Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Trust in the Lord

Hello, friends!

You probably all know by now that I am a part of the devotions committee for Meet Me In St. Louis. It has been such a blessing to write these devotions over the past year, and I thought I would share one with you that I will present on Saturday. It is about trusting in God. I realize that parts of this will not apply for you, but I hope it can still encourage you in your walk with Christ.

Trust

Today, my letter is “T” for Trust. To start out, I want to ask you a question that may seem simple. Do you trust in God? Think about that for a minute. I’m not necessarily asking if you believe in Jesus, I’m asking if you completely trust God throughout everything. What is the answer for you? I know that many of us here are Christians, and it could be easy to shrug off this question with a simple “yes” without really thinking deeper. If that was the answer you told yourself, was it just “automatic answer”, just the right thing to say? Or is it real? Do you really trust in the Lord throughout everything?

It is so critical that our trust is in the Lord. Proverbs 3:5 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.” Sometimes we try to trust in ourselves, and think that we can handle our problems on our own. Maybe our problem is so big that we don’t think God can fix it. Or, it may just seem like such a small problem that we deceive ourselves into thinking that God doesn’t care. But he does. When we have problems, worries, or fears, our Lord wants us to just come and trust in Him. This is what Jesus says in Matthew 11:28: “Come to me, all you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” We will often carry heavy loads of worries and fears that the Lord does not want us to carry. He is offering to take them from us, we just need to have the faith to be able to give them to him and let Him take care of it.

Peter says a similar thing in 1 Peter 5:7. “Cast your anxieties upon the Lord, because he cares for you.” I love that verse, specifically because Peter doesn’t just say “give your cares to God”. He uses the phrase “Cast your cares upon the Lord”. This word, “cast”, is a fishing word. Back in Bible times, they would catch fish by just chucking a net out over the water, and then pulling it in. The fish would get caught as they brought it in. Here, Peter is telling us to just go and chuck our worries on God, because he loves us. Isn’t it so incredible that he loves us like that? In Psalm 13:5, David says, “But I will trust in your unfailing love.” David knew that whenever he had trouble in his life, and he had much, he could always turn to God, and God would always be there for him. David reflects this thought in Psalm 46:1-2 “God is our Refuge and Strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth give way, and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.”

As we go through show week together as a family in Christ, I pray that we will put our trust in the Lord. Most likely, everyone here either has had or will have some sort of fear, worry, or nervous anxiety about the show this week. I just want to encourage everyone to really trust in the Lord. If you are worried about something, just tell God! Just go to him and say, “Lord, I’m really worried about this,” or, “I’m really nervous about that. Please take this from me, I give it to you.” It’s that simple. The Lord wants to take away your fear, but he can’t until you give it to him.

I want to finish with a last verse and a challenge. The verse is from Psalm 20:7. It says, "Some trust in chariots, and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord." The challenge is this: As we go through this nervous, stressful, week together, I want to challenge you to put all of your trust in the Lord. Don't hold on to your worry or fear or nervous anxiety. I want to challenge you to give it all to Him who cares for you.


In Christ,

Elizabeth

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Meet me in St. Louis!!!

Well, everyone, it's coming up so fast! My musical is next week!! YIKES!!! Can you believe it?? After so much anticipation, tech week is here, with show week on it's tail! As I have spent hours pondering this, :D, I continually come around to God's goodness to me! I so greatly enjoy being a part of HPA - they really strive to bring glory to God through everything they do.

Also, I am having a blast with all of the singing throughout this show - and I feel like my voice has improved immensely over the past year. The music director for our show, Mr. G, has an amazing way of bringing out the best in everyone's voices, even in a large group setting.

Additionally, I love the dancing! It has been VERY tricky to learn, but as we know the dances better, they are getting more and more fun to do, since we can just enjoy dancing them, and we don't have to worry about if the steps are right or not - because we have them memorized so well. But one of the songs, the Banjo, still needs quite a bit of polishing up yet. *sigh* But I know the Lord will bring it all together in HIS perfect timing, so I don't even need to worry about it.

If you remember this week or next, I would appreciate any and all prayers for myself as well as the other cast members and the staff, too. It is going to be an extremely long, tiring, stressful, (but still fun!) next two weeks. This week I have rehearsal all day Tuesday (like 9 in the morning to 9 at night), all day Friday, and even longer on Saturday. Come Monday I have another long day, followed by Tuesday, then Wednesday with final dress rehearsal, then Thursday through Saturday the same + SHOW! So, any prayers would be much appreciated.

I know in many pictures will be taken in the next two weeks, and trust me, some of them WILL make it onto my blog. So stay tuned for pictures of the show! Also, sometime after show, I will post some reflections on it, too...

Lastly, I want to apologize for the lousy job of posting I have been doing lately. Somehow I got out of the habit of posting often, and I have done a really lousy job of keeping up my blog. I will try to work harder to post more frequently, just please wait until after show. :)

In Christ,
Elizabeth