The One Day at a Time Method

The One Day at a Time Method
What do you do when you don’t want to do anything?  When life just seems so hard and overwhelming that even getting out of bed is hard? 
Have you ever been there? When the days are so long and all you want to do is forget. Forget about all the memories that just remind you of everything you don’t have anymore. When the thoughts of how to move on are so strong that you feel crushed by them and unable to move.
Dear reader, I don’t doubt that you have had your share of pain in this life. Whatever it is that you are going through, if you feel like this life is just too much sometimes, that’s okay. It’s okay to have these days. But today I want to share a little something that has helped me to get through each day when I am overwhelmed with these feelings of being stuck.

Learn to take it one day at a time

I have found that we get the most overwhelmed and scared when we let our minds think too far into the future or dwell too much on the past. When I think about all the ways my life has changed and how it’s no longer going where want it to go. And then if I look to the past I only find regret, shame, and sadness and those feelings don’t help much either. When we look to God and focus on just the day ahead of us we find that we are able to make it and keep going. Yes, we may still be scared of the unknown road ahead of us, but committing to making it through one day is doable.  Just one day.
And you know what happens?!  After committing to that one day, that one day will turn into two days, then three days, then four… before you know it you will be feeling less of the hurt. New doors will open and new opportunities will come. God will reveal his plan for you and fill you with his joy while you keep on following Him. And it all began with you simply taking it just one day at a time.

Whatever you’re facing, can you commit to just taking it one day at a time? Commit to following your sweet Saviour today, and don’t worry about tomorrow. You can worry about tomorrow when it comes.
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
This is what I’ve been doing for a while now and this is what I’m going to keep doing. Take it one day at a time.  Whatever it is in your life that is too much.  Take a breath, relax, and just take it one day at a time.

Lessons from the Book of Jonah

Lessons from the Book of Jonah
On Sunday we had a sermon from the book of Jonah, and I just can’t stop thinking about the lessons that we can learn from this short book in the Bible! So here I am today writing up a post about it because I just want to share with you all some of the things I learned.
Have you ever read the book of Jonah?  I’m sure you’re at least familiar with the story of Jonah in the Bible.  Jonah is such an interesting character in the Bible.  He’s a character who made a big mistake, he ran away from God only to find himself stuck in the belly of a huge fish.  Talk about horrible consequences.  Being stuck in the belly of a fish does not sound pleasant.
So we see that Jonah made a mistake.  He had the audacity to think he could hide from God’s presence.  But what can we learn from this story?  I was quite surprised that there is actually quite a lot that we can learn from the way God deals with this big mistake of Jonahs.
Here are just a few of the main truths that stood out to me in the story of Jonah;

Everything, even our mistakes, are a part of God’s Plan

EVERYTHING is a part of God’s plan.  Even out mistakes.  Even the times when we rebel and run from God have a part in God’s plan.
When Jonah ran from God, he thought he could get out of doing what God had asked him to do.  But when a storm hit, Jonah knew his plan had failed.  He couldn’t hide from God, so he asked the sailors to throw him into the sea.  Jonah soon found himself at the bottom of the sea, he was in the lowest place; about to drown because of a choice he made to disobey God.  But then something happened.  The Bible says that God appointed a huge fish to come and swallow Jonah. It wasn’t an act of luck that this fish came and swallowed Jonah.  God had pre-ordained this to happen.  Even Jonah’s running away was a part of God’s plan.
And the LORD appointed a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights. (Jonah 1:17)

I don’t know about you, but I find this so encouraging.  I know that I have made mistakes.  I have told God that I don’t want to follow Him and I try to go my own way instead.  Sometimes I feel like I screwed up my life, I ran so far from God that it’s impossible to get my life back on the right path.  But just like God had a plan for Jonah, God has a plan for us.  Each mistake we make, each time we don’t do what God is asking us to do, it is still a part of God’s plan.  

Mistakes and hard times bring us back to God 

After being in the belly of the fish for three days, Jonah was ready to follow God.  He was like a new man, humbled and set back on the right path.  This time he didn’t run. He obeyed.
If we are God’s children, we will still make mistakes, but God promises that He won’t leave us. Sometimes God will let us run from him and make mistakes, as Jonah did.  But it’s through making these mistakes and experiencing the consequences of our own actions that we learn how much we need God. When life brings us to the end of ourselves we find God again.
And the LORD appointed a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights. (Deuteronomy 31:8)

Jesus is our Salvation

The last and most important truth to be reminded of in the story of Jonah is the fact that this story points us to Jesus.  Jonah ran from God and was about to die at the bottom of the sea, but then God sent a huge fish to save him.  Have you ever noticed how well this story parallels the gospel?
Before we were saved, we were enemies of God.  In our sinful nature, we run from God and find ourselves trapped at the bottom of the sea, unable to save ourselves.  But God sent His only Son, Jesus, into this world to save us.  When we believe in Jesus, we are saved from our sins and set back on the right path.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” (John 3:16)
What a beautiful truth this is that Jesus is our Savior!  I hope that these truths from the story of Jonah will encourage you as much as they encouraged me.  Wherever you find yourself, keep trusting in God and find peace in knowing that all things, even our mistakes, play a role in God’s great plan.

His Banner Over Us

His Banner Over Us
Hey all!  I know it’s been a little while since I’ve written anything on here.  Well, I’m back, and don’t worry I had a reason why I haven’t been able to post much.  I finally got the dreaded Covid virus and let me just say, it is quite the virus.  I was sick and tired and basically not able to do anything but rest.  It took about a full two weeks for the virus to run its course and I’m still not yet back to 100%.  I’m definitely on the mend now, but wow, it’s been crazy.
Anyway, since I’ve finally been feeling better I am ready to get back into writing on here.  Today I wanted to simply share with you a verse that I read about a few weeks ago during my morning devotions (before Covid hit).  I’ll try to keep this simple and short 😉
“You have set up a banner for those who fear you,
that they may flee to it from the bow. 
That your beloved ones may be delivered,
give salvation by your right hand and answer us!”
Psalm 60:4-5
After reading this verse one of my favorite songs from my childhood came to my mind.  Maybe you know what song I’m thinking of.  It’s the song that says: “His banner over me is love”.  I used to love singing that song when I was a little girl.  This verse is such a beautiful reminder that if we are God’s children he has a banner over us.  What is this banner though?

The Banner is the Jesus Christ

I did a little research of my own to try and understand this verse a little bit better.  This research simply means finding a commentary online to read that offers some insight into the verses meaning.  Well, the commentary brought out the fact that this banner God has set up over us is pointing to Jesus Christ.  This banner is supposed to be a safe place for us to run to, a place where we can find refuge.  Jesus Christ came to be that for us!  Oh, what a wonderful truth and comfort this is.  The banner God has set up for us is Jesus Christ his son and it is forever out safe place!

The Banner is also the Gospel and the Cross

But this banner over us is not just Jesus Christ, it’s also the gospel.  It’s the fact that Jesus came to earth to die in our place.  Because of Jesus’ work on the cross we have victory over sin and evil.  This banner over us to show the world of our victory through Jesus. God has given us His Word and the gospel to be a banner we can wave in this world.  When temptations and trials come we can take this banner (the gospel) and let it speak truth into our lives.
Isn’t it such a comforting thought knowing we have victory because we know The Victorious One.  We have a banner that we can wave over our life that points to the beautiful truth of the gospel.  I don’t know about you all, but I just want to embrace this truth.  I want to fly God’s banner over my life and let my life be defined by the truths of the gospel.  I want to run and take cover in the shelter of this banner when the trials of this world seem to be too much.  This banner God has given us is a beautiful thing!
I hope you can find encouragement from this verse as well.

God Knows our Every Tear

God Knows our Every Tear
“You have kept count of my tossings;
put my tears in your bottle.
Are they not in your book?
Then my enemies will turn back
in the day when I call.
This I know, that God is for me.
In God, whose word I praise,
in the Lord, whose word I praise,
in God I trust; I shall not be afraid.
What can man do to me?”
(Psalm 56:8-11)
Did you know that God keeps a record of all of our tears? All of our hard days, all of the seasons of hardship and pain we walkthrough.  God keeps them all and He promises to never forget the pain we have felt, all the times we have cried out to Him.
Isn’t it such a comforting thought that every tear that falls God knows about? When we are going through rough times.  Seasons of waiting, seasons of grief, or maybe just seasons of uncertainty, God is with us and is aware of all the tears we cry.  This passage reminds me that there is always purpose in our pain.
God’s plan for us may include days of pain and many trials.  But God’s plan for us is also going to include joy and blessing.  One day we will be able to understand.  One day we will be able to see that the joy and rewards that await in heaven someday will far outweigh the tears we cry here on earth.  And maybe, just maybe, that is why God keeps count of them.  So we can see on that great day how small in comparison our tears will be to our joy.
Anyway, as I began thinking more about this passage I thought of three things that these verses tell us about God.  I want to share with you all the three truths in hopes that it can encourage you too!

God Knows our Pain

Whatever you are walking through, these verses tell us that God knows our every tear.  God is with you through each hardship.  He is always for us and never against us.  Even when the storms seem to be too much for us to bear, we can call out to God and praise Him for all that He still is to us!

God Remembers

God remembers each trial we walk through, even after we get to the other side.  When we look back on all the pain and tears we cried, we will see that God was there with us and He will never have us walk through a trial that isn’t a necessary part of His plan for us.

God is Enough

Trials and pain will come in this life, but nothing can take away God and His love from us.  When the storm is raging, God is all we need.  God is our rock, our refuge, our strength.  God is always for us and He is enough for us.  Even if we were to lose everything and endure the hardest of suffering, God would still be enough for us.

I pray that these truths and this passage can encourage you and your heart.  Whatever you are going through, take comfort in knowing that God is with you and He knows you.  Oh, praise the Lord for the fact that He remembers all of our tears but forgets all of our sins against Him! He truly is an almighty and great God! I don’t know about you, but even amidst my trials, all I can say is I am so thankful.

Bible Verses About Trust

Bible Verses About Trust
When it comes to trusting the Lord, what does the Bible have to say?
The Bible is full of countless verses to help us as we choose to take that step of faith and trust in the Lord.  Whatever storm you’re facing, I promise you, there is a verse for it.  I’m so thankful for God’s word that is always speaking to me throughout each season of my life.  All of the verses in the Bible are meant to give us strength and comfort as we go through this life.  They are meant to convicts us and propel us in the right direction.  God’s word, ultimately is meant to lead us closer to Him.
Today I thought I’d share with you a few of my favorite verses on trust.  I could probably fill pages and pages with all the scriptures in the bible that talk about trusting in the Lord but for this post, I will just focus on sharing my favorites. So here you go!
Proverbs 3:5-6 – “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” 
Isaiah 26:3 – You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.”
Psalm 37:4-5 – “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.”
Psalm 28:7 – “The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.”
Psalm 118:8 – “It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man.”
Psalm 91:1-2 – “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most-Highwill rest in the shadow of the Almighty.I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
Psalm 56:3-4 – “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”
Romans 15:13 – “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
May these verses be an encouragement to your heart as you trust in Him each day.  If there are any verses that have helped you in your walk to trust him more I’d love to hear. Let me know in the comments what some of your favorite verses are!

Choosing to Trust

Choosing to Trust
“I will trust you, God. Even when it’s hard. When with all my heart I wish to go the other way. I will trust you, God. Down every path, you lead me. Because I know deep in my heart, Yours is the way that’s best. I will trust you, God. Every day and for all my life. And if ever someone asks me why I’ll say it’s because I love you most” {written 3.7.21}
Do you trust God when life is hard? Can you confidently say in the midst of a trial that you trust Him? Yes, it’s one thing to say you trust God when life is going well and you have all your ducks in a row. But it’s a completely different story to say you trust God when your very life is falling apart before your eyes. I’ve been there. I’ve had my plans literally ripped out of my hands. It wasn’t that long ago when God sent me down a path I didn’t want to take. But through it all, I never stopped saying this one thing; I trust you, God. I trust you God and I want you more.
Because I put my trust in God I was able to stand my ground when the biggest and strongest of waves crashed against me. I knew, without a doubt, that God was with me, God was for me, and God wouldn’t let me fall. Somehow the path I was on, even though it was filled with much pain, was a part of God’s plan for me and I chose to trust Him through it.
My dear friend, I don’t know what God has asked you to walk through but I have one question for you; Do you trust Him? Do you trust that God has a purpose in all the pain and redirected plans? (okay, that was actually two questions). There is a special type of beauty that happens when we choose to let go of the way we want our lives to go and embrace the path that God lays out before us. It may feel like your world is going to come to end as soon as you let go, and you know what? Maybe it will. Maybe your world and your plans will have to die so that God’s ultimate plan can come to be. But that’s okay because His ways are better.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9)
If you are facing a hard situation and God is asking you to trust Him, I simply want to encourage you to trust Him more. Take that step and don’t look back. Put your trust in God hold and onto Him during the hard days. Trusting Him is the best thing you can do when the trials of life come. And did you know that when you choose to trust Him there will also be certain benefits that come along with it:

Trusting Him Leads to Peace

Trusting the Lord leads to the truest form of peace. Jesus said in John “my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27) When we surrender our hearts to God and choose to trust in Him there is a special kind of peace that fills our souls. This peace is not superficial. Often times when we refuse to trust God in the areas of our lives we try to create our own sense of peace. We constantly tell ourselves everything is ‘ok’ in an attempt to convince ourselves that we have peace. But if you have to convince yourself that you have peace, that’s not really peace. The peace that comes from trusting in God is a peace that passes understanding. It’s something that God gives to all his children when they are walking in his ways.
If you want this peace, choose to trust Jesus. Trust in Him and ask Him to fill your heart with His peace. You will be surprised. Even on the hardest of days His peace can come and overfill your soul.
“The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7)

Trusting Him Leads to Blessing

Trusting in the Lord also leads to blessing. Granted, the blessing doesn’t always come right away. Sometimes we have to wait a long while before the blessing comes. But you can rest assured that choosing to trust in God through hard times will never go to waste. If God is asking you to walk away from something that you thought was good, and you stay faithful to Him, there will be a blessing. Whether it’s a blessing you’ll receive here on earth, or in heaven, God will reward you for choosing to trust Him. As you trust Him, hold firm to the truth that God is using all things in your life for your good and His glory.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
So I will ask you one more time. Will you trust Him today? Will you choose to stand firm in God and His love for you as the waves come crashing down around you? When times are hard the most beautiful thing you can do is cry out to God and say; I trust you. I don’t know what you’re doing, but I trust you. God smiles down on each one of us as we take the step of obedience to trust and follow him. Trusting the Lord may be hard, but it is worth it. Trust him when it’s hard and watch as God becomes nearer and dearer to you than you could have ever imagined.

3 Tips For Spiritual Numbness

3 Tips For Spiritual Numbness
~ Blog post by Autumn Cockrell ~
“Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” (Psalm 27:14)
Have you ever experienced spiritual numbness?
I know that all Christians, at some point in their walk with the Lord, have been there. The Word feels like just a book, prayers feel like you are talking to the air, and you no longer want to worship. Hymns and worship songs are empty words rolling off your tongue. You can’t believe that you used to be on fire for the Lord because now you feel empty. 

I understand how you feel dear reader; because I’m there again myself. 

I’m currently walking through a season of grief. I did not think it would hit me like this. At first, I was okay, sad, but okay. I was able to say, “But God is still good!” even after receiving the horrible news that brought on this season of grief. And then, I went to church. Spiritual numbness came upon me and it has yet to leave me. 
In this time, I have three things I’ve been doing. No, I don’t want to do them, but I know giving up these three practices would be dangerous to my faith and trust in God. So, dear reader, if you are in a place of numbness and feel as if your faith is on the brink of destruction, these tips are for you. 

1. Study your Bible

Don’t just read your Bible, study it. I know, dear friend, you don’t want to right now. You want to put your Bible on the highest shelf and forget about it, but you must study His word. Pick a book and start going through it line by line, chapter by chapter, writing down what you learn, reading commentaries alongside it, listening to sermons on the particular passage you are reading. Become a student of God’s word, even if it feels like none of this is getting through and melting your heart of stone. 
I would highly recommend Matthew Henry’s commentary on the Bible. It’s a thick one, but it’s been such a great resource to me and has helped me dive into chapters of the Bible I haven’t been able to understand. Or, you can always use the good old internet to look up commentaries by many great Bible scholars. If you are like me and prefer a physical book, check your church library or ask your pastor what he recommends. There is a whole world of resources out there, all written by those who want to help, encourage, and move your forward in the studying of His word. 

2. Pray

This one is personally the hardest for me to build up the courage to do. In times of spiritual numbness, I feel as if God is just not listening to me. I know others feel this way too. But the Bible always reminds us that God listens. 
“Blessed be God, because He has not rejected my prayer or removed His steadfast love from me!” (Psalm 66:20)
“And this is the confidence that we have toward Him, that if we ask anything according to His will He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of Him.” (1 John 5:14-15)
The last sentence of 1 John 5:15 is key. It does not mean the God gives us whatever we ask for, because sometimes we are unaware of what we are asking for is wrong or not a part of His will for our lives. It means that God hears us, He hears our prayers, and He gives us what He has planned. That could mean yes, He will give you relief from this numbness, but it has to last a little while longer. He will give you a spouse, a child, a better relationship with your family, but in His timing. 
Pray dear reader. Pray during this season of numbness and know that not only does He hear, but He will give your relief when He sees it fit. I know that you will look back on this time of numbness and see the fruit that God grew. 

3. Ask for prayer

In this season of numbness, I have felt as if my faith was on the brink. I can say that now, I understand the temptation to turn away from the faith, to run from God and never turn back. This is, however, a temptation that needs to be fought against. We must remember: if you are truly a child of God, you cannot lose your salvation! But, when walking through a season of spiritual numbness, praying against these temptations can feel like a daunting task. 
This is when the prayers of the saints are to be greatly coveted. It can be embarrassing to ask for prayers, to admit you are struggling because you never know what people will say. Some people will embrace you in your time and lift you up to the Lord. Others will be awkward and sidestep away from the subject (yes, it happens, please don’t be that person). Either way, asking for prayer in a time of numbness is a way to practice humility and to have the prayers of the saints covering you.
Asking for prayers can also be beneficial if you simply cannot bring yourself to pray. Now, I’m not saying don’t pray. I am saying I understand there are times when you are too numb to pray and having others covering you in prayers can give peace to your troubled soul. 
“Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” (James 5:16)
Finally, I wanted to give a word of encouragement to you walking through spiritual numbness: It will end, there will be a fire in your soul for the Lord soon. I can’t tell you when, but it will come soon dear reader. Wait on the Lord, take courage, wait on the Lord. 
~ Blog post by Autumn Cockrell 

Unlocking Doors

Unlocking Doors
Hello lovely people! I have been realizing something that I think is kinda cool and I want to share it with you all today!
I’ve been noticing that in these last few months my walk with God has really changed… like, a lot.  God has asked me to walk through some difficult seasons and I have experienced a new closeness with God as result.  And this new closeness feels more real than all the other times in the past.
Well, I’ve been thinking about all the times that God has been bringing to a place of surrender. Let me tell you all, I’ve had my share of having to surrender my plans to the Lord.  Big plans, little plans, life-changing plans, and everything in between.  It doesn’t help that I’m also a planner and thought I had my entire life figured out since I was just a young girl.
But something beautiful would happen after each act of surrender.  Each time I surrendered something to God my relationship with God would take on a new level. It was as if taking the step of surrender was a key opening a door that led me into a deeper closeness with God. But I soon learned that just one time isn’t enough. Surrender is something I had to keep doing. Once I opened one door, I would soon find another one behind that.

Each door was taking me closer to Jesus and his love for me.

I don’t know if you’re like me and like having visuals that help you understand things in life and faith.  But this idea of a key unlocking doors has really helped me understand the process of surrender. As we live this life and choose to follow Jesus down the paths He has for us there will be many doors we must face. These doors are a vital step in our walk. They appear when we reach a point where we have to surrender something that we have been focusing too much on and choose to follow God. It’s not going to be easy to make these decisions of surrender and sometimes we come to the door and we think it’s a dead end. But when we take the step, insert the key, and unlock the door, by giving our desires to God, the most beautiful thing happens. The door opens up and we find ourselves on new ground with our Lord and Savior. He fills our hearts with a new love and closeness to Him and gives us the strength we need to keep on following Him.

We find ourselves one door closer to our dear Savior’s arms.

I pray that on my journey, each time I reach a new door I’ll be able to take the step of surrender and choose to follow Jesus through it because I know that there will be deeper joy on the other side. And I hope that this idea can help you too as you keep on following Jesus through your doors and grow closer to him in your walk.
So let this be your biggest takeaway from this post, each door and act of surrender we walk through will bring us closer to our dear Savior.  And that is the most beautiful place to be.

Whose House are you Building?

Whose House are you Building?

I have a question for you all today; whose house are you building?

When you look at your life and all the choices you have made, all the passions you have pursued, whose house are you building?  Do your choices reflect God and the furthering of His kingdom or are they focused on you and the plans you have for your life.  Are you using your time to build a name for yourself or is your life building up God’s name?
Today I opened up my Bible to the book of Haggai.  I’m currently reading through the old testament prophets and Haggai was the next one.  Haggai is only two chapters so it didn’t take me long to read through all of it.  It’s a very short book and I honestly didn’t think I’d pull much truth out of it.  But as I began reading I started to see many truths and connections pop out at me.  And I want to share with you some of what God was speaking to me through this little book in the Bible.
In the first few verses of Haggai God has a message to his people and He tells them to stop and consider their ways. The time has finally come for them to begin rebuilding the Lord’s temple;
This is what the Lord Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. Go up into the mountains and bring down timber and build my house, so that I may take pleasure in it and be honored,” says the Lord. “You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away. Why?” declares the Lord Almighty. “Because of my house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with your own house. Therefore, because of you, the heavens have withheld their dew and the earth its crops. I called for a drought on the fields and the mountains, on the grain, the new wine, the olive oil and everything else the ground produces, on people and livestock, and on all the labor of your hands.” (Haggai 1:7-11)
The temple of the Lord that Solomon had built had been destroyed and God spoke through the prophet Haggai the message to rebuild the temple. But first God is telling his people to consider their ways.  He is saying to them that nothing they set out to do will succeed because they failed to listen and obey.  While the Lord’s house sat in ruins, the people were busy working on their own houses and not heading God’s commands.
This is a sad condition to be found in before the Lord.  I can only imagine the shame to people of God must have felt.  Here they were, God’s chosen people.  They are loved by God and God has given them everything they need.  God has asked them to build His house but instead, they focus on their house and their life.  Building their house was more important to them than building the house of the Holy and Almighty God who saved them.

As I read  I began to feel the conviction set in my heart.  How often do I also spend my time and my efforts into building my house.  Each day I try hard to make a name for myself and to make my life live up to all of my expectations.  All my effort is pouted into making my life, well, my life.  But what about God’s house? What about all the things God has asked me to do?  the reality is that I am only here on earth because of God. Yer, I don’t head His voice like I should.  Like the Israelites, I care more about my house, my plans.
Oh, how it must hurt God to see me, His child, chasing after my plans and my dreams.  Spending all my time building up my house and my reputation, when He is the one who deserves all the glory.  I exist to worship Him. God has asked me to build His house, not my house, and I have failed him so many times.

God has given me a command. the same command as the Israelites.  He has asked me to build His house and that is the purpose of my life here on earth.

Dear reader, this call goes out to you as well. Our purpose here on earth is not so that we can chase our dreams, have successful lives, and pursue fun.  No, my friend, this is not so.  God has a purpose for each of His children and for our lives here on earth.  God has asked us, just like the Israelites to build his house.  In the great commission, God says – “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”(Matthew 28:19-20)  We are to go out and tell all the world about Jesus.  Our role here on earth is to tell others about the truth.  This means that our life on earth is not about us, but about furthering God’s kingdom!
When you consider your life, are you like the Israelites, building your own house, and ignoring the call that God has given you?  I know that I have found myself there many times.  Even today as I write this, I am ashamed of all the chances I have missed because my focus was not in the right place.  But the Lord never stopped crying out to the Israelites. Finally, they heard and they listened.  The next verse in Haggai says;
Then Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, Joshua son of Jozadak, the high priest, and the whole remnant of the people obeyed the voice of the Lord their God and the message of the prophet Haggai, because the Lord their God had sent him. And the people feared the Lord.” (Haggai 1:12)
The people turned back to the Lord, they feared the Lord, and they build His house.  If we ever find ourselves chasing after our own desires and building our house instead of the Lord’s house.  We can be thankful that our God is a God who gives us grace.  He always gives us the chance to start over and begin building again.
So, as I end this post, I want to simply ask the question; whose house are you building?  If you are not building the Lord’s house, you are building a house that will not last.  You are storing up treasure here on earth that will not remain with you when eternity comes.  When the Lord calls us all home someday, what will we show him?  All the things we’ve done for ourselves, or all the ways we have striven to further his kingdom and build his house.

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.  But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21)
Oh, how I long for God to look on my life and be pleased with how I chose to spend my time. I would rather I live a poor, lonely life, that proclaims the gospel to this world than have all the good things of this world and hear the Lord say I could’ve done more for Him. I want to build the Lord’s house and I pray each day that He will help me choose Him.

It is my hope and prayer that you too will be building the Lord’s house.

Bible Verses for Waiting

Bible Verses for Waiting
If you find yourself in a season of waiting, it can be hard.  It’s easy to get discouraged.  When other’s seem to be getting all the things you desire and God keeps telling you to wait.  Trust me, waiting for God’s timing in all things is worth it.  He has a plan and purpose for everything in your life.  Just because He is asking you to wait now doesn’t mean He won’t bring the good things you desire into your life later.  And when you wait for His way and His timing it will be so much better than anything you can imagine.
If God is telling you to wait, I just want to tell you that you aren’t alone, even though at times it may feel like you are alone.  One of the best sources of comfort during these times is God’s word.  We can find strength and comfort in God’s word to keep on waiting for  His good purposes to play out in His perfect timing.  As you wait, I want to share with you some of my favorite verses that have helped me in my times of waiting.

Bible Verses for Times of Waiting

“I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living! Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!” (Psalm 27:13-14)

 

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

 

“but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)

 

“The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.” (Lamentations 3:25)

 

“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” (Romans 12:12)

 

“Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains.  You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.” (James 5:7-8)

 

“Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful. (James 5:11)

 

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. (Philippians 1:6)

I pray these verses will encourage your heart and give you strength.
If you have any favorite verses that have helped you through hard seasons of waiting, I’d love to know which verses!  Share in the comments the ways and verses that God has used to encourage you during seasons of waiting.