You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. – Jeremiah 29:13
The Lord knows our hearts. What does it mean to seek the Lord? What do we expect to find? When we seek the Lord first, “the things of Earth grow strangely dim,” as the song “Seek Ye First” goes.
We seek the Lord when we come to Him in prayer. It is not only a time for requests but also a time for reverence. We are in awe of what God can do for us – what He has promised us.
His works are good. His law is sovereign. His justice is fair.
When we love the Lord, we communicate with Him daily through prayer and Bible study. He shares with us simple, yet beautiful truths. He knows what we need to hear and when. He loves us immensely. Amen.
For the word of the Lord is right and true; He is faithful in all He does. – Psalm 33:4 NIV
Our Lord keeps His word. He doesn’t break His promises to us. We can count on Him to not change His mind about us. We are His chosen people, and He wants the best for us.
It’s sometimes hard to have patience when we ask for something and God makes us wait. Sometimes the answer is “no” and sometimes the answer is “not yet”. We need to practice patience in order to accept that God will bring things to pass in His time, not ours. Yes, He intends to bless us and take care of us, but sometimes we need to realize that He has His own ways of getting tasks done.
We need to step back from our “to do” lists and watch His wonderful handiwork. He can do things better than we can. Amen.
The Lord will guide you always; He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. – Isaiah 58:11 NIV
We need God’s guidance. He knows what we need. When we are weak, He strengthens us.
It’s humbling when our health fails and when we are too tired to get out of bed. The Lord knows when we need His strength. He also gives us opportunities to rest when we need to.
When I was recovering from COVID-19 this fall, I forgot to water an apple seedling that I had been nurturing for weeks. During my illness I was too weak to get out of bed. The seedling died. I felt bad that I had forgotten to water it.
God knows that we need water, and He never forgets about us!
I tried again with a new seedling, and I am more watchful this time. Amen.
And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and know that this love that surpasses knowledge that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. – Ephesians 3:17-19 NIV
God’s love for us is deep. When we find ourselves worried about how all the bills will get paid, we can remember that God’s love for us surpasses dimensions. It is immeasurable. He will provide for our needs. He knows what tomorrow will bring.
Abundance comes from the Lord, not from the Law of Attraction. God is bigger than metaphysics. Our God is more powerful than we can imagine. Amen.
Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name. – Psalm 100:4 NIV
The Lord allows us to bond, even when we are at a distance. We can give thanks for the opportunity to fellowship with family members virtually from the safety of our homes. It may be different from sharing a meal together, but our love is still there.
We can be grateful for the family and friends we have. The Lord knows that we need each other. He knows we don’t like to be isolated.
He blesses us with good food, a roof over our heads, and the security of His love. We can find comfort in an uncertain world because He is there. He fills our lives with goodness and mercy. We can be thankful for that. Amen.
You are my God, and I will give you thanks; you are my God, and I will exalt you. – Psalm 118:28 NIV
All good things come from the Lord. We can be thankful for the blessings He has given us. He gives us health. He gives us life. He gives us family and friendship.
The Lord protects us, guides us, comforts us, and is always there for us.
We can be thankful for the food on the table, the company we share, and the warmth in our homes.
Even in the midst of troubling times, the Lord gives us strength and endurance. We are never alone because He is with us.
When we find ourselves worried about uncertainties, He comforts us. He is our helper. The precious moments in life, the moments of stillness, meditation, and love, are good times to be remembered. He is there to enjoy them with us. Amen.
You are forgiving and good, O Lord, abounding in love to all who call to you. – Psalm 86:5
The Lord teaches us how to forgive. It is not easy, but He forgave our sins, and we, too, must forgive.
Forgiveness in many ways is a journey of acceptance. It may be hard to forgive past wrongs, but the Lord sometimes places lessons in our path so that we can trust Him even more.
The Lord is abounding in love. All we need to do is call upon Him at the first sign of trouble. He places people in our lives who can help us when we get overwhelmed. When we are exhausted or frustrated, He hears us ask for help. He is always available to hear our cry. He responds immediately when we need Him. Amen.
Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. – Ephesians 5:19-20
The Lord asks us to share our faith with others. I often text Bible verses or share Scriptures to social media.
In years past, I was too shy to share my faith. I figured that leading by example was enough, but the more I see God working in my life, the more I want to share the good news! Our God is an awesome God! I am thankful for the many blessings He has given me. He has gotten me through hard times. He restores my soul. He guides me and counsels me. I can always count on Him.
When I play hymns on the piano, I praise Him. His love endures forever. I am blessed to be able to play the piano. Not everyone has parents who gave them allowance for piano lessons.
During a visit to Italy a few years ago, I had an interesting conversation with a cab driver. I had mentioned to him that I could play classical piano. He said that I was a lucky girl. I hadn’t realized how lucky I was to have studied music and to have learned to play an instrument, because not everyone can afford to. It is a gift I am thankful for.
It’s my hope that when I play praise songs and post the videos to YouTube, people will be able to hear God’s voice through the music. Butterflies and stage fright aside, it makes me happy when I can praise God through music and share with others. Amen.
You can find me playing praise songs on the piano at https://bit.ly/praisesongsplayedbygina.
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. – Psalm 46:1 NIV
God doesn’t prevent trouble from ever coming into our lives, but He gives us the tools to deal with it. He knows what we struggle with, and He gives us strength.
There are difficult people and challenging situations that we face, but we can face them with Jesus at our side. He is always with us.
When our loved ones or friends are sick, He comforts them. When friends are in the hospital, He can heal them. He can perform miracles.
Even when loved ones pass away, He gives us comfort and peace when we are grieving. He knows our pain. He has felt it, too. The Lord always prevails. He is the light in our lives, and we can be thankful for His presence. Amen.
So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good. – 1 Peter 4:19
Sometimes God’s will and our will don’t match up, but it is through prayer and studying the Scriptures that we can align ourselves with God’s will.
God isn’t there just to accomplish a laundry list of “to do’s” for us. He hears our prayers, but He also points us to do His will and do good works by deepening our relationship and trust in Him. He knows what is best for us, and even though we would like everything to stay the same, sometimes He shakes things up for us.
We can trust that He will bring good changes into our lives. Jobs may change. People may change, but the Lord always stays the same. He is here for us. Amen.