It is easy to look around and find things in this world to fear. Some are valid, others are outrageous. However, the enemy can use these fears to invade our mind and overtake our perspective. It is easy for him to fill our mind with seemingly realistic scenarios that flood our hearts and minds with anxiety. It is not as easy for us to fight these fears. We must be intentional about taking every thought into captivity and choosing to think on things that are right, true, pure and praiseworthy. We must analyze every thought, every concern, every fear and compare them to the truths found in God’s Word. Truth: God is love. Truth: God will never leave us. Truth: God is for us. Truth: God is Jehovah Jireh, our provider. Truth: We can trust God.

Ultimately, we find a repeated truth, in fact, a repeated command in Scripture: do not fear. This phrase is repeated in many instances, to multiple people. Each time, we find the assurance that God and His presence is greater than anything we might fear. In the instance of Isaiah 41:10, God is reminding his people, the Israelites, that He is with them. His presence changes everything. They did not need to fear because He was with them. They did not need to be discouraged because He was the One providing their strength and victory.

This is true for any of us, His children, today. The same God who created the universe, the One who controls all things; He is with you. He is your God. He is your strength. He is your source of help. He is the One who holds you up. It is God who provides and protects. Trust in Him. Will you say, as David did in Psalms 56:3, “When I am afraid, I will put my trust in you.”?

What is your go-to truth verse whenever you are battling fear?

There are several apps available for mapping out To Do lists. However, I personally find the following method to be much simpler and more efficient for me.  

  • Using a OneNote folder or Google Doc, write down everything that needs to be done, and just drop it under the correct date it is going to be accomplished.
    • When using Google Docs you can bold each date so it shows up in the Document Outline for easy access. From the Document Outline, you can click on a date to jump to that portion of the document.
  • As tasks are completed, mark them off. If you do something that was not on the list, go back and add it to the list, then cross it off.
    • It is beneficial to enter this in italics so that you can see how often the unexpected arises. This may also help understand why any uncompleted items were not done.
    • Note: I use live links to some of the specific items to be completed. This saves time from having to hunt for documents, websites, etc.
  • When planning the week, sit down and add items for each day.
    • I keep my list set up several weeks out, and add things such as meetings, calls, time off, and other tasks I know of in advance. This helps with planning, so I don’t overbook items, or forget about important meetings.
  • In OneNote, this can be organized within a folder, using different tabs for each week, and typing in the dates for each one.
  • Click here to access the Google Doc template I created. You can create a copy and edit it to fit your own needs.
    • Benefit of either Google Doc or OneNote: it can be pulled up from any device in any location for easy access at any time.

 

 

Anyone who has traveled with kids for any amount of time has fallen prey to the standard, “Are we there yet?”. The longer the trip, the more often you will hear it. There are many factors that play into how often and how many times you will be asked this question: The age of the child, the length of the trip, the level of anticipation for the destination, just to name a few. At a young age, children have no concept of time. They don’t know how long an hour is, they simply know they are tired of being on the road, and want to get where they are going.
While we do eventually grow to understand time a little better, may we never outgrow the anticipation of our destination. We are on a journey. Hebrews 13:14 “For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come.”
We have a promise of a great destination ahead, so don’t lose hope in the journey. Let your life echo the words of Paul in Philippians 3:14, “I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.” Press on, my friends. Persevere. Live with anticipation for a greater destination.

 

 

 

I love a quiet evening spent with my little one, gazing at the stars. On a clear night, we can look up and see stars so numerous we lose count. In these moments, I’m reminded of God’s promise to Abram in Genesis 15:5. “Then the LORD took Abram outside and said to him, “Look up into the sky and count the stars if you can. That’s how many descendants you will have!”
As Abram gazed at the stars that cloudless night, he must have been filled with awe and wonder. However, my mind takes me to the following evenings in weeks, months and years to come, when perhaps he looked up only to see a cloudy sky with no visibility. What thoughts crossed his mind? Descendants as numerous as the stars…what stars?
Even on the cloudiest of nights, the validity of the promise didn’t change, the visibility did. Even when you can’t see it, God is still at work. He is always faithful, always true. His Word does not return void. What promise are you still believing for? Don’t lose faith. Trust God, even when it’s cloudy. 

“I am forever grateful that in continually changing times, we serve an unchanging God…When everything else is different, this is the same: We can still trust Him.”

This was undoubtedly a very different first day of school. We couldn’t walk our 3rd grader to her classroom. We didn’t meet the teacher in person. We won’t be having lunch with her. There was not a three mile long car line. For the time ever, we had to pick out matching masks for all her outfits. The list goes on and on.
However, I would rather focus on the things that are the same. What was not different about today?
  • God is still in control. He is with her every step of the way. (Is. 41:10) I couldn’t walk those halls and pray, but God will walk those halls with her every day.
  • He still gives his angels charge over her to protect her in all her ways (Ps 91:11).
  • He is the same God this year on this first day of school as He was last year and all the years before that (Heb 13:8).
  • He still cares about every concern that races through my mind, and I will continue to trust Him with every thought (1 Peter 5:7).
I am forever grateful that in continually changing times, we serve an unchanging God. We have a God on our side who knows the unknown, sees the unforeseen, and controls the things beyond our control. When everything else is different, this is the same: We can still trust Him. So, what are you trusting God with today? What is out of your control, that you can leave in His control?