Nothing is impossible with God

“But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26

In 1952 Norman Vincent Peale said in his book The Power of Positive Thinking, “A positive mental attitude is a belief that things are going to turn out well and that you can overcome any kind of trouble or difficulty.” In contrast I believe in God that things will turn out for good (Romans 8:28). In the Bible In One Year App it says about today’s key verse, “This is far more than the power of positive thinking. It is the power of God that makes what seems impossible possible.” And they note another verse “For with God nothing will be impossible.” Luke 1:37.

So for the past year and four months I’ve been waiting on God to tell me what to do regarding employment. Each time I inquire (I am supposed to keep asking, seeking and knocking) He says wait. So I do. But after a candid discussion with my highly intelligent and super sensitive to the Holy Spirit son this morning, maybe God is waiting on me to move before He does.

Let me explain. He was clear that I was supposed to write a book.  I know right? Me? That’s what I said too, much like Sarah laughed when God said she was going to have a baby at 90 (she did by the way). I know very little about writing a book or even where to begin. But I tried last year. I connected with a Christian writers website and learned many things. I wrote. In my flesh. Needless to say it’s not worth keeping. I thought I was doing the right thing. When I realized what I was doing through my writings, I just stopped. I let the devil get a foothold. Instead of correcting and editing, I jumped ship.

I’ve continued writing my blog, some. I haven’t even been faithful with that because quite frankly, I lost heart. I began to question and scrutinize every word I wrote and then wished I could take back some that I published. I do pray guys, so very much. All day long actually. But another thing occurred to me today while I was praying is, how much listening are you doing? What can you do for God today instead of what He can do for you?

At the prompting of the Holy Spirit, this is for someone out there today. Whatever God has said for you to do regardless of how crazy it sounds, do it. Do it like David did. Exactly the way God said to. He may only give you enough information for today but He’s still there and will be in the morning to tell you what to do next. Spend time listening friends. God speaks. All of the time. Don’t wait until He has to get your attention. That’s not always comfortable.

I told my girls last night at Bible study that they are more than conquerors. That applies to me as well. If God has called me to it and He still wants me to do it then I will. No more listening to the nay-sayers. I am expecting a miracle here, we can expect extraordinary things from an extraordinary God!

What about you? What is God calling you to do? There is no safer place than in the will of God regardless of what your circumstances look like.  Those are really insignificant to the Master of the Universe.  He can and will take care of those things, the big ones and the little ones. He’s concerned with them all. He loves you friend and He’s cheering you on to get going.  There are no impossibilities with God.  You can do this!

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Phillipians 4:13

Forgiven Much

“Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.” Then He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” And those who sat at the table with Him began to say to themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?” Then He said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.” Luke 7:47-50

Although this text doesn’t state what her sins were we know they were many. That didn’t stop her from entering the Pharisees house to have an encounter with Jesus. She believed and knew in her heart that He had the power to forgive sins. She went straight to the source. Despite all of the hissing of the Pharisee.

She took her alabaster flask of fragrant oil and stood at His feet behind Him weeping. She was so sorry for what she had done. Her falling tears gently removed the dust from the days walking. She used her hair to dry and clean them. She then anointed those precious feet with costly oil. Those very feet that the nails would be driven through.

Her actions backed up her heart’s condition. How does this speak to us today? How are our actions? That reveals the heart. Are we repentant and truly sorry for our sins or do we shrug them off knowing we are already forgiven? In a world where anything goes now it’s difficult to separate yourself and see your sin as God sees it. The world accepts it, even applauds it.

After the Pharisee points out her sin while she is anointing His feet, Jesus rebuts with a parable about two men that owed money. One owed little and one owed a substantial amount. The creditor forgave their debts and so He asks, “Which of them will love him more?” Simon answered, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.” And He said to him, “You have rightly judged.”

What hope for today! Whether our sins are few or many, God forgives them all. It takes a truly broken and repentant heart. When our hearts begin to break over our own sin we are repentant. Asking God in passing to forgive you and believe in your heart that you are just a human and you are going to sin won’t cut it. Although it is true, it’s not a place where we should live. Sin breaks the heart of God and it should do the same for us.

I am not saying that after you have repented that you should continue to lament over what you have done. Lesson learned. Consequences accepted. Time to move on and march forward, a little stronger now in the journey. I don’t think that this woman went back to her sinful lifestyle. I like to hope she had a brand new beginning to the rest of her life. And you can too.

Notice that Jesus said, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.” Peace. That is what He trades for our confession and turning. What a beautiful truth. Have you experienced that peace? Do you long to know it? Isaiah says in 26:3 that “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” Trust Him with all of your muck. He wants to forgive you and restore you just like we talked about with Peter last time.

My thoughts and prayers are always with you. You can contact me directly for specific requests. Have a beautiful day!

Peter’s Denial

“Peter then denied again: and immediately a rooster crowed.” John 18:27

There used to be a pesky rooster that lived behind us.  He crowed in the mornings alright, which was fine with me.  I was already up so no bother.  He was a confused rooster at best.  He crowed all. day. long. If it was a nice day out I would open the deck door and there he was in all his glory.  We sort of grew accustomed to it but it was still annoying. I’m not sure what happened to him. Somebody silenced him though.

I have to think today if that rooster in my life was a call from the Lord about denial or even lying.  Jesus predicted Peter’s denial by the third crow of the rooster.  Oh sure I wouldn’t blatantly say I don’t know Christ.  I hope all that know me and strangers as well recognize that truth in my life.  But what of those subtle denials? The nudging of the Holy Spirit to call a friend, help the homeless, invite a struggling friend or co-worker over to share a meal.  How many of those do we deny?

Lying is a sin that always requires another.  You can’t tell one and not have to tell another and another to cover it up.  Maybe you don’t lie at all, which I commend you for.  Do you withhold truth? Do you omit parts of the tale in order to save feelings or shadow your faith?  Do you add to the story to make it sound better? Peter lied three times about Jesus whom he loved so dearly.  Was it out of fear?  Was it out of inferiority? I discovered about myself that I used to lie because I didn’t think anyone would like the real me. I still struggle with that but now I keep quiet instead of trying to paint a picture of who I am not.

I’ve found that fear fuels inferiority.  When you fear the rejection of someone you begin to feel inferior about yourself.  And friend let me tell you, that is the beginning of a whole other can of worms.  Inferiority can keep you from your calling, God’s very best for your life.  I wonder how many golden opportunities that I have passed by that God intended my best for but I walked away, too inferior to even try.

Maybe Peter was bold and courageous as long as Jesus was with him but once removed he wasn’t so sure.  You don’t ever have to feel that way! Once you become a disciple of Christ you have the Holy Spirit living within you.  He guides in all truth.  It still baffles me that Jesus would choose me to become one of His own. Knowing that He is with me always give me the confidence that I need to share Him with others and to live a fear free life.  Living in fear is crippling.  I urge you to make things right with God today and give it all over to him.  He will exchange it with His peace.  And you cannot be at peace and in fear at the same time.

Thankfully that is not the end of Peter’s story. He was forgiven and restored and went on to do great things for Christ. What encouragement for us today! We too can be forgiven and restored! We can still be valuable to God for His purposes! Take heart dear friend, today can be a brand new beginning for you. Talk to Jesus, tell Him what you’ve done and that you’re so sorry.  Turn from it and turn to Him.  I’m excited for you to enjoy your life at peace with God! Enjoy the rest of your week!

 

 

Quiet and Peaceable Lives

“Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. 1Timothy 2:1-2

Pray more and talk less. We all have an opinion about how things are going in our nation right now. I have never nor will I now divulge my political views on you.  If you ask me I will tell you but I don’t think Christ ever intended for us to be angry sounding boards.  He was patient and compassionate toward the disciples and others when they didn’t understand.  Why aren’t we?

We live in the greatest nation in the world. Why have we become divided? United we stand, divided we fall.  This verse clearly says that we are to pray for all who are in authority.  Not criticize and judge.  Not one of us are righteous enough to judge anyone else unless of course you want to be judged by the One who is righteousness Himself. No thanks, I don’t stand a chance.

I understand disagreements.  I understand that everyone is entitled to their own opinion but is it Biblical? Can you back up with scripture what you say you stand for and what you are shouting about?  These are merely thought provoking questions. Ones that I’ve pointed to myself before. It’s love and unity that I am after.

Prayer changes things. In God’s will of course.  I wonder if we spent as much time praying about it than we have or are arguing about it, if the outcome would be different?  In Daniel 5:21 it says that the Most High God rules over the kingdoms of the world and appoints anyone he desires to rule over them. It’s God who is in control. Everything is happening just the way He has planned in order for His ultimate plan to be fulfilled.

When we respect and pray for those in authority over us, in agreement or not, it brings God glory. There is no favoritism with God. He simply loves us all. And if you have read the whole Bible, those that have professed that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and is payment for the penalty of sin, win. Plain and simple. If you admit you’re a sinner, believe that Jesus is the restitution for sin, confess that He is your Lord and decide to follow Him (which means everything written in His Word) then it all comes out for your good. Even the things you don’t understand right now.

In difficult days, the world needs to see the light. Darkness can’t expel the light but the light can overtake the darkness. A single match in a completely dark room proves that theory.  The darkness runs and hides from the light for it doesn’t want to be exposed. The light brings truth and power. Is your light shining for Jesus? Love wins.

I am praying for unity. I am praying for peace for our nation. I am praying for everyone with all of their opinions. I am praying for the lights to expel the darkness. I am praying for love and rest in the fact that God is in complete control.  Let’s live quiet and peaceable lives. Won’t you join me?

 

 

Being still in the waiting

“Then Manoah prayed to the Lord, and said, “O my Lord, please let the Man of God whom You sent come to us again and teach us what we shall do for the child who will be born.” And God listened to the voice of Manoah, and the Angel of God came to the woman again as she was sitting in the field; but Manoah her husband was not with her. Judges 13:8-9

I like to be busy. One of the hardest things for me to learn along my journey of being a wife and mother is that I don’t always have to be up doing something. Being there with my family in the moment is much more important than making sure a spoon is in the dishwasher. “It will be there when I get there,” I tell myself. It’s still hard not to go do it!

I am telling you this because God has also required me to be still before Him. I like to walk or run and pray and I do get a lot of answers out there. But there are those moments early in the morning before anyone is stirring in the house, and my mind hasn’t started racing through the day, that I find peace and solitude with my Savior. He reveals much to me in that time through His Word.

There is so much in this passage of Judges but I am focusing on one. These are Samson’s parents. The Angel of the Lord appeared to the woman (not named) who was barren, and gave her specific instructions on how to live her life while she was pregnant. Samson was to be a Nazarite from the womb. So she had some dietary changes to make.

I find it interesting that after Manoah prayed that the Angel of the Lord appeared for the second time to the woman (again not named). She was sitting in a field. I’m not sure what she was doing there but she was obviously still. Maybe she was waiting on the answer to her husband’s prayer. I also noticed that although it was his prayer, the Angel appeared to her. The one with no name given. Although she is not named, she is significant.

I just love God so much. He waited for her while she ran in haste to get Manoah who was also sitting or reclining because it says he arose. It doesn’t indicate why they were apart, but that is the very moment the Angel of the Lord purposed to appear.  Just think about that for a minute.  He waited for her to get her husband.  I just think that is beautiful that God would wait for her and him.

The passage says God listened to Manoah. He hears you friend. He completely gets where you are. He wants to reassure you and clarify His position in your life. He has specific instructions for you and only you. You aren’t the same as anyone else. Are you still enough to hear Him when He speaks? He’s been waiting there for you to regard what He has to say. He may have even sent someone running to get your attention. Are you looking and waiting?

I think for some that they pray but they aren’t waiting for the answer. I’ve been waiting on one for over a year now. He will answer when the time is perfect. I completely trust Him. I don’t want to imply that the waiting has been easy for me, that wasn’t formerly a strength of mine. He’s shown me many things in waiting. I think He has been most interested in my faith throughout the process.

The Angel doesn’t address Manoah’s question about the future but reiterates what the woman must do while she is pregnant. Maybe we could take a lesson from that. Instead of wanting to constantly know what’s around the bend, maybe we should concern ourselves with the here and now.

Be still before God. Wait for His response. I think we honor Him when we ask of Him and then consciously just wait. It may be a few hours. Could be a few weeks. Could be fourteen months and counting (that would be me). However His answer will be well worth the wait. What is He working out in you during the process? Ask Him, He will make that evident to you. Many blessings to you in the coming week!

“Grace, mercy and peace will be with you from God the Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love. 2 John 1:3

Rahab-A Woman of Faith

And as soon as we heard these things, our  hearts melted; neither did there remain any more courage in anyone because of you, for the Lord your God, He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath.” Joshua 2:11

How are we treating those that are different than us? I’m talking about that person in your life that lives a different lifestyle than you do. The one who has made a series of poor choices and continues to do so.  My hope is that you are loving them right where they are and praying for a radical change. Appearing cross to them or pulling away certainly won’t show them the character of God.

Proverbs 31 Ministries brought up Rahab a few weeks ago and gave me lots to think about so I wanted to share it with you. If you aren’t familiar, Rahab was a prostitute. But she was a woman that believed in God because of what He had done for the Israelites.  She had only been told what had happened at the Red Sea, she didn’t see it, but she believed it. And she makes a great declaration of faith in the verse above.

The interesting part to me is how the spies responded to her. They didn’t call out her sin, they didn’t put her down for her lifestyle. They made a vow with her. If she didn’t tell their business they would save her and her whole family when they came to take the land. They treated her kindly, fairly and with respect. Something I have a feeling that she was not accustomed to.

I believe when they came back and rescued her and her family that it solidified her faith. By their actions and keeping their word, they demonstrated characteristics of God. Rescuing, keeping promises and restoring. They took her to a camp outside the city with the Israelites. Hopefully that was the beginning of a whole new life for her. She is the mother of Boaz. You know the story of Ruth, I hope? She is also in the lineage of our Jesus.

Hebrews Chapter 11 depicts mighty men and women of faith. But friends they were just ordinary people that God used to do extraordinary feats. Guess who makes the Hall of Faith? Our friend Rahab. Right there with Moses, Abraham, Noah, Issac and Jacob to name a few. See the verse below:

“By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish with those who did not believe, when she had received the spies with peace.” Hebrews 11:31

So I say all of that to get to this: Rahab’s faith saved her and her family. The way that the spies treated her, solidified her faith. No matter what her past was, God used her.  Her story made the Holy Bible.

So how about those in your life that are wayward? Please love and respect them where they are. Demonstrate Godly characteristics that God will use to draw them to His heart. I’m not implying that you condone what they are doing. But we can surely love people and disagree with their choices. Our choice to respect them may just be the message God uses to pull them into a whole new life.

Perhaps it is you. Maybe you have made some wayward choices. Take heart! God worked out a divine plan through Rahab and He will do the same for you! Know that you are loved more than you can ever comprehend by a God who never, ever fails. I also love you. If God can use me, trust me friend, He can use you too!

 

 

Who is King?

“But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, ‘Give us a king to judge us.’ So Samuel prayed to the Lord. And the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Heed the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them.” 1 Samuel 8:6-7

Samuel had aged in years and his sons were not walking in his ways. The people were demanding a king just like the surrounding nations. It seems at times people want what someone else has instead of being content with what they have been given. They had the God of the universe as their King. You can clearly see that they rejected Him. But God being the perfect One that He is said, let them have what they want.

One of the morsels that I want to take away from our verses today is that when I go in God’s name to do His work, the people are not rejecting me, they are rejecting Him. I tend to take things personally and feel like everything that happens is my fault somehow. How ridiculous of me. I am not in control. How can everything possibly be my fault? People choose their own way in life. I am not responsible for others’ choices. Only my own.

It’s easy to sit back and say, “What’s wrong with those people? They’ve seen what God has done for them. Why would they want anyone else to reign over them?” What about you friend? How have you rejected God as King in your life? Has He called you to something incredulous and you aren’t believing He will come through? Do you go to someone else in your life when you have crisis or triumph? One wise preacher said, “Wherever you spend your time, talent and money, that’s where your heart is. Just look at your checkbook and that will tell you where it is.” Ouch, that one still has sting to it.

God had brought them out of Egypt and over and again they had strayed from His commands. Each time I would imagine was a blow to the Holy One. He longs for us to be right with Him, meaning He is first in everything.  He knows that this is for our ultimate good since He created us and knows every single hair on our heads. But we stray. We go our own way. He clearly says left and we veer right and wonder why we have run into so many problems.

Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus! Don’t reject Him as King! Walk this way with Him! The peace and blessings are incomparable. It is oft the road less traveled my friend. There may be twists and turns up ahead. But walking with Jesus through them makes your faith stronger and boosts your confidence in your calling. You will never go wrong with Jesus as King of your life. Never.

Who is the King of your heart? Your kids? Your husband? Your job? Your parents? Your friends? Your Pastor? Your Sunday School teacher? Who have you made king? Have you asked God for someone else to govern over your life but Him? Maybe that wasn’t your intention but it happened anyway. God goes on in this Chapter to tell Samuel to warn the people about this king they have asked for. I would say He is sending a warning to you today about who is king in your life.

It’s so simple to ask Him to be back on the throne of your heart where He belongs. Just talk to Him. He is approachable. Seek His forgiveness and ask Him now to guide your steps. Our days are numbered. When your number comes up, there will be no more time to make things right. Please don’t let any more time pass. You won’t regret a single moment of Jesus being the King of your heart. Your circumstances may change and get sticky but God never changes. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. He will never fail you.

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Something New

“Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:19

I’ve been doing some painting. Long overdue painting. Each wall that is completed, I stand back and remember how it was and admire the way it is now. I’ve been wondering to myself, “Why did I wait so long to do this?”

A fresh coat of paint makes everything seem new again. It covers all of the imperfections, the scuffs from book bags and the scars from busy lives. Not to mention a whole new perspective when you change the color. I’ve chosen colors from a line called tranquility. Now that’s what I’m talking about. Cool, light, airy colors to lighten and brighten my home.  Two bathrooms completely transformed by a pale light blue. Love it!

I adore the sunrise. It brings hope of a new day. Yesterday is gone. The sun giving hues of orange and yellow on the horizon is the promise of the sun that is coming. When the sun peaks into the morning sky it gives birth to a new start. New mercy, new grace. It brings hope to me that today can be different than those that have already passed. I can’t change them or get them back. I can just move forward into what God has in store for this day.

I sense this is the year that God does something new for you. He’s heard the prayers, seen the tears. He knows. He’s also seen your triumphs and bouts of joy. He’s there. Through it all. There isn’t one ounce of pain that you have endured that does not have purpose.  And those joyful moments? Those should be turned into worship sessions!

His unfathomable, unchanging, relentless love for you covers your flaws. When you allow Him to, His love rushes in like a raging river permeating every crack, crevice, imperfection and scar. It makes all things new again. Fresh, abundant, thriving. You have to receive it though. It’s not enough to say you have God’s love. Don’t block all He wants to do in your life this year because you feel unworthy or ashamed. Those are lies from your enemy! God is about to do something new in you and for you. Do you believe it?

There is no distance too far that His love can’t reach you. He is in relentless pursuit of you. He adores you. This something new that He wants to do takes a little effort on your part. You have to believe. You have to take God at His Word and believe in the something new. I don’t know what it is. I imagine it is something different for all of us. A new job, a new friend, a new relationship, a new class, a new boss, a new neighbor the possibilities are endless.

We already have a new year. Let’s trust God to go over the top with new opportunities to spread the gospel for all of us this year! Let’s step out boldly in faith by receiving the love He is placing over us. As we become secure in that love the new beginnings in our lives will blow us away. He will make a way for you. He is reaching out His hand to guide you through this year. Accept what He is offering to you! Happy New Year!

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Here am I! Send me.

pool-jumping“Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “Whom shall I send and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.” Isaiah 6:8

Someone very close to me has big plans for her life. They include lots of education and a job that makes life better for those that are hurting. I think these are awesome plans. I have encouraged her and am praying for her daily.

Proverbs 19:21 says, “There are many plans in a man’s heart, nevertheless the Lord’s counsel-that will stand.” Out of nowhere she is now feeling called to mission work. Her education would definitely aid her in what she feels led to do. But her idea of a private practice here in the States may or may not be in her future.

The beautiful thing about this young woman is she is willing. She is willing to lay aside her plans, goals and aspirations to follow God’s call on her life. She is strong in her faith. She exudes it with every breath she makes. I look at her sometimes in awe of such great faith for she has endured much at a young age.

I’m not sure what your story is or where this finds you today but if He’s calling you, answer Him, Here am I. Send me. It won’t make sense. Not many in your sphere of influence will understand. You won’t even understand. But I urge you to be willing.

Hillsong United puts it this way: “You call me out upon the waters, the great unknown where feet may fail. And there I find you in the mystery, in oceans deep, my faith will stand…Your grace abounds in deepest waters, your sovereign hand will be my guide, where feet may fail and fear surrounds me, You’ve never failed and You won’t start now.”

Go on. Say yes. I know it’s scary and it doesn’t look like what you had pictured at this stage of your life. God will provide for you. Every moment in your life up to this moment has prepared you for what He’s asking you to do. He will give you exactly what you need when you need it to accomplish His plan.

It’s been close to a year that He called me away from my job. I’m still waiting on Him to move. I know He is going to. I have no doubt on what He said to do. He has taught me so much in these 11 months. Lessons I wouldn’t have learned distracted by my demanding job. He will make good on His promises to me. I just have to be patient.

Be vigilant in everything He says to do. I haven’t been. I lost my focus for the task at hand. I began well. But I let the naysayers influence me. I have my eyes on the prize now and have asked Him to bind my wandering heart to Him.

What about you? Are you moving closer to Him and His call or are you hiding from Him (like He can’t see you!). It’s a faith factor friends. Trust Him and move forward! The things you do for yourself in this world are temporary. The things you do for God are eternal.

Have you ever seen a Mom or Dad in the pool coaxing their little one to jump to them? The distance between the two isn’t far.  The parents aren’t doing it for their own benefit. They encourage them to jump to build their courage. The child has to completely trust in order to leap. I have never seen a parent in the pool jump back and not catch their baby. Their eyes are laser focused on the child. There are only seconds that lapse from the time the child jumps to the time they are safely in their parents arms.

It’s time for you to jump friend. God will catch you. He will lead you. He will help you. I am praying for your faith to propel you forward. May the peace of God encompass you for your journey with Him.

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Do you really believe?

For even His brothers did not believe in Him.” John 7:5

What about you? Do you believe in Him? There is a difference between believing there is a God and having a relationship with Him. To say you believe in Him means you put your full faith and trust in His saving power.

What does it mean to fully trust? It means you are no longer in the driver’s seat of your bus. It means you talk to God before you talk to anyone else. It means you obey His voice even though it makes no sense to anyone else. Take a look at Abraham, Noah or Moses. All three were called to do extraordinary feats. They believed and acted. They did it with God’s help every step of the way.

In today’s verse Jesus’ own brothers didn’t believe in Him. They knew He existed, they grew up with Him. But they didn’t believe His fact that He was the Messiah. They made a choice to believe or not. They chose not. We know they later came to faith but after Jesus was crucified. God has a time table friends. There will come a day when you no longer have the choice to believe. It will be too late. Thankfully it his brothers chose yes later.

The same is still ringing true today as was then. We know of His miracles, we have His Word as proof. We can see what He visibly does in the lives of believers. How He can take a criminal and turn them into someone who tells everyone he knows about Jesus and countless souls come to Christ. We can say we believe that He is. His brothers believed that. But do you believe He is who He says He is? The one and only living true God.

It is hard to propel forward into the future without a clue where you are going and how things will turn out. We do it everyday, some of us without God guiding our steps. We make our own plan, we execute, we get to the end of our day and may say thanks to Him but have had no regard for His purpose in our lives that day, or tomorrow or next week. He’s kind of an after thought. I wonder how things may have turned out for you if you would’ve sought his counsel early in the morning about your paths for this day. I so hope that you did.

I would like to offer a bit of encouragement. You can turn to Him right now in full belief that He will hear from Heaven and answer you! God speaks. Primarily through His Word but He uses other avenues to convey His message as well. I am constantly looking for answers to prayers. Everywhere. Just this morning I found a card to a board game randomly in a closet that said CHOOSE. I new exactly what that meant. My way or His way. He followed up shortly with scripture. He is faithful.

In our Bible Study Fellowship lecture Monday night, Angela said you can be near to Jesus and still not believe in Him. So it was with His brothers. It doesn’t have to be that way for you! All you have to do is talk to Him. He is very approachable and knows you better than anyone ever has or will. He knows EVERYTHING and won’t be a bit surprised by anything you have to say. Bring it all to Him, surrender at the foot of the cross and watch Him sort it all out for you.

That is not to say the Christian life is a walk in the park. Quite the contrary. But we walk it with Him which makes everything else seem smaller. We can actually have joy in the midst of life’s trials! Just because He lives and He cares for us. Our advocate.

The good news with Jesus’ half-brothers is they went on to write two of the epistles in the New Testament. James was one of the leaders of the church at Jerusalem. In Galatians Paul refers to him as one of the pillars of the church. A non-believer to a believer. This can be like your story as well. Someone who says they believe to someone who actually does. Believe. Faith. Trust. The decision is yours. There is joy ahead for you today my friend!