“He trains my hands for battle; he strengthens my arm to draw a bronze bow”
Have you ever heard the saying “fake it ‘til you make it”? I have repeated this to myself so many times over the last few years. In moments of insecurity when I am about to try something new, I quietly whisper to myself “just fake it until you make it”
I don’t always feel equipped for what life throws my way. You truly don’t know what your day holds when you wake up each morning. Today, my four year old daughter got stung by a honeybee for the first time and my very pregnant, overly-emotional self did not handle it well.. at all.
When I woke up, I didn’t think to myself “if Gracie gets stung today this is what I’m going to do” I can guarantee I wouldn’t have planned to scream as loud as I did, or have my hands shake afterwards for as long as they did. (Not one of my finest moments ladies)
God is always prepared though. He knows the end from the beginning, and knows exactly what we need in each moment of our lives. He is never unsure of what to do in a situation, and He is never unprepared to help!
I am so thankful that even in moments of doubt and insecurity, God knows exactly what I need and helps me through each change life brings. (Including the great bumblebee fiasco of 2018)
Lord, I am so thankful that you are with me in every season of life. You never change, and You always want what is best for me.
“I was there when he set the limits of the seas, so they would not spread beyond their boundaries. And when he marked off the earth’s foundations,”
Humans struggle with being told what to do. Everyone wants to be the Captain, to be in charge, to take orders from no one. We don’t like having boundaries, and we love to exercise our “right” to our own free will. God has placed boundaries for a reason though, a very important, life saving reason.
Have you ever driven through a highway, that was over-looking the ocean? You can smell the salty air as you hang your hand out the window, letting the breeze flow through your fingers. This is a pretty incredible scene, except for the fact that you are literally driving very close to a steep cliff, and the only thing separating you from that cliff is a guard rail.
Boundaries. That rail is there for your protection. That is what is keeping you from terrible tragedy; conscious driving and a guard rail. If God gave even the oceans boundaries, how much more do we need them? The word of God is the guard rail of our lives. It gives wisdom, and direction to our lives.
It is important for us to stay within the safety of His word. Stay within your personal convictions, morals and standards. His word will never lead you astray, only closer to Him.
I am thankful today for Your inspired word God, that directs my steps and gives me wisdom. Help me to know my boundaries today, as the lines are often blurred in the world we live in today. Help me to hold fast to my convictions and commands given to me in your word today.
“Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust Him.”
There have been countless times in moments of anxiety and worry that I have clung to these words “He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust Him.” I have declared these statements over tragedy and loss, and I have whispered them through tears, struggling so badly to believe them once again.
Through every season of life, God has proven Himself faithful time and time again. The only catch is, I must CHOOSE to live in the shelter of the Almighty. I have to place myself directly under His care, and I will find rest there. This world is so busy and chaotic, that sometimes I crave a moment of solitude. A moment of complete and perfect peace, and it can only be found in His shadow.
I read an article about a man who wore all of his clothing he packed for a trip on himself, just to save on luggage costs. I sometimes feel like this man, burdened and so heavy with the cares of this life. Fighting just to take another step, because I’ve allowed “stuff” to attach itself to me, and slow me down. This is when I must choose to strip away everything that is so unimportant, and find my shelter in Christ yet again.
Lord, I am sorry for straying from Your presence. I’ve allowed cares and worries of this world to cloud my vision and distract me from what’s most important, You. Today I make a choice to live in your shelter and to find peace and contentment in Your presence. Lead and guide me everyday.