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In search of deliverance



As we all seek to move forward in the journey of following after Christ, there is one thing that we never want to find in our lives.

It's called idolatry.

To the heart that truly knows Him, this idea ought to bring a cringe to our souls as we think of giving our worship to anything of waste.

We know in our minds that He's the One true God, and yet our affections seem to constantly fight to be given to objects holding nothing of value.

Today's small choices



"When we choose deliberately to obey Him, then He will tax the remotest star and the last grain of sand to assist us."
 -Oswald Chambers

Have you ever felt that God is silent? Have you felt as if you're wandering in the darkness, in search of some direction, and there aren't any lights that are turning on? 

Or, maybe you're trying to do His will and yet with every step forward into what seemed right, you're left feeling like somewhere, somehow you got it all wrong. 

Yesterday I heard the quote up above, and was caught by it. I turned it over in my mind and thought about what it means for my life.

You see, we can be pretty good at this whole idea of obedience when it looks fairly heroic. When God asks us to do something that we deem as grand and glorious work, we some how have the instant "yes".

But is that the only time for our obedience? Shouldn't there be smaller yes' paving the way in our Christian lives? 

We can stumble around and wonder why things aren't falling into place. We can trip and falter and begin to doubt, thinking we gave it all our very best, and God just isn't coming through. But let me ask you, are you obedient today? 

Not just in those noble and grand tasks, but are we obedient on today's littlest tasks? 

Are we doing what we know we ought to do, in order to love Him best? 

Are we following His ways in every part of our lives, or only when it works well for us?






If we're giving Him our all-every part of every single day-then there's nothing that will stop Him having His way. 

We will still stumble at times and things aren't always clear, but if obedience is kept our theme then peace will rule our hearts and worry fades away. For the God of the galaxies is walking close beside, and He gives everything that's needed to the heart that is given to obedience. 

Just as a parent knows what's best for their child, so our Father knows what's best for us. 

He will use you in ways you didn't plan, ways that you wouldn't have chosen. But in the end you'll see with unclouded view and understand that His ways are always going to be best.

If you sense some sort of distance, or you wonder why life isn't making sense; if you're praying seems to get you nowhere and you're left wanting something more, look for ways to be obedient today. Take the leap and do what you know you ought. 

You'll soon find that your obedience to Him is one of the very greatest acts of love to your Father, who always knows best.

Perhaps you've felt that urge to wake a little earlier and spend a bit more time with Him. Perhaps it means a letting go of something else you're holding onto besides Christ. Perhaps it's your lack of prayer or your actions against another life. 

Whatever it is that might be that is pulling on you, go ahead and say yes. Take the leap and learn to obey. The reward of your obedience will always far outweigh the price you'll pay for holding anything back.

If you might be called a dreamer



There are countless times in my life when I could be found scribbling away on a pile of blank pieces of paper, filling them full of the plans that I had. Perhaps if you're a fellow dreamer, you can understand.

I made up the goals. I laid it all out. First this step and then the next. I called them my dream-these ideas that I'd chase. I told myself that I could do it all if I just reached up high enough and gave it my all. 

A dreamer is a beautiful thing to be in this world, and yet, it's a messy thing to be when done in the natural ways of the world.

Why it's safe to let it all go


There are times in life when it seems that everything we've got has somehow been tied up in knots. It seems that the harder we try to make things right, the tighter it all gets.

Truth is, that's when we're meant to just let go. 

We let go-not to forget, and not to give up-but to be released from the burden of trying not to mess it all up.

We can let go because Christ never lets go of us. 

We can release our hold on this fragile life, because Christ never moves from His place of control.

Just as He stood sovereign on the day that He breathed this whole wide world into existence, so He stands in control of it all now.

Just as He stood as Lord over the great flood waters, so He stands sovereign over the raging seas inside of our lives.




Our letting go might make us feel like all is falling out of control, but in reality, it's simply a step out of the way so that He can have His better way.

When we refuse to release our hold on the way that our life goes, we are refusing to let the God of the universe run our life the way He intended to from the beginning.

When we try to lend a hand, try to choose the course we think we should take, we dim the light of His unfathomable grace. When we try to make it all turn right, we've begun to limit His power within our lives.

A stranger form of grace


If you're life is anything like mine, you have quite a few days in your life that might be marked with confusion. You can have a hundred days in a row that seem to make a crystal clear pattern, and you can have a consistent row of happenings that seem to lead in a certain direction, and then you can have one single day when nothing seems to make sense at all.

So what do we do with these days that just don't seem to make sense? The twirling circumstances around us don't match what we thought would come next. Maybe it's a storm that seems to creep up on us with out a hint of warning, or maybe it's a blank, empty nothingness when you thought for sure there was going to be something of a grander size.

When God's forever on-time, but never on-demand



This past week I turned through the pages of Ann Swindell's Still WaitingI had only gotten as far as the first few paragraphs of the introduction before something hit me good and hard. 

"God's people are often called to be a waiting people-not because He is unkind or unloving, but rather the exact opposite. God's people are a waiting people because He is an on-time God, not an on-demand God." 
-Jess Connolly (author of Wild and Free)

Can a single one of us argue that those who follow Christ are strangers to ever waiting in life? There's a place hidden deep in each one of us that could easily bear the label of the place in which we must sit still and wait.

What's true about authenticiy


We all want it-this life of authenticity. You'll hear it a thousand times in our society. It's a word that this generation has adopted as it's very favorite, it would seem.

Perhaps it's the fact that the idea holds a sort of beauty, and that beauty charms us, enthralls us, captivates our full attention. 

Our Instagram feeds give us away in this whole pursuit. They show what our hearts are after, and what it is that we crave. We're after authentic-there's no doubt about it. But what is it, I wonder, that authentic really means?