Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Am I driving God crazy?

“The judge ignored her for a while, but finally he said to himself, ‘I don’t fear God or care about people, but this woman is driving me crazy. I’m going to see that she gets justice, because she is wearing me out with her constant requests!’””
‭‭Luke‬ ‭18:4-5‬ ‭NLT‬‬
http://bible.com/116/luk.18.4-5.nlt

Am I driving God crazy!? Am I wearing him out with my childlike requests?

You know the answer is “absolutely not!”

My father in heaven loves it when I come to him, regardless the reason. He loves it when I am pleading to him, crying out to him, for help in times of trouble. He loves my shallow requests and my deepest yearnings. He will never turn away. So, I take everything to him. I have a prayer list that never gets smaller. God knows our heart. His wisdom is far beyond anything we can fathom. He just loves to hear our voices raised to him. I really can’t drive God crazy! His patience is perfect. His love, mercy, and grace are forever.

Gid is ok with all my rants, my emotional ups and downs, my anger, my depression, and all the drama that fills my day. His only desire is to be close to us because he loves us. If we drive him crazy at all it’s with his insane love for us. If you can’t praise and worship THAT kind of God, you’re life is hopeless.

Praise God!

Monday, April 23, 2018

Will God?

“GOD answered Moses, “So, do you think I can’t take care of you? You’ll see soon enough whether what I say happens for you or not.””
‭‭Numbers‬ ‭11:23‬ ‭MSG‬‬
http://bible.com/97/num.11.23.msg

As a Christian I have things I just don’t understand. I’m no different than anyone else when it comes to understanding the ways of our Lord. But, I can tell you without a single doubt in my mind, there is no limit to the Power of the Lord. My grandest question throughout my life is not CAN God, but will God.

A perfect example happened this past weekend. We have been on a rollercoaster lately. Our house was sold. Then Friday as we were ending worship at our CMA event we got a call. Our buyer was backing out. It was a shock. Then our Realtor told us the other family that submitted an offer was still interested and wanted to see the house on Sunday. Our world was shocked and then we had new hope. But, we were nervous. Neither of us doubted his power. Through this past year our questions have all centered around knowing God’s perfect will for our lives. I think that question will always be there. Knowing his will is not easy. Only by prayer and becoming intimate with our Lord can we ever hope to see his plan.

We got and accepted another offer yesterday. God is good! His mercy and grace are forever. There is no limit to what he can do!

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Setback!

“And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭12:1-2‬ ‭NLT‬‬
http://bible.com/116/rom.12.1-2.nlt

Praise God!

We got some news yesterday that was a little bit of a shock to us. It’s a set back, but all I can say is PRAISE GOD!

It is easy to praise God when life goes your way. But today it’s not going my way. In my selfishness I often need to be reminded it’s not my timing, it’s the Lords! How could I ever doubt the perfect timing of the Lord? If there is one thing I have learned in my 58 years of life it’s that God’s plan is perfect.

So, trust him! Dedicate every particle of your being to him! Be patient! Everything is for his glory, not our own! We are being changed, transformed, into a new person. This happens through fire and rain. It comes through triumph and defeat. I can see the changes in me and I welcome them. The Lord is faithful and we just to need to lean on him.

His will is perfect, his plan is pleasing. It all works for his glory!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

All that I am

“But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭5:8‬ ‭NLT‬‬
http://bible.com/116/rom.5.8.nlt

Why would God send his son? You know how you are. I know how I am. We are sinners. We are stubborn, self centered sinners that deny God his laws, and his wonderful plans for us. It just doesn’t make sense he would give up Jesus to make it right  for us.

I am constantly amazed at the love of God. When I see how he has multiplied my blessings for no good reason; when I see the life I have lived; when I see his plans for my future, I have to fall to my knees and praise him. There is no explanation.

That is grace. When I think of the wonders his hands have made, I am motivated even more to serve. Lord, use me. Take all that I am, all that I have and use it for one thing, your glory.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Crazy Giving

“Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back. ””
‭‭Luke‬ ‭6:38‬ ‭NLT‬‬
http://bible.com/116/luk.6.38.nlt


As a teacher, I am bombarded with fundraisers for sports teams, clubs, and all sorts of charities. If you don’t have the right attitude it can be a little frustrating. But, I really support the things our kids are doing. I am more than willing to do what I can. I enjoy giving. Since January Stephanie and I have been tutoring to help raise money for our Christian Motorcyclists Association annual fundraiser. It’s amazing how it makes you feel giving big. We have sold our house and we are dedicating a portion of those profits to our church and our ministry. I don’t give to get more. I give because I am compelled to serve the Lord with all my resources, everything!

When I was reading these verses this morning, it convicted me that I need to do more. I need to be a crazy giver, I need to give everything for his kingdom. I need to devote every day, every hour, every minute, every dollar, every thing I own, for his kingdom. God has blessed me beyond anything I deserve and infinitely more than I could ever dream. What I have, who I am is only through the power of his grace and mercy. How can I not give all to his kingdom. How can I keep anything for myself?

We all need to sacrifice for the kingdom. We need to give in a way that we say “This is Crazy!” We need to question the sanity of our giving. We need to give from deep, not just from a shallow obligation. The Lord knows everything we have. He sees what our true commitment is. When we give in CRAZY ways , he honors that and gives back three fold!

Praise a God for this life we live!