Today’s Scripture is Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV),
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.
Today’s blog post is by Lisa Gonzales, Director of Children’s Ministry…
From as far back as I can remember, I went to church. I was born and raised in a Methodist home and, not only did we go to church on Sundays, but we often went on Wednesday nights and Saturday nights too. All my best friends went to church. Youth Group was my social life. I was a part of the Wesley foundation at UCF. I attended and worked at the Warren Willis United Methodist Church Camp for many, many years. I got married in the Methodist Church I grew up in (by a Catholic priest, but that’s for a whole other blog.) Plus, all 3 of my kids were baptized in a Methodist Church (here!), by the time they were all 6 months old. Not to mention – the cherry on the top – I now WORK at a Methodist Church.
Now, you would think I could quote more than one Bible verse (John 3:16). You would think I get up promptly at 5:30am every morning to do my daily devotion, journaling, and prayer time. You would think I say nothing but kind and loving words to my children. You would think I would be searching for ways to help others, serve others, share God’s love with others on a daily basis. You’d think a person like me must have it all together because for years and years and years she has heard about this wonderful person named Jesus and has surrounded herself with the church.
But I don’t.
I have a long way to go. My road is a bumpy one. I still have a lot to learn about trusting the Lord and submitting my whole self to Him. It’s hard. I imagine it might be even harder for someone who, maybe, has not been wrapped in the comfort of church and a loving family. But we all try. We all commit ourselves to coming back to church every Sunday. We buy new devotional books and pretty journals in the hopes of starting fresh. We try new Bible studies and take notes during Pastor Vance’s sermons. We listen to Way FM in our cars and pray for our friends and family who are struggling.
All I can say, is keep doing all those things, friends. I’m proud of you. You made a decision today to read this blog. You opened the link in hopes of once again hearing how wonderful our God is and how He can help us. By doing these things, you are trusting in the Lord – He is making your path straight – even if you think you’re just plugging along a very bumpy road. So, blow the dust off your Bible (again), pick up that pretty journal, open one of your many daily devotionals to today’s date and read it, and keep trying.
Straight roads ahead!