My Hope Is You

Hope Words in Sky Faith Belief Inspire AspirationsI hope things will get better. I hope that the hardships of life will dissipate. I hope, hope, hope that Lord will rescue me from me. I am sometimes my own worst enemy, but my hope is in the Lord. He is Creator and Sustainer. If I put my hope in anything or anyone else, I’m hopeless. If I put my trust in Him, I have good reason to hope. David penned this beautiful Psalm about hope. Check this out….

1 In you, Lord my God,

    I put my trust.
2 I trust in you;

    do not let me be put to shame,

    nor let my enemies triumph over me.
3 No one who hopes in you

    will ever be put to shame,

but shame will come on those

    who are treacherous without cause.
4 Show me your ways, Lord,

    teach me your paths.
5 Guide me in your truth and teach me,

    for you are God my Saviour,

    and my hope is in you all day long.
20 Guard my life and rescue me;

    do not let me be put to shame,

    for I take refuge in you.
21 May integrity and uprightness protect me,

    because my hope, Lord, is in you. (Psalm 25:1-5;20,21 NIV)

 

My hope is found in following the Lord. I believe His Word. I believe that He alone holds the keys to eternal life. I will trust in Him alone to guide my life and give me wisdom and discernment for the choices I face each day.

The band, Third Day penned a song several years ago that I can still sing the words to. The song can be found here. My favorite part is the chorus:

My hope is You
Show me Your way
Guide me in truth
In all my days, yeah
My hope is You (copyright 1997 Third Day)

Today and every day I want to place all my hope in the Lord!

Pressing On!
Dwayne

Desperate

Abstract Silhouette PrayingThere are times when I’m extremely confident in what the Lord can and will do in my life. There are times when I’m on the other end of the spectrum – I’m desperate for Him to move and act in my life – big time!  I think King David experienced these highs and lows as well in his journey. One Psalm exudes great confidence and then another, I can feel the desperation in his words. Check this out…

“But you, Lord, do not be far from me. You are my strength; come quickly to help me. Deliver me from the sword, my precious life from the power of the dogs. Rescue me from the mouth of the lions; save me from the horns of the wild oxen. From you comes the theme of my praise in the great assembly; before those who fear you I will fulfill my vows. The poor will eat and be satisfied; those who seek the Lord will praise him— may your hearts live forever!” (Psalm 22:19-21, 25, 26 NIV)

 

I think I’ve often been more desperate than confident. There are things that happen in my world that I can’t understand or explain.  I do feel that I have a close connection the Lord and can talk to Him about anything and everything. There are times when I don’t understand why He doesn’t intervene and save someone or prevent bad things from happening. Those are times of desperate prayer for me.

I heard a phrase several years ago in a song that has spoken to me many times since. The phrase is: “When you can’t trace His hand; trust His heart”. I do trust the heart of God even when I can’t see His hand at work. When I’m desperate and needing Him to move quickly, I’m learning that His Ways are not necessarily my ways – His ways are higher than my ways. He sees things that I can’t see. He knows things that I can’t know. I will trust His heart when I’m confident. I will trust His heart when I’m scared and desperate. I will trust His heart – period.

Pressing On!
Dwayne

Patience & Trust

Pocket watch with timing signThese are two words that aren’t always together. Neither one is a “strong suit” of mine. I have never been known for my patience, but I’m still learning and growing. My trust in the Lord has grown a lot in recent years. There have been times that I’ve felt like I had no choice but to trust in Him. I believe that my trust in Him has grown since making the study of His Word a big priority.

In some of the Psalms I notice everyday struggles as well as monumental struggles. David is so transparent and real. I can relate to his struggle. Check this out…

How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever?

    How long will you hide your face from me?
2 How long must I wrestle with my thoughts

    and day after day have sorrow in my heart?

    How long will my enemy triumph over me?
But I trust in your unfailing love;

    my heart rejoices in your salvation.
I will sing the Lord’s praise,

    for he has been good to me. (Psalm 13:1-2;5-6 NIV)

 

At the end of the day, I’m still growing in my trust of the Lord. As I get to know Him more and more, I realize that my patience will grow too. As I wait on the Lord to work in my life, my capacity for patience is expanded and rewarded. He loves it when I really trust Him with the details of my life. I’ve learned that when I don’t trust Him, I still can’t control everything. I’m a lot less stressed when I give everything over to His Will and His Timing.  I’m going to “camp out” in Trusting the Lord today.

Pressing On!
Dwayne

Relax…

Thoughtful little girlWhen I think of the word “relax” – I’m thinking of jumping off the stress bandwagon and “chillin out”. I’m thinking of floating on the lake in a boat or sitting by the lake with an evening campfire. There are all sorts of ways to relax, but they often seem so very far away. I can get something on my mind or “up in my grill” and no matter where I am, relaxing might just take extra effort.

As a follower of Jesus, I’m learning to trust Him more with the stress of my life. I simply can’t do everything or be everything that others want me to be. My goal is to honor Him above all in my relationships. If I learn to love and live out of my relationship with Him, then I become better in every relationship I have.  I love this simple passage in Psalms that sort of screamed out to me to relax. Check this out…

Many, Lord, are asking,
 “Who will bring us prosperity?”

    Let the light of your face shine on us.
7 Fill my heart with joy

    when their grain and new wine abound.
In peace I will lie down and sleep,

    for you alone, Lord,

    make me dwell in safety. (Psalm 4:6-8 NIV)

 

It’s hard to relax if I’m worried about keeping up with others. It’s hard to relax if I’ve set unrealistic expectations for my, my family, my friends or co-workers. I really want to be balanced in every area of my life. I want the balance of my life to come out of my journey with the Lord. I want to listen when He tells me to relax. I want to be wise about work when He’s speaking into my heart and my life. I want to grow today to trust Him more and more. As I walk out my faith journey, my work journey gets clearer and clearer as I hang out in His Presence and seek His wisdom for the journey.  I’m really pretty relaxed now and the subject matter that was on my mind first thing this morning can wait a minute because the Lord and I are going to talk extensively about it.

Pressing On!
Dwayne

No Worries

Business man relaxing having power nap outdoors with computer laptopI love those two words. I try to use them pretty often so that they disarm people who might otherwise think I’m frustrated or upset. I really want those two words to be a deep part of who I am. I want to choose NOT to worry about anything, but to trust God with everything!  I really like the word that Peter gives us. Check this out…

In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because,
“God opposes the proud

    but shows favor to the humble.”
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. (1 Peter 5:5-7 NIV)

 

As I walk out my faith each day, I must fight the worries that can unsettle me and stress me out. I do want to show respect for those who are older and wiser than me even if I disagree with their position on a certain matter. I want to be humble and respectful to all. I want to be worry free in the midst of any crisis or struggle. I’m starting my day today casting all my worries and anxious thoughts on Him – He can certainly handle it!

Pressing On!
Dwayne

Rock Solid Faith

stone isolated white background natural rock granite solid bouldFaith is everywhere. It is defined as “complete trust or confidence in someone or something.”  I believe it takes faith to ride an elevator. It takes faith to ride an airplane. It definitely takes faith to ride in a car with some people! Faith is pretty much a part of my DNA. I believe God wired us to have faith and to nurture it in our hearts. I loved reading the “Faith Chapter” in Hebrews this am. Check this out….

1 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for.
3 By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. (Hebrews 11:1-3; 6 NIV)

 

I believe in God.

I believe in Jesus, His One and ONLY Son.

I believe He came into this world to set things right.

I believe He died as the ultimate sacrifice for sin.

I believe He rose from the dead and seated with God in heaven.

I believe He’s preparing a place for me in eternity.

I believe He’s coming back again to save us from the destruction of this world.

I believe His Holy Spirit lives in me and speaks to me.

I believe His Presence is a game-changer for this life.
He gives me perspective. I know Who I believe in and I know what I believe. I have seen and experienced His Presence and His Power and my faith is solid. I’m going to trust in Him.  I’m not going to let my feelings destroy or shake my faith. I’m going with what I know until my feelings catch up.

Pressing On!
Dwayne