But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.
I read this verse this morning during my quiet time and it's just been rolling through my mind all day. It's easy to put our hope and confidence in things or people. It requires faith on our part to trust in God, which is not always the easiest thing to do. I've so been there! If you've read my past blog posts then you know some of my story. In the past I've put my hope and confidence in a job or a person only to leave me disappointed, disillusioned and discouraged. The Lord is the only one who has never failed me. He is the only one who knows what lies ahead and gives me a "future and a hope" (Jer. 29:11).
Maybe today you feel like you are in a dark place...you feel like there is no hope. Your situation may look bleak. Maybe you are putting your hope & trust in someone or something other than God. Maybe you feel the only person you can trust is you. I urge you to turn everything over to Him and trust Him. Make Him your hope & confidence knowing that He is good & He has a plan for you that will be for your ultimate good. He has plan for you that goes beyond what you can even ask or imagine (Eph 3:20).
Hold on to Him. Seek Him. He will never fail.
More to come soon! Until then...all my love & am praying for you!
Earlier this year I attended Pink Impact at Gateway Church in Southlake, TX with my mom, my dear friend & her mother in law. It was a 4 day getaway for me to just be & receive. I needed it desperately, because it was just a few months prior that Mel told me that he knew that he knew that the Lord would be transitioning us soon to more of a lead pastor role. As you know by my previous post , I was a little resistant at first. :) I was doing my best to trust that Mel had heard from God and even though I knew in my spirit that he had...I was just consumed with worry. I was worried about where the Lord would move us. I was worried about when He would move us. I was worried about making the wrong decision. I was worried about moving my girls to a different school. I was worried about leaving the people we had grown to love so much here in Enid. I was worried about finances. I was WORRIED. You get the picture. During one of the sessions of the conference there was a
Standing on this mountaintop Looking just how far we've come Knowing that for every step You were with us Kneeling on this battle ground Seeing just how much You've done Knowing every victory Is Your power in us Scars and struggles on the way But with joy our hearts can say Yes, our hearts can say Never once did we ever walk alone Never once did You leave us on our own You are faithful, God, You are faithful "Never Once" by Matt Redman Yesterday morning as I drove to work, I cranked the volume on the praise & worship music. My best times with God are in my 20 minute drive to work...just me & Him. The above song began to play. Have you heard it? Powerful stuff. Our worship team at Victory Church , Warr Acres , sings it often. I love it. Even though I've heard it and sung it many times, yesterday it just really REALLY sunk in. As I listened to the words and thought of all of the valleys & battles
Romans 12:4-6 (MSG) In this way we are like the various parts of a human body. Each part gets its meaning from the body as a whole, not the other way around. The body we're talking about is Christ's body of chosen people. Each of us finds our meaning and function as a part of his body. But as a chopped-off finger or cut-off toe we wouldn't amount to much, would we? So since we find ourselves fashioned into all these excellently formed and marvelously functioning parts in Christ's body, let's just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren't. A few days ago during my quiet time I read this passage of scripture and it really jumped off the page to me. I've read this passage many times before, but never in The Message version. I love the entire chapter of Romans 12, but I want to focus on these few verses in this post today. What is my purpose?