Carry It On

I am sure of this, that He who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

Philippians 1:6

My family used to live in a city near one of the longest bridges in the world. 

After traveling a few miles on the bridge, it was hard to see land ahead or behind. 

At almost 24 miles in length, that’s understandable. 

Driving on the bridge almost feels like traveling on a boat through the ocean waters—except you’re in a car. 

Keeping in mind that the road will take you to your destination, you must trust that the journey will take you to dry land. 

Sometimes it’s easy to become frightened when we can’t see the future up ahead. 

God will be faithful to guide you and teach you on your journey, and He will bring you safely home to Heaven one day. 

In the Midst of Trouble

Do you remember the accident you didn’t have?
How about the time the thieves decided NOT to break into your home?
Do you recall the day your doctor didn’t prescribe the wrong medication?
Or the time the poisonous snake in the woods didn’t bite you while you were hiking?
You don’t remember those things because they never happened.
The protection of God–we are not always aware of it, but it doesn’t mean we are not right in the center of it.
Sometimes we are guided away from danger without recognizing our circumstances.
We may feel an intense urge to leave a place or to go to another–finding later that we avoided catastrophe.
God will never leave us.
He is in control over all things.
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Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You preserve my life. —from Psalm 138:7
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Carefree Before God

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Carefree.

I decided to look the definition up in the dictionary.

What did I find?

“Free from anxiety and responsibility.”

I Peter 5:7 in The Message reads,

“Live carefree before God; He is most careful with you.”

Living a life free of anxiety sounds good.

But, do we live lives without responsibilities?

When we think about it, we are responsible for making the decision to allow God into our hearts and lives.

Then, we are responsible for how we obey His leading.

We are totally free, however, from some other responsibilities.

God is responsible for those.

The verse above as written in the Living Bible reads,

“Let Him have all your worries and cares, for He is always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you.”

God gave us our lives and He is sustaining them.

The world and the universe are held by His power.

He is aware of absolutely everything in our lives.

God loves us, and because of that, we can trust Him with all of those responsibilities we could not possibly handle.

He is “most careful” with me and with you.

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Get Some Rest

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On the way to the group meeting, I listened to the radio in the car.

It was a familiar drive to my friend’s home, so being in a sort of “auto pilot” mode, I caught glances of the early evening sky and sang along in my mind with the music.

After arriving at my destination, I enjoyed some finger foods and light conversation.

The next hours were composed of considering our individual hearts and what might be keeping us from living wholehearted lives.

Embedded in those hours was a thirty minute time frame of complete quiet and reflection before God.

As I considered what was coming to my mind, I wrote some thoughts on paper.

Thirty minutes went by at an incredibly quick pace.

Not only was I quiet, but I was basically still, as well, with only movements confined to the couch I was on.

Rest.
Reflection.

Quietness.

Stillness.

Honestly, that’s not a place I find myself in most of the time.

It is, however, a place that I think God would want me to occupy more often.

A time to hear His words.

A time to remove the rambling clutter of the daily routine to just…..listen.

Consider this passage:

The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught.  Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”

 So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place.

–Mark 6:30-32

There are times when—-

We all need to rest.

We all need a quiet place.

We all need to come to Jesus by ourselves.

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