Ending or Beginning?

Are you a half-glass-full or half-glass-empty kind of person? Do you think about all the things you have to do, or get to do? Are you excited for something to end? Dreading something? Or is it the beginning that thrills or worries you? The answer’s probably ‘yes’. Me too.

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Where Can I Go?

Do you ever feel that you’re drifting along in this life journey? The worries and storms of life remain in crisp focus, while you don’t even notice that you’re still safely in the boat. Maybe the boat you’re in is even anchored securely, yet the waves keep crashing over the sides and soaking you to the skin; the salt water tasting awfully like the tears you cry. Even at the harbor, you can’t help but notice that your little dinghy doesn’t match up to the other great sailing vessels at port.

Really, whatever kind of craft you have, it’s important to know that ultimately, you’re safely in the Loving Father’s hands. The psalmist praises God for His ever-presence in Psalm 139:7-10.

I can never escape from your Spirit!
I can never get away from your presence! 

If I go up to heaven, you are there;
if I go down to the grave, you are there. 

If I ride the wings of the morning,
if I dwell by the farthest oceans, 

even there your hand will guide me,
and your strength will support me. (NLT)

If you find you’re fleeing or just at the mercy of a tempest you didn’t ask for, you can never be too far from God’s grasp. You can be sure that He has you firmly. He has promised to never leave you, nor forsake you. Knowing that God is in control and He is trustworthy will renew your strength. I’m encouraged by that in the song by Kari Jobe called “I Am Not Alone”:

When I walk through deep waters
I know that You will be with me
When I’m standing in the fire
I will not be overcome
Through the valley of the shadow
I will not fear

I am not alone, I am not alone
You will go before me, You will never leave me

So where will you go? Hopefully you will choose to go with God. And if you choose that, wherever you go, you’ll also go with God’s love.

Are You Finished?

The other day, I finished a movie I was watching. I also finished my lunch, finished getting dressed, finished a phone call with my mom, finished baseball practice. I’ve even finished my taxes; there’s not much time left, you know. But you know, I’m never really finished with them. I’ll have to do them again. They’re recurring tasks.

There are some of you who will finish school in a month or so, but you won’t stop learning. Your children will move away from home, but you aren’t finished being a parent. These are processes that last a lifetime. Continue reading