My help comes from you. You’re right here pulling me through…

23 Feb

I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD is your keeper; the LORD is your shade on your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.
Psalms 121:1-8

I give you this Psalm today. I’ll be totally honest with you this morning; there are days when I struggle to be joyful in my current situation. I know that it is satan trying to discourage me and make me doubt God’s calling on my life. It is during those times that I cling to Psalm 121. I mean just think about what it says for a minute.

Your help comes from God. He is the maker of all things. He will not let you be moved. He never sleeps. Think about that. There is never a moment when God is not attentive to what is happening in the universe. He is our comforter and our relief. While that may not mean that your life will be easy; you can still find rest in Him. God sustains you. He knows everything about you and watches your every step. He keeps you going through it all always and forever.

What an amazing reminder this morning! I know that I have to sometimes be reminded that God is in control and has a plan for my life at all times. This is especially important on days like today when the enemy tries to beat me down. God is in control and He is where my help comes from.

Spirit of the Living God we just wanna hear Your voice. We’re hanging on every word…

20 Feb

I wonder how many of us can truly say this. How often do we come to God with our requests but never stop to listen to what He has to say to us? I know I am guilty of it. I am in such a hurry with the trivial things of life that I don’t make time to sit and listen to what the Lord has to say to me. I am ashamed to admit that, but there is also a sense of freedom in that admission.

I want more and more of God. I want to hang on His every word. I want to sit and simply listen to Him, and I want to let Him speak life into me. I know that I can’t continue without Him doing so. I am committing to seeking after God more earnestly in times of prayer. I don’t mean simply praying more. I mean praying more intentionally, and carving out time to sit and listen. Why are we so afraid of silence as a culture? (That’s a topic for another post) I want to be cognizant of making sure that I am using the time I have wisely. And what more wise use of my time than to sit and let the Lord speak over me?

What is keeping you from spending time with the Lord and hanging on His every word? Is it the television? Is it some form of social media? Whatever it may be, it’s not more important than talking with the Creator of the universe. Take time to listen to Him today.

I know I’m not strong enough to be everything that I’m supposed to be

19 Feb

There are days that life is just harder than it is on other days. We all can agree that sometimes life is just hard. There are times when people are going to let you now. There are times when things are not going to go your way.there will be days when nothing seems to go wrong. There will be seasons in life when you don’t know where to go next.those times are hard. It’s during those times that we have to turn to Jesus. We on our own as humans simply are not strong enough to handle everything that life throws at us each and every day. Yes we are resilient. Yes we can achieve great things. But when it comes down to the brass tacks of life when we are in the situations that are difficult and tough to get through we can’t do it on our own. It’s during those times that we have to find our identity in Christ.

For the past few weeks I have found myself in one of those tough situation. It’s hard to wait on the Lord. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that he has called me into vocational ministry for him. However, right now God has me in a season of waiting for him to show me where that place of ministry is. I have come to the realization that I’m not strong enough to be everything that I’m supposed to be for the Lord. The only way that I can do this the only way that I can wait on the Lord is for him to do it through me. Christ in me the hope of glory is the only way that I can wait on the Lord. does that make it easy? Absolutely not. It’s hard to wait on the Lord. However, I know that God has promised me that he will use me for his glory in the kingdom. I know that he has a place in ministry for me. I just have to wait for him to show me that, and the only way that I can wait on him for that is for him to do it through me.

So what is the tough situation that you’re in today? What is it that God is waiting to show you? How are you responding? have you come to the realization that you’re not strong enough to be everything you’re supposed to be in Christ? Are you willing to let Christ do it in you?

Written in pen

15 Feb

She-wood here after a LONG hiatus. I don’t know if this will be regular but I can try.

January 2014 I took out a lovely robins egg blue notebook and wrote a list. The top says Dreams…simple right?! It was I wrote things like have an awesome kitchen and entertain friends regularly. Then I wrote some crazy things like write a book and have a natural childbirth. Crazy right?! I mean I don’t regularly write, don’t have a platform, and don’t really know what the book would be about but I wrote it down anyways. Then I wrote down natural childbirth. Honestly, this has always been a dream but due to inductions and hemorrhaging has never happened. I always end up with that guilty feeling of feeling less than because I got the epidural. Which is dumb-I know that! What’s even dumber is to write down that “dream” when you are talking about adopting again…thats epidural free so it counts right?! JK then something happened…we call her Wee-wood 4. She was supposed to be induced on that morning in December but instead contractions started on their own…while waiting at the starbucks drive thru. I joked if they didn’t hurry she’d be born there! They started every 2 mins…after a few hours i had dilated just 1cm from the 5cm that i was the day prior. Things were painful and i always panic about how much it would hurt as they try to stop my bleeding after the baby is born so I consented to an epidural. So while trying to get that epidural I went from 6cm to her being there in less than 20mins. That’s how I my natural childbirth dream came true. Im stuck with a pain in my back from the epidural that came late and a beautiful baby as a reminder of that answered dream.

While I don’t know how many more of those dreams will be answered I’m praying that I’ll forever enjoy the memories of God’s faithfulness to allow us to dream and have them answered.

Hello my name is Child of the One True King

12 Feb

I’m a dad. I’m a husband. I’m a son. I’m a brother. I’m a friend. I’m a singer. I’m a musician. I’m a worker. I am all of these things, but these things are not who I am or where my identity is found.

When I was nine, I felt the Holy Spirit calling me to Himself in a way that I had not before. I heard the gospel of Christ and God opened my eyes to see my deep need for a Savior. It was that day in August of 1993 that I gained my identity. I became identifies with Christ through His life, death, and resurrection. Now that doesn’t mean that any of the things I mentioned above, and many more for that matter, were eradicated, but they did change. Yes all of those things are true of me, but my identity is not on them. If any one of those things were to be no more, while it would be gut-wrenching to not have that as a part of my life, my life would not be over. Yes I would be sad, but again those things are not my identity. My identity is in Christ.

1 John 3:1a says, “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.” For those who have been drawn to Christ through the wooing of the Holy Spirit, we gain the right to be called the children of God. WOW! A child of the one true King. That is amazing!

In Galatians 3:27-29 Paul writes, “For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.” Those of us in Christ have a new name tag, if you will. We have put on Christ and we are identified in Him.

So here is the challenge. No matter what the world tries to say you are, if you are in Christ then you belong to Him. And you can proudly say, “I’m a child of the one true King!” Remember that circumstances and situations do not define who you are.

It’s all about love love love love love…

11 Feb

This morning on my way to work I was listening to the radio and they were talking about asking these five questions each week in your marriage. I think that they can have an amazing impact on your relationship with your spouse. Here they are:

1. How did you feel loved this week?
2. What do you have coming up this week?
3. How would you feel most loved and encouraged this week?
4. How would you best feel pursued in intimacy this week?
5. How can I pray for you this week?

These five questions are very simple, but they can have a huge impact in the intimacy of your relationship with your spouse. Now, don’t simply go in and read them to your spouse each week as if they are something to be checked off of a list. These questions need to be worked into normal conversation intentionally. These questions should cause you to have REAL concern for your spouse spiritually, mentally, physically, and relationally.

I plan on using these (so get ready She-wood!) I know that there are times when I fail to guard my wife’s heart, and I repent for that. However, that doesn’t mean I cannot be intentional about guarding it in the future.

I challenge you to invest in your relationship with your spouse. Yes, it takes work, and it is not always fun. But it is SO worth it! Your marriage is not ultimately for you. Yes you benefit from it greatly, but ultimately your marriage is for the glory of God.

Soak it up!

10 Feb

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It was a beautiful afternoon today! I am often in awe of how amazing God’s creativity can be. How amazing is it to see what God can create?!?!

I think that all too often we fail to take the time necessary to worship the Lord for His creativity in nature. A. W. Tozer once asked, “Why should we be silent about the wonders of God?” We shouldn’t be silent! This is the answer that we must respond with. God is showing us his power and glory through creation. We can read of this fact in Romans 1. Paul makes it clear that God is showing us Himself through what we can see in creation.

I want to encourage you to take time today and throughout the rest of this week to stop and marvel at the creativity of our artistic God. He is glorious, and it shows!

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