Only as strong as the coffee you drink?

Do you ever feel as though you are only as strong as the coffee you drink?

Recently, there has been so much going on that I have felt this exact way!  So much so that when I saw this magnet, I had to take a picture of it!

In all seriousness though, there are times when we feel as though we are in the midst of a battle.  Whether a spiritual battle against Satan or a battle against bad health, we find ourselves fighting as though caught in a war.  So in whom and in what should we place our trust in when we go into battle?

Psalm 20:7-8 says…

“Some trust in chariots and some in horses,

but

we trust in the name of the Lord our God.

They collapse and fall,

but

we rise and stand upright.

James 1:17 says that every good gift is from above; therefore, while the “chariots and horses” that we have–friendships, resources, abilities, etc.–are all good gifts that God has given us to use for His Kingdom, these things are not what we should place our trust in!  Think about it this way.  While a strong cup of coffee may wake us up for 8am class or power us through the 3-4pm slump of the day, the effects of that coffee will wear off.  What will we do then?  Drink more coffee?  Drink coffee forever?  I don’t think so…

Only in the name of the Lord our God–this is where we must place our trust!  When He IS our trust, we will be established and given the strength to withstand any battle that may come upon us (Jeremiah 17:7-8).  Trust in even the NAME of the Lord our God, and we will find that all we need is to be silent and that He will be fighting the battle for us (Exodus 14:13-14).

No matter what you are going through, trust in the name of the Lord our God!  Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you! -James 4:8

Praying your day is filled with Sonshine,

Sarah 🙂

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In a gentle whisper

How do we look for God’s presence in our lives?

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In 1 Kings 19, the Lord’s prophet Elijah fled from a group of pagan worshippers that threatened to take his life.  He truly was scared so he prayed that God would take his life right then and there rather than be killed by the others (verse 4).  But instead, God sent an angel to Elijah with heavenly bread and water to strengthen him for a forty-day journey.  After this trek through the desert, Elijah came to a cave.  Soon after his arrival, the Lord spoke to him.

“The Lord said, “Go and out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.”

Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord,

but the Lord was not in the wind.

After the wind there was an earthquake,

but the Lord was not in the earthquake.

After the earthquake came a fire,

but the Lord was not in the fire.

After the fire came a gentle whisper.

When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.”

1 Kings 19:11-13

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How are we looking for God to reveal Himself to us?  If we are looking for thunderstorms that light up the sky or the clock reading 11:11 whenever we have a certain thought, we will be disappointed and never find what we are looking for because we have a God much greater than showings of pure power or coincidence.  The One and Only God that created you and me, He speaks by whispers, gentle whispers that come to us most clearly after experiencing the wrath of a storm.

The Lord came in a gentle whisper.

And yet that whisper, even as gentle as it was, was so powerful that Elijah had to wrap his face before going out to meet the one that whispered.

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How do we look for God’s presence in our lives?
Are we ready and able to wrap our faces and fall in the presence of His whisper?
James 4:8 says, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”
Surely He will draw near to us, maybe even in the sound of a
gentle whisper.

 

Perfect Peace.

What is perfect peace?

Over these past two weeks, I have been soooo busy with work, school, and, well…. just life!  For whatever reason, it seems as though just about every minute of mine was accounted for in some way through certain activities or to-do lists that I made.  Most of the time, I felt so overwhelmed that I couldn’t even think about what was happening in the next few hours, let alone the next day.  At the same time though, I was amazed to sit back, live in each minute, and simply watch as God took me through the course of it all.

There is a verse in Psalm that I think we all should learn and keep on our lips as a breath prayer–the words on our hearts and minds whenever we on the edge of feeling overloaded and overwhelmed.  The whole passage of Psalm 26 is wonderful, but here is verse 3.

“You keep him in perfect peace

whose mind is stayed on you,

because he trusts in you.”

Psalm 26:3

Perfect Peace.  Do we even know what that feels like?  Do we even know what it means to have perfect peace?  How can we keep our mind stayed upon the Lord?  How do we grow our faith in a way that we always trust God and His plan?

These are all questions that I am praying about right now, and I hope God will use these thoughts that I have on my heart to help you as well!

Have a Sonshine-filled day! 🙂