God’s Song

10 08 2015

Day and night. Night and day. The sun rises and it sets, bringing with it a new opportunities to see God, experience His grace, and live in His presence. Psalm 42:8 says, “By day the Lord commands his steadfast love, and at night his song is with me, a prayer to the God of my life.”

I love these words. God fills our days with His steadfast love. He meets us where we are, touching our hours with mercy, goodness, and delight. In the dark hours of the night, His song whispers to our hearts, reminding us that we are loved and never alone. No matter the hour, God’s eyes are on you and He is with you, surrounding you with grace and singing to your soul.

My Jesus Resolution is to quiet my heart so I can hear God’s song. God has made this day so that I can meet Him in the morning and walk with Him through the day. Too many times, I get distracted, discouraged, or self-focused, and forget to look for God in my day. I let the busyness of the day drown out His still, small voice. My heart needs His presence. My soul needs His song. Today I am going to keep my eyes and ears open and enjoy the song He is singing just for me.





Rejoicing

7 08 2015

I have a balloon dancing over my desk. A friend brought it over a couple weeks ago, and it flies as a reminder of love, friendship, and smiles.  Sometimes I wish that I always had a reminder to smile, to dig the joy out of each day, and to celebrate love and friendship. It is too easy for me to get caught up in the details of the day and miss the opportunity to harvest the joy that God has planted all around me.

Psalm 118:24 challenges me to remember the appropriate way to respond to the way that God is working all around me. “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” I love this profound reminder that God has filled this day with opportunities to see His love and experience His presence. He has fashioned this day with you in mind. He shaped it so that we can see His glory and come closer to His heart. This verse is also a call to surrender – to joy. Rejoicing is a verb. It is an action that requires decision and commitment. As we rejoice, we open our eyes to God’s presence in our lives and His movement in our day.

My Jesus Resolution today is to rejoice in this glorious day God has made. I can choose joy, savor hope, bask in grace, and celebrate love. I am going to something deliberate today that helps me celebrate the way God is moving in my life. It is too easy to get caught up in worry, busyness, rushing, and deadlines. God wants me to find the joy that is unique to this day and celebrate it.





Birds of the Air

5 08 2015

Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” – Matthew 6:26

Oh, how I needed to hear this today! You are loved beyond measure. God has His eyes on you. He knows your name, the number of hairs on your head, your worries, your fears, your needs, and your joys. God uses the birds of the air to teach us how to rest in His care.

Take a minute to go outside and watch the birds. They sing without fear. They don’t worry about who hears them chirping. They start early in the morning. I listen to them singing, imagining the song of praise that rises to heaven. They encourage me to join them, reminding me that worship is why we were created.

Birds never worry. They fly, stop on a branch, flit to the ground, and go back to their nest, never anxious about the storms on the horizon, or where the next worm is coming from. God watches over them, provides for them, and cares for them. If He takes care of the birds with such tenderness, He is surely tenderly caring for me.

My Jesus Resolution today is to learn the lesson of the birds. God loves me. I am infinitely valuable to Him. He knows what I need. He is for me. He is providing, moving, caring, and acting on my behalf. I am not alone. Worry whispers the lie that I have to figure everything out myself. It robs me of joy and peace while blinding my eyes to the ways God is working for my good. I am going to follow the example of the birds. I am going to sing early and often of His glory, and spend the day resting in His care.





My Bible Hero

3 08 2015

Do you have a Bible hero? Someone in Scripture who inspires you, challenges you, comforts you, or prods you towards God’s purpose for you? The people who fill the pages of the Bible are flesh and blood, real people who walked, moved, lived, loved, sinned, struggled, fell, and got up just like you and me. Their stories are given to us so that we can learn what it means to live in God’s will, walk in His ways, and see His glory in the everyday routine of living.

Ezra is one of my favorites. Ezra 7:4 says, “For Ezra set his heart to study the Law of the LORD, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel.”

Ezra lived at a time when Israel was struggling to refind its footing as God’s people. Coming back from captivity, they needed to plant deep roots in worship, seal their identity in God’s presence, and learn again what it meant to live in the promises and purpose of the Lord. So Ezra set his heart to doing three things that would not only come to define him, but help shape the people among whom he lived.

Ezra set his heart to study. He committed to saturating his soul with the power of God’s Word. He set his heart to doing everything God’s Word revealed. God’s law became his map, his guide, his lamp, his wisdom, and his path. He set his heart to teaching others. He made it his mission to connect the people around him with the God who had pursued them, loved them, redeemed them, and longed to make them His own. By choice, by diligence, and by example, Ezra lived out what it means to be God’s person in his time and place.

My Jesus Resolution today is to be like Ezra. I want to set my heart on God. I want Jesus to be the focus, the determination, and the deep desire of who I am. I want to immerse myself in His Word, allowing its life-refreshing waters to penetrate the hard places, fill in the broken spots, and heal the wounds left by my waywardness. I want to not only learn about Him, I want to live like Jesus. Walking in His footsteps leaves a trail that leads others straight into the presence of God.