Ask

Sometimes the word wisdom is lost on me.  It seems so vague or I think it is given only to people like Solomon.  On the other hand, the terms knowledge, insight and judgement sound like things that I want.

Yesterday in my post about faith I learned that God longs to give to those who ask for what they need or want. Today in James I read the same message— ASK!  Ask God for what you need.

It’s good news for me and I bet it’s good news for you too.  The news that the very nature of God is to give to everyone who asks.  He doesn’t care if you have asked one time or a thousand times.  He doesn’t care because he doesn’t keep score.

So today I will take that advice.  I will take God at His word and I will ask him for what I need.  I will bask in the knowledge that I love a God who loves me and loved me first.

 

But anyone who needs wisdom should ask God, whose very nature is to give to everyone without a second thought, without keeping score. Wisdom will certainly be given to those who ask. 

 James 1:5 Common English Bible

Faith


Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” And his servant was healed that same hour.  Matthew 8:13 NKJV

As you have believed, so let it be done for you. I needed to take a moment to let that sink in.  As. you. have. BELIEVED!

Too often I hear familiar faith scriptures and they pass on by me without too much thought.  But today I read Matthew 8 and verse 13 struck me.  Maybe I had never read it in this version or maybe (probably) God wanted to get my attention.  I am glad he did because I am struggling.  Would you by chance be struggling too? Surely I am not the only one…

Maybe you are struggling with your health like I am.   Maybe it’s a relationship that needs work. Maybe it’s fear.  Fear of a situation in your life, your country or your world.

I just almost don’t know what to write.  I want to stop typing in this moment and go read more scriptures to get some sort of instructions!  I mean, really!  If I ask God he might do what I ask?— so exciting, so scary and so very underused, misunderstood and passed over.

Friends please go pick up your bible with me and look for more on faith. You will surely hear more from me on this topic in the very near future.

Thank you for coming along on this journey with me.

— With Love,

Kate

God is on your side

Dear Friends,

Today’s blog post is different than most.  I feel led to share this scripture from James without a lot of words to go along with it.

My message is simple.  God is on your side.

James 4:7-10

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom.  Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

Good Father

I want to see people with your eyes.  I want to love with your heart.  I want to forgive like I have been forgiven.

I long to be in your house.  Exceedingly I beg for the salvation of the lost.  Wait!  Please wait to return until they are ready.  Until they see the need for your love.

Lord, I know I am not alone in this desire.  You have a remnant of people who love you and want to be used by you.  We, God’s people, will suffer here on earth if it means the salvation of your creation.

Walk along side us in our suffering.

Thank you Father for loving us.

John 3:16-17 NIV

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”

 

 

The Power of God

At times I feel weak and sometimes I feel hopeless.  Do you ever feel that way?

I wonder…would it help if I opened my eyes to the power of God?

The power that was so vividly described in the Bible.  Like the power he gave to Moses to part the red sea or to Jesus to feed 5000 people with only the lunch of a small boy.

How about Jesus’s power to turn water into wine or to heal the blind and lame?   Jesus has the power to make demons shudder and flee.

Best of all Jesus died and rose from the dead to prove he holds the very power of life and death.   I am exceedingly grateful the he allowed himself to be crucified for my sins, sins of unbelief, gossip, gluttony, addiction, and hatred.

Do I have enough faith to believe he will use his power for someone such as me?

Lord, open my eyes to see your power in the everyday situations.

Psalm 71:18 NIV

Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, my God,  till I declare your power to the next generation, your mighty acts to all who are to come.

Treasure

What is your treasure? Do baubles or trinkets tell the tale of a life well lived?  Can dollar signs really assign worth?  Is it true that he who dies with the most toys wins? I can hear you now.  Of course not! you exclaim. And, I agree with you.  Life isn’t measured in the same way we count our money.

So, why live as if it is?  Why spend your life toiling and striving for something that means NOTHING at the end of your life and barely anything DURING your life.

Why do you trade time with loved ones to obtain MORE? More stuff, more junk, more headache for those left behind.

What is true treasure?

STOP.  Make a decision.  Decide that from this point forward you will use your assets whatever they may be to make a difference.  An eternal difference.  Nobody cares if your shoes match your bag anyway.  So lighten up. Literally…lighten your load and the load of your loved ones.  Learn to leave worldly things in the world.  Don’t be distracted and don’t be fooled.

Redefine the word treasure.  Go. Make a difference in your perception, your life and your world.

Matthew 6:19 CEB

Stop collecting treasures for your own benefit on earth, where moth and rust eat them and where thieves break in and steal them.

Look for Jesus

Why do we shoot and kill and destroy?
Why do we harm one another with our words?
Why do we cut others down just to build ourselves up?

What is the evil that drives the hatred?

How do we stop this evil…

We LOVE.

We love those a different color.
We love those that disagree with us.
We love those that look different, sound different and act differently than we do.

How can we love?
How can we put aside our differences…

By looking for Jesus.
Look for Jesus in every situation.

We will find him in the pain in their eyes and on their faces. It may be the very same pain we see in the mirror everyday.

Look for Jesus…