A Better Way

 

 fingers-crossed

We trust our cars to start when we turn the key, that our loved ones will come home safely and that our friends will remain faithful. We trust that our children will be protected out in the world or at school, that our health will be “good,” or that we’ll get better if we are ill. We trust our doctors, children’s teachers, favorite magazines, radio programs and blogs to help us figure out how to be better moms,  better stewards of our money, better problem solvers. We may even trust the Food Network to provide dinner suggestions, and home decorating publications to direct us with style tips and organization ideas. We trust that a class will educate us, a movie will entertain us. All great resources.

Are we first trusting in the Lord? Trusting Him to:

Redeem us?

Restore us?

Change us?

Renew us?

Build us?

Re-develop us? 

Sound too hokey? Sound too weird to put that much trust into God when we can do it ourselves or seek what the world has to offer in terms of its solutions to fulfill and gratify? We are capable and self-reliant, right?

Do we trust that God might be bigger than our attempts? Do we trust that He is in control, unchanging, stable, reliable, all-powerful and dependable in ALL circumstances, ALL the time?

Maybe we should just cross our fingers and hope for the best. That takes faith too. 

I’d rather put my hands together and cry out to a God who hears. A God who cares. Who has my best interest at heart. Who will never leave me nor forsake me. That’s His promise to me and that’s His promise to you.

You don’t have to have hope in hope.

“But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him.” (Jeremiah 17:7)

There’s really no down side in putting your trust in the Lord, is there? Think of all the places where you have put your confidence.

Do you have anything to lose?

Perhaps. Perhaps not.

But you sure stand a lot to gain.

New Lands: Unpack Your Bags with Confidence

 

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In sticking with the theme of moving from one land to another and how God often calls us to new places for His purposes and plans that I shared on my FB page Friday (and for those moms reading in my more immediate community, I am not referring to changing schools, lol!  ), I am encouraged by Abraham’s obedience and faith in leaving his comfort zone. Scripture tells us that “he left,” (and later) “arrived.” (Gen 12:4-5) God saw to it that Abraham did arrive. (Gen 12:5) God was faithful and took care of Abraham and provided resources for him just as He does with us when we are in route to an unknown.

A short time later, when Abraham went down to Egypt, we read that he told a lie to the Egyptian officials relative to his wife Sarai in order to preserve his life.  “Say you are my sister, so that I will be treated well for your sake and my life will be spared because of you.”(Gen 12:10-13)  Who hasn’t felt that  surge of panic when feeling anxious and as a result, attempted to solve a problem in a knee-jerk sort of a way? Guilty!

Some situations truly cause us to panic, make us feel desperate and cause us to do something and something fast. Have you  ever felt like that? I can’t count the number of times I reacted before consulting with God and used my own fears or insecurity to pave the way in going forward.

Where are you today, mom? Do you need to meet with God about a situation before solving something on your own?  Let’s encourage one another to ask God first and trust Him for His insight, truths, strength and wisdom before quickly responding and addressing our problem(s) in our own might. When we seek God’s way of thinking and His perspective through prayer, patience, reading scripture and planning, He provides a correct way of thinking, hence, our outcomes and solutions reflect correctness even if the response we take doesn’t make sense, feel right, lead to a rocky path or when the direction looks all wrong. When you are following God, all is right.

Abraham tried to alleviate his fears by lying which only caused more complications for him as we see in chapter 12. Let’s try going to God first when solving a problem. In doing so, we’re sure to know that the land we end up in is the one we’re suppose to be at and we can unpack our bags with confidence that that is where we are suppose to be.

Recommended Scripture:

“The Lord was with Joseph and gave him success in whatever he did.” Gen 39:23

“Because of your great compassion you did not abandon them in the desert.” Nehemiah 9:19

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1