Friday, August 29, 2014

Faithful Friday: Lean on GOD's Understanding

Happy Friday to you!
I hope your week was a very blessed one.
This past week has flown for me as it was my first week back in school.
I am so grateful for the time off I had for summer, but it is hard to leave it behind
and not be home as much anymore.  The positive in that is that will only
enhance my appreciation for the privilege of spending time at home and
getting time to do the things I love.  
I am thankful that this is a long weekend and am so looking forward
to jewelry making and baking a cake and spending the days with my family.

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I was hoping to share something with you in the middle of the week, but
time got away from me with reading and assignments, so it is so nice
and refreshing to get to write a post to share today.

Recently, I came across these beloved and well known verses and read them,
 then thought of one aspect of them in a slightly different way.  I am always amazed how
 God can allow you to see something new or different in words within His word
that you have read hundreds of times.  It is so neat and captivates me, a feeling
of joy at seeing something from a different angle, so to speak.
I am in love with the words in these verses, their meaning, the comfort and 
assurance they make me feel... to imagine how, if we submit to the Lord, He Himself
guides our paths.
The portion that I saw differently the other day was "Lean not on your own
understanding".  I have read that so many times and I always think of it, every single
time, as God telling us to not relying on our own thinking and our own way of doing
things.  It also means to me to trust God with all our situations and trials because
he sees the rest of the picture and we do not.
However, I had never thought of it as meaning that we should not rely on our own
understanding of God's ways and His qualities specifically.  This was something
new for me to think about in reference to this scripture and that is the way I
suddenly saw it, with this new meaning added to it.
Maybe that sounds like something simple and obvious, but it is so interesting how
we all think of things differently and interpret things differently.  I had just not
taken those words to have such meaning before.  Personally, I found this so important
and a true revelation in my faith because I viewed it suddenly as pertaining to God's
working and His views of us...
How important it is to not think that we know everything about God, about
His love for us or about whether or not He will or will not do something.
  I think of this in terms of sin and being forgiven especially.
So many of us may feel like something we have done wrong or some habit we have
that we feel is a sin is unforgivable, feeling that God cannot forgive us.
Maybe we even feel like God is unfair in His ways concerning why He lets
death happen, why illnesses and suffering are happening all around us.

It takes great faith to believe that God can forgive you or that he can take away
the suffering in this world, but it takes even greater faith to KNOW he WILL forgive you
and that HE knows what the future holds and will put an end to those things.

Seeing this scripture in a different light or in other terms reminds me that
faith is not just leaning on God instead of yourself to get through tough times, but also
to lean on not your understanding or your opinion of what he will do, but to look
into His word to see the facts and the promises he holds.
He promises that if we are heartfelt in our repentance, God is quick to forgive us.
He is happy to forgive us.  God promises us this several times throughout the bible,
yet it is still hard for us to believe those words and we keep doubting that.
For me, this is because I find myself leaning on my own understanding of what He
means, rather than taking His word for what it clearly says in front of me.

This is a struggle for so many of us.
This scripture reminds me to pray for one another and for
ourselves to better understand God and what He feels for us and what
He can or cannot do.
May we listen to His promises as they are written instead of listening
to our own worries or are own concerns and doubts.

God bless you!

Wishing you a beautiful holiday weekend!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Faithful Friday: Angels

Lately, I have been blessed to have angels on my mind.  I have had them on my heart as I have meditated on their roles within scripture and God's purposes for them.  In particular, I have been amazed to ponder over their connections to us here on Earth.
I have been reminded recently of the passage at Psalms 91.  This has got to be one of my favorite chapters of the entire bible...

Psalm 91

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.[a]
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.”
Surely he will save you
    from the fowler’s snare
    and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
    and under his wings you will find refuge;
    his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night,
    nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
    nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
    ten thousand at your right hand,
    but it will not come near you.
You will only observe with your eyes
    and see the punishment of the wicked.
If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
    and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
    no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,

    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
    you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14 “Because he[b] loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
    I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
    I will be with him in trouble,
    I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
    and show him my salvation.
(Shared from: Bible Gateway)

...As humans, we may not be able to see angels or know what they look like, but it is incredible, comforting, and just a wonderful feeling to know that God would care about us and love each of us as his creations so much that he commands his heavenly angels to guard us and watch over us.

I write about this today because this bible passage is one I had not thought of in awhile and when I finally did again, I was so thankful I had come across it. 

The Lord's love for us inspires strength and is comforting in ways there are no words for.  I am always amazed to think of the purposes behind God's ways, to think that while He and Jesus are more than enough, he allowed even more amazing heavenly beings to be a part of heaven... and that they have so special a purpose.

In another verse in Luke, we are told of how the angels care for our spiritual well being as well.  What a blessing to our walk in faith to know that not only God and Jesus, but also the angels, care for us and rejoice over our repentance and watching us serve the Lord!
"In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents." Luke 15:10.

How beautiful to think on these things as we go about our days.

Are you amazed by this verse, too?  What are your thoughts on angels?

Blessings to you!
Have a lovely weekend ♥

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