Hello everyone…and a very happy and blessed Thursday to you all! It’s so good to be back with you today…and my prayer for all of us; is that we will truly come to see that God’s presence is always greater than the presence of a circumstance…Amen!!
Well…yesterday, I decided to go grocery shopping and to also get the food that Keith and I would need for the holidays...thinking that the workers who are putting new vinyl siding on the place we’re renting, would be finished with the area around my office window; but to my surprise, they also decided to stay away yesterday and return this morning…so we will see how this writing goes. Right now, it’s not too noisy; but I’m sure that very soon, I will be hearing…bang…bang…bang…lol!
Anyways…I did get out yesterday, which was nice…but it’s always a full day for me; but as I look back to yesterday, I see how God was with me every step of the way…and I praise Him for that!
You know…even through a very busy yesterday and a noisy this morning…God is there. The chaos that attempts to overtake a day can make it seem as if God is way off in the distance; but I think that’s only because we are drawing closer to the problem, rather than God. As I’ve been thinking on this; God began to take me back to a Bible verse in James 4:8, which says… “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.”
You know…it’s so easy to say that we are trusting God through the difficult times of life; but can we actually say that our hearts are following after each word we speak? What we need each day is to be connected to God alone. Even before going out yesterday, I took some time and asked God to be with me…and to walk each step of the day with me, even while bagging groceries, which can sometimes be hard on me…and you know what…He was there…and I felt Him there…holding me up and bringing me through moments that I could have never gotten through on my own.
Many times, I think we get our minds set too much on what could go wrong, rather than focusing on a God who can turn around these difficult moments we face…to make it all right. Throughout my lifetime, I have come to truly see one thing…whatever we perceive the moment to be; will actually be what we receive from that moment.
Each day, we need to realize that negativity will only give us that feeling; that a perfect God is off in the distance…and why…because our thoughts have pushed Him there. If we want to feel God’s presence and know He is with us; then we must shun the problem and make room for this powerful God to step forward and work on our behalf. Once we are willing to put God first…above any other thing in our lives…and not just speak it…but actually do it; that is when we will begin to see that life can be much better, than what we first thought it to be.
No matter what you may be facing right now…and no matter how alone your circumstance has attempted to make you feel; just know that there is a God who longs to step in front of this circumstance…a God who longs so much to show you love…compassion…and a strength that can carry you through these times; but first, you must choose the one who will stand before you…God or the problem.
As you continue to walk through your day, may I encourage you to take God with you? One thing I know…when we make Him feel welcome in our lives…He will be there…to see us through what seems to be the impossible…Amen!
Have a very blessed day…and I will see you soon!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Diane K Hiltz Chamberlain