I trust in the Lord with all my heart and lean not on my own understanding. In all my ways I acknowledge Him and He directs my path
One of the things I’ve become more aware of is what it means to have a relationship with God. I think it is quite easy to get involved in the relationship and to trust God but at the same time not enjoy it. Most journeys should be fun and exciting. Think about the movies. Dorothy was ‘off to see the wizard’ but she had many mini-adventures on her way. So what is it that sometimes makes it a struggle for us on our journey? For me, it’s occasionally not accepting the fact that it’s the way God wants it to be instead of what I want it to be. Even though I am following God’s way, I’m not happy with the way it’s going. I reluctantly follow it. But that’s a waste of my energy and time. Many passages in the Bible talk about being joyful in everything even in the tough times. I sometimes find that hard to grasp but I try to go with it anyway. I have decided to make it simple. Regardless of what happens I will try and be happy that it’s part of God’s plan. And when I do that it by far outweighs the fact that I may not personally be happy with any outcome or situation I find myself in. To put it simply, if I don’t get a promotion I want, I am happier that it’s part of God’s plan then I am unhappy not getting it.
Pray with me
Heavenly Father, teach us to be joyful always and to have gratitude for all that You give to us – Amen!
All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
I was on a business trip this week to Wisconsin. I drove though Wisconsin several years ago. I found very little of interest. Long straight roads with boredom stretching out for miles either side.
But this time I was taken into the heart of what was either side of that road. I had a glimpse behind the curtain and God revealed to me true beauty. Some soft and gentle. Other beauty, dramatic and exciting. It taught me a lesson. How could I dare think that God had created something boring? But still He invited me in. God’s beauty is everywhere. Beyond roads. Inside people or just round the corner of the road we are sometimes fearful of going down. And an 8 hour journey from Boston. It was a trek, but God wasn’t going to make it easy. But to answer my question above. Yes, it was a true pleasure.
Pray with me
Heavenly Father, as we gaze out of the windows of cars, buses, trains and offices, we give thanks for all that you have created. We ask that you speak to us through the beauty you have made – Amen!
The Lord is near to all them that call on Him, to all that call on Him in truth
Whenever I’m asked that question I usually say “I’m fine”. It’s one of those questions asked out of politeness. More a greeting then a genuine enquiry about my well-being. But how are we really? Could we reel off a long list of things that aren’t so good? Most probably. In the same way, if we thought about it more, we could list a lot of things that are good. Imagine God asking you the “How are you” question. It’s one way of starting a relationship with him. It’s a question we can quite easily reply to. We can tell Him about the things we’re struggling with at work. The stress, the politics. Perhaps there’s someone at work we would like to get on better with. Maybe we don’t like our job and we want a change. All of these things we can speak to God about. We can also thank Him for the fact that we have work. If we have good health, then we should him thank Him for that. For our houses, families, cars and the earth we live on. These are all gifts from God. Temporarily given for us to enjoy. God wants to know how we are. He loves us. Cares about us and wants us to tell Him all about it. So, how are you?
‘Many plans are in a man’s mind, but it is the Lord’s purpose for him that will stand’
It’s good occasionally to take a breather and just think. We’re all caught up in routines and habits. Our lives carrying us along at 100 mph. What you’re doing now may well be your purpose in life but then again, maybe not?
Here’s a video that might get us thinking at least. There’s no answers in there except turning to God for guidance. One big answer! Amen!
‘The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.’
I really enjoyed my 4 days back in Connecticut. I was able to spend time with my wife and all 3 of my children. It was definitely a blessed time. I enjoyed the Easter church services and, like most people, I was reminded how much of a sacrifice it was for us. I can’t deny that I feel a slight emptiness and even sadness now that I’m back at JFK watching the sunrise yet again over Terminal 4. Who can I get close to now? Where’s the warmth? Where’s the love? Where’s the joy? I’m so glad that I can turn to God in prayer to find that love and strength. I feel pain for those that don’t know him. Those that are feeling the same as me this morning. Those on planes, in cars or on trains and buses, but they don’t know who to turn to or even remember who they should turn to! Even as Christians it’s easy to let life carry us away. We’re in the moment on Sunday shouting “Christ hasrisen!“ and on Tuesday we’ve forgotten how that connection with Christ felt. The feeling has gone. Everyone and everything has gone! The church building, friends, the Pastor’s words, the singing, the smell of the flowers, the joy and the peace. But God remains with us. Steadfast, unwavering love. And he loves us more than anyone can love us and he’ll never leave us. It’s written in Psalm 121. It seems ridiculous that I’m sitting here feeling a little sorry for myself when I have that promise! Chin up Andrew! Sunny London awaits…
He walks with you!
Pray with me
Heavenly Father, give us strength and peace on our early morning commute to work. Help us to feel the same joy that we felt last Sunday and allow us the opportunity to spread that joy to others – Amen!