Tuesday, August 16, 2011

beyond me

why is it that, too often my default is to despair when my life overwhelms me?
worse, it seems lately that the little things have me undone,
big things obviously go to jesus' feet.
whether it be big things or small things, he can do it all.
i seem to get that god is big and does big things.

I know that you can do all things;
no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
Job 42:2

there is just no question, what can't god do.
he can do.
all things.
do you get this yet?
i am working on it.
just the other day, i read this in part of a message by tony evans:

“we have problems with the power of god because we keep him in our environment. we try to limit him to what we know on earth, so we ‘just know’ that he can’t do this or that. but god lives in a realm far beyond us, and his power operates according to vastly different rules."
{tony evans}

this is my problem, friends. i have placed god in a box. it's labeled "big things". i rarely run to him first with my small needs and desires. (and even sometimes forget to thank him for the small things!) i am so thankful for grace and his patience with me as i backtrack, repent and plead his help for my case. by his power, i can trust him and his might. he has it all under control and working for his purposes in my life.
i am so encouraged and thankful for the word, and friends and family who point me to it.
i want you to be encouraged as well.

pray this scripture with me, a prayer for spiritual strength:
"For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen."
ephesians 3:14-21esv

hop on over to jami's for more soul food!


  1. You are not alone, i am so right there with you on this. it comes so naturally to give the big things up to god, but the everyday? i'd often just rather fret about it. thanks for the reminder :)

  2. How often times must I remind myself? He knows when a sparrow falls from the sky. He knows the number of hairs on my head. He cares about the small things too. If only I'd just remember to ask Him!
    Thanks for the encouragement friend!


  3. i've pondered that, too--why is it harder for me to trust God with those small things in my life? i love your simple answer....to repent and get God out of the box i put Him in.

  4. I love that Tozer quote. It is easy to get wrapped up in what is going on...I often need to remind myself how BIG He really is. Thanks for the encouragement today!

  5. I needed to hear this today. Thanks dear.

  6. beautiful!!! God is always bigger than anything that is in front of us...so so so true and something to always remind myself.


  7. Oh that Tony Evans quote...ouch! : )

  8. recently I read an article that encouraged mom's to just take "overwhelmed" out of their vocabulary. Thanks piling on the encouragement. :)

  9. love that verse. thanks for this reminder today. i also have trouble with this. so encouraging to know that we can walk through this life with sweet friends who will point us back to where we need to be looking in the first place. Jesus. xoxo :)

  10. That verse is one of my favorites, too. It's the same passage we chose as my daughter's life verse when we dedicated her. Thank you for sharing and for the encouragement this morning!

  11. LOVE this!! Beautifully said!!

  12. amen. i have been convicted lately of my lack of praising and thanking God for something as small as his faithfulness.

    and convicted of not trusting Him.

    amen. and amen. God is NOT in a box.

  13. Um Hello! Don't we all do that. together we can change.
    Go to Him always!
    Everyday Thankful!

  14. that print is super cool! i love it!

  15. hmm, I am myself guilty of the same thing.

  16. Thanks so much for sharing this post- I was able to share it with a friend who is going through a very rough time in her life. Isn't it amazing how God can use us in His work of encouraging others. Praise the Lord!

  17. need this as a daily reminder!

  18. i am with you friend. love you. thanks for this reminder.

  19. so we had the same thought...only different. You know what I mean, hahahahaha. Love you, and that print!

  20. Love it, he is so BIG! He is even BIG in the small things of life and that is so comforting, well said!

  21. well said hannah.

    i heard these lyrics today and they really struck me, "i don't doubt Your Sovereignty, i doubt my own ability to hear what Your saying and to do the right thing."

    i believe He is able...Big, it's my ability to hear and be obedient, or to not hear and be patient.

  22. I love that verse. God's love is BIG!

  23. LOVE this! It's so important that we go to God for everything. Thanks for sharing :)

  24. I can't believe how long it's been since I've been away from all my favorite blogs! I really needed this for this moment in my life. Thanks for the encouragement! (And sorry for commenting on so many of your posts in a small amount of time!) lol