We have a new resource in our house that we got for Christmas that I want to share with you. It is called “Jesus Calling” by Sharon Young. They have an adult version and a kid version. It is basically a devotional book where it is written from the perspective of God speaking directly to you. Somehow, this really stirs my soul. Gets to me right at the core. Read my last post to understand how I hear the voice of God.
This week one of my children, Carson, got up in the middle of the night with a nightmare. I sluggishly walked upstairs with her and put her back in her bed. I prayed out loud over her that God would protect her mind and also remove any bad dreams from her thoughts. I asked that God would also show her that He is with her at all times, even when she is scared.
The next morning on the way to school I had Carson read the children’s version of this devotional out loud to us in the car. This is what it said…
~Matthew 28:20 “You can be sure that I will be with you always. I will continue with you until the end of the world.”
“I will be with you always. These were the last words I spoke before I returned to heaven I still make this promise to everyone who will listen.
People see My promise in different ways. Some Christians believe this promise on Sunday mornings, but then they forget about it as soon as the church doors close. Some people are even afraid of the promise, worried that I am constantly judging them. But others know the truth. I am always with you because I love you. I want to be your Light, your Protector, your Peace.
Because I am with you all the time, every moment of your life can be special.”
Wasn’t that a great reading? I had no idea this devotional was going to address the fear factor that had crept in during the night. I asked Carson what it meant? She quickly replied that God doesn’t want us to believe in him only on Sunday’s but all the time, even when we are scared. Powerful truths that girl is learning! It is amazing to me how a childlike faith comes so natural to them!
As I came home to read the adult version that morning I had a friend of ours heavy on my heart. The Miller’s are friends of ours in Virginia and on Thursday afternoon their house caught fire due to one of those air fresheners that you plug into the wall. Please keep them in your prayers. These uncomfortable places God does not cause but does want to use them to teach us about something bigger. The bottom line being He promises that He is with us.
Friends, I am wanting to tell any of you that haven’t already heard….those plug-in air fresheners are dangerous! We have known 3 people in two years that have had their houses catch fire due to those things! Praise the Lord that an angel somehow closed the door to their bedroom and the fire was mostly contained to that part of the house.
After I shared this news with Kevin he commented, “Wow I am glad we don’t try to make our house smell nice!” 🙂 His personality always sees things on the lighter side of life!
Ok back to my point…God is with you during all times of your life if you are a disciple of his! The mountain tops and the valley’s. Sometimes it is hard to see him even in either of those places. In the mountain tops we are wanting to take the credit…enjoy in the blessings and not become grateful for seeing that it was HIM that got us up there.
In the valley’s sometimes we don’t include him because we are too busy trying to fix it ourselves, on our own strength or we are too busy entertaining Satan which got us there in the first place. By the way, the first person invited to a pity party is Satan. Just sayin’.
Psalm 139:1-4 says
“O Lord, you have examined my heart
and know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up.
You know my thoughts even when I’m far away. You see me when I travel
and when I rest at home. You know everything I do. You know what I am
going to say even before I say it, Lord.”
He is closer than our breath, knows our thoughts before they even enter our mind much less speak them out! Think on that one for a while and I bet it will change your perspective today.
Praying for all my blogging friends today that you see God in the midst of everything today!