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Counting on God

Dana Phillips reminds herself that she can count on God for anything: a beautiful reminder as we focus on the Prodigal Son this week:

I can count on Him to love me, even when I am not loveable. 

Like you, I like things my way, and when events or circumstances happen my first reaction can be to bristle and blame others for my unhappiness. Not too long ago, I said some unkind things to someone I really love. I said them because I was hurt, because I was offended and because I thought I was right. That night when I said my prayers, "Thank you for loving me, even when I don't deserve it," I knew immediately that I needed to own my part in the conversation that took place and love my son the way God loves me. 

I can count on Him to provide all that I need and want. 

Like you, I live a pretty secure life: we have a house, plenty of food, a car, air conditioning and so many comforts. There was a time in my life that I forgot the message of that beautiful song, "Great is Thy Faithfulness, All I have needed Thy hand has provided: Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me." His faithfulness to provide you and me all that we need extends way beyond the material stuff, doesn't it? We can always count on Him.

I can count on Him to transform me. 

Lately I have been participating in an amazing group of ordinary people like you and me. We aren't doing a bible study; we aren't discussing last week's sermon or what service we attend. We are doing life together. We come together and share how God is showing up in our lives, our struggles and our triumphs. In just a few short weeks, I feel like I know these people better than anyone in the church! And more importantly, God is using this group to grow me, challenge me and transform me to be more like Jesus. I have a hunger and thirst for Him that seems unquenchable. I haven't felt this way for quite a while and I have to admit it is exhilarating and daunting. This morning, I realized I had been asking God to awaken me, draw me close to Him for several months. I can count on Him.

I can count on Him forever.

Sometimes, like you, I hold on to the things of this earth so tightly I forget that our lives here are just a speck in his plan. He is everlasting! (Psalm 90:1-3) – God's nature is without beginning or end, free from all constraints of time, and He contains within Himself the very cause of time itself. "From everlasting to everlasting, You are God."

I am like you, I need to be reminded that in order to experience His love, provision and power, I need to do my part: surrender, rely, seek and know Him. Can he count on you? 

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