Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Giving Thanks. In All Things.

Tomorrow will be a day when many across our nation will gather around feast-filled tables with family & friends. Laughter & stories will be shared and belly's will be satisfied with holiday goodness.

Perhaps for some, tomorrow will be a day of loneliness and tears, just another day to be reminded of the brokenness in difficult relationships. For some, it may be a day of prayer, wondering when Daddy will get a job — praying that God would send provision for the next meal, or electric bill.

We flip well worn Bible pages open to 1 Thessalonians where God's word says, "Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God..." 

Wait a second. We're supposed to give God thanks when a boyfriend walks out of our life and says, "I never loved you in the first place"? We're supposed to give God thanks when we have no idea how we're going to pay the next rent bill? We're supposed to give thanks when getting together with family means times of fighting, tension and tears?

Give thanks. 
In ALL things.

You see, this year, God taught me about the Canaanite woman that He referred to as a DOG. Matthew 15:25-28 says, "Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me. But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs. And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table. Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour." The Canaanite woman was going to be grateful for a CRUMB fallen from the Master's table because she realized who her Master is and who she was.

My friend, we are nothing and we deserve nothing without Jesus Christ. If I was alone & abandoned by all, sick with cancer, starving and living in a cardboard box, and then died & went to Heaven to spend eternity with Christ in Heaven  it'd STILL be WAY better than I ever deserve.

Dear friend, instead of demanding MY right to what I should have, lets thank Jesus for crumbs from His table this Thanksgiving. We are blessed!

"It is sweet to be nothing and to have nothing, and to be fed with crumbs from Thy hands." 

Valley of Vision

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Don't Think. Just Trust Me.

A silver spoon clangs against the side of a white, porclein dish, filled with scoops of vanilla ice-cream and crumbles of Reese's pieces... and I think of this little space — this little space called my blog. I really do miss this little corner of my life... what has happened? I don't know, but Jesus has a way of bringing us in and out of seasons, and during this season of life, blogging just isn't a priority in my life.

Last Tuesday evening, you would have found me driving home. I was deep in thought and I felt like a failure as mulled over past events. I called my sister on the telephone, "But I messed up. I should have______. It's my fault. I should have _____ and maybe things wouldn't be the way they are." She said, "Leah, forget about the past. Drop it. Start over." Such simple words, but the truth.

I have good news ya'll. :)
Jesus doesn't need my help.

Since I was in Mexico, I have been telling myself almost every day, Jesus doesn't need my help. Oh yes, we are to live in obedience to all that He asks of us, and at times, He may ask us to step out in mere faith as we trust in His promises, BUT Jesus doesn't need my help to fix things or to make things right again. I so easily and often want to "help God out." But He is All-Powerful, Sovereign God, even in my failures & mistakes. He can accomplish anything with any set of adverse circumstances.

Wednesday (the next morning), I woke up and Jesus said to me so very clearly, "Leah, don't think. Just trust me." 

Maybe it's a female thing, but I think ALOT — and sometimes thinking too much gets me into trouble. ;) I need to STOP thinking about what I should've or could've done. I need to press onto what Jesus has in store for me, learning to live everyday for what it is. "...this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before." Philippians 3:13 

Marked by uncertainty, lonely it may be, and failure it may bring... but one thing IS certain. Jesus IS my certainty, and He is the One who promised to hold my right hand. "For I, the LORD your God, hold your right hand..." Isaiah 41:13 

He is not surprised when I fall flat on my face with another failure.
He is not surprised when I tuck myself into bed and all I can do is weep my heart out.

He is not surprised.

So stop thinking.

Just trust Him.