Thursday, May 24, 2018

He sees all

"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28

Changes in life can be alarming and cause discomfort.  Whether it's a change in personnel, policy, plans, priorities or place, disruptions for most of us 
in our routine or comfort zone are difficult.  Changes can instigate a raging ocean of emotions... hurt, fear, grief, guilt, disappointment, uncertainty, anger, panic, shock, confusion, numbness.

How do we properly channel change?  Through God.

In everything, including changes for the better or worse, God is still in control. We never need to worry about Him blinking and missing anything in our life. He sees all and will take care of matters in His perfect way and time.  How He plans to work through and with the changes in our life calls for our complete trust in Him.  The God that holds this world together, holds each of us individually too.

He's got us.

We are loved and chosen by God,
may we live like we believe it,

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

a gentle pat

"For I the Lord your God, hold your right hand. It is I who say to you, 'Do not fear, I will help you.'" Isaiah 41:13

It's happening.  The school year is winding down, emotions are revving up.  There's a combustible mixture of uncontrollable excitement with sheer exhaustion in the air.  

Sometimes in the midst of finalizing, with all its turmoil and demands, what is needed most is a gentle pat of compassion from another to soothe a weary soul.
Could you use one? Can you give one?  Praying the answer is as close as your hand... or a friend's hand. 

And so thankful our Father always has hold of our other hand.

we are loved and chosen by God,
may we live like we believe it,

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

a Mighty Word ~ protected

"You need only remain calm; the Lord will fight for you." Exodus 14:14

Not a confident fighter? That's ok. Our Victorious Father is with us, and He will see us through all circumstances.

we are loved and chosen by God,
may we live like we believe it,

Monday, May 21, 2018

Words to Live By... fight

"Praise be to the LORD my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle."  Psalm 144:1

The word "fight" rarely summons up a positive image in our minds: when students fight, it breeds chaos; when family members fight, it brings alienation; when friends fight, it brings sadness.
For those in the educational arena, you may be fighting fatigue or fighting the urge to give up on that last student who never quite reached his or her full potential. 

Yet, as Christians, we are expected to fight--fight the enemy, fight our sin nature, and fight for right. 

Amilliah Kenya, local author, tells us how:  In her book Prayer and Spiritual Warfare, she instructs Christians how to develop and implement the trained soldier's qualities of endurance, efficiency, and effectiveness in order to gain victory over the unseen, but very real enemy...With powerful examples of irresistible Christian love and fervent prayer, Amilliah encourages us to utilize God's Word as our chief weapon of warfare.  Dr. Kenya writes:  "The Word of God is the most powerful weapon ever known to change man...that formidable artillery so efficacious that no giant in the name of Satan can withstand it."

As we finish out the school year, let's make sure to armor up since we know the enemy would love for us to leave feeling defeated and deflated.  Yet God, who called you to this mighty and important work, has promised to be with you and to equip you for everything He asks you to do, including fight!

Take a few minutes to watch this video and be reminded of the armor of God provided for you, so that you may be enabled to fight -- His way!

The battle is His!


Dalene Parker, guest blogger
Co-author with Linda Gilden of Words to Live By: One Word a Week

#weeklywordstoliveby   #fight

We are loved and chosen by God,
may we live like we believe it,

Friday, May 18, 2018

there's a hole in the soul...

"Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it."  1 Corinthians 12:27

While out recently, several changes were necessary in getting a sub for me.  The problem wasn’t finding one qualified for my position; sub demands were high.  And most anyone can fill my shoes behind the check-out counter in the Media Center – it doesn’t require brain surgery (although i have had it 😊).  The truth is we all are replaceable in our job at work or on committees we serve.

However, in Christ, we each have a job designed uniquely for us.  An individual purpose tailored specifically for each of us to assist in the growing of His Kingdom.  No one else can do what God has intended for us to do; it's our part alone.  We have different gifts, according to the grace given usAnd in serving God together in our special, given roles, God is glorified.
Father, Open my ears to hear You and my heart to serve you.  Fill my soul with Your desire for my life. Help us understand no one else can fill our shoes for the work You have in store for us.

There's a hole in the soul, if we don't do our part.

we are loved and chosen by God,
may we live like we believe it,

Thursday, May 17, 2018

a Mighty Word ~ refresh

This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says...

"I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint." Jeremiah 31:25

So, there's the answer to what many are searching for now. 

Refreshment, it comes from God, not self. 

Father, I'm all Yours.

we are loved and chosen by God,

may we live like we believe it,

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

just a drip

"'Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
    I have summoned you by name; you are Mine.
When you pass through the waters,
    I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
    they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
    you will not be burned;
    the flames will not set you ablaze.
For I am the Lord your God,
    the Holy One of Israel, your Savior...'" Isaiah 43:1-3

When the work loads or burdens are high, the phrase, "one day at a time" goes a long way to calming scattered, frazzled nerves.  And then sometimes, we find it necessary to breakdown our mental/emotional processing to just "one hour at a time".

And then, there are those days when we feel pushed to the very edge of our sanity.  It is then my friend, Pepper, and i decided to call it for what it truly is, "one drip at a time". 
Father, no matter the chunk of time we are trying to digest... a day, an hour, or a drip... how very thankful i am to know with You we will get through it.  Thank You.

we are loved and chosen by God,
may we live like we believe it,