“Trust in the Lord and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
4 Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.”
“Commit to the Lord whatever you do,
and he will establish your plans.”
(This photo was taken in April of 2020 at a lake near Plymouth, Minnesota)
The Lord asks for all of you…not just Sunday morning you or Wednesday evening you and not just some quick memorized words at meal time or just before bed…He wants more than that from each of us. He wants a relationship with you…He wants communication with you every day. He wants to hear from you with all your heart and He wants you to listen to Him. Commit your way to the Lord and you will find peace. Amen.
“ Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.”
(This photo was taken in October of 2014 while exploring the island of Maui, Hawaii)
Anything worth doing takes commitment. The athlete does not become the best at their sport “overnight.” It takes dedication and focus…hours and hours of practice, discipline. The more time we spend on something the more we grow in it. It also means we must sacrifice time doing other things. This is true for all aspects of our lives. It is the same with our faith and our relationship with Jesus Christ. Where we choose to spend our time has a direct impact on who we are and who we can become. Choose your faith journey, choose God’s Word, choose prayer and worship every day. Amen.
You Are Holy (Prince Of Peace) by Michael W Smith
“Better is one day in your courts
than a thousand elsewhere;
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
than dwell in the tents of the wicked.
11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
the Lord bestows favor and honor;
no good thing does he withhold
from those whose walk is blameless.
12 Lord Almighty,
blessed is the one who trusts in you.”
(This photo was taken in May of 2020 in Superior National Forest in northern Minnesota)
Loyalty…dedication…devotion…commitment…dependability…truth. God is faithful in all He has promised. The struggles and the difficulties have been brought on by our chasing after sin and sinful desires. Even though we wander off…God the Father, our Creator and Jesus Christ His Son our Savior, with the Holy Spirit are faithful to loving us and saving us…if we are willing to confess our sins and trust in God. Amen.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
1 John 1:9
“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
24 I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him.”
25 The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him,
to the one who seeks him;
26 it is good to wait quietly
for the salvation of the Lord.”
(This photo was taken in June of 2018 at a lake near Plymouth, Minnesota)
Lead Me To The Cross by Chris and Conrad
“Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash away all my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin.”
(This photo was taken in July of 2016 while standing on Beartooth Pass in Montana)
Perseverance…determination…patience…endurance…dedication…commitment. Stay the course…don’t give up. This is what it takes to find what you are looking for…no matter what it is. Reflect on what you have been “thinking about doing,” what have you been “wishing were different” in your life…is it related to your finances? Is it related to your weight? Is it related to a relationship? Your faith? Something else? Begin again and this time bring it to the Lord first, seek His wisdom and be persistent. Amen.
“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”
(This photo was taken in July of 2018 on the shore of Lake Superior near Ashland, Wisconsin)
How do we get better at staying the course? This New Year’s resolution business is almost always a path to failure. Some of the most common mistakes is over-committing to too many things or setting unrealistic goals and achievements as well as a lack of patience for change in this fast paced, immediately gratification world. The biggest mistake we make is either not asking God to guide us or not listening and looking for His will for our lives. We are easily distracted and believe we have to maintain everything on our own. The best change we can make is turning towards God first in all aspects of our lives. Amen.
“Commit to the Lord whatever you do,
and he will establish your plans.”
(This photo was taken in August of 2016 in Glacier National Park in Montana)
When you don’t know what else to do…when you are grateful for what you have been given…when things are going well…when things are not going well…pray. God wants a relationship with us, through every part of life…the good, the difficult, the peaceful times as much as the stressful times. The best relationships are built on communication with one another. Turn towards God in prayer…open up your heart and trust in Him…He loves you; He cares for you and He is waiting to hear from you. Amen.
1 Thessalonians 5:17
(This photo was taken in August of 2012 on hike along the North Shore of Lake Superior)
Devotion…dedication…faithfulness…self-sacrifice….love. A commitment can be hard at times. A commitment is not something to be taken lightly. If you commit to something think carefully about how you will respond when things don’t go as planned or how you expect them to go. God made a commitment to love us and to save us even though we are still sinners and it was tremedously difficult for Jesus to keep that commitment…yet He was able to fulfill the commitment by staying close to the Father in prayer and trusting the will of God. Jesus is our example of how to get through the hard times and to remain committed to God and trust Him with all aspects of our lives. Amen.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all you strength.”
(This photo was taken in June of 2018 near the border of Minnesota and South Dakota)
Loyalty…faithfulness…commitment…dedication. As we learn and grow in our spiritual lives we begin to see more clearly the differences between worldly goals and spiritual goals. Eventually we all get caught in the middle of these differences for different reasons. This is a battle that rages on for everyone. The only answer I have experienced is trust in God. We will not always be able to see the what or the why and that is incredibly frustrating…don’t let that hold you down. Continue in faithfulness and not in worry, do your best in your situation and pray. Talk with the Lord, not in memorized lines from childhood but with sincerity and true feeling because He is with you and He has shown His level of devotion to you by the sacrifice of His Son. Amen.
“And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.”
2 Corinthians 5:15
(This photo was taken in July of 2018 on Lake Superior near the Apostle Islands)