For the Heart
Welcome to day 12 of 30 Days of Giving Thanks! So far, I have been encouraged, strengthened and blessed by this challenge. I hope you have too! I have also been corrected and rebuked. I praise God for those as well, for it is how we learn and grow in our relationship with God.
I have felt a little overwhelmed this morning. I said something last night that I now regret saying. The everyday stress of finances plus it being so close to Christmas is beginning to bother me. I feel like I’m not doing something right and just can’t put my finger on what it is.
It’s times like these that I think of King David. For about 17 years, David lived in caves, hiding from King Saul, who was trying to take his life. I think David’s problem were a little bigger than mine! David found refuge from Saul in those caves.
David also found refuge in God.
David found refuge in God in those caves.
For a long time, when I read verses, like Psalm 7:1, that say, “O LORD my God, I take refuge in you” I wonder what David meant by “take refuge.” What did refuge mean? And how do I take refuge in God? So I looked it up.
Refuge: (noun) a place or state of safety; a location in a building that may be used for protection. (verb) to give refuge; to seek or take refuge.
David not only sought a place of refuge but a person to take refuge in.
Now, I don’t need a place of refuge, but a person of refuge. Jesus is the person in whom I can take refuge. He will protect me from the things that overwhelm me. Like a cave or a building offers protection from a storm, Jesus offers protection from the storms of life. We may still have to get wet but “when [we] pass through the waters, [He] will be with [us]; and when [we] pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over [us].” (Isaiah 43:2)
I can just see Jesus walking beside me in the raging river, on the side that has the strongest current, taking the brunt of it, to make it easier for me to pass through. In a storm, I can see Him taking His cloak off and holding it over my head to keep me dry.
I come to Jesus when I am overwhelmed because He makes me feel safe. I tell Him my fears and He calms them and helps me to see things in His prospective. When I see things from His prospective, they aren’t nearly as big and scary and overwhelming as I thought they were.
I’m not feeling overwhelmed anymore. I now know what the “right thing to do” is. He has calmed me down enough that I can get to work on my problems, with His help, and come up with a solution. For this I give Him thanks!
Your challenge…Is there something in your life that is causing you to feel unsafe? Job loss, divorce, just struggling with you finances, an abusive spouse, not having a relationship with Jesus… the list goes on. Whatever it is, seek safety. If you need physical safety seek it first. Then seek Jesus to help you get out of danger. He will protect you and keep you safe.
For the Home
Let’s Get Organized!
I am hoping to create my own soon, but for now I want to share with you some free printable budgeting worksheets to help you better organize your finances. These are some that I have seen and like.