Read Through the Bible – Weeks 32 and 33

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Life’s been a bit crazy in the last few weeks….

I guess that a man doesn’t realize how much his wife does to support and to care for him until she decides to go away for ten days. I spent time at a coaching conference while my wife was away, and came home with a 3-hour homework assignment and a small pile of books to read. And, of course, ministry continues.  First Communion classes have started and our Catechism program is underway. We’re getting ready to celebrate Harvest Home this weekend with an Oktoberfest – and with a special Sunday that’s devoted to focusing our attention upon how God’s using us and the ministry of our congregation to do His work in a quickly-changing world. And, quite honestly, it’s all pretty overwhelming….

You could probably be writing something very similar, right? There are times when we find ourselves burning the candle at both ends and trying to light it in the middle. We all have times when we realize that there’s just not enough of us to around. And it’s hard for us – because we don’t always like to admit it. I often joke about the fact that I once asked God for an extra day each week – and He responded, in great mercy, by saying, “No!”

And yet, as we travel through the book of Proverbs, we find encouragement.

Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.” (Proverbs 16:3)

The heart of man plans his ways, but the Lord establishes his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9)

How is God helping to establish your plans? How is God leading you and guiding you in your life right now? Are you trying to do it all by yourself? Are you struggling because you can’t figure-out how to find the time to do all of the things that you think God wants you to do? Perhaps, it’s time to step back and commit your work to the Lord? Maybe, it’s time to step back and admit that you don’t really know the exact path forward, and ask God to guide you and strengthen you?

We all face overwhelming times when we’re not sure about the future and when we are even less sure about how to get there. Why not take some time to pray about that today – knowing that God has a wonderful plan for your life and that God will open doors that will lead you in the direction that He wants you to move?

Here are two weeks of readings:

Week 31

Sunday – 2 Thessalonians, Monday – Leviticus 25-27, Tuesday – 1 Chronicles 1-4, Wednesday – Psalms 93-95, Thursday – Proverbs 16, Friday – Daniel 1-6, Saturday – John 3-4

Week 32

Sunday – 1 Timothy 1-3, Monday – Numbers 1-4, Tuesday – 1 Chronicles 5-9, Wednesday – Psalms 96-98, Thursday – Proverbs 17-18, Friday – Daniel 7-12, Saturday – John 5-6

 

“How good, Lord, to be here!”

 

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There’s something incredibly awesome when you realize that you’re standing in the presence of the Lord!

You can know that God’s filling you with His presence every time you take a breath.You can know that God’s listening to every word that you say. You can know that God’s coming down out of Heaven to feed you, and nourish you, and forgive you, and strengthen you for what’s coming next. And, as we listen to this week’s message, “How good, Lord, to be here!” , we are reminded that the “gift” of that kind of relationship with God is one of the most precious gifts that we can ever offer to a child – to a grandchild – or to a friend.

I don’t know what kind of challenges, or difficulties, or tragedies you – or the people that you love – are going to face in life. I do know that you love your kids and your grand-kids with all your  heart, and that you probably have friends that you’d walk across a hot bed of coals to help. But, I also know (and this is hard for us to admit) that there are going to be times in life when we’re not going to be able to be where we want to be.

I’ll be sharing a part of my own story in this message – a story about the night when my best friend died in a fiery automobile crash while I watched in horror. I’ll talk about the night when I stood outside of a church and beat on the doors until my hands bled. And I’ll tell you about why is was no “accident” that things unfolded that way on a horrible night.

There’s something incredibly awesome when you realize that you are standing in the presence of the Lord! And, there’s something just as incredible about having the chance to sow life-giving seeds that will sprout as God waters them, and that will grow and flourish and bloom in the lives of people that we love.

Blessings!