When Things Don’t Go as Planned

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”

When You Have a Crisis

When we are struggling, when things are hard, when we have a crisis?  What is the first thing we do?  How do we try to fix it?  So often we try to take care of it on our own.  In my experience, this can often lead to disaster.  Sometimes they work out for a while, but most of the time we find out that we need help.  Why don’t we start there?  We trust God.  Do we show it?  Is God our priority?  Do we turn to Him fist for everything?  As I was reading Daniel this week, I realized there is a lot we can learn from him: Continue reading “When You Have a Crisis”

God’s Promise: Joy and Peace

The words of Jesus:

John 14:27-28

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.  

John 15:11-12

These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.  

John 16:33

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.

Jesus says, “Peace I give to you” and “your joy will be full.”  But, His peace and joy are much different than the world view of peace and joy.  That doesn’t mean everything will run smoothly in your life; it means that no matter what life throws at you, you will have peace and joy in your heart.  That God will lead you through it.  That Christ is by your side.  That the Spirit within you will give you strength.  That you will have confidence and faith, knowing that you will be in heaven with almighty God. Continue reading “God’s Promise: Joy and Peace”

Be Ready: Live for Jesus’ Return

In the previous post, we talked about using what God has given us to further His kingdom.  When Christ returns, how will we answer the question, “what have you done with the talents I gave you?”  Another question we might ask ourselves is, “how are we living to prepare for Jesus’ return?”  Will He say to us, “Well done, good and faithful servant?”  Will there be other people in heaven because of us or other believers who have become more mature because of the work God has done through us?  Did we follow His will and fulfill the ministries He gave us?  Of course the most important question, is, “Do you know Jesus and is He Lord of your Life?”  Does He know you?  So, let’s talk about what the Bible says we should do in our lives to prepare for The Day of the Lord.  It is going to be a great day for those of us who are in Christ, but terrible for those who have rejected Him.  Thanks be to God for His grace!  I pray that you have accepted that grace or will accept it. Continue reading “Be Ready: Live for Jesus’ Return”