Saturday, August 25, 2012

On Your Knees

 
 
 


What in the world are you thinking? You can’t do that! It will never work and mark my words, you’ll regret it.

Have you ever heard these words? They are especially painful when undertaking a risky but heartfelt project or dream. What happens if the dream falls apart and the words are, in their own way, prophetic? What a quandary. Ever been there?

2 Cor. 13:11 Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.

Let’s say that the dream crumbles into pieces at your feet. You kneel to sift the remnants through your fingers. A few people spare a curious glance your way but no one stops on his or her busy path. You are alone. What do you do?

Options, anyone? Rage, scream, or hit something? Cry, sleep, or hide? Eat until you can’t breathe? Smoke a cigarette or three? Drink a pint or two? Drive one hundred miles an hour until you don’t feel pain anymore? Call someone? Pray? What do you do?

Before you do anything, take a deep breath. Exhale and . . . smile. You are not alone.

Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.'

So, let’s look at those options once again. There’s one that gives access to power and I’m not talking about pistons and gasoline. I’m talking real power, the kind of power that transforms a devastated life into a triumphant one.  Power that wipes away broken dreams and gives one the strength to form new ones. Have you tapped it yet? Do you know how?

Rev 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.

You’re on your knees already, combing through the trash (sorry to be so blunt). It’s a perfect position! Lift your voice to the Lord and let your heart be known. Go ahead and unload. Scream, cry, rage . . . Just remember, the consequences are not always pleasant. Be honest with God, He’s always honest with you. If you’re mad, don’t hide it. Fear tearing at you? Share it. Doubt, insecurity, or failure eating at your self-esteem? Lay it on His shoulders. He’s waiting.

The dream or project will rise again. Whether from the ashes of the old or as brand new adventures, blessings sprout from the Lord. The dream becomes reality once again. So do the challenges. How will you face them this time? Alone or on your knees?

You only have to turn on your bedside lamp to see your possible future. After trying almost 2000 times to create the carbonized cotton-thread filament for the incandescent light bulb, Thomas Edison finally succeeded. When asked about it, he said, “I didn’t fail; I found out 2000 ways how not to make a light bulb.” He only needed one way to make it work.

Now it’s your turn. Keep trying. Don’t give up. Know that you are never alone and You have Someone mighty on your side! What will you do?

In Christ,

Renee

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

New Beginnings


Shasta, our kitty


Hebrews 3:6 But Christ is faithful as the Son over God’s house. And we are His house, if indeed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory.
I’m trying to put into words what I feel right now. It’s hard. I’m overwhelmed with a lot of emotions. Worry and fear mixed with excitement creates quite the interesting ride. If the truth be known, I think my husband is about to string me up by my toenails.  
You are probably wondering, what in the world is going on?  Well, we have relocated…again. I can hear it already. What? Didn’t you just move? Yes, we moved to east Texas one year ago from Wyoming. We’ve now moved a little west to a new area in Texas due to a new job.
The challenge is not the new job, although I will need to learn the ropes like any new employee. I’ve worked for the VA before and I’m excited to start that whole process. It’s not even figuring how to navigate the streets and highways of Waco. If nothing else, I’ll make James drive or buy another GPS.
No, the main obstacle in our path was a roof. We had none. We had decisions to make and had to make them fast! We left Mt. Pleasant without a roof and arrived in town on a wing and a prayer.
 
 
We’ve spent three nights in a motel room with a dog, a cat and a fish. Tomorrow, we will spend our first night in our new temporary home, our camper. Hopefully, in a month or two, with the Lord’s faithful guidance, we’ll have a house.
Until we have a shingle or a mailbox, I’m not completely lost. I know that God is within us no matter where we lay our head. Whether it is in a motel or a camper, I’ll keep my confidence and hope in Him.
 
 
I love the Lord with all my heart and soul. I trust Him with all my being. I may not get everything I’ll ever want but I believe He will provide my needs. I’ll spend the next couple of months re-evaluating those needs in a small space with some pets and two grown men (my husband and son). Who knows? The Lord may just want me to learn something.
 
 
Matthew 6:25-26 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?  Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?”
It’s an adventure. It’s a leap of faith.
So it begins!
In Christ,
Renee


Saturday, August 11, 2012

Perseverance: The Race of a Lifetime




     He drags himself out of bed with a groan and heads to the bathroom once again. I glance at the clock. Two o’clock in the morning.  I hear the shower and close my eyes in anguish. Oh, how I wish I could wash his pain away like the water pouring over him right now. How much longer can he do this? How much longer can I?

Hebrews 12:1-2 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, 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, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
 
 
     He looks so tired today. I heard his computer game again last night so I know he didn’t sleep. He worries so much and I don’t know how to ease his mind. Where is he going to live? How much money will he have and when can he access it? Will he be able to make the grades he needs this time? So much going on in his head, sleep is a forgotten pastime. How much longer can he do this? How much longer can I?
 
 
Matthew 6:31-34 So, do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

    
     Perseverance. It is a concept I face every day. I wake up each morning and pray for the strength to listen to a suffering husband. I join him with every fiber of my being. I love him. As I watch my son worry about his future, I pray for the guidance to help alleviate it. In the end, I worry with him because I love him.

     I can’t help but wonder… Is this my race? If so, I must be a cross country runner. This race is a challenge! Do I get any breaks? Okay, now I sound like a whiner. I never was a good athlete.  I open my Bible and read Hebrews 12 once again.

     The phrase ‘Keep our eyes on Jesus’ leaps off the page. The key to a successful race is before my very eyes! Now how do I do that? I start flipping through the worn pages looking for the answer. In my search, I find a song.

Psalm 143
1 A psalm of David. LORD, hear my prayer, listen to my cry for mercy; in your faithfulness and righteousness come to my relief.
2 Do not bring your servant into judgment, for no one living is righteous before you.
3 The enemy pursues me, he crushes me to the ground; he makes me dwell in the darkness like those long dead.
4 So my spirit grows faint within me; my heart within me is dismayed.
5 I remember the days of long ago; I meditate on all your works and consider what your hands have done.
6 I spread out my hands to you; I thirst for you like a parched land.
7 Answer me quickly, LORD; my spirit fails. Do not hide your face from me or I will be like those who go down to the pit.
8 Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.
9 Rescue me from my enemies, LORD, for I hide myself in you.
10 Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.
11 For your name's sake, LORD, preserve my life; in your righteousness, bring me out of trouble.
12 In your unfailing love, silence my enemies; destroy all my foes, for I am your servant.   
      I meditate on what I’ve discovered then close my Bible. Prayers are awesome but I need to bury myself in the Lord. God wants all of me not just my words. He’s waiting to pour His very strength into me and promises to do so much more.
     Oh, Jesus, thank you. Like David, Lord, I pray You answer me quickly! I have a long race to run.
     What about you?
 In Christ,
 Renee