“Unto Myself”

I often read from Streams in the Desert by L.B.Cowman.  It is loaded with Biblical advice on how to handle trials.  Here is one poem that has stood out to me.  This has often been the plea of my heart.

Unto Myself

Exodus 19 4

Father God, please draw me to Yourself.


The Blessing of Food Issues

A while back I shared my story about “Contentment with Flooding“.  Today I want to share about another challenge that God put in my path and how He has used it to my benefit.

Some years ago I had been getting sick frequently.   Too frequently.  I floundered for a while, but finally wondered if I had food issues due to an article I had read about gluten sensitivity.  I also talked to a friend who has Celiac’s Disease and found we had health issues in common.  I decided I needed to try eating gluten free to see if that would make a difference.  Wow, did it ever!  I had more energy than I had in a long time and didn’t get sick as much.  I started losing weight (that needed to come off) and could tell I was healthier.

As hard as I tried,  I felt it impossible to consistently have good food habits.  I am learning to change my thinking about food.  Food should be fuel  for my body (which is the temple of the Holy Spirit according to 1 Corinthians 6:19-20) and not used to make me feel good.  God blessed by taking away the convenience foods that I tended to run to when life was crazy (which is often).  Food is still a battle, but God has blessed in making it possible to get the foods I need and encouragement from friends to have right thinking.

Sometimes blessings come in the form of difficulties.  I still struggle counting trials joy (especially when I want pizza), but God is patient and lovingly brings me back to the right path.

God is so good!

Remembering How Much God Loves Us

I was recently reminded of a story from my time of teaching K4.  One of my students needed to have heart surgery which was scheduled for mid-December.  As a class we prayed for him at the beginning of every school day.  I know how easy it is to look at difficult circumstances and think that God doesn’t love me.  I also know that a 4 year old doesn’t have deep theological understanding.  I wanted to pray something that my students could understand.  Each time we prayed I asked for God’s help for the surgery and that God would remind this boy and his family how much God loved them.

When times get tough it is, unfortunately, easy to question if God loves us.  I know.  I have been there.  However, for those of us who have trusted Jesus Christ as our Savior, He has lovingly handpicked each challenge to help us become more like Him.

If you do not know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, know this. His burden is lighter than your pleasure.  Knowing Him is the only way to find true and lasting happiness.

My prayer for you today, no matter what you are facing, is that God helps you to remember how much He loves you.  I know He will.

“Be Still and Sleep”

God’s deep, not yours; be still and sleep.

When I battle fear (which is usually because of circumstances in my life), I like reading this.  Comforting words – God is in control of my situation.  Praise His Name!

Tonight , my soul, be still and sleep;
The storms are raging on God’s deep-
God’s deep, not yours; be still and sleep.

Tonight, my soul, be still and sleep;

God’s hands will still the Tempter’s sweep-
God’s hands, not yours; be still and sleep.

Tonight, my soul, be still and sleep;

God’s love is strong while night hours creep-
God’s love, not yours; be still and sleep.

Tonight my soul, be still and sleep;

God’s heaven will comfort those who weep-
God’s heaven, not yours ; be still and sleep.

(from Streams in the Desert)

Psalm 4:8