Leave Behind and Reach Forward

I do not count myself to have apprehended;
but one thing I do,
forgetting those things which are behind
and reaching forward to those things which are ahead,
I press toward the goal
for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

(Philippians 3:13-14)

LORD Jesus we praise You for by You all things were created. They were created through You and for You. And You are before all things, and all things consist in You. Hallelujah! Forgive us, O God we pray, whenever we hold on tight to something that we need to let go. Enable us to fully trust in You and to be content with what You have in store for us. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray. Amen.


I have done a few major moves in my life. Beside all the little ones within my native country, I have moved from Germany to the US, and back again. And in 2010 my hubby and I moved to Ireland.

Leaving Things Behind

Small moves are nothing compared to a move overseas. We left most of what we had behind. Some of our things were sold by online auction, others have found new homes with friends and family, and some of the stuff just got recycled or landed in the bin. There were many things that we had to just let go and then move on! Guess what? While taking the step and packing up, getting ready to emigrate and starting a new life in another country, many of our material burdens had become lighter.

Forgetting Things Behind

True, it is quite hard to part with some of the things we own. And, yes, it does take courage to throw out or give away one or the other thing which is attached to loving memories of the good ol’ days. If we want to move forward, however, we will have to let go of certain things — otherwise will these very things become burdens which will keep us from reaching the goal.

What is it that has you in its grip? Are there any things that have you tied up? Could you let them go? Easily? Sort them through, leave them behind, forget the things, and reach forward.

Press toward the goal today.

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Jehovah-Jireh — Provider and Helper

Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes,
because an excellent spirit was in him;
and the king thought to set him over the whole realm.

Daniel 6:3

LORD Jesus we praise You for You are God and above all things. Forgive us, O LORD we pray, whenever we despair and whenever we want to fix things our own way. Enable us to be still and to trust in Your Promises and to know that You are able to perform and to provide — no matter what the situation is. Hallelujah! In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen

Wednesday’s post started off with today’s verse. It was going well, but in a total different direction than what the final post now looks like. What happened?

The turn came after I checking my emails. I usually do not check the inbox until the blog post is done, but Wednesday I did. The subject line of the mail at the very top immediately caught my attention. It only made reference to our house number.

I thought, “Uh-oh! There we go! The time has come.”

Our landlords have sent us an email to notify us of the upcoming house sale. It was a shock, at first, but not really a surprise. I had a feeling they would, and now the time had come.


Checking the rental market is truly upsetting. As of yesterday, there are not even 700 accommodations available for rent in Ireland and only about 100 are within our budget. The house market is not any better. House-prices have gone off the roof.

It is hopeless, or not?

Later on in the afternoon an email came in from our friend in the UK, and this is one of the things he wrote:

“God IS in charge and he will sort out your accommodation needs.”

This is exactly what I needed to be reminded of: God IS in charge. Yes, His name is Jehovah-Jireh, and He looks after His people. He is the One who will give the talents to men, who shuts the mouth of their enemies, and who provides essential housing and food for us.

He is also the One who was the source of David’s “excellent spirit” and He is the Holy Spirit living within us — Amen!

The LORD is your Helper. He will provide today.

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Know that God Rules

And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.

Daniel 7:14

LORD Jesus we praise You for You are the Ruler over all. You have made the heaven and the earth. Forgive us, O God we pray, whenever we think more highly of ourselves and of others and the things we do. How easily we forget that You are above all. Help us to have faith in You and that everyone and everything is in Your Hands. Hallelujah! There is nothing, absolutely nothing, that could separate us from Your Love. Enable us, precious LORD, to be ambassadors for Christ, more than conquerors, and firm believers in the living and everlasting God and His mighty Hand. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen.

We have just finished the Book of Ezekiel. It’s full of “Thus saith the Lord GOD” and warnings to the wicked nations and to the unfaithful servants of God. How rebellious people can be, and how easily His People can forget their God — what a shame. Yet the Voice of the Almighty God continues to speak (even through His Word today). I challenge you, if you haven’t done so yet, to take a set time to read through the Book of Ezekiel and study it.

Now we are in the Book of Daniel, and, after a bumpy start, I’m beginning to like it. At first I didn’t look forward to reading it. “It’s a short book. There are only twelve chapters to read,” said my hubby. Well, yes, I thought, but the start was not an overall enthusiastic one, I’ll have to admit. Today, having arrived in chapter 8 I’m a bit saddened that there are only four chapters left in this book.

Sometimes it is a book that we are reading that we do not want to put down, at other times it might be a holiday we do not want to end, but life under the sun needs to go on.

What lies ahead of you? What do you have to let go? What does God want you to do next?

For us it will be a move into a new home, but first of all we have to let go of this lovely place — a house that we have called “our home” over the past 6 1/2 years.

No matter what, know that God rules today!

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