My husband John and I have been at Lighthouse for 5 years. I have 5 children, 3 at home Elianna (12), Lily (10), Andrew (6) and 2 grown stepsons Kristoffer (27) and Matthew (22). I have been a CPA for 20 years and I am the tax partner of a growing CPA firm in Frisco. I have served in Children’s Ministry at Lighthouse for 4 years and my daughter Elianna and I will be serving in El Salvador again this summer for our second time with the Lighthouse missionary team. I am honored to be on the Board of Directors for a local non profit Helping Hearts Helping Hands, a Christian organization that serves single moms in need of transportation. John and I also led Financial Peace University for 2 years and hope to go to Nashville next year for our debt-free scream! At my previous church in California I was a small group leader in Celebrate Recovery. Relocating from a lifetime in California was difficult, but being welcomed into the Lighthouse family has really helped me feel at home in Texas.
Psalm 46 is one of my favorites…..and also the one I tend to forget most often in life. I have Verse 10 written on a rock in my bathroom so I can’t miss it each day– “Be Still and know that I am God” This can be so hard for me. I have often prayed for God to remove turmoil from my life, I pray and hope for a specific outcome. This Psalm fills me with peace and reminds me that God’s plan for my life is perfect and he is in control – there is nothing I can do to mess it up – all I need to do is draw close to him and allow His words and His spirit to direct my life, my thoughts, and my steps.He has promised us an abundant life but that is not the same as a life without troubles. The hardest thing I have ever done is to ask God to help me feel gratitude in times of suffering. It is something I truly couldn’t have done without God. But God has delivered me from so much angst by drawing me into Him this way. The one thing I can always count on is God’s perfect refuge. I remind myself daily with this Psalm to be still! Having faith in God’s plan when I don’t like the outcome is not easy for me. God has strengthened my faith through some outcomes that I really didn’t want to ever go through. I hope that this encourages anyone going through situations that are not a part of “their plan” to dig deep into God’s word and fellowship with God to enjoy the refuge that He desires to give us. (Proverbs 3:5-6, Thessalonians 5:18, 1 Peter 1:6-7, Romans 5:3-5, Ephesians 2:8, John 15:7)
Lord God, thank you for your protection and strength. Thank you for providing perfect refuge from anything that may come my way. Help me see that through it all your strength is sufficient. Still my heart, my mind, and the efforts that are routed in my strength alone. Lead me Lord to take refuge instead in Your perfect strength. Strengthen my faith Lord God to trust youin all situations and with every aspect of the life you have given me. I trust you Lord no matter the outcome. Thank you for hearing all my prayers, thank you for answers to prayers and also those that have gone unanswered. Thank your sufficient love, grace, and deliverance in even the craziest moments of this life. In the name of Jesus, amen!
Published on Friday, July 26, 2019 @ 6:17 AM CDT
We sometimes forget,"In every circumstance, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. Thank you for the reminder's. It is hard to transplant to a new state, I pray great friendship's will develop in Texas for you.
Posted on Fri, Jul 26, 2019 @ 7:36 AM CST
Thank you, Lisa, for sharing! So true and encouraging. Thank you for reminding us that God is in control no matter the circumstances and even if we must wait and trust abiding in His place of perfect refuge.
Posted on Fri, Jul 26, 2019 @ 7:57 AM CST