“Many people say, “Who will show us better times?” Let your face smile on us, Lord. You have given me greater joy than those who have abundant harvests of grain and new wine. In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe.”
Saw this awesome picture God created when I was on the road today. His face literally shining on us! Stinkin crazy!
Think on this today:
The One who makes that picture happen, is the One who loves us, cares for us, fights for us, and fulfills our every need.
I could write all day about how awesome, capable and powerful God is but just think on that and live in the peace, comfort and confidence that comes in knowing God, having full access to God, and having this same God who created that, love you!
Shortest Gold ever because what else can be said about Him that He isn’t already showing us!?!?!!!
I love you but God loves you way more!!! Happy Friyay everyone!
A LIVE look in at some of nature’s finest beasts! These wild animals teach us a lesson that hits close to home with us all, what do we do when trials arise suddenly in our lives? Our human instincts yell out, “run, I have to get out of here.” So we pursue our comfort. But God says, “that’s not how it has to be, what is produced when you trust me and stand strong in these trials of life is far better than any comfort you could ever find on this earth. While we say, “oh deer,” God says; “have no fear because I am here.”
“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.”
‘Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.’
This piece of Gold from God’s Word stands alone and I feel like not much else needs to be said here. If you’re like me, I really struggle with the daily rhythm of reading His Word and spending quiet, intentional time with Him. I have a million excuses and reasons I make up to why I don’t but at the end of the day when I struggle, fall short, and wonder why I feel so incapable of living out the life God has called me to, those reasons mean nothing. The simple truth of the matter is this; how can I expect to live my life in a God-honoring way and serve others for the purpose He has set me here on this earth for if I have no fuel in the tank to do so. With busy schedules and so much fast paced craziness going around around me, these excuses I make leave me coming up short but is that the way God intended it to be for us?
NOOO!!! Not at all! Although I struggle with this probably just as you do, God has given us His truth and the Words from His very heart to not only live by but to be empowered by and fueled to fill up our hearts with His goodness and love which overflows into the lives around us. We have no excuses that mean anything at the end of the day, if you’re like me and you wonder why you do the things you do, why you struggle and find yourself falling short way too often, my challenge to myself and you this week is to check your fuel supply. Where are you getting filled up and fueled in your life? God has given us such an amazing gift to hear from Him in this way, so why would we overlook that? If we know where our fuel and strength comes from then why aren’t we spending time with Him at the source. God’s Word is more than just words on a page, it’s where our life begins, it’s where anything good in our lives starts, and it’s the guidance we desperately need in our lives to walk in His ways above our own, to make an everlasting Kingdom impact on the many lives we have around us daily. Let’s dig in this week and not overlook this gift we’ve been given!!! Put all else to the side and dwell with Him in His Word, you’ll never know what could happen in your life, the change that will occur in your heart and the hearts of others around you until you try to honestly and intentionally spend time with God in this way. Praying for you this week in this challenge and I ask you please pray for me too! I’M SO DAGGUM EXCITED TO SEE WHAT GOD IS GOING TO DO!!!!
Yep….you read that right! I meant to say urinal just in case you’re wondering! Today’s God Gold comes from the one place I doubt any of us would expect to find it….at the daggum bathroom urinal!!
The other day one of my good friends texted me this picture and said, “dude, I stopped at a gas station to use the bathroom, when I walked up to the urinal this is what I saw on top of it! God’s Gold on the urinal!” Hahah how wild is that to think you’re taking another regular trip to the bathroom then out of nowhere, BOOM!!!GOLD!!!!! Pretty wild to say the least but to the man who left this on a urinal of all places, thanks to you for being an example of getting Gods Gold out not just in the nice and clean corners of this world but even the dirtiest and nastiest place you could ever find! God has no limits on where and when He shows Himself in our lives, He is always there all the time, yes, even in the routine everyday tasks we have in our lives. God is there and His Gold is always present, keep your eyes open so you don’t miss it!
You never know, next time you use the restroom you may have a golden situation that comes up, and I don’t mean the kind that’s in liquid form! Have a great day and hope you enjoy this awesome piece of urinal Gold!!!
Today is another “old Gold” for you that was written awhile back! It BLOWS MY MIND how something God teaches us years before can be so easily forgotten and such a perfect timed reminder! I read this Gold and I sat here with goosebumps at how much this truth was needed in my life. My axe has became dull, simple as that! My life right now is as busy as it’s ever been before, I’m wearing more hats and juggling more and more things, so if that’s the case for you too, why would we ever spend time trying to chop down a tree with a dull axe? It sounds dumb right? But unfortunately, myself and most of us a lot of the time get so caught up in the “to-do” of our lives, we lose track of the WHO that has given us this life, that has made the “to-do” possible, and the ONLY One who can keep our axe sharp as we chop away to make a dent in the tree that God has placed in front of us!
I pray and hope more than anything that God will use this message in a mighty way in your life. I pray it encourages you to stop, slow down and spend time with Him to sharpen your axe so we can start chopping down the tree of purpose that God has set before us together in the greatest possible way, with Him, through Him and FOR HIM!!!
“If the ax is dull and its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed, but skill will bring success.”
These verses opened me up a lot to see that I’ve been swinging an ax with a dull edge, really I’ve been an ax with a dull edge. With upcoming trips, long to do lists and always having somewhere to be I’ve slowly lost focus of what truly matters. Life will do that to you sometimes if you let it. I’ve been so caught up in getting everything done and being everywhere all the time that my personal time with the Lord has become less and less over the last few days so my trust has become more in my strength and less in the Lords. I don’t know if you’ve ever experienced this but I’ve been swinging the ax with all I’ve got, swinging, swinging and not stopping to take a breath and not realizing that with each swing I’m getting weaker, with each swing my ax gets a little less sharp. Not sure what it means by “skill” but I’ve thought about it as our constant focus. Our focus to make sure we stay close to God whether in His Word or in prayer, making sure our ax is sharp and we’re not just out here swinging away not making any dents in the tree. The big word for me lately has been STOP. Take time in my day to stop and spend some time with the Lord no matter how much life is throwing at me. That’s where that skill of becoming sharper takes place. It’s crazy how often I swing my ax and I’m so tired I can’t even see that the tree of life I’m swinging at doesn’t even have a mark on it. I’ll try to take big huge swings to get everything done at once and find myself at the end of my day with barely anything really done and more to do. When we focus in on that personal time with God before we start the day and constantly throughout the day it blows my mind how big the difference is. I’m not nearly as worn out and even if I didn’t check off everything on my to do list, that connection with God keeps me at peace about where I’m at and what I’ve done because it’s easier to notice those swings were in His will, and with His help. I’ve started doing something a little different lately to get rid of my crazy swinging, “I’ve got to get everything done” mentality. I started setting aside little periods of time throughout my day, maybe just 5 or 10 minutes with that time dedicated solely to sharpening my ax and making sure I’m where God wants me, doing what God wants me to do and swinging with Him. It gets overwhelming in our crazy schedules to set try and become sharp all at once so that’s why I said little amounts of time cause it’s easy to see 10 minutes of sharpening with God. Oh, that’s not bad at all I can do that for 10 minutes. It’s the same with working out, reading or whatever daily discipline you want to start doing with more skill and gain better results. It’s little amounts of time done constantly day in and day out and you may not see a difference at first but when it starts compounding over time the results are more visible than ever. It’s easy to make the decision to not sharpen the ax just as easy as it is to make the decision to sharpen it, I know if I stop trying to swing wildly and blindly and focus on that daily sharpening, my relationship with the Lord will become closer and closer and the stuff thrown at me in life becomes easier and easier to deal with cause it’ll be His strength I swing with and His will showing me where and when to swing. If you’re like me, you need to stop swinging so much and check your ax. The Lord gives us this life to live every day and everything we need to be successful in making a kingdom impact through it, we have to decide if we want to keep swinging a dull ax the rest our lives and be so worn out we don’t even realize we’re living. Or we can come to Him constantly to get sharper and sharper, actually living this life He’s given us and living it with purpose and skill to bring glory to His name. Hope all this wild rambling makes sense!