June 2008

Seeking God in the situation

Story of the day:  Seeking God in the situation

   As Jeff and I arrived home early this morning from our 1,000 mile trip, I began to survey the situation and I was so excited to be home and able to sleep in my bed.  The last week has been such a stressful week searching for a home, trying to get to know the area in Dallas, staying cool in the 100 degree temperatures, and trying to understand what my kiddos were going through.  

   “Start with a regular car loaded with luggage for this trip.  Add a father, a mother, three children, and two dogs, under the age of 14.  Aim the car at an objective that is 1,000 miles down the road.  After 350 miles have passed, examine the scene.  What is the condition of what has become a traveling circus?  Pretty discouraging?

   Now, magnify that situation thousands of times over, move it back some 3,500 years, eliminate the automobile, and you will begin to understand Moses’ predicament in Exodus 16.  The thrill of freedom and the excitment of the exodus were soon erased by the discomforts of travel.  Gratitude usually gives way to grumbling.”  (Michael P. Green)

   And throughout the situation, as God had spoken to Moses about what needed to be done in order to ease the situation, I had God saying to me, just give it to me Christy and I will take care of you.  I think it took not getting a home in the beginning to actual hear God’s voice.  He had given us every opportunity to seek Him in this situation, yet the predicament of not getting a home right away overshadowed His voice.  As Jeff and I regrouped and actually started to seek God in the situation, it was no time before a home became available and it was exactly what we needed (imagine that!)  So, instead of letting circumstances determine the outcome, regroup, seek God in the situation, and allow Him to take over. 

Quote of the day:  Thomas Carlyle

“Adversity is hard on a man.  But for everyone who can handle prosperity there are a hundred who can handle adversity.”

Bible verse of the day:  Exodus 16:6

“Then Moses and Aaron said to all the children of Israel, “At evening you shall know that the LORD has brought you out of the land of Egypt.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavnly Father,

Thank You for the safe travel back home.  Father as we continue to pack up our things and prepare to move ourselves across the country, may we not give into the grumbling, and the stressful situations that may arise from moving.  Continue to guide our hearts, our minds, and our souls with Your peacefulness and faithfulness.  Thank You that You provided a home for us in Dallas and that it is just what we need for the 10 months that we are there.  I pray for those that are going through their own situation that they are able to hear Your voice through their circumstance and hand it over to You that You may do Your job.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

March 2008

He is our Lighthouse

dsc00750_edited.jpg                                                                                                                                                                                                              Story of the day:  He is our Lighthouse

    We watched a movie last night that made reference to a lighthouse.  The person in the movie was explaining to the children what the lighthouses were used for and how they had saved many lives of people that were stuck at sea.  This past Sunday our pastor had also referenced the dark and how we feel so uncomfortable in the dark, because we can’t see.  When people can’t see, there is always a sense of urgency to find some source of light.  Our pastor had also said, “Do you remember as children when you would hear noises in the dark, but couldn’t see anything.”  You would search for some sort of light that would comfort you.  Sometimes you just wanted your parents to come, turn the light on, and check just to make sure that the one thing that you thought you had heard wasn’t in the closet or under the bed. The darkness can be scary because we can’t see what’s in front of us, but once the light is on and you can see, the things that were once scary in the dark, aren’t so scary in the light.

    Last night when we saw this movie, this one particular line touched me the most.  The character asked the children,  “Why do we have lighthouses?  Well, because they help when it’s dark out.  They help us from crashing into the rocks, because when you’re out there and you’re being tossed back and forth by those big dark waves and you think you’ll never feel land again and you feel like you are being split into a thousand pieces and sink down deep, it’s the light that keeps us on course.”  How powerful this line was to me and as I began to truly think about this and God began to tie things together from Sunday at church to Monday night when we watched this movie, He began to show me that without the light, we can become lost or scared.  We want to cry out because we can’t see what’s in front of us.  And as overwhelming as the darkness may be, it makes us appreciate the light even more.  

    Know this, just as our pastor said, “It won’t be dark for long.”  If you find yourself at your lowest times, or your “darkest hour”, it will be God’s Light that will show you the way.  And as much as we can pray to never have rough times, we are not guaranteed that we won’t have them.  But, just as quickly as those “big dark waves” come, Jesus will be there, standing in as our Lighthouse, and He will keep us from “crashing into the rocks”,  “being tossed back and forth by those big dark waves”, and when we can’t feel the land beneath our feet, He will “keep us on course.”

Quote of the day:  Christy Povolish

“Have you become afraid of the dark?  Keep your eyes focused on Jesus, for He is the Lighthouse that will bring forth the light and peace that you need.”

Bible verse of the day:  Psalm 27:1

“The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear?  The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

As scary as the dark may be, You have said that You are my light and my salvation, and as such, I should not be afraid, because Your light, will keep me from “crashing into the rocks” and will “keep me on course,” if I keep my eye on You.  I thank You that during the dark, You are always there, shining for me to see.  Thank You for the gift of light.  God, I pray for those individuals out there that are “being tossed back and forth by those big dark waves.”  God I pray that they open their eyes long enough to see the Lighthouse that You have placed before them.  I pray for them to find peace in these times by following the Light and to know that even though this experience may be a lot to take, and the dark is uncomfortable, that “the sun will eventually come up” and their dark hour can come to an end, if they just trust and have faith in You.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen