Sunday, March 30, 2014

Promises Never Ceasing

Sometimes poetry best portrays my thoughts:

When the joys of today
Seem shadowed by tomorrow
Give yourself to the one
Who knows your every sorrow.
He's with you every step,
He hears your every prayer.
His answer will not give you -
More than you can bear.
He is faithful and true.
His promises never cease
To be what's best for you.

When sin and bitterness
Seem to overwhelm your mind,
Let your thoughts turn to
The way, the truth, the life.
His thoughts can be your own.
He is faithful and true.
His grace is all sufficient
For worries old and new.
Don't let His face grow dim.
Keep your eyes on the one
Who will keep you free from sin.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

When You're Thrown a Curve Ball...Hit it out of the Park with God's Help

Some of us have probably grown accustomed to the periodic curve ball in life. The unexpected drop of the expected ball as it is headed toward the plate as we wait expectantly for our opportunity for a home run. We don't have much time sometimes to adjust to the curve ball. Sometimes we just have a split second to decide how we will react. In that split second, we make the decision that we believe is right.

In that split second of decision, we make a decision, and it is our decision to make. The coach at the sideline can't tell you what to do, you are the one looking at the ball from your perspective. You are the only one that can see what you need to do.

I'm sure by now, you see where I'm going with this.

There are so many times in life when things happen and we have to make a decision. Is the fever too high? Should I take him to the doctor? Should I give her this to eat? When should I put her to bed? Is that rash normal? Should we find a new car? Do we need to make a life change?

These are just random questions that can be triggered by some sudden event. Sometimes they are simple things, but sometimes they can be major. In these times of decision, only you and the others looking from your exact perspective can make a decision. It's okay to ask for advice, but you have to remember, that you have the best perspective on the situation at hand.

Although your perspective is the most accurate, it is important that you are also looking at the situation realizing that God is also looking at it from the same perspective and also from every other angle. He sees your situation but he sees every situation past, present, and future, and best of all, he actually knows the right decision. In these times of indecision, it is important that we are right with the Lord. In these moments of snap decisions, we need to make sure that our thinking is what God is thinking too. Sometimes when we have more time, we can stop and pray for wisdom from God. This wisdom may come from his Word, or it may come from a comment of a friend.

If you are at a loss of what to do, remember that you and God are looking at things from the same perspective, so ask him for help. He might use someone else, but remember that their advice will also be in line with what God would say.