Be Still

Do you ever feel like every way that you turn there is an obstacle you must face? There is always something: a friend is hurting, a family member is sick, you face a tragedy, you didn’t get that dream job, you aren’t clear on your calling…

Whatever it may be, God placed you in that moment for a reason. He placed you in the moment you’re in right now for a reason. Trust that He is going to work it out. I can promise you this, God is up to something or the enemy would not be fighting this hard. Confusion, frustration, repression, worry, fear, anxiety… are all things the enemy plants in you to try and wreck God’s plan. Stand strong in the Lord. He will sustain you. Listen to Him. After all, you are His child.

 

Be still and know that I am God. (Psalm 46:10)

 

When was the last time you sat quietly in your room? Not because you felt excluded or because you were experiencing anger and frustration, but simply with the intentions to be still.

If you’re anything like me, this doesn’t come naturally. I’ve found myself asking (expecting a response)… Almost to the point of a beg. God, what do I do? Where do you want me? I trust you, but… I think it is safe to say, we’ve all been there.

 

Question: How can we expect answers and help, if we aren’t willing to fully trust Him?

Answer: We can’t.

 

The quieter we become, the more we can hear. With that being said, I just want to encourage you to be still… Lean in, and focus on what God is trying to tell you. Let Him lead you. How awesome would it be to turn from a fast pace world, feeding you lies, to a God who is ready to whisper to you, as your best friend?

 

The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still. (Exodus 14:14)

 

This subject has been heavy on my heart, for both myself and those around me, for past few months. It is so easy to get caught up in continually asking and pleading with the Lord. Often we get so consumed with everything around us that we forget to be still. Being still is a prerequisite. Embark on the calm sea. Listen to Him, listen for His voice. Surrender those thoughts that are holding you down. Let God be your guide, He will come crashing over with waves of peace. Sit in an attitude of silence and prayer and He will meet you there.

 

Be still before the Lord
 and wait patiently for him;
 do not fret when people succeed in their ways,
 when they carry out their wicked schemes. (Psalm 37:7)

 

Prayer: Lord, forgive me for getting so caught up in the lies of the enemy that I forget to be still and listen to you. He is tricky and rather convincing. I rebuke every lie the enemy is telling me in Jesus name. Guard me. I know you’re bigger than everything I face, help me to rest in that. I love you Lord. Thank you for loving me in the midst of my mess.

 

Season of Thanks

Thanksgiving – lets shoot to make it not just a day, but instead a season.

Thanksgiving: Fourth Thursday of November? Day that most fill their bellies with loads of traditional foods?

Don’t take this as me sabotaging or undermining the Thanksgiving holiday we all know and love. It is amazing that the United States sets apart a day just to give thanks. My goal with this post is to attempt to enhance your thanks and celebrations, not to reduce or take away from them.

The worry I find with Thanksgiving is people tend to sway toward the belief that thanks is due on this day. The same way with birthdays, Independence Day, and any other holiday. Shouldn’t we be thankful we are free, that we have loved ones, for our mothers/fathers more than one day a year?

In church and as I have grown in my relationship with the Lord I have learned that giving thanks to God is imperative. This is so, because giving thanks to God honors God. I would even go as far to say that the bible calls us to show consistent gratitude. Outside of the bible and what we are called to do, it is safe to say that a thankful heart is a happy heart. Thankfulness magnifies the good things in life. Giving thanks can be used as a weapon against battles we face in life.

 

And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance and lifted up their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” When he saw them he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus answered, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” And he said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.” Luke 17:12-19

 

In the story, the ten men come to Jesus with hopes of being healed. Each of the men walked away healed, but one man turns back to praise God and thank Jesus for healing him. Jesus made a point to call out the other nine, to show the importance of thankfulness and gratitude.

The reason I share this story is to share with you about God’s faithfulness to provide us with the things we need plus some. Because of this, He is deserving of our thanks through both praise and prayer.

  

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

  

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe. (Hebrews 12:28)

 

A few weeks back I posted:

“With Thanksgiving coming up, I was sitting this morning thinking about the things I was thankful for: my family, Neil, a house, etc. (the obvious things) when it struck me that my first thought should have been Jesus. God wasn’t content sitting in Heaven watching us suffer, but sent His son to save us… And without hesitation He did just that. He traded Heaven to know you. He came to take your place.”

I share this with you to make it known that naturally we are thankful for the things we can see, touch, etc.; but we need to remember and make a point to glorify and give thanks to the one who traded Heaven to know us.

 

But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)

  

Are we ungrateful like the nine? Or are we showing thankfulness and letting it add joy to our lives? Are we glorifying and giving God the thanks He deserves? When we move through life ungratefully, we are missing out on so much joy that we could be experiencing.

I want to encourage all of you, and myself, not to wait until thanksgiving to give thanks, to give thanks when thanks is due, to give thanks even when we think it’s not needed, and to give it all to the one who saved us. We will truly find life if we lay down every hurt, fear, doubt, that comes over us down at the cross; have a thankful heart; and seek out God’s heart for us.

 

Prayer:

Lord, I humbly come before you today in appreciation for all the things you have done for me. Thank you for loving me. Thank you for forgiving me. Thank you for sending your son to die for me, so I can walk in freedom. Thank you for your never-ending love, grace, and mercy. Thank you for being compassionate. Thank you for all your blessings and gifts. Thank you for telling me I am worthy and thank you for pursuing me. I love you!

In Jesus name, Amen.

 

I hope you all have a happy Thanksgiving! I’m praying blessings over you and your family this holiday season!

-Lo

King of the World

I tried to fit you in the walls inside my mind. I try to keep you safely in between the lines. I try to put you in the box that I’ve designed. I try to pull you down so we are eye to eye. 

Just a whisper of your voice can tame the seas. So who am I to try to take the lead. Still I run ahead and think I’m strong enough. When you’re the one who made me from the dust

Ohhhh, you set it all in motion… Every single moment. You brought it all to me…And you’re holding on to me. 

When did I forget that you’ve always been the king of the world? I try to take life back right out of the hands of the king of the world. How could I make you so small when you’re the one who holds it all? When did I forget you’ve always been the king of the world? You will always be the king of the world. | King of the World – Natalie Grant |

This song! Wow. It’s so simple, yet hits home every time. It’s so convicting and wrecks me in the best way possible. I’m personally so guilty of trying to align God and what He has for me with what’s convenient. Whether it be staying quiet when I know I need to speak up, trying on my own before I hit my knees to pray, letting myself go places where I know temptation lives, the list goes on… we are all guilty of it. But why? Why would we do this to ourselves when we could whole heatedly pursue the King? 

God holds it all. God created it all. God has gone before you and made a way. God has solutions before we even know there is a problem. Why is it that we try to take the lead? Why is it so hard to let go and let God? We’re not on the same level as God, and will never come close. God is smarter than us. God’s plan far exceeds ours. Although He is so great, he longs to know us. He longs to have deep, intimate relationship. 

Yet, Lord my God, give attention to your servant’s prayer and his plea for mercy. Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence. 2 Chronicles 6:19

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you… James 4:8

The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth. Psalm 145:18

But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit. Jeremiah 17:7-8

I want to encourage anyone reading this to strive to be more like Christ each day. Cry out to God. Pray expectantly. Seek God. Know God – Jesus died to know you. Endeavor each day to grow in relationship. Fix your eyes on Jesus. Trust God. After all, He created the universe and everything in it. Take a stand for the one who has always stood by you. 

Prayer: Search my heart. Reveal the things that need to be revealed, Lord. I don’t want to do this on my own, I want your help, guidance, and grace. Set my desires to align with yours. In Jesus’ name, amen.