Where is God When I Need Him?

Today is a day of high stress for the people of God. Normal has evaporated, and there is no telling when it will return or even if it will ever return. The entire world might be gearing up for a new normal that looks radically different from the past. 

The children of God have a choice to make. We can press into God and his Word and fight against fear with the truth that never changes, or we can succumb to dread and anxiety. I am choosing to fill my mind with the Word of God. 

The children of #God have a choice to make. We can press into God and his #Word and fight against #fear with the #truth that never changes, or we can succumb to dread and anxiety. ##Free short #study on Ps 77. #Faith

If you join me in Psalm 77, you’ll find some striking similarities between the psalmist and us. The people of God are in distress, and the psalmist cries out to God. He is in a moment like ours, and he decides to turn his attention and energy into prayer and meditation. If you follow along with the psalmist, you’ll find that God leads his people through by the hand. I don’t know about you, but I can’t think of a better place to be right now than hand-in-hand with God.

  1. In verses 3, 6, and 11-12, the psalmist repeats his decision to do two things. What has the psalmist decided to do? 
  2. Consider the progression of his decision preceded by the words when (v3), let me (v6), and I will (v11-12). What do these words convey about biblical thinking?
  3. In verses 1-9, the focus in on the psalmist. If you mark every reference to the psalmist and then every reference to the Lord, you will notice a 20:12 ratio. The psalmist is very focused on himself. In verses 10-15, this begins to shift—the ratio changes to 7:15 in favour of the Lord. Finally, in verses 16-20, the entire focus is the Lord. Ten times the Lord is referenced, ending with a declaration in verse 19-20. What does the psalmist declare?
  4. In verse 19, the word through shows the relationship between “way” and “sea,” and the same word through shows the relationship between “path” and “water.” What is the significance of the word through? How might this apply to the COVID-19 pandemic? 
  5. It is frightening to consider what going through COVID-19 might mean for us. What comfort can you find in the last half of verse 19? What is the significance of the word unseen, and how does it comfort you today?
  6. In what two ways does God lead his people in verse 20? Explain what those phrases meant for the psalmist and what they mean for you today. 

If you’d like to hear more from this passage, check out this short video devotional my husband has put together for our church. It is social-distancing friendly, and it is a great way to address the question: Where is God when I need Him? 


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When Fear Meets Faith

Our Prime Minister is in isolation. His wife has tested positive for COVID-19. Ontario schools are shut down, and all the local stores are out of toilet paper and hand sanitizer. When it is this easy to press into fear, we must choose to press into the Lord.

A Wise Response to Fear

Wisdom compels us to stay up-to-date with the news and the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Wisdom tells us to wash our hands. Wisdom dictates that we isolate if we show worrisome symptoms. Wisdom also tells us that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge of the Holy One is insight (Proverbs 9:10). The antidote to your anxiety and fear is not bravery, denial, or stocking your basement with hundreds and hundreds of bottles of hand sanitizers. The antidote to your anxiety and fear is wisdom, the wisdom of the Lord.

The antidote to your anxiety and #fear is not bravery, denial, or stocking your basement with hundreds of hand sanitizers. The antidote to your #anxiety and fear is #wisdom, the wisdom of the #Lord.

Wisdom of God

Psalm 91 speaks of God’s presence and His protection. This theme repeats throughout the Psalm with words and phrases like shelter, refuge, fortress, in whom I trust (v1-2). As I meditate on these truths, a calm overcomes my soul. I will not fear the terror of night, the attacks in the day, or the fears that come in the dark because God is my refuge and dwelling place (v5-6, 9).

Look at all the Lord does for his children. He shelters us in his shadow and delivers, covers, and shields his people. He commands the angels to guard and uphold those depending on the protection of the Lord. God sets his people securely on high, remains with them, rescues, honors, and satisfies them. He lets them see salvation (v3-4, 11-12, 14-16). The Lord is active in our troubles, but the psalmist is active too.

Like the psalmist, we act by dwelling in the shelter of the Most High. That means we find our shelter and comfort in His presence. We abide in the shadow of the Almighty, and for his shadow to cover us, we must be close to him. We declare God is our safe place and fortress. We declare our trust in Him. We seek refuge with Him. We will not fear because we dwell with Him. We love Him. We know Him. We call upon God (v1-2, 4, 9, 14-15).

We decide to fill our minds with God and His Word, not fear and unknowns.

It’s time to replace thoughts of fear about the unknown with thoughts of God and His Word. #Trust #Faith #God #Christian

No Earthly Guarantees 

None of this means that believers are protected from physical harm. The promise in Psalm 91 is not supernatural protection from the virus sweeping across the world; it’s a promise that God is present and at work. It is a reminder that if God is for us, who can be against us (Rom 8:31)? The Family Worship Bible Guide explains that “God’s ordinary way is to answer the prayers of Christians by sustaining them in the trouble, then rescuing them from the trouble, and ultimately giving them eternal life (Ps. 91:15-16)” (409).

What does this mean for my family and yours? It means that we walk by faith, trusting the Lord is at work. We stay up-to-date with the news and the spread of the COVID-19 virus. We wash our hands. We isolate if we show worrisome symptoms. We apply wisdom and refuse to succumb to fear. We dwell in the shelter of the Most High and abide in the shadow of the Almighty. 


Works cited:

Beeke Joel R. et al., editors. Family Worship Bible Guide. Grand Rapids, MI: Reformation Heritage Books, 2016.

Nothing changes until we enter the presence of the Lord

The familiar words of Psalm 73 washed over me anew. I had read these words before, but this time, for some reason unknown, they came alive. The preacher read Psalm 73, and the Spirit of the Lord opened the eyes of my heart.

The psalmist begins in the right place. He begins proclaiming the goodness of God to those pure of heart. But he quickly shifts his attention from the Lord to the people around him. He confesses he is envious of the wicked (v3a), envious of their prosperity (v3b), envious of their plenty (v4b, 7), and envious of their apparent ease of life (v5). The psalmist is envious even as the wicked mock the Lord (v11).

I see myself in these verses. I begin right. I believe God is good to me, but then I shift my eyes to those around me who appear to have it easier or appear to have so much more. I am tempted to respond like the psalmist, who questions the worthwhileness of following God (v13).

Until

What a transition word. The psalmist’s eyes are on himself and on his dissatisfaction UNTIL he enters the sanctuary of the Lord (v17). The antidote to my self-centeredness is not a change in circumstances or reward from heaven. The remedy to my self-centeredness is a focus on God, entering into His presence. Only then will I see that God is sovereignly working out His plan.

“Until” is an amazing transition word. The Psalmist’s eyes are on himself and his dissatisfaction UNTIL he enters the sanctuary of the Lord. Psalm 73 #biblestudy #bibleverse #bible

As I enter the Lord’s presence, I see that God will justly deal with evil (v18-20), but I also see that I am no better than the wicked (v21-22). I am senseless and ignorant. I am like a beast before the Lord. I deserve what the wicked receive, yet that is not what the Lord offers me.

The psalmist celebrates because he is continually with the Lord, and I, too, can celebrate because my faith in Christ for the forgiveness of my sins allows me to enter into the presence of the Lord Most High. God sees me through the filter of Christ, and He takes my hand and leads me with wise counsel. He welcomes me into His glory.

The wicked were still prosperous, had plenty, and lived a life of ease, but it no longer mattered because the Psalmist had God. When you have God, you have everything. #bible #biblestudy #bibleverse

All this happens when we lift our eyes to the Lord. Notice that the circumstances of the psalmist’s life did not change. The wicked were still prosperous, had plenty, and lived a life of ease, but it no longer mattered because the psalmist had God (v25). When you have God, you have everything. When your heart and flesh fail, God is your strength and your portion forever (v26). There is no need to envy the wicked, for they will perish apart from God. But you? You are near the Lord, and it is good. He is your refuge. Go and tell of His wondrous work. Chase holiness.

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Ready or Not Here Comes Christmas!

“Olly Olly Oxen Free!”

The words ring out. Children pour from their hiding places assured of their safety. Something in the game has changed. The threat of penalty has been eliminated. This phrase was an old-school re-set. A new “it” counts to ten, the children scramble to hide again, and then ready or not, “it” comes searching.

Christmas arrives similarly. The countdown begins months in advance. We scramble to fulfill our culturally imposed Christmas duties in an ever increasing panic of the dreaded phrase: ready or not, here it comes!

  • Five days remain. Is the baking finished? 
  • Four days. Are the gifts wrapped?
  • Three days. I still have to decorate.
  • Two days. Are there any new places where I can stage that silly elf for the children to find?
  • One day. Hang the stockings. Light the candles. Leave out the cookies and milk. 
  • Ready or not, Christmas is here! 

Year after year, multiple generations snuggle by the fire pursuing the promise of a wonderful life. But when we search 34th street for a miracle that can only be found in a manger, we are left wanting.

Ready or not, God spoke. He called creation into existence, declaring His unparalleled glory, breathing life into you and me. He spoke to us through prophets and His Word. Prophecy after prophecy announced his imminent arrival, but we did not listen. Finally, God put on skin and stooped to earth to speak to us face to face through a miracle that began in a manger.

Olly Olly Oxen Free! Something has changed! Come out of hiding and meet the One who has paid the penalty. 

This God-child, born needy and weak, meets all needs for all of time in His perfect strength. He pursues your heart through the cross. He speaks forgiveness in His dying breath and brings life through His resurrection. The Pharisees were not ready, yet they should have known. They had read the prophecies. They had memorized the Word of God, but distracted by tradition and greed; they missed His arrival. 

And, so might we. 

Christmas is more than jolly and generous gift-giving. It’s more than tradition and making a list rooted in greed and desire. It’s our reminder that the call to safely come out from hiding will not ring out forever. One day, the lion of Judah, the root of David, the slain Lamb, who was born in the manger, died, rose again, and ascended into heaven, will return and collect His own. He will take the scroll and break its seal. He will open the books and judge the living and the dead. He will establish a new heaven and a new earth, a holy city, a new Jerusalem, prepared as a bride for her husband. Because of Him, the dwelling place of God will be with man. The Great I Am is the Son of the Most High and His kingdom will have no end.

Ready or not, Christ is coming again! This is the message of Christmas that began thousands of years ago in the manger. Behold, He will make all things new. He will be called holy—the Son of God. Olly Olly Oxen Free. The penalty is paid for those who repent and believe. They can safely enter the presence of the living God and worship Him for all eternity. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift. 


Don’t miss these under two-hour Christmas reads with a gospel message, Mistletoe Melody and Mistletoe Mission, or the free under 10-minutes short story, Under the Summer Mistletoe.

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Mistletoe Mission is here!

Mistletoe Mission releases today, and I open my hands to hold loose this story God placed on my heart. It is my offering to Him. 

As a writer, I long to worship God with my words. Carefully chosen, and purposefully crafted, they are my offering of praise. Today, as book two set in Mistletoe Meadows hits the market, I’m avoiding Amazon stats and download numbers. Instead, I linger in the Psalms. This is the prayer of my heart:


Give ear to my words, O Lord. 
Draw me up from the water, out from the darkened pit.
Spread your protection over me,
cover me with favour as with a shield.
Hide me in your shelter.
You remember me.
You lead me.
You restore me.
You are the stronghold of life.
I respond in a stillness that knows You are God.
So, I fret not, waiting patiently, forsaking anxiety. 
You cause broken bones to rejoice
and grant dry and fainting flesh satisfaction.
My mouth overflows with reverent praise.
I will not fear.
With lifted hands, I praise your name. 
The heavens declare your glory. 
The sky proclaims your handiwork.
I sing.
You are the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

As Mistletoe Mission releases, exposing my heart and making me vulnerable, I am choosing to be still. I will not fear. I lift my hands and praise the God who has gifted me this passion to write for His glory and fame. 


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The Mission of Mistletoe Mission

In one week, you can return to Mistletoe Meadows and visit Quentin, Melody and Janie. This Christmas, Melody’s good friend, Emily, is planning Travis and Leah’s wedding in Mistletoe Mission. You might remember Emily from her brief appearance in the FREE micro-read Under the Summer Mistletoe where she organizes Quentin and Melody’s July wedding. (Download links are at the bottom of this post.)

What you don’t know, is that much in Mistletoe Misson is inspired by real people and organizations. For example, the small start-up business in Mistletoe Mission is based on this AMAZING organization.

Little by Little, founded by Isabel Stigge, is a business as mission organization, through Crossworld, committed to keeping families together in Haiti. Before starting Little by Little six years ago, Isabel worked as a volunteer in a Haitian orphanage, where she learned that about 80% of children in orphanages have families who need a way to generate income to keep their families together.

 

Unfortunately, 1 in 4 children in Haiti do not live with their families, and they are vulnerable to working in servitude, child-trafficking, or being sent to orphanages. Little by Little is working actively to improve this statistic and keep families together!

The goal of Little by Little is to create a self-sustaining business for caregivers in Haiti, by training them as artisans so they can generate income and keep their families together. The artisans create beautiful products in an environment that gives them a sense of dignity.  The beautiful jewelry and home decor items produced in Haiti are sold in Haiti, Canada and the USA.

Product revenue financially sustains Little by Little, but they are also very dependent on the Lord’s provision through financial partners who help carry the cost burden of operating in two countries. Little by Little currently supports 22 families and has kept 150 children out of orphanages and with their families, and it continues to stay on mission to see these numbers grow! 


In Mistletoe Mission, Luca brings these beautiful Morse code bracelets home from his trip to Haiti, and they play an important role in the story. But you’ll have to read to story to find out how. As a fun bonus, I’m giving away a Morse Code bracelet on my Celebrate Lit blog tour (Dec 20-Jan 2). Entry details and links will come in a later post.

While her own relationships always end up doomed, Emily Colt is still determined to create happily-ever-afters through her wedding and event planning business. In hopes of expanding, she enters her latest project–staging the Christmas wedding of the year–into a town-wide contest. But between crossing paths with the first man to break her heart and dodging a saboteur, she doubts success is within her grasp.

Jilted pastor, Luca Wilson, fled to the mission field to escape a broken heart. All the hurt rushes back when he returns home to officiate his cousin’s wedding, and he finds Emily–the girl to whom he once promised forever–organizing the celebration. 

Despite Luca’s lost faith in love, their unforeseen reunion rekindles a spark, and Luca vows to help Emily save her struggling business. But to succeed, they will have to learn what it means to trust each other and believe in the God of Christmas miracles.

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The Legacy of Anne Dutton

Anne Dutton lived from 1692-1765, a time when women were discouraged from being authors, something I find curious, as a female author. Amidst this tension, Anne wrote, “not for fame but for only the glory of God, and the good of souls.”[1] She published 50 plus books over her lifetime, all the while wrestling with whether it was biblical for a woman to be an author. She argued that since her books were intended for private reading of believers, she was not in violation 1 Timothy 2:12.[2]

Anne’s life and ministry are chronicled in chapter three of the book, 8 Women of Faith, by Michael A.G. Haykin. Her story is a warm hug from a kindred spirit because I know this struggle. I’ve wondered if I grappled alone or if other women in ministry, other authors, have wrestled with when and where to speak and when and where to remain quiet. I’ve spent much time these past few months studying the Word, praying, and examining my heart. What motivates me to write? Am I teachable when corrected? Do I truly desire to lift the name of Christ higher than the name on the cover of my books?

I’ve learned from Anne that speaking up might be necessary no matter how uncomfortable it may make me feel. She boldly critiqued theological positions of her day that threatened the integrity of the gospel. She corresponded with many leaders, gently challenging them while remaining respectful. Her final days on earth have been said to illustrate Ps 92:12-14 and Gal 5:22. Anne flourished like the palm tree, bringing forth fruit in her old age of seventy-four, exhibiting love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.[3]

O Lord, I pray it may it be said of me that when my days are done and all that remains is the legacy of my words that every written word and every spoken word has been for the glory and fame of Jesus Christ. May I be remembered for a teachable spirit, for speaking in gentleness, correcting in love, and always respectful of the authority placed over me. When I quiver on the precipice of eternity, may there still be much fruit, much evidence that anything good that came from my life was and is the work of the Spirit in me. 


[1] Michael A. G. Haykin, 8 Women of Faith, (Wheaton, Il: Crossway 2016), 58.

[2] Haykin, 8 Women, chapter 3.

[3] Haykin, 8 Women, 65.

You’ve Got a Friend in Me – a FREE​ short study

Disney’s animated film, Toy Story, made Randy Newman’s song, You’ve Got a Friend in Me, famous. The catchy lyrics croon traits we long for in a friendship. When the road is rough, and we are far from home, we want a friend. We want someone who understands our troubles, has our best interests in mind, and who will support us forever.

Paul was that kind of friend to the Philippian Church. He was a friend who sharpened others. He was a friend who said hard things and refused to tickle itching ears. His love stirred actions empowered by the Holy Spirit, and heavy burdens were lifted together proving two are better than one.

There is nothing like the encouraging words of a #friend to lift a weary heart and remind you of God’s goodness. It is a gift. Download your #FREE short study: You’ve Got a Friend in Me at staceyweeks.com

I am blessed with friends who admonish, encourage, and help me. I am blessed with friends filled with patience and kindness. I want to be like them because they want to be like Jesus, and more than anything, I want to be like Jesus.

Maybe you don’t yet have a friend like that. Perhaps you are praying for the Lord to bring that kind of friend into your life. While you wait, be that friend to someone else. Be the friend who rejoices in the Lord in good and hard times. Be a friend who speaks life and sees God’s mighty hand at work even in the trial. What does that look like? Download my free short study on Philippians 1:1-18 and learn from Paul’s example.

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Putting on Love – a FREE short study

My dad once offered me this advice. He said, “Don’t dress for the job you have, dress for the job you want.”

I hit the work force dressed in attire that reflected who I wanted to become. This motivated me to act like the person I hoped to one day be. I went above and beyond entry-level responsibilities, working my way into a desired position.

This also applies to my life as a ministry partner and as child of God. As I dress like the woman God’s longs for me to become, I make a decision to put on habits that please Him. Despite not feeling like opening the Word and allowing it to correct me, despite wanting to wallow in self-pity, despite longing to nurse a festering wound, I have everything I need in Christ to put on the things of the Lord.

I decide if I will exercise discipline and maturity and learn how to rightly handle the Word of God. I decide if I will take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ. I decide if I will move beyond past hurts and pursue forgiveness and restoration. That’s my choice. 

No one can open my bible and seek the Lord for me. No one can fill my mind with memorized Scripture, or worship for me in crisis moments. No one can offer forgiveness from me to a person who has wounded me. No one can do these things for me, and no one can do these things for you. You decide every day whether you will dress for the future as part of the bride of Christ or choose attire that suits a sinner.

As God’s chosen daughters, holy and beloved, we can take off anger, wrath, and malice and put on compassion, kindness and meekness. We can take off slander, lies, and obscene talk and put on humility, honesty and patience. We can put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of our creator. 

We can put on endurance, bearing with one another, forgiving as the Lord has forgiven us. And above all this, we can put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. By the power of the Spirit alive in us, and through surrendering our willing hearts, we can choose to put on the things of the Lord.

To help women develop the habits and disciplines needed to become who God had called them to be, the #FREE short #bible #study: Putting on Love is available for download.

Visit Free Shorts and download your copy today and begin seeking the things that are above, letting the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing you in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your heart to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

*This blog pot first appeared on the Women-Together Leadership blog.

Finding Joy

One year, for our daughter’s birthday, we hid envelopes of cash around our house, but we didn’t tell her where they were. She had to solve increasingly difficult riddles to find them. It didn’t matter how long she had to hunt and it didn’t matter how difficult the puzzle, she was determined to persevere because the reward was worth it. As we watched her, my husband and I took tremendous pleasure in her delight as she completed each challenge.

Joy can be like those prizes hidden in envelopes. It can linger just beyond reach camouflaged by increasingly difficult and puzzling circumstances. But once we learn that there is a prize hidden behind each trial, it changes everything. In James 1:1-18, James challenges his fellow believers to consider it pure joy when they face trials. He encourages them to be diligent because the reward is worth it.

Joy can be like prizes hidden in envelopes. It can linger just beyond reach camouflaged by increasingly difficult and puzzling circumstances. But once we learn that there is a prize hidden behind each trial, it changes everything.

Counting Trials As Joy (v1-4)

Life holds many certainties for every person. For example:

  • Every person has a birth date. 
  • Every person needs oxygen to breathe. 
  • Every person will consume food for nourishment. 

James adds our experiences with trials to this list of certainties. 

  • Every person will face trials.

James writes in verse 2, “whenever they face trials” (NASB) or “when they face trials” (ESV). Trials are not an if; they are a when

On the surface, James’ instruction to count trials and the testing of our faith as joy makes little sense until James’ explains. He writes in verse 3 that the testing of faith, the developing of perseverance, and perseverance finishing its work will make us mature and complete lacking in nothing, enabling us to receive the prize.

Winning the Prize (v5-12)

Like our daughter needed wisdom to solve her riddles, we need God’s wisdom to persevere in trials. James writes that we are to ask in faith for wisdom. In faith means believing that God will provide what we need, understanding that may not be what we want.

Had our daughter complained the riddles were too hard and given up after finding one or two envelopes, she would have missed out on the complete prize. Similarly, without godly wisdom, we might survive our trials, but it might be with an inward focus, full of complainants, causing bitterness to grow. I need wisdom from God because I don’t merely desire to survive my trial, I want to endure my suffering in such a way that I earn the prize that matters: the crown of life (v12). 

If you’re reading this, you have a birth date. Like trials, physical birth is a certainty for every living person. But there is another kind of birth that leads to life.

James describes two births in verse 15-18. Temptation is the origin of birth one. We are tempted by our evil desires, dragged away, and enticed. After desire is conceived, this temptation gives birth to sin, and this sin, when it is full gown, gives birth to death (v15)—our sin births death.

The second birth is the new life God grants a person when they are born again (v18). This birth comes through the word of truth and leads to life everlasting, but it is impossible to muster up the strength and wisdom within you to cause your rebirth. You need the power of the Holy Spirit to work in you. Heed James’ advice in verse 5 and confidently ask your generous God for the faith to believe His Word. He is the source of every good and perfect gift (17), and the very source of spiritual life brought forth from His Word (18).

Trials are camouflaged gifts that produce the character traits of a faithful Christ follower. Always remember that Jesus is not just walking with you through trials, but he has prepared the way and suffered on your behalf, so you do not grow weary as you depend on Him. Proverbs 2 encourages the believer to accept God’s Word, to store up His commands, to call out for wisdom and understanding and search for it as if it were a hidden treasure of silver. Only then, do we find the knowledge of God. Search for His wisdom and the supernatural fruit of the Holy Spirit will align your heart with God’s purpose and plan for His glory.

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