Tuesday, September 8, 2009

September 7, 2009 Sister-in-law Birthday Cut...


Isaiah 26: 3-4

Says, "You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. Trust in the Lord forever, for in Yah, the Lord is everlasting strength."

That was the verse that touched my heart today. As I did this papercut, I originally thought of the title "I surrender all"; but this verse came to mind as I was brainstorming, and it fit PERFECTLY. So... God inspired the title, since I was not on that track.

Peace is not something we can naturally attain, as some people might try to make us believe. It isn't just about a white flag that we wave in surrender to our will, or some other more powerful force, or otherwise. It IS, rather, found in trusting and surrendering to God above, who knows the best way for each of us. When we trust in, cling to, rely on, and believe in Him as a small child does to his father, we learn that He directs us, guides us, challenges us to grow in His loving way, and He gives us "strength for today and hope for tomorrow". His discipline is not to destroy us, but... to make us better and help us.

Ironic? Maybe so. But, I guarantee that we will be much better off if we lean on Him instead of ourselves.

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path." Proverbs 3:5-6

You may be a good person, but the smallest sins that exist in our lives mess up all the goodness. It is like mixing just a smear of dog poop into a chocolate cake. Putting it that way, "a little goes a long way" in destroying the goodness.

God's standards of goodness are not our own. He regards a lie as murder, and lust as adultery. That is intense, but His ways are perfect. He plans are perfect. If we do not surrender to His ways, and trust in them, we will always struggle to have peace, hope, inexplicable joy, and true and amazing Love in our lives.

Those things and all things truly good are found in God, whom loves and cares for us.

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