Can I Trust Him?

ID-10079748A week ago, we were on our way to South Carolina for the main purpose of hearing our son Nathan’s piano recital.  We stopped in Virginia for a short visit with Tom’s family and then arrived at our destination on Friday afternoon.  After a wonderful visit (and AWESOME recital!!!), we drove the twelve hour trip home on Monday.

Before we left, I knew that I would be substitute teaching Tuesday through Friday, and I did my share of worrying before we left – wondering how I was going to survive!  I know many of you work full time, but for me, it overflows my plate. (Plus – do you remember what YOU used to do to those subs?!  STRESS!)

Why can’t I simply trust the One who created the universe and keeps every star and planet in place, to order my days according to His purpose?  He knows what I can do and not do.  He  is completely aware of my shortcomings and limitations; although, at times I do believe His opinion of my abilities is too high!

And now for the rest of the story:  what did my gracious Father do?  He sent a snowstorm Tuesday night and Wednesday which delayed school by two hours; and today is a half day!  God is SO good!

Remember, dear reader, remember!  Psalm 143 starts out with David’s reminder to God that his enemies are getting the upper hand, and his reaction is so similar to ours today: “Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed within me; my heart within me is desolate.” (v. 4)  We cry and complain, moan and groan…even whine a bit.  We remind God of all our troubles – troubles that He has directed our way – as if He didn’t know what is going on in my life!

Oh, to be like David!  He remembers: “I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands.” (v.5) Remember past victories and lessons from the Lord – they are the stuff that keeps us going!  They build our confidence in God and give us the courage to trust Him!

Again, David says it so well: “It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.” Psalm 118:8  And just in case you don’t get it, he says it again with even more emphasis: “It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.” (v.9)

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Where’s Your Focus?

A wonderful thing about living on the top of a mountain is that it snows almost every day!  They’re not major snows, just enough to make things pretty; however, yesterday’s snow squalls turned out to be an all-day snow, and the predicted one inch eventually turned into four!

As I looked out the window this morning, I knew it was time for another walk, but this time – I took the camera. (I tried to take Pepper, but she was afraid she was being banished to the garage and wouldn’t follow no matter how much I coaxed. That in itself is another lesson called trust!)

So, walk with me back Anderson Lane and enjoy the beauty!

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The reason this blog is called Where’s Your Focus, is because of what the camera did NOT capture.  The property where most of these pictures were taken is a good example of what man can do to destroy the beauty of the land through neglect.  Years of junk has accumulated around the house and garage.  I hate to see it, so I keep my eyes focused on God’s beauty instead!

Isn’t that how we’re to walk the Christian walk – focusing on God?  I’m not saying that we should keep our heads in the sand concerning the world around us and other’s needs; however, we would do well to remember that this world is not our home and as much as man thinks he’s running the show – it just ain’t so!  Our gracious all-powerful God knows exactly what He is doing, and I know that I can trust Him!  So when the way seems dark or dreary or a mess because of human error, I just keep looking up!  Keep focused on past victories because of God’s amazing grace, and keep your anchor secure on His promises for tomorrow!

“Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:” Isaiah 26:4

Let it Snow!

IMG_5986You know, if you’re too busy to take five minutes and make a snowman, remembering all the other snowy creations you made with your kids…then I’d say you’re too busy!

Proverbs 17:22  “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine…”

Spirit-controlled Mind-controlled Body

IMG_3004Saturday morning’s sunshine and light snow begged for a walk, so I leashed Pepper, put on my ‘dungarees’ and off we went.  The sights were absolutely gorgeous!  With about eight inches of fluffy snow, the trees were blanketed with white beauty, and an extra bonus was that the road had not been traveled.  However, as I trudged along I realized that even the fluffiest snow causes resistance and soon I was puffing.  My body said, “Turn back, this is too hard; but my mind reminded my body of the sticky bun binge last evening.  At the mere thought of the delicious treat my mouth started to water.  There are several left and I’m dreaming of a nice cup of coffee to go along with them!  My mind says, “Keep walking, fatso!”

Now that that battle is over, the scenery before me turns my heart to my Maker.  How awesome is His Mighty Creative Hand!  Every moment of every day He is sending out reminders across the universe of His amazing power and my spirit sings His praise.  Suddenly, I realize that the walk isn’t so strenuous.  My mind reminds my body how good it is to hit that target heart-rate, and for once, my body agrees.

It’s not a long walk, but today it does seem longer than usual: the snow is deep; the wind is nipping my nose.  My legs are cold.  My body says, “Maybe we should turn around.”  But my mind says, “Keep walking, and my spirit says, “Remember?”

What pushes me to keep going more than the necessary target heart rate?  I know what is waiting for me at the end of the road: the view!  I will try to describe it.  The woods give way to a panoramic view of several mountain ranges.  Probably a field at one time, the ground before me is covered with brambles and low bushes, each trimmed in white; and the edge of the field is lined with pine trees that look like sentinels laced with snow –  a scattering of junior sentinels stand before them.

The closer hills roll and tumble across the scene and the distant mountains are hazy blue due to the falling snow.  It isn’t snowing much, just enough to finish off the beauty – in fact, the sky is a patchwork of blues and dancing clouds.  Awesome!  It was worth every step.

O Lord my God! When I in awesome wonder
Consider all the works thy hand hath made,
I see the stars, I hear the mighty thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed;

Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

When through the woods and forest glades I wander
and hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees;
when I look down from lofty mountain grandeur,
and hear the brook, and feel he gentle breeze;

Then sings my soul…

As I turn to walk home, I’m once again praising God.  My heart is full; that’s when my eyes see our paths: Pepper’s and mine.  My path is straight while her path zigzags all over the road.  It’s comical to see, but My Heavenly Father has another lesson for me!  His way is perfect, if only I’d follow His steps; but my desires seem to tempt me from it like the many scented tracks that Pepper follows shortly, only to be pulled back by the leash.

I’m thankful for God’s “leash” on my life.  I trust Him to know what’s best and ask His forgiveness when I strain to go as far as I can from Him.  How foolish; but I know that someday, that struggle will all be over.  The world will hold no fascination for me, I will be like Him!  Oh what a day!  Oh, what a promise!

“As for me, I will see Your face in righteousness;

 I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness.”  Psalm 17: 15

What do you think?

IMG_5895Well, we’re over halfway through winter, and I thought it was time for a change.  What do you think?  If you have a spare moment, let me know what you think of the blog’s new look by just clicking on the poll below.  (Sorry, no free giveaways…yet!)

Servant?

foot-washing1We’ve enjoyed most of Downton Abbey.  For the most part, it’s been quite entertaining, thought-provoking and informative about a time in English history of which I knew very little.

However, one scene caught my eye in the last episode.  Some of the servants had traveled to Scotland where the family were visiting relatives.  As the visiting servants joined the others, they were referred to as Lord and Lady Grantham instead of by their own names.  In other words, Mrs. Bates, who attended Lady Grantham would be called Lady Grantham among the servants.

Isn’t that also true about our Lord and Master?  Are we not called Christians?  Oh, how that term is bantered about so loosely!  Those servants’ lives were totally dedicated to their lords and ladies!  They stood erect, waiting upon their every need.  They held their jackets while they dressed and then brushed them.  They coiffed the lady’s hair and held the towel for her as she exited the bath.

How’s your service?  Oh, how rebuked I’ve been.  I’m afraid my service is shoddy at best.  Is my eye focused on the Master’s face, just waiting for the opportunity to serve Him?  I’m afraid not – and remember, He is the one that said:

“And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.“Matthew 25:40

So, take the rebuke, put on the apron, pick up the towel and keep listening for the trump and his beautiful words: “Well done, thou good and faithful servant!