Monday, August 31, 2015

I Want to Be Frustrated With God


Last week I wanted to be frustrated with God.

I’ve grown tired of one-step-forward good days being followed by three-steps-backward bad days. And I want to know why.

Why God?

I told God I was frustrated with Him. And as I stood at the kitchen sink washing dishes, I asked Him, Where are You?!?

At that moment I saw new purple flowers had bloomed on the African violet that sits in my kitchen window. Five perfectly formed violet flowers with tiny yellow centers…and I saw Him there.

It’s not where I’ve been begging to see Him, but it’s His beautiful work regardless. And, it reminds me that His ways are not my ways, and His time isn’t mine.

I want to be frustrated with God, but somehow I can’t be. My emotions say I am, but my head and my heart refuse to agree. Because I know better.

I know it’s what the enemy wants—for me to think God is not for me, but against me. That assumption can happen quickly when discouragement and anger grow.

I look at the purple blooms and realize it’s not God I’m frustrated with, but rather life and our humanness.

It’s illness and disease.

It’s strained and broken relationships.

It’s trauma and tragedy.

It’s that we often turn to God as a last resort, instead of our first thought.

I don’t understand His ways or His timing, but it’s not for me to know. He’s working on things I can’t even imagine, and I can only see what surrounds me.

What I know is I believe in miracles and the impossible…because that’s where God works.

I know I believe in Hope because I believe Jesus died for our sins and conquered sin and death when He rose from the grave.

I believe Jesus is Hope.

I want to be frustrated with God because He knows and sees it all. He is in control.

But, it’s really life and this world we live in that I’m discouraged with.

I know I can’t be frustrated with God because He does know. He sees what we’re going through and He cares. He is in control, and through Jesus, there is Hope.

In Christ,
Laura 




Friday, August 28, 2015

Heart Cleaning

Earlier this year I did some spring cleaning, and as I did, I realized it's not just the stuff around us that piles up. 

It's the stuff on the inside too...things like 

...regret we keep reliving 

...anger we won't let go of 

...and unforgiveness towards others—and ourselves.

I am honored to be featured this week in LifeNotes' Find It Only Here On Friday Series. Would you please join me there? It's where we're doing some Heart Cleaning.

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Beginning Sept. 7, you're invited to join me for a 6-week online study on Danise Jurado’s new book Fulfilled…Learning to Live the Life God Promised.

For more information, click on the Fulfilled Study tab at the top of the page (or click here).

You can find Danise's book on Amazon (both paperback and e-book).

In Christ,
Laura

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Linking up with Everyday Jesus, Blessing Counters, Faith Filled Friday, Weekend Whispers

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

There is Strength When Light Exposes the Darkness


I recently heard a presentation in which the speaker compared digital photos to pictures taken with a camera and film. Instead of instant images, the roll of film remained in its own little container until it could be developed in a darkroom. If the film was exposed to light, the pictures would be ruined.

The speaker stressed…the film could not be exposed to light.

And it made me think of Satan, who thrives in the darkness. It’s where his lies take root and grow like weeds. He loves the dark, and he wants us there with him.

Because when the schemes of the devil are exposed to light, they are ruined. The light enables us to see him for what he is—a liar.

I can imagine Satan marking his plans with a warning label…Do Not Expose to Light!

For Satan’s evil plans to work, they require the cover of darkness. And we live in a dark world.

But God…

I'm excited to be sharing with Deb Wolf at Counting My Blessings today! Please join me there to continue reading.

In Christ,
Laura

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Fulfilled {Book Review}

For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for his glory. 2 Corinthians 1:20 NLT

Fulfilled. What does it mean? And how do we live a fulfilled life?

This world promises a lot, and then it tells us to work harder to achieve it. But no matter how hard we try, or how long we work to live a fulfilled life, we can’t—not through our own power, and definitely not through the world we live in.

Only God.

Only God can keep the promises He makes…and He has—in His Son, Jesus Christ.

Only through Christ can we live a fulfilled live.

In her new book Fulfilled…Learning to Live the LifeGod Promised, author Danise Jurado dives into what it means to live a fulfilled life in the midst of darkness, fear, anger, loss, addiction, doubt, and hopelessness. She shows us, through Scripture, that a life fulfilled is not only possible through Christ, but that He is waiting for us.

To continue reading, please join me at LifeNotes...

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In Christ,
Laura