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Trust Habits

Trust Habit #6

Welcome, my friends, to our sixth installment for our “Trust Habits” series!

A trust habit is anything that will build up my trust and intimacy in my relationship with my heavenly Father.


Be still, and know that I am God!

Psalm 46:10a, New Living Translation

Lately, I have been finding myself positioning toward a “meditation pose”. I have been enjoying it for a few weeks now. It is becoming a more habitual practice in my life, as I walk through difficult things in my family life.

Envision this: legs crossed. palms open and stretched out. Focusing on God and His Biblical truth.


Admittedly

I realize meditation doesn’t have a great reputation in the Christian community. While this is true, it reminds me to pause my life, breathe in and out, and direct my attention to the Lord.

Meditation for me means focusing on my relationship with God and His Biblical truths.

Isn’t that what truth habits are all about?

Gaining intimacy with our sweet Savior Jesus Christ and learning to trust Him right where we are.


Process, Over Product

In Child Development classes, we quickly learned that the process of learning and growing was far more important than a replica of a teacher’s painting. Likewise, our time and relationship with our Savior Jesus is what this time is about.

As long as our time is focused on God and His Biblical truth, that’s all that matters. It isn’t about a perfect twenty minutes of focused meditation, regardless of how much of an achievement that might be.

This idea into meditation helps me to meet with the Lord one-on-one, in the middle of my messy circumstances. It is about bringing my mess into His light – as I choose to focus on Him quietly and remember who the Bible teaches me that God is.

Biblical truths like:

  • God is holy.
  • God is full of love, justice, and power.
  • God is faithful, even when we are not.
  • God invites us into His presence.
  • Sin separates us from God.
  • God sent His Son Jesus Christ to bring salvation to all mankind.

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.

Psalm 19:14

During my time, I am learning to put on worship music.

I have too many things going on in my brain. So the worship music does help me to give my mountain of circumstances to the Lord.

Life is hard. And the Lord God is the only Way that I will make it through this really-really-hard-stuff.

If I can just give my soul a moment to pause, to breathe, and to remember to “Be still and know [He] is God” – then I will be far better off.

Unsplash Photo by Lua Valentia.

In Christ,
Stacey

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Devotions

The Power of God Has Come

Mark 1:1-15

IF I were to place a tagline for this portion of Scripture, it would be, The Power of God Has Come.

Throughout these set of verses, we see God acting. We see God declaring who He truly is.

The question isn’t “Is God working?”. But, the real question is – “How am I stopping to take notice of the power of God?” We need to give our lives a pause button, so we can hear God speak to us. God isn’t One to compete with the voices of this world. We need to take time to set everything else on pause for a time, and just hear God speak into our midst. Into our circumstances. Into our hearts. It begins with choosing to be still, and listen when God speaks.

The Power…

When we begin grasp the power of God and trust Him, it changes everything!

When we take the time to pause and seek God, He will show us His true character. The one that cannot be put into a box of any sort.

I love the story of revival in these pages of Scripture. The story of hearts coming into knowing their Creator. The story of turning from sin, and entering the community of God. God is the One who can change everything.

Soak It Up

Give Mark 1:1-15 a read tonight. Who knows? I just might pop in, to share some more on why I love this passage so much!

Head over to Bible Gateway for the Scripture (or grab your closest Bible).

Take the time to slowly read this passage of Scripture. Where do you see God working? How is He challenging the people’s hearts? And, finally, how is He challenging your own heart?

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Truth in Trials

Trials Tuesday: Wrestling Doubt

Wrestling Doubt

Last week, we began to study James 1:6-8. In this portion of Scripture, we have to “deal” with a few things before we can move on. The first of which, is the doubt we may wrestle – when we bring our needs and requests to our great God.

Realization

We need to realize how we have been stuck. In verse 6, we are described as in this storm. We are in a storm, because of the doubt that has replaced our live – active faith. Before we can expect to grow in our faith and relationship with Jesus, the Christ, we have to eliminate the distractions. We have to stop wavering and “be still and know [He] is God” (see Ps. 46:1). Now, it is not something we can do in our own strength. It is only something that happens, because of God.

God.
God.
God.
God.

He is the very reason that we can overcome such doubt and have a seed of faith planted in its place – in greater proportions. God can move us from doubt to faith, and allow His Spirit to finally lead the way – regardless of what our circumstances are. He is the One who has the potential to govern our lives, if we will take the trust away from our circumstances and put our trust in Him instead!

We have to make the choice to turn from trusting our circumstances, to trusting our God. God stands ready to give us the strength to do such a thing!

While we may be in the realizing phase now, that we have doubted God, it is not as though we are stuck until we “fix ourselves”. We have the Most High God on our side, acting on our behalf!

Who is This God?

He is the One who lifts us up, even when we struggle with doubt on a daily basis. All we have to do is come and call on Him. Do you remember how Peter asked Jesus to allow him to walk on water too? If you haven’t read the Scripture (or it’s been a while), head over to Matthew 14:22-33.

If Peter can waver (which we know he did, see Mark 14:66-72), then we can also. It is a part of our human condition. We have been born into sin, because of what happened in the Garden of Eden.

Yet, God has come to redeem us from such a life… Instead, we are invited to experience all God has in store for us! In order to reach those things God wants to bless us with, we have to be willing to begin trusting Him.

Taking Our Cues from Peter

Peter in this circumstance, serves as a godly example. May this be a time of studying, to get closer to our Savior Jesus and remember we can rise above our doubting tendencies. Not because of us. But, the God we serve – who is mightier than we could ever imagine.

Study Questions for Matthew 14:22-33

  1. Peter prays. He asks Jesus to let him come out on the water in verse 28. What did he say?
  2. Search those words. Based on his words, what was Peter’s motives for his request?
  3. As Peter begins to live out his granted request, his focus goes somewhere. Where does Peter turn his attention?
  4. Peter’s first, sinking, words, what were they?
  5. What happened to Peter?
  6. How does this testify to God’s Awesome Power?
  7. How have you doubted God?
  8. How has God “shown up” to display His power to you?

We may doubt in our requests to God, but He is far greater. We need to get alone to be with our Savior, and consider the doubting we do – that comes between us and God. What is causing us to doubt God?

It is time to put God at the top of our list, and just dwell with Him for a while. Take time this week, to really consider why you might be doubting.

Meditation: In one of your most recent, sacred, prayer requests, how have you honestly wrestled with doubt? It doesn’t matter if it is “just a hint” of doubt. Begin to commune with God, and search it out!

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A Month in My Shoes ('15 Challenge)

MMS – Fly

MMSFor the month of October, I am joining many bloggers in a challenge to write every single day for 31 days. I learned about this challenge through another challenge I participate in most weeks. The “Five Minute Friday” challenge is going to expand to last the whole month! Each entry, will be five minutes unedited of writing on a particular theme – found on Kate’s blog.Today’s theme is “fly.”

Can I Just Fly Away?

Some days, I wish I could fly away. Just get away. God knows I have my reasons, and times of feeling overwhelmed. Lately, has been one of those times. It seems like there is a lot on our plates these days. Not just me. Everyone has a lot on their plates. We are busy trying to manage this, that, and the other.

In my chronic condition, the dream to fly away – or just getaway runs deeper than it usually does. Often, I am good in my circumstances. Then, there are days like today – where life seems too overwhelming.

Making Choices

I may not be able to physically “fly away,” but I can make different choices. Necessary choices. To help me, as I continue to endure. As I endure, versus flying (or running) away, I need to remember that my suffering has a God-given purpose. It is not for nothing. It will not last forever, either.

We don’t need to fly away. We just need to get away to be with our Savior, Jesus.

We need to finally take Him at His Word – to come to Him. We are not promised that life will instantly improve or go smoothly, but we are promised severely things.

  • A lifted burden.
  • A peace that surpasses all understanding.
  • Intimacy with Christ.
  • The strength of Christ working through our weaknesses.

On The Run

These are the kind of things I need to run toward. These are the kind of things I need to seek. When life gets hard, I need to run to Jesus – instead of looking for a way of escape or becoming an on-the-run kind of person. I need to sit at Jesus’ feet and learn from Him, because He intimately knows me and my circumstances. He also knows the purpose behind each thing.

My spirit needs to begin flying away toward Jesus, and away from the awareness of my intense circumstances. My awareness needs to be fixed on Jesus Christ, the author and perfecter of my faith. My Savior. The author of peace and my salvation.

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Five Minute Friday

Five Minute Friday – Alone

Five-Minute-Friday-4-300x300Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Minute Friday! This week’s theme is “alone”. To learn more about Five Minute Friday, please visit Kate’s blog for more details… Each week, a community of bloggers come together with the common goal is to spend five unedited minutes to write on a topic.

Alone, to be by oneself.

Who are we when we are alone?

When we are around others, I suppose it is easy to keep on the mask that we have glued to our personalities. But, who are we… alone?

Who are we when the world seems to not be watching?

How is our faith in Christ?

More importantly, how is our relationship with Jesus Christ when we are alone?

Just Be

When we are alone, although with Christ, we can truly be ourselves. We can live for a few moments without the expectations of others hanging over our heads. We can stop, and just be with Jesus -our Lord and Savior.

How often do you seize the opportunity to just be alone with Christ? How has it strengthened your relationship? We are One with Christ. To Him be the glory. To Him be the fame. When we are alone with Him, we are finally home. We are where we were meant to be.

Know Your Identity

We are loved.

We are treasured.

We are shown compassion.

When we are alone, we can simply just be.

“Don’t you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in you (1 Cor. 3:16, NLT)?”

How does your alone time with Christ prepare you to be
in community with other believers and followers of Jesus?

How does spending time alone with God, your Deliverer,
help you to have unity in His church?

We need our alone time with our Savior so much! If only we realized, the great need… If only we realized its benefits to point out to our weary souls that we truly are One with our Creator!

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth (Ps. 46:10, NIV).”