Slippery Paths

Have you been there?  I have –

I’ve found myself on a slippery path before.

A decision was made without a lot of thinking and – boom – I’m slipping down a slope – going somewhere I never wanted to go.  Or the wrong thing just slips out of my mouth to the wrong people at the wrong time and now I’m stuck in a place where it’s said, it’s done.

How did I get here?

Jeremiah tells us about how slippery our paths can become when we wander away from God.  He says we can feel like we are being chased through the dark – how did he know about our middle of the night fears and anxiety?

I know there is only one thing to do when I find myself going down a slippery path or find my anxious thoughts chasing sleep away in the middle of the night. 

I need to turn to God.  He will lead me back to solid ground.  He will guide my thoughts with his truth and his love.

There are no slippery paths with God.

Thank you, Abba Father.

It’s Coming

Am I ready?

The Old Testament is full of struggles and conflict – much like the world you and I live in today.  We fight different types of battles – our’s are against things like addiction and debt and hopelessness.  But our struggles are as real as the ones we read about in the Old Testament.

So many of the directions God gave Jeremiah to tell Judah apply to me and to you today –

“Prepare your shields”.  Paul tells us in Ephesians that our Armor of God includes the Shield of Faith.  I prepare my Shield of Faith for battle by diligently studying and memorizing God’s Word.  I know God through his revelation to me.  I hear his voice because I recognize his words.  I see God moving in my life because I spend significant time with him.  My trust grows as I experience his faithfulness year after year after year in my life.  I am preparing my Shield of Faith for the next battle that comes my way – because it’s coming.

Jeremiah tells me to put on my helmet – Paul calls it a Helmet of Salvation.  Salvation is not something that happens and then I go on with my life.  Salvation should turn my life upside down – changing my priorities, changing my perspective, changing who I am from the inside out.  When Jesus became my Savior, I became a child of God.  I am loved by my Father – not because of what I do, in spite of what of I do.  The moment I put my faith in Christ, I became a forever forgiven princess of a King who has his armies fighting my battles with me and for me.

When I fully put on the Helmet of Salvation, I live in God’s love, I breath God’s grace into my lungs and my life becomes filled with gratitude to my Father God for what he has already done for me.  Anything good I do on this planet is done in gratitude to God.  I know who I am in Christ and my helmet is ready for the next struggle that comes my way – because it’s coming.

Jeremiah tells me to sharpen my spear.  By the time Paul was writing, spears had evolved into swords and our’s is the Sword of the Spirit which is the word of God.  God’s Word not only grows and strengthens my Shield of Faith which protects my heart, it is also my only offensive weapon against the Evil in this world.  Through God’s Word, I know the Truth so the lies of this world don’t confuse me or distract me from the purpose and plans God has for me here.

I know God is right beside me and he has already claimed victory in the war against Evil.  With him by my side, I just need to persevere through the battle in front of me.  My Sword helps me cut through the crud of our culture so I can stay focused on my compass – God.

With my Sword of the Spirit ready, I can face the next conflict that comes my way – because it’s coming.

Jeremiah is telling me – and you – to “Prepare your armor”

How prepared are you?

Please help us prepare for the battles ahead, Abba Father.

 

Far Beyond

Higher than my ways.

Higher than my thoughts.

God tells us in Isaiah 55 that his thoughts are nothing like our thoughts.  This has been an extremely important concept for me to grab ahold of and wrestle with in my Journey towards the Truth.

I cannot use my perspective to grow my understanding of God.  I have had to realize that how God thinks and feels and processes is ‘far beyond anything’ I can imagine.

Yes, I am made in God’s image.  You are also made in his image.  So I see aspects of God when I look at myself and I see different aspects of God when I look at you.

But you and I have a 3 1/2 pound brain – and most of that we don’t use.

God has infinite wisdom.

God is perfect.

God knows everything.

He has the power to do anything.

He created everything – from nothing.

Just looking up into the sky gives me a better idea of how huge and endless God is.  So it makes a ton of sense to me that his thoughts and his ways are beyond anything my brain can dream up.

The miracle is that this doesn’t mean I can’t know God.  God reveals himself to me daily in his Word and in his movement here on earth.  His Spirit lives within me and draws my attention to what God is doing and what he is saying to me.  God’s Spirit shines his light on the path God has prepared for me.

God wants me to know him.  He wants me to have a personal relationship with him.

I have been wonderfully and lovingly created by God in his image –

I am like him,

but He is not like me.

Thank you for being beyond anything I can imagine, Abba Father.

1,000

I am celebrating today!  Please join me!

My last post was my 1,000th post in Journey Towards the Truth!

Unbelievable!  Thanks so much to many of you who have been on this journey with me for several years.  I appreciate your ‘likes’ and I appreciate your encouraging comments.

This is my 8th straight year of reading through the entire Bible.  I started blogging about it the 2d year and haven’t stopped.

So your obvious question for me is – ‘Are you closer to the truth since you’ve been on this journey for 8 years?

I cannot describe how much closer to the Truth I am.  The Truth is God and this journey has cemented his words in my mind and on my heart.  During these last several years I have also memorized the entire chapters of James 1 and 2 – making it so much easier to hear God as he speaks his words into my mind to comfort me, guide me, and challenge me.

I am infinitely grateful that I obeyed when God asked me to start this blog.  Looking back, God wanted to bless me and he wanted to prepare me to weather the most painful tragedy of my life – when my son, David Glasser, a Phoenix Police Officer, was killed in the line of duty.  God knew I would need a close relationship with him when my life blew up.  He knew I would need his Word carved deep into my soul so I wouldn’t get lost in bitterness and hopelessness.

God has been my anchor through this worst storm of my life which continues to rock my world with waves of emotion and loss.   God is my safe haven and I’m confident that he will continue to hold me close all the way to the day he brings me home.

He is my good Father who loves me and wants the best for me.  My earthly circumstances do not change these facts.

Thank you for inviting me on this journey with you, Abba Father.

You Are Mine

This is what I hear God saying to me as I read Isaiah 43 and my response –

“But now, Judy, listen to me, I am LORD who created you.

I am the One who molded you in your mother’s womb and I am saying to you,

Do not be afraid, for I have paid the price for you.  I have called you by name, you are mine.

When you go through deep waters, I will be with you.”

I know you will be with me, Father.  You have gone through some very deep waters with me, never leaving my side.

“When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown.

 You are always faithful, Father.  You have never let me drown no matter how high and strong the waves of difficulty have been as they have crashed over my life.

“When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up: the flames will not consume you.”

 I have walked through the enormous oppression of the fires of grief and pain these last 3 years, Father, and it’s only by your grace that I did not burn up.  Your love kept the fires from consuming me.

 You are the LORD, my God, my Savior.

  You guard my life because I am precious to you.

 I am honored, Abba Father, to be your daughter.

 

 

 

Lay It Down

I need to remember this…

God is reminding me again today that this is important.

One of my favorite historical accounts in the Old Testament is when King Hezekiah received a letter telling him that a gigantic Assyrian army was coming to destroy his city, Jerusalem.

Hezekiah had only a very small army.  No contest.

But King Hezekiah had faith in God.   So he took the threatening letter to the  temple and spread it out in front of the LORD.  King Hezekiah knew who held the real power in this world and it wasn’t the Assyrian king with his huge army.

Do I need to tell you how this story ends?  God took care of it and the King of Assyria had to take his much smaller army home without one arrow being shot at Jerusalem.  The next day, the king’s sons murdered him.

This is the kind of thing that happens when you and I lay our concerns down at God’s feet and leave them there.  When we go to him, trust him and let him handle it the way he wants to, he works it all out for our good.

He has promised….

and he always keeps his promises.

Your will be done, Father.

Peace

He will be our peace.

Seven hundred years before the birth of Jesus, the Prophet Micah gave us a prophecy about  the birth of Jesus saying that a ruler would come from Bethlehem, “And he will be the source of peace.”

Notice – it doesn’t say ‘a source of peace’.

Jesus is ‘the’ source of peace.

Do you feel that in your life?

I do.

Because I don’t find peace in the things that people here on earth seem to value so much.

I have not found peace with money and success.

I have not found it in relationships other than my relationship with God.

Buying things has definitely not given me peace since things break and grow old – no longer shiny, no longer ‘the latest’.

I have not found peace in education and achievements.

I love to travel and experience new things but that is not where I find peace.

Jesus is my only source of real Peace.

I can trust him with everything and he has a perfect love for me.  He has proven his love for me over and over in my life.  He who never sinned became sin for me on the cross so that the price for my sins was paid and I can live with him forever.

My eternal life with Jesus has already started on this earth –

as he fills my life with the peace only he can give.

Thank you, Jesus.

Blessed

This is what I hear from God as I read Isaiah 30:18-22 –

The LORD waits for me to come to him so he can show me his love and compassion.  The LORD has always been faithful to me and I am blessed when I wait for his help.

My Father God gives me grace when I ask for help.  He always responds to my cries. 

Although there is adversity and suffering in my life, he walks beside me each step of the way – teaching me, opening up my eyes, opening up my ears.  I hear my Father right next to me say, “This is the way you should go.”

When I stay on the path where God leads me – making him my first priority – I am blessed.

Thank you, Abba Father.

His Hand

“The LORD’s hand of blessing will rest on Jerusalem.” Isaiah tells us.

Wow!  I want God’s hand of blessing to rest on my life!  How about you?

This is the 8th year in a row that I am reading through the entire Bible and I am excited that, once again, my bookmark is over halfway through God’s book.  I took a picture of it for you and included the view I have had from my balcony these last two weeks as God has blessed me with some relaxing and cool beach time in California.  A great escape from the 115 degree temperatures in Phoenix where I live.

On this 8th time through the Chronological Bible, God is confirming the same message I get everytime.  God wants me to focus on two things –

Loving him – which includes listening and obeying.

Loving others.

When I am consistent and dedicated to these two things, God’s hand of blessing rests on my life.

That doesn’t mean my life is perfect – as evidenced by my son being killed in the line of duty 3 years ago.  This doesn’t mean everything is easy.  It doesn’t mean I don’t pay consequences for bad choices I make.  It doesn’t mean my checking account is never empty.  It doesn’t mean I never have to say I am sorry.

What it means is that God walks beside me through all of the pain and muck this world brings my way.  It means he gives my life purpose and meaning.  It means that God gives me peace and strength when the storms of life crash into me.

It means that he is working things out for my good just like he promised.  I have a story to share with you.  You may remember one of my blogs a couple of weeks ago where I shared that I was really frustrated about something that I was trying to make happen for many months and it just wasn’t happening.  So I – finally – gave it to God and asked him to do what he wanted which included nothing if this wasn’t supposed to happen.  I kept my eyes open in case he was going to show me that I had a part in what he wanted to happen.  Every time I thought about it and started to fret, I would pray, laying it back at God’s feet.

Last week, God unfolded his plan which was – of course – perfect.  And he took care of it in 3 days.  Start to finish.  Done.  Better than I had imagined.  In his timing with the people he wanted to be involved.

This is what happens when God lays his hand of blessing on my life.

Thank you, Abba Father.

 

Psalm 146, 2019

I praise you, God!

Everything in me praises you, LORD!  I will praise you as long as I am alive.  I will be singing your praises, Father, when I breathe my last breath.

I don’t put my trust in people who have money – they will not help me when I really need it.  When they return to the earth as dust, all of their plans will die with them.

Those of us who trust in you to help us, God, find hope and joy.

You are the Master Creator of heaven and earth and everything in them.

You always keep your promises.  You give food to the hungry and justice to the oppressed.

You have freed me from the guilt of my sins and you are opening my eyes to your truth.

You, oh God, lift me up when the cares of this world weigh me down.  You are a Good Father to all of us who love you.  You protect strangers among us and care for orphans and widows.

You mess up the plans of unbelievers.

You, my King, will reign forever, throughout all generations.

I lift my praise to you, Abba Father.