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In ___________ we trust.


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Is your world falling apart?  Is it crumbling? Are you in shambles?  Ask yourself, where is your trust? Most of us trust in many things. The question is not what or whom do you trust. The real question is:  what is the foundation? When everything is stripped away, is your foundation unshakable?

REMEMBER THE SONG WITH THE HAND MOTIONS FROM CHILDREN’S CHURCH

The wise man built his house upon the rock, the wise man built his house upon the rock, the wise man built his house upon the rock and the rains came a tumblin’ down.  The rains came down and the floods came up, the rains came down and the floods came up,  the rains came down and the floods came up.  But the house on the rock stood FIRM!

The foolish man built his house upon the sand, the foolish man built his house upon the sand, the foolish man  built his house upon the sand and the rains came a tumblin’ down.  The rains came down and the floods came up, the rains came down and the floods came up,  the rains came down and the floods came up and the house on the sand went SPLAT!

WIVES AND HUSBANDS

Honestly, it’s a set up for disappointment.  In fact, every human being on planet earth will disappoint you.  Your parents will disappoint you, your kids, your friends, your co-workers, your idols, your mentors, and especially church people will disappoint you.  We are most disappointed in those we elevate to a status of trust where they should never be in the first place.

The wise man...

HEALTH

Some day this is true for everyone, your health will fail.   You don’t think about it when you are young and healthy.  I thought I could eat right and exercise and avoid sickness and aging.  But, despite my sincere efforts, I developed an incurable disease that most people have never heard of – myasthenia gravis.

The wise man…

THINGS

The new car will get old and wear out.  The boat, jet ski, camper, motorcycle, four wheeler?  It will all be sold some day.  Every hobby or recreation that generates a passion today will eventually fade.  All those cute clothes and shoes in the closet will go out of style. Reputations can be ruined, even without cause.  Eventually,  our pets die.  Yeah sorry, that was low.

The wise man…

MONEY

Jobs, careers, finances can all be gone in an instant.  In fact, every worldly possession can catastrophically disappear overnight.   No matter how secure we think we are, we are one flood, one fire, one natural disaster, one turn of the stock market, one illness or injury or death away from a total loss.

…and the rains came a tumblin’ down

WORRY

What are you worried about?  We worry about the things we trust to get us through life.   We worry what would happen if we lost IT.  What if the rug were jerked out from under us?  We lay awake at night worrying about what ifs. It’s paralyzing.  What if my spouse left?  What if something happened to my kids? What if my parents died?  What if the doctor says it’s cancer?  What if I can’t work? What if I can’t pay the bills?  What if …

The foolish man…

RELIGION

Sometimes we trust in religion.  Doing the things we think we are supposed to do.  Not doing the forbidden stuff.  Usually this one is frustrating anyway.  Hard to get it all right.  The whole process is defeating and exhausting.

The foolish man…

SELF

Most of all we trust in ourselves; in our own abilities, tenacity, strength, effort.  We just keep trying. Isn’t that what the world tells us?  Just hang in there, keep on keeping on, be strong, you’ve got this.  But do you?

Hosea 10:13  “You thought you could do it all on your own, flush with weapons and manpower. But the volcano of war will erupt among your people.  All your defense posts will be leveled..” The Message

The foolish man…

EVERYTHING  can be lost.  Nothing is guaranteed tomorrow or even later today.  When it is all stripped away, what is your foundation?

In  __________ do you trust?

and the rains came a tumblin’ down

My mom once gave me a plaque that read:

 My circumstances do not determine who I am.  My circumstances reveal who I am.

and the house on the sand went splat.

Psalm 20:7, “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.” NIV

I’VE GOT A BLANK SPACE…..I’LL WRITE YOUR NAME, JESUS

and the house on the rock stood firm.

Examine your foundation.   When the rains come, you will know if it is firm, because you won’t fall apart, you won’t be shaken.  The what ifs are real.  When everything is stripped away you are left with your foundation.   If you are collapsing, then “dig deep” and lay a foundation on the solid rock-Jesus Christ.

Luke 6:47-49, “I will show you what someone is like who  comes to Me, hears my words, and acts on them:  He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid a foundation on the rock.  When the flood came, the river crashed against that house and couldn’t shake it, because it was well built.  But the one who hears and does not act is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation.  The river crashed against it, and immediately it collapsed.  And the destruction of that house was great!”  HCSB

Maybe you have looked at my life and thought I should be falling apart.  I’m not. My feet are on a firm foundation.  I would invite you to join me.

MOTION SICKNESS CURE

Motion sickness cure

PLEASE DON’T PUT ME IN THE BACK SEAT

Summer vacation for my family meant traveling by car to places like Dogpatch. Anyone remember Lil’ Abner and Daisy Mae Yokum? Oh how I wanted one of those off the shoulder, hillbilly shirts. My memories of the attractions at the now-abandoned theme park are hazy, but I distinctly remember the curves of Highway 7. And the nausea…

 

CAR  SICK

I looked out the window of the car at the expansive valleys and the trees whirring by my vision were blurry. My eyelids drooped from Dramamine and we always stopped for Sprite to soothe my stomach. To some extent, I’ve outgrown it, but sea sickness still plagues me. It is even worse because you can’t pull over and stop.  While on a tropical sunset catamaran cruise, I discovered a little trick. Fix your eyes on a large, immovable object in the distance to avoid nausea. Stare at a big mountain far on the horizon, because if you look out at the motion passing by, you’ll be retching soon.

LIFE IS LIKE THAT TOO

Focus on the crazy, out of control things happening outside the window of your life and you will literally be sick: stomach churning, knots in the shoulders, headache, can’t sleep kind of sick. Choose instead to focus on that big, immovable object in the distance- our loving Father, mighty Creator, never-leaving, never-forsaking God who will never change.

Hebrews 13:8, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.” HCSB

OUT OF CONTROL LIFE

I cannot control my situation, I can only control my attitude. It’s not always easy. It’s a choice and it’s all about perspective. We choose to focus on the positive or the negative side of our circumstances.

I focus on what I can do, not what I can’t do.

These words from a wise friend challenge me. He has ALS  (Lou Gehrig’s disease).  If he can say that, so can I.  So can you.

FOCUS IS THE CURE

You probably don’t want to be around me when I miss my quiet time in the morning,. I might not want to be around myself. I need to get focused as soon as my feet hit the floor. Actually I have to drink coffee as soon as my feet hit the floor. Don’t judge me – caffeine improves the ability to focus. God has revealed Himself in so many real ways to me since I was diagnosed with myasthenia gravis, usually first thing in the morning.

Lamentations 3:21-23, “This I recall to my mind, and therefore have I hope.  It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.  They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.”  KJV

HIS MERCIES ARE NEW EVERY MORNING

The alarm jolts us from our sleep, we roll out of bed and rush through the day, then wonder why we don’t hear God speak. We question where He is in our troubled lives. We wait until are desperate and shoot up a little prayer. We fall into bed exhausted at night breathing a prayer as we drift off to sleep.

Psalm 63:1, “O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You’ In a dry and thirsty land where there is no water. ” NKJV

A CHOICE

It’s a hard choice many days, but worth the effort. Though the passing scenery is mesmorizing, resist the temptation to look around and get distracted.

Hebrews 12:2, “Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in.  Study how he did it.  Because he never lost sight of where he was headed-that exhilarating finish in and with God-he could put up with anything along the way:  Cross, shame, whatever.” MSG

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