Secret

secret, secret to success, This week’s Five-Minute-Friday writing prompt is secret. What would you say if I told you I have a secret – for YOU?! One that makes life joyful – hopeful – filled with satisfaction? My timer is set for five minutes. So, here we go . . .

In Philippians 4:12, Apostle Paul references his knowledge of the secret.

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation.

Content in any and every situation. How do you do that? While the concept is often discussed, the goal of contentment is not often reached. Yet, it is attainable. So, again, I ask. How?

At this moment, I am facing two big changes. One is a possible job change. The other is selling and purchasing a new home. Change can be scary. Yet I am at peace with not knowing which way things will go.

What changes are you facing? What lies on the horizon that could rock your world? Are there circumstances in your life you didn’t want? Didn’t expect?

It’s okay. We’re human, and humans do not like change. We prefer things familiar. We like what we can trust.

Hmmmm. Trust. That’s the million-dollar word right there. Do you trust?

When facing any and every situation, we must fully trust in God. Not in ourselves. Not in our spouse, our friends, our jobs, or anything else. In God – fully!

I have peace and contentment because I trust God is for me. I know He loves me deeply, personally, tenderly. I understand that sometimes He allows difficult things to come into my life (or outcomes I didn’t want), but I trust that He will take that situation and use it for good – His good. So, there is no need to be fearful or discontent. I rest in His love for me.

Oh, dear friend. If you are feeling discontent or fearful today, this is my prayer for you.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.  ~Romans 15:13

Song Share: Trust in You, Lauren Daigle

Loyalty

loyal, God is loyal, worship God aloneThis morning, I was meditating on how all creation worships God. The song, “So Will I” by Hillsong was playing in my mind. So, I asked my dog, Willie G, who was sitting next to me, “What do you do to worship God?” Continue reading “Loyalty”

WHY

Why is probably one of the most asked questions. Many times, it’s followed by specific details like, “Why does God allow bad things to happen?” “Why couldn’t I be born taller, smarter, funnier” or whatever else we can imagine. Continue reading “WHY”

Surrender

“This is it,” she thinks. “This is the moment I’m going to die.”

She’s tired. More tired than she’s ever been in her life. Every muscle aches from struggling to fight the current. It’s a fight she is beginning to lose. As she tries to rest her muscles for two seconds, she takes in water. Her muscles involuntarily jump into action despite her exhaustion. She chokes and gasps for air. Continue reading “Surrender”

Intentional

As I stare at my blank page this morning, thoughts circle through my mind about today’s writing prompt – intentional. Can I confess that I’m having to muster all the intention I can to not go back to bed? Ugh! Yet, doing so would essentially be ignoring the message God has been speaking to me.

When God speaks something to us, we do well to listen. Continue reading “Intentional”

Wait

Wait is a difficult word for me. It doesn’t matter if the situation is good or bad. I just can’t seem to stand it. When a problem arises in my life, I want God to hurry up and rescue me. I squirm under the pressure. If heavy enough, I feel a lack of oxygen – CAN’T BREATH! Ugh! Continue reading “Wait”