God, Are You Enough? [repost from Melissa Taylor, Proverbs 31 Ministries]

I love Proverbs 31 Ministries. My daughter and I have been reading their daily devotions and sharing how each impacts us. Today’s devotion by Melissa Taylor really caused both of us to remember that God truly is enough. And since my 2013 theme for this blog is enough, I knew I had to share this with you.

Please visit Proverbs 31 Ministries when you get a chance, as well as Melissa’s blog: Real Hope for Real Life. You’ll be so blessed when you do!

Devotions | Proverbs 31 Ministries.

God, Are You Enough?

“And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19 (NIV 1984)

God, are You enough? It’s a question my circumstances bring me to quite often.

Over a lifetime I’ve concluded not only is God enough, but He has to be enough.

It takes effort on my part to make sure my heart is staying in this truth.

As a young child, I didn’t realize my need for God, but I did realize I had a need that was not fulfilled. I was sexually abused when I was seven years old. My dad moved out of our home when I was eleven. Both circumstances left me devastated, and I didn’t understand then how God could ever heal my broken heart. So I spent many years trying to heal myself and make myself feel better.

Nothing was enough to meet my needs. Nothing worked.

As I grew older, I moved from being a Christian who simply believed, to becoming a Christian actively seeking and following Jesus. That was when my life began to change.

Because I was having direct conversations with God through prayer and consistently reading His Word, my faith grew. I learned that when the hard knocks came, and they would, I needed to ask one question: “God, are You enough?”

When a friend betrays me, “God, are You enough?”

When I need to forgive what seems unforgivable, “God, are You enough?”

When my child has issues out of my control, “God, are You enough?”

When my marriage is on the brink of destruction, “God, are You enough?”

When my mom is dying of cancer, “God, are You enough?”

When others don’t recognize my value, “God, are You enough?”

When I struggle professionally, “God, are You enough?”

When someone I love uses words to hurt me, “God, are You enough?”

When I am in debt and don’t know how I’ll pay my bills, “God, are You enough?”

When my past haunts me, “God, are You enough?”

When my health declines, “God, are You enough?”

When I am let down and disappointed in my life, “God, are You enough?”

Every time I asked “God, are You enough?” I opened my Bible and began reading, verse by verse. Though my doubts were strong in the beginning, God’s Word started to silence the thoughts paralyzing me.

Through promises fulfilled and promises given in Scripture, I discovered the answer was always the same when I asked: “God, are You enough?”

Yes, He is.

Nothing here on earth is guaranteed, except for one thing: Jesus is with us always. And when we understand who He is, our doubts begin to disappear.

The Bible tells us Jesus is sufficient; He’s enough. Philippians 4:19 says, “And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus” (NIV 1984). I discovered this to be true. Every need, every doubt, every inadequacy, every fear was met, answered and removed by Jesus.

If I lost everything, I’d be okay because no one can take away my Jesus. Whether I live in a mansion on a hill or in a tent on the side of a swamp, I have my Jesus. Whether the world is for me or against me, I have my Jesus. When I am knocked down, I get on my knees and find my Jesus.

When life becomes more than you think you can handle, don’t quit. And certainly don’t believe the lie God is not enough. Instead, ask yourself, “God, are You enough for me?” Then plant His Word deep in your heart so you’ll always have the ready answer, that yes He is. He is enough for me, for you. Ours is the God who “… will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:19).

Dear Lord, help me to realize and remember the secret to being content in all circumstances is You. Help me to be aware of Your presence in my life at all times. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Related Resources:
Do You Know Jesus?

Scripture reassures us over and over that God is enough. Read over His truths in the new NIV Real-Life Devotional Bible for Women, filled with 366 devotions from Proverbs 31 Ministries’ writers.

Visit Melissa Taylor’s blog for real hope for real life.

Reflect and Respond:
Honestly assess if God is enough in your life. Do you find yourself needing or wanting more? Remind yourself that God knows you inside and out. He loves you no matter what and He always will.

Is there a situation in your life you need to turn over to the Lord?

Power Verses:
Psalm 33:4, ” For the word of the LORD is upright, and all his work is done in faithfulness.” (ESV)

Isaiah 46:3b-4, “You whom I have upheld since your birth, and have carried since you were born. Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.” (NIV)

Wait For the Lord (Repost)

Wonderful Wednesday

Recently I was reminded of something that happened years ago when Rick and I were waiting to sell our home in California before we moved to Arizona. We had already found and put a down payment on the house we wanted in Arizona. Things were going well with our California house sale until we received two offers that we had to turn down.

The first offer contained unacceptable buyer contingencies and was not a problem to turn down. The second offer, however, was a huge surprise. We had literally just signed the contract to accept the buyers’ offer when our realtor received a call from them to say they had to back out of the deal. An accident had just occurred in which a vehicle had driven right into their house! Obviously they had no choice but the timing was stunning to all of us.

Our realtor was frantic with worry but we kept on assuring her that the whole thing was in God’s timing. That amazed her.

On the other end of this deal, the builder of our Arizona home needed more earnest money to finish the items we had asked him to add, so we had to scramble to come up with those funds. I was sharing all of this in one of my online writers’ groups when I received a message that really cemented Rick’s and my attitude to trust God while we waited. TrustInGodsPerfectTiming

My writer friend wrote this about the word wait:

The root word for wait in Hebrew means to twist, to stretch. The original meaning was twisting and stretching fiber to make a strong rope. The idea in Hebrew is that waiting strengthens us by this twisting and stretching process.

The other side of the waiting process is that waiting is never considered a passive posture. While we are waiting, we are to be in prayer about the situation while at the same time trusting that God is already working on a solution.

The wonderful and happy ending is that the third offer we received to buy our house was for more than we had been asking. If we were in awe of how God structured this whole thing, you can only imagine how this impacted our realtor. On the day we handed her the house keys after the moving van had loaded everything up, she said, “You were right all along. God did have everything under control!”

Rick and I do not know how God used this in her life but that doesn’t matter. What does matter is that God used us and our trust in Him to show her how wonderfully He can work everything out.

Today I am sharing an old post with you because it is so pertinent to this subject. Enjoy!

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Wait for the Lord

Wait

Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; yes, wait for the LORD. —Psalm 27:14

No one likes to wait.

I can remember when the only ways we got in touch with each other was to phone them or send them actual written letters. I know, I’m dating myself here! Then email became the preferred method of communication because it was so much quicker.

We still use email but most of us now text our messages to each other because that is even faster. And don’t even get me started on how much we rely on social media like Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest to instantly transmit our thoughts.

We rush through fast-food drive-thrus.

We even drive faster than we should because posted speed limits seem impossibly slow to us.

How many times have you been waiting for an elevator where you or someone else has already pushed the “up” or “down” button. The button is already lit up but then another person approaches and presses the button again because that will obviously make the elevator arrive faster.

And check out the “Walk” light image above. In big cities, most people walk to their destinations. Waiting at crosswalks is always interesting. Many people repeatedly push the button that changes the light as if the light will immediately change in their favor. Some people step off the curb as they’re waiting so they’ll have a head start when the light does change. And then there are those who are so impatient to get across the street that they won’t wait for the “Walk” light to appear. They dodge cars as they force their way to the other side.

It strikes me that all of this is similar to the way we sometimes approach God when seeking direction in our lives.

Sometimes we swamp God with prayer because we think we might get our answer faster.

Other times we’re like those who step off the curb while waiting for the “Walk” light: we know God will answer our prayer but we step out ahead of His timing.

And how about when we rush headlong with our agenda without waiting for God to show us His will? We mistakenly proceed on our own to do what seems best to reach our goal but how often do we get tangled up in “what might have been” because we jump so far ahead of God’s timing?

Boy, have I been there, more times than I can count! Waiting for God is not easy, is it? Sometimes that kind of silence can feel like forever. We start to think we’re praying the wrong way or that God doesn’t understand how urgent our situation is.

Beloved, God knows exactly what is going on in our lives and in our hearts. He has always been aware of what we need—before we were even born! His timing is always exactly right!

Even though I am currently in a season of waiting, I am faithfully trying to remember that:

…with the LORD one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. —1 Peter 2:8

What that means to me is that even though I may think it’s taking too long to see the Lord’s will in my life right now, that doesn’t mean He isn’t already working things out.

This is exactly the time for me to keep on praying while waiting and trusting. How about you?

Memorial Day Mishmash (Repost)

MISHMASH MONDAY

Today is being observed as Memorial Day all over the United States. Therefore, here is a mix of patriotic images in honor of this day when we honor our fallen military.

To all those with family members and friends who have been injured or died while serving our country:

there is no way we can ever make up for your loss except to NEVER FORGET…

AnnaSmile

The Unseen

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FIX YOUR EYES ON THE UNSEEN

Therefore do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen.

For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

—2 Corinthians 4:16-18

2 Cor 4:18

All of us are surrounded by something we cannot see or feel. Without this particular combination of gases, we would not be alive. I’m referring, of course, to our atmosphere. We can’t see the air or feel it but we know it’s there because we’re here to talk about it.

Many of us have allergy-related asthma problems that necessitate the use of inhalers and/or nebulizers to open up our airways so we can breathe KeepCalm-TrustJesusbetter. Some people have problems breathing on their own for various other reasons and rely on respirators to help them breathe. Either way, the result is the same: we cannot see the air we breathe but we know it is there.

So it is with God. He is our unseen champion, the one who is always there to comfort and guide us through the rough spots in life. It is so easy to give in to the urge to grumble about our circumstances, but that never changes the situation. It just makes us feel worse about things.

In my own life, I am thankful for the blessing of Jesus Christ in my life. As my health has dramatically declined, my faith and reliance in Him has grown exponentially so that I have learned to trust Him for everything, even getting through each day: hour by hour, sometimes one minute at a time.

Even more than our parents love us and enjoy our company, God loves us and longs for close fellowship with each of us. That’s why He made us. When we fix our eyes on Him—even though we can’t see Him—we can trust Him to know what is best for us.

CrossOfChristBeloved, that empty cross and tomb means that we can trust that the invisible (for now) God is absolutely here with us, guiding us through our days.

As we respond to His desire for a closer relationship with us, He will walk closer and closer with us, enabling us to fix our eyes on Him in joyful anticipation of seeing Him in heaven forever.

The wonder of it is this: the closer you walk with Jesus, the more you’ll start thinking like Him. And the more you start thinking like Him, the more fully you’ll experience that peace, hope and joy that can come only from Him.

AnnaSmile

Family Tidbits

Tidbit Tuesday

Mother’s Day 2013

Enjoying Mother’s Day with Kathy and Alan

Loved the gift of these gorgeous pink tulips!

I’ll never get enough of being around these two!  ♥ They turned out so great in spite of me and I’ll always be thankful to God for them in my life!

AnnaSmile