Where’s Wilma?

Did you ever say something and then regret what you said because you realize you may actually have to do what you said?

This past summer as Mark and I were planning for our Reservoir Bible Study which would need to be pre-recorded to be used on our zoom meetings I had an idea…

In the past I would begin our Bible Study time together by encouraging the youth and young adults to share something they were thankful for, an answered prayer, or a God story from their week.

It was a stretch, but usually there would be several brave ones who would share something and I loved whatever they said because I know the power of words and it gave them a safe place to learn the power of praise!

Well, this summer I was considering how to include praise and thanksgiving via zoom. I have to believe it was God’s idea that He put in my mind because it certainly wasn’t something that I actually wanted to do.

So, I found myself saying to Mark one day, “I should dress up like Where’s Waldo’s girl friend, Wilma, and do a video clip encouraging the students to Find God in their lives and give Him thanks.”

It was just a thought, just a silly idea…

But Mark took it seriously!

He thought it was a great idea!

Next thing I knew we were ordering the “Where’s Waldo” Book, AND the “Where’s Wilma” costume.

It started to take on a life of its own. We thought of shooting the video in different places in West Milford and at the end of my talk we could pan out to something that would be a clue of where I was so the students could guess and for each correct guess their name would be put in the basket for a drawing each month.

As long as it was an idea; as long as the book was on the table, and the costume was folded on my dresser and there were some plans of where we could record the video, it was all good.

Then, there came the day I needed to pick up the book, put on the costume, go out to some place in West Milford, stand in front of the video camera, and talk.

That was a different thing!

But I found as I went out with the motive to give others the encouragement to be thankful and to share their God Stories, I became brave and courageous to do exactly that, even in my “Wilma Suit” and with the possibility of people passing by seeing me and hearing me.

And so, the very thing God stirred in my heart, the very thing I spoke out, though it was something I regretted and feared, became something that I am very thankful for and have learned that God’s will doesn’t always fit in my comfort zone, but it is for my best and intended to point others to Him!

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.  And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.  I will be found by you, says the Lord…” Jeremiah 29:11-14

My Father is the KING!

“Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come.
Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.” Matthew 6:9-13

I was reminded of these verses this morning and I found them to be comforting, convicting, and encouraging all wrapped up together.

Jesus tells me to pray to God using the words, “Our Father.”

God, the One who is outside of time, who always was, always is, and forever will be!

God, the One who spoke all of heaven and earth into being!

God, the One true God who rules over all from His throne in heaven!

Yes, this God is the God who loved the world so much He sent Jesus to show us who He is and to make a way so we can call Him, Father!

Jesus was sent here to demonstrate God’s intention for life!

Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection was the first fruit of what God intends for all those He creates!

Jesus’ perfect sacrifice on the cross defeated sin and death so we no longer are slaves to sin and have relationship with God, our Father.

“For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,  and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. Romans 8:15-17

Now that I am a child of God I have the same status as Jesus, and therefore I too can call God, my Father!

But I admit sometimes my Father in heaven seems so far away, so out of touch from the things I’m going through here on earth.

The evil one who rules the earth seems to be winning. Seems to be in control.

God reminded me that His throne in heaven doesn’t mean He is far away and out of touch. His presence is everywhere! God is all-seeing, all-knowing, moving and working in all ways and in all things!

And that I find very comforting!

But, as everyone else, I am pondering God’s perspective of what is going on here on earth.

I was reminded of the time Jesus told His disciples about the suffering, death, and resurrection He was to go through, Peter jumped in and said, No way! Peter’s perspective didn’t want those things to take place, yet they were the very things that brought life!

Could this suffering, these seemingly evil plans of man, this death and destruction, be part of a bigger picture that I don’t understand?

While God doesn’t create evil, He uses the evil schemes of Satan and works them for good. 

I am convicted of looking at the things around me, reading the reports of man, and becoming angry, fearful, and frustrated.

I don’t have the answer, but I know God has placed me here for such a time as this and I as I cry out for His perspective He keeps reminding me to keep my eyes on Him.

This world has always been dark and evil and that is the very reason He sent Jesus and it is the very reason He sent me, and all who believe in Him!

As I pray to Him, trust in Him, and keep my eyes on Him He will give me my daily bread, He will forgive me when I stumble, as I forgive those who stumble around me, and He will keep me safe from the evil one.

Because I belong to a kingdom that isn’t of this world!

It is a powerful kingdom, a glorious kingdom, and an eternal kingdom.

And my Father is the KING!



This pandemic is powerful, it has shaken our entire world!

Everyone’s life has been shaken!

We will never be the same on the other side of this!

I find it interesting that in the middle of this shaking comes Holy week; the Passion of Jesus!

Talk about a powerful shaking!

A shaking that changed the world forever!

A shaking that ushered in an unshakable kingdom!

“Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire.” Hebrews 12:28-29

When God called Moses to Mount Sinai He told Moses to tell the people not to follow, not to even approach or touch the mountain, for He is a holy God, unapproachable by sinful men.

Moses approached the mountain of God with fear and trembling! It was there God gave Moses the commandments His people were to obey so He could dwell with them.

But, as I read through the Old Testament I find those commandments, while intended for their good, were neglected and rebelled against.

Those commandments actually brought out the reality of their inability to obey.

God’s people were constantly shaken by a cycle of obedience, disobedience, repentance, obedience…

God loved His people and His peace, protection, and provision were evidences of His love for them.

But, God is a holy God, and holiness requires perfection!

God’s people weren’t perfect!

God’s people needed to be perfected!

God’s people needed a Perfect Sacrifice whose blood didn’t just cover their sin, but removed it completely!

God’s people needed a Perfect Savior whose righteousness gave them access into the presence of God! 

God’s people needed a Perfect Power to overcome the shaking of rebellion and sin! 

The events in the life of Jesus shook everyone  around Him and changed their lives forever!

Shaking brings with it the need to reach for something steady. Something to hold onto that won’t give way and fall. 

As I navigate this pandemic, this shaking of everything in my life, what am I reaching out for to steady me?

What can I hold on to that won’t give way and fall?

I know it is no coincidence that holy week is right in the middle, right during the most crucial time, of this pandemic!

My answer is found in the UNSHAKABLE KINGDOM OF JESUS!

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David was the REAL DEAL!

The Lord is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the strength of my life;
Of whom shall I be afraid?
When the wicked came against me
To eat up my flesh,
My enemies and foes,
They stumbled and fell.
Though an army may encamp against me,
My heart shall not fear;
Though war may rise against me,
In this I will be confident.

One thing I have desired of the Lord,
That will I seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the Lord
All the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the Lord,
And to inquire in His temple.
For in the time of trouble
He shall hide me in His pavilion;
In the secret place of His tabernacle
He shall hide me;
He shall set me high upon a rock.

And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me;
Therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle;
I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.

Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice!
Have mercy also upon me, and answer me.
When You said, “Seek My face,”
My heart said to You, “Your face, Lord, I will seek.”
Do not hide Your face from me;
Do not turn Your servant away in anger;
You have been my help;
Do not leave me nor forsake me,
O God of my salvation.
10 When my father and my mother forsake me,
Then the Lord will take care of me.

11 Teach me Your way, O Lord,
And lead me in a smooth path, because of my enemies.
12 Do not deliver me to the will of my adversaries;
For false witnesses have risen against me,
And such as breathe out violence.
13 I would have lost heart, unless I had believed
That I would see the goodness of the Lord
In the land of the living.

14 Wait on the Lord;
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say, on the Lord!

Psalm 27

Last evening I read an article about the effects of fear upon the human body. It was written by one who has intently studied the brain and documented many tests of how our thoughts effect us physically. What I found fascinating was that though it wasn’t written from a Biblical basis, everything he wrote purely from the physical aspect lined up with what God has said in the Bible!
God says He didn’t give us a spirit of fear, and that His perfect love casts out all fear…
God tells us not to worry about anything, and not to be anxious…
God tells us that as a man thinks, so is he…
God says that He has given us a spirit of power, love and a sound mind…
that nothing will ever separate us from His love,
and that we should trust, rejoice, and praise Him in all things…
These aren’t just some nice words of poetry God wrote thousands of years ago.
These are words of truth that are for our good, physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually!
God intends that we believe them, trust in them, and obey them!
Faith in God keeps us healthy!
God called David “a man after God’s own heart.”
Reading the Psalms shows us why. David didn’t live a life of leisure. Things didn’t always go well for David. It wasn’t because God provided an easy life filled with everything he needed.
David faced many hardships, many enemies, and many impossible situations in life. Those were what increased his faith and proved his love and trust in God. The ways he responded to the things he faced were the very reasons he was “a man after God’s own heart.”
It is the way we face the trials of life that prove what is in our hearts.
When David went out to the battle field and saw Goliath taunting the army of God a righteous indignation rose up within him. How dare someone mock, taunt, and defy the people of God!
David looked past the size and experience of Goliath, and saw the defiance of his God and that was what David fought against.
David’s loyalty was to His God and to the people of God. 
David’s trust was in the ability of his God.
When those around him questioned his zeal to go and fight Goliath, he remembered the times he fought other enemies and the supernatural power God provided for his protection and the protection of those he was taking care of.
 Your servant has killed both lion and bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God.”  Moreover David said, “The Lord, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” 1 Samuel 17:36-37
David’s faith was developed through adversity. He learned that on his own he could do nothing, but there was One who was for him who had the power and might to deliver him from anything that threatened him.
When David looked past the adversary and saw God, he didn’t fear, but had confidence. 
Faith is what keeps us healthy; physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually!

Be Fearless!

Two weeks ago when I heard that life was to be shut down for two weeks I decided to seek first God’s kingdom and His righteousness. I realized there was an attack by the kingdom of darkness upon us as never before and I would need the truth of God’s word to be my anchor, and the promises of God to build my faith and hope for such a time as this.

One thing I have been reminded of is the very fact that God never changes. Over these two weeks many things in this world have changed on a daily basis.

But God’s word is consistent! 

What He said to His people thousands of years ago, He says to me today!

What He did for His people before, He will do for me today!

Though situations are different it is still the same.

The ruler of the kingdom of darkness who reigns in this world wields his power to steal, kill, and destroy all God has created.

But, Jesus has come to bring life, abundant life!

This war between Satan and God has raged since the beginning of time.

But, for those who lived by faith in God their story was different every time!

It was the desperate situations when God’s people cried out to Him as never before.

It was the impossible situations they faced that caused them to choose to obey God rather than man.

God’s most loving responses are found in desperation!

God’s most power works are found in the impossible!

God has always been for His people!

So I am more convinced than ever that God intends good from this unprecedented time!

I am certain that this situation holds the potential for God’s kingdom to move powerfully upon the earth as never before!

But it will be up to God’s people to cry out to Him as never before.

It will be up to God’s people to choose to obey Him rather than conform to the ways of the world.

It will require that we walk by faith and not by sight!

When God moves on the earth it is through the faith lived out by His people!

All throughout the Bible God’s people were set apart from those of this world. They were distinguished because of their God. Not because they were any better, but because their God was the one true God!

The situations they faced resulted in supernatural provision, miraculous salvation, and overwhelming victory because of who they were and because of who their God was.

When I know who I am as God’s child, and when I believe who my God is,

the impossible situations I face are intended to draw me near to God.

They are intended for me to trust and obey Him.

They are intended for my faith in Him to take action that will display how great God is!

While the enemy of my soul would have me paralyzed in fear and anxiety so that I become self focused and hopeless having no impact on the kingdom of God…

The lover of my soul has given me His Spirit of love, power, and a sound mind so that I will walk by faith and respond to His will for me so that those around me will see how great God is!

God is about enlarging His kingdom!

The One who loves me and has brought me into His glorious light loves those around me just as much and it is His desire for all to come to know the truth.

May I be fearless in this time, draw near to God, and in complete faith choose to obey what He has for me in such a time as this.

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God, who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began, but has now been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, to which I was appointed a preacher, an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles. For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.” 2 Timothy 1:7-12