Tuesday, September 19, 2017

I'm Coming To You

This is a song in one of my latest books. I won't give anything away by saying who wrote it or which book it's in, but I wanted to share it with all of you who read my blog. It's been coming to mind often whenever I'm feeling stressed and overwhelmed by life and various trials, and speaking (or singing) these words to God brings me peace. I hope with whatever you are facing or watching others struggle with, you will cry out to God and allow Him to bring you rest as you leave it all in his hands.



I’m coming to You
I’m trusting You
To guide my steps;
I’m coming to You
I’m trusting You
To know the way;
I’m coming to You
I’m trusting You
To hear my prayers;
I’m coming to You
I’m trusting You
To make it all okay

There is sickness; There is pain
There is brokenness; there is shame
There is sin; and there is fear
But I’m trusting that You are near

There is no other God
And there never will be;
You alone can save me
You alone can rescue me

So, I’m coming to You
I’m trusting You
To provide;
I’m coming to You
I’m trusting You
To walk by my side;
I’m coming to You
I’m trusting You
To hold me close;
I’m coming to You
I’m trusting You
To heal my weary heart;

There is sickness; There is pain
There is brokenness; there is shame
There is sin; and there is fear
But I’m trusting that You are near

There is no other God
And there never will be;
You alone can help me
You alone can carry me

I’m coming to You
I’m trusting You
To be my God;
I’m coming to You
I’m trusting You
To make a way;
For You are mighty to save
Only You make it okay
My Hope
My Savior
The Way

Only You, God
My Hope
My Savior
The Way



There is no other God--there never has been, and there never will be. I, yes,I, am the LORD, and there is no other savior. (Isaiah 43:10-11 NLT)




Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The Right Path

Show me the right path, O LORD; point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you. (Psalm 25:4-5)


Do you know what road you're on?


The Bible talks about two different roads in life. There's the path of blessing and the path of destruction. Have you ever thought about the path you are following?


A path is a series of choices. One mistake, one poor thought, one negative act: those are steps. Not much damage can be done with a single step; but a series of mistakes, poor thoughts, and negative acts can land you in a heap of trouble or a pit of misery. Likewise, one good choice, one good thought, one good deed is a step in the right direction; and continuing on the right path will take you to good places.


Every day is a series of choices. Some people make a lot of bad choices every day. Some make a lot of good choices. And some dance around a lot. A good step here, a bad step there—they mostly go in circles.


When we think of following a specific path in life, we often think in terms of big goals and destinations: Making the team. Winning the championship. Getting good grades. Getting into college. Having a great career. You have a goal in mind and take the necessary steps to get there. You would never consider doing the opposite. You don't settle for going in circles. You're focused. You have a destination and take the best path.


But when it comes to daily life, to living a path of blessing or one of misery and pain, we don't think so much about the road we're on. We often end up somewhere, look around, and think, How did I get here? This isn't the kind of life I want to be living, so why am I?


Jesus talked about the "narrow road" and the "wide path". (Matthew 7:13-14) The wide path is easy to follow but leads to places you don't want to be. It's easy to go along with the crowd. It's easy to do what your friends are doing. It's easy to speak an unkind word here and ignore a need there. It's easy to lie or break the rules or do whatever feels good.


But the narrow road leads to life, blessings, and happiness. It's harder because a lot of good choices are necessary. It's easier to hate than to love. It's easier to hold a grudge than to forgive. It's easier to be mean than to be nice. It's easier to ignore the truth than to listen. It's easier to complain than to have a helpful attitude. It's easier to give in than to stand your ground. It's easier to give up than to hope for better days.


But here's the good news. The narrow road is so much better, and you don't have to walk the path alone. In Psalm 25, David cried out to God this prayer: Show me the right path, O LORD; point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you.


It's a life of blessing and joy. If that's what you desire, you can have it! Jesus will show you the right steps to take. He will give you specific instructions. He will lead you. He will teach you. He will save you when you're tempted to go another way. He will help you to make the harder choice. All day long you can put your hope in Him, and He will be there every step of the way—even to pick you up when you fall and carry you when you can't take another step.



He leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths. (Psalm 23:2-3)





Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188.  All rights reserved.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Choices

We live in a society of choices, freedoms, and independence. We can choose what we want to do when we grow up, what hobbies and activities to try, what friends to have, whom to marry, whom to worship, what to do with our bodies, what music to listen to, what movies to see...

But just because we can make our own choices, doesn't mean one choice is just as good as another. The choices we make matter. We can make bad choices and good choices. We can make good choices or better choices. We can make thoughtless choices and well-informed ones.

In the Old Testament, we can read about a choice God's People made that wasn't good. God told them they didn't need a human king, that He would be their King; but the people insisted on having a leader they could see. So, God gave them a king named Saul, but it didn't turn out well for Israel. Saul and others after him were often corrupt. They didn't listen to God and lead the people well, resulting in the destruction of their nation rather than its prosperity. The people had a choice to make, God told them what the best choice was—to depend on Him to lead them; but they made a different choice. The wrong choice.

The Bible is full of stories like this. God created people and gave them free will to make their own choices. He also instructed them in which choices to make—what was best for them; The same is true for us today, and my question for you is this: With the choices you have to make today, tomorrow, and in the future, how are you going to make those choices?

Will you follow the advice of society, family, friends? Will you make choices based on how you feel? Will you go by what you can see and understand? Or will you listen to God and choose His best for your life?

Sometimes listening to God involves following the advice of others, how you feel, and what you can see and understand; but not always. How can you know? It's all about knowing the One who is leading you.

In Jeremiah 29:11, God tells His People, who were feeling lost at the time, "I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you."  And later He says this: "I will put my law deep within them...I will write my instructions on their hearts." (Jer. 31:33)

There are right choices, and there are wrong choices. There are good choices and there are better choices. There are thoughtless choices and informed ones. And there is a God who will lead you. He promises that. He loves you. And you can trust Him.




Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths.

Psalm 25:4




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Jeremiah 31:33; paraphrase mine