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Joshua 1:9

Joshua 1:9 – “ Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

 

This verse was part of my daily devotional yesterday.  And I’ve read it many times before.  But I never noticed or thought about our part that God spells out.

 

God is giving Joshua a pep talk and setting him into motion.  He has had plenty of time to grieve his mentor Moses, and now it is time to get up, wipe away his tears, gather Israel, and march into God’s promised land.  Literally.  As Israel’s leader.  And he saw first hand how Israel treated Moses.

 

So God is reassuring him He is in control.  He will be with Joshua to guide him and help him.  He will take care of Joshua and Israel every day.

 

Joshua just needs to make the right choices every day.

  • Be strong
  • Be courageous
  • Be not afraid
  • Be not dismayed

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Because Israel is going to see unbelievable things.  They will be bombarded by fear.  They will encounter giants.  They will be surrounded by obstacles.

 

But none of it will be more powerful or bigger than their God.

 

So they have no reason to fear.

They have no reason to succumb to hopelessness.

They should never be discouraged.

They should never wallow in despair.

 

They need to choose to look at God instead of the giants.

They need to choose to trust God instead of their emotions.

They need to choose to walk with faith instead of being dragged by fear.

 

They need to choose courage.  They need to think strong, stand strong, and speak strong.  They need to decide not to lose heart at the intimidating things they will see and hear.

 

They need to choose faith.  They need to have complete confidence that God will see them through.  They need to trust that God is taking care of them, protecting them, and placing them.

 

They need to remember who God is and what He has promised.  And just in case anyone forgot, He repeats Himself – “the Lord your God is with you”.

 

Your God.  Not any other people.  Specifically you.  I am God with you.  Always.

 

So every day remember ….

No matter what you see and how scary it looks, I will be with you with mighty power and signs.

No matter what you feel when faced with obstacles, I will be with you with peace and strength.

No matter how difficult the battle looks, I will be with you with strategy and victory.

 

And trust Me.  Completely.  Let go of fear, distress, and terror.  Never pick them up.  Never drape them over your thoughts and words.  Never surrender to their wrong influence.  Never follow their misleading direction.

 

Instead, choose to gird yourself with courage.  Choose to strengthen yourself with faith in Me.  Choose to focus on Me and what I can do for you.  Instead of looking at your limited abilities.  Be bold in My name.  Be bold in My power.  Be bold in My promise.

 

Remember I am for you.

Remember I am with you.

 

And choose strength.

Choose courage.

Choose to be fearless.

Choose to be hopeful.

 

Choose to follow Me.

Every day.

And the journey will be a story worth telling.

 

Marie Fremin.  6/28 and 7/9/17

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What’s Your Foundation?

I was asked last night what I think people should hold onto while going through “… the sufferings of this present time …” (Romans 8:18).

 

My answer was immediate.  Everyone has a foundation of their lives.  Everyone has core things they think and believe, no matter what is happening in their lives.  When things are good, they believe these things.  When things are difficult, they believe these things.

 

It could be God.  It could be that there is no God.

It could be love.  It could be that they are unlovable.

It could be believing in blessings.  It could be that they are unworthy of good things.

 

And you put all the pieces together, and you have the foundation of your life.  You have what you really believe and what you really think is true.

 

And Jesus talked about this, calling your foundation one of two things:

Matthew 7:24-27 – “24 ‘Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: 25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.  26 But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: 27 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.’”

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He said it is either going to be eternal (on the rock) or not (on the sand).

He said it is either going to be by wisdom (on the rock) or by foolishness (on the sand).

He said it is either going to be strong (on the rock) or crumbling (on the sand).

 

But it will always be determined by what you believe.

 

If you believe good works will “earn” heaven or His love, you have a foundation on sand.

If you believe the Cross made you acceptable to Him, you have a foundation on rock.

If you believe that His love is conditional on your behavior, you have a foundation on sand.

If you believe that His love is unconditional no matter what, you have a foundation on rock.

If you believe grace is a liberty to sin, you have a foundation on sand.

If you believe grace is the power to live above the temptations of sin, you have a foundation on rock.

If you believe prayer is a last resort of a desperate heart, you have a foundation on sand.

If you believe prayer is the first and best resource of a child of God, you have a foundation on rock.

If you live in the waves of your emotions, you have a foundation on sand.

If you live beyond the moment to consider the consequences, you have a foundation on rock.

If you live by rule after rule and a “have to” mentality, you have a foundation on sand.

If you live by a desire for relationship with Him, you have a foundation on rock.

If you base your life and faith on what others say is right and wrong, you have a foundation on sand.

If you base your life and faith on personal time with God and the wisdom of His Spirit within you, you have a foundation on rock.

 

So what is your foundation?

 

I have 3 simple truths that, no matter what happens, I cling to: My precious Jesus lived life fully man and fully God, chose to die a brutal death for me, and then proved His sovereignty as Savior by rising from the dead to full life and full divinity again.  And why?  Because He loves me – and you! – that much.  Because He believes we matter.  Because He believes we are worth all that.

 

And I sit here and run scenarios through my head, wondering if there is anything to persuade me to change any of these “rocks”.  The ultimate test?  Imagine there is a gun to your head, and if you choose to stand on your “rocks”, the gunman will most likely pull the trigger.  Would your “rocks” stay solid?  Or would you discover your feet were on sinking sand?

 

We have to know what is true.  Absolutely true.  Unshakably true.

 

Because when we don’t, we will always be persuaded, distracted, and discouraged by all “the sufferings of this present time” that come at us.  We’ll be easily convinced that God isn’t who He says He is and that He can’t be trusted and He won’t come through.  We’ll be easily convinced to forget every good thing He has done for us.  We’ll be easily convinced that God doesn’t really love us.  When we know how completely untrue all this is.

 

So I ask again.  What’s your foundation?  What is definitely, definitively, defiantly true for you?

 

Marie Fremin, 1/24/17

Questions

I saw the movie “Risen” last night. Toward the end, the Roman tribune gets the opportunity to sit down and speak face-to-face with the risen Jesus. As the disciples sleep, Clavius approaches Jesus – and becomes speechless. Full of love, Jesus looks at him and says “ask your questions”.

 

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Because Jesus knew his heart. Because Jesus knew he was on the verge of eternal truth. Because Jesus is available to him.

 

And there is no question too big. No question too bold. No question too brazen.

 

Because Jesus understands us (Hebrews 4:15-16).

Because Jesus loves us (Ephesians 3:17-19).

Because Jesus knows us (Psalm 139:1-5, 13-16).

 

But here’s the interesting part. Jesus told Clavius to ask. He didn’t promise to answer him with the answers he wanted. He didn’t promise to erase all his questions. He didn’t promise to assuage all his doubts.

 

And He says the same thing to us. “Come to Me and ask. Bring Me all your questions. Bring Me all your fears. Bring Me all your doubts. Bring Me everything.” Matthew 7:7-8 says we are to ask, to seek, and to knock. To come to Him with all our questions, all our doubts, all our fears, all our hesitations. To ask Him. To seek Him. To knock at heaven’s throne. And to continue to do so.

 

Because when we give Him our questions, He will assure us He is Lord over all (Philippians 2:9-11). He will assure us He understands where we are and will help us through our questions (Hebrews 4:15-16). He will assure us that, no matter what, His love for us is limitless (Ephesians 3:17-19). He will assure us that He walks with us through our questions (Psalm 23:4). He will assure us that He greatly cares for us and can comfort us (Matthew 11:28-30). He will assure us that He greatly cares for us and will provide for us (Matthew 6:25-34). He will assure that He understands what it is to feel alone, isolated, and bruised (Isaiah 53:3). He will assure us that He knows the path we are on and knows the good place of blessing that He wants to bring us to (Joshua 1:3-6). He will assure us that His plan is always good and we should never lose hope (Jeremiah 29:11). He will assure that His strength will enable us to continue on when we feel hopeless and lost (Isaiah 40:29-31).

 

So ask your questions. The door is open for you to ask – “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).

 

But remember it is up to God to provide His answer. Not on your timetable. On His. That may mean waiting, praying, seeking, trusting, and hoping for a (long) period of time and during hard times. It may mean feeling alone, although He promises that “I will not leave you nor forsake you” (Joshua 1:5).

 

And it means receiving His answer. For He will always answer (Matthew 7:8). But it may not look, smell, sound, taste, or feel anything like you expected.

  • Naaman expected a touch from God to cure his leprosy. When he approaches the prophet Elisha, he is told to “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored to you, and you shall be clean” (2 Kings 5:10). He becomes furious and stomps off because God didn’t have Elisha “call on the name of the Lord his God, and wave his hand over the place, and heal the leprosy” (2 Kings 5:11). But it was in his obedience to doing something outrageous that he was healed.
  • The religious leaders were outraged when Jesus told the paralytic man “Son, your sins are forgiven you” (Mark 2:5) to heal him when his friends lowered him through the roof.
  • The townsfolk were amazed and scared when Jesus commanded the demons out of a possessed man and into a herd of pigs (Mark 5:1-17).
  • Jesus was ridiculed when he proclaims the centurion’s daughter to be sleeping before raising her from the dead (Mark 5:35-42).
  • Jesus healed the blind man in John 9:6-7 by covering his eyes with mud and telling him to wash it off.
  • When Jesus hears that his good friend Lazarus is dying, “He stayed two more days in the place where He was” (John 11:6) instead of running to his side to heal him. Why? Because “And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, that you may believe” (John 11:15) and “for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it” (John 11:4).
  • When Adam and Eve choose to eat the fruit, God forgives them. But He also allows them to feel the pain of the consequences of their choices. They are not allowed to stay in the paradise of Eden but are kicked out to experience life on their terms (Genesis 3:22-24).

 

So bring your questions to a loving Savior and a forgiving Father. And then be open to whatever answer He will give. Don’t be consumed by getting an answer or understanding in full. Don’t be distracted by not getting an immediate answer. Don’t be dissuaded by getting an answer that isn’t what you expected. Know that God loves you, no matter how many questions you have. And He’s waiting for you to ask Him, so He can hold you and walk with you through your questions to His answer.

 

Marie Fremin, 2/25/16

Whatever

Whatever.

Whatever

Only eight letters, but it is a word filled with possibility. With potential. With hope. With destiny. With power.

 

Sure, I say “whatever You want God”. I pray “whatever You will God”. I believe “whatever You promise God”.

 

But do I really mean it?

 

Am I really open to whatever God has purposed?

Am I really available to whatever God’s direction is?

Am I really obedient to whatever God’s instructions are?

Am I really content with whatever path God leads me down?

 

Am I really joyful with whatever my circumstances are? Even when things don’t work out the way I want? Am I really at peace when my idea of whatever bumps into God’s divine plans – and they don’t line up? When they disagree? When God says “no”?

 

Because God has His whatever in mind. It has eternal value. It has His best enfolded into it. It contains more goodness and blessing than I can imagine.

 

But His whatever comes with a price. I have to let go of all my ideas and dreams of what I want to grab hold of His plans. I have to lay down and possibly walk away from what I want to fully embrace His purposes. I have to let go of the emotions choking the life out of me – disappointments, hurts, pain, shame, anger – to allow His love to redefine and fill me. I have to believe His plans are for my good, even if my circumstances or feelings contradict His goodness. I have to believe His way is the best.

 

I have to think positively, no matter what is happening to me, in me, or around me (Philippians 4:8). I need to be content with the season I am in and go with His flow while He’s trying to teach me, grow me, and change me (Philippians 4:11). I need to find ways to love people by serving them (1 Peter 4:10, Matthew 25:40). I need to stop judging people, their circumstances, and their decisions (Romans 2:1).

 

So I sit here and wonder if I really have the right attitude. Am I a believer who truly and wholeheartedly says “All that you command us we will do, and wherever you send us we will go” (Joshua 1:16)? Am I a follower whose foundation is “And now, here we are, in your hands; do with us as it seems good and right to do to us” (Joshua 9:25, Jeremiah 26:14)? Am I seeking Him regularly so that I am “a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper” (Psalm 1:3)? Do I try to honor God in all my decisions, giving preference to His way instead of my will (1 Corinthians 10:31, Colossians 3:17, Matthew 6:10)?

 

I admit that I struggle with those “whatever” seasons. When it isn’t entirely clear which direction He is pointing me. Where I get a small vision of the fulfillment of a dream, only to have it not come to pass. Where I taste the full extent of His goodness only to feel like He pulled the spoon away and said “no more”. Where the future is cloudy and uncertain, so I can be easily persuaded by fickle feelings and erratic emotions.

 

And I feel like He is telling me that these “whatever” seasons are the most important. Because I have to decide if I truly believe He has my best interest in His sights and that He is ordering my steps so I find His best. Because I have to decide if my words are just the fading vapor of an insecure faith or the product of a deeply rooted truth. Because I have to decide if my heart is lukewarm (Revelations 3:14-16) and uncommitted (James 1:6-8) or a spiritual garden of growth (Matthew 13:23, Galatians 5:22-23) and love (1 Corinthians 13:4-8).

 

So when I am facing a whatever moment, how will I act and react? What will I think? Will people benefit or cringe from being around me?

 

For each one is an opportunity from God. A chance to recite my faith or reinforce my doubts and fears. A chance to walk forward with grace or back up in shame. A chance to stand strong in spiritual power or to retreat in human limitations. A chance to be wrapped in His love or to be isolated by human emotions.

 

A chance to do better. To think bigger. To speak boldly. To love brazenly. To hope unconditionally. To believe fearlessly. To know positively.

 

No matter what happens, I will always believe in God. And I can only pray that such audacious and radical faith will transfer into each and every one of my whatever moments so that He is honored and His influence is obvious.

 

Thank You, Father, for using all of our whatever moments. Help us to be more like Jesus, who prayed “Abba, Father, all things are possible for You. Take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will” (Mark 14:36). Help us to be focused on You and steady in Your love. AMEN.

 

Marie Fremin.  2/7, 2/8, and 2/10/16.

Parable of the Sower

In my small group last night, our conversation turned to people who say they love God but live in ways that seem to contradict that love. So we started talking about what it means to love God. And I think it comes down to attitude.

 

When we are willing to completely surrender our lives to Him and live within His boundaries, He promises to bless us beyond measure and give us peace and joy that human understanding cannot explain. This means that sometimes we have to make the hard choice to do things His way instead of doing things our way. This means accepting His “no” with grace and poise instead of fighting Him. This means letting go of our ideas to hold onto His promises and dreams.

 

But it’s not an easy way. In Matthew 7:13-14, He says “Enter by the narrow gate”, because this is the better choice. But it requires sacrifice, surrender, and surety. And most people just aren’t willing to go there. They aren’t willing to say “no” to what they want. They want to do things their way. In their timing. By their methods. According to their emotions.

 

And God showed me as I drove home last night that it goes back to the sower and the seed.

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In Mark 4 (also Matthew 13 and Luke 8), Jesus tells the story of a sower who is out sowing seeds: “Listen! Behold, a sower went out to sow. 14 The sower sows the word.

 

God gives us all faith seeds. From the moment we are born, we are implanted with the ability to believe in God. We are full of the possibilities of knowing Him and walking with Him. Which simply means we all have the opportunity to believe.

 

But our enemy will come against us at every opportunity to keep us from believing. Keep us from sprouting truth. Keep us from developing faith. And Jesus shows us three examples of this is Mark 4 by illustrating three unproductive seeds.

 

Seed #1: And it happened, as he sowed, that some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds of the air came and devoured it. 15 And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes [snatches] away the word that was sown in their hearts [lest they should believe and be saved].

 

Some people allow themselves to be distracted away from God and go their own way – because it looks and feels better. They know God is asking them to walk forward, with Him, but they want instead to walk a side path. Because it looks better, it has fewer rules, and because it makes them feel good. There is no surrender, no rules, and no boundaries. They are free to live as they please, and if God is with them, great; if He isn’t that’s OK. They allow themselves to be snatched from His love by their own desires. When life is really as simple as allowing God to adjust and expand your desires. Psalm 37:4 reminds us to “delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart”. In enjoying God and following His plans, He will allow us to have joy, peace, and happiness. He wants us to enjoy our life, but on His terms – not ours.

 

Seed #2: Some fell on stony ground, where it did not have much earth; and immediately it sprang up because it had no depth of earth. But when the sun was up it was scorched, and because it had no root [it lacked moisture] it withered away. 16 These likewise are the ones sown on stony ground who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with gladness; 17 and they have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time. Afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises for the word’s sake, immediately they stumble [in time of temptation fall away].

 

Some people stay at a shallow, uncommitted level where they don’t grow roots of dependency. Paul prays in Ephesians 3:17-18 that all people would know God and be rooted in Him – “17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height—”. There is a depth of His love that requires us to be rooted in confidence, faith, and trust in Him. Because only when we are rooted in Him will we stand firm and stand still in the middle of pain, trials, and hardships. He doesn’t want us to have shallow, undeveloped, and immature roots. For when we are not grounded in Him, we will be easily convinced to go the wrong way. We will be easily persuaded to not trust God’s voice and direction. We will be easily deceived into believing God does not love us. So God wants us to be rooted – firm, committed, wholeheartedly sold out – in Him, so we know who He is and we know who we are in Him.

 

Seed #3: And some seed fell among thorns; and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no crop. 18 Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the word, 19 and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things [pleasures of life] entering in choke the word, and it [he] becomes unfruitful [bring no fruit to maturity].

 

Some people are so absorbed by personal pleasure and living as they please that they have blocked out room in their heart for God. They want to feel good and look good, because their substance comes from outward appearances and personal pleasures. If it feels good, it must be OK. If it looks good, it must be the right thing. But what they don’t realize is that they don’t produce life. They don’t produce eternal value and change. They don’t produce growth. They don’t encourage maturity and selflessness. Because they have no substance. They have momentary value and temporary pleasure, which will not last. When the moment passes and the excitement wears off, the value is gone and the pleasure disappears. And God wants so much more for us than that. He doesn’t want us to live from one pleasure to the next, from one moment to the next, from one piece of happiness to the next. He wants us to live “being transformed into the same image [of Christ] from glory to glory” by His Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:18), because “where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” (2 Corinthians 3:17). Because though we live in the world, we “are not of the world” (John 17:16). Meaning we can live beyond the moment and above our feelings. Meaning we can think eternally instead of just now. Meaning we can have “life more abundantly” (John 10:10) than the moment, the emotion, and the trend.

 

And then Jesus tells us there is a fourth seed, the way a believer and follower should live. Because He has already told us how not to live – selfish and snatched away, ungrounded and faltering, and driven by the moment and pleasure. So now He has to give us something to strive for, the goal of being His follower.

 

Seed #4: But other seed fell on good ground and yielded a crop that sprang up, increased and produced: some thirty-fold, some sixty, and some a hundred.” 20 But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, accept it, and bear fruit [having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience]: some thirty-fold, some sixty, and some a hundred.”

 

This is the only productive seed. This is the only seed to have a harvest. Because it is the only seed that isn’t selfish in its roots. It is the seed that chooses to endure instead of be pulled out of the good ground. It is the seed that chooses to develop roots of faith in Him instead of being distracted away. It is the evidence of people who get what God wants to do so we decide to trust Him completely. And because we do, we “bear fruit”. And we continue to bear fruit. We continue to grow, to mature, and to change. We find new and exciting things in our life, the evidence of His presence.

 

The seed is in you and is yours to plant. Are you allowing it to grow and develop in Him? Or are you keeping it in darkness and isolation, hoping to feel good today? The choice is always yours. What are you doing with your seed?

 

Marie Fremin, 1/27 and 1/30/16

Take a Walk

In 2015, Gavin Adams did an amazing series called “The Good Life?” at Woodstock City Church (http://woodstockcity.org/messages/the-good-life/). He started with Abram and made an interesting point.

 

Abram was living in an idolatrous country with his family. They had succumbed to the culture around them and taken up idols in their home (Joshua 24:2). God saw Abram in the middle of that and had a BIG destiny waiting for him. It would never be God’s best where he was, so God comes to Him and says “go” (Genesis 12:1, Hebrews 11:8). Asks him to leave everything he knows and start walking. No plan. No direction. Just “go”. Just pack up and start walking.

 

But in going, God promised to go with Him.

 

And Gavin made the interesting point – what if God’s purpose started with that walk? What if God’s plan was activated with that first step?

 

Because Abram needed time to leave his old ways completely behind.

Because Abram needed time to change his thinking.

Because Abram needed time to develop his faith for the big miracles God was promising.

Because Abram needed time to learn to be patient and wait for God.

Because Abram needed time to trust God fully.

Because Abram needed time to get to really know who God is.

 

So he and God walked. For many, many years. And in all those years, Abram learned. Abram learned who God was. Abram learned to depend on God. Abram learned to wait for God’s best. Abram learned to believe God would provide. Abram learned to obey, no matter how difficult. Abram learned to dream big – and shared that dream with his son Isaac.

 

And it started with a walk.

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One step after another. Into the unknown. With God all the way. Holding onto a big promise from the God of the impossible.

 

Did Abram always get it right? No. He was persuaded to make things happen on his own, which is why Ishmael was born (Genesis 16). God forgave him and used those moments to grow Abram in ways maybe not possible before. And as Gavin said, God was with Abram in all these stops.

 

So with every right step, Abram grew with God. And with every wrong step, Abram grew with God. God wasted no opportunity in His time with Abram.

 

And the result?

Genesis 15:6 – Abraham believed God

Genesis 22:12 – now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son

Genesis 26:24 – My servant Abraham

Genesis 48:15 – God, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked

Exodus 32:13 – [Moses to God] Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, Your servants

2 Chronicles 20:7 – Abraham Your friend forever

Nehemiah 9:8 – You found his heart faithful before You

Psalm 47:9 – The people of the God of Abraham

Isaiah 29:22 – the Lord, who redeemed Abraham

Isaiah 51:2 – For I [God] called him alone, And blessed him and increased him.

Matthew 1:1 – the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham

Romans 4:16 – to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all

 

And why? Because Abram took a walk. And while he walked, God worked. On his thinking. On his heart. On his perspective. On his dreams. On his faith.

 

And the result of his walking? Paul spells it out in Romans 4:

9 – For we say that faith was accounted to Abraham for righteousness.

17 – Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did

18 – contrary to hope, in hope believed

19 – not being weak in faith

20 – He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God

21 – being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform

 

And God will walk with us the same way He walked with Abram.

 

Do you want to know who God is? Take a walk.

Are you holding onto a big dream? Take a walk.

Do you have a big decision to make? Take a walk.

Are you unsure of the right direction? Take a walk.

 

And as you walk, talk to God. Trust Him with your questions, your doubts, your fears, and your hesitations. And then allow God to talk to you, to comfort you, to guide you, to help you.

 

It starts with a step and turns into a lifetime of possibilities. So take a walk today.

 

Marie Fremin, 1/27-28/16

He is God to Me

I was having dinner last night with someone, and we started talking about past relationships. We also started talking about what love looks like, and how each of us had missed the mark in the past. You can come close, you can think you have it, you can be happy. But if it isn’t real, if either of you aren’t all in, then it won’t work. No matter how hard you try.

 

And it got me thinking. About relationships.

You have to be all in.

You will laugh.

You will have fun.

You will support each other.

You will encourage each other to be better.

But you will argue and disagree.

You have to fight it out.

You don’t run away when it gets hard.

 

And it’s the same way with God. We have to be all in.

He has to be God in the good times.

He has to be God in the hard times.

He has to be God in the sad times.

He has to be God in the happy times.

He has to be God in the difficult moments.

He has to be God in the fun moments.

 

He has to be God all the time. In every moment. No matter what is happening. No matter what you are walking through. No matter how easy or tough things are.

 

We have to be all in. Fully surrendered. Totally faithful. Completely devoted.

 

Because He doesn’t change (Malachi 3:6, Hebrews 13:8). No matter what is happening to us, He is the same God. Loving. Gracious. Faithful. Devoted. Caring. Good.

 

And we have to believe He is the same God.

We have to hold onto Him.

We have to trust Him.

We have to follow Him.

We have to surrender to Him.

We have to believe in His plans and purposes.

We have to hope for His best.

We have to know He is love.

 

All the time. No exceptions. No excuses. No matter what.

 

No matter what is happening in my life, He is God and He is good. How about you?

 

Marie Fremin, 1/26/16