Day 71: I CAN’T do THIS!

Life can present us with many challenges. We strive to be the BEST we can be in every situation. In our pursuit of excellence we may find that, like a marathon runner, we hit the WALL.

In what areas have you hit the WALL?  Has exercising and eating right been a challenge for you? It has been for me.  It can be difficult to pursue and stick to a discipline.

Perhaps you are faced with an addiction you can’t kick or a situation you can’t change. What do you do? You can’t do it and neither can I.  We will never have enough willpower to break free or resist.

I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5

We sometimes believe that we can accomplish anything, and quite often, we fall short of what we set out to do. I believe it’s because we are fully relying on ourselves instead of fully relying on God.

We have to make a choice about how we live LIFE. Will it be our way or God’s way?  Our way may not require fortitude or strength. God’s way will.

Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. Proverbs 16:3

May my heart and yours identify the areas in our lives that need to be committed  to the LORD. May we commit all things to You  Lord. May we run with endurance by the power of the Holy Spirit. May we cease from striving and give in all to the one who cares for us. May we cry out to Jesus in surrender and  each proclaim, “I CAN”T do THIS!”.   May we know with confidence how Jesus hears every prayer and plea we have. May we understand that Jesus died on a cross to give us life. Life in Him, where we CAN do all things because it is Jesus Christ Himself who strengthens us. There is NO ONE like You Jesus. In Your name we pray.

 

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Day 44: feast

Today, as I was out to eat with a wonderful friend, I ate a meal that was not just a meal. It was a feast. There was food everywhere and it seemed it would never end. I would have been quite content with the entree, but the meal came with so many extras. There was a soup AND a salad and bread and dessert….it was a feast. It was more than I expected.

We were fortunate to know that when we sat down, we would be served and we could pick anything we wanted off the menu. But what if that wasn’t the case? Have you ever been hungry? REALLY HUNGRY and with no food to be had?

Jesus was faced with the hungry. 5000 of them. And they had a need I’m not sure they even knew they had. They needed to be fed, but there wasn’t anything much to feed them with.

Jesus does the unexpected. He was able to feed 5,000 people with 5 loaves of bread and 2 fishes. What seemed like a little, Jesus turned into a whole lot. He gave thanks and broke it up to the point where there was some left over. 12 small baskets of bread and fish to spare. How is this possible? It was a miracle. It wasn’t ordinary. It didn’t make sense and God made it happen through Jesus Christ His Son. He fed many people with what seemed to be just a little.

When God get’s a hold of things, He meets our needs with abundance. He can do anything, even if we can’t figure out how. He is God. We are not. He takes care of the feeding. We simply eat what He has freely offered us.

May we sit down at the table Jesus has prepared for us. May you and I realize how hungry we really are. May we be filled with all Jesus has to offer us, knowing it will be exceedingly more than we could ever hope or imagine for. May our hearts be filled with trepidation at the work of His hands. There is NONE like Jesus.

Day 9: Unpredictable

Life. This blog is about LIFE! Life is unpredictable. There is just no telling what will be from one moment to the next. The funny thing is, most of the time, we think we know what is going to happen. We make plans and have routines and believe, somehow, that these things will stick and come to fruition, no matter what. Why? Because we say so? Perhaps because it is all we can wrap our minds around.

One thing life can promise: expect the unexpected. Do we? Are we ever really ready for ANYTHING?

Growing up, I used to plan my evening around favorite sitcoms. I knew when they would be on, the characters were predictable, as well as the content. If one of these shows was pre-empted, I would become disappointed.  Or if say, the Fonz was going to soar over a shark in a dare devil stunt, this was a big event. The format was different. It was exciting, but less than routine.  Can you relate? Have you ever been there? This is just a silly example of our routine being trumped and out of our control, but this kind of thing goes on ALL the time. It is life.

We can make plans. We do make plans. We will make plans. We think we are in control. We are mistaken. We are awakened.

We must remember that though we may be prepared for one thing, life may have other ideas. We may be left disappointed, elated, saddened, jubilant, angry….we just don’t know. Life can change in an instance. And in a blink, we may find ourselves face-to-face with “the end of the world as we know it”. REM

Tomorrow isn’t promised. I forget this fact. Do you?

As we look at the tragic events that have recently transpired, I think we come closer, much closer, to recognizing this fact. We are not in control. The world is not in control. It is completely unpredictable. Sometimes devastatingly so.

And our answer: How can we control it better? What can we change so that next time we will be in control? Will striding shoeless through security at every airline do the trick? We hope so. But the world is still unpredictable. Uncertain. Unsafe.

But God. He is predictable. His WORD tells us that He stays the same. He never changes.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Hebrews 13:8

this is Good news!!! this is LIFE!!!

May our hands, yours and mine, unclench and release it’s contents into the capable Hands of an unchanging and just God, knowing we can fully trust Him. May we freely receive His goodness and rejoice in His faithfulness.

 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11