Category: thoughts by Helen Grace Lescheid

Share

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ…”  2 Corinthians 5:17

What is keeping you from becoming the person you want to be?

Do you blame it on a past experience like a traumatic childhood that’s decimated your self-worth? A gross injustice that’s robbed you of joy? A past failure that haunts you?

If we base our self-worth on a sad experience which happened in the past such as: I’m a divorcee; I’ve had cancer,  I’ve suffered abuse…This leads to defeated thinking like I’m damaged goods, this is who I am; I can’t change it.

That’s what Satan wants us to think. But it’s not true. Yes, we can’t change the past—we can’t wipe out those experiences–but we can change how we respond to them. We can be free of that trauma.  How? Turn it over to God. Release it to God. It may help to write out the painful experience, then lift it up to the ceiling and say

Lord, Jesus, I give this to you now. I want to be free of this. Thank you that you will heal me of the trauma and You will make something good out of these experiences.”

Each time another negative thought comes to you, say, “I’ve dealt with that. I’m a new person in Christ.”

When you let go of the hurts of the past, God can use those experiences to make you more empathetic and understanding of other people who have also suffered injustices.

Thank you, Father, that in Christ I’m not a victim, I’m a victor.

By Helen Lescheid
Used by Permission

We Welcome your comments.

Enter Email
reCAPTCHA

To read more of Helen’s writings  go to http://www.helenlescheid.com

Comments: If you don’t see our response form, please go to https://thoughts-about-god.com/blog/helen-lescheid_victim-victor/

Learn more about knowing Jesus at: http://thoughts-about-god.com/four-laws/


Follow Us On:

facebooktwitterinstagrampinterestrss

 

 

 

___

thoughts by Helen Grace Lescheid Thoughts by Women

Share

“The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.” Romans 6:10,11

What happens when we repent of our sins and receive Jesus Christ as Savior?

Jesus forgives us and cleanses us from all sin.

We are adopted into his family.

We’ll go to heaven when we die.

All this is wonderfully true, but this is only half of the gospel. The other half is: we receive a new life—right now. The moment Jesus comes to live within us, we are viewed as being in Christ and Christ being in us. And what’s true of Christ is true of us.

Paul writes to the Roman Christians,

we died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? The death He died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 6:3-5).

The term ‘in Christ’ or ‘in Him’ is used some 200 times by Paul. This term does not originate with Paul, but with Jesus who said,

Remain in me, and I will remain in you” (John 15:4).

When we surrender to Him, the living Lord Jesus Christ comes to indwell us. We now have his very life within us. We don’t have to cave in to sinful habits anymore. We don’t have to carry on with the old lifestyle. We are new persons in Christ.

When I grasped this truth, it changed my life.

I had thought of myself as a person of little value. A negative person. So when thoughts of self-condemnation came I would receive them. Yes, that’s who I am. I can’t do anything about it.

Now, I had hope—a new orientation. When condemning words came, I would counter them with, “I’ve died to that.

That’s not me anymore. I’m alive in Christ and He says, I am forgiven, clean, accepted in his family. In fact He delights in me” (Ephesians 1; Zephaniah 3:17).

At first, I had to do this many times a day. Eventually my whole outlook changed.
It became easier to believe that I’m a valued person because I’m in Christ and He values me.

Do you know this? Have you grasped this wonderful truth?

Father, thank you that you’ve accepted me as your beloved child and because of the risen Christ living in me, I have all  that I need to be victorious.

By Helen Lescheid
used by permission


Are you at a place in your life where you want to know Jesus – walk and talk with Him?   You can start a life surrendered to Christ today. This is a sample, simple prayer, but the words are powerful and full of meaning.  If  you believe them Christ will make something beautiful out of your life:

Lord Jesus, I want to know You personally. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life to You and ask You to come in as my Savior and Lord. Take control of my life. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be.

It starts now!


If you prayed this prayer we would love to hear from you . If you would like to know God deeper we can connect you with an email mentor and/or send you some great links.


Enter Email

To read more of Helen’s writings go to http://www.helenlescheid.com

Comments: If you don’t see our response form, please go to https://thoughts-about-god.com/blog/helen-lescheid_new-life/

Learn more about knowing Jesus at: http://thoughts-about-god.com/four-laws/


Follow Us On:

facebooktwitterinstagrampinterestrss

 

 

 

___

thoughts by Helen Grace Lescheid Thoughts by Women

Share

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (relief) Matthew 11:28

I’ll come back to God when I’ve got my act together,” said one young girl. “Right now I’m too messed up.”

But why wait?

The Father is waiting for you to come back.

Jesus told a beautiful story to illustrate this: the story of the prodigal son.

The prodigal son squandered his inheritance money in wild living. Eventually he landed in a pig sty, without friends and desperately hungry. One day he said to himself, “How many of my father’s hired servants have more than enough bread, but I perish here with hunger. I will arise and go to my father and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Treat me as one of your hired servants” (Luke 15:17).

So he returned home. While he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him (Luke 15:20).

The boy starts his speech of apology but the Father doesn’t let him finish it. Instead, he interrupts with orders to the servants to bring the best clothes, a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet. A joyous celebration follows.

When they met in embrace, the son’s thoughts were on “How can I make this right again?” But the Father’s thoughts were on relationship: “My son has come home! Our relationship is restored.” The father’s complete forgiveness is by grace, not something the son has to earn.

This is how God receives us when we come in true repentance. With forgiveness. With joy.

When we do come back, God doesn’t just forgive us; He dresses us up with a new identity, He clothes us in a rob of righteousness. He shows us we are loved and that we belong.

Imagine! The Creator and Sustainer of the universe loves and values us that much.

Do you need to come “home to God? Do it now. Come just as you are. He will receive you.

By Helen Lescheid
Used by Permission

We Welcome your comments.

Enter Email
reCAPTCHA

To read more of Helen’s writings go to http://www.helenlescheid.com

Comments: If you don’t see our response form, please go to https://thoughts-about-god.com/blog/helen-lescheid_father-waiting/

Learn more about knowing Jesus at: http://thoughts-about-god.com/four-laws/


Follow Us On:

facebooktwitterinstagrampinterestrss

 

 

 

___

thoughts by Helen Grace Lescheid Thoughts by Women

Share

How do you handle failure? Do you beat yourself up withI should have! or do you try to hide it?

Some people’s pride prevents them from acknowledging failure. Take Peter, for instance.

On that last supper Jesus had with His disciples he told them that they would all forsake him. “Not me!” Peter exclaimed boldly, “I am ready to die for you.”

Yes, you also will deny me,” Jesus responded. “But when you have repented and turned to me again, strengthen and build up your brothersLuke 22:32 (LT)

Jesus confronted Peter with  his weakness but not in a condemning way. “You will fail me like the rest, Peter, but remember that’s not the end of our relationship.Then he showed Peter the way back from failure: own up to it, repent of it, and come back to Me.”

That is good news for us too.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9)

Not only does He cleanse us, but He redeems our failures. We learn dependency upon God and realize “it’s not me but Christ in me” that makes me strong. Because of his failure, Peter became a humble servant of God who could strengthen other weak believers.

Ruth Bell Graham writes,

When thoughts of failures push their way into my consciousness, I let His total forgiveness dissolve my regrets and go on to praise Him who accepts us just as we are and lovingly works to make us more than we were.

God doesn’t expect us to be finished products now. We are works in progress.”

We can leave our failures with God. He does not condemn us. He will use them for good

By Helen Lescheid
Used bu Permission


If you have never surrendered your life to Christ, you can start today. Let Jesus redeem your failures.  Here are a few sample prayers.

Prayer

Lord Jesus, I want to trust you from now on. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of my life. Make me be the person You want me to be. Thank you for enabling me to trust you in these uncertain times. Amen.

Another Sample Prayer:

Dear God, today I bring you my life, my hopes, my dreams, my deepest yearnings … You know me intimately. You knew me even before I was formed in the womb. You called me into this world to do good and live the life I was uniquely and specifically created for. I ask for Courage and Wisdom to live this life–the life of my dreams. Show me where to start and help me be open to hearing your Voice today. I ask for a greater consciousness of your Presence, today and every day of my life. Amen.


If you prayed this prayer we would love to hear from you . If you would like to know God deeper we can connect you with an email mentor and/or send you some great links.


Enter Email

To read more of Helen’s writings go to http://www.helenlescheid.com

Comments: If you don’t see our response form, please go to https://thoughts-about-god.com/blog/helen-lescheid_failures/

Learn more about knowing Jesus at: http://thoughts-about-god.com/four-laws/


Follow Us On:

facebooktwitterinstagrampinterestrss

 

 

 

___

thoughts by Helen Grace Lescheid Thoughts by Women

Share

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

We have this idea that if God is with us, He’ll protect us from trouble. He’ll work things out for us. When bad things do happen, we conclude that God has left us. He’s abandoned us. But this is not true.

On this broken, sinful planet bad things do happen to all people. Jesus promised us this:

In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

Jesus didn’t promise us a carefree life. He didn’t come to explain suffering or to remove it. He came to fill it with His presence. And that makes all the difference. When you know Jesus is with you– walking with you every step of the way– it makes the difference between despair and hope.

There have been times in my life when I felt I was losing everything I value: my marriage, my family, my reputation, my health and my job. Then I would hear Jesus’ voice, not out loud but distinctly in my heart,

Don’t be afraid. I am here and I can handle it. Trust me.”

Now looking back, I can honestly say it was good for me to experience suffering and loss. It provided an opportunity to experience God in a very real and practical way. I’m a much richer person. Life has a quality it didn’t have before. I can testify that when you have Christ, no matter what you’re going through, you won’t have to do it alone.

Jesus did not come to make us escapists, but over comers.

Thank you, Jesus, that we can always depend on You to be there for us and to give us what we need to be over comers. Amen.

Question: Are you struggling through a time of suffering and loss? God wants to be near you during this time. How can you let God meet you in your pain?

By Helen Lescheid
Used by Permission

We Welcome your comments.

Enter Email
reCAPTCHA

To read more of Helen’s writings go to http://www.helenlescheid.com

Comments: If you don’t see our response form, please go to https://thoughts-about-god.com/blog/helen-lescheid_over-comers/

Learn more about knowing Jesus at: http://thoughts-about-god.com/four-laws/


Follow Us On:

facebooktwitterinstagrampinterestrss

 

 

 

___

thoughts by Helen Grace Lescheid

Share

“For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations “  Psalm 100:5

Trouble had come at me from all sides and I wondered how much more I could take. I needed help, so I went to see a friend whose counsel I respected. “My husband has been in hospital for three years and he’s not getting better,” I began. “A gasoline explosion has sent my thirteen-year-old son to the hospital with severe burns; my daughter, just out of high school, has left home for Europe; illness has made me miss many days at work jeopardizing my nursing job.”

My friend listened to my outpouring without interruption. Then he asked, “Helen, does God still love you?”

Stunned, I looked at his kind face. I wasn’t prepared for this simple question. “Yes,” I stammered. “Yes, I think so. The Bible says God’s love is everlasting, so it’s got to be the same whether my life is good or bad, doesn’t it?”

He nodded. “You can stand on this fact: God loves you and will never leave you. Cling to that truth and you will cope.” Then he smiled and said, “Now, before you go home, let’s pray.”

Father, he prayed, I thank You for my sister here. Thank You for your great love for her. Thank You that You are with her now and always will be.” Amen.

And my friend was right. Clinging to God’s love and affirming it out loud by reciting Bible verses gave me courage and hope to get through those days.

Verses like these: “For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” (Psalm 100:5).

Because of the LORD’S great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” (Lamentations3:22,23)

What is happening in your life? The above verses are meant for you too. Read them often out loud and add, “Thank you, Father.”

Thank you, Father, for your love which never changes.

By Helen Lescheid
Used by Permission

We Welcome your comments.

Enter Email
reCAPTCHA

To read more of Helen’s writings go to http://www.helenlescheid.com

Comments: If you don’t see our response form, please go to https://thoughts-about-god.com/blog/h-lescheid_god-loves-me-the-same/

Learn more about knowing Jesus at: http://thoughts-about-god.com/four-laws/


Follow Us On:

facebooktwitterinstagrampinterestrss

 

 

 

___

thoughts by Helen Grace Lescheid Thoughts by Women

Share

“Those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They  will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31

Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed by life’s problems? You want to soar above them but you feel yourself being sucked under. During one such time, a chaplain’s true story gave me hope.

“A friend and I were paddling down a river. To one side, high on a cliff, sat a bald eagle, its white head feathers glistening in the sun. As we watched, it soared into the blue sky, then swooped into the water, thrusting its strong talons into a big fish.

But then, the eagle got caught in the rushing current. Up and down it went with its beak firmly in the fish. Then both fish and eagle were sucked under the water. Why doesn’t he let go of the fish, I thought why does he insist on keeping it?

We were startled by a commotion downstream. “The eagle,” I shouted “It’s come up again.”

Sure enough, the majestic bird had broken free of the fish and the deadly torrent and headed for the surrounding rocks.  For a moment the bird rested in the sun preening its soggy feathers. Then it spread its enormous wings and rose above the tree tops into the sky.

Aren’t we like that?” the chaplain asked. “At times we feel sucked down into life’s raging torrents. Is there something that’s dragging you down? Like the eagle who wouldn’t let go of the fish, are you  hanging onto a weight of resentment or bitterness or unrealistic expectations of what life should be like? Release it. It’s a weight that will drag you down into despair. Let the spirit of the Risen Christ buoy you up and give you strength to rise above your circumstances.

You are not meant to be tumbling in the undertow; you are meant to soar. Because Christ lives in you, you can live triumphantly.”

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is an offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” (Psalm 139:23,24).

By Helen Lescheid
Used by Permission

We Welcome your comments.

Enter Email
reCAPTCHA

To read more of Helen’s writings go to http://www.helenlescheid.com

Comments: If you don’t see our response form, please go to https://thoughts-about-god.com/blog/helen-lescheid_soar-like-eagle/

Learn more about knowing Jesus at: http://thoughts-about-god.com/four-laws/


Follow Us On:

facebooktwitterinstagrampinterestrss

 

 

 

___

thoughts by Helen Grace Lescheid Thoughts by Women

Share

Jesus tells the crowd at the temple, “the miracles that I do in my Father’s name speak for me (John 10:25). “I did not speak of my own accord but my Father who sent me commanded me what to say and how to say it” John 12:49

The world looks at dependency as immaturity. The Bible teaches that dependency upon God is the right and natural way to live.

Jesus modeled for us complete dependency upon God. He went to a lonely place to pray, that is, to grow in the awareness that all the power He had was given to Him; that all the words He spoke came from His Father; and that all the works He did were not really His but the works of the One who had sent Him.

God encourages our dependency on Him, not because He delights to be boss, but because we were made to be dependent beings and we function best when we live in dependency on Him. God made us to be wired into Him.

I visualize my dependency on Christ as being a branch in a tree that expects to be nourished moment by moment by the sap that flows through the tree. When I feel empty, I hear Jesus saying,Tap into my wisdom, my patience, my love, my energy.” There’s no danger of running out, for His supply is inexhaustible.

If we would practice this moment-by-moment dependency upon God, how much more relaxed we would be! We’d have more poise and confidence.

Thank you, Father, that I’m a branch in the Vine, Christ Jesus, and His resources never run out. I count on His strength and joy today.

By Helen Lescheid
To read more of Helen’s writing or to buy one of her books go to www.helenlescheid.com
Used by Permission

We Welcome your comments.

Enter Email
reCAPTCHA

Comments: If you don’t see our response form, please go to https://thoughts-about-god.com/blog/helen-lescheid_dependency-on-god/

Learn more about knowing Jesus at: http://thoughts-about-god.com/four-laws/


Follow Us On:

facebooktwitterinstagrampinterestrss

 

 

 

___

thoughts by Helen Grace Lescheid Thoughts by Women

Share

In our world we’re bombarded with advertisements that promise us contentment if we’ll get more stuff–bigger, better, faster.

But reality is: the more comfortable we are, the more we have lost the capacity to be content. Things do not live up to our expectation to make us happy. We become disgruntled when we get less than we feel we deserve. If we do things right, happiness will follow we think. But life is made up of joys and sorrows.

In the midst of all kinds of trials (which he did not deserve!) Paul says “I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation…I can do everything through him who gives me strength (Philippians 4:12, 13).

The Amplified Bible says, “I am ready for anything and equal to anything through him who infuses inner strength into me.”

Paul did not expect an easy life. He rejoiced that the gospel was being preached. Keeping his focus on His Sovereign Lord and what he was here for, he could be content in every situation.

Contentment is something Paul had to learn and we also have to learn. “I have learned how to get along happily whether I have much or little.” he writes. How? The key to being content in any and every situation is in looking to Jesus not our circumstances. Corrie ten Boom says it so well:

Look around and be distressed
Look within and be depressed
Look to Jesus and be at rest.

Lord Jesus, thank you for providing for me the resources I need to be content in every situation.

By Helen Lescheid
To read more of Helen’s writings go to http://www.helenlescheid.com
Used by Permission

We Welcome your comments.

Enter Email
reCAPTCHA

Comments: If you don’t see our response form, please go to  https://thoughts-about-god.com/blog/helen-lescheid_secret-contentment/

Learn more about knowing Jesus at: http://thoughts-about-god.com/four-laws/


Follow Us On:

facebooktwitterinstagrampinterestrss

 

 

 

___

thoughts by Helen Grace Lescheid Thoughts by Women

Share

A deep need within every person is the need to belong.

We are made for families. If our families don’t meet that need, we look to others who will. That’s why we have gangs. We form groups, we go from relationship to relationship always searching for the right group, the right spouse.

Do you feel like you belong? Or do you feel like an outsider? You are on the outside looking in wishing with all your heart you could be part of “them.” You think, “I am the wrong colour; I am the wrong age; my background is too different…”

I bring good news to you.

The greatest family we can belong to is God’s family. And in this family age, skin colour, nationality, family background doesn’t matter. We are all the same: sinners saved by grace.

How do we get into God’s family?

God’s unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into his family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. And this gave him great pleasure (Ephesians 1:3-4).

It’s through Jesus Christ. We must come to Him and surrender ourselves to Him. Then He becomes our Savior and Lord. “To all who received him, to those who believe in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12).

After you have received Jesus Christ as your Savior, these verses are true for you.
You are among those who have been called to belong to Jesus Christ…God loves you dearly and has called you to be his very own people (Romans 1:6).

How we praise the God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we belong to Christ. (Ephesians 1:3 NLT)

While we live we live to please the Lord. And when we die, we go to be with the Lord. So in life and in death we belong to the Lord (Romans 14:7,8).

Did you notice how often “we belong” is mentioned?

When you get the feeling of not belonging, quote these verses putting your name into them. Then say, “God says I belong and that’s the truth.”

But even in churches and Christian circles you can feel like an outsider. That saddens the heart of God for He wants us to be one loving family.

Let us look out for people who are standing alone in the church foyer, who are somewhat different than the rest…We need to come to them with God’s loving acceptance.

God’s love is something abstract until it takes on a kind face, a gentle voice, and loving hands. Let us be that visible expression of God’s love today.

By Helen Lescheid
Used by Permission

We Welcome your comments.

Enter Email
reCAPTCHA

To read more of Helen’s writings go to http://www.helenlescheid.com

Comments: If you don’t see our response form, please go to https://thoughts-about-god.com/blog/helen-lescheid_i-belong/

Learn more about knowing Jesus at: http://thoughts-about-god.com/four-laws/


Follow Us On:

facebooktwitterinstagrampinterestrss

 

 

 

___

Thoughts by All thoughts by Helen Grace Lescheid Thoughts by Women

Share

“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the grave, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge, nor wisdom.” Ecclesiastes 9:10

The greatest purpose for living is to serve God. He has work for us to do.

We are God’s workmanship (masterpiece) created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God has prepared (chosen) for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:10)

Be faithful in small things.

No work is small when done with great love,” said Mother Teresa

Brother Lawrence, a monk who lived in France during the seventeenth century, saw His work for God as serving in the kitchen. He would stop his work and praise God for the privilege of knowing Him and serving Him this way. His book ‘Practicing the Presence of God’ is still being read today.

Nick Vujicic born without arms and legs determined to find the purpose for his life. Against tremendous challenges, he’s become an international motivational speaker, founded his own company, and speaks about his “ridiculously good life” in his book Life Without Limits.

He writes,

“recognizing your purpose means everything. I assure you that you too have something to contribute. You may not see it now, but you would not be on this planet if that were not true. I know for certain that God does not make mistakes, but he does make miracles. I am one. You are too.’ (Life Without Limits page 31)

Father, we thank you that every life has a purpose. I want to live my life for your glory.

By Helen Lescheid

We Welcome your comments.

Enter Email
reCAPTCHA

To read more of Helen’s writings go to http://www.helenlescheid.com
Used by Permission

Comments: If you don’t see our response form, please go to https://thoughts-about-god.com/blog/helen-lescheid_my-life-has-purpose/

Learn more about knowing Jesus at: http://thoughts-about-god.com/four-laws/


Follow Us On:

facebooktwitterinstagrampinterestrss

 

 

 

___

Thoughts by All thoughts by Helen Grace Lescheid Thoughts by Women

Share

“And my God will meet all your need according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19

We live in a world of supply and demand, where necessary things are often scarce. We’re afraid we’ll run out, so we store and hoard and worry.

We carry this over to God’s resources as well. We worry that we won’t have enough to make it through another day. But God’s resources never run out. There’s never a power outage with God. He has more than enough. Paul writes, “and this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19 NLT).

How much does He supply? Just enough to meet our needs? No, more than that: according to His riches in Christ Jesus.

We must remember, however, the difference between our wants and our needs. Most people want to feel good and avoid discomfort or pain. But God wants a higher good for us. By trusting in Christ, our attitudes and appetites can change from our own wants to His wants. Then we have access to as much as we have faith to receive.

Thank you, Father, that You will meet all my need according to Your glorious riches in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).

By Helen Lescheid
Used by Permission

We Welcome your comments.

Enter Email
reCAPTCHA

To read more of Helen’s writings go to http://www.helenlescheid.com

Comments: If you don’t see our response form, please go to https://thoughts-about-god.com/blog/helen-lescheid_every-need/

Learn more about knowing Jesus at: http://thoughts-about-god.com/four-laws/


Follow Us On:

facebooktwitterinstagrampinterestrss

 

 

 

___

Thoughts by All thoughts by Helen Grace Lescheid Thoughts by Women

Share

Therefore, I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body what you will wear…Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?Matthew 6:25-27

We worry over our children, our finances,  our health, that we won’t be able to meet the new challenges we’re facing. We’re consumed by the “what ifs.”

What does worry accomplish?

Worry doesn’t accomplish anything. It robs today of its joys and tomorrow of its hope.

Worship and worry cannot live in the same heart. Worry is an affront to God’s character. Our worry is saying, “I can’t really trust you, Lord.”

We don’t have to worry about tomorrow for God is already there. He knows our needs. Trust in His extravagant goodness. Whatever you lack, God will provide.

When Jesus says, “do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body what you will wear…Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” It doesn’t mean we should be lazy and not provide for our families.

Paul tells the Christians in Thessalonica, “Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody else” (1 Thessalonians 4:11)

Don’t you just love the Bible for its wisdom and practical advice?

Thank you, Father, for being involved in our lives and for meeting our needs.

By Helen Lescheid
Used by Permission

We Welcome your comments.

Enter Email
reCAPTCHA

To read more of Helen’s writings go to http://www.helenlescheid.com

Comments: If you don’t see our response form, please go to https://thoughts-about-god.com/blog/helen-lescheid_why-worry/

Learn more about knowing Jesus at: http://thoughts-about-god.com/four-laws/


 

Thoughts by All thoughts by Helen Grace Lescheid Thoughts by Women

Share

Because of the LORD’S great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22, 23

King David, who frequently found himself in deep trouble, wrote about God’s faithfulness often — sometimes from a cave.  Trying to escape the jealous fury of King Saul, he had fled to the wilderness. At the end of another harried day, I can see him sitting by a dying camp fire writing on a tablet. His ragamuffin group of men have found a place to lie down and sleep. But David couldn’t sleep. His reputation ruined and his life in danger, David poured out his heart to God in another psalm. Often he would conclude his writing with a joyful declaration of God’s faithfulness:

All the ways of the LORD are loving and faithful for those who keep the demands of His covenant” (Psalm 25:10).

Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens, Your faithfulness to the skies
(Psalm 36:5).

But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness” (Psalm 86:15).

How could David sing of God’s faithfulness when everything seemed to be going wrong in his life? His confidence was in God who he believed to be faithful to His children.

We can have the same assurance. When winds of adversity blow against us, we can know that God is present and God is working. Great difficulties provide a unique opportunity to see, firsthand, the faithfulness of God in taking us through the trial to greater blessings. As surely as spring follows winter, new life will follow. That’s why, we can sing of God’s faithfulness — even from a cave.

Thank you, Father, that your unfailing love never ends. Great is your faithfulness to me and your mercies begin afresh each day. Therefore, I will go into this day with confidence and hope.

By Helen Lescheid
Used by Permission

We Welcome your comments.

Enter Email
reCAPTCHA

To read more of Helen’s writings go to http://www.helenlescheid.com
Comments: If you don’t see our response form, please go to https://thoughts-about-god.com/blog/h-lesheid_god-is-faithful/

Learn more about knowing Jesus at: http://thoughts-about-god.com/four-laws/


Follow Us On:

facebooktwitterinstagrampinterestrss

 

 

 

___

Thoughts by All thoughts by Helen Grace Lescheid Thoughts by Women

Share

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid (John 14:27).

Does life sometimes seem overwhelming? You’ve received a troubling report from the doctor. One of your children is in crisis. You wonder how you will pay your bills. Then there’s a car accident. It seem like trouble comes in bunches.

The disciples found themselves in a raging storm on the sea of Galilee. As seasoned fishermen they had seen storms before but nothing like this. What made matters worse Jesus was not with them.

When he did come walking on the water they thought he was a ghost. They screamed in terror. But Jesus called across the waves,

It is I; be not afraid!” (“I AM is here; stop being frightened!” Amplified)

Then he climbed into the boat with them and the wind died down (Mark 6:45-52).

Did you notice that Jesus walked on the water? The very thing that was so frightening to them Jesus walked on. What does this tell us? The circumstance that seems so threatening to you now is under Jesus’ feet. He has control of all of it and will see you through. Let his peace fill you now.

I’ve been thinking about the word peace. In Greek “peace” has the connotation of being linked together. So when Jesus says to us,

Peace I leave with you,”

He’s saying,

You and I are in this together and I’m also pulling this load. We’re walking arm in arm through this difficult experience. You are not alone.”

Not only is Jesus walking with us and shouldering our load, but he is within us. And because He is within us, we have all the resources we need.

What difficult experience do you find yourself in right now? What are you dreading? Can you visualize Jesus in that situation?

Lord Jesus, thank you for sharing my burden and giving me all the resources I need to handle this. Amen.

by Helen Grace Lescheid

We Welcome your comments.

Enter Email
reCAPTCHA

Used by Permission
To read more of Helen’s writings or to buy a book go to http://www.helenlescheid.com

Comments: If you don’t see our response form, please go to https://thoughts-about-god.com/blog/h-lescheid_peace-i-leave/

Learn more about knowing Jesus at: http://thoughts-about-god.com/four-laws/


Follow Us On:

facebooktwitterinstagrampinterestrss

 

___

Thoughts by All thoughts by Helen Grace Lescheid Thoughts by Women