God is writing the story of our lives!

I never really thought that putting down the pencil would be so hard yet so beautiful at the very same time. I knew what I meant when I named my blog, I knew it meant releasing control of my life, just like it says at the top, under the heading, a moment by moment surrender to the One who created it all! Moment by moment, meaning at each moment surrendering to what I believe God wants even if it was not exactly what I want, or what I would do! My favorite verse in the Bible is “Trust in the Lord with ALL of your heart, lean not on your own understanding, but in ALL your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.” Surrendering and trusting that even if it doesn’t make sense, it is God and He created the world, so I would rather be in His will, than my own.writing450

Putting my pencil, my story, my future in His hands, trusting ONLY HE can write the best selling story of my life. It’s never a best seller without pain but the beautiful part is a best seller usually always ends up with a heartwarming ending and I am confident that my God, He works ALL things together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. I know I LOVE Him more than anything and am called by name, for His purpose.

He will work these things as well for my good and His glory.

God is God, when I sit and really dwell in that; I see how real He is. I see that He is good, I am beyond thankful for His guidance even if it hurts, and it has hurt lately. I am beyond grateful that He came to set the captives free and I am one of them, I am beyond grateful that He has plans to prosper me, not to harm me, to give me hope and a future, that He is Peace, He gives wisdom freely without measure and that He will work things out in us for a purpose, a purpose to share those stories of freedom with others and help set them free from the yoke of bondage. He is a Redeemer, He is a Rock, He is Hope, He is worthy of our trust and He is my Perfect Father, He teaches, He preaches, He loves and He adores.

My heart is strengthened by the pain of the past two events in my life, He is strong in our weakness and it is kind of amazing! I feel this right now, I feel that He is holding me and that I am stronger than I was before, because I KNOW who holds me through it all, I know who knows my heart, I know who knows my pain and I know who tells me that He is proud of me. That is my Father in Heaven. He truly is before ALL things and in Him all things hold together and I am glad He is writing my story, because He writes the best stories.

Those sometimes dreaded words “it’s just not the right time”

“Timing is everything”

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh……

You always hear that and usually when you do you are in the middle of a situation that you really want to kindly smack the person who says it to you!
But then you find yourself on the other side of “the dreaded phrase” as you comfort a friend on a situation and you hear it coming out of your mouth.
Always easier to “say” than to “hear” but either way it is TRUE…. See King Solomon, who was said to be the wisest man who ever lived talks about this in the book of Ecclesiastes in the Bible in the 3rd chapter:
He says “There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens:
· A time to be born and a time to die

· A time to plant and a time to pluck up which is planted

· A time to kill and a time to heal

· A time to tear down and a time to build up

· A time to weep and a time to laugh

· A time to mourn and a time to dance

· A time to throw stones and a time to gather stones

· A time to embrace and a time to shun embracing

· A time to search and a time to give up as lost

· A time to keep and a time to throw away

· A time to tear apart and a time to sew together

· A time to be silent and a time to speak

· A time to love and a time to hate

· A time for war and a time for peace”

The Bible says that God has made everything appropriate (some versions of the Bible use the word beautiful instead of appropriate) in it’s time. He has also set eternity in their heart, yet so that man will not find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end.
God is working on our behalf as we wait on Him; I stick close to the scripture from Isaiah, chapter 40, verse 31 (this is out of the AMP)
“But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired.
As we wait, let’s mount up near God, let’s hope, expect, look and trust in HIM. Let’s wait expectantly for Him for show up in a big way so that we can tell the story to many, tell a story that was NO OTHER THAN GOD who made “that” happen and all in the most perfect timing!
What is it that you are waiting for? We are all usually waiting on something!

Wonder, Worry and Trust!

The word wonder has positive connotation, it says in the dictionary that wonder means “a quality of exciting amazed admiration.” Sounds good to me, but I wonder (no pun intended) if the word wonder can get us in trouble. I wrote last time on worry; I often find myself either in a state of worry or a state of wonder

Either way, I think we are still getting ahead of God. To wonder is to look into the future and wonder how “that” is going to turn out, good or bad……  to worry as we talked about last time is to fear how “that” is going to turn out. I am starting to learn that neither worry nor wonder are healthy or productive states of mind. I often hear God remind me to stay in the day I am in, to not miss the very blessing of the present day, yet my mind is 2 months down the road, worrying and or wondering what will be, when I am missing the day at hand.

So what is the point of this blog, great question, I had to stop and ask myself the same thing

It all comes back to TRUST. We can worry or wonder into the future or we can just TRUST. Now this is way easier said than done, I say it, I pray it, I even write about it and I often beg God to help me Trust. I even wrote it on this scroll 3 years ago when I was baptized, but I still struggle…..

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It seems to me that trust is not only a moment by moment, situation by situation, circumstance by circumstance choice; it is an on going journey. I would be curious to know if anyone really says I trust YOU Lord and leaves it there. Is that possible? I imagine the better you get to know someone, the more time you spend with them, the more faithful they show themselves the more you trust them!

So my conclusion: if we want to TRUST GOD, which is what I want, we have to spend more time with Him, getting to know Him through His living Word (the Bible) and look back and thank Him for His faithfulness over the years. Walk with Him, holding His hand in THIS VERY DAY, moment by moment, situation by situation and through each and every circumstance as they come, knowing full well that we are never alone, remembering always that if we come near to God He will come near to us! (James 4:8)

no where to get too

It’s a journey not a destination…..I know we all know this! I know I have heard this exact term in sermons, books, and out of the mouths of those I respect, but I don’t know that it really ever, took root, SUNK in until today, in the parking lot, at a Publix grocery store. I am not exactly sure why more than one of my God moments in the past few weeks has been in the parking lot of a Publix grocery store, but that is beside the point.

The point is! There is actually nowhere to GET.

What I mean by this is that there is no where to get and then things will be ok, there is no where to get and then I will be WHERE I am supposed to be….. I am supposed to be on a journey, I looked up the definition of journey and this is what it said “passage or progress from one stage to another”……. I am supposed to be right where I am at this very moment in time, whether a valley (a sad time in life) or a mountain top (a time of great JOY) wherever you are right now, is exactly where you are supposed to be on the journey… Some will tell you “Life isn’t fair” I don’t personally know if that is right or wrong, but I do know that we ALL travel through our share of valleys as well as up to our share of mountain tops….I know that I know God has a purpose for both, what I don’t know is WHY (well I have some theories, but we are getting off topic) I don’t know WHY everything happens the way it does and I believe it is not for me to know. The Bible says in the book of Isaiah Chapter 55 Verse 8….. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD.” So we may never know the WHY…. All I know is when I seek God first; He then reveals what is next. Don’t get me wrong I am constantly “bugging Him” about what is next Lord “what is next” I beg to know. I have heard Him clearly tell me “don’t miss today Lindsay and trust me for tomorrow”…. The Bible says in the book of Matthew Chapter 6 Verse 34 “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” the Bible also says in the book of Proverbs Chapter 3 Verses 5 &6 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight”

Pretty practical information in the Bible! It makes sense…. So let Go and Ask God…. HE WILL direct your steps!!!