Go Regret Free as You Trust in the Lord

Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken. Psalms 62:1-2 

Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion,which cannot be shaken but endures forever. Psalms 125:11 

October is TRUST month. Ready, Set, Go!

Last week I shared the importance of setting our sights on Trusting Jesus, no matter what. This is our final week focusing our hearts on what it means to trust our Lord. So, let’s look at what it means to our lives when we fully Trust in Him.

 When we take all our concerns and requests to the Lord in humble repentance and submission, we know God will guide us according to his good and perfect will. It doesn’t mean everything will go the way we think it will. But no matter the outcome, we can rest assured that the outcome is the best possible outcome. 

It doesn’t then become something we need to question down the road. It remains the God given answer always, and whatever happens down the road, we can lift our lives up to the Lord as we are guided elsewhere. 

No, you may not understand the outcome at times. You may even question if God heard your prayer. But in all things, as you truly take them to the Lord, you can live a life built on the solid assurance that God is guiding you, as you follow his lead. You are exactly where he desires you to be. There is no question. There is no shaky ground. You are standing on the solid assurance of God’s loving guidance and you will not be shaken. In this confidence, you can go through each day and each decision regret free, standing strong and tall, on solid ground.

Set Your Eyes on Trusting Him

Good day friends!

October is TRUST month. Ready, Set, Go!

Last week I shared the importance of a regular prayer life with your Lord and Saviour as you readied yourself to Trust in Him for your needs and answer to prayer. This week we will look at the importance of SETTING our sights on Trusting Him, no matter what.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6

As mentioned last week, God’s ways are the best ways for our lives and our loved ones. So, as you continue to grow in your personal prayer time with Him, take all your situations, your concerns, and your choices to the Lord and trust him to guide you. If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! Matthew 7:11

Then trust the outcome of the situation. It may not be what you had expected, but trust it to be what is best for your life and the lives of your loved ones, at that point in time. Trust God and his plan for you as you seek him in your life and he will remove the stumbling blocks that have been barriers for you. He will make your path straight. It may mean submitting to another outcome, but even in that, you can trust that it is the right outcome, and he will get you through it, as you continue to depend and trust in Him and his saving love through your Saviour, Jesus!. Then, be prepared to see miracles along the way.

Is there something you’re struggling with: a job, a health issue, a relationship? This week and following, seek the Lord in prayer and in his Word. Ask Him for his guidance for those specific concerns. Then listen and be alert as you live for him. Do not give into your fears, or the unknowns, but trust him for the best outcome, always.  As we live with our eyes focussed on him, seeking him, he will be faithful to answer our pleas, and we can proclaim with David: “My eyes are ever on the Lord, for only he will release my feet from the snare.” Psalm 25:15

God be with you this week, my friend. Brenda

Ready Yourself to Trust Him

Good day friends! October is TRUST month. Ready, Set, Go!

This week we will be looking at what we can do to ready ourselves as we come to trust in our awesome God’s faithfulness to answer our requests. If you haven’t yet, read last week’s devotion A Voice You Can Trust which kicked off our month of focussing and preparing ourselves to TRUST in God’s faithfulness and love for each of us and all that is going on in our lives. Let’s begin…

Now this I know: The Lord gives victory to his anointed. He answers him from his heavenly sanctuary with the victorious power of his right hand. Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. Psalms 20:6-7

Our Heavenly Father desires to bless us, and his ways are the best ways for our lives and our loved ones. But God, with his blessings, is not meant to be viewed like a good luck charm. We don’t go to him just when we want something, trusting that we are going to get exactly what we ask. 

No, we go to him because we know that he loves us. Think about it. He willingly died for us, and there is nothing we could ask that would cost him as much. We go to him like a child to a parent, in the good and the not so good times; when we need help but also when we want to rejoice. 

Infact, in order to begin being assured without a doubt that God is for you and that he is trustworthy, you need to begin a habit of calling on him. Taking everything to God in prayer, and then watch, listen, and experience as he answers you. He is faithful. Therefore, to begin this monthly journey of trusting God with your life and your situations, commit to spending time in prayer each day this week, if you do not already do so. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (Philippians 4:6)

God be with you this week, my friend! Brenda

A Voice You Can TRUST

…a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!” Matthew 17:5

My husband has a distinct and very loud whistle – and some might say ear piercing. However, it is a sound our family loves to hear because it is a sound our children and I know we can trust. As children, when our kids heard the whistle, they knew Dad was calling.

I remember one occasion. We were attending our daughter’s college graduation. Off in the distance, in a massive auditorium, we could see all the graduates begin filing into their seats. Together my husband and I looked intently for our daughter. Thankfully she has beautiful long red hair which a great feature to have in situations like this- you can’t miss the red-headed ant – at least that what they looked like from our seats.  Once we picked her out in the ocean of black gowns, my husband gave out one whistle and her gaze turned immediately in our direction. Within seconds she spotted us waving frantically and she knew we were there cheering her on. 

There were, of course, numerous other times when the whistle was needed in moments of fear. When a member of our family got separated from the pack, my husband’s whistle would sound, and within moments, the lost would find his or her way back to the safety of Mama’s arms. Even when he and I would get separated in a crowd, I’d just listen for the whistle, and it always sounded.

Yes, over the years that whistle was the sound that always let our children, and now grandchildren, know that my husband was close by and that we were all safe. It was the sound we could trust and which we followed, even if we couldn’t quite see him. 

In the same way, we can trust the voice of Jesus, our Good Shepherd. Jesus says, “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me and I lay down my life for the sheep. They will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.” John 10:14-15,16b

 Yes, Jesus calls to us, you and me, and we can trust that his voice will speak truth and lead us to safety. His voice is heard through his word and in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. His voice directs us to repentance and forgiveness. It speaks love and guidance, and draws us to safety and protection. 

It is the voice we can truly trust always, now and when we walk the path from this world into eternity. So, wherever you are right now in your life’s journey, take time to stop, dig into his precious word and listen, and you will hear the Good Shepherd calling you to himself where you will find safety in his loving arms.

Prayer: Dear Jesus, my Good Shepherd, thank you for always calling out for me to stay close to you. Help me to always trust your voice and to not be afraid. In your name I pray. AMEN!

GO Boast In Your Eternal HOPE

Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. Romans 4: 9-11

Over this month, I hope and pray that you have taken the time to be convinced of the assuredness of all that Christ has done for you, for us – you and me. The depth of God’s love and his determined desire to call his beloved creation back to himself. To remove the distance that existed between him and humankind because of the sin that Adam and Eve brought into this world. This reunion is the most intimate steadfast relationship that any person can have, even right now and then into eternity. This eternal hope is only hope on this side of heaven and it is a hope that we can rest in, we can rejoice in, and that guides all we say, do, and think. In all things, may your life be guided by the peace of your eternal hope of all that Christ has done for you and your faith in him. Therefore, by your actions and your words, let your whole being boast in this eternal hope that you are living in right now, that others may see and be drawn to live in it as well.

Set Your Mind – HOPE

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. Romans 4:1-5

Cling to these words which will prove to strengthen you in your salvation. Even in suffering there’s no need to question your eternal hope or God’s presence. But persevere and hold fast to the Lord. You may not like what you are going through, and you may never understand why you must experience certain trials. It may take everything in you. Cling to him. And be sure of this- trials will come your way- it is simply sin in this world. Yes, you will be required to persevere through them. And when they end, you will most likely be changed by them. You will be required to live a new normal, a new you. But in all the trials and all the changes, the one constant, the one hope, is Jesus. With your eyes focussed on him through it all, you will stand even more firm in the end.

Are you enduring suffering of any sort right now? Take it to the Lord in prayer. Ask him to give you strength to persevere, the ability to grow in his wisdom through it, and then give thanks for his ever present help and the assured hope of life with him no matter what, now and for eternity. 

Ready Yourself – HOPE

Wait Patiently in this hope of yours: For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. Romans 8:24-25

“I hope I’m going to Heaven. I think I am.”

Have these words ever entered your mind or come across your lips?

Well, take heart! In Jesus, you never need to question your eternal home. It is not the things you’ve done or haven’t done, but it’s what God has done because of his love for you. In sending Jesus to pay the penalty that your sin deserves; in his life, suffering, death, and resurrection, you have been brought back into life eternal with God. There is no question. This is your eternal hope. Be at peace. Be patient. And in all things seek and rest in your Saviour. 

Take time this week to rest in this eternal hope. Think about all that Jesus has done for you because of his love for you. Take any questioning or doubt to him in repentance and pray that he fills you with his peace and patience. Imagine what you will do when you arrive in his presence. Practice patiently living in this assured hope as you go through the tasks of this week.

Eternal Hope!

Good day friends! I pray your week and weekend went well!

You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 4:6-8

In our world today, the word hope gets a bad rap. When people use the word hope, many times there are a lot of question marks and unknowns around their desired outcomes. For example a bride and groom hope for good weather on their wedding day, or an interviewee hopes to be the successful recipient of the job. In each of the cases, hope is used as a verb, an action word. Something that you or I do. We hope for things. 

However, in Jesus our hope is not a verb where we need ‘to do’ anything. No. Our hope is a noun. It is an actual reality. Our eternal hope is the reality of all that Jesus accomplished on our behalf: forgiveness, reconciliation with the Father, and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. In Jesus, our sure and certain hope of life with our great and awesome God has already begun from the moment that the Holy Spirit and his precious gift of faith entered our hearts. Yes, because of God’s love for you, he provided the only way for us to be reunited to Him, now and for eternity. God did it all, for you!

So go in this hope and in the assurance of God’s love for you, no matter what might come your way this day, this week, this month. Yes, always remember and set your sights on knowing that God loves you so much that because of your sin and despite your sin, Christ died for you! Hold fast to this hope in faith until the day both your faith and hope are no longer needed.

Prayer: Dear Jesus, help me to stay steadfast in my eternal hope- the reality that your death and resurrection has paid the full penalty that my sin deserves and that in you I have been reunited with my Heavenly Father, now and for eternity. In your name alone I pray! AMEN!

Sneak peek to what’s ahead…

Good Day friends! I pray your month of August went well and that your week ahead unfolds according to his will.

As I mentioned at the start of August, I was taking the month of August as a Sabbath-Rest to focus on my own stewardship to my community, church and CoffeeTime. Well, I am excited to share that I will be changing things up for my weekly posts.

The first Monday of every month I will post a devotion on a particular theme. The theme of the devotion will be the theme for the month. For the remainder of the Mondays, I will post scripture in the form of what I like to call ScriptPics – pictures with scripture imbedded on them- along with a few sentences of encouragement or guidance to help you grow further in God’s word for you as you reflect on and incorporate that particular theme in your life over the month.

Ready, Set, Go! will be the outline for the remainder weeks of the month, following the devotion at the start of the month. The second Monday will be to help ready ourselves with regards to the theme with scripture and the help of the Holy Spirit, the third week we will set our minds on what God has called us to be within the theme, and the fourth week we will go with an action to incorporate it into our lives.

It is my hope that we can grow more in His likeness by not rushing through the devotions and jumping around from one theme to another, but study, reflect, and incoroporate God’s word in our lives. I hope you will continue to join me. Also, if you have something on your mind or have an idea for a monthly theme, I’d love to hear from you.

On a side note: I created ScriptPics back at the start of the pandemic and posted them on my facebook and instagram pages. People seemed to enjoy them and found encouragement in them, so I thought they’d be a fun addition to my posts.

God’s continued blessings to you this week ahead and I look forward to our CoffeeTime together next week. In His love and mine, Brenda

A Sabbath-Rest

Good day friends! I pray your week and weekend went well and this post finds you safe and healthy!

There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest…” Hebrews 4:9-11a

I am sharing with you today that I will be having a Sabbath-rest for the month of August which will include abstaining from writing and posting the devotional blogs. It has been over two years since I have taken a Sabbath-rest, and now with the pandemic on its way out (Lord willing), I feel that I can.

As mentioned in my devotion last week, we are coming into an exciting time of church renewal and it is my utmost desire to be ready and to prepare for helping serve in ways that will help meet the needs of my church. However, I am feeling I need a time to prayerfully consider what that may look like and I am finding that I am needing time to get back to just resting in the Lord during my morning times of devotion with him in order to truly seek his will for me.

There is one thing I ask of you. If you are seeking a devotion on a particular piece of scripture or focus, please send me a message. I will use your requests, as best I can, to guide my devotions over this upcoming year.

With renewed focus and clarity, I look forward to enjoying a CoffeeTime with you on Monday, September 6, 2021. God’s continued blessings to you!

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