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Directionally Challenged

 

 

 

Every God- direction is road-tested. Everyone who runs toward him makes it.

Psalms 18:30

Do you have days that you feel directionally challenged?  Are there so many choices, so many decisions, and so much to do that it's hard to decide which direction to go?  I definately have some days like that. When I get caught up in the heaviness of a day because of all the different directions I am being pulled in, I know it's time to take a pause. 

Time to pause and ask God for His tested and proven direction. When I am able to pause and ask Him, the challenges do not seem as overwhelming.

What do you do when you feel directionally challenged?  When there are too many errands, not enough time, voices from every direction, and little sleep, do you crash or do you run towards God? The answer to whatever the issue is may not be clear right away, but He will prove to be there in a calming way. He will point you in the needed direction, and light up the road that you are looking for. Just keep running towards Him, and don't stop asking.

I have needed to practice this a lot the last few weeks, and I think I will need to continue to practice it in the weeks ahead. As I do, the direction becomes clearer.  So, today, as you head out, ask God first which way to go. Seek His direction and be assured that He has tested the way. His direction is secure, even when it feels otherwise.

Is not this the God who armed me, then aimed me in the right direction?

Psalms 18:35

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enough is Enough

 

 

 

 

Long enough, God- you've ignored me long enough. I've looked at the back of your head long enough.  Long enough I've carried this ton of trouble, lived with a stomach full of pain. Long enough, my arrogant enemies have looked down their noses at me.  Take a good look at me, God, my God; I want to look life in the eye, so no enemy can get the best of me or laugh when I fall on my face.  I've thrown myself headlong into your arms- I'm celebrating your rescue. I'm singing at the top of my lungs, I'm so full of answered prayers.

psalms 13:1-5

 

Have you ever felt like God is ignoring you?  Maybe you have had something on your heart for a long time, and been praying for an answer from God, but there is nothing. Does it feel like it's been long enough?  Does it feel like God has turned around and He is not seeing you?

For me, I have had seasons of feeling this way. I have had prayers that I have prayed for years, and it becomes discouraging when there doesn't appear to be an answer.  The pain can increase inside of me, and I want to yell out "Enough"! But, then I am reminded of all the rescues, the answered prayers, the praise that has come from my lips because of all His wonder.  I am challenged to keep believing that God is full of life for me, and just because I do not hear an answer for some long time prayers, doesn't mean He isn't fulfiling a promise through them. I am challenged to praise Him anyway.

When it feels like things aren't working out, change your focus. When you have pain deep down inside, acknowledge it to God and turn to His truth. He will rescue you, somehow, someway.

I admit, I don't always see it. I get stuck in the problem, and am challenged to believe there will ever be a promising solution.  But, today I choose to believe that the solution lies within Jesus, consequently, I will focus on Him. I will sing praises to Him because He promises to answer.

Are You Hard-Pressed?

When the men of Israel saw that they were in a strait ( for the people were hard-pressed), then the people hid themselves in caves, in thickets, in cliffs, in cellars, and in pits. 

1 Samuel 13:6

What do you do and who do you turn to when life begins to feel hard-pressed? When you or someone you love is sick, when there's not enough money to pay for groceries, or when you have lost someone dear, where is your stronghold? When it feels like the world is pressing in on you and there is no way out, what do you do?

I have felt hard-pressed many times, and many times I have not made the best choices. I have hidden myself in the cave of my mind, or run to the pit of despair.  I have not been able to avoid the thickets or the darkness of cellars.  I did not run to the God of hope and salvation.

Are you hiding somewhere today because the burdens of life have trampled all over you? Have you chosen to find comfort in places that offer false comfort?

I would like to remind you of the Savior that is alive. The One that rose from the dead, so you and I would not have to hide in any of those places ever again.  Jesus, the King of Kings, took all the things that press hard against us, and offered us refuge. Because of His life, I am free to rest in Him and not let times of being hard pressed crush my being. 

We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed.

2 Corinthians 4:8-9

What Are You Doing with the Dirty Laundry?

 

 

 

Soak me in Your laundry and I'll come out clean, scrub me and I'll have a snow-white life. Tune me in to foot-tapping songs, set these once-broken bones to dancing. don't look too close for blemishes, give me a clean bill of health.  God, make a fresh start in me, shape a Genesis week from the chaos of my life.

Psalms 51:7-10

David was a Godly King and he had a heart that sought God fervently. Still, he sinned. But, when he did sin, he confessed and repented.  He didn't hang onto his sin or let it turn into bitterness and pain.  He allowed God to wash him clean and He was able to begin afresh.

So, are you hanging onto any of your dirty laundry? Do you grab onto it and walk around with it?  There's no need!

When God looks at you, He sees Jesus. He sees that Jesus died for all your dirty laundry and He wants you to soak in His cleanliness. He wants you to see and understand that you are white as snow, fresh, renewed, and ready  to dance with Him. 

If you are hanging onto something today, let go. Give all the dirty laundry to God and allow Him to give you a Genesis beginning inside your heart.  Praise Him for His ability to take your chaos and turn it into peace. 

Today is the beginning of a new day, a day of freedom!

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