Had an absolutely awesome time of worship at church this morning. It was homecoming at Enon here in Montevallo. The duo who sang was a father and son who were just fabulous. The son, Austin, is in the 11th grade and he is such a gifted singer already. Had lunch after (we are Baptist, after all 🙂 ) the service and good food all around. Now just being lazy because all school work is completed and nothing major needs to be done!
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
And the peace of God which all comprehension will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
God is in complete control and we must decide to believe that. We cannot allow the devil to control our minds any longer. Choose to use your mind for God.
Matthew 8:13 …”Go, it shall be done for you as you have believed…”
Romans 8:28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose.
Everything that happens to us is not good, but God can take what the devil intends to harm us and use it to grow our faith and make us stronger. We may not always agree with what that looks like, but God is in control. Personally, I find that is a great comfort when things don’t go the way I feel they should.
I spent the day with Amber and we had so much fun. We got mani/pedi’s done, went to 2nd and Charles, had a late lunch/early supper at Wendy’s and then went to Wal Mart where we bought flashlights in case the power goes out again like it did last night.
This morning I am struggling with discouragement. I woke up thinking about the fact that I have no money in the bank or in my wallet, I will not get paid again until the 15th, and all my bills are past due with more coming. My daughter has been unable to find a job even after hundreds of applications and she is suffering from debilitatin headaches. She has no health insurance and with no money I have been unable to take her to the doctor. Somehow I will have to find a way soon before it gets any worse. These things are what I struggle with most. These are my thoughts. I must determine today to replace them with the word of God.
Why are you in despair, O my soul? and why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him for the help of His presence.
I think this may be my scripture for a while. I will write it and post it on my computer at work and I will read it and speak it often.
Deuteronomy 7:22 The LORD your God will clear away theses nations before you little by little; you will not be able to put an end to them quickly, for the wild beasts would grow too numerous for you.
The renewing of our minds will take place little by little. Pride may be one of the “beasts” that will consume us if we receive too much freedom too quickly.
I Peter 5:10 After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you according to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strenthen, and establish you.
Many times suffering precedes liberation. This may be so that God can grow our faith in Him. It may also make us grateful when the liberation does finally come. We can thank God for every victory.