Posted by: Anne | September 6, 2020

what David saw

Then David said, “The LORD who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.” Saul said to David, “Go, and may the LORD be with you.”
~ 1 Samuel 17:37 Christian Standard Bible

As I’m walking through trying times, I have a tendency to become preoccupied with the details of my circumstances.

I must be hoping that such scrutiny will eventually make it all make sense. Instead, from previous ponderings, I should know to expect more anxiety and frustration as overthinking can magnify problems to larger-than-life proportions.

I recently heard a pastor say, “It’s not the specifics of the pain: it’s the purpose of the pain.”(**) David certainly exemplifies that in the verse above. When he recounts his experience, his focal point is what God did — not David’s emotions, David’s efforts, etc.

And since David chose an upward perspective, that pain did serve its purpose. David received a personal view of God that indelibly strengthened his faith. He drew on that example of God’s power and goodness to him when he faced greater challenges later in his life.

A few years ago, my reply to that might’ve been, “Well, sure! It was easy for David!” But now, no, I can’t hide behind that excuse. It’s not easy for anyone. But it is do-able. And, from the glimpses I’ve been seeing, God’s good purpose will be worth it.

(**) Lindsay Lane pastor, 8/23/2020 Facebook live service

Posted by: Anne | July 26, 2020

cast your fears, keep your faith

“So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.”
~ Hebrews 10:35-36

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
~ 1 Peter 5:6-7

Hear also:
“Cast My Cares” by Finding Favour

See also:
5 Ways to Cast Your Cares on God

“Casting is an intentional act to relocate an object. Let this ‘throwing’ be your first response to bad news. As you sense anxiety welling up inside you, cast it in the direction of Christ. Do so specifically and immediately.”
~ Max Lucado @MaxLucado

Posted by: Anne | July 11, 2020

faith workout

“Yet those who wait for the LORD
Will gain new strength;
They will mount up with wings like eagles,
They will run and not get tired,
They will walk and not become weary.”
~ Isaiah 40:31 New American Standard Bible

According to one modern-day proverb, when we pray for patience, although we tend to expect an instantaneous transformation in which our impatience is completely removed, God responds by providing opportunities to put patience into practice.

I’m starting to suspect that it’s a similar process with learning to trust God. The answer to my heart’s desire for a stronger faith may include situations that can give my faith muscles a workout.

Lately, for me, those situations often take the form of a sudden change that initially sparks a rush of anxious thoughts. I have to push past my emotions and refocus, grab onto faith and let go of fear, as I wait expectantly to see the good way God is going to work in this.

And in those small steps, my faith is made a little firmer.

“Suffering provides the gym equipment on which my faith can be exercised.”
~ Joni Eareckson Tada


HEAR ALSO: “Truth I’m Standing On” by Leanna Crawford

Posted by: Anne | July 4, 2020

free to serve

“You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.”
~ Galatians 5:13

“Freedom is liberty within bounds: liberty to obey holy laws, liberty to keep the commandments of Christ, to serve mankind, to develop to the full all the latent possibilities within our redeemed natures. True Christian liberty never sets us free to indulge our lusts or to follow our fallen impulses.”
~ A. W. Tozer

Read the full article at the source:

More quotes about freedom:

Posted by: Anne | June 27, 2020

one step at a time, one day at a time

“In the day of my trouble I call upon you, for you answer me.”
~ Psalm 86:7 English Standard Version

“Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.”
~ Psalm 25:5 English Standard Version

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
~ Lamentations 3:22-23 English Standard Version

“This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
~ Psalm 118:24 English Standard Version

Posted by: Anne | June 6, 2020

looking beyond our disappointments

“Martha said to Jesus, ‘Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.'”
John 11:21 English Standard Version

When you experience disappointments, how do you respond? Do you respond by finding fault with yourself? Or do you look around for someone else to blame? In the message linked below, Dr. Stanley teaches us how to look beyond our disappointments so we don’t give up on God-given goals in our lives.

Posted by: Anne | May 16, 2020

“Carest thou not?”

“He was in a hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow, and they awake Him and say unto Him, ‘Master, carest Thou not that we perish?’”
~ Mark 4:38

Our immediate reaction in circumstances like that is very similar to that of the disciples. “Master, carest Thou not that we perish?” they cried. That question was asked in a spirit of complaint. “If you love us,” they said, “then save us.” How soon they began to doubt Him. How ready they were to turn against Him, even though they called Him “Master.” How quick they were to think that He was careless and cruel and heartless.

I don’t know what your profession of faith may be, but I am sure that this question, in one form or another, has sometime been on your mind and on your heart. Doesn’t God care, after all? If He does, why doesn’t He show it?

My friend, listen to me, have you understood that God sometimes works a greater wonder when He sustains His people in trouble than when He brings them out of it?

Read the full article at the source:

See also: the Bible passage where Jesus calms the storm

Hear also: “Peace Be Still”

Posted by: Anne | May 9, 2020

follow the go-to with the look-to

“We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.”
~ 2 Chronicles 20:12b

Based on conversations with different friends of mine with different personalities, it seems like each of us has a go-to feeling that rises up and wants to take over in threatening situations: anger that wants to come out swinging, fear that wants to shrink back and disappear, confusion that wants to talk it out and restore peace quickly, just to name a few.

But I’m learning that while we can sometimes feel afraid, we don’t have to live afraid. We can be alarmed and resolved at the very same time. We can let our declaration mirror those of Jehoshaphat to God when faced with a massive and terrifying army, “We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” (2 Chronicles 20:12b)

~ Lysa TerKeurst (May 6 at 7:05 PM)


Posted by: Anne | April 26, 2020

fact checking

“We are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ”
~ 2 Corinthians 10:5b New American Standard Bible

Almost a year ago, I wrote about the Biblical instruction to think truth for peace.

Recently, putting that into practice requires that — almost every day — I remind myself that speculations, theories and opinions about what might happen are NOT truth.

When gloomy predictions in the news threaten to ignite another round of anxiety, it helps for me to refocus my thoughts back to What Is (today, right now) instead of What If (the future, the theoretical). I often start by noticing how God has blessed me that day. Sunshine and blue skies. A little bird landed in my window. The store had the cereal I wanted.

Soon, I have a growing list of reminders of the good ways God is working.

And I’m comforted as I trust that, when tomorrow becomes today, I can count on Him to provide what I need then, too.

“We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ”
~ 2 Corinthians 10:5 New American Standard Bible

See also:

Hear also: “Borrow (One Day At A Time)” by Josh Wilson

Posted by: Anne | April 11, 2020

Good News for Everyone

“But these are written so that you may believe Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and by believing you may have life in His name.”
~ John 20:31 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Good News for Everyone

If you’ve been a Christian for very long, you’ve experienced a time when you wondered if the Christian faith is really true. Perhaps your struggle came after some huge disappointment or unanswered prayer. Things just didn’t go the way that you had hoped and prayed… Or, maybe your Christian experience just didn’t measure up to the “abundant” life that others testify to, so you wondered why the abundant life didn’t seem to be true for you. You thought, “Maybe it isn’t true at all.”

In the middle of John’s treatment of Jesus’ resurrection, he breaks in with his purpose for writing the entire Gospel (John 20:30-31): “Therefore many other signs Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.”

For John, everything depends on who Jesus is.

Read more in the full article at the source:

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