Who’s your GPS?

Well it has definitely been a while since I last blogged. Lately I’ve been reflecting on what it means to have a GPS. In case you didn’t now GPS stands for global positioning system. Most people in today’s world put their trust in a GPS to get them places because 95% of the time it doesn’t fail. A few weeks ago as I was traveling back home from a friend’s my GPS told me to go off the main road due to heavy traffic, possibly due to road construction. After reviewing the route, I decided to follow it. Eventually the route took me to the dirt road pictured above. At first I thought nothing of it & I kept passing other cars so it seemed like the way to go. After several windy roads I ended back on the main road and shortly after while talking to a friend she said, “you put your trust in your GPS.” I said, “Actually I put my trust in God.” That’s where my desire is, to put my trust in God. He is my GPS. Unfortunately I don’t always put my full trust in Him. But when I do, I find out that He always leads me in a right & good direction. This truth is included in Proverbs 3:5-6 which says: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding in all your ways acknowledge Him & he will make your paths straight.” Sometimes those paths that God leads us on don’t feel straight. Keep following & keep trusting & God will take you to where He wants you to go. Enjoy the journey & trust in Him….

~Apryle

Intensity & Passion

A couple of weeks ago I was at a friends house and I had the opportunity to watch my first World Cup soccer game. It was so easy for me to get excited and passionate as I watched it. This same excitement, passion, & intensity seems to erupt inside of me when I’m watching a football game.

All of this excitement & passion made me think and meditate on whether or not I have the same invigorating feeling about Jesus and spreading the gospel to all I meet. This also reminds me of what it says in Romans 1:16: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it brings the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes.”

What about you? Do you have the same passion for Jesus as you do for other areas in your life? Jesus lasts forever. All other passions are temporary.

Continuing to seek Jesus daily,

Apryle

Running on Fumes??

Several years ago, I was an associate pastor in a small town. I would often stop at one local gas station or another but tended to be a regular at the Exxon station. Several weeks went by and I had not gone to that station and the attendant behind the counter proceeded to ask me this question: where have you been? Are you running on fumes? He was referring to my car since I hadn’t gotten gas there in sometime.

I’m thinking that there are times that God can ask us the same question. There are seasons in our lives when we put God on the back burner and do spend time with Him. Without time in God’s presence it can feel like we are running on fumes. Psalm 46:10 says: “Be still & know that I am God.” It is important to sit in God’s presence & surrender our lives to Him.

How full is your spiritual gas tank? Are you running on fumes?

Seeking to become more like Jesus,

Apryle

Who’s weight is it?

The picture above symbolizes much of what I’ve been reflecting on the past few days. In case you wondered, I did not take this picture but found it online. It symbolizes that we as humans can often carry the weight of the world on our shoulders and that is unnecessary weight.

What is “the weight of the world” anyway? I suppose that depends on who is carrying it. Some of us carry the weight of financial issues, conflicts in relationships if any kind, internal conflicts, work issues, or just the unknowns of life. These weights are often referred to as worries. Worrying usually gets us nowhere except to a place of fear and anxiety.

Corrie Ten Boom said this about worrying: “Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.” God’s desire for us does not include worrying. He makes that clear in scripture. Matthew 6:34 says: “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble on its own.”

God does not intend for us to carry the weight of this world, the weight of our lives, or the weights in the lives of those around us. God had this to say about burdens in Matthew 11:28-30 says: “Come to me all you who are weary & burdened and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me for I am gentle & humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. My yoke is easy and my burden is light.” It is only in clinging to our relationship with Jesus that our burdens become light. Clinging to anything else will make our burdens heavy. The choice is yours….

Continuously desiring to become more like Him,

Apryle

No Words

For several weeks I have spent time thinking about a blog that I think it is now time to write. Sometimes it’s hard to put into words the deep, deep feelings we experience in our hearts. And that is where the title of this blog comes from. These two pictures above it here in my Facebook memories every so often. One is of my cousins and I at our great aunt and uncle’s. The other is of my cousin, her husband, & daughter just a few weeks prior to her leaving this world and going into heaven. I have no words when I think of these pictures and these memories. Opportunities to visit with cousins and family are so important. I had no words when I left her daughters second birthday party about a month ago. A part of me expected her to be there somewhere at that party. I miss her dearly and will always treasure the visit I had those few weeks before her passing. I had the opportunity to talk to her about her faith in a way that I hadn’t before. I have no words when I think of her.

There was a time in Jesus’ life and ministry when he had no words. It was the death of Lazarus. John 11:35 says: “Jesus wept.” Jesus experienced all of the emotions that we experience and sometimes these emotions led him to a place of having no words.

Are there times in your life when you have no words? I’d love to hear about them….

Godspeed,

Apryle

Remember when….

Over the last 10-15 years or so, I’ve been able to pose this question to a variety of friends and family members:  Do you remember when this or that happened…?  Do you remember the time we road that roller coaster at Lakemont Park 21 times in one day? Do you remember the first time you road the Great Bear at Hershey Park?  Do you remember when we went to Canada to your Uncle’s cabin?  Do you remember when our parents cousin got married, we got to spend time together in the hotel room drinking tons of soda bottles??  I have many memories like that.  The list is endless.  These times of remembering are precious….

There are also times when God says to me or possibly you:  “Remember when, I helped you through that situation that you never thought was possible to go through.”  God make also say, remember when you thought you couldn’t do something that I called you to do.  I helped you then and I will help you now.  This idea of God helping us remember is present in the Bible in Joshua 4:1-9 –

When the whole nation had finished crossing the Jordan, the Lord said to Joshua, “Choose twelve men from among the people, one from each tribe, and tell them to take up twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan, from right where the priests are standing, and carry them over with you and put them down at the place where you stay tonight.”  So Joshua called together the twelve men he had appointed from the Israelites, one from each tribe,  and said to them, “Go over before the ark of the Lord your God into the middle of the Jordan. Each of you is to take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites,  to serve as a sign among you. In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’  tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever.” So the Israelites did as Joshua commanded them. They took twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, as the Lord had told Joshua; and they carried them over with them to their camp, where they put them down.  Joshua set up the twelve stones that had been in the middle of the Jordan at the spot where the priests who carried the ark of the covenant had stood. And they are there to this day.”

God told the Israelites to build a stone memorial.  What memorials or memories do you have of God carrying you through?  God always carries us through.  We just have to learn to trust him with each experience and situation….

Seeking to become more like Jesus everyday…

Apryle 🙂

 

Protection

You might wonder why I have a cell phone case pictures above. Well, I will spend this blog telling you. I’ve noticed that there are many people who choose to carry around their cell phones without any or very little protection. They get these thin cases that only cover the phone but don’t protect it. I think it’s wise to have the kind of case that covers every corner of one’s phone. This is why I bought the case above. This case is called the OtterBox Defender.

As a Christian God protects every part of my being. This includes the physical, emotional, and spiritual parts of me. I’m under God’s protection. As a believer, God is my OtterBox Defender. He protects me from the dangers of this world. Paul talks about this protection in Ephesians 6:10-20:

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.  Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.  Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.  Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,  and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.  In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.  Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel,  for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.”

Just like I need to put on my case on my cell phone to protect it, I need to put on God’s armor so that I am protected to fight whatever battle comes my way.  This is true for all of us.  In order to be protected by God I must use the tools that He has given me which include:  prayer and the Bible.  Sometimes, I may battle physical health issues which could include any kind of illness.  I may also have to fight against mental health issues like anxiety, stress, or worry.  I must put on God’s armor, my Otterbox Defender to fight these battles.

What battles are you fighting?  Are you putting on God’s armor of protection?