Thursday, April 25, 2013

Psalm 34:8

The LORD is good.

I need this sweet truth today.

In the midst of C.R.A.Z.Y. I need to know that the Lord is good.

And the solid foundation is this - Goodness is Who He is! It is not an action He takes, or a choice He makes today but maybe not tomorrow. The Lord is good because it's in His nature and part of His character.

This is the truth that I so desperately need to grasp and hold on to this year.
       "Oh taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!"

I can trust, everyday that the Lord will be good. So that is today's meditation. The Lord is good. The Lord is good. The Lord is good.

But it is more important that both my heart and my head cling to this truth. That I take refuge in who He is - Good.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The Leaves are Changing

Seasons. They seem to come and go. (For many of us, winter just doesn't want to go this year!) And I know there is purpose in the ebb and flow of seasonal change. The Lord desires to sharpen and mold and grow is in both times of difficulty and in times of contentment and joy.

But what do we do when we seem to be stuck? Like a perpetual Groundhog Day - we trudge through life just. . .surviving. Survival is normally such a positive expression. "I'm a cancer survivor", " I survived a car wreck", "Our marriage survived this difficult time". Why then do I feel like surviving is going to be the death of me?

This is a tough season. Joy - yes there has been so much joy. And there has been so much love as well. But, at the same time, I am just surviving. Trudging along from one thing to the next thing, to the next thing. My heart so desires communion with the Father and fellowship with other sisters.

This season is changing. I can see the leaves beginning to change. Isn't the Lord so good to bring about change? To rescue us from despair? I am amazed and overcome by His faithfulness in the midst of my wandering. Praise the Lord! He is STILL Emmanuel! He is STILL near!

He is the Rescuer.

God is faithful to reveal his character at all times, in the midst of sadness and in the midst of happiness. He has revealed Himself as my Rescuer. My Rescuer who is near to me. By his grace, he has lifted me, been Emmanuel to me. And my longing for fellowship and communion? He is near. He is true Joy.

See, we have to fight for happiness. But Joy? We experience joy through communion. Through experiencing God in all of His fullness.

So today, experience JOY. Don't just survive. Look for signs of a changing season. And rest in Him. Rest in Joy.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Return to Communion

I find my heart longing for New Creation---longing for a return to Eden. Not because I desire paradise or easy living or freedom from pain and death. I desire communion with the Creator. My heart longs for the return to an unbroken relationship.

There are many things currently happening in my life. This is a beautiful time of change and transition and excitment for me and my family. But more than anything, I desire a return to true communion.

 I pray that this will be an encouraging outlet for communion. That together we will find what our souls long for---redemption through communion with God. For here is where we find true joy.