How could I forget?

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In yesterday’s sermon, the pastor said, “if God never did another thing, He still deserves all the glory.” So true. Yet, when I pondered what he said, I realized I don’t live that way.

When a crisis hits, I don’t immediately remember all that God has done for me. I jump to “what if” scenarios. I sit in the “this is impossible” or “I can’t handle this.” mode. When reality is, I can handle this if I lean on God. Yet, that isn’t my first thought. It often isn’t even my 2nd or 3rd thought. Sometimes it requires a friend to nudge me back to God’s reality before I get my mindset on things above.

How could I forget the time I pulled onto the freeway in tears after a devastating meeting at church and my dearest friends were in the car in front of me? We both pulled over and I got hugs and encouragement.

How could I forget my son crying in the back seat as I drove him to the ER to get stitches in his leg? As soon as I prayed for God to comfort and soothe him, my son stopped crying and he said the pain was gone.

How could I forget the sunset and sunrise every day?

How could I forget the death and resurrection of Jesus, God’s son?

How could I forget all He’s done so easily? The answer is, the enemy. His goal is to distract me. He wants to keep my focus on myself and my problems, not the One who can hold my hand through it all. The enemy want me to forget. He doesn’t want me to get help and strength from God. He wants me to crumble and be ineffective. For when I remember, God gets the glory.

If God never did another thing, He deserves all the glory. Every day. Every moment. In good times and in bad. In sickness and in health. In sunshine and in rain. In everything. He did the ultimate thing, sacrificed His son, Jesus for our disobedience (sin) and gave us eternal life if we believe in Him. That was more than enough. Yet, we also get the sunrise, sunsets, comfort in times of pain, miracles, hope, joy and on and on. We get more than enough all the time. Let’s not forget – regardless of our circumstances. He deserves all the glory. Let’s not forget!

Dream Big! Pray Big!

 

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New Year New You

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How is that for a New Year’s blog title? Fitting, right? It isn’t true though. We don’t get a do over because it’s January 1. We bring all the junk from last year into the new year. We may think we are going to do it all differently but reality is, we won’t. Unless, we make one change – put God first. Honestly, all your efforts will fail unless you are choosing Him. You may succeed for a bit. You may even find new things that peak your interest. Over time, new problems replace the old ones. New disappointments fill your heart. It’s life. It’s tough. Without God, it’s impossible to live new. How to get a new you for the new year? God.

With all New Year resolutions, they say to start small. Baby steps gets you there. Slow and steady wins the race. I heard a suggestion on the radio that if you plan to increase your exercise, start with a goal to exercise one day a week. Once you made that a habit, add a second day and eventually a third and so on. If you start with 5 days of exercise, you will burn out with all the others who started at the gym in January and are sipping lattes at Starbucks by February.

So I suggest, start spending time with God one day a week (or one day more than you normally do). You can read the Bible, listen to a Christian song, read a devotional, pray, journal or just sit in silence listening to Him. Let God be your New Year’s resolution. More time with Him.

“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” – 2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT

Isn’t that what we all want? A new life in the new year. A fresh start. A new beginning. What does it mean to belong to Christ? It means you are part of His family with God. It means you have a relationship with Him. When you believe that Jesus is God’s son and He died on your behalf, you became a part of God’s family.

God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ.  – Ephesians 1:5 NLT

Embrace God. Let Him make you new for the New Year. Abide with Him. Spend time with Him. Start with one more day a week than you are already doing. It’ll be the best New Year’s resolution you have ever made and kept.

Dream Big! Pray Big!