Time

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Who can believe that May 2018 is almost over?

This last year has flown by.  I know that is an odd thing to write about mid-year, but time has really gotten away from me this year.

It has been almost a year since I started blogging.  June 11, 2017 was my first blog.  I haven’t written as much as I would have liked.  I had plans of writing once or twice a week, but life happened & I didn’t get as much written as I wanted to.

I have learned that I need to plan & prioritize my time better.  Such as planning time to write & then following through with it.  Writing takes time & it doesn’t miraculously happen while I’m doing other things.

I probably shouldn’t be so hard on myself, but I do need to learn from it & work on it.

Writing has blessed me & I pray that God uses this blog to bless the lives of others.

So now it’s time to dive into the next year of blogging.

 

 

Faith

Hebrews 11:6  “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”

Giving takes faith.  Being obedient to God takes faith.  Especially when you’re barely paying the bills or if you don’t think you can do what is being asked of you.

What I’ve discovered is that it’s a fear that God won’t come through & do what He said He would do.

We must renew our mind (Romans 12:2) & get rid of those negative faithless thoughts.  Thoughts such as, if I give this money, I won’t be able to pay my electric bill.  If I go where God wants me to go, then I won’t have any friends & I won’t be able to make it or even that I would let people down.

I have an issue with overeating.  I have thought things, such as, I must eat now or I may not get food later.

All of these things really come down to not trusting God to do what He says He will do.

Philippians 4:19 “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus.”

So changing my thoughts to “God will meet my needs”.  The Bible says so.

All the thoughts I’ve mentioned boil down to provision of some kind.  Whether it be financial, emotional, or some other need.

If you continue to read Hebrews 11, it talks about many different people in the Bible who had faith.  I’ve heard it called the faith hall of fame.  Noah, Abraham, & Moses are just a few that are listed.  There are even more that aren’t listed.  None of these people are perfect.  But they had faith that God would do what He said He would do.  And amazing things happened.  God came through & provided for them in the way that was unique to their situation.

So trusting God in everything is something I constantly need to work on.  God has come through for me in the past & He will do it again & again & again.  Sometimes I need to remind myself of all the times He has taken care of me in the past.  All the healing He has done in my life, everything He has done for me, & realize that He will continue to do those things because He never changes.

Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”

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Press In

Luke 22:44 “And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.”

anguish: excruciating or acute distress, suffering, or pain.

earnestly: serious in intention, purpose, or effort; sincerely zealous

Jesus has been scared. More scared than I have ever been.

When he started feeling this way, He pressed in further to His Father & prayed about it with more intensity each time. Each moment was getting closer to his torture & crucifixion.

Sometimes when I start feeling anxious, I give in to food, technology. Practically ignoring God. It’s probably more often than I like to admit.  If I kept pressing into God & going after Him with all I got, what might happen?

In Jesus’ situation, He had to go to the cross & endure what He did, if He wanted to save us. And He did.

If there is something that I need to go through, God is there for me. I just need to earnestly press into Him. Give Him praise.  Pray.  Read His Word.  Work on changing my mindset by thinking about His Word, what it says, & how it applies to my life.

It seems like a daunting task sometimes.  But I know God will help me. He’s not going to just leave me alone.