Happy Sunday! On vacation this summer, we walked through a forested area near my aunt's home in Portland. I loved all the green, especially the ivy growing up many of the trees. But, while it looked lovely, I learned that it is horrible for the trees and will eventually kill them. The ivy made me think about those things in life that "look pretty" and seem good, but really aren't. Daily, we are bombarded with things that appear great, but they are actually harmful. Thankfully, God gives us discernment to guide our decisions and choices. The more time we spend with Jesus in prayer and reading his Word, the easier it becomes to discern the good from the bad. This week, let's try to seek God more and listen to the Holy Spirit so that we make decisions that honor Him.
Happy Sunday! This fall I have seen a picture of fall leaves that says, "Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let go." It reminded me of this verse from Isaiah. Folks, we love to hang onto to all kinds of things that Jesus wants us to let go of--anger and resentment, guilt and shame, bad habits, unhealthy relationships--the list could go on and on. The work Jesus did on the cross allows us to let go of the old things, to forget them, and to look forward to new and better things. It is not easy to let go of the old and familiar, even if it is painful, because it is comfortable and what we know. The new is unknown and can be scary. But, I promise you, if you give it to Jesus, if you let it go, it will be beautiful and God will work something new and wonderful in your life.
Happy Sunday! Do you ever feel like your life is like this sign--like it is moving along smoothly and then all of sudden a curve is thrown at you that slows you up and changes your course? I think we all realize that unexpected things are bound to happen, but they still catch us off guard and are challenging to maneuver through. Here's the thing--God KNOWS the curves are coming, he KNOWS what lies ahead around the corner. And because He KNOWS and determines our steps, we do not need to be fearful of the changes and the unexpected turns. We need to trust his plans, trust that even though our path may be different than we planned, He loves us knows what we need. When we believe this, life's twists and turns may slow us down, but we can be at peace, knowing God has determined our path.