Archive for October, 2018

Be Strong, and Get to Work

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018

When I was younger, my family would spend vacations on the lovely beach of the Atlantic coast. When you’re out in the sun, surrounded by sand and waves, the world’s your oyster in finding something fun to do. If we weren’t diving in the water, boogie-boarding on the waves, racing up and down the beach, digging for sand crabs, or scouring for seas shells, we were building sand castles.

Our sand castles never were listed as a “wonder of the world,” but they were architectural feats, towers of majesty, and breath-taking creations. I may have had a slightly skewed opinion of my work, but given limited sources of sand, a few buckets, and a shovel, I felt I had met all the criterion for the Pritzker…

I had talent, I had vision, I had commitment, and I had produced a structure, which I felt was a significant contribution to humanity and the environment at the time. However, it lacked one quality: structural integrity.

With the dawning of a new day, my family would return to the beach bright and early for more fun-in-the-sun. But, I would discover, all too frequently, how the waves had completely demolished my wondrous formation. Occasionally, I’d see the remains of a tower or two, but sand “rubble” was all that lingered.

Who is left among you that saw this house in her first glory? and how do ye see it now? is it not in your eyes in comparison of it as nothing? Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, saith the LORD; and be strong, O Joshua, son of Josedech, the high priest; and be strong, all ye people of the land, saith the LORD, and work: for I am with you, saith the LORD of hosts (Haggai 2:2–3, KJV).

When the temple was destroyed, only its ruins remained to remind God’s people of its former glory. The time and investment God’s people poured into the temple in its first construction was hours on top of hours. My single tear and brief sniffle over the destruction of my sand castle did not compare with the utter lament of God’s people when they gazed upon the temple’s rubble.

It would have been very easy for them to think rebuilding the temple wasn’t possible. Or, that it would have required way too much time and energy (work) to do it again. They could have had a once-and-never-again mentality. But, they heeded the Word of God when He spoke a very simple statement. I’m paraphrasing here, but He said: be strong, and get to work.

In God’s kingdom, we’re told there will be bad days. We’ll be hated of men for worshipping the One, true God. Family will forsake us. We’ll lose our jobs. Our church building could foreclose. But, there isn’t time to get offended. There isn’t time to cry over “spilled milk.” There isn’t time to give up.

As God’s people, we can’t stand around and look at what’s been destroyed in our life by the enemy. Why? Because God’s given us enough strength to push past the devastation, the worry, the pain, the trial—whatever it is—and get back to work for His kingdom.

When I saw my ruined sand castle, I was shocked and saddened. But, in the worn-down sand, I saw a new canvas. There was a new land where a new foundation for another sand castle could be built. And, I wasted no time in getting back to work to reconstruct my castle in all its former glory. But, this time, I would fortify its walls, build a moat, and add a few more tweaks to the design to make it even stronger.

Saint of God, you might be standing in the rubble of a former situation today. But, God’s words are still speaking to us: be strong, and get to work. It’s time to rebuild. It’s time to get back in the harvest. God has a new work that has yet to be done. It’s not the end. It’s the time for a new beginning.

Get ready to see what He has in store for you once you get back to work. You’ve got all the strength you need.

Counting Sheep

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

Sleep and I have been going through a rough patch lately. I don’t know what I might have said to make it feel unwanted, but sleep has not been my close, constant companion these last few months.

In our information age where everyone seems to be an “expert” on everything, I’ve been desperate enough to seek out anyone for their remedy for my sleep deprivation issue. When I say I’ve tried everything to fall asleep and to stay sleep, I mean it. I’ve even tried counting sheep.

If I met a younger version of myself, she would look at me with a horrified bewilderment that I’ve succumb to such infantile nonsense. As a child, I thought counting sheep to drift into dreamland was the dumbest thing a person could do.

First, you’d have to imagine sheep—now there’s a task in itself. I’d get lost in the never-ending land of imagination determining the sheep’s breed, wool color, collar or no collar, bell or no bell, large or small, if it was jumping a fence (as I’d always seen in cartoons), and then figure out the exact duration one must count sheep to actually fall asleep. Also, I never could conceive if a rhythm was involved, or if you were to count aloud or silently in your head…

By the time anyone figured out the mechanics of counting sheep, you’d be more awake than asleep. And, as for me, lying awake in bed at night remembering all of this, definitely didn’t redirect me back to any state of unconsciousness. I laughed at my reverie, joking with God if He counted sheep.

And, then I remembered—He does.

How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray? And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray (Matthew 18:12–13, KJV).

God’s not counting sheep because He’s trying to get some shut-eye. He’s counting sheep because He’s making sure none of us—yes, we’re sheep—get lost. Unlike me, our Good Shepherd knows just how many sheep He actually has. This is how He knows when one of us goes missing.

How does He know? Well, other than the fact that God knows all things, He thinks about and observes similar characteristics of His sheep that I wondered about as a small child whist trying (or preparing) to count sheep. For every sheep that God’s created, He knows their breed (Psalms 103:14), their wool color/volume (Luke 12:7), actions (Isaiah 66:18), and every other small detail.

When a sheep that matches our description doesn’t show up for roll call, God’s going to find us. He’s not laying down to sleep, but He laid down His life for us (John 10:11). He numbers us so He can save us. And, when He finds us, He will gather us up and carry us home to be counted once again (Isaiah 40:11).

If you find yourself counting sheep to catch a few much-needed winks, just remember you’re not alone. We serve a God who never sleeps (Psalms 121:4), but still counts His sheep.

 

The Struggle with Simple

Sunday, October 21st, 2018

Now Naaman, captain of the host of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master, and honourable, because by him the LORD had given deliverance unto Syria: he was also a mighty man in valour, but he was a leper…So Naaman came with his horses and with his chariot, and stood at the door of the house of Elisha. And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean. But Naaman was wroth, and went away, and said, Behold, I thought, He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the LORD his God, and strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper. Are not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? may I not wash in them, and be clean? So he turned and went away in a rage. And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said, My father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash, and be clean? Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean (II Kings 5:1, 9–14, KJV).

Simplicity of Jesus

Anything outside of Jesus is going to be more difficult than staying inside Him. We’re told in Scripture to take on His yoke for it’s easy and His burden is light (Matthew 11:28–30). But, even still, people have a hard time following Jesus. Paul told the New Testament churches how he struggled to fight the good fight of faith (II Timothy 4:7). He explained the sinful nature inside of him made him live a complicated, incorrect life. So, then the fight for our faith is because of our poor choices and lack of wisdom.

Simplicity of the Word

Scripture has very simple statements we should be able to comprehend and live by: work hard, love your family, obey your parents, etc. Obedience is very simple, but we make it difficult because we interject the perspectives of the world. There is no variableness in Jesus Christ: He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He has always been and will be simple!

We struggle to follow the Word and the simplicity of God because we make it too complicated. We forget to take into consideration the one, simple thing that makes us better: the Holy Ghost! When we have the Spirit of God living inside of us, we are better and can live right and simply.

Why the Simple Things are the Hardest to Do

We know living for God should be simple, but we all struggle with it. Why? Because we all have a little bit of Naaman inside of us. There’s a part of us that’s not completely surrendered to the Lord. Naaman was frustrated with his path of healing. What was a simple way to his miracle became difficult because he thought about it. Naaman had his healing planned out and was upset when God had a different plan. We will never improve the Word of God. His Word is the only thing that will ever work! If we’ve not experienced this, we need to test out the Word ourselves and prove it to be true.

When we interject our thoughts into God’s simple Word, it will become too hard. This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t think about the Word of God to comprehend it. But, Naaman wasn’t thinking to understand the command; he wanted to amend it. He looked upon other rivers as a better place to wash to receive his healing. Be warned: there is a curse that can come when looking for better especially when better is already the best choice.

Selfishness will always fight simple. Adam and Eve had one simple rule: don’t eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. But, the simple thing became a problem. Eve thought God didn’t mean what He said because it was too simple. There is a way that seems right to man, but the end is the way of death (Proverbs 14:12). We need to get in the right mindset of obedience. Once we do, we’ll find it’s easy to follow Jesus and His Word very simple.

The Greatest Barrier of Simple

Naaman’s servants came to him and asked him why he wouldn’t do what God said to do. If asked to do a great thing, would he have done it instead? After reflection, the core issue was revealed: pride. Once Naaman discovered his “why,” he then decided to obey God. He went down to Jordan, washed 7 times, and came out clean. Once he was healed, he learned the God of Israel was the greatest God in all the earth. This was the simple truth God wanted Naaman to learn and follow all along: there is no God like our God and there is no God but Him. And, it’s this great God who wants to see Himself in us and wants us to walk with Him every day that we live.

Too Full

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

Sometime ago, I mentioned how spätzle has been a staple in our household for generations. What’s really a nominal food for most German families is a real treat for us. Spätzle mealtime is a big to-do.

It’s difficult to describe the festivity that ensues around the food, nor the pleasure we take in savoring every bite. In all transparency, we eat too much of it. But, regardless of how full we are, none of the spätzle ever goes to waste.

That was an unwritten family rule everyone followed until one meal, when my husband—then fiancé—was invited to dinner. I cannot express my family’s utter shock and horror when a plate returned to the kitchen after dinner that held lifeless spätzle noodles strewn carelessly around the plate, still drowning in their succulent gravy.

We observed a moment of silence for more than one reason in the kitchen that night. And, what followed later that evening was one of the most difficult discussions we’ve ever had in our relationship…

And he took the seven loaves and the fishes, and gave thanks, and brake them, and gave to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets full (Matthew 15:36–37, KJV).

Being too full to finish isn’t an earth-shattering concept. Just as my husband was too full to eat the straggling spätzle noodles, people in Jesus’ time did the same (albeit with different foods).

Jesus performed a great miracle by transforming a mere 7 loaves and a few fishes into enough food to feed 4,000 men plus women and children. We celebrate the fact that Jesus’ miracle-working power went above and beyond, as the disciples had to collect leftovers—7 baskets full.

But, when I came across this Scripture the other day, my heart was unsettled and I was left to prayerful pondering. Yes, we can be thankful Jesus performed a miracle of abundance, but why were there leftovers? Did Jesus really multiply the food too much?

Scripture tells us the people ate until they were filled and then stopped eating. But, there was still food left over. Don’t get me wrong—our bodies (created by God), have a built-in system to stop us from overeating. We can be full and not need to continue to eat. However, this Scripture isn’t just about bodily hunger; it’s about spiritual hunger too.

We can feel “full” and stop eating, but it’s not because God wants us to stop. We stop eating because of our flesh. Flesh stops us from pursuing the miraculous in God. Similar to the thousands who stopped eating in Scripture, we can stop feasting on what God has given to us. Heaven help us if there’s ever a miracle left over we’re not interested in!

We can’t get too full of the physical not to be interested in the spiritual. We shouldn’t cherry pick the blessings of God and then leave behind what disinterests us. We must not follow only portions of Scripture and disregard the rest. We need to take what God has for us in full and eat beyond our full. God knows what we can stomach, literally—both physically and spiritually.

The spätzle noodles left behind were just as good as what my husband ate that night, and could have been even more satisfying if he forged on to let them squeeze down into the cracks and recesses of his stomach. (If you don’t believe me, you’ve never eaten spätzle.) The same holds true with what God has for us.

Don’t let anyone pick up fragmented baskets of leftovers around you. Eat what God has allocated for you because He’s given it to sustain you and bless you beyond what you think you need. Let’s not get too full of God and the miraculous today.

Storm Warnings

Sunday, October 14th, 2018

And straightway he constrained his disciples to get into the ship, and to go to the other side before unto Bethsaida, while he sent away the people. And when he had sent them away, he departed into a mountain to pray. And when even was come, the ship was in the midst of the sea, and he alone on the land. And he saw them toiling in rowing; for the wind was contrary unto them: and about the fourth watch of the night he cometh unto them, walking upon the sea, and would have passed by them. But when they saw him walking upon the sea, they supposed it had been a spirit, and cried out: For they all saw him, and were troubled. And immediately he talked with them, and saith unto them, Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid. And he went up unto them into the ship; and the wind ceased: and they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered (Mark 6:45–51, KJV).

Stirring Storms

Storms are not an infrequent element in the life of the believer. When we choose to live for God, we’re not exempt of any trials and tribulations in life. Scripture tells us God rains both on the just and the unjust (Matthew 5:45). Man will experience trouble in his life (Job 14:1). There will times when the wind will be stronger than our own strength. But, we have a promise of a Savior who can walk in the middle of every storm. We’re not isolated, taken out, or defeated! He is the great equalizer in every storm

Storm Warnings

Jesus See Your Struggles

God understand the strength and impact of the storm. He’s not intimidated by either one. When the disciples were on the boat in the middle of the sea and storm, Jesus (on the land) saw struggling. He saw them even when they couldn’t see Him.

The disciples were not novices to sea life. Many were fishermen and had traveled city-to-city by boat before. This was a small trip, but made difficult as it was a big storm to row in. Any menial task, even living life, is difficult, but harder with the challenge of a storm.

Personal storms are relative to the person. They can lead us to a place of faithlessness, thinking we’re alone and no one understands us. But, remember, God sees every storm we’re in. Especially when He’s given us personal direction to go forth, and we face a storm in the middle of our journey, He sees us and is already coming to our rescue.

The Struggle is Already Under His Feet

Jesus approached the disciples walking on the sea. They saw Him and thought He was a ghost. It’s hard to believe we have a promise of rescue when we’re surrounded by the storm. Jesus will always fix our fear before He fixes our storm. Why? Because fear fights our faith. The disciples didn’t believe Jesus had come to deliver them because they had fear. They had to remove their fear before they could allow Him to work in the middle of their storm (I John 4:18).

Jesus identified Himself as the I AM to the disciples. The disciples had to see who really was there in the middle of their storm. They had to realize the Creator of the wind and the waves was really near them and saw their struggle. He had come to deliver them in their situation.

Jesus had put them in a boat that was headed into a storm. Every storm in our life is either assigned or allowed. Some storms position us to allow God to show forth a miracle. This account in Scripture is listed in three different Gospels. Matthew shared an additional piece where Peter walked on the water to meet Jesus. This lets us know that in every storm, there is a miracle God wants to do in our life. And, that miracle has nothing to do with God actually calming the storm.

When Jesus Gets in, the Storm Can’t Hurt Us

When Jesus got into the boat, the wind and the waves ceased. He had calmed the storm for the disciples and performed yet another miracle. But, the eyes of the disciples didn’t see the miracle. They didn’t see the fact that the storm was ended, Jesus was there, and they weren’t hurt. Their hearts had been hardened by the storm (Mark 6:52).

Just prior to their expedition across the sea, the disciples had just witnessed Jesus performing a miracle of the fishes and loaves; He fed thousands of men, women, and children. But, they had soon forgotten this miracle and were amazed when Jesus calmed the storm. They had let their current storm jade their perspective of what the Master was able to do and had done in the past. We must remember Jesus is our hiding place in the middle of our stormy sea (Psalms 32:7).

Paul’s Prayer List for the Church

Thursday, October 11th, 2018

Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power (Ephesians 1:15–19, KJV).

Paul’s Prayers

Paul had 3 specific prayers for the church in Ephesus. He prayed they would:

  • Have knowledge and revelation of the hope of God’s calling in their life
  • Be strengthened by God’s Spirit in their inner man
  • Understand how big God’s love was for them

He prayed God would show them how to accomplish these things in their life. But, God’s Spirit would need to reveal and confirm to them what they’d been taught (Ephesians 3:14–19). Remember, revelation comes from God! We should consider what Paul taught and let God give us understanding (II Timothy 2:7).

To Know the Hope of God’s Calling

Hope is an expectation for something in God. Hope is not happiness, things, nicer or bigger, a better job, our feelings, etc. We cannot hope in the tangible because none are stable enough. They all have the ability to fail at one time or another. Failure will lead to disappointment, and disappointment is powerful. When we hope in something that doesn’t come, it will make us sick (Proverbs 13:12).

The ultimate truth: anything not eternal is destined to disappoint us. Our true hope is being with Christ in eternity (I Corinthians 15:19). Take heed to the writers of the Scriptures. The Bible tells us to hope in glory, lay up treasures in heaven, etc. We cannot be sustained and hope in the things of this life.

To Be Strengthened by God’s Spirit

When we came to God, He changed us on the outside, but an outside-only change is never strong enough to stand on its own. We need strength that can only come from the inside-out (Ephesians 1:19). This strength only lies in the power of  the infilling of the Holy Ghost. The devil is concerned about how strong we are on the inside. He wants to stop us from doing 3 things: 1) praying, 2) reading the Word of God, and 3) connecting with the body of Christ. If he can do any of these things, he can gain a foothold of the child of God. We weren’t meant to be isolated (Ephesians 2:19); we’ve got to be smarter than our adversary!

The world will shut their mind off to God, but we put off our old conduct (corrupt man) and are renewed in the spirit of our mind (Ephesians 4:17–27). Our behavior models the new inward man God made us to be. When we model righteousness, this strengthens our inner man. Our day should be balanced and centered in the Holy Ghost. God has given us tools to be able to do this daily (Ephesians 6:14–17).

Understand the Love of God

Paul uses ambiguous terms to describe the love of Christ (e.g., length, breadth, depth, and height). Ultimately, he wanted us to know God’s love transcends our understanding of the mere term. God’s love toward us is equally as large as it can be through us, if we allow it to operate in us. We should be patient with one another, bind together in peace, extend grace, forgive, and love one another (Ephesians 4:1–6, 29–32). We need to imitate God and walk in love (Ephesians 5:1–2). If we can’t find an example in Scripture where Jesus acted the way we’re acting, we need to stop!

Adapted from Wednesday Night Bible Study on October 10, 2018 with Pastor Nave

When the Enemy Comes In

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

Recently, when spending time with family, my two-year old nephew approached me. He carried a Bop It, and wanted it turned on. But, with an innocent arm gesture toward the game, I learned in a matter of seconds that the Bop It was Phase I of a much larger operation.

I was sitting on the fireplace hearth, with all sorts of objects around me that were gateways of fun (and mischief) to a little boy with arms and legs like a mid-sized octopus.

The moment he handed me the Bop It, his other hand grabbed a touch-light nearby. As my left-hand grabbed the light, my nephew’s other hand went straight down into my water glass. Releasing both touch-light and Bop It, I held on to the water glass and unearthed my nephew’s hand with the other. And, then somehow his other hand reached 3 feet away to accomplish Phase II of his masterminded plan: turning the fireplace gas key.

I soon realized how unprepared I was for this attack and was in much need of help to wrangle in this tiny bundle of mayhem.

So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him (Isaiah 59:19, KJV).

The enemy of our soul will distract us so he can flood into another area of our life undetected. While we’re paying attention to one thing, we discover his destruction in another area of life a bit late. Sometimes he moves in quick succession, and sometimes it’s gradual, but calculated.

If I’ve ever seen a more perfect example of this enacted in my life, it was my nephew coming at me with one aim—to turn the fireplace key. After the blur of activity, all I knew was that I needed help.

I’m an incredible novice when it comes to children, and sincerely didn’t know the “danger” I was in when my nephew approached. But, just as quickly as his hands went everywhere, there were four other adults on the scene just as fast. While I was being distracted, unaware of the situation I was in, my two sisters and parents were already on their feet, making their way toward me to diffuse the situation.

When I finally looked up at the moment of defeat, someone was already turning the key back into position, someone picked up my nephew, someone was moving other objects up and out of his future reach, and someone was making sure my water wasn’t spilled any further. There was strength, power, and support all around me delivering me in my time of need. And, I didn’t even have to ask.

Scripture tells us when our enemy attacks, God will come in with His authority and power and defeat them. In the heat of the battle, God will be there on the scene before we can even formulate the words to ask. But, even in the times we don’t even know we need help, God’s glory is already present, working in the background. When we finally look up, we’ll see the Lord’s delivering power already there, taking care of what we didn’t even know we needed at the onset of our trial.

Dear brother or sister, remember the Lord is always close to His children. Help is on the way before you even know it. And, even when you’re not wholly paying attention to what the enemy is doing in your life, God’s already up and fighting for you.

And, the great thing about all of this? You won’t be ignorant of the enemy’s future devices. You’ll be 100% prepared with the tools the Lord’s given you to conquer the enemy. And, as for me, mini octopus-man isn’t going to get to the fireplace key on his aunt’s watch at our next encounter.

Intentional Kingdom

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

And it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a certain man said unto him, Lord, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest. And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head. And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God. And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house. And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God (Luke 9:57–62, KJV).

Your Go-To God

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

Inhaling the sweet scent, with hints of vanilla wafting up my nostrils, I gently smoothed the piece of paper in front of me with my fingertips. Drooping my head to be level with the table, I gazed at the rainbow-colored horizon ahead. My eyes locked on a single hue in that kaleidoscope of colors, and my tiny hand reached out to gingerly take it into my grasp.

A monochromatic coloring-session ensued that day, and somehow never ended. I had selected what I thought was the most ardent shade, and I never wanted to let go. It was the color of all colors. The best blush for my brush. The top tint for my print. And, that pigment, dear reader, was the color red.

My passion for the color has only grown with time, and I subconsciously gravitate toward it in all manner of living. If making a shopping list, it’s scripted in red ink. If purchasing a notebook, it’s in red binding. When shopping for clothes, it’s red material. When selecting a piece of candy, it’s going to be red. And, when remodeling a room, my husband will ask, “Another red wall?” Why not? It’s simply my favorite. In my eyes, red is the best and my go-to-color for everything.

I’ve learned having red as my favorite color is okay. In my personal experience, it’s never let me down—it’s reliable, trustworthy, and looks great every time, no matter the use! Why try something else when I’ve got a for-sure thing going on with the best color in the world?

The lessons I’ve learned in my relationship with good ole red, has revealed an even-greater truth in God:

Among the gods there is none like unto thee, O Lord; neither are there any works like unto thy works (Psalms 86:8, KJV).

Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me (Isaiah 46:9, KJV).

Forasmuch as there is none like unto thee, O LORD; thou art great, and thy name is great in might (Jeremiah 10:6, KJV).

While red is my go-to for the fun stuff, God is my go-to for everything else. Why? Because nothing compares to Him! No outcome is the same if God isn’t a part of the equation. You’ll never find anything better.

Truthfully, I don’t think most of us have really come to terms with the fact that God is the greatest. There’s nothing superior to Him. He can’t be exalted higher—there are no new heights God must or can reach. He is the utmost!

If I need a healing, I go to God. If I need peace and comfort, I go to God. If I need help with my finances, I go to God. And, I don’t just go to Him with the “big” stuff either.

If I need help remembering something, I ask God to help me. If I’ve got a bug in my house, I ask God for strength and bravery to kill it. If I have a to-do list a mile long, I ask God to give me wisdom as to the best plan of attack to accomplish it all.

God is like the color red for me. He is my go-to for everything. He is my favorite. And, I gravitate toward Him in all manner of living. And, when someone asks me, “You’re going to God again?” I say, “why not?”

If God hasn’t become your go-to, favorite for everything, I invite you  to find and experience that in Him. Get to a place through prayer and reading the Word, where you can gaze upon Him with such love and adoration that you don’t want to go to or try anything else but Him. With each interaction, His “hue” will glow brighter to you than anything this world can offer. Soon, you’ll discover your favorite color is Him and He’ll become your go-to, too.