trust

Psalms for Persecution (Psalm 56:3-4)

“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise- in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” (Psa. 56:3-4)

This verse makes me think of Christians in other countries that are truly persecuted for being Christian, and I am sure that these verses and Psalms give them hope. We are SO incredibly sheltered in America from the type of physical and spiritual persecution that Christians in other parts of the world go through, and it’s hard to imagine being tortured and having your loved ones tortured as well for following Jesus. (more…)

Total Surrender

“Lord, I know that people’s lives are not their own; it is not for them to direct their steps.” Jeremiah 10:23

This is such a hard topic. Many of us are afraid of what “total surrender” to God looks like in our lives. We imagine God telling us to sell everything we have, move to a third world country, sleep in huts, live off berries and insects, and be international missionaries in the jungle. For some reason that seems to be the most popular illustration of “total surrender” that I hear Christians talk about, which makes sense because it’s one of the more dramatic ways to transition into full-time ministry. It scares us though, because we don’t want to give up the comfort or control of our lives. (more…)