My husband and I have attended Lighthouse since January of 2017. I’ve been happily married to Les for 43 years. We have a daughter who lives in McKinney with her husband and their son. We moved to Texas after retirement to be close to our daughter, son-in-law and our first grandchild. Relocating to Texas was difficult at first after spending a lifetime in Wisconsin. I feel so blessed to have found wonderful friends at Lighthouse to share my life with. The love and warmth of the Lighthouse church body is undeniable. I am delighted to be a part of the women’s ministry. Both Les and I are greeters and actively involved in a Life Group.
This is one of my favorite Psalms because the scripture says the Lord watches over us and protects us as we come and go, both now and forever. Psalm 121:1-2 says, “I look up to the mountains – does my help come from there? My help comes from the LORD, who made Heaven and Earth!”. This truth became real to me when we began planning our move from Wisconsin, the only home I ever knew. We were leaving a lifetime of friends and our personal comfort zone to move to Texas. I needed to have faith that God had a plan and would work out the details as we went forward. Many times Satan uses fear of the unknown to hold us back from a blessing God has for us. Satan tries to discourage us from exercising our faith. He wants to stop us from seeing the outcome that faith in God can produce. The unknown can be scary when we dwell on all the “what if” scenarios. I have found that the remedy for fear is to trust God's heart, even when we cannot see his plan. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all ways knowledge him and he will direct your path”. Too many times we lean on our own desires, wishes and wants. We often feel we know our own path better than He does because it gives us an illusion of control. However, Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” His way is the best way; the worry-free way. In the end, the move from Wisconsin to Texas was quick and smooth. When we arrived here to make Texas our new home, there was no denying that the Lord had cleared the path. He cares about the big things, and He cares about the small details. The Lord provided a home, new friends and a new church community. I couldn’t be happier.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for being steady and unwavering. Thank you for directing our path, even when we cannot see or understand what you are doing. You guide our steps and we choose to trust you in all things. Help us to remember each day your goodness and to praise you for who you are. A God that will never leave us or forsake us. Thank you for your compassion and unfailing love towards us. In Jesus name, Amen.
Published on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 @ 6:06 AM CDT
Fear may make us pause but doesn't have to stop us. Once heard fear stands for False Expectations Appearing Real. Thank you for reminding us of this Psalm.
Posted on Wed, Aug 28, 2019 @ 7:11 AM CST