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Here are some old blog posts from my first devotional blog, Latte Lover Devotions. I created a tab for them here for safe-keeping. Enjoy!

Wednesday
Sep212011

Refinement




I will put this third through the fire; I willrefine them as silver is refined and test them as gold is tested. They willcall on My name, and I will answer them. I will say: They are My people, andthey will say: The LORD is ourGod."  (Zechariah 13: 9,HCSB).


Henever said the refinement process would be easy. Just the same, I shudder atfacing it. I know that it’s for my best. I know that I will be better for it.Just the same, I shy away at the sign of discomfort, of pain. I step back whenI see that this life lesson will hurt. Because I don’t like hurting. I’d ratherlive in a world without hurt and pain and loneliness. But I don ‘t. Therealities of this world are hard to stomach at times. Just this morning I heardof some awful things on the radio. It was hard for me to believe that a womancould be treated like that. But she was. This world is filled with muck andgrime, muck that our Savior wants to wash us free from. In order to do this, wehave to give Him free reign. We have to give him control, so that He can workand move and slowly make us into something more beautiful than we can imagine.When given the choice, I would honestly take the ultimate beauty over the worldlymuck, even if I do have to face trials and tribulations in the process. Whatabout you?

Wednesday
Sep142011

Not By Strength

"So he answered me, "This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: 'Not by strength or by might, but by My Spirit, ' says the LORD of Hosts” (Zechariah 4:6, HSCB).

I love to be in control. Time and again I do things the hard way, trying to solve life’s problems, instead of handing the reigns over to my very able Savior. As I read this verse above, I was reminded once again about how great and powerful our God is. He can handle my worries, He can handle my frustrations, He can handle all of the bits and pieces of my life and make something beautiful of it yet. I can’t, but He can.

And for that, I’m extremely thankful.

What about you? Do you ever try to handle life’s problems on your own?

Wednesday
Sep072011

I Am With You

“Haggai, the LORD's messenger, delivered the LORD's message to the people, "I am with you" —the LORD's declaration” (Haggai 1:13, HCSB).



“I am with you.”

Such simple words, but so profound. So often I try to live this life on my own. I somehow think it’s my lot in life to suffer. I push through the pain like a martyr, knowing better things are ahead.

I think that God wouldn’t give me anything I can’t handle.

I think I can do it on my own.

But I can’t.

I’m weak.

Sometimes things are thrown at me that I truly can’t handle.

But then God whispers, "I am with you."

He reminds me that this world, and it’s trials, are not meant to be suffered alone.

They are there so that we can depend on Him all the more. Yes, there are things we can’t handle. But God is there. He can handle them. And all He asks is that we give Him those things with open hands and let Him take control.

This is such a hard thing to do. There are things that I daily have to give back to Him. Physical pain, hardships, loneliness, uncertainty—I give these things back to Him because I cannot deal with them in my own strength, I need Him to provide.

I need to recognize the difference it makes when He walks through this life with me. When He is in control. Because it most certainly makes all the difference.

Wednesday
Aug312011

He Delights in Me

“The LORD your God is among you,

a warrior who saves.

He will rejoice over you with gladness.

He will bring [you] quietness with His love.

He will delight in you with shouts of joy” (Zephaniah 3:17, HCSB).

In the words above God is speaking to the Israelite nation. He is reminding them that He, indeed, rejoicing over them.

Did you know that He rejoices over you and me as well?

Sometimes I need this sweet reminder.

Sometimes I need His love to quiet my restless soul.

My soul that tries to fix and mend and keep everything in it’s place.

Sometimes I need to be told that He joyful shouts His love to me.

Where does He do this?

I see it in a new morning, high up on a mountainside. I see it in the laughter in my child’s eyes. I see it in the food on my table each evening. And the victory of a prayer battle won.

He

Delights

In

Me.

How marvelous. How wonderful.

And He delights in you as well.

Wednesday
Aug242011

The Feet of a Deer

"Though the fig tree does not bud

and there is no fruit on the vines,

though the olive crop fails

and the fields produce no food,

though there are no sheep in the pen

and no cattle in the stalls,

yet I will triumph in the LORD;

I will rejoice in the God of my salvation!

Yahweh my Lord is my strength;

He makes my feet like those of a deer

and enables me to walk on mountain heights!”

(Habakkuk 3: 17-19, HCSB)

I love these words above. They really caused me to ask myself some questions of myself.

Do I truly trust my Savior to provide?

Do I truly trust Him to take care of us in the days ahead?

It’s hard when things are uncertain. It’s hard when I’m looking ahead to a time of loneliness and stress.

Sometimes I have to be reminded of how far I’ve already come.

I have to be reminded of all the times He has taken care of me.

Because when my focus is on this world I start to mis-step.

But when my focus is on my Savior my footing is sure, and I’m climbing mountains higher than I ever have before.

Jesus is real my dear friends. He can handle the impossible situations. He can give us the footing we need to climb over those tremendous mountains of this life.

Trust Him with your worries, your cares.

His love will never fail.