Your Maker is Your Helper

Where do you look for answers?

Where do you go to find help?

Today we live with so much information, so much knowledge available to us at the touch of our finger tips. The resources are endless.

But how do you decide which buttons to press?

How do you determine what information to read?

How do you choose what answers to believe?

With such easy access to information and so many options available…what is the filter in your mind that determines whether or not the information is true, or whether the answer is right for you?

Now if your situation is a product that needs repair or understanding of how to use it, then looking for the answers is best found in going to the maker of that particular product.

If you are having trouble with your I-phone you may try to fix it yourself by doing a reset. If that doesn’t work, you may ask your friends or google and find there are specific settings that need to be changed. These can be helpful for many of your phone issues, but what do you do when none of these answers work? Oh no! Not the Genius Bar at the Apple Store! Now that requires a lot more time and effort. You may need to be without your phone for awhile until there is an open appointment! But once you are there you will find those who have been trained in the knowledge and understanding of the I-phone. They have diagnostics available that can determine the problem and can offer a solution. And if they can’t solve the problem they have the power to give or sell you one that works.

The maker is the one who knows the product!

The maker has the power to fix the product!

And so, it brings me to my point.

Who made you?

This is a question that the enemy of your soul never wants you to answer correctly. He shrouds it with lies that breed confusion, he redefines it as you give power to the hurts and disappointments of others, and he uses the intellect and wisdom of this world to deceive so that you never really understand the one true answer to this question.

Because when you know the answer to this question, and you live fully convinced of its truth, you will always find the answers you are searching for, and always receive the help you need! 

“Acknowledge that the Lord is God! He made us, and we are his.    We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.” Psalm 100:3

If you believe God, the Creator of heaven and earth, the One who spoke and everything came into existence is the One who knit you together, and formed every part of you in your mother’s womb…

If you believe God placed you exactly where He wanted you to be, at this specific time, to fulfill His purposes here on earth…

If you believe that God is the One who holds your being together, gives you every breath, and has every one of your days written before even one came into being…

If you believe God knows the number of hairs on your head, every word before you speak it, and promises that nothing in all this world can ever separate you from His presence and His love…

You have available to you all you need!

“And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19

As your Maker, God knows you fully, there is nothing that comes into your day that God didn’t know about. He isn’t caught off guard by something someone said to you, by an accident that happened to you, by a diagnosis, or a financial loss.

Your Maker is your helper!

God has already been there, He has answers, solutions, and all the help you need and He wants you to draw near to Him so He can walk through it with you.

“God is our refuge and strength,
    always ready to help in times of trouble.” Psalm 46:1

As a creation made by God you were never intended to fix yourself, solve your own problems, or find your answers from the world.

David understood this when he wrote Psalm 121,

I look up to the mountains—
    does my help come from there?
My help comes from the Lord,
    who made heaven and earth!

He will not let you stumble;
    the one who watches over you will not slumber.
Indeed, he who watches over Israel
    never slumbers or sleeps.

The Lord himself watches over you!
    The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade.
The sun will not harm you by day,
    nor the moon at night.

The Lord keeps you from all harm
    and watches over your life.
The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go,
    both now and forever.

God is for you, He is able to do exceedingly above and beyond all you could ever think or imagine! His resources are not limited to the things of this world, but are beyond your understanding and your ability! While the world may have answers, they only solve the symptoms, coving over the root issues.

God is more concerned with your heart than your situations because He knows that when your heart is changed your situations will change!  

So, before you press that button in search of an answer, go to God. Get out your Bible and read of His great and precious promises. Read them out loud over yourself and your situation. Ask God what He has to say, and then listen for His answer!

Your Maker is your helper!

Live Generously

While spending some time with my grandson, Elliot, the other day  I was reminded of something the Lord said to me several years ago.

“There is more where that came from.”

A friend and I were having dinner at a restaurant one evening and as we were finishing up she said to me the Lord was putting on her heart to bless a woman and her two daughters who were sitting several tables away from us. Being a single mom her attention was drawn to the woman and she had been watching them as they ate dinner together. I remembered I had some extra cash in my wallet and agreed to pray together about what we should do. As we prayed about how we should bless this woman and her girls and how we should share God’s love for them my mind went back to the amount of cash I had in my wallet and considered, “That’s all I have, should I give it all?” It was then that the Holy Spirit whispered in my ear, “There is more where that came from.”

With that I was convinced we should put our money together and bless them with it. Then we needed to come up with the words to say. How do you walk up to someone and give them money? I let my friend put some words together because she had been in a place of need herself and found words to speak encouragement and hope found in trusting Jesus for all our needs. Then we planned the delivery. Why can blessing someone feel so strange sometimes? We came up with a strategy and went for it. My friend shared some encouraging words, we handed her the money, and then went on our way.

I don’t know what the woman and her girls thought of it, but we were overjoyed! I had such joy in my heart it was all I could think about for a long time!

There is nothing like the joy found in giving!

This is what Elliot reminded me of the other day…

It was snack time so I put several veggie straws in a dish for him. He took one and ate it, then he held one up for me to eat. He continued to share his veggies straws and every time the dish was empty, I reached into the enormous bag of veggie straws and put more in it.

This was when the Lord spoke to me again and said, “Elliot can so easily share because he knows there will always be more.”

Elliot wasn’t responsible for the supply of veggie straws. He was only given the choice of what to do with the veggie straws that were in his dish. He enjoyed eating some himself and he found joy in sharing them with me.

God made me laugh as He told me He has an enormous bag of veggie straws available and all I need to do is trust that He will always fill my dish when I choose to share them with others!

When I know the truth that God has everything I need and will always supply my need it removes the fear that I won’t have enough and frees me to live generously!

“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19

Lessons From Children

As a mother I have learned that God gives many lessons through the “mouths of babes.” While I may have thought I was the one teaching and training, I have come to realize that there has been many things my Heavenly Father taught me through my children. 

Such as a lesson about love…

As my first born, Brian was everything to me. All my time, energy, and purpose was wrapped up in caring for him and spending time with him. As my first baby I was wowed with his “firsts”! Every day he did something new and I was so caught up in watching him grow and spending time with him. So when I became pregnant again at first I was eager to have another little one to enjoy as I was enjoying Brian. But as the months progressed I began to wonder if I would be able to love another baby as I loved Brian. When Cliff was born, I learned the lesson that because God is love, love has no limits, it always abounds, and there is plenty for everyone! 

With each new baby I realized that not only does love abound, but because God creates each one uniquely, each child’s firsts were amazing! Just as I delighted in Brian’s firsts, I delighted in Cliff’s, Austin’s, and Kayla’s because each one’s firsts were unique to them. They each learned and responded differently according to their personality and I loved them for it. 

When they were a little older they would ask me who I loved most. Now maybe at the moment it did seem as though I loved one of them more than the others, but that question never received the answer they were looking for. So they would come up with their own answers based on how they perceived the ways I demonstrated my love. Who got the most things, who was allowed to do the most, who got away with the most…

I enjoy the simplicity and honesty of children. I think this is why God can teach us lessons through them.

I’m sure you have wondered if God really loved you and when you didn’t seem to get an answer, you began to ponder the evidence to prove whether He did or not?

How do you determine God’s love for you?

You are probably like my children and begin to look for evidence.

What is the evidence that proves you are loved?

This is an all important question you need to consider!

How you answer this question will determine whether or not you ever know whether you are truly loved. 

If you look for evidence of God’s love for you

in the things of this world…

in the people of this world…

in the successes of this world…

to determine whether God loves you or not you will always be uncertain, you will always be searching, you will never have enough evidence to know you are loved. 

My children have grown to realize that the amount of things they received, permission to do certain things, being allowed to get away with things doesn’t prove my love for them. Yes, these are expressions of my love, but my love is not to be measured by the amount of evidence, nor is my love conditional upon their performance, I love them simply because they are mine!

And this is what God says to you as well, 

“But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, And He who formed you, “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine.” Isaiah 43:1

This is God’s answer to your question as to whether or not you are loved. God’s love for you isn’t found in the things of this world, in the people of this world, nor in the successes of this world, it is found only in Him because God is Love!

“God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.” 1 John 4:15-16

Evidence of God’s love is written all throughout the Bible and is displayed all throughout His creation, but the climax of His Love was demonstrated on the cross as His Son, Jesus, died for the forgiveness of sin so you can personally know and experience the One who is love, God Himself!

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

So rather than searching for evidences of God’s love for you, search for God Himself, spend time with Him, get to know Him through His word, talk with Him throughout your day for God is love and the more you know Him the more you will experience His love!

 

 

Why have I called you…

I am reading through the book of Isaiah and I came across some verses that caught my attention…

“And why have I called you for this work? Why did I call you by name when you did not know me? I am the Lordthere is no other God. I have equipped you for battle, though you don’t even know me, so all the world from east to west will know there is no other God. I am the Lord, and there is no other.” Isaiah 45:4-6


I grew up with the understanding there was different types of work. There were those who worked jobs around the community. They were considered secular jobs because they were among the people of the world. There were those who worked in the church and they were somewhat separate from those of the world. Then there were those who were really radical that went to other countries to be missionaries. They were willing to leave everything to tell others about God. 

I always admired missionaries. I considered their passion and selflessness something I longed for. To leave this culture of entitlement, to be free from the things of this world, and to lay up treasures in heaven by telling those who never heard about Jesus of His power and love! 

There was a separation in my thinking.

People here in America do secular jobs, missionaries do godly jobs.

I now see that this way of thinking goes against everything God says in His word. 

“So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31

I finally realize there is no difference in the work we do. If we belong to God we are called to leave this culture’s ways of thinking, be free from the desires of this world, and lay up treasures in heaven by telling others about the power and love of God found in Jesus!

As I spend my days behind a desk, answering the phone, and cleaning the office, I am learning to change my thinking about what I do.

Because the way I think about what I do greatly affects what I do and the impact it has on those around me. 

So when I read this verse in Isaiah, God whispered into my ear that He has called me to this work so that others all around me will know that He is God and that there is no other!

I’m finding it difficult to understand what that looks like. But I know in the depth of my heart that this is what God has for His people. He has placed His people all throughout this world so that we shine His light in all we say, and in all we do because we are surrounded by people who live in the darkness of not knowing Him. It isn’t only the people in far away countries that don’t know Jesus, but in every corner of this great world! 

“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.” Matthew 5:14-17

 

 

An Open Door

Sometimes in life you find yourself in front of an open door. It is a door that leads to something you never considered before. It is a door that you would have walked right past if it hadn’t been opened a crack. But, there it is…just opened enough to get your attention. You’re not really sure what it looks like on the other side, but you begin to imagine what it might be like.

You go up to it with curiosity, but with your first peek you are convinced it isn’t a door you want to walk through. With a closer look you see the difficulties, the impossibilities, and decide it isn’t for you.

But then someone comes along and tells you that it is a door you should walk through. They say you are able to accomplish the difficulties, and can do the impossibilities. You appreciate hearing their confidence in you, but you find it hard to believe.

Now you stand there in front of that opened door with your own thoughts of insecurities and with the words of confidence from another; torn between the two.

How do you decide?

I’m sure if you asked others for advice about their open door experiences you would get many different answers. Some would have stories of success and fulfillment as they courageously walked through an open door. Others would have regrets of missed opportunities from being too afraid of the difficulties and impossibilities.

The experiences from others will give you knowledge, but it won’t give you the wisdom you need for your open door.

Your open door is unique and specific, intended just for you! 

It could be that facing the difficulties and impossibilities you first saw as you peeked through the door are the very things God intends to work together for your good.

Don’t allow your first peek through an open door to determine your response!

This is where the wisdom that comes from God is needed!

God alone knows what is best for you!

God is for you and always has your best interest in mind!

God knows you better than you know yourself and He has good intentions to use the situations in life to mature and perfect you!

So even if your first peek leads you to assume the open door isn’t right for you, know that when you ask God He will give you wisdom and courage to make the right choice.

What is so amazing about God is that when you begin to tell Him all the reasons why you don’t want to walk through the door He listens and understands, but He doesn’t discuss your emotions, fears, or insecurities with you.

Discussing them only keeps you convinced you can’t do it!

Instead, God takes your excuses and begins to show you a different way of looking at them!

Just like the open door Moses faced when God called him to set his people free. Moses kept telling God the reasons he couldn’t walk through that door. But God kept taking the focus off of Moses’ excuses, and reminded Moses who He was and what He was capable of. God told Moses that He would walk through the door with him and help him accomplish what Moses had decided he couldn’t do.

So, as you look at the open door in front of you, choose to take your thoughts, feelings, and emotions to God and ask Him to replace them with His truth and to give you wisdom to walk through the door with courage and confidence, not in your own strength or abilities, but knowing God will equip and enable you to accomplish all the difficulties and impossibilities!

And you can believe you will have no regrets!