“Trip Around the Sun”


Yesterday marked another trip around the sun for me. The Lord blessed me with this beautiful sunrise yesterday morning. I have seen several of these lately as the temperatures cool down and the air is crisp and clear. But I felt like He sent this one just for me. Arrogant? No. Just a way of letting myself feel especially loved by my Creator on my birthday and especially blessed by all that He continues to bring into my life.

I find that birthdays, much like the end of the year, are a chance to reflect on what the past twelve months have brought. I was thinking earlier about friends who have come and gone, new ones being made and old ones who have become close once again. New family members and ones who seem more distant. I suppose the old saying is true that some are here for a reason and some for a season.

God brings people into our lives for a purpose. Some are here to teach us a lesson. Maybe about who we are or what we need to change. Some come to help us over a hurdle or bring us to a realization and then are never heard from again. There are those who shape us into a better person so that when someone else comes along we are able to be all that that person needs and are allowed to give them our very best.

We are all a catalyst in someone else’s journey. While it’s good to remember that others are part of our lives for our purpose, we must also remember that we are doing the same for others. Reach out. Be kind, comforting and compassionate. Show others what the love of God looks like through you. You never know where God will place you and how your presence can change someone.

“For we are God’s masterpiece.
He has created us anew in Christ Jesus,
so we can do the good things
He planned for us long ago.”
(Ephesians 2:10


“Comfort Zone”


Last night I picked up a book that lives on my coffee table….my copy of Jesus Calling, a daily devotional written by Sarah Young. I haven’t read it in a month or two, so I decided to pick it up and see what yesterday’s message said. I have been feeling very tense this week as I face a hurdle this coming weekend, when I have to step outside of my comfort zone. Something inside me said to pick up the book and meditate on the message. This is what I read:

“You are surround by a sea of problems, but you are face to face with me, your Peace. The closer you live to Me, the safer you are. Circumstances around you are undulating, and there are treacherous-looking waves in the distance. Fix your eyes on Me, the one who never changes. By the time those waves reach you, they will have shrunk to proportions of My design. The future is a phantom, seeking to spook you. Laugh at the future. Stay close to me.”

I sat and thought about those words for quite some time and truly meditated on them. Then I allowed myself to imagine Jesus kneeling beside me, comforting me. He reminded me that He is eager to give me peace if I will simply let Him. Curled up under my Grandma’s handmade quilt and clutching my book, I truly felt His presence and was comforted. It was an awesome moment. But it was short-lived because I know that I still have a long way to go to be able to fully release all my cares and burdens. It’s not as easy as it seems…at least for someone like me. However, I realized that if I intend to get there, then this is something I need every day. To feel at peace, even for a few moments and allow those few moments to turn into hours.

Today’s Jesus Calling devotion was just as powerful:

“You know that this day will bring difficulties, and you are trying to think your way through those trials. As you anticipate what is ahead of you, you forget that I am with you- now and always. Rehearsing your troubles results in experiencing them many times, whereas you are meant to go through them only when they actually occur. Do not multiply your suffering in this way!”

Wow…those last two lines hit me. How often when we worry, do we rehearse our troubles? I know I do it all the time. I’ve been doing it all week. But that’s what worry is. When my mind conjures up scenarios that have the worst possible outcome. Rehearsing scenes that most likely will not happen. By doing this I indeed multiply my suffering. I need to focus on the positive and if trouble does come, then I should have to only deal with it when it happens, not a thousand times over and over in my mind to the point where I create more anxiety than needed.

Today I encourage you to step out of your “comfort zone” and step into God’s comfort zone. Let it go and be encouraged by the peace that only He can provide.

There is no fear in love [dread does not exist], but full-grown (complete, perfect) loveturns fear out of doors and expels every trace of terror! For fearbrings with it the thought of punishment, and [so] he who is afraid has not reached the full maturity of love [is not yet grown into love’s complete perfection] – 1 John 4:18