As this crazy year starts to approach an end, I am starting to look back and evaluate. 2020 has been a unique year of challenges. In some ways it has brought us closer together and in others it has divided us. I am saddened to hear of people so consumed with Covid and politics that they are missing things going on in our own back yard. We all, including myself, need to step back and evaluate our motivations. Are our actions motivated by fear, or by faith? And is there anything those motivations have caused us to do that may not be in the will of the Lord?

Most of you will get this before the election. Every single election is important and should be prayed over extensively, but this year seems to be more pivotal than most. I am not here to support one candidate over another or get into any kind of debate over it. I am here to say that we should have already been and we need to keep praying for God’s will to be done. It truly doesn’t matter who we feel is the right leader, it just matters that the Lord wins the battle and His leader gets elected. But how can we know who God wants us to vote for, or how we are to live if we are focusing on the world around us. The enemy has had a field day fostering fear, distrust and division. We have got to take back our lives and give it to the Lord again. I do see people trying to foster faith, trust, and unity, but it seems to be an uphill battle. We have forgotten that the Lord had not given us a spirit of fear and that we are more than conquerors in Him.

For years I was told, or have even said myself, that the Lord will never give us more than we can handle. I am learning that that statement is false and if I have said it to you I apologize. I do not know about you, but I am fragile and not able to handle much, except with the Lord. The Lord gives me the strength and the power to handle everything that gets thrown in my path. We all struggle with something in this life. Sometimes it is something we have gotten ourselves into, but sometimes is it just the path we have been chosen to walk. But you know what???? The Lord is in it no matter what. The Lord walks with us daily right by our side and catches us even if we start to stumble. I picture a father with his child learning to walk. He hovers close enough that as soon as the baby starts to stumble he is there. God will never Leave us or Forsake us, but sometimes we have a tendency to try to make Him sit back while we do “our thing” we are like the toddler that says “I do it myself.” Lets come back to Jesus and apologize, curl up in God’s “lap” and just sit a while. I don’t think you have to literally sit around, but I do feel like we need to spend time just talking to the Lord. I love the fact that we do not have to be in a church, or even speak out loud, to talk to Him. Life is so much better if we focus on Him and not the world.

I have an app on my phone that gives me a daily verse. Today’s verse is “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33

God knew I needed that reminder today. No matter what God’s will is for your life we do all have a purpose. We were created to worship Him. If we take the time each day to talk to God and worship God, then we will all be in a much better place. No matter what is going on around us. Psalm 46:1-3 says God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof.

If we remember these words and seek Him we will all be ok. Honestly, I figure we will never have the “normal” and that the Lord is gearing us up for the end, but we can’t be bogged down by things we cannot control. We have to pull ourselves up, stand strong, and get busy for the Lord. The best way to move forward in my opinion is to find a ministry or person to help. It will remind us to thank God for our blessings and to serve someone around us. We are all in this together and we will be able to reach more
people and help more if we work together. We never know what someone else is going through and what just a smile can do to lift their spirit. Even with a mask, if we are so filled with the Lord it will pour out of us and we will not be able to stop it from
radiating through. Lets be the Light we were meant to be to a world so full of fear and darkness they look at us and say “I want that”.


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