Thursday, January 31, 2013


Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

Stronger than you think

 In Genesis 37 we read the story of family treachery. The coat of many colors was tainted with blood. Jacob was convinced it was the blood of his beloved son, Joseph. Though much loved by his father Joseph was resented by his brothers. Relationships sink or swim on as little as this. None of the family could predict what God could and would do with this act of betrayal. The story is a reminder of how important it is to be absolutely certain God’s plan is greater and more intricately connected to end results than anything we can do. Trust in the Lord. Be strong under fire. Make the most of who you are. God has promised to be with you, even when those around you sell you out, life hands you bitter gall instead of ambrosia, health fails, and trouble bubbles. You are stronger than you think, not because of who you are, but because of who God is.


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Saturday, January 26, 2013

God with us

We do not know, but God does

Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will life you up. 
James 4:10

We do not know what tomorrow will bring; we can’t even be sure of seconds from now. One moment you’re on your feet, the next your flat on your back. We may not know what is ahead, but God does. He knows when we’re going to fail and fall. He knows when we make a poor choice. He knows when we are struggling with the consequences of our bad judgment. He knows when we are ripped apart by life. He knows when our self-satisfied joy over accomplishments achieved masks our thanks and praise. God is a know-it-all in the very best sense. Yes, he knows and he forgives and FORGETS. Oh, that we could do the same, trusting in Him to redirect our paths.