“One day at a time.” This is the wise counsel that my father gave me regularly as I was growing up, and also in my adult life. And it is biblical. Matthew 6:34 : “Don’t worry about tomorrow, tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
For the past few months, it’s been important for me to take it slowly. To apply the truth of Matthew 6:34. And to apply one of the first verses that I can remember memorizing: Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.”
In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic (impacting my life since March 12, 2020), and in the midst of concerns about racism, in the midst of my mother’s experience with ALS, in the midst of the birth of 2 new grandsons… life as I knew it was all different and difficult.
I was afraid. I still wrestle with some fears.
God is good. And personal. And compassionate. I know that He allows trials and tests of my faith, and even though that can be very uncomfortable, challenging, and even painful, I am thankful for His intimate involvement in my life.
I am thankful that God has given me delight in His Word. He has given me the privilege of in-depth study of the Bible for many years, and His truth is the basis of my evaluation of what is happening in my life and circumstances in the world today.
The truth that you may be very familiar with from John 3:16 is life-saving. Life-giving. Life-sustaining. It’s about how I live my life right now, and it’s about my life for eternity.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish but will have everlasting life.” John 3:16
God sent His Son. His name is Jesus. For the past 3 years, I had the incredible privilege of studying the book of Hebrews and fixing my eyes on Jesus, the Source of eternal salvation. Jesus, our Great High Priest. Jesus, our Good Shepherd. Because I was born a sinner, and acted in sin, I needed a Savior. And God sent Jesus for me. And for you.
I trust God and I trust Jesus. And I depend on the Holy Spirit to lead me – one day at a time.
I don’t know what tomorrow will bring. James 4:15 tells me to say: “If the Lord wills, we will do this or that….” So – if the Lord wills, I will be teaching through the book of Psalms. And if that is what the Lord wills, I am looking forward to the regular instruction to praise the Lord, meditate on His Word, and find refuge in His Son.
I know that I will find encouragement, instruction, truth, and hope in the Psalms. I will express my emotion in dependence on the Lord. I will express my devotion to my God. I will face my fears with the truth of who God is and what He has done and what He will do.
For people around the world, the past few months have been full of a multitude of ups and downs. Here a few pictures from events in my life recently!
wiping groceries -yes I did. cutting hair – not my skill. exciting purchase – disco ball. zooming Bible study – a blessing.
welcoming babies! 1st grandson – March 2020. 2nd grandson – May 2020
sweet moments – Claire and the flamingo! Brooks and his great-grandparents!
one wonderful week – with all the family in Florida. Claire, Caleb and all! Keeping it safe. And happy!
good times – close to home!
Moving forward now – it’s always right to take it – one day at a time. Seeking first the Kingdom of God and His rightousness. Waiting til I’m finally really “safe at home” in Heaven with Jesus. That will be the BEST day.
Until then, I’ll keep reading the letters from home. The message from God my Father. I’d love for you to join me.