I have lived most of my life in at least some state of anxiety. Even as early as the first and second grade, I remember having what I now recognize as anxiety attacks.  This is very difficult, not only for myself, but also for my family because it makes me edgy and short-tempered. It is something that is a daily struggle for me to try to turn over to God.

Joel Houston has written a song titled, “Salvation is here”. I love this song and have listened to it on my ipod a lot, lately. The first line states “God above all the world in motion. God above all my hopes and fears. I don’t care what the world throws at me now I’m going to be alright…because I know my God saved the day and I know His Word never fails and I know my God made a way for me. Salvation is here.”

I don’t know if these lyrics touch you, but they go straight to the core of my being and soothe my fears. They remind me that I am not in control, God is and He will take care of me.

In Jeremiah 29:11, God states that He knows the plans He has for us – plans to prosper us and not to harm us, plans to give us hope and a future.

For me, at least in this moment, is enough. I hope for you,  it is also.

Every time I travel overseas, I spend the majority of my flight looking out of the window at the clouds. It is amazing that, amidst all of the chaos and turmoil in this world, these peaceful moments can still exist. This experience is probably one of the few instances that I feel the closest to God. Why is that? I came to the painful conclusion that, during this time, God is not competing for my attention. I am not trying to quickly slot him into the five minutes that I have between meetings or during commercials of my favorite show. During these flights, I can essentially make Him my first and only priority. The sad part is that, all too often, I let my circumstances and schedule dictate the quality of my relationship with my Savior. As a Christian, God promises me this spectacular, life-changing, soul-preserving relationship with Him, any time I want… and the best that I can muster is talking to Him on the plane because I have already seen the in-flight movie. God wants quality time from me, not the left-overs.

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Today is a good day – you know – one of those days when you know for sure that God is in His heaven and everything is alright with the world…even when it isn’t.

I have found that the more I pray and the more I ask for prayer, the better the world seems. It is not that the results of the earthquake in Haiti seem any less terrible, that I sin less, or even that my son behaves angelically for a few hours (which really does go a long way to making life seem better). It is that the more I am connected to God, the more I know that no matter what happens here on earth, He is carrying us through it.

So, let’s pray! A lot and often. Let’s ask God to lift our spirits, help us to do what we can to ease the suffering and sorrow of others, and to spread the Love of God in Jesus Christ.

John 17:19-21 “‘My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.’”

I hope your day is good.

Chesney

Welcome to the Live Oak Church blog site. (liveoak-church.org) The church we are building in the Cedar Park/Leander area of Central Texas envisions doing community in a new way. This site gives us the opportunity to share what is going on in our church community and to help sustain the growth of strong Christian individuals and families.

Our goal is to explore issues that we as growing Christians face daily in our communities and impact who we are and who we want to be.  We want to help all of us learn to not run after the successes of this world but to be impactful in God’s name.

 We feel very blessed and excited  to be a part of this.

Greg and Chesney