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One Tick At A Time

I wanted to share with you something I read this morning.

“Keep steady my steps according to your promise” Psalm 119:133

“A little clock which ha just been finished by the maker was put on a shelf in his wareroom between two older clock who were busy ticking away the noisy seconds.

‘Well,’ said one of the clocks to the newcomer, ‘So you’ve started on this task. I’m sorry for you. You’re ticking bravely now, but you’ll be tired enough before you get through thirty-three million ticks.’

‘Thirty-three million ticks!’ said the frightened clock. ‘Why, I never could do that!’ And it stood still instantly with despair.’

‘Why, you silly thing.’ said the other clock at this moment. ‘Why do you listen to such words? It’s nothing of the kind. You’ve only got to make one tick this moment. There, now, isn’t that easy? And now another, and that is just as easy,’ and so right along.’

‘Oh, if that’s all,’ cried the new clock, ‘that’s easily done, so here I go.’ And it started bravely on again, making a tick a moment and not counting the months and millions. But at the year’s end, it had made 33,000,000 vibrations without knowing it.

Oh, if Christians would only live by the moment, not by the year! ‘Day by day’ is the limit of the Lord’s prayer. . . . And ‘as they days, so shall thy strength be’ is the promise which four thousand years have not exhausted.” – Taken from Streams in the Desert by Mrs. Charles E Cowman

I know our trials and the daily difficulties we face aren’t always as easy to walk through as a clock taking one tick at a time. But I do hope you will see the importance of taking whatever you are going through one day at a time. To not look too far into the future where the what if’s can lead you to doubt and fear which can lead to immobility. My motto in life since the day I was diagnosed with cancer has always been to take each day, hour or minute in baby steps.

God knows what your future holds and He will take care of it. We only need to trust in Him and walk through our day one tick at a time.


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Psalm 126

 

It is the seventh of 15 psalms titled, “A Song of Ascents.” This Psalm was composed after the Israelites returned from exile in Babylon around Ezra’s time and more likely written by him. It is filled with gratitude for the restoration God was doing at that time.

Please read Psalm 126.


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In The Morning

“Each morning I will look to you in heaven and lay my requests before you, praying earnestly.” Psalm 5:3

I don’t know about you but the morning is the best time for me to spend time with the Lord. I love to get up before everyone else and have a quiet morning to myself. It just makes me feel like I’m starting my day out the best way that I can . . . with the Lord.

I read through a devotional that reminded me of other great men and women of the bible who were morning risers like me.

Abraham –  “That morning Abraham was up early and hurried out to the place where he had stood before the Lord.” Genesis 19:27

Jacob – “The next morning he got up very early and set his stone headrest upright as a memorial pillar, and poured olive oil over it.” Genesis  28:18

Moses – “Moses wrote down the laws; and early the next morning he built an altar at the foot of the mountain, with twelve pillars around the altar because there were twelve tribes of Israel.”  Exodus 24:4 and “So Moses took two tablets of stone like the first ones, and was up early and climbed Mount Sinai, as the Lord had told him to, taking the two stone tablets in his hands.” Exodus 34:4

Hannah and Elkanah – “The entire family was up early the next morning and went to the Tabernacle to worship the Lord once more.” I Samuel 1:19

Job – When these birthday parties ended—and sometimes they lasted several days—Job would summon his children to him and sanctify them, getting up early in the morning and offering a burnt offering for each of them. For Job said, ‘Perhaps my sons have sinned and turned away from God in their hearts.’ This was Job’s regular practice.” Job 1:5

David – “Early in the morning before the sun is up, I am praying and pointing out how much I trust in you.” Psalm 119:147 and “Rouse yourself, my soul! Arise, O harp and lyre! Let us greet the dawn with song!” Psalm 57:8

Hezekaih – “Early the next morning King Hezekiah went to the Temple with the city officials.” 2 Chronicles 29:20

Jesus – “The next morning he was up long before daybreak and went out alone into the wilderness to pray.” Mark 1:35

You may not be a morning person and would rather spend time with the Lord at a different time of day and that is okay. I just wanted to encourage you to make time in your day to fill yourself up spiritually. To spend it reading the Word and praying.

Dr. Charles Standford once said, “I will direct my prayer’ as an arrow, and after that, ‘I will look up,’ to see if it has hit. When the prayer is directed in the morning, the ‘look up’ lasts all day.”


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The Lord God is With You

“Yes, be bold and strong! Banish fear and doubt! For remember, the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 (TLB)

I thought I’d share a little word of encouragement with you all this morning. I love how this translation says to “Be bold and strong!” and to “Banish fear and doubt!” Why? Because no matter what you are going through, “the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

I pray that you will take the Lord’s Word to heart and know that He is with you even if you feel weak, fearful and full of doubt. There is nothing in this world that can separate you from the Lord. He is always with you.


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Perfect Trust

This isn’t my personal photo but one I got off of the internet. Just wanted to show you what a sunbirds nest looks like.

I came across a quote that I wanted to share with you, “Too often we think we are trusting when we are merely controlling our panic. True faith gives not only a calm exterior but a quiet heart.” – J.C. Macaulay

I am a shy and introverted person who tens to lean towards dealing with anxiety which is why I was drawn to this quote. Growing up I was one of the quiet shy kid that didn’t have a lot of friends. Truth be told I was always filled with anxiety while at school. Anxiety over learning because I struggled with being dyslexic. Anxiety over making friends because I dealt with social anxiety. People thought I was quiet because I was shy which was partially true, but they didn’t realize I was working hard at controlling my panic.

I got the above quote from a devotional and within this devotional it talked about the tiniest birds in India called the sunbird. This type of bird builds pendant nests which is a nest held by four frail threads. As the story goes missionary Amy Carmichael watched one of these birds build its tiny frail nest before the monsoon season. She kept watch over this nest as the winds and rain hit. “Then she perceived that the nest had been so placed that the leaves immediately above it formed little gutters which carried the water away from the nest . . . The storms raged furiously, but the sun bird sat, quiet and unafraid, hatching her tiny eggs.”

This tiny bird trusted the structor of her nest because God placed it into her to build it so it swayed in the wind but didn’t fall and break. She also knew to place it where she could be safe from the hard rain. To us, it would seem that this tiny nest could have easily been destroyed. But God knew if she built it just right and in the right location that she would be well taken care of.

Growing up I was not like this sun bird. I didn’t trust that the Lord would take care of me throughout all the storms that raged through my life. Truth be told, trying to trust in myself only lead to further anxiety because I knew I was too weak to support myself.

We can learn some amazing things from this tiny bird. We can trust that the Lord will take care of us even in our weaknesses and when the storms rage around us. We know to build our nests with threads anchored in heaven and not on earth. We know to build our nests under the Word of God and not under the open sky where we can be bombarded by the influences of this world. There is no need to control our panic when we allow the Lord to lead us.

“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” Isaiah 26:3


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Mother’s Day

Motherhood comes in all shapes and sizes. Moms can be single moms, foster moms, substitute moms, step-moms and moms who  have the support of a loving spouse. I want to share these verses that are encouraging to me and hope will be encouraging to you as well.

“Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: ‘Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.’”  Proverbs 31:28-31

“Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.”  Proverbs 31:25-28

Mother’s Day is a day of celebration for most but it can also be a day of sorrow, pain and the reminder of what has been lost. I want you to know that I’m praying for those of you who find this day to be filled with sorrow and loss. We all need to be sensitive to our dear friends who find today a difficult day. Romans 12:15 says, “Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep.”  I pray that the Lord will comfort you, “The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18).

No matter how we view this day we are still obligated to live by the fruits of the spirit. To love, be patient and kind to all.

“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;  it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23

Lastly, we need to never ever stop encouraging and supporting each other, “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing” (1 Thessalonians 5:11).


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Facing Disappointment

The other day my husband and I got disappointing news. To say it was hard to swallow was an understatement. I had a choice to make as I prayed later on that night. I could go down the negative road and complain to God that the outcome wasn’t as we’d hoped. That life just wasn’t fair. Instead of airing my complaints and asking my why’s I couldn’t stop thanking and praising the Lord for all He did.

The more I prayed a prayer of thanksgiving the more my heart was lifted. As my heart lifted I was reminded about all the promises God has given to us. The one that stood out to me was, “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).

I am so grateful that the Lord helped me see how our needs were supplied through this situation. My husband’s life was spared after an accident that was the result of someone else’s choices. The trauma center’s doctors all said it was a miracle he was alive and didn’t sustain more serious injuries. A year later I still have a husband who can work to provide for our family, my girls still have a father and all the bills from this incident were taken care of. Our family is truly blessed.

When we are faced with disappointment we do have a choice in how we respond. I’m here to tell you that responding with praise and thanksgiving can turn your heart of disappointment into a heart of gratefulness.