The Lord is Lord

For the past few month, I have been stumbling through Ezekiel. It has been one of the harder books of the Bible for me to study and honestly I feel very inadequate writing about it.  But one thing I have learned is, if I continue digging and asking, “Who is God in this?”, there are eternal treasures.  Treasures that help me know Him more. This is why I delight being a student of the Word.

As I am about three fourth of the way through Ezekiel a theme emerges for me. Know that I am Lord! This is underlined and written all over my Bible and notes. All these difficult things that took place in Ezekiel were so that people would know that the Lord is Lord.

“I will establish my covenant with you, and you shall know that I am the Lord,”
‭‭Ezekiel‬ ‭16:62‬ ‭ESV‬‬

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Sure I say with my lips, You are Lord, but do I know, live and believe the Lord is Lord…

Do I have idols in my life that I put before the Lord just as the Israelites and their foes?

Am I unfaithful and think I can get along fine without the Lord?

Am I unsatisfied?

Am I rebellious?

Am I disobedient?

Am I prideful?

Do I struggle with unbelief during difficult circumstances?

Unfortunately, the answer to these questions can sometimes be yes.  This is why I study the Old Testament, I am not much different than the people Ezekiel was speaking to. I too can easily forget, the Lord is Lord!  He was Lord then and He is Lord now.

I am encouraged and in awe of the Word of God. In such a challenging book of the Bible, I am pushed to live and believe that I know the Lord is Lord! As I watch crazy things happen in this world, loved ones struggle and me make a mess out of figuring out who I am in Christ, I know the Lord is Lord of all and He is good!  He will never fail! The challenge is to live and truly believe the Lord is Lord.

He is Lord of this world!

He is Lord of this country!

He is Lord of our community’s!

He is Lord of our family’s!

He is Lord of our health!

He is Lord of our struggles!

HE IS LORD!

Father God, help us remember You are Lord over all and help us fully trust You.

Here is a song by Kari Jobe. She sings about this way better than I can write about it.

 

 

Do you need rest?

This morning, I rush in from dropping my kids off at school and begin picking up the house and gathering laundry.  Isn’t that what good housewives do?  All the while, I am thinking about the grocery store and how the ministries that are on my heart are slipping. Then as I pick up the phone to text our house builder, I stop.  The Lord quietly whispered to my heart, “Sit with me.”  I am really surprised I could hear because you know, busyness and meaninglessness affect my hearing.  Forgive me Lord.

The last few weeks I have been rushing through a scripture or devotional then making my requests known to the Lord.  Our Father is so good to slow our spinning wheels and embrace us with His love and peace.  I needed rest this morning!  I am not talking about crawling back in bed for a nap, I needed rest in my soul.  He knows exactly what we need.  I know I am not the only one who needs rest. Do you need to sit with your Savior and rest?

Jesus says, “Take my yoke upon you.  Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle, and you will find rest for your souls.”  Matthew 11:29

A yoke may seem like an itimadating tool but I have found Jesus’ yoke is gentle and leads me to a peace that surpasses all understanding.  Philippians 4:7  My soul only rests in you, Jesus!

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Awww, look at my darlings resting.

Lord, thank you for your Word.  Thank you for showing us and teaching us.  Thank you Jesus for rest. Please help us seek You first and rest in You alone.

Be the church ❤️

With my heart beating a little faster and uncertainty running through my veins, we waited for a stranger to answer the door.  I had little people looking to me for words. They have seen me speak with confidence at church and home so they assume I can here.

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I waded in new water today.

I talk and write a lot about knowing and speaking Truth but I don’t always live Truth. I use the excuses of, I don’t know what to say or I am not qualified. Yes, I admit that I hide behind this computer screen.  I also am ashamed to admit that a part of me would be content reading and sharing the Bible right here in my living room.  I am discovering God is not going to allow me to just sit behind this screen.  He is calling me out of the safety of my church and home.

“But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror.”
‭‭James‬ ‭1:22-23‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Be the church Sunday was today. I crossed my street today and knocked on the doors of my neighbors.  I am not sure why it has taken so long to cross the street but hey, I am a complicated work in progress. 😉

A friendly women opened the door and the Lord gave me the words.  We were inviting kids to come get free school supplies, snow cones and join us for a cookout this evening. We also left some literature about Jesus. I know this might not seem like a big deal for some of you but this was a break through for me.  I am brave when I lock arms with Jesus.

Once the younger ones at my side saw that the Lord will give you the words, they took over. I was so proud of them. They were enthusiastic and brave! It was 115 degree heat index and they never grumbled.  This just goes to show, doing Kingdom work is exciting and fun!

I do not write tonight to pat myself on the back. I write tonight to encourage you. We can do this love your neighbor thing!  We can do this light the world thing! We can share the love of Christ! We can be brave and do Kingdom work!  This is the work that will change our communities and the world. I like the girl in me that does not ignore the call.

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:14-16‬ ‭ESV‬‬