I was. My enemy pounced…it took a very long time to recover.

See, we were not made to go it alone in our Christian walk. We are in a relationship with Jesus, we need to sit and have a little talk with him, daily. We need the council of the Holy Spirit to direct our paths. We need the fellowship of other believers and those willing to intercede and stand in the gap for us. Do not ever think that the prayers you pray over others fall on deaf ears. No, I believe that when we utter a name, God leans close and listen intently. Jesus himself intercedes for them and for us.

No, it is no small matter this thing called prayer. Do it often and while you are there, say thank you for all those times he has heard and answered. Even if it was a no, you can believe it was for your good and His glory.

Peek A Boo And Hide and Seek

I used to love playing peek a boo and hide and seek with my babies and toddlers and each new grandchild that came along. To see the delight on their faces when you cover your face with your hands or something else and say “peek a boo” to them elicits the delightful squeal of laughter and pure joy, or jumping out as they toddled around and saying “gotcha.” All in good fun, everyone laughing and having a good time.

Later when babies become toddlers, they love to play peek a boo or hide and seek. Toddlers think that if they cover their faces we cannot see them. They are hiding plain sight, all the while thinking they are totally hidden from us. Of course, we allow them to think that way by looking for them, saying things like ” where are you?” “I can’t find you.”

I think we Christian’s are carrying that same mentality with us as we go through life. We try very hard at times to hide from God. We are almost like the toddler with their hands over their faces thinking they are hidden when in reality they are not and neither are we. Often times we want to disguise ourselves as someone else thinking that if we look different or act different God won’t know who we are or where we are.

God sees it all. I often wonder if he laughs at our attempts to hide from him or play peek a boo as though trying to distract him. We are so quick to forget that the God who made us, knows us, and is with us at all times. We are never, ever alone. Whatever our choices, whatever we do, wherever we go, he is there.

Some people go to the trouble of changing their names thinking they are hiding away, but you cannot change your DNA. You are who you are, the person knit together by God in your mother’s womb and he knows you more intimately than anyone ever has or ever will.

Often it is shame and regret that motivate us to try to hide. We want to run from who we have been rather than face our reality.
Sin causes us to try to play peek a boo with God to distract him from our actions. Trust me it does not work!

God knows where you are and even if you are hidden in a cave, another state, in a house or where-ever…he knows. Stop trying to hide, stop trying to distract God, your efforts are futile. I was reading the other day in 1 Kings and I came across the story about the king Ahab, the king of Israel. He thought he could escape the death sentence that had been put upon him by God because of his sin and disobedience, and spoken of by a prophet named Micaiah.

Here it is: 1 Kings 22:29-38
“So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat king of Judah went up to Ramoth-Gilead. 30 The king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, ” I will enter the battle in disguise, but you wear your royal robes.” So the king of Israel disguised himself and went into battle.
31Now the king of Aram had ordered his thirty-two chariot commanders, “Do not fight with anyone, small or great, except the king of Israel.” 32 When the chariot commanders saw Jehoshaphat, they thought, “Surely this is the king of Israel.” So they turned to attack him, but when Jehoshaphat cried out, 33 the chariot commanders saw that he was not the king of Israel and stopped pursuing him. 34 But someone drew his bow at random and hit the king of Israel between the sections of his armor. The king told his chariot driver, “Wheel around and get me out of the fighting. I’ve been wounded. 35 All-day long the battle raged, and the king was propped up in his chariot facing the Arameans. The blood from his wound ran onto the floor of the chariot, and that evening he died. 36 As the sun was setting, a cry spread through the king died and was brought to Samaria, and they buried him there. 38 They washed the chariot at a pool in Samaria (where prostitutes bathed), and the dogs licked up his blood, as the word of the Lord had declared.

The king thought that if he was disguised during the battle that God could not find him and kill him. But if you look, God did not need to even let the person shooting the arrow know it was the king or even take aim at him. It says in verse 34 “But someone drew his bow at random and hit the king of Israel between the sections of his armor.” This random guy, shooting a random arrow managed not only to hit the king but hit him between the sections of his armor in a place that would kill him. Wow!

We can disguise ourselves, we can play “hide and seek”, or we can try the “peek a boo” game out with God, but it will not matter. He is with us wherever we go and whatever we do. Even if we are the only person on an island in the middle of the ocean, God is with us and whatever he has planned for us will still come to fruition.

Maybe you find yourself in a place of shame and regret. You have been trying to hide from God, not owning your sin. Come to him, he is right there with you waiting for you to surrender the weight of this shame are regret to him. He longs to forgive you, grow you and move you past this place that you are stuck in. God’s word says this: 1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

Your enemy wants to keep you bound up in shame and regret. If he can keep you where​ he knows you are not being an effective​ witness for Jesus Christ. He can make you a sad miserable Christian whose lamp is just barely shining in this dark world.
Why would you want to stay there? God knows what you did, with whom you did it, how many times you did it. He knows it all. Just come, bend your knee and your pride and cry out to God, His mercy is new every morning, and He is longsuffering and kind. There is nothing to lose and everything to gain.

I am going to leave you with some scriptures to think on.

Psalm 103:10-14 “He has not punished us as we deserve for all our sins, for His mercy toward those who fear and honor him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth.”

Hebrews 8:12 “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”

Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrar3es his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

He is waiting…take off that garment of shame and regret…surrender it to the Lord…He will forgive the sincere heart of repentance. No more trying to hide, no more games of peek a boo, it doesn’t work anyway!

Lean In

Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”

When we lean into Christ we are saying we believe that God is in control, God has a plan, God will see us through, God will give us the strength, peace, help and so on as we need it in life. We rest and trust in his good plan for us even when we do not understand it or it hurts us or confuses us.

When we have decisions to make and cannot trust the advice of others we need only to lean into Christ, seek his counsel and wait for his answer. We know we can trust God, after all, he is the one who knit us together has put a plan in action on the day we were born and will know better than even we the right answer and direction to take. He knows our deepest hearts desires we don’t. We think we know, but there are God-breathed things inside of us that we sometimes cannot see. Our circumstances or opinions of ourselves keeps us from seeing the whole picture.

If we take everything to God in prayer, read his word and listen closely he will say yes, no or wait. His desire for us is so much greater than our own. If you belong to Christ then our heavenly Father sees us through the blood of his son Jesus. He sees the finished product the holiness and righteousness that we have because of Jesus. We see only what greets us in the mirror, the mistakes that have defined us, the words that have hurt us, the actions of others that have crippled us in some way. So, because of that, we cannot trust ourselves to really know what is best.

The only way we can truly discern what is right and good is to spend time with the Lord. To lean in close to him and allow him to hold us up through this life. Life is hard and trying to do it on your own can cause us to have great failures. Been there done that!

When we do what verse six says: “in all your ways acknowledge him,” it says that “he will make your paths straight.” When we try to restrict or ignore the nudging’s of the Holy Spirit and go it alone it almost always goes wrong, or at least that is my findings. Christ needs to be in all we do, every aspect of our lives surrendered to him. His desire for us is good, his plan is perfect. That is what the word says, so why do we ignore it?

Does this mean life will be a bowl of cherries? No, you will have struggles, disappointments, sadness, pain, guilt, etc in just the right amounts that are needed to refine you, grow you, stretch you, change you, and move you closer to Jesus.

I would rather lean in close and listen hard than to go it alone and find myself in the pig’s pen with a stench that is hard to shake or run home with my head down and my shoulders carrying a weight that should not be there and know that discipline is coming. Why? Because God disciplines those he loves. Proverbs 3 11-12 “My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline and do not resent his rebuke, 12 because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.”

Trust me when I say I have gone it alone. I made up my mind I was going to ignore what I knew God was saying and plow ahead. He let me, He never left me, but trust me also when I say the cost to self and others was high. The discipline God gave was hard to take, the time needed to recover and move ahead long. Was I alone, no. Did God pile on condemnation, no. Was the long road back easy, no. Did God still love me, yes! Was doing it my way the best way, NO! Do I still have moments where my actions cause me to feel sad and ashamed, yes! Not because God makes me feel that way, but because I knew I was wrong, and as a child of God I knew I had trampled on the grace given to me.

I am so far from perfect and my flesh at times wants what it wants, but as I have grown in Christ, and continued to read and pray my flesh gets its way less and less. My desire is to please God in all I do, think and say. I want to hear him say “well done” not only when I reach heaven, but when I lay my head on my pillow at night. I want to rest easy knowing I did my best to “lean in” to “acknowledge him” in all my ways.

I want God’s best while I trudge through this dry land. I want to listen to my Father’s wisdom so I do not have to go over the roughest part of the path. I want a straight way. My eyes looking to him, my body and soul leaning close, resting in his arms, letting him call the shots!

I will leave you with these verses from Proverbs 3. Verses 7-8 say: “Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. 8 This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.” Sounds good to me!!

If You Accept My Words…

Proverbs 2:1-6 “My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, 2 turning your heart to understanding, 3 and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, 4 and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, 5 then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. 6 For the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.”

The first step in gaining knowledge and understanding is to “accept God’s word.” Take it as the absolute truth, read it, study it, apply it. His word contains the answers we need to make the right choices, to live our lives in a way that pleases Him. It reveals God’s heart and character to us. It gives us examples of those who are long gone, and the choices they made whether good or bad and the consequences of those choices.

God has already put in us a knowledge of right and wrong if you do not believe that go visit a pre-school and watch toddlers interact. When one child takes the toy of another they instinctively know they have been wronged and will try to get it back, they automatically know it is not right for the other child to take what they had. We are born with that wisdom, but to gain deeper wisdom and understanding about any subject you have to dig deeper, you need to study that particular subject and as you do your understanding increases, well it is the same when it comes to knowing God, gaining understanding, and knowledge about Him and this life we are to live for him.

We go on to read in verses 9, 10 and 11 these words: “Then you will understand what is right and just and fair—every good path. 10 For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. 11 Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you.”

When we read and pray and pray and read (the Bible) we begin to understand the truths of God’s word. We begin to see how sinful we truly are and we understand what we must do to be saved, to live a good life before Christ. We begin to see that we need not fear even death when it comes and so much more. His word is our roadmap for this life. Let’s face it life is hard, sometimes very hard. Often times we are caught up in our own selves and we make bad choices. What do we do then? We remember what we have been taught: “If we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us.” (1 John 1:19) But after we do that we need to take stock of what got us into that mess in the first place and learn from it. Yes, even our sin, our mistakes can give us a greater understanding of God, of grace and mercy. It can be a stepping stone to a greater understanding of God when we allow him to move us through it and teach us in it. Yes, we may still have the consequences of our sin to live with, but God’s grace can use it to refine us and mold us.

In verse 11 we read: “Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you.” Reading God’s word, allowing the Holy Spirit to teach us gives us a greater ability to discern right and wrong and as we gain that knowledge it protects us. How? Discretion can give us insight into other’s motives towards us whether good or bad. It can help us to determine if the thing we are thinking of doing is right or wrong and in so doing it guards us, keeps us from having to live out those consequences of sin.

We are never going to live completely sinless lives, if you think you are, trust me, you are deceived! But reading God’s word, studying it, letting it fill us and teach us can keep us from sinning so much…or at least it should. It moves us into a deeper relationship with our Lord and gives us a greater desire to live as he did, to love as he did. Gaining knowledge for the sake of seeing yourself more righteous and holy is not what I am talking about. I am saying “know him” “learn of him” “seek him” who is this him? Jesus, our Lord, our Savior, our Redeemer, our Healer, our Help, our Counselor, our Protector… and the list just keeps on going. Whatever you need, He is.

I am blessed to sit under a pastor who preaches the word like no one I have ever heard. It is the best orator of God’s word I have had the privilege of hearing, but even though I learn from him every time I hear him speak I must dig into scripture on my own to be sure that I understand and also to make sure I am being lead correctly. I cannot know if he is speaking the truth unless I myself search it out.