Lean on Me

Smitten. That one word sums up how my husband and I feel about Remy, our rescued standard poodle. And Remy delights in us, confidently knowing he hit the jackpot the day we adopted him and took him out of what had been a painful situation for him. Leaning against us whenever the opportunity presents itself, he demonstrates his total devotion and affection for us. This is no gentle lean against our thigh, but similar to Velcro, he adheres his whole 65-pound body to us, leaning so “hard” that we can easily topple over. We’re Remy’s protection and his safe place.

Do I lean into God and is He truly my safe place?

If you’re like me, perhaps you worry more about productivity and all the things that we have to do, when God quietly calls us to lean in and believe in his provision. Often we just grab hold of the steering wheel and move forward in life in our own power. Do we sincerely know how to rely on Him? Do I completely trust Him as wise King Solomon exhorts us: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5, NIV)?

As the saying goes, it’s so much easier said than done. We give it to the Lord, and then we take it back, rather than depending on His provision and love. God yearns to have us draw near to Him when:

  • Life is painful and we hurt. Perhaps it’s illness, impending surgery, or struggles with children or grandchildren.
  • We’re overwhelmed. We have too much to do, we’ve poured ourselves out for others and we feel drained, and fatigue has set in.
  • We continually struggle with besetting sin. It might be poor choices, habits, or addictions, but sin has ensnared us and we know it.

We may feel like a restless ship out in the open seas dealing with all life has thrown our way. But, just as incoming boats find rest in a safe harbor, Jesus invites us to relinquish our cares and abide in Him. When everything crumbles around us, it’s only by opening our hearts and minds to Jesus Christ, our bread of life, will he nourish and sustain us. We can’t overlook the importance of spending daily time in Scripture and communing with Him in prayer for this sustenance, but let’s also delve a little deeper. Are we taking the time to wait on Him and to allow Him to speak to us through His Word or during prayer? I know I often don’t, and that’s when I start taking control once again and lose that intimacy with our heavenly Father. We need to be faithful to lean and listen, because as a dear friend of mine likes to say, “God’s got this.”

We delight in Remy as he leans into us and takes comfort from us. How much more so as we lean into our Lord with all we have, confident He will meet us and tuck us inside the shadow of His wings. “Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings” (Psalm 63:7, NIV).

Father God, I confess I like being in control, but I just can’t do all of this on my own. I acknowledge my need for you. Please help me lean into you, trust you, and relinquish my situation to you. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Bible Truths:

Exodus 14:14 (NIV): “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

Psalm 18:2 (NIV): “The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”

Jeremiah 17:7-9 (NIV): “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”

John 15:4-5 (NIV): “Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

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Out of the Box

Hanging in a bag tucked away in the rear of our closet, surviving many corporate moves, was my wedding gown. After about 20 years I finally took it in for professional cleaning, preservation, and had it boxed. Unfortunately, the process took its toll on my gown as many of the decorative pearls fell off. The lady performing the work was distressed and took it upon herself to hand sew new pearls onto my gown. Upon final receipt of my wedding dress, I couldn’t believe my eyes—it was better than it had been when I handed it over to her. Fully restored, my wedding gown surpassed how it originally looked.

Fast-forward many more years and a couple more moves. The box has transferred neatly from one closet to the next as we’ve moved across the country. Finally, in what we hope is our earthly “forever” home, I wondered why in the world it’s primly placed in a box. So, the next time we had some of our granddaughters over I asked if they wanted to play dress-up with Gramma’s wedding gown. Imagine their excitement over donning the gown and veil and feeling so very special.

So thankful I didn’t keep what had been made new and better stashed away in a box!

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A Fresh Start

We have a new year and a new beginning—ushering in thoughts of fresh starts, a chance to do things differently, or even over again. How will we use the New Year our Lord has given us? Even though it’s the middle of winter, my mind skips ahead to springtime when I first observe the daylily leaves in my garden pushing through the soil. Crumpled over at first, the leaves appear fragile. But with exposure to the sun and rain and air they are able to strengthen and flourish, eventually growing into mature plants with numerous beautiful flowers. I want to grow stronger and substantial this year. Will you join me in this endeavor?

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Rejoice in Our Redeemer

I send Christmas greetings and pray His blessings for all of my beloved readers.

Only by embracing Jesus and asking forgiveness for our sins will we be saved and have communion with God the Father. If you’ve never invited Jesus into your heart, this Christmas season is the perfect time to reflect on your sin and its consequence, which is eternal death, and to ask Jesus to deliver you from that. Faith in Jesus is the ONLY way. “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6, NIV).

Knowing she was carrying the Christ child, Mary offered up a personal hymn of praise to God. Her song, also known as the Magnificat, begins with, “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior” (Luke 1:46-47, NIV). May we all rejoice in the birth of Jesus Christ, our Redeemer, this Christmas.

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When God Says: “Yes!”

According to a 2014 Pew Research Center survey, over half of Americans (55%) say they pray daily. Women respond as more likely to pray daily than men do (64% versus 46%). With the majority of us women praying, we can logically conclude that there are many different types of answers we receive to our prayers. A Pearl of Great Value will be exploring a few of these in a seven-part series on prayer entitled, “When God Says ….”

Part 7 of 7

Gathered in the kitchen with our daughter, her husband, and our granddaughter, I was prepping food for dinner. Knowing the troops were hungry, I decided to put out some cheese and crackers to nibble on before our meal. As I set the plate, with a generous portion of brie cheese, down in front of our granddaughter, her eyes became large as saucers and she exclaimed, “Holy moly!” Having a rather advanced palate for her young age, she thought it was all for her! We all chuckled over her exuberance, and I wondered,

What is our response when life gives us so much more than we ever imagined?

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