Posted January 23rd, 2012 by Leah and filed in Word of Encouragement

It’s early morning and TODAY’S brilliant orange sun it just peaking over the trees. I sit on the side of the bed and stare across the lake…perfectly still, quiet and peaceful. Knowing that soon, very soon, the traffic will begin flowing past. I pray that at least one head will turn to admire God’s perspective.

Lord, let my life “TODAY” be still and tranquil like the lake, even in the midst of the day’s activities.

I am studying the book of James with a precious group of women, and Beth Moore has challenged us to memorize the entire book. Memorization requires reading and rereading and rereading. I am up for this challenge, BUT there is just so much good proverbial wisdom in these 5 short chapters that I am having quite a difficult time moving through it without countless hours on 1 verse!

I had a head’s start because James opens with 8 verses that I memorized years ago. These verses helped me weather some fierce storms in my life. I use to tell myself continually…COUNT IT ALL JOY SISTER!  So much so, that the first bookmark I designed was PURE JOY, which then states on the back

COUNT IT ALL JOY, my brothers (and sisters) when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.  v. 2-4

Yes, TODAY let us COUNT IT ALL JOY!!  

James goes on to encourage us to ask for God’s wisdom to see with an attitude of PURE JOY all the trials and tests of  this life. He is asking us to truly believe God is working in everything to perfect us, mature our faith...TODAY’S translation– slow down and look over at the lake seeing God’s perspective.

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord, he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.  v. 5-8

At the end of TODAY, if you feel like a toy boat that has been ravaged and tossed by the sea…rolling up on the shore of believing God then caught up by a swell of disbelief in everything you know as truth, being swept out to deep water… somewhere along TODAY, you doubted God.

There was a time in my life that I daily limped pathetically between faith and doubt, causing great instability and double-mindedness. Walking in doubt caused great chaos! The Lord will not bless this wishy-washy tightrope dance.

For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the LORD…   v.7

Think about it…do you want God to bless your limp toward faith or your limp toward doubt? We must choose one and stand firm. When you decide to choose faith, the Holy Spirit readily grants wisdom and help, without finding fault. Ask TODAY, and ask in faith.

When I decided to choose faith, the Lord began using me to be a blessing to others. That has always been my heart’s cry, but why on earth would you accept my invitation to join me on a chaotic high-seas adventure! TODAY, my invitation reads…join Jesus and I beside the still quiet waters. And at the end of TODAY, be refreshed, renewed…even restored. Faith makes the difference.

Choose faith TODAY and watch God make an amazing difference in your life. Then watch your life make an amazing difference in someone else’s life. For in the depths of every soul is this cry to be led beside the still waters that renew and heal our lives.

Please join me at the lake…TODAY.

Everyday Holiness…xo


One Response to “Lakeside…”

  1. Lisa Curtis says:

    Dear Leah, I have just returned from a Beth Moore conference for women who had memorized 24 verses in the year 2011! Her fresh word from the Lord was timely for all 1200 women in attendance I am sure.
    I do have a random question though. I was browsing through your book, Interior Wisdom, for some ideas. I am sharing my recipes, cooking skills, etc. with some young mothers from my church in my home. I wanted the theme to be “around the table”. Do you have any suggestions? Before we get started with the fellowship I wanted to have a small devotional for them. I just adore you and your approach to seeing God in everything. I joined you at the lake today and counting it all JOY. These ladies are coming on Thursday evening of this week. Thanks in advance for any encouragment or suggestions? Lisa Jackson, Missouri

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