“Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him.” Psalm 37: 7 NIV

I want my blessings now. I don’t want to be patient. I don’t want to be still. I want to fulfill my destiny. I don’t want the blood, sweat and tears. I want my success now but I don’t want to lose friends in the process. I want everyone to like me.

I want to fall in love but I don’t want to experience the heartbreak. I want to put all my worries in the Lord’s hands but I don’t want to relinquish my control. If I don’t complain, what will I have to talk to my friends about?

I want to receive healing but I still want people to be concerned about me. I don’t want to be a victim but I don’t want to say no. I don’t want to confront painful memories. I want my situation to change but I don’t want to do the hard work involved in fixing it.

I want to do what is right but I want what is right to be easy. I want to be a blessing to others but I don’t want to get my hands dirty. I don’t want to have to associate with people who aren’t like me.

I want help but I don’t want to ask for it. I don’t want people to know that I can’t do it all on my own. I don’t want anyone to see me cry. I don’t want them to know I still need a hug even though I have a smile on my face and pep in my step.

My flesh and my spirit are walking contradictions. I want it all. I want my cake and eat it too, and if I can get away with it, I want ice cream on the side. I can’t have it all at once though. Sometimes, I have to wait to eat my cake. I have to eat my vegetables before I can enjoy dessert. I have to allow time for my dinner to digest.

When I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, that meant I surrendered everything to him. My life, my heart, my soul and my body are His. I admitted that He knows what is best for my life and I agreed to trust Him to lead me to where I need to go. I decided to serve Him despite what my flesh wants. I have to pick up my cross if I want to walk with Christ. I can live with that, because eventually my Heavenly Father will reward me with cake and I will be able to eat it too, even if I have an occasional temper tantrum while I wait.

“Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” Proverbs 19:21 NIV


IT’S THAT SIMPLE By Tammy Glover

“Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved–you and your household.” Acts 16:31 NIV

Do you remember when you were younger and things were simple? You could spend hours of fun in a fort made out of a plain cardboard box. If you fell down and scraped your knee it only took one kiss to make it better. If your parents threw you up in the air there was no doubt that they would be there to catch you. You could laugh until your stomach hurt just from seeing someone make a silly face.

As you got older, things became a lot more complicated. Playing sports meant the difference between a scholarship or putting off college. You had to pay bills. You got married and had children. Your job got more stressful. It got to the point that complicated became normal and now you expect everything to be complicated.

Thankfully, there are still some things that are simple and salvation is one of them. I know that some of us have tried to make that complicated too. The simple truth is that all you need to do is accept Jesus Christ into your heart. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done in the past. It doesn’t matter how many mistakes you’ve made. It doesn’t matter how much of a mess your life is in right now. It doesn’t matter how much education you have. It doesn’t matter how you look and it doesn‘t matter how much money you have. Once you allow Jesus inside your heart, he will permeate your whole life. Things will still be challenging and you will still make mistakes, but you won’t be alone and you won’t have to try and figure things out by yourself.

Jesus has already done all of the complicated work for you. He took on your sins, sacrificed his life for yours and rose from the dead just so that you could be saved. Now all you have to do is believe and accept him as your savior. The rest will come.

“Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.” Hebrews 7:25 NIV

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is a gift of God–not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8 NIV