what do you need???

  I’ve had some interesting experiences of late that deal with the issue of needs & provisions.  Here are a few areas where I’ve experienced some needs (see if you can relate to some of these):  car problems, time shortages, some people issues at work, money shortages, kid concerns and more.  As I’ve thought about these, there are many different ways to address & resolve these things by money, more time, wisdom, work efficiencies & more. 

Sometimes I think we get a little too narrow on how we want these needs to be resolved.  Sometimes our prayers are about having more money, or more time, or more help.  But maybe these provisions are nothing more than the observable results of God’s immense love for us.  Maybe the real issue isn’t about resolving our needs but rather trusting in God & His love.   If we leave our life in God’s hands, He perfectly matches every need to His perfect provision. 

There are times that I’ve prayed for more:

  • time & He has made me more efficient
  • money & He’s given me a creative idea on how to cut some expenses
  • help & He’s decreased some of my work
  • friends & He’s worked on me to be a better friend

Jesus said to seek His kingdom 1st & everything else will take care of itself.  With God’s help, lets be sure that we’re going after God & resting in His outrageous abilities to provide for our needs 🙂

 

 

routine

Routines can be boring.  They’re by nature repetitive & can get VERY dull.  When i was growing up, we used to have a trampoline & i would practice my trampoline routines (like a gymnastics routine) to where i had like 3-4 routines i could do whenever we had guests.  I was kind of proud of these routines bc some of them were kind of tough.  What i discovered was that when i would practice the routines, i stayed sharp & wouldn’t make mistakes.  When i wouldn’t do them for a day or two, or even a week, my routines would get sloppy & sometimes i even hurt myself.

I find that the lessons i learned from practicing trampoline routines stay w me even now when i’m an adult.  My daily performance is intricately connected to my daily routines.  Furthermore, my daily routines are an integral part of the success or failure of my future.  What i practice today, is what i’ll be ready for tomorrow. 

i’m trying to get better w my routines – especially w my kids.  My personal routines include going to bed at a reasonable hour so i can get up early, have some solitude & God time so that i can go into each day w some Divine.  Utlimately, i find that every day needs the Divine & routine can help increase my awareness of God’s involvement in my daily living.  How are your routines?

daily bread

Ever find yourself asking God for more time, or more money, or more energy, or more wisdom, or more abilities, . . . . . ?  At some point in all of our lives, I think we’ve all asked God for at least one of these things. 

In my Lord’s Prayer experiment, I’ve found these kinds of requests interesting in light of Jesus’ instructions to ask our Father for “daily bread” – sustenance, essentials necessary for this day, etc.  Here’s some of my thinking:  if Jesus teaches us to make this request in praying to our Father, then because of God’s character of goodness & provider, He supplies our needs.  To me, this means that He gives us what we need for each day, when we bring this request to Him. 

As such, I’ve concluded that my heavenly Father does give me what I need for each day:  enough time, enough provision, enough money, enough patience, enough talent . . . . In Ps 84:11 it says,”For the LORD God is a sun and shield; The LORD will give grace and glory; No good thing  will He withhold From those who walk uprightly.  NKJV

So given this understanding, when I ask our heavenly Father to give me my daily bread, I can trust Him to give me exactly what I need for this day. 

Do you ever have trouble trusting our heavenly Father to provide what you need?  What helps you trust Him?

a possible God bridge

Bridges are used to connect to things that would not otherwise touch or connect.  This reminds me of spitting off the bridge of the isthmus of Corinth to see how far it was to the bottom – but that’s a different story. 

Anyways, we use lots of things for bridges – ropes, wood, cable (consider your most recent zip line experience), cement, communication, etc.  While we generally understand & are grateful that Jesus is God’s bridge to connect with humanity – I think that our Father has some things in our daily living that serve as bridges to connect us to Him. 

Consider:  in Philip 4:19, Paul tells us that God supplies all of our needs according to His riches in glory.  This verse is often taken to mean that God meets our needs (He provides for the things we need in life).  The context of this verse supports the idea that God gives us the things necessary to match the needs we have.  However, given my simple mind, I also read this verse to say that God gives us needs.  The reason I bring this up is because if you’re like me, I’m more motivated when I have a need than when I’m “content” or in a satisfied state.  I find that often I am more drawn to God when I’m in a state of disequilibrium than when life is smooth.  Could it be that God can use the needs in your life as a bridge for you to use to come to Him?  Don’t shoot the messenger (me), but this is something to consider.  🙂

some thoughts to digest

Here’s some things I’ve been thinking of lately:

  • I want to start writing books again – this has been on pause since I jumped into Greek
  • uncertainty can be debilitating or exciting (fear would be the debilitating slant, trusting God would be the exciting version)
  • I had a bad pho experience – my 1st one
  • temptation could be a God desire filtered through a fleshy prism
  • I can make a really tastey homemade pumpkin pie that’s not too hard!
  • different people affect me different ways – this realization is very healthy for me as I used to be a really detached person
  • I’m ongoingly amazed by the goodness of God, including His patience
  • I’ve got Greek tomorrow night & need to make a decision about what to do next semester
  • I’ve been sensing God around me more – this is great because it raises my awareness of my need for Him more blatantly

May God speak to you today such that you hear & understand Him well.  🙂

pressure management

You probably don’t need me to list anything that may add to the pressure in your life, so here’s something good to think about:  God has your future in His hands and you can trust Him.  For me, this was really helpful  to hear this morning in my time w Him.  From time to time, when I feel lots of pressure, sometimes I find my mind wanting to escape from the pressure.  In prayer this morning, I was kind of daydreaming when I felt God inviting me to settle into Him rather than go down the daydreaming path.  This was an interesting experience because when I was daydreaming, I was really restless.  When I followed God, the restlessness stopped & I felt a calm serenity with great depth.  In my prayer time, I stayed w God & received an internal confidence that is even lingering w me now. 

We all have pressures & stresses – from our own choices & from things beyond our control.  I’d encourage you to be mindful of how you deal with such pressures & stresses.  God designs our needs to be met in Him.

consumption

I’ve been thinking about consumption alot lately.  As humans, we consume alot.  Some things are necessary, some are luxuries and some things we consume are non-sensical – look at the trash dumps.  I wonder if I consume too much and don’t give enough.  One of my reasons for not being generous or not giving is that I’ll run out or there’s not enough, or limited supplies and resources. 

It stresses me out when I run out of something – when I run out of time or ideas or money or energy or even myself.  I find that when I get spun out in this deadend of inadequacy, my problem, largeley, is that I’m neglecting to keep my eyes on God as my provision (of truth, direction, wisdom, strength, . . . ).    When I get my eyes off God, great darkness sneaks in and I find myself rapidly coming to the end of my self.  I’m human and I consume, but the ultimate truth is that my consumption needs to be grounded in God.  I need Him.