Last week was a stressful week. Work has already been stressful lately (which has been literally giving me headaches), but with the metal prices low, the company I worked for had to take some measures to reduce costs (I work for a zinc mine). One of those measures included some layoffs. Thank God I was not one of them, but I don’t know what the future holds in the years to come. I have been planning a mission trip to Haiti for some time now. Plans were to leave the end of this month. But, I received a call that there is some civil unrest there and demonstrations were planned for the time I would be going there. So, missionaries decided to cancel any mission trips during that time for obvious safety concerns. The good news is that they are going to have a mission team going there mid-December and they were hoping that I could go then. This was good news, but it also meant rescheduling flights and canceling hotel rooms. All in all, this would add to the cost and I will be sleeping in the airport for the overnight layover because the hotel room was non-refundable. I purchased travel insurance, but it did not cover this circumstance. I know that God always works things out for good and His timing is right, but it did leave me with doubt, frustration, discouragement and wondering what I did wrong, or if He was testing my faith or if the devil was trying to keep me from going or working on my mind to lose faith or be distracted or keep from doing what God wants me to do, or…or…or… Continue reading “When Things Don’t Go as Planned”
In our weakness, God gives us strength. When we struggle, He comforts us. We will go through hardship; we will have times of weakness. He doesn’t keep us from those times, He helps us to get through them. He is always there for us, even when we don’t realize it. The Spirit will guide us and strengthen us and pray for us. Continue reading “God’s Promises: Comfort and Strength”
This week started out with some struggles at work. I was frustrated and angry. Someone said some things that really upset me. It was early in the day, so it put me in a bad mood for awhile and I was flustered. So, I prayed. I prayed to clear my head and to not allow this affect my thoughts, my mood or how I treated others. I prayed that I would have wisdom and that I would do my job well and that I would be a light to those around me. I think to the most part, I was able to do that. The Bible says, “be angry and do not sin,” or another version is something like “do not sin in your anger.” I think I did pretty well, but the person I was most angry at was gone by the time I got back from underground (I am a geologist in an underground mine, so I was away from most of the people in the office). As I was thinking about that this morning, I was thinking of one of God’s promises, that He is always with me and He will help me to overcome whatever situation I may be in. As a child of God, I have this confidence. Continue reading “God’s Promise: You Will Overcome”
Anyone who believes in Christ is a new creation. As one becomes a believer, the Holy Spirit gives him strength as He lives inside Him. Not sure how this works, but I know the Spirit works in us to guide, us, to pray for us, to convict us to do the right thing and change from doing what’s wrong. Sometimes He gives us the words to say as we share what God has done for us or when we have conflicts or whatever. Continue reading “God’s Promise: The Holy Spirit”
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?
With all the talk of violence and mass shootings and gun laws and the direction our country and this world is heading, one thing we can be sure of is that God is in control and there is no need to fear. Many would ask, then why does God allow these things to happen? I do not know the answer, but we live in a fallen world. We are not God’s puppets, and there are evil people in this world and Satan is allowed to roam this earth…for now. But I believe his time is short. It appears we are living Matthew 24. But, those of us who believe in Jesus Christ, who follow Him, have nothing to fear. God assures us of this and there are better things to come. No matter what we are going through, God is with us and He will guide us and He will give us all that we need. No matter what happens to us on this earth, we have so much to look forward to. There is no need to fear. Continue reading “No Need to Fear”