Yes, You Can Do It!


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Sometimes we go through difficult seasons in life when we just don’t know how we are going to manage. Going through that difficulty seems impossible at the time, but somehow, with God’s help, you do make it through. That time for me was the month of August. My husband was sent out of town for work, for 4 weeks. Ok, so I knew I could manage the kids and back to school stuff on my own. What I wasn’t prepared for was all the things that were about to become more difficult.

First, I hurt my back so I had to add physical therapy to my routine duties. It’s been slowly healing, but first I had a set back and spent a day in bed. Second, the air conditioner died. I came home to a 93 degree house on a typical August afternoon. Fortunately, the repair man showed up by 9:00 p.m. and the part was a simple battery pack. He replaced it and cooler air started pumping again. Third, my son was driving his dad’s car. It was hit. Fortunately no one was hurt, but dealing with the insurance and rental vehicle was another time consuming task – one that my husband would normally handle. And then there was the internet, home phone, and TV that decided to stop working a few nights ago. Working with the AT& T technician on the phone was tricky, and the troubleshooting over the phone didn’t work. We had to wait for a repairman to show the next day.

Why do I tell you all this? While it was a tough time, I see God’s grace in every difficulty I had. The time alone with my kids was a chance to get a little closer to them. The day I spent in bed with a hurt back was time to pray and read my Bible. The air conditioner was a simple fix; we didn’t have to buy a new compressor. No phone and internet allowed me and my children some together time. And friends from church took care of us, both in prayer, and by bringing in a few meals when my back was causing the most problems.

God gave me the strength and ability to get through a very difficult month. All along the way God was taking care of my family, not allowing more than I could bear. What a great and loving God we have! You can do all things with God’s help!

Philippians 4:13
I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

Our Rock


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 Psalm 18:31

For who is God besides Yahweh? And who is a rock? Only our God.

God is referred to a rock in several passages of Scripture; many Psalms refer to God as a rock, fortress, and salvation. I stopped to ponder on the reason for this word selection. We’ve all touched rocks before, but have you stopped to think how the attributes of a rock compare to our great God?

If you consult a geologist you will get additional information about how rocks are formed, how rocks withstand many forces of nature, and the mineral content of rocks. But let’s keep this simple. I think most people can agree that whether large or small, rocks are heavy, hard, solid substances that are basically impenetrable, and can even provide shelter.

Replace that definition with the word “rock” in Psalm 18:31 (and other passages) and we see an expanded picture of our God. Now one might argue that God is spirit, and a rock is solid. But this verse is symbolic. Consider a passage from the New Testament:

1 Corinthians 10:4

and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ. 

 

Our rock is Christ. Always has been, always will be.

May you feel His strength and protection today.

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LIGHTHOUSES


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Navigating by the stars was how sailors found their way in ancient times. But what happened when it was dark and clouds blocked the stars? After many a shipwreck, lighthouses were built along coastlines to aid seamen in guiding them to their destinations.

2 Corinthians 4:6

For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.

The most famous and enduring light house is perhaps the lighthouse of Alexandria, Egypt. It stood in the Island of Pharos, in the Harbor of Alexandria, Egypt. It was finished around 280 BC, meaning it was standing at the time Christ was on earth. It was approximately 350 feet tall. This lighthouse lit up the harbor of Alexandria for 15 centuries, until it was destroyed by an earthquake in 1303 AD. Think about how many were saved by that single lighthouse over the centuries. How many more can be saved by the love and sacrifice of our Lord and Savior? Lighthouses are representative of the Christian faith for many reasons. Lighthouses represent God’s: Strength Lighthouses represent strength as they are able to withstand the elements of nature.

Philippians 4:13

I can do all this through him who gives me strength 

Joshua 1:9

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” 

Hope Lighthouses represent hope; hope that we will soon reach safety. With God there is always Hope. 

Psalm 33:20

We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. 

Proverbs 23:18

There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off. 

Endurance Lighthouses withstand the extreme elements of nature. God will stand firm against every adversity we face. 

Psalm 100:5

For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. 

Guidance The light from light houses guides sailors home just as the light of Christ guides people to their salvation. 

John 14:16

And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 

James 1:5

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;  in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

Proverbs 1:5

Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance— 

Love Those light houses would not have been put along the rugged coast lines if someone didn’t care about the safety of those sailors. God’s love is infinitely greater than man’s love for each other.

Romans 8:38-39

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Sharing We are lighthouses. We are to share the light and be a beacon of hope in this dark world. We’re commanded to do this by the Great Commission, found in two gospels:

Matthew 28:19

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 

Mark 16:15

He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.

Isaiah 6:8

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”

And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

Go Be A Light!

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