4 March 2018

Consecration

I heard this quote in a sermon awhile back. Consecration is not giving what I have to God---it's taking my hands off what belongs to Him. I hadn't thought of it quite that way before!
What about you? How do you see it? 
Is it your life? Your money? Your time? Your dreams? Your talents? Your hobbies? Your body?
Or do you see it as God's?
I heard another sermon on consecration and it was described as 'filling the hand of God.'
We need to put everything in God's hands and remember that it's His anyway.
Is your life consecrated to God? It may seem scary, but the safest place to be is in God's hands.

12 February 2018

If You Want to Be Used by God

I am reading through a book about Hudson Taylor, missionary to China. Through Him God did absolutely amazing things! I found a secret to his useful life in the book.

Do you want to be used by God? Do you want to make a difference in this miserable world? Do you want lives to be changed through your life?
God can do it through you, but you must first of all know God yourself, then live as close to Him as possible by reading His Word, living it out in your life and staying closely connected to Him in prayer. This world desperately needs more Hudson Taylors!
You don't need to be clever, brainy, super talented or good at talking. You just need to be fully consecrated and obedient to God.

16 January 2018

Commit thy works

"Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established." Proverbs 16:3

To commit your works to the Lord literally means to roll them to God as if you were carrying a burden too heavy for you to carry. You don't have to carry around the weight of your burdens. God wants to carry them for you.
To roll means to let go. You can't roll a ball to someone and still hang on to it. To roll means to give the control to someone else.
Your decisions, worries about tomorrow, problems, challenges, time, etc.---give them all to God and let him carry the burden. Give control of your life to God. He has far more wisdom than you. Then you can trust Him to work things out in whatever way is best.
It's not always easy to give things to God. We want to be in control. But, oh the peace and freedom that comes afterwards!
Isn't it great that we have a God who wants to carry our burdens for us? The heavy ones and the tiny ones!



15 January 2018

Give Others the Sunshine---

Are you a complainer? Do you only share your difficulties and complaints?
Sometimes we need to talk about our problems. We need to be honest and open and to ask for help when we need it. But there is a difference between that and always having something negative to say about everything and everyone. I have met people like that and they're not nice to be around. But I am sometimes like that, too!
Pray about what bothers you. God can change people, whereas others can't do that for us.
Count your blessings each day and share them with others. Blessings brighten them when you count them!

8 January 2018

A Prayer for the New Year

What is your prayer for this year?
I am learning to pray for God to give me what I need. He knows exactly what I need. Sometimes its encouragement, sometimes it's a trial. Sometimes it's stress, sometimes it's rest.

I read this little story thismorning and it sums it up.

"I need oil," said an ancient monk; so he planted an olive sapling. "Lord," he prayed, "it needs rain that its tender roots may drink and swell. Send gentle showers." And the Lord sent gentle showers. "Lord," prayed the monk, "my tree needs sun. Send sun, I pray Thee." And the sun shone, gilding the dripping clouds. "Now frost, my Lord, to brace its tissues," cried the monk. And behold, the little tree stood sparkling with frost, but at evening it died.
Then the monk sought the cell of a brother monk, and told his strange experience. "I, too, planted a little tree," he said, "and see! it thrives well. But I entrust my tree to its God. He who made it knows better what it needs than a man like me. I laid no condition. I fixed not ways or means. 'Lord, send what it needs,' I prayed, 'storm or sunshine, wind, rain or frost. Thou hast made it and Thou dost know.'"