Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Yesterday's Stones: Stealing Today's Joy

Good morning world! Its a new a beautiful day and I would LOVE to be able to embrace it EXCEPT...my heart, mind, and energies are stuck on the difficulties of yesterday!

Can you relate? 

Today has all the promise in the world, yet the weight of yesterday seems to have darkened my ability to embrace the beauty God has prepared for me.

Its as if each morning God personally delivers us a beautiful balloon bouquet with the sunrise as a reminder for us to look up and seek Him through out our day; but yesterday's pains, worries, and offenses (our proverbial stones if you are following the series) cause God's gift to lay flat and potentially ineffective.

"No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.", (Philippians 3:13-14, NLT)[emphasis added]

 How about joining me in choosing to leave yesterday's stone (disappointments, wounds, short comings) at the feet of Jesus so we are free to embrace the fullness of today!

 Dear God, Help me leave yesterday and it's issues with yesterday. I make a conscious effort to look UP and seek you today. Help me walk int he fullness you designed for me in your gift of today. In Jesus' name I pray~ Amen

Monday, October 5, 2015

Stones of Inadequacy: The Enemy's Tool-God's Design

As I sit to write this, I am at the cross-roads of Inadequacy and Trust.
It's a familiar place that I find myself in more often that I'd like to admit. I wish I could tell you that I have never taken the Inadequacy route, but that would be a lie. In many ways that path is easier to travel and far more familiar. 
You see, I am a writer; it is one of the many things God has called me to do. I have tried to avoid it, walk away from it, and even spent years denying it...but it is always there. I identify with the struggle Jeremiah faced as he tried to stifle what God had called him to do. 
"But if I say I'll never mention the Lord or speak in his name, his word burns in my heart like a fire. It’s like a fire in my bones! I am worn out trying to hold it in! I can’t do it!", (Jeremiah 20:9, NLT)
The words burn inside of me and I have to get them out. As I step forward in an attempt to take the obedient and faithful path of Trust , the enemy is waiting there hurling stones that are painful reminders that I am  inadequate, not good enough, and a failure because I am not skilled in the "craft of writing". 

Pixabay image: not my daughter's paper. 
These stones came full force tonight as I sat down to help my daughter with her school work. I spent an hour helping her consistently fail an assignment about discerning the difference between Adjectives and Adverbs. Even though we giggled and made light of it as we took to the internet in an attempt to find resources; those stones began to weigh heavy on my heart and mind. 

The familiar echos of "You aren't good enough", "No one will read what you write" or the big one, "Your writing can't be used for God because you don't know how to do it correctly" started taunting me. 

As I sat down to write my originally planned
post,"Yesterday's Stones: Stealing Today's Joy", I felt the familiar pangs of not being good enough grip my heart and threaten to paralyze the words that burn in my bones. What will I do with that? Will I slink down the path of Inadequacy, or will I lay those stones down at the feet of Jesus and trust that God knew what He was doing when He called me to write?

"God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. God chose things despised by the world (things counted as nothing at all), and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God." (1:27-29, NLT)
As I use the Word of God as I compass to guide me to which path I will take, I am encouraged by other people God used who may have struggled with stones of inadequacy.

In reading the stories of these people, it seems as if God used their stones of inadequacy to pave the way for Him to do some pretty amazing things! Since He is the same today as He was then, I can rest assured that He wants to use my many deficits to accomplish His greater plan. My job is to be obedient and release those stones to Him so he can pave the way.

What areas do you struggle with feeling inadequate? The bible is clear that God intentionally uses our short comings to bring people to the knowledge of who He is.  Will you join with me today in trusting God with the stones of our inadequacies? 
Dear God, We recognize that You use our inadequacies to show us who you are. We embrace what the world would see as our shortcomings and allow you to use them for Your glory. In Jesus name we pray ~Amen 

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Looking For Stones: Finding What You Look For

I've always heard that if you look for something hard enough...you will find it.

The problem is that many of us automatically default and look for the worst...dismissing the best.

I get cut off on the road and in my mind that person is automatically a jerk. 

The teacher who delays emailing me back is uncaring, dismissive, and not wanting to be bothered. 

My child delays in responding to my call or text. I automatically automatically assume they are dead in a ditch. Once I talk myself off of that ledge, I default to believing they are being rebellious and refusing to talk to me. I view them as completely irresponsible.

My husband suddenly has an "extra project" with work and has to go in early and stay later than normal. I doubt his faithfulness and assume he is doing something he shouldn't be.

Can you relate to this way of thinking?

What if the world paused when the guy cut me off and I was able to pound on his window and tell him what a jerk he was, only to find out that his mom was dying and he was trying to get to the hospital to say goodbye. Who is the jerk then?

What if I ran into the teacher who hasn't responded to my e-mail in the grocery store and proceeded to "Let him have it" for not getting back with me, only to find out that the servers had been down and he'd been giving up his personal time to battle it out with tech support? Who is the uncaring person then?

What if my child walks through the door after not responding to my texts and I start berating her for ignoring me: when I finally allow her a chance to explain, I find out she couldn't respond because her phone was taken up because I texted her in class? Who is the irresponsible one then?

What if I doubt my husband's extra meetings are work meetings and decide to follow him. I see him go into a restaurant and join another woman. I barrel in making a scene ranting a raving, only to have him introduce me to the rest of his project team that walked in right behind me. Who is the one doing something they shouldn't be doing?  

“And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? How can you think of saying to your friend,‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.", (Matthew 7:3-5, NLT)

You see, we will find the jerk, the uncaring, and the irresponsible person. If we look for it, we will also find the person who is doing something they shouldn't be doing. Most of the time, that person can be found in the mirror. 

Why is it that we default to looking at others through lenses that see the worst? I challenge you to consider that it is a heart condition...

 A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.", (Luke 6:45, NLT)
We can put on lenses to see the "good" over the bad. In doing that, we will be blessed...its a promise!

"God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy. God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God. God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God.", (Matthew 6:7-9, NLT) (emphasis added)

Father God, Help us to be people who produce good fruit. We invite you to do heart surgery on us right now and remove the dark places that would cause us to bear bad fruit. Help us lay down our stones and stop looking for the offense. We lay down our stones in exchange for a pure heart from you. In Jesus' name we pray~ Amen

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Laying Down Stones: Pointing to Jesus

About five years ago my family went to Utah for our Spring Break. It was breathtakingly fantastic! My husband's Aunt Judy lived there and she knew of the most amazing places to take us. We saw hieroglyphs, Ancient Anasazi Indian ruins, and some of the most spectacular red rock formations.  She was a wonderful tour guide and my family enjoyed our trip tremendously. 

If you have been to these places, then you know that a person must hike to get to any of them. I'm from South Texas and had never "officially" hiked. Sure I've trekked the flat land of the Gulf Coast, but we were going up and down huge rocks that had no official path, nothing to hold on to, and a very steep drop off. 

There is something you may need to know about me at this point... I am not very graceful or balanced and I am terrified of heights! Did I mention that we hiked UP? Once we went up, we hiked back DOWN? Did you know that there are edges that a person can fall off of? While the view was breathtaking, I had no confidence that I wouldn't plunge to my death with one false step! 

Aunt Judy was an experienced hiker though, and pointed out these odd stacks of stones. I had noticed them before but had no idea what their purpose was...if any.

She told me that the stacked rocks where cairns and they were along a trail within sight of each other to let you know you're on the right track. Follow the cairns and you will be okay. If you veer away from them, that is when you can be in trouble.

Then to make me connect with the cairn, we each added a stone to the pile.

As I look back on that time, I am reminded that in the Old Testament God told people to stack stones.

"When all the people had crossed the Jordan, the Lord said to Joshua,“Now choose twelve men, one from each tribe. Tell them, ‘Take twelve stones from the very place where the priests are standing in the middle of the Jordan. Carry them out and pile them up at the place where you will camp tonight.’”, (Joshua 4: 1-3, NLT)

God had just performed the humanly impossible act of drying up a full and actively flowing river so the multitude of Israelites could cross over to the promised land on dry soil. He tells them to stack the stones in honor of the miracles He has done for them. 

These stacked stones would serve as a reminder of God's ability and willingness to deliver His people from impossible circumstances.

In this 31 day series of Laying Down Our Stones, we are referring to stones as wounds, hurts, offenses, and disappointments that we are hanging on to.

If you are carrying stones from past experiences, or from present circumstances and it seems impossible to be free from the burden of them...I have good news! God is in the business of doing the impossible!

He wants you to stack your stones at His feet and release them to Him. Allow Him to use those stones that once represented pain and hopelessness to be a beacon reminding you of how powerful He is and how willing He is to perform the impossible in your life. 

"He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds.", (Psalm 147:3, NLT)

Just like a person with a broken arm must submit to the physician for his arm to be healed correctly, we must submit our broken hearts to God, the healer of broken hearts. How do we submit to Him? By laying down the stones that slow us down, and by trusting God with our painful parts.

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.", (Hebrews 12:1-2, NLT)

God, being a loving Father, always thinks of the big picture. In the Joshua 4 scripture above, He commanded that they stack the stones as a reminder of the miracles they had personally witnessed and experienced.

As you see God bring healing to the areas you release to Him, those markers (cairns) will become your reminder of God's miracle workings in your life... but it doesn't stop there! Your steps of faith, obedience, and trust will affect future generations.

"Then Joshua said to the Israelites, “In the future your children will ask, ‘What do these stones mean?’  Then you can tell them, ‘This is where the Israelites crossed the Jordan on dry ground.’ For the Lord your God dried up the river right before your eyes, and he kept it dry until you were all across, just as he did at the Red Sea[c] when he dried it up until we had all crossed over. He did this so all the nations of the earth might know that the Lord’s hand is powerful, and so you might fear the Lord your God forever.” (Joshua 4:21-24, NLT)

There are always people watching to see how we will live out our faith. As a parent, our children are our most diligent observers. When we lay down our stones of pain and offense, we are showing our children how to trust Jesus with their own stones.

Believing with you today that we each have the courage to lay more stones at His feet.

Dear Lord, Help me remember the miracles you have worked in my life in the past. Open my heart to use those as encouragement to trust you with more. I trust you with my wounds today and ask you to reveal yourself to me as healer of my broken heart. As I learn to lay my stones down, let my faith and trust in you be a marker showing my children the way to you. In Jesus name I pray~ Amen 

Friday, October 2, 2015

Throwing Stones:Wounding Marriages

I've been married to my husband James for almost 18 years. Even though we still have issues and problems, for the most part we have a wonderful relationship. Sadly, I can't say that it has always been that way. 

When  I got married, I didn't delude myself by thinking that it was all going to be butterflies and roses. I knew we would face tough times. I knew there would be times I didn't like him and other times when he didn't like me. What I didn't expect was for us to hate  (yes I said the 'H' word) one another at the same time and for that mutual hate to last for over a year. Life in my house was not fun!

We came into our marriage with our own sets of baggage. (Not the kind that brings back fond memories of grand adventures) We were each broken and wounded, looking to the other to mend those painful places. That expectation only led to more brokenness and wounds.

I wanted him to make me feel loved and important. He wanted me to make Him feel respected and honored. My way of "earning" his love and being important was to bend over backwards to make sure the house was perfect, the kids were polished, and hot food was on the table. His way of "earning" my respect and honor was to bury himself in his job and make as much money as possible.

At the end of the day, we were both exhausted and no closer to having our desires met. We began to resent one another. 

We kept score and quickly had a laundry list of:

  • ways that the other had let us down
  •  stinging words they said
  • ways they didn't live up to their role of healing those broken places.  

Each wound, disappointment, or offense was like a stone we picked up. It was jagged and cutting and added to the wounds we already carried. Over time we used those stones to build walls to protect our fragile hearts. Unfortunately we didn't recognize that building walls only exasperated the isolation we each already felt in our marriage.

We groomed our walls well with the stones we gathered, but there were special ones we kept in reserve. 

These special stones were handled with care because they represented the biggest hurts and disappointments of all. They, after all, were proof that he didn't love me or that I didn't respect him. They represented wounds that cut the deepest and we each clung to our own collection of these "treasures".

We found ways to live "okay" with our walls and our wounds. We had happy kids, a clean house, and a balanced bank account; we didn't have joy, peace, or butterflies. 

We weren't aware of it at the time,but those "special stones" became part of our personal arsenal. We wouldn't plan it (at least I don't think we did), but we would be going right along doing "okay" when BOOM! Out of no where an opportunity was seized and one of those stones were levied at the other person. It always happened when the receiving person had allowed themselves to become vulnerable. (After all, what good is an attack if there is no chance of doing damage?) 

Since the attacked person was in a vulnerable state, the stone may as well have been an emotional nuclear war head. Many times the wounded person could do nothing at the moment but run and cower, using what little energies they had left to repair and reinforce their wall.

I was as guilty as James was of this "Nuclear Sabotage". I can't explain it. I wouldn't be looking  for an opportunity to level him, but something in me sensed when he was vulnerable. Instead of taking that opportunity to try to connect, my instinct and reaction was to declare war. We kept score even in these assaults. The problem is that there comes a time when someone has nothing left to fight with.

My day came and I threw in the white flag. I surrendered. I was done. 

We were "good". We still had our walls, and our arsenals, but it was a season of cease fire. As we drove down the road, out of no where James threw a boulder from a wound I had caused him years before. At a different time, I would have forged a counter attack. This day I didn't have it in me.

I had begun rebuilding my relationship with God, and I had contributed our current cease fire as God possibly working in our marriage. I knew He was working in me, and hoped James would be able to see it.

That day... in that moment...with that attack... I was shaken to my core. It wasn't about getting even. It wasn't even about my pain. Instantly it was about love. It hurt the deepest I had ever hurt, but it was love.

I loved him so much, that if he truly believed I was the type of woman and wife his attack suggested, then I was the wrong wife for him. He deserved better. I didn't see myself as those terrible things, but if that was who he saw me as being, for his sake I would let him go. 

I didn't attack back. I didn't inflict my wounds on him. I didn't get defensive. I loved him enough to allow him to walk away. I didn't want a divorce. I wasn't looking for a reason to justify a divorce. I wasn't laying a foundation to be able to present myself as a victim of his during or after a divorce. I loved him and wanted him to have a good wife. If that couldn't happen with me, I still wanted that for him.

"Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins.". (1 Peter 4:8, NLT)

For the first time this scripture made sense to me. I saw the love God had for me in a new light. I recognized that I had treated my relationship with God much the same as I had the relationship with my husband. I kept score of all the times I felt he let me down. 

I levied stones of accusations against Him yet He never fought back. Instead, God had always countered my attacks with love. 

What I felt towards my husband in that moment was only a small glimpse of what God feels towards us daily. With this realization, something amazing happened...I FELT LOVED! Not by my husband, but by the one who created me. I didn't have to be on guard or defensive...I was loved. That love helped me lay down my stones.

The most bizarre thing happened when I responded to my husband with love...he lost his desire to fight. He realized he didn't believe the things he had assaulted me with. He was just following the pattern of attack that we had established early on in our marriage. Truth be told, this pattern was probably established long before we met. 

This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife and the two are united into one.’ Since they are no longer two but one, , (Mark 10:8-9, NLT) 

Society often says that marriage is 50/50 or that a person's spouse is their other half. This simply isn't true. Marriage is 100/100. A spouse isn't your other half because the Lord makes you one with them. This means your spouse becomes your whole.

Once we gain that truth, we are able to recognize that the stones we levee at our spouse hit us as well. It is no longer you or me, but WE. Are you ready to lay down your stones and discard your arsenal? Are you ready to love?

All images courtesy of Pixabay
Father God, I ask you to help us recognize the arsenals we have built up in our marriages. Give us the courage to lay those weapons at your feet. Help us know how to show deep love to our spouses. As we gain a concept of what deep love actually is, we ask you to heal the wounds of our heart so we are free to love more deeply. We choose to lay our stones down. Help us to not pick them back up. In Jesus' name we pray ~Amen

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Collecting Stones of Offense #write31days

Laying Our Stones Down: #write31days Day 1

When my children were little, they collected stones. They loved the big, shiny, and jagged as much as the small, smooth, and dull. Everywhere we went, whether a weekly trek to the local library or a special vacation to Disney World, they would come home with pockets and hands full of rocks. I can’t count how many I recovered from the washer, heard clanging in the dryer, and worked to dislodge from the vacuum.

We gathered so many rocks and stones, that instead of planting flowers, we decided to create a rock garden. This gave my children a place to put their treasures without them causing damage to the machines on our home.

As they have gotten older, their desire to pick up random stones has lessened. They still come home with a special one every now and then, and they cling to it. These special ones are not released to the rock garden, but are displayed on shelves in bedrooms. Unlike the many they gathered as small children, these stones have their own story behind them. The girls can tell you exactly where they picked each one up, what was going on at the time, as well as why that one was chosen over another one.

Recently I recognize that my daughters are not the only stone hoarders in my home. I have my own collection of stones that I simply wasn’t aware of.

I’m not talking about the random ones you can pick up from a parking lot and place around a tree for a rock garden. The stones I am talking about are stones of offense.

Someone does or says something to us or about us, and instead of forgiving; we pick up that stone and hold on to it. We use it to keep score on how many times the assaulting person has wounded us. We keep it in a place of honor and can recite painful details of the moment we picked it up.

The problem is that the more stones we pick up, the heavier our burden becomes. We become weighted down holding on to these “painful treasures” and they begin to affect other parts of our lives. I know this can't be God's plan for us to be burdened this way.
Image courtesy of Pixabay

I encourage you to join me as we walk through the next 30 days learning to leave our weariness and burdens at the feet of Jesus. 

Dear Lord, I recognize that I have picked up a few stones and over time, I sense myself becoming weary from carrying them. Help me release the stones and each wound they represent. Help me truly forgive my offenders and walk in your freedom. I thank you for this, In Jesus' name ~ Amen

Friday, September 4, 2015

Anchoring to Hope During Seasons of Change

I… Don’t…LikeChange! 
What do you do when you feel like the world is going to hell in a handbasket? Where do you go for hope? Is there any chance
image provided by Pixabay.com

I’m not comfortable with it and I am easily plagued by anxiety when things don’t go the way I expect them to. During seasons of change I oftentimes find myself at the crossroads of Hope and Despair.

Lately the hounds of anxiety have been nipping at my heels because the winds of change have been howling. My neighbor across the street moved away. I had no idea the comfort it brought me to see her car parked in the drive. It’s not like we hung out a lot, but it was familiar. We’d say “Hi” to each other in our comings and goings. Her sweet little boy was always eager with a smile and a sweaty boy hug for me. Now I walk outside and am greeted by a “For Rent" sign.

What do you do when unwanted change threatens your hope? How do you weather the storms of change when all you want to do is cling to the way things used to be? How do you keep balance as everything around you spins out of control? What is your anchor of hope during these times?
Another change has been the health of my father. He was the first man who owned my heart. He’s always been very strong and capable. Over the past few years his health has declined and it hurts my heart to see him struggle for each breath and have no energy. What hurts most is how his poor health has assaulted his manhood. The physical limitations he faces cause him to feel useless, and I am unable to fix that for him.

Aside from these personal changes, the social climate shift happening in our country causes me to grasp for an anchor of hope during this season of change.

Maybe I've lived in a bubble, but I have always found comfort in the belief that if a person worked hard and made good choices, he or she would be rewarded and have good things happen to them and for them. On the flip side, if a person was lazy and made poor choices they would earn and suffer hardships and difficulties.

Personal Convictions

Some changes are good while others break our heart. Sometimes the threaten the very core of all you believe. How do you cling to your values in a world determined to destroy them?
Recently my sweet, comfortable bubble has burst. Bad things happen to good people. Good things happen to bad people. People who break the law get road ways named after them, while a hard working person exercising their right to deny services that conflict with their personal belief, is put out of business because of court mandated fines and penalties.


A police officer, doing his duty to protect and serve, is brutally murdered leaving behind a wife and two young children, while a known criminal posts videos calling for “open season on white people and cops.”


The tragedy of a young man (criminal or otherwise) being shot and killed by police became permission for an entire community to go on several rampages of rioting, looting and destroying businesses and personal property that other people in their community had worked and labored to build. The hard working people had to pick up the pieces, while the rioters walked off with their merchandise and burned their businesses down. It was Christmas day for the rioters and a disaster for the people who were trying to do the right thing.


I believe the definition of marriage can only include one man and one woman. It is a fundamental truth of my faith. Now it is legal for same sex couples to marry.

Gender Distinction

Businesses, schools, Governments, and individuals are moving towards a gender-neutral approach of interaction and communication. It is becoming unacceptable to identify a person as male or female.  
"But ‘God made them male and female’ from the beginning of creation." (Mark 10:6, NLT).
This change has led to a boy, who identifies himself a girl, fighting for the right to share a girl’s locker room. This rips at all I known as normal, right, and acceptable.


There are movements proclaiming “Black Lives Matter” or “Police Lives Matter”. It insinuates that life outside that chosen group doesn’t matter. Can’t I believe that ALL lives matter and no one should be murdered?

“You must not murder.(Deuteronomy 5:17, NLT).

All Lives Matter

It makes sense to me that if we were to embrace the standard that no one should be murdered, the problem would be resolved. 

And in keeping with the idea that ALL lives matter and no one should be murdered, we would need to stop killing those who are being murdered inside the womb whose remains being sold for profit.  

ALL lives matter because Jesus gave his life for ALL to have the opportunity to believe and follow Him.

"Jesus gave his life for our sins, just as God our Father planned, in order to rescue us from this evil world in which we live.". (Galatians 1:4, NLT).
He didn’t die for one group or another. He gave His life so everyone could have a relationship with Him. We can ALL have hope through Him. ALL lives are equally valuable to Him, so they ALL need to be equally valuable to each of us.

Good Considered Evil/ Evil Considered Good

As the above changes unfolded,  I hoped and prayed for things to go back to comfortable. I wanted things to make sense again. 

The values and behavior that have always been considered right and good are being rejected and considered bad. Behavior and actions that have been considered unacceptable and evil in the past are now enthusiastically embraced as good. This behavior and social shift reminds me of a verse:
"What sorrow for those who say that evil is good and good is evil,that dark is light and light is dark, that bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter.". (Isaiah 5:20, NLT).

Anchoring To Hope Instead of Sinking into Despair

As I watch evil being embraced as good and good being rejected as evil, those hounds of anxiety threaten to rip me apart…but I am comforted by truths that will stand no matter how much society changes.

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart;do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.". (Proverbs 3:5-6, NLT).

This is both a command and a promise. As I cling to core beliefs that society wants to reject and tear apart, I don’t have to understand what is happening or why. All I have to do is trust God. When I don’t know what to do in the midst of these changes, I submit to Him and He will guide me. That gives me peace.

Ecclesiastes 3 explains that there is a season and a time for everything. The beautiful part is each season has its counterpart. A time to be born leads to a time to die. A time to sow leads to a time to reap. A time of war changes into a time for peace. This model of balance presented in scripture comforts me. While I can’t endorse or understand the changes I see, I know it is a season. I know this season of wickedness prevailing will end. I know that God has victory over all wickedness and shares that victory with his children. He is the hero of this story!

Things That Will Never Change

Change is an unavoidable part of life. Neighbors move, parents die, society as we know it falls apart. It can be unnerving to a person who isn’t comfortable with change. Fortunately there are things that will never change that keep us grounded as the world as we know it seems to disappear.

God doesn’t change.
"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.". (Hebrews 13:8, NLT).
God doesn’t lie. God doesn’t change His mind. God is not idle. God does not renege on His promises.

"God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through?".(Numbers 23:19, NLT)

 “People are like grass; their beauty is like a flower in the field. The grass withers and the flower fades. But the word of the Lord remains forever." And that word is the Good News that was preached to you.". (1 Peter 1:24-25, NLT).
The certainty of my Salvation in Jesus Christ will never change.

"21 Through Christ you have come to trust in God. And you have placed your faith and hope in God because he raised Christ from the dead and gave him great glory.22 You were cleansed from your sins when you obeyed the truth, so now you must show sincere love to each other as brothers and sisters. Love each other deeply with all your heart. 23 For you have been born again, but not to a life that will quickly end. Your new life will last forever because it comes from the eternal, living word of God.". (1 Peter 1:21-23, NLT).

  • He doesn’t change
  • He doesn’t lie
  • He fulfills all His promises
  • His word doesn’t change
  • I have put my trust in Him and my salvation is secured (this can only happen if you have trusted Jesus as your savior and asked Him to be your Lord. For more information on this, please click "How can I be saved?"

…these truths are all I need to keep anxiety and fear at bay.

"But when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you.". (Psalm 56:3, NLT)

I am a child of God and He loves me with an eternal love. That will not change. People may attempt to change and manipulate truths about gender, marriage, and general human courtesy and decency, but the biblical truths will stand whether society wants them to or not. 

The world around me may change, but the things that truly matter will stand forever…and with that I can walk in peace as I practice anchoring to hope during seasons of change.

If you have read this and are interested in knowing more about anchoring to the hope that comes from Jesus through salvation, click "How can I be saved".