Tuesday, December 11, 2018

In Between



David. What pops into your mind when you think of him? Often we think of him as the shepherd boy who went up against Goliath, or the king of Judah who was called a man after God's own heart, or the writer who wrote around half the book of Psalms. But in this post I want to talk about two other times in his life.


Put yourself in David's shoes. You're out in the fields with the sheep, watching them for your father, probably playing the lyre. You most likely heard about Samuel coming, about your family being invited to the sacrifice. But you remain in the fields, tending the sheep.Then someone your father sent runs up, summoning you. You go to your father and see the judge, Samuel. You've heard stories about him. He anoints you with oil and you feel the presence of the Spirit of the Lord in you. Samuel anoints you to be the future king of Judah.

Samuel leaves and you go back to the fields, back to tending the sheep. What now? Nothing really changes for you, at least for now, except for God's Spirit in you, You find yourself waiting, but you put that time to use. You tend the sheep, write Psalms, and play the lyre.

Fast forward several years. You've fought against Goliath, played the lyre in King Saul's presence, become a great warrior, but now Saul is trying to kill you. You are on the run for your life. This lasts for not days, not months, but years. You've probably asked yourself, or God, many times: Why is this happening? You were anointed to become king one day, but it doesn't seem like that's happening any time soon. Yet, deep in your heart, you know that what God has predestined, will take place in His timing.


Two times in David's life when he was in a "in between season". I think we all feel like we've had those times, when we've finished the last chapter and waiting to move onto the next. But its not just an "in between season", it's a time of waiting - and preparing.

Those seasons where we feel like the next season will never come, when we are tired of waiting... those times are so important! Those seasons are not to be wasted. Those are seasons of preparation for the next season. But we can still glorify God no matter what season of life we're in. We can serve and praise Him right where we are.

What God has predestined, will occur according to His plan and timing. Waiting for what lies next in your life may seem endless... but maybe that's not what God has planned for you anyways. Often we like to get ahead of God and start making out our life plans. I'll go to this college, I'll major in this, I'll get this job, I'll get married at this age, I'll have kids at this age... But life rarely goes as planned. I'm not saying it's wrong to think about your future, on the contrary, I like thinking about what my future holds sometimes too! But we still need to trust Him with what happens, and trust in His perfect timing.


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Let's talk....

What has God been teaching you recently? What season of life do you find yourself in?

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Constant One




You are the very reason I feel joy inside

You call me Your daughter and will never cast me aside

God, Your faithful love endures forever,

It has no end, not now not ever

You are the constant One I can cling to

You’ve been with me in it all, all I’ve been through

You are my hope and refuge,

And the gift You offer is huge

A free gift of love, an eternity with You

Through all time You remain true

You created the earth, You created it all

To You, my knees will fall

I want to genuinely worship You,

Worship You with a heart that’s pure and true

I don’t want empty words to come forth, out of my mouth,

But a song from my soul to the One who is north, west, east, and south

You are the very air I breath,

 In You I’ll always believe

Praise Your great name,

May the whole world tell of Your fame

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God is constant. His love is faithful. He is so amazing... how can we not praise Him?


Psalm 104:1, " My soul, praise Yahweh! Lord my God, You are very great; You are clothed with majesty and splendor."

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Names of God



Names. In the Bible, names held significance. They didn't just name their child a name that was pretty, they named them something that meant something. It was the same thing with places. Actually Jessica over at Apples of Gold recently posted about that (you can read her post here). But I'm not going to talk about the names of places. I'm going to talk about the names of God.

My youth group has been doing a study called Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby. There's a study guide - or devotional - that comes with it that we do on our own. Yesterday I read Day 1 in Chapter 4 and it was about knowing God. It talked about how as we get to know God more and more He reveals His names to us.

For instance, we may know God is loving. But when we experience His love it has a deeper, more personal meaning. There are so many names of God. When Moses asked God who he was to say sent him God didn't say one name.

Exodus 3:14, "God replied to Moses, 'I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: I AM has sent me to you.'"

"I AM WHO I AM". That sentence holds authority, a sense of forever, and holds promise. God didn't tell the Israelites one of His names. He chose to reveal those names to them as time went on. It's one thing to know God is Comforter. It's another to experience that. For God to reveal those names, the truths about Himself, is to know Him personally and to know Him better as time goes on.
You could know that God is Provider, but that doesn't mean much to you personally until you experience that.

That's one way we come to know God. As  we walk through this life, God will continue to reveal Himself to us, to reveal His names. His names aren't just words, the names are attributes, truths, and hold promise.

Personally, one of the things about God I've experienced is that He is hope. I won't share the specifics, but I will say that He has shown His hope to me time after time. When all other hope seems lost, He shows up. I've shared this verse many times but it's one of my favorite verses. Psalm 42:5, "Why am I so depressed? Why is this turmoil in me? Put your hope in God for I will still praise Him, my Savior and my God."

Psalm 32:7, "You are my hiding place; You protect me from trouble. You surround me with joyful shouts of deliverance." I've also come to know God as my hiding place. With Him, surrounded by His love, I'm safe. There I can show my brokenness, I can surrender, and I can trust Him.


Having a relationship with God isn't a one time thing, not one prayer. It's a daily thing. It's like any other relationship in your life - it takes work and time. It's a continuing relationship. It grows and you build it together. As you get to know other aspects of God's character, as He reveals His names to you personally, that relationship you have with Him grows deeper and stronger.


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What names has God revealed to you through experiences in your life? How have you come to know God more personally?

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Delays (A Short Story)





“Great. Now we’re going to be late.” Ellie sighed after hearing over the airports speakers that their flight was going to have a slight delay. Already close to two o’clock in the morning, she was ready to be at her parents’ house to celebrate Thanksgiving.

“It’ll be alright, honey.” Will, her husband, said.

“Mommy, I’m sleepy.” Their four year old daughter, Josie, tugged on her mom’s sleeve.

“I know, sweetheart.” Ellie sat back down in one of the chairs and pulled Josie up onto the chair beside her. Josie curled up against her and soon fell asleep.

Will sat down beside Ellie, next to their other sleeping child, Henry. Weary, Ellie laid her head on Will’s shoulder. This wasn’t how she had pictured spending her Thanksgiving. Originally they were going to leave yesterday, but Will had an emergency at work – heart surgery – and they had to delay their plans.

Even though she was exhausted, having been up since seven the previous morning, she couldn’t fall asleep as easily as her children could.

“Would you like me to get you some hot chocolate?” Will asked. Surprisingly there was a little coffee shop opened.

“Sure. Thanks.” Ellie smiled.

“Be back in a few.” Placing a light kiss on her forehead, he walked towards the shop. Thankfully most people were sleeping, so the airport lacked the usual hustle and bustle it usually had.

Ellie continued smiling as she looked at her sleeping children, so peaceful. She brushed Henry’s brown locks out of his eyes.

Will returned, two cups in hand. He handed the hot chocolate to her, keeping what was probably coffee for himself.

“You know, this kind of reminds me of the time we first met.” He said, settling into the seat beside her.

Ellie grinned, “Oh does it now?”

Henry stirred beside Will, rubbing his eyes sleepily. “How did you meet Mommy, Daddy?” He asked.

Will turned his attention to the half-awake six year old. “We met in an airport, one similar to this one. We were both traveling on the day before Christmas Eve when our flight got delayed. We ended up sitting next to each other, waiting. We talked for a while. Early the next morning our flight was finally ready and we had seats right next to each other. Your mother here had a connecting flight, so she wasn’t going to the same place as me.”

“Well what happened then?” Henry asked, curious as always.

Ellie picked up the story. “What we didn’t know at the time was that we lived in the same city. We ended up going to the same church together and started to get to know each other. Eventually we started dating and got married.”

Henry nodded thoughtfully before going back to sleep against his dad.

“We don’t seem to have the best record with airports, now do we?” Ellie stated, taking another sip of her hot chocolate.

“On the contrary,” Will answered with a grin, “I think we have a great one.”

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Happy Thanksgiving!