Remember the Miracles

This was my favorite place in our new home when we bought it. Boxes stacked high, rooms feeling huge and empty.

We had been taking trips out of our apartment with our pickup truck until it was really dark the night before. So, our first morning in our first home when we woke up, we started exploring in the light- seeing all the angles the sun hit the Windows.

I remember worshiping God in the house that day, because Jonathan and I had been through a lot. We didn’t think we’d own a home that quickly, or both be in that place where profession and passion collide. God had planned it all.

As we ran around our house in the light of day, yelling, “honey, over here! Look at this room”… I then settled into this space. No furniture. I said to him, “let’s take a moment to be grateful for the goodness of God, and vow to help each other remember it when times get hard again. Let’s vow to be satisfied with the simplest of life’s pleasures, and to help others the way people have helped us.”

Psalm 105 is all about remembering God’s miracles.

Buying a little house and both having good jobs may sound like such a first-world FACT: but if you’d seen where we’d been, and where we had come to… With how much was in our bank account, you’d be shouting ‘miracle’, too!

This is what Psalm 105 says:

“Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done. Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced, you his servants, the descendants of Abraham, his chosen ones, the children of Jacob. He is the Lord our God; his judgments are in all the earth. He remembers his covenant forever, the promise he made, for a thousand generations, the covenant he made with Abraham, the oath he swore to Isaac. He confirmed it to Jacob as a decree, to Israel as an everlasting covenant: “To you I will give the land of Canaan as the portion you will inherit.”

and he sent a man before them— Joseph, sold as a slave. They bruised his feet with shackles, his neck was put in irons, till what he foretold came to pass, till the word of the Lord proved him true.
He made him master of his household, ruler over all he possessed, to instruct his princes as he pleased and teach his elders wisdom.” Psalm‬ ‭105:1-11, 17-19, 21-22‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Today, just like every day, I sit in my favorite room, talking to God, knowing he is in control.

It’s not about owning a house or having jobs. It’s about Who you call upon at the first sight of trouble, Who you remember because of moments like these: God. Provider. Healer. Restorer of relationships. Giver of peace. Comforter. Savior. Friend. Dad.

What “monuments of miracles” have you set in place, to remind you of God’s goodness?

Just a Cup of Coffee?

Starbucks’ alleged statement that “if you don’t support gay marriage, we don’t want your business” may or may not be true.

There are Christians in the camp who believe our rights as believers are truly being taken away — all because something that is against the Bible’s teaching was legalized in our country.

Yet the Bible says Christians don’t have rights. The Son of Man didn’t even have a place to lay his head.

I wish we weren’t segregating ourselves as Christians… Now we won’t buy Starbucks, Doritos, or from any company that features gay marriage in their marketing.

What God is calling for in the Bible… what Jesus actually did; I just don’t see happening. Rather: I see Christians on one side of a chasm, and a dying world on the other. All because we don’t appreciate some marketing?
To me, Christians should be rubbing shoulders with people who need Jesus, just like Jesus himself did 3,000 years ago.

Jesus died to save ALL people. We’re all equally messed up. So what’s with the pointing of fingers and ranking of sins?

So what is this answer the Bible gives?
God said: 
1. “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and
2. love your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:26-27

I think gay people and Christians, people in state penitentiaries and in Churches, people who struggle with addictions or disorders, or have sticky relationships…. all need to hear the sweet gospel story again, afresh;

God died for you. He loves you that much.

Change the Pattern of My Heart

Why is it when things are going well, or even minor bumps in the road… I can say “God is still in control”…

But when true hardships hit… I lose sight of all things good from my Good Father… like I’ve been dragged up inside a frightening tornado.

It’s not that I’m outright saying, “God, I don’t trust that you’re really in control anymore”, I just lose sight of how He plays into my situation.

I decided today this pattern in my life needs to be broken down, and healed in Jesus’ powerful name.

The words to this song by Amanda Cook are exactly what I needed to hear:

Your love’s not fractured
Its not a troubled mind
It isn’t anxious
Its not the restless kind
Your love’s not passive
Its never disengaged
Its always present-
It hangs on every word we say.
Love keeps it promises
It keeps its word
It honors what’s sacred
Cause its vows are good…
Your love’s not broken
Its not insecure!
Your love’s not selfish
Your love is pure
Cause: You don’t give your heart in pieces, you don’t hide yourself to tease us!

Why would God hide when we need Him most? To tease us? No.
Lord, change this pattern of mine – change it so that every time I’m in trouble I’m already talking to You about it- the God who’s love hangs on every word I say.