I love the Lord because He loves me. I trust the Lord because He is trustworthy. I depend on the Lord because He has never let me down. I praise the Lord because He is worthy to be praised. I bless the Lord because His innumerable blessings abide with me. I could never give to God what He hasn't already given to me. I can only try my best to honor Him with my praise, my thanksgiving, my love, my appreciation and my obedience to His Word. I believe obedience means more to God than any other sacrifice that we can hope to offer. That is why the Bible declares in 1 Samuel 15:22 “...What is more pleasing to the Lord: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to His voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams.” (Psalm 1:1-3) (Proverbs 22:4)
There is nothing that we physically possess that interests the Lord. He already owns everything, but what He desires is for us to be willing and obedient to the leading of His voice. When we do what His Word commands and we follow the Lord's statutes, He will be well pleased with us and our life will be led to its best direction. We must believe that God wishes for our best interest. We must trust that God's wisdom is much greater than ours can ever be. When we have a childlike trust in the Lord and we follow His commands, I believe we will fulfill the dreams and desires that are within our hearts. When we do our best to honor the Lord, I believe the Lord will also honor our life and lead it to its fulfillment. That is a trade I will always take with the Lord. I love what the Bible declares in Psalm 34:8-9 “O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him. O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear Him.” (Joshua 1:9) (Deuteronomy 30:19) (Isaiah 55:8-9)
I encourage you to call upon the Lord and share with Him all that is on your heart. Know that He cares for your well-being and wishes for you to triumph in every area of your life. The Lord is good. We can depend on Him. He will never leave us wanting. He will fulfill the desires of those who fear Him and will never leave them wanting. (1 Peter 5:6-7) (Psalm 145:17-20)
I hope this message encourages and inspires your heart to always be quick to call upon the Lord knowing that He will hear you, comfort you and meet all of your needs.
IN THE CAR WITH MOM
I was both excited and a little scared my first day of Kindergarten. The large classroom was full of books and toys, two things that I loved. But it was also full of kids all larger than me. Because my birthday was in late September I was allowed in at only 4 years old, and this meant that I was destined to be the smallest kid in my class until 7th grade.
I think that my Mom sensed I was a little afraid. That was why she was always there to pick me up right after school when I could have easily rode the bus. I would hop in the front seat next to her and tell her all about my day. Sometimes we would even read a book and wait until all the cars and buses had left before we drove home. I cherished those special times when I had my Mom all to myself. I felt so safe and peaceful when we sat in the car together. Beginning the new challenge of school didn’t seem so difficult when I knew that I could talk about it with her. Being a tiny, little kid in a big scary world wasn’t so bad either. I knew that my Mom loved me and that was all I needed to be loving, joyful, and strong.
As I look back on those happy times I can see now that they also prepared me for another special relationship that I would find later in life. All those times I spent talking to and being with my Earthly Mother helped me to later open my heart to my Heavenly Father. Her beautiful love led me to His. Her comforting arms guided me to His. Her gentle spirit took me to His. Even after she left this world far too soon, I could still feel her love flowing down from Heaven along with His.
The next time that this world seems too scary or hard then don’t run away. Instead invite God into the car of your soul, close the doors, and spend some time alone together. If you do you will know that you are loved. If you do you too will become loving, joyful, and strong.
By Joseph J. Mazzella
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Psalm 34:17-19 “The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.”
Psalm 37:7-9 “Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil. For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.”
Isaiah 26:3-4 “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee. Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength.”
Psalm 28:6-8 “Blessed be the LORD, because He hath heard the voice of my supplications. The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise Him. The LORD is their strength, and He is the saving strength of His anointed.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today's Selected Poem: YOU STILL HAVE HOPE
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