Testify to God's Faithfulness & Sitting Among Friends #80

We can be sure that His faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds. It is as vast as the Heavens. Praise the Lord!



In 4 Strategies to Battle Temptation, we learned that one way to battle temptation was to remember God’s Faithfulness.

No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13 (NIV)

Remembering God's faithfulness has been an essential part of my lifeline. 10 years ago, I was teaching and my husband and I decided it was best for me to stay-at-home after having our first child.

Not knowing where that would lead, we decided to step out and trust that God would take care of us. We had to trust that He would be faithful. After all, I had seen His faithfulness with my parents growing up and with my grandparents.

For the LORD is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation. Psalm 100:5 (NLT)

We can be sure that His faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds. It is as vast as the Heavens. Praise the Lord!God has shown me His faithfulness on a daily basis and I know that in taking these steps and leaning into Him to show up in my life He will continue to prove that He is who He is.

One of my favorite people to talk to about God’s faithfulness with is my grandmother. She could write a book on the things God has done for her and shown His faithfulness to her for all these years. Not a joke, weekly as we have conversations she has a story.

Stories of God’s comfort, peace, love, goodness, mercy, strength, unbounded grace, trust, and yes, convictions.

We see this same faithfulness throughout the Old and New Testament. From beginning to end we see a story of a God who is in relentless pursuit of His children and through all their rebellion He remains faithful.

If we are unfaithful, he remains faithful, for he cannot deny who he is. 2 Timothy 2:13 (NLT)

When God spoke to Moses from the burning bush He said to Moses, “I am the God of Abraham, The God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” He was reminding Moses He was the same God. He was the God of His Fathers. He had proved to be good, trustworthy and faithful to them and He would prove the same to Moses and all the Israelites. He will prove the same to you today!

Your unfailing love, O LORD, is as vast as the heavens; your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds. Psalm 36:5 (NLT)

Although at times it may feel or appear, as it did to Moses, that there may be an end to God’s faithfulness. Maybe we question if He will come through in this situation or this stage in our life.

We may ask those age-old questions. WHY? Why did this happen God? Where were you when…? Did you even notice that this just happened?   
What we are wondering is, is God faithful?

How can He cause this suffering? Can I trust Him to get me through this? Will He be here in this story? Or will I have to do it alone?

We think that our suffering or heartache are a measurement of His faithfulness and not His mercy and love.

I learned quickly, through suffering a great loss that the best thing to realize God’s faithfulness was to ask for what purpose instead of why. His purpose has declared to me time and time again of who He truly is.

We can be sure that His faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds. It is as vast as the Heavens. Praise the Lord!

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23 (ESV)Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23 (ESV)

We have this hope as an anchor for our souls and we can hold to it without wavering. We can cling to that hope by remembering the times that God has been faithful not only for us but for His children for all of History.

One of the ways that we can offer hope to others is by sharing the hope that we have within us. We can share the times that God has been faithful to us. 

Faithful to complete a task. Faithful to show His goodness and kindness. Faithful to show up every morning with an opportunity to show us who He really is.

Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. Lamentations 3:23 (NLT)

For He who called you is faithful. He will be faithful to complete and sanctify you in every way until the day He comes again. Hallelujah!

Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again. God will make this happen, for he who calls you is faithful. 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 (NLT)

Today, we are going to boast about God. In the comments below, we are going to testify to His faithfulness by sharing a time when He was faithful in your own life. Do this to not only encourage us but for your own benefit of remembering God is Faithful.

Personal Reflections:

Do you find yourself wondering if there was a time that God was faithful?

How do you confess God’s faithfulness to those around you? Do you have trouble sharing that with others? Start today by sharing with us below.
 
I am glad you are here. I would love for you to join us at Seeking God Daily. Because a couple friends and I are passionate about sharing God’s Word we have joined forces to bring together a Facebook Group called Seeking God Daily.
Seeking God Daily is a group that offers hope, encouragement, and support in learning God's Word and applying the truths to our walk with Christ. 

We want to encourage one another through authentic, honest and respectful conversation as we earnestly seek Him daily.
Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.


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Battling Temptation and Sitting Among Friends #79

Temptations will come our way. We can remember these four things to help us battle through them.  Be alert.  Pursue holiness.  Treasure God’s Word in your heart.  God IS faithful.

Last week, I pointed you to three verse to meditate on during those sleepless nights. One reason, I believe, it is vital to get plenty of rest is because we become more susceptible to temptation when our body is weak.

When we are weak we tend to give into our flesh and its desires. For me, I say this as I am writing at 12:30 in the morning, I tend to be crabby with my kids. I have a shortened attention span. I am short on patience aka, I have none and I make short rash decisions for the sake of having a peaceful mind. Being extra tired means quiet time leads to sleeping and not praying and studying.

For many other reasons, we fall into temptation. Greed, pride, envy, sensuality, foolishness, popularity, and the list goes on.  Our flesh is weak and it is easier to follow the trends of this world than going against the norm by following Jesus.

Today, we will put 4 verses into our arsenal for battling temptation. I hope you are ready.

Be Alert

"Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak." Matthew 26:41 (NIV)

While Jesus was in the Garden of Gethsemane, He told His disciples to stay alert. He also told them to stay awake and pray. He knew they were about to be tempted in ways they could not overcome themselves and He wanted them to pray for strength so they would be prepared.

When we are tired, we lose focus, we are not able to stay awake to do what is necessary to fight temptation. Like the disciples, it means losing out on time to pray.

Pursue Holiness
But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. 1 Timothy 6:11 (NIV)

Another area of temptation is money. We have to admit, we like to be comfortable. In fact, most of us like to be beyond comfortable and would prefer to have such an abundance of money that we “think” we would never have to worry about money again.

Let me ask you a couple questions. How much would enough be? What would you do with enough?

Remember when Satan tempted Jesus in the wilderness, He took Him to the top of the mountain and said, “I will give you all the kingdoms of the world if you will bow down and worship me.” He offered Him more than enough. But at what cost?

In verse 10, Paul says money is the root of all kind of evil. He doesn’t say money is evil but the root of evil. Evil can grow from it in so many ways.
In verse 11, he encourages Timothy to pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness.

By putting your trust in God, you have what is eternal. By putting your trust in money, you only have what is fleeting.  
Temptations will come our way. We can remember these four things to help us battle through them.  Be alert.  Pursue holiness.  Treasure God’s Word in your heart.  God IS faithful. 
Treasure His Word

Your word I have treasured in my heart, That I may not sin against You. Psalm 119:11 (NASB)

I love this verse. I cannot tell you how many times, I have been convicted by God’s Word. That doesn’t sound too appealing, does it? Hide God’s Word in your heart so those verses can come to you when you are doing something completely wrong. Eek!

But honestly, I want to know the right way to live. I think we all do. I think we are on a pursuit to make this world better and ideally, all of us would take the platform on world peace.

When we struggle, of course, we don’t want someone pointing to our flaws. We want to revel in them for a moment. But in the end, we know that is not right living.  

Right living begins with knowing what is right and treasuring that truth, God’s Word, in our hearts. Oh, that I might not sin against my Lord!

God is Faithful

No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide an escape, so that you can stand up under it. 1 Corinthians 10:13 (BSB)

We must be careful to think we are above sin. As if we have some sort of super cape under our clothes and sin and temptation flee at our sight.

Pride is a very dangerous position to put ourselves in. We say things like, I would never…, and that could not happen to me and my family. In the process, of putting our invincibility shield on, we abandon the things that God teaches us in His Word.

In verse 12, Paul warns us to be careful to think that we are standing too firm so that we don’t fall. Any firm standing needs to be in God’s faithfulness and not in our own righteousness.

The encouragement that Paul gives us is that if we do fall, God is faithful to provide for us a way out of the temptation and even if it causes us to bend, it will not break us.  

God is not only faithful to help us endure temptation, He is Faithful to complete all the good work He started in us. Lean in and Hold on.

Temptations will come our way. We can remember these four things to help us battle through them.

Be alert.

Pursue holiness.

Treasure God’s Word in your heart.

God IS faithful.

Personal Reflections:

Do you find yourself putting God on the back burner when you are tired? When you are giving into temptation do you look for correction?
How much money is enough? How do you know when you have gotten there? What is the next step with enough?

What is a quick tip you have for hiding God’s Word in your heart?

What comes to mind when you think of the words, God Is Faithful?
I am glad you are here. I would love for you to join us at Seeking God Daily. Because a couple friends and I are passionate about sharing God’s Word we have joined forces to bring together a Facebook Group called Seeking God Daily.
Seeking God Daily is a group that offers hope, encouragement, and support in learning God's Word and applying the truths to our walk with Christ. 

We want to encourage one another through authentic, honest and respectful conversation as we earnestly seek Him daily.
Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.


This week and next you will get to meet the ladies behind this new adventure. You can join this group by clicking HERE! While you are there feel free to invite some friends along for the journey. We would love to have them!

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No More Sleepless Nights and Sitting Among Friends #78


As summer approaches and the days are getting longer, I struggle to get to sleep early, how about you? Some of those nights can also be peppered with sleeplessness.

For different reasons, sleeplessness may occur. Reasons such as stresses of a job, raising a family and not having ends meet. Maybe you play those problems over like a broken record in your head at night.

Let's sleep to a different tune!

My toughest nights have always been calmed by the meditation of scripture. Whatever your reasons for having those sleepless nights, I hope you are encouraged by these verses.

You are known
The LORD is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in him. Nahum 1:7 (ESV)

Personally, I always feel comfort in knowing that God knows me. He knows the things I am facing. He knows my troubles and the things that make me worry.
If you want a great project and you like to journal in your Bible or in a notebook. Go through the Bible and circle or underline these two words – He knows!

God knows your name and the number of hairs on your head. You can find comfort and assurance in the fact, that He knows the things that trouble you. You can take refuge in Him because He is GOOD!

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Philippians 4:8 (NLT)Think About These
And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Philippians 4:8 (NLT)

Sleepless nights seem to be accompanied by negative thoughts. Life's troubles or stresses seem to double in the night. We’re tired and weak and not able to think clearly and rationally.

My personal belief is when we are tired and weak in the night the devil is willing to attack us because we are vulnerable. As believers, when we are tired, we become ineffective. Ineffective believers can’t do their work for the Lord.

What can we do to combat those sleepless nights and negative thoughts? We are told in Philippians to fix our thoughts or meditate on these things. Whatever is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, and admirable.

God will give you the truth. If you are having trouble getting sleep. Ask God to implant your tired mind with His truth. 

God is Faithful
God, who has called you into fellowship with His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful. 1 Corinthians 1:9 (BSB)

Finally, friends, one of the truths that we can meditate on is God’s faithfulness.
As we read through both the Old and New Testament, we can see the same theme. God is faithful.

He is faithful to His children through the generations. When we read stories of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David, Peter, and Paul. We see God always being there for them. He has been faithful for thousands of generations. 

When they don’t know the next steps in their lives or how they will make it through the new season. They always attest to Him being their refuge in their times of trial and trouble.


Next time before you decide to lay your head down for a sleepless restless night, meditate on these three verses. 

Personal Reflections:
What are some things that keep you up at night? 
Do you believe God knows about your troubles?
Are you willing to let Him handle them?
What is another verse that you could play over in your mind instead of the negative noise that may already be playing there?

Join us in the comments below to continue the conversation! 
I am glad you are here. I would love for you to join us at Seeking God Daily. Because a couple friends and I are passionate about sharing God’s Word we have joined forces to bring together a Facebook Group called Seeking God Daily.
Seeking God Daily is a group that offers hope, encouragement, and support in learning God's Word and applying the truths to our walk with Christ. 

We want to encourage one another through authentic, honest and respectful conversation as we earnestly seek Him daily.
Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.


This week and next you will get to meet the ladies behind this new adventure. You can join this group by clicking HERE! While you are there feel free to invite some friends along for the journey. We would love to have them!

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Trade Doubt for Faith and Sitting Among Friends #77

We can say that we believe and trust God but living it out is a very different.  Faith is action. Are you ready to take that step today?  Are you ready to lay aside the doubt and the double-minded way of living? What do you hold onto and try to control in your life?

He who doubts is like a wave tossed in the sea. James teaches us about doubt and faith. He changes our idea of faith by telling us to consider the trials in life pure joy.

How many times in life do we head the advice of James?

Well, let me encourage you today by going back to those verses in James chapter 1. The verses that put our faith in real perspective. The ones that spell out our double-minded faith as unstable and in them we shouldn’t be expecting anything from God.

What does that mean? Double-minded faith?

Let me be honest here. Being double-minded had always been one of my biggest struggles.

If you have read my testimony, you will know that I spent much of my life in rebellion against the rules. Not understanding the true measure of grace that I was granted and gifted by the shed blood of Christ.

I was double-minded. I could play the game, talk the talk, and occasionally walk the walk. Live for myself I did, I could talk out of one side of my mouth like a Christian and like a sailor out of the other (since we are being honest).

Double-minded. I was unstable.

When I had my first child, things were tough, I had severe postpartum depression and never sought any help including help from the Lord.

Why? I doubted. I always doubted. My whole life was about independence and I always doubted that I needed help. I doubted the reality of my desperate situations. I doubted He could help me in my darkest hours.

All my doubts doubled up when they became fears. Fears that were never realized. Fears that I held like a buoy as I was tossed about in the unstable state that I resided in.

All of that eventually came crashing over me. Like the waves, I was being tossed in, I was overwhelmed as they came crashing down on my reality.

Unsettled. Unstable.

What changed?

What began to change my thought processes may seem really strange, but hang in there with me.

I was in the middle of a study of the tabernacle.

Then have them make a sanctuary for me, and I will dwell among them. Make this tabernacle and all its furnishings exactly like the pattern I will show you.” Exodus 25:8-9 (NIV)

And the details went on. And On. And On. 

From the design of the table, what furnishings would be in exactly what place, what offerings were acceptable, all the way down to… finely twisted linen and blue, purple and scarlet yarn, with cherubim woven into them by a skilled worker (Exodus 26:1b NIV)

Why would that matter?

Notice why they were to make a sanctuary for the Lord?

And I will dwell among them.

And I will dwell among them. Not in them. Among them. The plan had to be the exact copy of everything that He told them. The details were perfect and laid out in perfect fashion and God expected them to be perfect for Him to dwell among them.  Friends, that was a building. And I know it was building meant to house the presence of the Lord, but it was perfect.Not in them. Among them. The plan had to be the exact copy of everything that He told them. The details were perfect and laid out in perfect fashion and God expected them to be perfect for Him to dwell among them.

Friends, that was a building. And I know it was building meant to house the presence of the Lord, but it was perfect.

The plans were perfect. He knew every detail. He knew every thread and where He wanted it placed and how He wanted it formed.

I am glad He didn't wait for us to be perfect to dwell in our hearts!

How much more can He carry out the plans for your life? For your days? In perfect fashion. In perfect detail. According to His plan.

You are not a place where God can dwell among you. You are the tabernacle that He will dwell within. Perfect plans He has and perfect plans He will carry out.

It is easy to get wrapped up in the heaviness of this world. It is easy to feel unstable and be double-minded. It is easy to say that we have faith and constantly doubt.

We continually believe that we have the control and the perfect plans in our lives until it all comes crashing down and then we want to be rescued.

We gasp for air as we try to grab some sense of normalcy and self-control.

Let Go.

God has you in His hands. He has a design and perfect plan for your life.
Let go of the doubt. Let go of the worry and fear. If He can direct a skilled laborer to carefully stitch cherubim into the curtain of the tabernacle, He can stitch your needs into your days. 

He can foresee the aching of your heart and send comfort. He can carefully weave His grace and mercy into your life beyond what you can expect, imagine, or do on your very own.

Personal Reflection

We can say that we believe and trust God but living it out is a very different.

Faith is action. Are you ready to take that step today? 
Are you ready to lay aside the doubt and the double-minded way of living? What do you hold onto and try to control in your life? 
What is the first step you can take today? 
Are you ready to confess your doubt and ask God to move you forward in your faith or have you grown too comfortable in your control?

I am glad you are here. I want to introduce to you Seeking God Daily. Because a couple friends and I are passionate about sharing God’s Word we have joined forces to bring together a Facebook Group called Seeking God Daily.

Seeking God Daily is a group that offers hope, encouragement, and support in learning God's Word and applying the truths to our walk with Christ. 

We want to encourage one another through authentic, honest and respectful conversation as we earnestly seek Him daily.

Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.


This week and next you will get to meet the ladies behind this new adventure. You can join this group by clicking HERE! While you are there feel free to invite some friends along for the journey. We would love to have them!

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You all are amazing writers who share Family and Faith, DIY's, Recipes, Photos, Giveaways, Homeschooling and more. Many of you have amazing journeys of faith and I praise the Lord we are able to connect here!


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Be Still

Be Still
Be Still My Friends! You can rest assure that God is in Control.

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Seeking God

Hope In Him Alone!

Hope In Him Alone!
Thank You, Lord, for deciding who I am!

Seek Him First! Today's Bible Reading

James 1:17
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of Lights with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.

It is of utmost importance that you know that Christ died for you. He died for all sinners so that our relationship with Him could be restored.

Because of His sacrifice on the cross we can have peace. Are you seeking more peace today? Peace of the soul can only be given through the redemptive power of Jesus Christ.

I hope that you, too, know the saving grace of an amazing God.
If you have questions about how to know more you can email me at youresewtrendy@gmail.com

2 Timothy 1:7

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