Thank God for Google! Seriously! I am pretty terrible about memorizing references of the Bible verses I memorize. I don’t seem to have problem committing to memory the words of the verses but, for the life of me, I can’t ever remember the numbers that go with them! When I am writing a devotional and the Holy Spirit brings a verse to mind, I can’t tell you how many times I go to Google to remind me where exactly it’s found in the Bible. No one can tell me that God can’t use Google for His glory! The other day though, I was in the middle of writing and the power went out because of a storm that was passing through. Then it came on and went back out again about 6 times within the span of 30 minutes. Every time my power went out, so did my Wi-Fi! I'd have to go out into my garage, re-boot the outlet and then wait for the Wi-Fi to turn back on again. It was so frustrating! It took me 30 minutes to look up two verse.
Shortly afterwards, when the power finally came on again, I saw this little meme about faith being like Wi-Fi and I couldn't help but laugh out loud. My first thought was, “Yeah right! Faith trumps Wi-Fi because faith never looses power!” But then it dawned on me:
Sometimes faith DOES loose its power if it’s not connected to the power source!
My mom is going through a particularly rough time and she shared with me, “I have some moments that are good and some moments that are bad. There are times when I’m filled with anxiety at the thought of what is going on. Then there are moments when I have really submitted it all to God and have faith that he will ‘work all things out for the good of those who love him.’ In those moments, I’m filled with peace.”
I’m sure a lot of people can relate to this. I know I can. The fact is, if we aren’t constantly plugged into the power source of God, we may have some power outages in our faith. That is why it is so important to truly meditate on and live in God’s word and in prayer as much we can! Psalm 1:1-3 talks about a man that meditates on God’s word and stays connected to the power source. Check out what happens as a result:
“But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night. He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers.”
Then in Joshua 1:8, God instructs his people and says, "This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.”
In both verses, there is clear blessing and prosperity that comes from meditating on God and continually staying connected to him. I think that prosperity can be in the form of a sound and peaceful mind in a situation that would ordinarily make a person anxious. Isaiah 26:3 says, “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.”
Another thing that can keep us plugged into the power source is praise, prayer and thanks.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-17 says, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
The surest way to avoid a power outage of your faith is to stay connected to God in his Word, in prayer and in praise to him. Then, and only then, will you, “soar on wings like eagles; run and not grow weary, walk and not grow faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)
Plug yourself into the One and only Power that doesn’t experience outages!
Stephanie Parker has 3 main loves: God, her husband, Brett and her kids! When Stephanie created the Zipadee-Zip in an effort to solve her daughter, Charlotte's, sleep issues, she never imagined that it would become a business. She is incredibly grateful to God for how Sleepingbaby.com has grown and how it has enabled other families to get the restful sleep they need. Stephanie's husband, Brett Parker assumed the role of CEO which has allowed Stephanie to focus on what she loves which is the creative side of the company, like product and print development. After the Zipadee-Zip was featured on Shark Tank, Stephanie went on to create the book Shepherd's Treasure, a Christian alternative to Elf on the Shelf. In her free time, Stephanie loves to spend time with her family and friends. Her hobbies include acting, singing, painting, learning and speaking foreign languages and going on adventures with her family! You will find her all summer waterskiing, fishing and laughing with her family on the weekends.