A Go To God

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Who or what is your Go To? Is it a cup of coffee or a call to a friend…a chocolate bar or a shopping spree? Where do you find comfort or solace in the midst of the intensity of daily living. Where do you unwind? Where do you seek refreshment and courage for your next step?

As you ponder these Go To questions consider this: God wants to be your Go To. Every aspect of God’s character; every letter of His Word; every longing of His heart bids you to rush to His side. Listen anew to Jesus’ words… Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light  (Matthew 11:28-30).  Sounds to me like a cup of God is all we need!

Near the end of Jesus’ life on earth. Jesus expressed regret to the very people He came to save: O Jerusalem, Jerusalem…how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing (Matthew 23:37). Make God your Go To today. Do so for the sake of your eternal future and your present well being. Jesus longs to gather you and your beloved to Himself. Be gathered, dear one. No regrets here!

The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing (Zephaniah 3:17)

OPP (opportunity for action): Our culture is gathering our children through social media. Give them an alternative source of acceptance. Be diligent in making sure that God’s Friend Request is all they need.      #Jeremiah 33:3 Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know. Be a God is a Go To voice in your home.

The Practice of a Quiet Soul

imageLife is lived in the meanwhiles, the commonplace spaces between events (Faith Feedings. p.32 ). In this season of life my own words are at my doorstep. In the meanwhile, my mother’s health and wellbeing is in decline. In the meanwhile, hospice has entered our home. In the meanwhile, evidence of the Lord’s presence and grace is mounting in our lives.

Therefore, I practice a Quiet Soul. I say practice because quietness is unnatural for me. A Quiet Soul is the fruit of trust in my Heavenly Father. It is a satisfying and restful wash of His compassion and faithfulness. In Psalm 131: 2 King David likened a quiet soul to a weaned child with its mother.

But I have stilled and quieted my soul;
like a weaned child with its mother;
like a weaned child is my soul within me.

What is your present meanwhile? I exhort you to practice childlike quietness in your present situation. Purpose to say like David: like a weaned child is my soul within me.

Lamentatios 3:22-24   Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning. I say to myself,’The Lord is my portion; I will wait for him.’

OPP: (opportunity for action) The best way to teach your children to Practice a Quiet Soul is by example. Speak God as faithful and sovereign in your own life. As I young mother, I found Psalm 46:10 helpful in my efforts to rest in the Lord. Be still and know that I am God; I pray that this will be a Stop Striving and Start Thriving meanwhile season of your life.