A soldier and a savior

It’s Memorial Day, and I live in a country where people have fought and died for my freedom. I also live in a realm where someone died for my salvation.

For me to live free on this planet, a soldier died. For me to live for eternity, a savior died. My entire existence, physical and spiritual, is based on who died before me. What a humbling realization.

Thank you, veterans, for your service. Thank you, Jesus, for your sacrifice. I am so grateful.


Tap in or tap out

When MMA fighters know they’re pinned, they tap out. But I can imagine it takes an awful lot before they’ll tap out. They’ll fight like crazy until their limbs break before they’ll give up. I’m thankful I don’t have to fight that hard before I can get a break. The Holy Spirit and the Word of God are right there for me to tap into, and I don’t have to sacrifice my bones before I do it.

Psalm 46 reminds us that God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. He’s always there. I can tap into Him, and tap out of my trouble. I can trust Him to work things out. He knows the beginning and the end, and His thoughts and plans are much higher than mine.

The key to this is believing He’s there and knowing His voice. We can’t tap into a power that we don’t really believe is there, and we can’t hear the still, small voice if we don’t recognize it’s Him. That belief and that recognition comes from time spent with God. We cannot expect to know His voice unless we’ve heard it before.

Oh, how I love to hear His voice. But I know that He loves to hear from me even more. He loves to hear from you, too.

Do Mondays get you down?

Do Mondays get you down? Does the thought of a new week make you want to crawl back under the covers?

Do something easy on Mondays. Do something you don’t have to think about. Do something every Monday that makes you say, “Oh, thank God it’s Monday, and I only have to get through the work day and then I get to do this.” Don’t make them harder than they have to be.

I’m thinking every Monday we get to treat ourselves to a bucket of chicken or a pizza. Cooking should not be allowed on Mondays. Maybe working out should be off-limits too. Oh, oh, and laundry! Definitely no laundry on Mondays.

Wow, I’m liking Mondays more and more.

You know what, Mondays don’t have to be drudgery. They can be productive, fulfilling, even exciting. It may feel too big to manage, but it’s not. All it takes it a little planning. A little good stewardship of our time can make Mondays a whole new world.

We all have different needs so that stewardship can take lots of forms, but in general, I encourage you to dedicate each new day to the Lord and ask Him to give you His plan to make it peaceful and productive. Trade in chaos for contentment, trusting God to order each step and thanking Him for it.

God saw it coming

Before the Titanic sank, God saw it coming. Before the Twin Towers fell, God saw it coming.

No matter what difficult thing happens in our lives, God saw it coming, and His plan to bring beauty out of our ashes was already in place (Isaiah 61:3).

No matter how hopeless we may feel during the storms of life that we all face, God saw it coming. The Bible tells us that many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all (Psalm 34:19).

Trust Him with your heart, trust Him with your future, trust Him with your life. He is God, He cannot fail.

Don’t spend your time worrying, spend your time thanking God that His thoughts for you are good, not evil, and because there is a future and a hope on your horizonĀ (Jeremiah 29:11).

Whatever the storm may be, take heart, God saw it coming.