Tag: trust

Grow Roots

Grow Roots

Encouragment
We all experience seasons in our life walk. Times of joy, times of despair, times of success, times of failure, times of brilliance, times of foolishness, times of hope, times of fear. However, unlike the seasons of spring, summer, autumn, and winter we rarely know what is around the corner; the joy or tragedy of our next step. We saw that sudden swing last week as Valentine’s day ended in tragedy at a Florida school. I’m not proposing a preventative that would always work. Neither am I railing against some flaw in our system. Instead consider this, what if the season of our life changed radically as it did for those students, teachers, and parents?  Am I ready?  Are you? The prophet Jeremiah held out two types of people. One type is those who trust in their own wisdom and strength t
Whom Do You Fear?

Whom Do You Fear?

Encouragment
Fear is a powerful motivator that we don’t always recognize. How many of our choices are fueled by what we fear? We fear rejection so we do whatever is necessary to try and fit in. We fear to be vulnerable and unsafe, so we curry favor with the strong or bargain with our foe. We fear to be insignificant, ignored, and unvalued so we puff ourselves up to be noticed. We fear being hurt so we create buffers and space in hopes that they can’t reach us. What we say, what we do, the clothes we wear, even the foods we choose can be motivated by fear. Sometimes we recognize our fears but usually they are hiding in the shadows of our thoughts. The book of Proverb is filled with phrases that teach a lesson or provide a warning. One such proverb reads, “Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trust
Your Tour Guide for Today

Your Tour Guide for Today

Encouragment
It’s vacation season. A time to get away, see some sights, take a few pictures, do something fun, and perhaps just relax somewhere along the way. I ran into a verse recently that reminded me about some of the various tour guides I’ve encountered while on vacation. The guide that steered us through a dark cave and explained the difference between a stalagmite and a stalactite. Another guide who led us through an Alaskan rainforest while describing how life thrives in that environment. The volunteer guide that took us through a Door County lighthouse while describing its history. And if we have ears to hear we also have a life tour guide, the Holy Spirit. In the Gospel of John Jesus said, “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not spea
What Supports Your Corners?

What Supports Your Corners?

Encouragment, Faith
We know that Jesus is our cornerstone and the necessary foundation for our life in Him. (1 Peter 2:6–7)  But what is under the other three corners of your spiritual tabernacle?  What verses would you suggest that others put in their corners?  I’m not necessarily meaning your favorite verses, but the ones that influence and support everything else that you build upon them. Secular folks might liken these to your life philosophies, the ethical and moral standards that your life is built upon. While there is a small similarity there is a huge difference. They have chosen to build on sand instead of on the rock of Jesus Christ. Everything built on a foundation other than Jesus is weak, wobbly, and misshapened. Corner Two I have three suggestions for the other corners, but they are only that,
Ready For This?

Ready For This?

Encouragment, Stuck
Over the past few days I’ve heard folks lamenting, “I’m not ready for winter.”  Yep things are changing from the balmy days of summer, through the crispness of fall, and into the deep freeze of winter. Temperatures that seem to freeze the marrow in the fall will be a welcome heat wave by early spring. Certainly, much of the anxiety concerns the coming battles with cold and snow we may face. I think there is also a little stress caused by the reminder that things change and that some things, like weather, are simply out of our control. So let's keep this simple, things change. Weather, employment, the economy, price of fuel, relationships, fads of the day, and children all change. As much as we try to develop habits and traditions to anchor our world, in order to find some semblance of o
In God We Trust

In God We Trust

Encouragment, Faith
A few nights ago Nik Wallenda, without safety net or harness, walked a tightrope between two Chicago buildings blindfolded. Sure, his feat was a stunt designed to get him in the record books and bring in a TV audience. But doesn’t life feel at times as if we are blindly balancing on a tightrope?  One wrong move, one strong gust of wind, one moment of distraction and our world could come tumbling down. From the outside looking in it would appear that Nik is either crazy or has an incredible amount of trust in his own abilities to do the things he does. But Nik’s trust is not set in himself or his abilities alone. Charisma News quotes Nik as saying, "The source of my determination and inspiration starts with Jesus. I was raised to look to God to take me through any big challenge in my lif
Never!

Never!

Encouragment, Faith
This article is from Guest Blogger Rev. Bill Westlund.  Bill is president of Victorious Ministry Through Christ.  I've been doing some work on their website and thought that the Lambchow audience would be encouraged and challenged by Bill's most recent posting.  VMTC's website can be found at VMTC.ORG Katie and I were doing our morning devotions after breakfast and this verse was the focus of Oswald Chambers,  “Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you”. (Heb. 13.5)  I was overwhelmed by the affirmation of God that no matter what He will not leave me nor forsake me!  His word is sacred and irrevocable.  I can rest in that word.  I can have utter and complete confidence in His word.  The word is not based on anything I do or do not do.  It is based on His unchanging and unchan