Monday, May 22, 2017

sand castles

How fragile we all are.
How quickly death looms.
How often we avoid preparing for the inevitable that will indeed come.

We work.  We play.  We live each day...
Burying the still, small voice that beckons our hearts to consider more...
It challenges us to ponder what follows these fleeting moments.
It invites us to search for real authority, real truth.
To ask, "Why am I here?"
To wonder, "What happens next?"
To consider, "What lasts forever?"

It is all too common to simply ignore the uncomfortableness of mankind's future.
To live desensitized to life's preciousness.
Instead our motto becomes, "Drink, for tomorrow we die... so look at me... notice ME!"

We briefly pause to honor the loss of those recently deceased.
Strangely enough, we are always shocked by their passing.
We wonder, did they make a mark?
Will they be recognized, respected, remembered, recorded?
No matter... our short attention span will inevitably move us quickly into the next today... the next to do... the next tomorrow.

And so we move on.
Life goes on.
Time passes on.
The clock ticks.
The calendar brings it's seasons.
The tide of tomorrow washes away our sand castles.

"What lies ahead?"
The still small voice calls out again...

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” 

When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.  
(Matthew 7:24-29)

How fragile we all are.
How quickly death looms.
How often we avoid preparing for the inevitable that will indeed come.

Like the blind we grope along the wall, 
Feeling our way like people without eyes.
At midday we stumble as if it were twilight; 
Among the strong, we are like the dead.
(Isaiah 59:10)

This is what the Lord says - your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:
“I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go.  If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a river, your well-being like the waves of the sea.” 
(Isaiah 48:17-18)


© The Devoted Woman | Victoria Anderson

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

waiting over worrying

It's been a hard "go" for me lately.  A difficult and challenging year physically, mentally, emotionally, financially, spiritually... and so on.  Most of the time I do my best to put on a brave face and leave my worry, depression, and frustration with the Lord.  Most of the time I push myself to forge ahead... always trying to consider the beauty and wonder gifted to me from my generous, creative King rather than allow the horror and pain inflicted in this corrupt world to bring me down.

But this week has proven especially hard for me to cope.  And at this moment the enemy has wounded me to the point where I feel completely helpless, isolated, and deeply punctured by arrows of hopelessness.  How I long for Christian hands to be placed on my shoulders and honest, loving prayer to shower me with the wisdom and love of the Holy Spirit working in tandem.

Yes, this hour I find myself faintly praying undercover in morning darkness.
Silently remembering my Father's promises as tears roll down my cheeks.

It is here I whisper...

The Lord is my Shepherd.
I shall not want.

He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.

He leads me in paths of righteousness...
Why?
For His Name's sake!

So, even though I find myself walking through this hopeless valley full of death, and hurt, and pain, and terror...
I will not fear.

Let me say that again... I WILL NOT FEAR!

Why?
Because my Master is with me!
His rod and staff - His promises and commands - these are what comfort me.

Yes, it is right here that He has prepared a table for me - smack dab in the very presence of mine enemies at the height of these trials.
Here, He anoints my head with His royal oil; so much so that my cup runs over.
What a blessing to know His goodness and mercy follows me all the days of my life.
What a joy to remember I will dwell in His house... in His presence forever!

Thank you, Jesus.

This morning I find myself clinging to God's faithfulness.
I sit here singing hymns, repeating His Words full of strength and certainty...

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.  I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” (Lamentations 3:22-24)

Yes, this new morning, I choose waiting over worrying.
I choose believing rather than retreating.
For all I have needed His hand has provided.
Through this present void, I will not fear.
I will not lose hope.
I will trust and obey the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY.

Why?

Because great is His faithfulness!
Current is His anointing!

The table is prepared!
My place has been set!
My cup runneth over and over!

So, I will rejoice and be glad in this new day!
I will walk this path... the path He has ordained for me to travel...
Why?
For His Name's sake!
For His glory!
For His Kingdom comes and His will be done!

Great is Thy Faithfulness, Lord!

Amen.

XOXO!

Victoria

© The Devoted Woman | Victoria Anderson


Sunday, May 14, 2017

my greatest honor

I simply believe that there is no excuse as to why I should not share Jesus every single day of my life.  Whether in person, over the phone, via email, online, or whatever.  Really, how hard is it to bring attention to His perfect love at least once every 24 hours?

Lord, each day you allow me to draw breath on this planet... use me to mirror your love, to promote your holy Kingdom, and to rejoice in your astounding message of salvation!  Provide me the greatest honor to live these days as your good and faithful servant!

Blessed be His Name forever!  Today is the day I will rejoice and be glad!

This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.  (Psalm 118:24)


XOXOXO!

~Victoria

© The Devoted Woman | Victoria Anderson

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