“The Lord is my light and my salvation- so why should I be afraid? the Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble?” Psalm 27:1
It really seems that life is so much busier than it was in my parents generation. The adults (often both parents) are working long hours while even the kids seem to have no free time. If they aren’t participating in a group in school, they’re in several different sports-leaving them with just enough time to get their school work done. Society seems to think that the busier you are the better your life will be. Unfortunately it often leads to an overwhelming amount of stress, depression, anxiety…is it all really worth it?
For some of us it’s not really a choice…the long hours that is. Without the long hours and second job it’s hard, if not impossible, to make ends meet. My honey works long days so we can pay our mortgage and have food in the fridge but to be honest there isn’t much left over. I have this awesome new job but the increase in pay is minimal. It’s helping, but not by much. The worry about paying bills can get stressful…forget about scheduling a vacation any time soon. 😕
All this can have a serious affect on our relationships. Our relationships with our spouses, kids, friends, co-workers and even with God. Our schedules are so full we forget that we need-and I do mean NEED- to spend time with our loved ones and especially with God.
The last thing I want to do is make it seem like this should be an obligation but rather it is a need in order to live a truly happy life. It is our time that we spend with God in reading His Word, in prayer and in fellowship with other believers that we are strengthened. It gives us the strength to get through all those long days. Those days that seem to never end-days that get harder and darker…then we can turn to our ‘But God’ for He is the light at the end of our dark tunnels.
With so much on our plates these days, we need the reminder that God is for us, not against us. That He has our backs in situations that may seem bleak. It is then we can remember our ‘But God’.
Here are some scriptures we can turn to, to remember how faithful and just He truly is;
Genesis 50:20 –You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.
1 Samuel 23:14- David stayed in the desert strongholds and in the hills of the Desert of Ziph. Day after day Saul searched for him, but God did not give David into his hands.
Nehemiah 9:17- They refused to listen and failed to remember the miracles you performed among them. They became stiff-necked and in their rebellion appointed a leader in order to return to their slavery. But you are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. Therefore you did not desert them.
Psalm 73:26- My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
Jonah 2:6 – To the roots of the mountains I sank down; the earth beneath barred me in forever. But you brought my life up from the pit, O LORD my God.
Matthew 19:26 – Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.
John 1:18 – No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known.
One thing I truly love about the United States is our freedom of religion. We may disagree, sometime passionately, with each other but at the end of the day we all have the right to believe what we choose. Although my faith in God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit is firm, I respect others right to choose what they believe or don’t believe. And I LOVE to hear stories-testimonies-on how and why people came to Jesus.
Just last weekend my pastor’s wife had a small Women’s Breakfast in which three ladies shared their stories. All three were beautiful and powerful but the one that truly touched me was Linda. I am attaching a photo of her testimony so you can read it yourself-with her permission. It is a powerful message of the HOPE that is found in our God through Jesus Christ.
If you find it as powerful as I did, please share this post and let others see it’s beauty. And take time to be with God and your loved ones.
Have a wonderful and blessed weekend.
‘But those who HOPE in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint.’ Isaiah 40:31
In Jesus’ precious name.