The Missing Word

Saturday, August 17, 2019
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Psalm 62:5-6 – Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. (NIV)

The other day, I was doing a word puzzle and got stuck. I was looking for words that began with the letter "f". I turned my tablet sideways, as this gives me a different perspective, but still I had no success. I was just about to click on the clues button — something I absolutely hate to do — when there it was right in front of me: faith. Faith was the next "f" word in the puzzle, and once I had found it, I was able to proceed to the next steps and finish.

As I laughed to myself about the fact that the hard-to-find word was faith, I was reminded of how often the puzzle of our life can be put on hold for the same reason. We simply can't find — or sometimes forget about — our faith. We struggle to find a solution to a problem. We spend hours, days, weeks, or even years worrying and fretting over issues. We struggle with making the right decision and just can't make the choice. But when we finally remember our faith, or decide to choose faith — to give it all to God and trust in His timing and His ability to guide and direct us concerning the situation — we find ourselves relieved and able to move forward again in confidence and peace.

Right now, as I sit and write these words, I am awaiting the beginning of a new situation, a new step in life. I don't know for sure just how it is going to turn out or just how I will manage amidst it, but I am choosing to remember and to rely upon my faith in God to guide and direct and empower me, which in turn is allowing me to go about my daily tasks with peace of mind, confidence, and the joy of the Lord.

How about you? Is faith the missing word in your situation today?

Prayer: Father God, thank You so much that You and You alone are worthy of our faith. May we always remember this and choose to place our faith in Your love and goodness to us, knowing that as we do so, our lives will be filled with the necessary peace and confidence that will bring joy to our everyday living. In Christ's name, we pray. Amen.

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Well written. Thank you.

    Truer words were never spoken, Lynne.

    So well written and a great reminder for us all, Lynne. Blessings and thanks!

    Thank you for reminding us what we may be missing and how important it is.

    May you be blessed in your new situation as you continue to rely on your faith in God.

    Thanks, Lynne. I, too, work word puzzles and often find the word I want is a biblical word and laugh because I should have known it. I pray your new situation goes well.

    Thank you so much for your devotional today! It spoke very clearly to my and my husband’s situation with his mother’s care. God used you to minister to our hearts!

    Hi Lynne as I read your Very good devotional today. I was also reminded of the chorus in Ira David Sankey’s hymn ‘Faith is the victory that overcomes the world.’ Thanks so much for writing!

    Lynne, a very important devotional for us all to read and remember. Thanks for sharing so honestly and often as you do. I love your devotionals. I can sometimes guess they are yours before I get to the bottom. Blessings.

    We’ll be curious and waiting to learn of the next “step” in your life. You are one of our very favorite authors and we always receive a blessing from your daily PCC publishing’s. Thank you,

    Once more I thank you Lynne for an easily understood and felt message. I pray this next step for you will be a profoundly positive one and that you are well able to trust God as you take it.

    Good morning Lynne. Thank you so much for your Daily Devotional this morning. Your message is a wonderful reminder that we must choose faith when facing a difficult situation. God is faithful and guides us through the worst of problems.
    Many thanks.

    My ‘new’ situation turned out to be getting married again in my 70’s, much to my surprise, definitely an act of faith after much consternation and prayers, stepping out uneasily but going ahead. This lovely devotional of yours brings it all back, now a few years later. Thank you for your faithfulness, insight and ongoing walk in faith.

    Thank you, Lynne.
    As usual your words spoke to me. I always enjoy your messages, transmitted through your country life. I hope that your life-change isn’t too drastic and that you will continue to write. May God be with you.

    Dear Lynne,
    Thank you for your very fine message. I have missed seeing as many submissions from you lately. They have thrilled my gospel-loving soul through the years.
    I pray with you for your “next step”.
    God Bless You.

    Good Morning, Lynne, and how right you are! Faith! How can we be so blind at times?!?!
    Thank you for always directing me in HIS Footsteps, and I pray you will be faithfully reminded to take the ‘next step’ holding tightly to the hands of our Heavenly Father.

    Greetings Lynne,
    Many thanks for another special devotional. Yes, faith is a high priority to have in our daily living. Faith that our Lord is ever ready and waiting to respond to our life situations gives us peace of mind and surely joy to our Lord for trusting in Him.
    Blessings for your devotionals.

    Hi Lynne, I’m always pumped when I see your devotion pop up on Presbycan. Thank you for your amazing witness and insights.
    I also thank you for your courage in sharing with a whole bunch of strangers that you are “awaiting the beginning of a new situation, a new step in life”. I just want to let you know that I have added you to my prayer list and will be praying for you daily, that you will feel God’s presence as he walks alongside you into this new chapter of your life.

    I love this, Lynne. No doubt we all face this about once a day. While having breakfast this morning, I said to my “daughter” what will I do today? At almost 95 I have decisions to make every day and need the FAITH to make the right ones. Could I do it right without my closest Friend and my Faith in Him?
    The Lord still blesses us as teammates for Him. The Lord bless you real good!!! Oh yes, we had the major earthquake. Our home was saved where so many lost so much.

    Oh Lynne – what a great story/reminder from the Lord. I shall be praying for your transition – or whatever your next step is about to be. I have full confidence that the Lord will ‘carry the weight’ and that you will move along with a sense of the newness of life even as we age. It always amazes me how the Lord can ‘highlight’ different things each day – things we find fascinating and interesting and new to us, which never fails to keep me moving comfortably forward, whether I’m resting or busy doing something. Bless you as your life changes somewhat.

    Hi Lynn,
    Isn’t it hard to find the right words at times. I do a Jumble puzzle in the paper every day, you know where letters are jumbled and sometimes, I just can’t see which word they make. I have a tendency to go to the computer and solve it, but I force myself NOT to. And then all of a sudden, the word will be there, sometimes even when I am away from the paper.
    I am working on a service for tomorrow, in a church where I have never preached, I am nervous, but I know faith will get me through.
    Thank you for another good devotional.

    Thanks Lynne
    Sure got a case of that today.
    I read this yesterday and the Lord prompted me to read it again today.

    Hi Lynne,
    Thank you for this reminder of the “missing” word in our daily lives. I was just trying to figure out a dilemma on my own and your devotional reminded me to put my issue in God’s hands and let Him sort it out!

    Hi Lynne,
    Whenever I read a devotional written by you, I think, “I really wish Lynne were my next-door neighbors.” Your words hit the spot.
    Don’t know what your “new” situation may be, but whatever it is, I trust that it will be the right thing.

    Dear Lynne,
    Once again, a helpful message and reminder. I do not know what your new situation is, but I will remember you in prayer. I somehow feel we are connected and that our lives have run a similar track. God Bless you and keep you!

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