I Go To The Rock

I woke up early, before the sun was up, my spirit heavy. My heart in the pit of my stomach.

So I turned on my iPad and went to Crosswalk.com, where I could surround myself with God’s Word.

I did several keyword searches, and the verses below are some I plucked amongst many.

They are far more eloquent and powerful than anything I could ding out in a blog today.

Let God’s Word soak in.

Fix your eyes on Jesus. He is our point of reference, our Rock Who does not change. I CAN praise today!

Acts 1:7
And He [Jesus] said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in His own power.

Romans 13:1
Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God : the powers that be are ordained of God.

I Timothy 2:1-4
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior; Who will have all men to be saved , and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

John 24:27
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth , give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled , neither let it be afraid.

Psalm 27:1
The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear ? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

II Timothy 1:7
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Isaiah 9:6-7
And the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor , The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

Ephesians 1:19-23
And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe , according to the working of His mighty power, Which He wrought in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead, and set Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named , not only in this world, but also in that which is to come : And hath put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is His body, the fulness of Him that filleth all in all.

Philippians 4:6-7
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Psalm 9:10
They that know Thy name will put their trust in Thee: for Thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek Thee.

That’s my prayer for you, church family. His joy, His perfect peace in the midst of disappointment. We are not defeated and we must not live as such. Our Rock will forever stand!

 

Lookin’ up,

 

 

 

The Bridge Builder. . . 1000 Gifts

 

Every time fear freezes and worry writhes, every time I surrender to stress, aren’t I advertising the unreliability of God? That I really don’t believe? But if I’m grateful to the Bridge Builder for the crossing of a million strong bridges, thankful for a million faithful moments, my life speaks my beliefs and I trust Him again.

                                                                                                                                                         Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts

 

I love this portrayal of God as the Bridge Builder.

Of course, Jesus built the Bridge of Salvation when He died on the cross for my sins and rose again. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

But He builds bridges every day. . . how many times has He made a way, when my little pea-sized brain couldn’t figure it out?

When I stopped trying to span problems myself. . . and rested entirely in Him. . . . how He then showed me a Way?

 

76.  A call back for a job interview next week–HOORAY!

77.  Another call, within fifteen minutes, for a second job interview next week–DOUBLE HOORAY!

78.  Cooking of food for a bereaved family

79.  Time for reflection and reconnection with Al

80.  Forgiveness extended from a sister in Christ

81.  Red silky pashmina from Macy’s, that reminds me of Jesus’ grace covering me!

82.  Whispered prayers for those in Sandy’s path

83. Chance to better myself in personal areas, AGAIN!

84.  Sweetness of God’s Word – for me to LIVE is Christ, to die is gain

85.  Bundle of new inspiration for future writing projects

86.  Sun dawning again, bringing warmth

87.  Crunch of colorful leaves underfoot

88.  Tang of autumn in the air

89.  Huddle under cozy coat

90.  My reliable car, getting me where I need to go today!

 

Thank You, Lord, for the moments when the river’s tumbling over its banks and I  remember look to YOU.  Out ahead of me, You create  a sturdy and perfect bridge, every time!  Forgive me for those times when I don’t trust. . . .You are the Bridge Builder. The One Who Makes the Way.

Lookin’ up,

Perfect Peace: Guest Blog by Susan Tuttle

Susan Tuttle is one of my favorite people. She is a fiction writer and seriously loves the Lord — you get that whenever you read something coming from her keyboard. Susan is one of my cyber critique partners. She blesses me with her spiritual gift of encouragement, and everything she says and does is filtered through an extremely kind heart. One of these days, we may actually get to meet in person and exchange PHYSICAL HUGS for the first time!

Susan attended the American Christian Fiction Writers’ conference for the first time this year, held in Dallas, Texas. For those of you who don’t write Christian fiction, this is the Holy Grail of conferences. It is a big deal! I asked for Susan’s perspective on she saw God working through this important event in her life.

Meet my sweet writer sister and friend, Susan!

 

So this year I went to the ACFW conference. I was a First Timer—got my little brown ribbon to add to my tag and everything. It was an amazing time, even for this introvert.

See, for many of us, going into a situation where there are seven hundred people who you don’t know, appointments with editors and agents, classes and meal times with open-seating…it’s all very intimidating. Yet I have to tell you, if God is calling you to jump out of your comfort zone, He will catch you.

For me that jump was the ACFW conference, and I took a verse with me: You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal. Isaiah 26:3-5 And God fulfilled that verse in so many ways.

But first I had to do my part. That whole, “mind steadfast on Him” thing? That part was up to me. So I began each day in the prayer room. I reminded myself that I can do nothing apart from Him, but I can do ALL things THROUGH Him. That to everything there is a season. And that my steps are ordered by Him.

As a result, I entered each appointment with a blanket of peace. When I walked into the dining hall, it didn’t matter that it was a sea of unknown faces. I ***gasp***sat with people I didn’t know! In the hallways I said “hello” as I passed people. In the elevators I struck up conversations. And in every breath of every moment, God covered me with His peace.

He’d asked me to go and blessed my obedience.

And that’s the point I’ve finally gotten to. I desire obedience more than I fear the situation He’s called me into, because I know He will meet me in the middle of each calling and give me His perfect peace.

If you’re on the fence about something God is calling you to, jump. Just do it. He’s got huge arms and He loves you, no way He’s letting you fall.

And if it’s the ACFW conference, let me give you a little push: GO! The people who help make this conference happen bathe it in prayer. God’s presence is so strong, everyone is so kind, there is a wealth of information, and—as an added bonus—you can talk about imaginary people all you want without one person thinking you’re crazy!

 

Susan Tuttle is a homeschooling mom of three who is crazy about coffee, dark chocolate, and words—both reading and writing them. Combine that love of words with her passion for leading women to a life-changing encounter with Christ, and you’ll find her crafting Inspirational Contemporary Romance stories laced with humor, love, and healing transformations. When not cheering on her Ironman hubby Doug, chasing the family dog, or tackling complex math problems to teach her kids (yes, even the second-grader), you can catch Susan at her blog, Steps. http://stepsusan.blogspot.com/