When I was in college, I got the crazy idea to join a long bicycle trip across eastern Oklahoma. Being in the best physical shape of my life, I started out with loads of confidence. But, by day 2, in the cold, freezing rain, I began to question the sanity of my decision. Falling to the back of the pack, I started crying (frozen tears), “God, help me.” To my utter surprise, I immediately felt a boost of energy and strength. It felt like someone had grabbed the back of my bike and pushed me up the longest hill ever known to man. Really! This was my first of what would be countless moments of infusions of God’s power in my life.
No feeling begins to compare to the moment when I come to end of my striving, and lean on Him for the power to keep going. His strength is most notable when I am at my weakest. His strength thrusts my life forward — like taking a giant step in a game of Simeon Says. His strength is liberating — I don’t have to get the job done in MY puny strength. His strength is exhilarating — like a gust of wind into my sails on a motionless day.
I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me. Phil 4:13
Whether you are struggling in your marriage; your health; your job; your finances; your relationships – you name the need & God’s strength is available to help you. Just ask Him.
Today’s news headline really pierced my heart – “Four Teens Torture Disabled Boy”. To top it off, they did this heynis act on the internet live! Really? Where does such hate come from? How can any human inflict such harm on another person? It’s more than my heart can bear.
In the last days, there will come times of great difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness but denying it’s power. II Timothy 3:1-17
The world is in cardiac arrest. So many hearts have become callous toward God — Who is our One & only solution for all that ails us. Parents do the best they can. Police bravely serve our communities. Teachers work tirelessly to help this generation. Unfortunately, all our efforts will never be enough. Sin has led this world spiraling downward for centuries. The Bible tells us that as time ticks on, the problems will continue to increase in frequency and size, much like woman in labor. (I Thes. 5:2-3)
So, instead of watching more depressing news on TV tonight, will you join me in praying for our land? (II Chronicles 7:14). These four teens in the news (and countless others like them) need a new heart, that only God, their Creator, can provide. I know prayer can seem like your throwing a frisbee up in the air and watching it drop right back to the ground. But, the truth is — GOD does hear our prayers. And, God is faithful to respond.
Happy New Year! I love this time of year. New beginnings. New doors of opportunities. New vision. I am convinced to my core that God wants you (and I) to have,not just a better year, but the BEST year of our lives thus far. How do I know this? Well, God has been whispering this in my ear for the last 2 weeks. And, He confirms this promise in HIs word too…
Forget the past — it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. For I am about to do something new. SEE, I have already begun it! Do you not see it? Isaiah 43:18-19
No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love Him. I Corinthians 2:9
I’d like to encourage you to skip the resolutions and try RESOLVE in 2017! Resolve is a definite determination of where you want to go and what you want to do. Resolve is like digging your heels in. Come hell or high water, I resolve to….
To help you get started, here’s few of my suggestions:
- I resolve to look forward, not backward.
- I resolve to start strong AND finish strong.
- I resolve to passionately love my husband, kids, grandkids, church.
- I resolve to live healed — no regret; no shame; no unforgiveness.
- I resolve to dream bigger!
- I resolve to live by faith & take greater risks with God.
So, once again, Happy New Year! Put your seatbelt on. It’s going to be quite a ride.