Making Room


manger-crossWe are amidst one of the busiest seasons of the year and everyone’s keeps asking the same question, “Are you ready for Christmas?” My honest answer, no. Why, I’ve barely started my shopping and my decorating is only half done AND there’s still programs to attend and parties to be had.

If we are not careful, the business of it all can often times leaves us feeling quite wearied. Don’t get me wrong, I love all of these things in and of themselves, they are fun and festive. But sometimes the very things which are meant to put us in the mood for Christmas, are often the same things that can rob us of the joyous reason we celebrate it.

So how do we make room for all of these things without losing our joy? How do we hold tight to the true meaning of Christmas? The answer can be found in the story of Jesus’ birth in the book of Luke. Caesar Augustus made a decree to the Roman Empire that all people return to their hometown for a census. So Joseph traveled with Mary, his fiance’ who was VERY pregnant and about to give birth, to the town of Bethlehem, to register for the census.

“And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.”  Luke 2:6-7

I’m always in awe of God’s amazing love for us. Love came down. He left his place of glory to come down to earth. He put on human skin so that we could know him and relate to Him. He was fully God and yet fully human. He came to show us the way. . . and to ultimately accomplish His father’s will by dying for our sins.

And yet as the story goes, they were looking for a place to stay, a place for Mary to give birth, and there was NO ROOM for them in the inn. No room for the Savior of the world to be born! Preparing our hearts for the coming of Christmas requires making room for Him. The question is, “Do we make room for Jesus in the inn of our lives?” “Do we daily make room for his presence?”

The author and the creator of your life wants to be in your life. Not just a small corner of your life, He want’s to be your life. He doesn’t just want us to know of Him, but he wants to make himself known to us. He did this by coming to the earth in human form. He put on flesh and was born as a baby just so that we may know Him. He was born in a stable, dark and dirty, not quite the Christmas Card portrait of his birthing place. And in the same way He comes to us in our sin infested lives so that we may be born anew in him.

Hope for humanity was born on Christmas day! The glorious birth of the Savior of the world who took on our sinfulness so that we could have a right relationship with Him. God longs for relationship with us. Is there a place in your heart for Him? Are you making room? Christmas is about inviting him in.

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14

Father God, thank you that love came down at Christmas! Thank you for sending Jesus to us and for us. To live for us and to ultimately die for us, so that we didn’t have to. Thank you for the relationship we can have with you because of what Jesus did for us. Thank you for this gift . . . help us to make proper room for You.

Come . . .


lighthouse3In response to a Facebook challenge, this morning I took a walk out on the break wall to snap a few photos of our local Battery Point lighthouse. My challenge was to post a black and white photo onto my Facebook page for the next five days in a row. I really love taking pictures, so I thought this would definitely be a fun challenge to participate in.

The vivid colors of grey-blue sky contrasting the red-toned roof of the lighthouse would make for quite the beautiful photo, but then again, the challenge was for black and white photos. To me, the thought of removing all the color from the scene would make the shot seem lifeless and dull. So I patiently waited and watched the lens to light up so I could quickly snap a photo while the light on top of the lighthouse was shining brightly.

As I stood there in front of the lighthouse, the following scripture came to mind:  “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” John 8:12 I thought about the boats out on the water and how that very light was a guide to many a mariner out on the ocean. A guide that would lead his boat safely back to the harbor.

I have never been out on the ocean in a boat, but as a child my dad owned a small cruiser boat and we would occasionally take out on Lake Michigan for a little recreational fun and fishing. A time or two on our boating excursions, my dad drove out pretty far on the lake and eventually the shore was longer visible from the boat. As I child, I remember that being quite an eerie feeling to be surrounded by nothing but water.

This reminded me that just as the lighthouse is a guide for the mariner, Jesus Christ is the guide for our lives. The one who created life is the light and is also the one who knows best how to guide the vessel in the open waters and how to bring it safely to shore. When we follow the light we have no need to fear because we can trust in the one who is leading.

As I stood there on the break wall listening to the crashing waves interwoven with the blaring sound of the foghorn, it was very peaceful and yet powerful, serene and yet persistent in its nature. In the same way that the light becomes no longer visable in the fog or storm, the mariner then listens for the foghorn. As I stood and listened to the horn, it was as if it was a beckoning call. . .Come . . . this is The Way. In the same way God invites us all to come to him. Come follow me . . . (Matt. 4:19). His word proclaims that “He is the way, the truth and the life (John 16:6).

God didn’t create us to leave us in the dark or to be tossed back and forth by ceaseless waves of life, but gives us the light of his Word as a guide for living. The Bible is Gods voice, His love letter to us and it is a guide for knowing Him and navigating life. God’s voice echos on the pages of scripture, I love you, I want you. . . Come . . . “come to me all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28) . . . Let me guide you safely home.

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world . . .He came to the earth in human form, a precious baby, born of a virgin (Luke 1:27).

that he gave his only begotten son . . . His purpose for coming was for you . . . and me (John 10:10). He came to do his father’s will (John 5:43), to pay the price we couldn’t pay with the only sacrifice that would do (Romans 8:3), the innocent blood of his one and only son.

That whosoever believe in Him should not perish . . .He did come to rule from a throne but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:45). We have a choice either to accept or to reject him.

But have everlasting life” . . . He defeated death and rose on the third day as the scriptures foretold (1 Cor. 15:4). When we choose to follow him, we pass from death to life, old things have passed away and all things become new (2 Cor. 5:17). Our new reality becomes eternity with God our creator (John 3:16).

Father God thank you for your amazing love for us. Thank you for sending your son Jesus to pay the price for our sin. Thank for your Living Word which gives light to our path. Guide and direct our steps as we seek to follow you. Thank you Sweet Jesus for who you are and all you do. To you be the glory both now and forever. AMEN

In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it. John 1:1-5

THANKSGIVING – Cultivating an Attitude of Gratitude


thanksgivingI was reading the words penned by Paul this morning in the book of 1 Thessalonians chapter 5. Paul was encouraging the believers and reminding them on how to prepare for the second coming. At the end of the chapter in verses 16-18 Paul admonishes them to be joyful always; to pray without ceasing and the be thankful in all circumstances. I’ll touch on the first two of that mandate but I really want to focus on the last part which is being thankful in ALL circumstances.

REJOICE ALWAYS! – I truly believe that joy comes from keeping all things in life in proper order. A short acronym for this is J-esus, O-thers, Y-ou. Joy is a fruit of the spirit that flows from an abiding relationship with Jesus. Joy is seeking Jesus first and foremost and then in turn following and obeying God by loving others. Joy is not dependent on circumstances, but rather in keeping a continual focus on God which helps us keep a proper perspective in all circumstances. Joy should be a natural outflow of the spirit filled believer based on what God has done for us. Philippians 4:4 tells us “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!”

PRAY CONTINUALLY! – God’s ultimate goals for us is that we live in surrendered obedience to Him. Our prayer life is a direct reflection of our inward heart attitude. In Acts 17:28 it says that “In Him we live and move and have our being.” In essence our lives would then become a spiritual act of worship to God. Prayer should be a natural outflow of a person abiding in the love of Christ. We need to follow Jesus’ example and to pray in all circumstances and without ceasing. In James 4:2-3 it says, “you don’t have because you don’t ask and it says that when you do ask you do not receive because you ask with the wrong motives.” When we learn to pray correctly which is God’s word over circumstances, this IS the will of God. Knowing God’s Words is understanding the heart of God and James 5:16 tells us that “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.”

GIVE THANKS! – Verse five says, “Give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. Many would say, well that is a good goal to aspire to, but really, to give thanks in ALL circumstances? It’s easy to thank God when life circumstances are going in our favor but it’s a little different to thank him when we face hardships and difficulties. I truly, believe that when we give thanks especially in the most difficult of circumstances, that there is a blessing that flows from this act of obedience and it is the “Peace of God” that exceeds any circumstance (Philippians 4:7).

Gratitude is an attitude we choose based on proper perspective. We can either choose to focus on the problem or we can choose to focus on the One who holds the solution, our creator. I believe when we continually choose to focus on our lack in any area of our lives, we get stuck in a cycle of self-preservation versus living the abundant life that God promises to us as believers. An abundance doesn’t mean we have all “we” think we need, but rather God freely gives us everything we need pertaining to life and godliness through the knowledge of himself and through the promises of His Word (2 Peter 1:3).

If it were not for difficulties, trials and sufferings in our lives we wouldn’t understand our need for Christ, the one who offers us hope. Romans 5:3-5 put it this way, ” We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment.

I believe rejoicing in sufferings means cultivating an attitude of gratitude amidst our trials and suffering because we know that God (who is the source of all good), is working all things for our good (Philippians 1:6).  In Him we have forgiveness of sin (past, present and future) and a hope for an eternity with Him forever, where there will be no more tears, death, mourning or pain (Revelation 21:4). Because of these great and wonderful promises we offer thanksgiving because of who Jesus is, our loving Father, our precious Lord, Redeemer, Savior and Friend. We praise Him because of what he did for us on the cross and offer up a heart of gratitude and thanksgiving because there is . . . no greater love than this (John 15:3)!

Father God, thank you for your amazing love for us. Thank you for sending Jesus to pay the price for our sin so that we didn’t have to. Thank you for the relationship we can have with you because of what Jesus did for us. Help us to cultivate that relationship with a continual attitude of gratitude in all things, even the most difficult things. Help us to fix our eyes on you and empower us through your Holy Spirit to do all that you have called us to do. We give you praise and thanks our precious Lord and Friend! To you be the Glory both now and forever! AMEN

Do you have Power?


lightbulb2 Timothy 1:7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

Seems like every Fall we get some rip-roaring storms that cause power outages throughout our county. The strong wind and rains will bring down limbs and sometimes entire trees come crashing down into nearby power lines. Just recently we had one such storm.

The funny thing is that when this happens, it seems to bring lots of cheering and excitement from my silly kiddo’s. For them it is a time when we light candles and oil lamps, start a cozy fire in the wood stove, play games, and get to be creative trying to find something to eat by cooking outside over a camp stove.

After having been through enough of these power outages, I seem to enjoy the initial first hour or two without power, but then after any length of time, it seems to get old super quick. I find myself hoping and praying the power comes back on quickly so I can enjoy simple things like, flushing the toilet and/or taking a hot shower (since we are on a well and have our own private septic tank).

Since almost everything we own requires power, life can get pretty limited without it. We can often take everyday things like power for granted, but when you are without it for any length of time, it seems to make you all the more appreciative of it when it does come back on.

This reminds me of some parallels in our faith. We as believers in Christ Jesus are given incredible power when operating through the power of the Holy Spirit of God living inside us. It also makes me think, “Do we really appreciate and appropriate that power?

In the Gospel of John the fourteenth chapter, when Jesus was talking to the disciples at their last meal together before his death. The disciples were perplexed at what Jesus was sharing with them. They were is followers, they walked beside him. The thought of him leaving them frightened them. They had many questions and still didn’t quite understand the enormity of who he was and what was about to happen.

At one point Philip in verse eight says, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” Jesus responded by saying, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and yet you still don’t know who I am? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father! Here he was giving them little picture of the trinity but they could not yet understand because God’s plan had not yet reached it fulfillment. Jesus was man (God in flesh), who continuously consulted his Heavenly Father and was empowered by the Holy Spirit to do the will of God here on earth and accomplish God’s ultimate plan for the redemption of man.

Down a bit in verse fourteen Jesus says, “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. Yes, ask me for anything in my name and I will do it.

Those are some pretty powerful words right there. Ask anything in my name and I will do it. Wow, really God? This is no name it claim it theology. It’s a matter of knowing the will of God through knowing his Word and then asking in Jesus’s name to do the things God asks of us through the power of the Holy Spirit working in us. How many of us believe and are operating out of the authority and power of that promise given to us by God? I know I am not, forgive me Lord.

Down a few verses Jesus gives the Disciples the promise of the Holy Spirit who will be them as their advocate (helper). He promises that he will never leave them and that he (the Holy Spirit) will guide them into all truth. These promises are for us! This is the Holy Spirit working in a through us. We need to operate in his power and leading in order to be effectual for God’s kingdom purposes. Faith without the Spirit’s empowerment is limited. But Spirit led faith is powerful and effectual!

Although most churches would say they believe in the Holy Spirit. I see so few operating in His Power. If we as a church try to down play the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives and in the church, in essence we are removing God’s Power to accomplish his purposes for us here on earth. Unfortunately, without the work of the Holy Spirit, churches become “religious organizations” with little to no effect for God’s kingdom.

The same power and authority given to the Apostles to carry on the work of Jesus in the book of Acts, is the same power and authority given to us today. If you are a believer, you are an ambassador for Christ and we are all called to continue on the work of Jesus here on earth. We cannot do what God is calling us if we do not have or appropriate the power of His Holy Spirit working in us.

The Holy Spirit IS the life of the church. Just as our spirit gives life to our physical bodies, God’s Holy Spirit is the life of the believer and the gives us the power to accomplish all that God has for us. If you feel like your faith is lifeless and powerless, I pray today that you ask God to fill you with his life-giving Spirit!

Father God thank you for the gift of the Holy Spirit living in us that is our helper, teacher, advocate and intercessor. I pray that you would light a holy fire in our hearts that burn with love for you. Give us a love for the lost, broken and hurting around us. Empower us by your Spirit to do the things you are calling us to do. Fill us with you power and help us to walk in your ways. To you be the glory both now and forever. AMEN

The Greater Plan


mapAnd 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

I don’t know about you, but ever since I was a kid I hated getting in trouble. I always wanted to please my parents and make them proud of me. But as much as I tried to please my parents, I would have this one little continual problem that always seemed to get in the way. It’s called self and my own sin nature.

The bible says we are born with this sin nature passed on to us from Adam and Eve. By one man sin entered into the world and through one man, (Jesus Christ) we were sent free from the penalty of that sin (Romans 5:12). Praise God!

Occasionally the (old man) still gets the best of me. Often times in life we seek to please God but still find ourselves falling short. We are in a continual battle against our flesh, but praise God that with him “there is forgiveness of sins so that we can serve him (Psalm 130:4). Christ Jesus already won the victory for us on Calvary’s cross.

So does our sin disqualify us from God’s work? If course not, the bible is full of people (sinners just like you and me) who God continued to use for His purposes. The only person who ever walked the earth and lived a sinless life is Jesus.

A few weeks back when teaching a Kid’s Church class, I was reminded of the story of Jacob and Esau. They were twin brothers with very different appearances, personalities, likes and dislikes. Esau was a hunter. Jacob liked to hang around his tent (home). Their story, as recorded in the book of Genesis, tells of the younger brother Jacob deceiving his older brother Esau out of his blessing and birthright for a measly bowl of stew. We think, how stupid is that? His hunger overruled his brain and because of it, he lost part of his inheritance to his younger brother and the designed role of leader of the family. We do the same today when we let temporary satisfaction override the long-term consequences for our actions.

As the story continues, Jacob was then afraid for his life because his brother Esau threatened to kill him so he took off running. Isn’t that the typical reaction when we sin, we tend to run and start hiding. It was the same in the beginning, when Adam and Eve sinned, they hid from God. But God knew when he created them that they would sin and God had already devised a plan to save them from it.

God had a plan for Jacob’s life and He has a plan for each of our lives. God often has a way of using unexpected people to accomplish his purposes and plans. It is through Jacob’s sons that the twelve tribes of Israel were started. This was part of God’s promise to Abraham about making him a great nation and his descendants being as numerous as the stars. Did God shun Jacob because of his sin and deception? Absolutely not, God already knew this was going to happen and weaved it into his glorious plan. God continued to pursue  Jacob and he eventually turned his heart toward God and walked in surrendered obedience to Him.

This story is a promise of hope for all of us. If we are truly Christ’s child, God continues to work through our decisions (both good and bad) to bring about his purpose in our lives. To know that should bring huge relief to us because there is no way we are ever going to be good enough, brave enough, or strong enough on our own to be used for God’s purposes. When God calls us to do something, he also equips us for the task. It is solely by his pure unmerited grace that he allows us to be part of what he is doing here on the earth and that happens through submission and dependence upon Him.

Although no one likes to be disciplined by God, because of the obvious reason that it hurts. The bible says that God disciplines those he loves. When being chastised because of my wrong choices, I can rejoice that my father God loves me too much to leave me in my sin and where I’m at because my ways are always self-destructive. Psalm 119:71 puts it this way . . . It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees.

Just as a baby learns to walk, all of us in our spiritual growth process have to do some falling down in the process. It’s all part of God’s plan. He wants us to come to the end of ourselves so that we are purely relying upon his grace in our lives. God wants what is BEST for me and if left on my own, my path it would be one of destruction. The bible says that Jesus is the Way, The Truth and The life (John 14:6). Doing thing Gods way bring about life and peace and further’s God’s purposes here on earth.

Jacob went on to be a great God-fearing man and would eventually not make a move without God’s instruction. We can be assured that in all the trials, storms and messiness of life, that God is teaching us valuable lessons in the process. Jacob’s sin caused him to be temporarily exiled from his family but in the process he learned lessons that would further his spiritual growth and his dependence on God. God made a new man out of Jacob’s surrendered life. He eventually changed his name from Jacob (meaning deceiver) to Israel (meaning he who prevails with God). Praise Be to God for the Victory we have In Jesus!

Thank you Lord Jesus for the many lessons that can be learned from Jacob’s life. Thank you Lord Jesus that you are good and that you continue to work all things for our good. Thank you for the victory won on Calvary and that because of it we can walk in freedom and newness of life through the blood of your son Jesus Christ. Thank you that you allow us to partner with you to do your work here on earth. Help us to daily walk by the spirit into all that you have for us! To you be the glory both now and forever. AMEN

His Story, Our Story


mr banksI would have to say my favorite movie I saw within the past year is Saving Mr. Banks. I’m not a huge movie goer but this one really touched my heart. I also don’t usually become overly emotional when watching movies, but with this one I was definitely all choked up and fighting back the tears. Something in this film resonated with something so deeply inside me and I felt a powerful connection to it (a definite sign of a great movie). If you haven’t yet seen it, I highly recommend it.

Here is a brief synopsis of the film: Walt Disney sets out to fulfill a promise made to his daughters to make a movie of their favorite book, “Mary Poppins,” (unbeknownst to him it would take 20 years to fulfill). In wanting to purchase the rights to make a movie of her book, Walt Disney comes up against the prickly author P. L. Travers who is stubbornly immovable in the storyline, details or recreation of the characters that would be necessary in order to make the book a classical Disney style movie.

Due to a crisis in finances, P. L. Travers decides to meet with Walt Disney to discuss his plans for the adaptation of her story. Walt agrees to let Travers in on the screenwriting process before she would agree to sign over the rites to him. While meeting in Los Angeles, Walt Disney rolls out the Red Carpet treatment for P. L. Travers only to be met with the stubbornness of woman with her mind already made up and unwilling to let go of some of the details of re-writing her story.

Two weeks into the project and with a still unsigned contract, P. L. Travers decides to cancel negotiations and head for home. Walt Disney comes to understand that something much deeper is going on within P. L. Travers. He uncovers that parts of her life story are written with the fictional pages and characters of her whimsical children’s book. The only thing is, she in-essence has changed the trajectory of her life story by re-creating a better story for the characters.

By sharing a personal life story of his own, Walt Disney convinces Travers that letting go of her book would require her to let go of some of the hurt and brokenness of her past and namely to forgive herself for the guilt and torment she has held locked up within for so long. Walt Disney says to Travers, “Don’t you want to finish the story.” With that, Travers agrees to sign over the rights for the making of the movie.

I think this movie resignated so deeply within me because similarly, due to the presence of sin in this world, we are all broken. To be human is to be messy. We all have things in life that hurt and maimed us and when we hold these things within us, they can often keep us locked in a prison of our own making.

The awesome part is that Jesus Christ came to change the trajectory of our story. He can take the mess of our life story (when surrendered to him), and make it into a message. He can take us from victim to a victor. In Hebrews 12:2 it says that Jesus is “the author and perfecter of our faith.” God is the author of life and our faith and He is re-writing our story. He changed history by His-story. The bible is God’s amazing love story for us. It says in Romans 5:8 “While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Christ came to us in our sin, in our brokenness and in all the messiness and loved us all the way to the cross.

God’s love story for us is the good news of the gospel. The gift of Jesus Christ is that through faith in Him, He saves us from ourselves and our sin. It is the gospel of grace! God’s pure and amazing grace. God’s grace is what sets us free to live for Him. He died and rose from the dead, so that we can have new life in Him. When we understand the enormity of His sacrifice for us and the divine transaction of what we are given by faith in Him, we can’t help but sing his praises! With Christ as the author and finisher of our faith, we know our story will have a great ending! Praise be to God!

Father God, thank you for your amazing love and for sending Jesus to die for my sin. Thank you that by faith, through grace we can have new life in you and live in right relationship with you, unashamed because of what You have done for us. You are an awesome God! All praise and glory be to You both now and forever. AMEN

We are all sinners, saved by God’s amazing grace (Ephesians 2:8). When we compare ourselves and our sin to others we might think we’re still pretty good people. But we are comparing ourselves to other sinners, and the bible says that all sin is the same (James 2:10). God is holy and there is no sin in him (2 Cor 5:21). Sin separates us from God (Isaiah 59:2). The bible says that there is none righteous, no not one (Romans 3:10. This meaning that all of our goodness is filthiness in God’s sight (Isaiah 64:6). It is only through faith in what Christ did for us on the cross that we can be saved Ephesians 2:8-9). We are washed by the blood and then made clean and holy in his sight. It is a divine transaction of pure grace. A free gift because of God’s amazing love for us. There is nothing we can ever do to earn his love or be good enough. If that were the case, he wouldn’t have had to die on the cross. But he was wounded for our transgressions, and he was crushed for our iniquities, and the punishment that made us whole was upon him, and by his bruises we are healed. Isaiah 53:5

James 2:10 For the person who keeps all of the laws except one is as guilty as a person who has broken all of God’s laws.

2 Corinthians 5:21 For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.

Isaiah 59:2 It’s your sins that have cut you off from God. Because of your sins, he has turned away and will not listen anymore.

Romans 3:10 As the Scriptures say, “No one is righteous–not even one.

Isaiah 64:6 We are all infected and impure with sin. When we display our righteous deeds, they are nothing but filthy rags.

Ephesians 2:8-9 God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.

Luke 4:18-19 The Spirit of the LORD is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the LORD’s favor has come. 

Walking by Faith


reflectionThis morning I was out for my typical run, trying to get in a bit of exercise while enjoying the beautiful sunshine. I soon came to where the road turns and there in the corner, is a big reflector mirror (the kind used to see around blind corners). It was covered in a thick morning dew. I thought to myself, “Well what good is that mirror to motorist now? It’s useless all covered in dew, you can’t see a thing through it. So I thought I’d do my good deed and I proceeded to walk over to the mirror and wipe off the dew for any future vehicle traffic that would be passing through.

We also have one of those same mirrors on the corner where I live and I know how useful it is. The corner coming into our house is a blind corner also. I don’t know how many times, before installing that mirror that we almost had a head-on collision with someone coming around the bend. You just can’t see. I was always afraid for my kid’s safety and told them never to play around that corner. If you’re either going to fast, or not fully paying attention, a collision could happen so easily. Therefore, a few years back my husband and I purchased one of those reflective mirrors to put on the corner and it has helped tremendously.

I know that sometimes in my faith I just wish that I just had one of those big reflector mirror that would show me what was around the corner, don’t you? Unfortunately, as Christ followers we are called to walk by faith. Walking by faith means trusting God even when you don’t see down the road or know what’s around the corner. Walking by faith requires fully trusting in the one who is leading.

I know in my own faith there have been many times I have had doubt, I’ve been discouraged or I’ve managed to mess things up pretty good and wonder where God was leading me. But it all came down to, “Would I trust Him or not?” One thing I know for certain is God’s faithful. His Word is proof of that. The Bible says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8) and his ways are unchanging.

Thankfully God’s doesn’t leave us totally unequipped for the road ahead. He gives us His Word. In Psalm 119:105 it says: “Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and the light for my path.” That verse alone shows me that sometimes God just gives enough light for the footing directly under my feet. This is where our trust needs to kick in. When I look to Him and His Word, I can rest in Him, trusting He is leading the way and that all of His ways are good. I find that I would much rather trust God than myself. Who better than my creator knows me better that me? Because of this I can trust God and His plans for my life.

We come to Christ in faith and we continue to follow Him through faith. Circumstances have a way of continually testing our faith, but when we trust God through all things . . . He proves faithful. He never leaves our side and is willing to show us the way as we put our trust in Him.

Father God, thank you for your precious Word. Thank you that in this life journey, we are not alone. Thank you for your Holy Spirit which is our helper, comforter and guide. When difficulties and doubts arise, help us to cling to you and to walk by faith. Teach us Lord and guide us unto all truth. Thank  you for who you are and for all you do. To you be the Glory both now and forever. AMEN

2 Corinthians 5:7 For we walk by faith, not by sight.

James 1:5-6 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But he must ask in faith without doubting . . .

Jeremiah 33:3 Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.