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Filtering by Category: Isaiah



“My hand made all these things, and so they all came into being. [This is] the LORD's declaration. I will look favorably on this kind of person: one who is humble, submissive in spirit,  and who trembles at My word” (Isaiah 66: 2 HCSB).

We serve the God and Creator of all things. If the book of Isaiah has taught me anything, it's that God's in control. He will judge the world and bring all into submission, in His own time. My job on this earth is to serve Him and tell others about Him. In this last chapter of Isaiah we're left with some characterstics of a Christ-follower. These are the type of things God sees as good and right.

It may be surprising to some that these thigns have nothing to do with money, or power or physicial appearance. Our society today places so much stock in the outward. We live our lives trying to make more money, become more recognized and/or fit into hollywood's stereotype of the ideal woman or man.

God is looking for someone far different though. This is the type of person He will bless. This is the type of person He wants to call His own.

This person is humble, not in an "step all over you" sense, but their heart is in the right place. It's able to be molded and changed into something even better. This heart is submissive, not only in an outward sense, but in their inner spirit. They understand the role of God in their live, and strive to serve Him with every ounce of their being. And finally, this person truly understands the power of the word of God. They tremble at His voice and honor Him with their very lives.

Do I meet all of these characteristics? Not always. There are days when my heart is anything but meek. But I strive to live a life like this. If I have to give my own worldly desires back to my Savior each and every day, I will, just so that I can slowly be made more and more like Him.

God’s Faithfulness


“I will make known the LORD's faithful love [and] the LORD's praiseworthy acts, because of all the LORD has done for us—even the many good things [He has done] for the house of Israel and has done for them based on His compassions and the abundance of His faithful love. He said, ‘They are indeed My people, children who will not be disloyal,’ and He became their Savior. In all their suffering, He suffered,  and the Angel of His Presence saved them. He redeemed them because of His love and compassion;  He lifted them up and carried them all the days of the past” (Isaiah 63:7-9 HCSB).

As my family prepares for this coming deployment, I keep running across verses speaking about God’s faithfulness. Today’s devotional time was no different. The promises are so great. He promises, time and again, to walk beside his chosen ones. To be with them through the good and the bad times. To carry them when they cannot walk through the valleys alone.

He IS a faithful God. I can think back to so many times when God has shown this faithfulness in my own life. When he provided a job right after college. When he provided friends in an unknown place. When he cancelled my husbands first deployment so that we could enjoy our times as newleyweds. When our daughter came into this world healthy and strong. And the list goes on. In so many ways, big and small, my Savior has always been there, keeping me safe on dark roads, comforting me in nervous moments, and cheering me on during the happiest of moments.

He has provided in the past, and I have no doubt that he will provide again now.

From ancient times no one has heard, no one has listened, no eye has seen any God except You, who acts on behalf of the one who waits for Him” (Isaiah 64:4 HCSB).

The secret to this deployment? Keeping my eyes focused on my Savior and trusting that He will provide.

Where/ When has God been faithful in your own life? What promises can you see for the future as well?

A Well-Watered Garden


“The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail” (Isaiah 58:11 NIV).

What a wonderful promise as I look towards this deployment!

I’m sure, at times, this deployment will feel like a desert, but if I look toward God he will give me not only a stream, but an abundant garden of life that will never fail.

He will be my strength. He will sustain me from day to day.

And that’s why I know that we’ll be ok.

That’s why I know that this hard season ahead will still be filled with joy and blessings.

Because we’re trusting in Him to provide, each and every day.

What does the verse above mean to you today?

Peace in Times of Turmoil


He talked to me excitedly, telling me about where he would be living, what the food would be like, and where he would shop for essentials. He told me about his job there, the people he’d be working alongside, and the hours he’d be keeping.

And I was excited for him. Excited that he has some things to look forward to. Happy that his job will keep him busy during this deployment. Happy that he now has a clearer picture of where he’ll be and what he’ll be doing.

But at the same time, knowing the details only makes things more real (can you say more real, ah well, I just did!). Knowing the details only solidifies the fact that he will be leaving before too long. Knowing the details forces me to face the future, instead of just ignoring it.

Because I’d love to ignore the future.

I’d love to just live my life without a care in the world.

I’d love to forget about what lies ahead.

But it’s still there, screaming at me, telling me that hard times are ahead.

And that’s painful.

At the same time, there’s something about knowing. Something about facing the facts. Something about placing those fears and frustrations into the arms of Jesus.

With that release of fears comes such peace. Peace that God is in control. Peace that He is big enough to handle this situation. Peace that He will see us through to the other end of this deployment.

There’s nothing better then peace, dear friends. Peace in the midst of turmoil is the only thing that keeps me going some days.

Do you have peace in your life today?
“You will keep in perfect peace the mind [that is] dependent [on You], for it is trusting in You” (Isaiah 26:3, HCSB).

From a Distance?


"Now this is what the LORD says—
the One who created you, Jacob,
and the One who formed you, Israel—
'Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by your name; you are Mine.

I will be with you
when you pass through the waters,
and [when you pass] through the rivers,
they will not overwhelm you.
You will not be scorched
when you walk through the fire,
and the flame will not burn you'" (Isaiah 43: 1-2, HCSB).

There was a song on the radio when I was growing up called “From a Distance.” Sung by several artists, including Bette Midler, the song describes how different the world looks from up above. “God is watching us, God is watching us, God is watching us from a distance” the artist sings. The song was a huge hit back in the 90s. As a little girl I even found myself singing along to the catchy tune.  As an adult, the lyrics actually bother me a bit. They paint God as being distant and uninterested. The words of Isaiah 43 tell a different story. These words speak of an involved God who cares about our daily struggles. Verse 2 states that He will be with us when we walk through fire. He will be with us on the hardest of days when we are up against the largest of obstacles. He does not just sit back and watch life happen. No, He calls each of us by name. We matter to Him. He cares what happens with us. And He’s ready to help us through the hardest of times. Aren’t you glad that He’s not a God who simply watches us from a distance?

The Todays


"Therefore don't worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself" (Matthew 6:34, HCSB).

There’s a countdown in my brain that won’t turn off. I push it to the back of my consciousness, deciding not to dwell on it. And then I look around me and utter a prayer of thankfulness for today.

Because today has so many blessings. The weather is finally warming up. My daughter is full of smiles for her momma. And my husband will indeed walk through the door in time for supper tonight. He will help feed our little girl her sweet potatoes and applesauce, make her giggle as he plays with her, and then tuck her into bed. Then he and I will play a board game or cuddle on the couch while we watch a movie.

Today is a blessed day indeed.

For now, I’ll be thankful for all of the todays on our life together, and let God take care of the tomorrows.

For He is an all-knowing God that can truly handle it all. He knows that some hard days are ahead, and He’s ready and willing to carry me through them.

Last night my husband and I were reading in Isaiah 40. I thought I’d share with you what we read:

“Jacob, why do you say,
and Israel, why do you assert:
‘My way is hidden from the LORD,
and my claim is ignored by my God’?

Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
Yahweh is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the whole earth.
He never grows faint or weary;
there is no limit to His understanding.

He gives strength to the weary
and strengthens the powerless.

Youths may faint and grow weary,
and young men stumble and fall,

but those who trust in the LORD
will renew their strength;
they will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary;
they will walk and not faint”  (Isaiah 40: 27-31, HCSB).

I am so thankful that nothing is hidden from His knowledge and understanding. He knows that there are hard days in the future for my family. And He’s ready to see us through when those day comes. But until then He tells us not to worry (Matthew 6:34) but to focus on today. And what a wonderful day today is!