What Does This Mean?

The fury of the snowstorm beats against my windows. I can barely see outside and the flashes of lighting and the bursts of thunder are starting to cause me concern. I’ve never seen all this weather going on at one time. What does this mean? Another sign of the end times?

Life’s situations can be perplexing too at times. Ever wonder why some situation is happening or why it is happening again? Being a software engineer, I have developed an acute analytical ability that seems to permeate into my everyday life. Why is this happening? What does this mean? Sometimes I cry out to God but feel like my cries fall on deaf ears.

Yet, His ears are never deaf and He always hears my cries. “Trust and obey”. “Be still and know that I am God”, the Spirit whispers to me. “Do not be anxious for anything”.

Job’s friends tried to figure out why Job was going through all those difficult trials, yet they were clueless. The Bible says that God’s ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts. Sometimes we will not understand a situation until it has passed.

So I have decided to try a new approach. To trust, to obey, and to rest. God knows what He is doing. I don’t have to understand everything. Like the old hymn says, “Trust and obey, God will make a way.” Dear one, whatever is going on in your life that you do not understand, I encourage you to do the same. God will work it all out for your good and for His glory.

What Does This Mean?

The fury of the snowstorm beats against my windows. I can barely see outside and the flashes of lighting and the bursts of thunder are starting to cause me concern. I’ve never seen all this weather going on at one time. What does this mean? Another sign of the end times?

Life’s situations can be perplexing too at times. Ever wonder why some situation is happening or why it is happening again? Being a software engineer, I have developed an acute analytical ability that seems to permeate into my everyday life. Why is this happening? What does this mean? Sometimes I cry out to God but feel like my cries fall on deaf ears.

Yet, His ears are never deaf and He always hears my cries. “Trust and obey”. “Be still and know that I am God”, the Spirit whispers to me. “Do not be anxious for anything”.

Job’s friends tried to figure out why Job was going through all those difficult trials, yet they were clueless. The Bible says that God’s ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts. Sometimes we will not understand a situation until it has passed.

So I have decided to try a new approach. To trust, to obey, and to rest. God knows what He is doing. I don’t have to understand everything. Like the old hymn says, “Trust and obey, God will make a way.” Dear one, whatever is going on in your life that you do not understand, I encourage you to do the same. God will work it all out for your good and for His glory.

God is Faithful

As I look back on 2010, I am amazed at the faithfulness of God. He has brought my family through so much and as the year ended we are closer than ever. I have been healed from unexplainable illness. My youngest son graduated from college and my oldest got a great job even in these tough economic times. I am at peace and content. I have learned to trust Him in every situation and wait for guidance when I don’t know what to do next.

God knows our needs. He knows our desires and wants to bless us with every good thing. “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart” (Ps 37:4). If we want God’s very best, we must learn to wait on Him instead of rushing to take matters into our own hands. God is faithful and He hears our prayers. Trust in Him and He will make all things right.

Dear one, have you realized that God has been faithful to you this past year? What situations turned out well for you? Have you learned to wait on God’s timing to meet your needs?

May 2011 be a year of much blessing as you trust and walk in faith.

God is Faithful

As I look back on 2010, I am amazed at the faithfulness of God. He has brought my family through so much and as the year ended we are closer than ever. I have been healed from unexplainable illness. My youngest son graduated from college and my oldest got a great job even in these tough economic times. I am at peace and content. I have learned to trust Him in every situation and wait for guidance when I don’t know what to do next.

God knows our needs. He knows our desires and wants to bless us with every good thing. “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart” (Ps 37:4). If we want God’s very best, we must learn to wait on Him instead of rushing to take matters into our own hands. God is faithful and He hears our prayers. Trust in Him and He will make all things right.

Dear one, have you realized that God has been faithful to you this past year? What situations turned out well for you? Have you learned to wait on God’s timing to meet your needs?

May 2011 be a year of much blessing as you trust and walk in faith.

Stop Thinking, Start Trusting

Sometimes I think about things way too much. Part of that comes from my job as a software engineer where all I do all day is analyze; trying to figure out why something is happening in the computer software. I get paid to do that.

Analyzing things for work is fine, but overthinking things on a personal level is not healthy for the mind or the body. Constant thinking means that I’m never giving my mind a break. Our minds need breaks too, just like our bodies.

I need to start paying more attention to what is going on in my mind. Decide to only think about a certain subject for a period of time, and then give it to God. Trust that I don’t need to figure everything out. Not only do I try to figure out things for today, I try to figure out things in the future. So where do you draw the line between planning for the future and overanalyzing? Anybody out there have any suggestions on this?

The first step to changing a thought pattern is to recognize it. What thought patterns do you have that might need changing? Doesn’t it all boil down to trusting God more and ourselves less? I believe that’s what Proverbs 3:5 is all about when it says “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” I think so and it’s very humbling for sure.

Stop Thinking, Start Trusting

Sometimes I think about things way too much. Part of that comes from my job as a software engineer where all I do all day is analyze; trying to figure out why something is happening in the computer software. I get paid to do that.

Analyzing things for work is fine, but overthinking things on a personal level is not healthy for the mind or the body. Constant thinking means that I’m never giving my mind a break. Our minds need breaks too, just like our bodies.

I need to start paying more attention to what is going on in my mind. Decide to only think about a certain subject for a period of time, and then give it to God. Trust that I don’t need to figure everything out. Not only do I try to figure out things for today, I try to figure out things in the future. So where do you draw the line between planning for the future and overanalyzing? Anybody out there have any suggestions on this?

The first step to changing a thought pattern is to recognize it. What thought patterns do you have that might need changing? Doesn’t it all boil down to trusting God more and ourselves less? I believe that’s what Proverbs 3:5 is all about when it says “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” I think so and it’s very humbling for sure.