He is Risen!

It’s been awhile since my last entry. Sorry about that. A lot of exciting things have been going on in my world, so I’ll update you very soon. One of those things is a new project that I am helping with at church.  I’m actually headed there right now.  It’s called our Global Operations Center. More about that later.

For now, I want to wish everyone a Happy Easter. He is risen! For those of you who want to understand more about Jesus’ death and resurrection and what it means for you, I’d love to dialogue with you. Just leave me a comment. Easter is more than just easter eggs and rabbits. For those of you that have made the decision to trust and follow Jesus, I hope and pray that your relationship would grow stronger and deeper with Him. And finally, for those of you involved with the Easter services at your church, I pray that those services would go really well and that many people will make the commitment to follow Christ. He is risen!

He is Risen!

What God’s been teaching me from Mark 13

I’m continuing to read through the book of Mark and was struck by some verses in the thirteenth chapter. At the beginning of this chapter, one of Jesus’ disciples pointed out how impressive the buildings were. Jesus said,

“Do you see all these great buildings?” replied Jesus. “Not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.”

Jesus’ disciples were putting faith in those great buildings. But Jesus told them that those man-made structures won’t last. After reading that, I was again reminded of how unimpressed God is with me. While I don’t build buildings, I love to plan. I enjoy making ambitious arrangements. The grander it is, the better. I tend to put faith in my plans, my systems, and man-made structures and institutions. But God’s been teaching me to put my faith in Him and not in my plans.

Around this time, every year, I start making plans for the new year. As I was doing that again this week, I made the mistake of reviewing my plans for this past year. While some things did go according to the plan, like losing weight, many things did not. It wasn’t in my plans to change jobs, leave the church that I had been a part of for 13 years, and uproot my family and move 800 miles away. I’m sure God had a good laugh when I was making my plans. God may have thought, “Little does Sunny know what I have in store for him.”

So will I make a plan for this year? Yep I will, but I am learning to not hold on to those plans too tightly. I think it’s great to plan, but I’m also learning that I need to include God in the formation of the plans, not just ask God to bless it after I created them. I need to do all that I can to have my plans line up with God’s because I know He’s got great plans for me. Jeremiah 29:11 is a great reminder of that:

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Got big plans for the new year? What’s God been telling you? Care to share?

What God’s been teaching me from Mark 13

Challenging Times

The past couple of days have been a challenge for me. On one hand, I’m excited about my new job that I’ll be starting in less than a month. I’m also excited that we found a good house in Oklahoma that will meet our needs. On the other hand, I’m concerned that we may not sell our current house by the end of the month. If we don’t sell by then, then what? Are we going to pay two mortgages?

“This is not the best time to be selling a home.” I get reminded of that every time I talk to my realtor, my mortgage broker, and when I watch the news.

I’ve been researching bridge loans and that may help, but it’s not without issues. So, I’ve been trying to trust God and His timing. I know that God will provide a buyer at the right time. It’s been hard though.

I sometimes have this erroneous idea that if I’m following God’s will, things will be easy. It wasn’t for Joseph in the Old Testament of the Bible. He did what was right and was thrown into prison. Stephen in the New Testament followed God and was stoned to death. Jesus followed the Father’s will perfectly and was crucified.

Even though things are going to be difficult, I know that God will take care of me as He always has. A couple of verses that have helped have been Proverbs 3:5-6 (NASB):

Trust in the LORD with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight

And Matthew 6:27-33 (TNIV):

And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith!

Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’

For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

I’d love to hear your thoughts. How do you do it? How do you trust God with your whole heart and not worry? If it’s a struggle for you as well, I’d love to hear that too.

Challenging Times