Suzan Scudder

Aligned with God

April 21, 2020

Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky. Philippians 2:14-15

One of the many changes in my life during this quarantine, is the absence of going to the gym.

I am being creative and doing different things, but it has caused me to change my workout and I have become very sore lately.

I would love to go to the chiropractor or physical therapist to have them adjust me.

Have you ever been to a chiropractor or physical therapist?

I recently heard Jud Wilhite talk about this on K-love.They lay you on a table to manipulate and adjust your body. They find muscles you didn’t even know you had. You may feel some pain while they do their adjusting. They do this in order to get your body in alignment and to help alleviate pain or at least have less pain and a stronger body.

Sometimes our attitude needs an adjustment.

Philippians 2 says

14 Do everything without grumbling or arguing,15 so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.”[c] Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky.”

Don’t adjust your attitude to the pain of life, to the pain of disappointment of things being canceled or to the pain of loneliness.

Adjust your life to God’s provisions and to God’s promises.
Adjust your life to God’s priorities.
Adjust your life to be aligned with God.

It might hurt a little bit and He might ask you to bend in a way you don’t want to bend, but ultimately a life aligned with God is the healthiest and strongest lives you can live.

Suzan Scudder

Do not be afraid

April 14, 2020

“The angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: “He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.” Now I have told you.’”Matthew 28:5-7

My Easter was different from the norm, as I am sure it was for all of you. I spent my Easter doing a lot of reading.

This was the first Easter in 21 years that I didn’t spend with my son. Although it was different, it was still very meaningful. After all, “He is Risen!”

I read a devotion on Sunday and here is what Rev. Tim McConnell had to say:

“If we allow it, Easter can move us quickly from the affirmation, “He is risen,” to an assignment, “Go into your family, community and the world and do something about it.” By carrying out that assignment, Easter continues within the lives of each one for the rest of our life and beyond.”

This tells me God is not finished with His story or us. The story is alive. So, what is next? Usually, a lot of people would put Easter on a shelf until next year and go about their busy schedules. As we all know, our over-scheduled days are a thing of the past, at least for now. This is definitely a season of new beginnings. Instead of putting Easter away, let it stay with us.

Matthew 28:5 tells us “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus,”

As the verse states: Do not be afraid. Hand over the things that make you afraid. Renew the parts of your faith crushed by fear. Pray: God, when my soul is searching, help me know the answer to every longing can be found in You.

Matthew 28:7 says:

“Then go quickly and tell his disciples: “He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.” Now I have told you.’”

Let us GO and tell our community and tell others.

Suzan Scudder

Prayer

April 7, 2020

One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” Luke 11:1

I woke up the other morning and said “Good Morning” to God and I thanked Him for the many blessings my family and I have. Then, I went to pray. My mind went blank. It was a strange feeling. I was thinking about how different everything is right now. We are all fighting an enemy that we feel powerless against. For a brief moment, I didn’t know what to pray for. Then, it came to me! Jesus taught us how to pray:

Luke 11:2-4 says:

2 And he said unto them, When you pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. 3 Give us day by day our daily bread. 4 And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.

Reading this prayer  helped to put me in the right mindset to pray about my needs.

Although God already knows of them, presenting our needs verbally to Him brings us to a point of greater vulnerability and dependence.

My simple prayer that morning was,

“Dear Heavenly Father, I come to you weary and confused. I find peace in You because You are in control.

Please fill the world with the peace that only You can supply. Amen.”

Suzan Scudder

I put my trust in God

March 24, 2020

Psalm 56:3-4, “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise — in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” (NIV)

The things that keep me awake are the things that I am not trusting God to handle. I hold onto them, trying to find an answer to them, trying to solve all my problems.

Fear, when I let it, can consume me.

With all the changes day to day, hour-to-hour lately, it would be easy to let my fears consume me.

Our fears matter because our fears show how we are relying on our own efforts and not trusting in our Savior.

I choose to trust in our Savior!

Psalm 56:3-4 helps me a lot.  I helps me to put my fears in perspective.

What can mere mortals do to me? In God I trust!  Amen!

Suzan Scudder