We always say if we have something, we will be forever content. For some people, the something is a someone. For some people, the something is a particular sum of money or a house or some other items. In reality these things are never enough. We always crave for more. We always have this void that only God can fill.
In Isaiah 26, there was mention of a song that would be sung in Judah. It spoke about not being in a hurry, even being “content to linger.” It continued, “Who You are and what You’ve done are all we’ll ever want.” WHO You are and WHAT You’ve done – ALL we’ll ever want.
Can you say that about God today? Can you say that all you’ll ever want is Who He is and What He has done? Can you sing this song? The song continues, “Through the night my soul longs for You. Deep from within me my spirit reaches out to You.” I pray that these words are upon your lips today. May your spirit reach out to Him today and always.
“We’re in no hurry, God. We’re content to linger
in the path sign-posted with your decisions.
Who you are and what you’ve done
are all we’ll ever want.”
-Isaiah 26:8 [MSG]
This morning I walked into work and stood at the time clock. Around the corner someone was in their office; however, they knew it was me standing outside their door. Why? Because I’m “always humming.” Why do I hum? Well I don’t want to scare people away with my singing. Seriously though, I am humming praise music. All day long I am humming praise music at work. It certainly keeps me upbeat through the day as I continue to worship Him, switching from song to song, reminding myself of His greatness, of His Word, of His love.
Proverbs 15 speaks about “a cheerful heart (that) fills the day with song.” People can tell that I am cheerful when I am humming. Trust me, when I’m not humming I get asked “what is wrong.” It is very true that when I am not humming, I am not feeling very well, whether it be pain, depression, sadness, etc. It usually doesn’t take me long to get back to the humming when I realize I have stopped.
Do you really have something to be cheerful about? If you know Jesus, I would definitely say you do. Perhaps you aren’t a hummer, but can people tell that you are cheerful by your actions or would people probably say you are miserable? There’s this person I know who always is smiling, always upbeat, always shining with each person she meets. It doesn’t matter if she is in pain, if things are not going her way, etc. She always is cheerful. I can see it. I can feel it. Everyone around her can. Why? Jesus. Every day she wakes up and thanks the good Lord for another day. A cheerful heart fills the day with song.
“A miserable heart means a miserable life;
a cheerful heart fills the day with song.”
-Proverbs 15:15 [MSG]
Every Valentine’s Day, there is great focus on LOVE. There is nothing wrong with love, but as we spend each year celebrating a day of love with chocolates, flowers, diamonds and dinner, we cannot neglect to celebrate the love of God. The Bible says that God is love. As you spend this Valentine’s Day, do not forget to spend some time with God.
In celebration of this day of love, I wanted to share a list of twelve songs about God and His amazing love for us. These twelve songs are in no particular order but they are all favorite songs of mine because they focus on the great love of our Father. If you have any others you would like to share, leave a comment. Have a Happy Valentine’s Day and make a point to share the love of Jesus with someone today!!
1. Newsboys – “Your Love Never Fails”
2. Brandon Heath – “Your Love”
3. JJ Heller – “What Love Really Means”
4. David Crowder Band – “How He Loves”
5. Mark Schultz – “Love Has Come”
6. Group 1 Crew – “His Kind of Love”
7. Chris Tomlin – “Love”
8. Sixteen Cities – “Love is Making a Way”
9. Paul Baloche – “The Same Love”
10. Tenth Avenue North – “Love is Here”
11. For King & Country – “The Proof of Your Love”
12. Hillsong Live – “Our God is Love”
I know I haven’t written anything since the first day; however, I can give you a list of reasons why. No, I didn’t have writer’s block. I seriously don’t have a problem with thinking up things. Trust me, I am AdHd and my mind never shuts down. I simply had to fall on the floor for a few days and regroup. Okay, maybe there was no falling, but I felt like I was on the floor. After I began this blog and posted my first few entries, I went on vacation. I am not one to take “vacations” but I thought it was important to breathe a bit. So I was breathing. I hope you are as well. The only issue with vacations is typically they are a lot of work, between planning, packing, vacationing, returning home, and unpacking. I’m sure you can see why I felt I crashed on the floor.
When I returned back, I had to get into action with another project. A friend of mine suggested that I do a vlog of the trip. Well actually, I think she just wanted me to vlog in general. Nonetheless, I took the plunge. It certainly is different from anything I’ve ever done before, but I am the type of person who likes to test the waters and learn new things along the way. I am hoping that this vlogging and this blogging can help people to find God or get closer with God, and also be entertained and helped in some manner along the journey through technological things that end in “log.” If I take myself back to when I was a teenager, seeing all the exciting Internet capabilities, I still cannot fathom how we got from that time period to where we are now. I also cannot believe that I’m doing all this extra stuff considering I’m in school.
In regard to my vacation, it was a short trip to the beach. I have been to the shore on many occasions; however, this was the first time I was at this particular area. I will tell you I had to drive over three hours and it was a long trip– even longer on the way up because we traveled through a few storms. I have to admit that I was not afraid during the storms, but I was afraid when we got to this bridge. I have a fear of heights. It is always hard when we have to face our fears, whatever they may be in life. My favorite verse, as I’m sure anyone can tell, is Isaiah 41:10. That verse says to “fear not” and yet when I was crossing that bridge, I was very scared.
When we look at our “bridge” in life, we need to actually look at it with focused eyes. We each have our own “bridges.” Before I went back home, knowing I had to go over the bridge again, I wanted to be prepared. Lets just say on the way over the first time, my heart was racing. I was near a panic attack type situation, and I didn’t want that to happen the second time around. Sometimes your heart can only handle so much craziness. Therefore, I wanted to prepare for my “bridge.”
First, I took a look at the bridge. It was high up. That was my problem. It was surrounded by water, which also is scary. Then I looked at what could happen. The bridge could collapse. It was highly unlikely because it is a sturdy bridge with thousands of travelers each day, but it could happen. What then? Well I’d probably have the car fall into the water. There’s the possibility that part of the bridge could fall upon the car as it plummeted into the water. Or maybe in the tight quarters, rather than the bridge falling down, as the infamous song states, maybe there could have been an accident. That would have been devastating and at the speeds some cars were traveling, there could have been fatal injuries.
Those are some items that popped into my mind when I was thinking about this “bridge” of mine, which is actually a real bridge. Everyone has their own “bridges” as well. When I look over these items, it’s clear that I put too much stock in my earthly, temporal life. These things happen and then I die. Isn’t that awesome? I mean, then I get to go with the Father. No more pain. No more hardships. Isn’t that what we all want?
Then I think about why I actually was afraid. Why? Well before I left to go on the trip, I thought of the pain I would experience. With Rheumatoid Arthritis, it hurts to drive five miles; this was a much longer trip. This doubt and worry had a domino effect. Not putting everything into God’s hands caused the worry to grow. There I was going to the bridge and I was already worried. Satan can do this to us all, telling us we are not good enough, to watch out or this will happen, and so much more. Sometimes we need to pause and take a moment to see the Truth.
The truth is God is ALWAYS with us. The truth is God NEVER abandons His children. The truth is God doesn’t want us to suffer or to worry. The truth is NOTHING can take us out from under the loving arms of God. So why is it that we worry? Why is it that we let Satan step in between? All I can say is that we are not always 100% on guard for these attacks from Satan. We are not always at our 100% in life. We miss sleep. We miss meals. We get busy and don’t spend enough time doing things that we need to do most. Satan slips through the tiniest of cracks.
It’s all okay though, because God can protect us. Jesus defeated Satan and we have nothing to fear. We just need to listen more to the Truth. We need to focus in the right direction. And that’s what I did the second time I traveled over the bridge. See, the bridge didn’t change from when I went over it the first time, to the second trip where I returned. The bridge was always the same. We cannot expect God to change every “bridge” for us. We need to learn how to get around each “bridge.” God helps us, but we can’t expect to be spoon fed all the time.
I conquered that bridge. I was victorious only because God was there guiding me over the bridge. It was His comfort and His love that got me over the bridge with no screaming or near panic attacks. God can get you over your “bridges” as well. Focus on the “bridge” and ask God. He will help you every time– it’s only necessary to bring it to Him in faith. I still have more “bridges.” We all do. But God’s ready to help us conquer each one.