I was born with a home-lovin’ heart. I recall emphatically telling my mom as a young girl that I would never leave Knoxville (TN) or marry a boy who would want me to move. Since that time, I’ve moved 8 times – involving 4 states, 6 times between those states, and never returning to live anywhere close to my beloved Tennessee since I left (aka: since God moved me) over 35 years ago.
Within those moves, I’ve had moments in my life when everything seemed perfect – like my heart felt at home again – only to have the rug pulled out from under me one more time. Stability often seemed elusive. Stability often seems elusive.
Could it be that God doesn’t want me to think this earth could ever meet the deepest desires of my stability-loving heart?
I’ve also been watching a lot of shake-ups going on around me – jobs, health, families, churches, you name it. And whether the changes are positive or difficult, still some people handle them well while others continue to grasp for what was. (Admittedly, I know both sides of that well.)
It seems like we often think what we need is no more change! But the type of stability we really require is the constancy of life’s very foundation. The former has frequently eluded my life. But (when I allow) the latter hasn’t – because its very source is God. No, it is God.
“He will be the stability of your times,
A wealth of salvation, wisdom and knowledge”
God Himself is our stability, and He never, ever changes (James 1:17)!
The One who gave us the very breath of life will carry us through this life and then into His eternity.
So how do we find that elusive stability while our feet are on this ever-changing planet? By clinging to Him, the Stability of our times, and His promises – instead of settling for a powerless, unfulfilling, ever-changing imposter elsewhere.
“God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change
And though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea;
Though its waters roar and foam,
Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride.
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
The holy dwelling places of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her, she will not be moved;
God will help her when morning dawns. . . .
‘Cease striving and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth’” (Psalm 46:1-5, 10).
These verses remind us that prioritizing our time spent with God not only brings us a greater revelation of who He is. But it lays the very foundation for our life – providing our much needed stability. And the very best part? It also turns us into His worshipers.
My heart’s desire for stability hasn’t changed one bit from my early years, but the source of that stability has. My situational stability seems as elusive as ever in some ways. But “the stability of my times” holds my heart close and tight – if I let Him. He is called . . .
God my Rock
God our strength
Lord who is there
Lord will Provide
My hiding place
My refuge in times of trouble
Our dwelling place (Love that one!)
Feel like the mountains are slipping into the heart of the sea? Or maybe your heart just simply longs for home? We will always find all we need and in rich abundance in our God (Philippians 4:13). And living a life that trusts Him as our Rock, our dwelling place, and our strength compels us to our knees to worship Him.
“Be still – know[ing] [He] is God.” Like the psalmist above, proclaim the truth of who He is amidst the uncertainty and changes of Your life. And as you find that elusive stability on your knees, He will be exalted through you!
How “But God” Worship Changes Everything
Am I overwhelmed by the right thing?
Confession: I’m tired.
Because we’re all hands-and-knees desperate
Shhhhh . . .
The Staggering Place of Grace in Our Worship
*This might sound crazy, but I just talked my publisher into dropping the price of my book – a lot. They weren’t really for it, but then they don’t share my deeper passion for helping people dig into the Bible to see what it has to teach us about worship. If you haven’t checked out Worship and the Word, now’s the perfect time! Go here to learn more!
SHARE and LIKE buttons:
Is silence a struggle for you? Apparently you’re not alone. If you do a quick google search on “the need for silence,” there are a bazillion articles on the topic. Psychology Today even says we need silence to survive. What
This might seem odd to you, but I didn’t grow up in a church that talked about Lent. And as I got older, all I ever heard about Lent was what people were “giving up” – and that was usually
I don’t want to be an ungrateful person – especially toward God. I’m sure you don’t either. I was reminded this week how dependent my worship life is on the condition of my thankful (or not) heart when I read
Ever think about how we should approach God in worship? I’m not talking about where we worship, the position of our bodies, or even the words we use – but more our attitude before Him. I read these verses earlier
I was listening to Michele Cushatt’s new video series that sets-up her soon-to-be-released book, I Am: A 60-Day Journey to Knowing Who You Are Because of Who He Is, when one of her sentences gripped me: “When I see the
As we enter a new year, we know one thing for sure: it’s packed full of unknowns. Right? That doesn’t mean that we should just throw everything up to chance though. There are definitely things we can control, and one
Just because it’s Christmas doesn’t mean everything is suddenly all twinkly and cheery. Right? If anything, Christmas shines more light on those things that don’t seem to fit into our picture of the perfect holiday scenario. So what do we
I’m not one to begin the Christmas festivities too early. I like Thanksgiving to be focused on, well, thanksgiving – and not on how many days we have until Christmas or who has their lights up already. I even have
How seriously do I take distractions from my worship of God? Do they really matter? Jesus took distractions from worship seriously. We know this from reading Matthew 21:12-13. “Jesus entered the temple area and drove out all who were buying
It was one of those once-in-a-lifetime trips for us. Blessed with free housing, my husband and I celebrated a significant anniversary a few years ago with a trip to Kauai, Hawaii. And the highlight? Oh, definitely the helicopter ride throughout
I was in a frustrated funk recently. I’d been working hard on something for some time, but it wasn’t going as I’d hoped. And as I unwisely allowed my focus to veer off the road God had paved with confidence,
Wouldn’t it be great to have a promo video that showed us what we can expect in heaven? I’m sure our jaws would be on the floor through the whole thing – the sights, the sounds, and the unimaginable glory
Hi, worshiping friend! During my few weeks off from writing new posts, I thought I’d send you some thoughts on worship topics from a variety of sources. This week I was pulled toward the important topic of surrender. Surrender is
Did you know the Bible has far more examples of personal worship than it does of worshiping together as a body of believers? Yet, there’s an unswerving call for us to come together to worship God. This past week found
There are several reasons I’m so passionate about helping people understand biblical worship. And one of them is because it’s vitally important to a healthy, impactful church to get worship right! My first seven points showing how God works in