Sunday, January 27, 2013

Molly's Adventure

      This is Molly. Yesterday Molly was lost. She followed another dog and went on an adventure. Unfortunately, she didn't bother to find out if this other dog knew where he was going before she followed him. As a matter of fact, she didn't bother to find out much of anything about him. He had a wagging tail, a wet nose like hers, and seemed fun...that's all she knew. Off she went without a care!

      Have you ever followed someone you shouldn't have? Or listened to someone who persuaded you to do something wrong you never would have done on your own? We can probably all think of one time when we have.

Do not be deceived: "Bad company ruins good morals."
1 Corinthians 15:33

It's important to know who we are listening to...what kind of person they are...and what they believe. The Bible says,

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
 Psalm 1:1

      Listening to, or following the wrong person can get us headed in a direction we're sorry we went once we get there. It can get us where we feel lost or confused about how to get back where we belong. It can take us where we might compromise our beliefs.

Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise,
but the companion of fools will suffer harm. Proverbs 13:20

      Molly ended up lost. She ended up on a dangerous street with heavy traffic where she was unsure of what to do or how to get back home. I know it was God who kept her safe and brought a kind person to help her. Prayer found her that day when I couldn't. God knew where she was and eventually through a chain of events, He let me know.

      I picked her up from the kind person's house and she was happy to go home where she belonged. She was tired from the ordeal of spending the night in a strange place (and oh my goodness - outside on the deck!)...but she was safe. The other dog? Nowhere to be found! He left her to fend for herself.

      I doubt if Molly will ever understand the importance of choosing her friends wisely, or not following strangers, after all, she is a dog. But for us, there is a huge lesson to be learned through her little adventure.

Who are you following, and who are you listening to?

Keeping good company with you,
and following hard after Jesus ~


Monday, January 14, 2013

Are you afraid?

 Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’
Isaiah 41:10 (NKJ)

     I said it today, out loud. I admitted it, confronted it. I said it to the one who already knew; the one who has always known, even before I knew. He has been waiting for me to say it, to admit it to myself. Just three little words, “I am afraid.”

      A question was asked a few days ago…and I made up an answer, one that I tried to convince myself was true. But really, as I thought more about it, I had to admit it wasn’t. It was the answer I had been telling myself for a long time, so I wouldn’t have to take a chance and risk failing. If I had answered truthfully, I would have admitted that I was indeed a coward.

      Thankfully, every day is a new day, filled with new mercies from God’s steadfast love toward me. I will begin anew this journey of seeking my Father’s face, drawing closer to His heart. I will take a step, be brave and speak over the year 2013 one life-changing word.


That’s it, my one goal - Have less fear.

I’ve had fear all my life and I'm sick of it. It needs to go!

      It's the one thing that keeps me from fully trusting God with everything…my boys, finances, college, and His calling on my life. It paralyzes me from taking a step forward, in faith, and obeying Him instantly. I stop to calculate the risks…question my ability; ask myself, “Did I hear Him right?” That’s all it takes for fear to sneak in and prevent me from moving forward.

No more!

      He loves me too much to leave me in fear’s grip. He has promised to be with me, protect me, and love me…I can trust Him. Trust and fear cannot coexist in the same heart, when one comes in the other leaves.

I choose trust. My Father is trustworthy, faithful and true.

I will fear-less. I will be fearless.

Are you afraid? It's not too late to change. Join with me today and choose to be fearless.


Friday, January 4, 2013

For Such a Time as This...

      Yes, I have changed the name of this blog (and some other things). I thought the first of the year would be a good time to do it, though I've been thinking about it for a while now. The blog address has always been myfathersgirl, so I thought it would be fitting to change the name and have them both the same. I still believe God has put each of us here...right now...for something only we were meant to do; His special plan for each one of us within the body of Christ, that no one else would do quite the same way. He has put us here...

"For Such A Time As This"
As His royal daughters
He placed us here today
To be a light of hope
In a world that's gone astray
Not to hide in silence
Secluded from the crowd
But out among the people
Wearing faith out loud
He's promised us His presence
No matter where we go
His Spirit dwells within us
His power ours to know
His Truth in us stands ready
To counter every lie
The destroyer has been preaching
To the people passing by
We hold in us the answers
Asked by dying men
And knowledge of the only One
Who saves the world from sin
Will we embrace our destiny
Or His calling will we miss?
Let's have no doubt He's chosen us
For such a time as this!
©2010 By Charlotte Foster

(“And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14)
Please continue to join me here as I share my life with you and hopefully you will see in me something of my Father. I desire more than anything else to live my life in a way that people will see I am My Father's Girl.

      The Mighty God of the universe, creator of all, calls us to come to Him through His Son Jesus Christ, and be His children. Adopted into His family and dearly loved.

...but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” Romans 8:15

Do you know Him as Father? He loves you!

In His grace,

New Year - Are you picking up where you left off?