10. Forever in His Care | 31 Days

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I was on Pinterest or Instagram the other day and I saw a quote that went something like, “My favorite childhood memory is not paying bills.”

Can I get a witness? Adulthood is wonderful, to be sure, but I do miss the simplicity of my childhood.

I was going through some of my old writing and I came across the lyrics to one of my absolute favorite songs of all times. As a music lover and a book nerd, the term “favorite” is not something I can easily assign but this song will always be one of them.

I don’t think there was ever a time when I didn’t know it but sometimes I forget the truth in the lyrics I know by heart. They’re a beautiful reminder that I don’t have to worry about a thing. God has promised to take care of me no matter what I’m going through.

“Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”

Deuteronomy 31:6

So here’s a piece of my childhood. It’s by First Call and was originally on their 1987 album Somethin’ Takes Over.

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Yeah, lol just a bit before my time. Just a bit.

Anyway, I hope it blesses you as it has me for the past 25 years.

Forever In His Care

There was a time when I would fret about the time that lies ahead

Until the time my Savior said “You are Mine, never forget.”

So why should I worry if it shines or rains?

I’m safe and warm under His wings

I’m in no hurry for an earthly thing

I’m forever in His care

Troubles come and troubles go

Can’t change a thing by worrying so

I’m kissing goodbye to my worldly woes

I’m forever in His care

He robes the meadow with flowers bright

He see the sparrow fall

And though He leads me through the darkest night

I’m sheltered in His wings

Protected through it all

So why should I worry if it shines or rains?

I’m forever in His care?

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4. Snapshots | 31 Days

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Last year and the year before, I had no time to really enjoy the seasons. It was the worst during the holidays. I’d bring homework to family parties and was always thinking about my next deadline. I was constantly running at breakneck speed in order to get everything done and done well.

I understand that there are times for that. When you just have to get it done.

But I hate it. I hate missing out on the present in pursuit of a future outcome. While I think that God expects us to do good, hard work, I believe He also expects us to enjoy the beauty around us.

“O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.”

Psalm 34:8

“Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.”

Psalm 46:10

Yesterday, we took communion in church and at that end of the service, we sang Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus. That’s the whole point of communion–remembering the sacrifice, the great and terrible sacrifice He made for us. That’s the point of church–to recognize Him as the Creator and Ruler of all. The whole point of our existence is bring glory, honor, and praise to our Heavenly Father and we can only do so when we break from the rat race and fix our eyes on Him.

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Did my God create a beautiful world or what?

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The birds are calling out to one another overhead, the sun is shining on my back, the wind in is rustling through the trees. Food cooks on a smokey morning fire and I stopped caring what my hair looks like. No one care what your hair looks like when you’re camping.

God’s in His heaven. He’s working wonders in my life. I’m in a slower season now but whenever it does pick up again, as I’m sure it will, I want to still take time to take snapshots of the present. To be still. To know that God has and always will be in control. To remember that His mercy never fails and His love is big enough to cast out all my fears. To listen to my family and friends. To care about the happenings around me.

To put my life in perspective.

Our work is important. But the everyday moments deserve our notice. They’re wonderful in their simplicity. God gives them to us as a gift. Don’t miss out on the beautiful present in pursuit of a future, as good as it may be. Life is too short, too precious, to ignore the life we live now.

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3. The Truth About Wisdom | 31 Days

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I’m what you call a book nerd. I’ve been an avid reader since I was a child and now, as an adult, I love seeing my books lined up on my shelves. Kindles and Nooks have their place but real, physical books remain supreme.

Naturally, while I’ve always loved the written word, my appreciation for their power has grown as I’ve gotten older. I love words, spoken and written. They encourage thought, they broaden knowledge, they convey emotion, they allow us to connect.

But knowledge will only take you so far. The key is to know what to do with what you know. To know what thoughts to have, what knowledge is worth possessing, how to correctly understand and express my emotions, how to effectively connect with those around me. It’s not enough to know that something needs to be done. That’s knowledge and that’s good. But we need something more to carry it through.

That’s wisdom.

There are a lot of really smart people out there. But that doesn’t make them wise.

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.”

Psalm 111:10 KJV

That’s not what the dictionary says but as a Christian, how could I ignore such a clear definition?

Wisdom comes from God. Period. So now matter how many books I read, classes I take, conversations I take part in, credentials I collect, or experiences I have, true wisdom, the ability to discern between right and wrong can only come from God.

A complete lack of discernment is what makes smart people do really dumb things. For all I love my books and like to learn new things, I’d much rather be simple in my knowledge of the world and rich in the wisdom and knowledge of God. That’s almost a weird thing to say, like I don’t want book smarts or street smarts, which isn’t true, I do! But I also don’t want to be counted among those who consider lecture halls and letters after my name to be more important than the quiet moments I spend in the Word. Wisdom comes from those quiet moments because in those moments, the Creator of the universe speaks and my heart and mind feast on things that no other educational experience could ever hope to offer.

The truth is, I cannot ever hope to attain or cultivate real wisdom without a real reverence and deference of the Lord (that’s what fear of the Lord is). My pursuit of God heart must be first on my list of priorities. Then He can take my knowledge and turn it into something useful and meaningful for His purpose and glory.

I can safely assume that you’re a smart person 🙂 Are you seeking wisdom too? Are you actively seeking the heart of God so that you can discern between right and wrong and put all that knowledge and experience to good and proper use in the world?

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