Archive | January 2012

A Moment’s Notice

Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you.
I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.
Isaiah 46:4

A Moment’s Notice

Today I walk
Unaware
In an instant the game changes
What once was normal, simple and routine
Becomes confusion, frustration and fear
Listening to those around me tell me they are unsure
Builds overwhelming anxiety
Nonetheless these tides of change roll in
All I can do is trust
Let God’s footsteps carry me
Rest in His mighty plan
Stand on the Lord
The ultimate healer
The Physician of my body and soul
Only He knows my destiny
Guiding me through every change
Helping me to surrender what I see and hear
Allowing His peace to resonate
Reminding me that He plans only good for me
This will all be alright
I stand in You oh Lord

God is Inspiration

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

God is Inspiration

Inspiration
Flowing forth from the grace of God’s throne
Filling hearts
Giving life renewal and hope
Changing lives
Drawing them into the beauty that is God
Bringing unity
A vision for peace that passes understanding
Providing strength
Revealing power well beyond ourselves
Bending hope
Loving us beyond compare

To My Knees I Fall Oh God

I stretch out my hands to You; my soul longs for You as a parched land.
Psalm 143:6

To My Knees I Fall Oh Lord

Fallen and shaken
Stumbling to find my way
Seeking so much more
Looking for someone to save the day

Holding and struggling
On my knees I cry to you
Broken for you oh Lord
Move me in all I do

Wanting and desiring
Walking this world of temptation
Resting in You Lord
Resisting the devious plans of satan

Longing and seeking
Lifting my eyes to your throne
Crying out to you O God
My soul aches and groans

Knowing and trusting
Turning to you my strength and refuge
Hoping in your word
Covered by your loving deluge

My Heart, My All

I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name forever and ever.

Every day I will praise you and extol your name forever and ever.

Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom.

Psalm 145:1-3

My Heart, My All

Glorious you are my Lord

Your heart for me so overwhelming

Filling me beyond what I could ever imagine

Your strength

Your grace

Your never-ending love brings me to tears

I deserve it not

Yet still you offer freely

Sacrificing all that I may live

Oh that I may be a mirror of who you are

To reflect your fountain of love

That every heart could feel what I do

I have nothing to offer you my God

Only my heart

Take it

Hold it

Freely it is yours my Savior

Broken and torn I lay before you

Surrounded by you is where I desire to stay

Filled with you and nothing more

All I seek is you my God

You consume my thoughts

You are my all Father God

So powerful you are my God and Savior

Bringing me to tears of joy

For you love me so

Consistent and sure

I fall to my knees

Desiring and craving more

You are my God

My Savior

My Father

My Husband

You are my all in all

My very breath is yours

To you I surrender all

Knowing you are not shaken

You are my rock

My fortress

Everything I am and will ever be

Is yours oh Lord

Yours and yours alone

An Ocean of Treasure

My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you,turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding—indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God.       –Proverbs 2:1-5

“God’s word is a treasure worth laying up, and there is no laying it up safely but in our hearts; if we have it only in our houses and hands, enemies may take it from us; if only in our heads, our memories may fail us: but if our hearts be delivered into the mould of it, and the impressions of it remain on our souls, it is safe.” –Matthew Henry

An Ocean of Treasure

God’s word is a vast ocean
Filled with sunken treasures
Wondrous sights to behold
Ah, to dive amidst the serenity
Frolic among the azure crests of comfort
Waves of scripture washing over me
Cleansing my heart
Renewing my mind
Bringing strength to my soul
Lifting my Spirits
Ebbing and flowing thoughts
Gently caress
Tides churning within the darkest parts
Sifting and settling
Fathomless peace inhabits
Jewels of life most precious

My Prayer

Hear me when I call , O God of my righteousness. You have relieved me in my distress; have mercy on me and hear my prayer. How long O you sons of men will you turn my glory to shame? How long will you love worthlessness and seek falsehood? Selah!  But know that the LORD has set apart for Himself him who is godly; the LORD will hear when I call to him.
Psalm 4:1-3

My Prayer

Give me strength to stand for what is right
Boldness to speak my mind
Love that I may share
Patience to even care

Fill my heart with You Lord
Expose me to Your truth
Help me find my way through the lies
To see clearly through Your eyes

Cleanse my mind of bitterness
Release me from my pride
Cover me with never-ending grace
Lead me to victory in this war-torn race

Set my feet upon Your firm foundation
Settle my heart and soul with Your love
Provide a shelter from this miry storm
Keep me safe from deception and harm

More and more and more!

I am in one of those times in my life when I want so much more than what I have right in front of me! Not that I don’t appreciate all the LORD has blessed me with and I am most assuredly thankful for each and every blessing God bestows upon me. Still, there seems to be something missing, something more that I crave. Isn’t that how it always is? We get what we want and then we want something else, and so on and on it goes. What are we striving for? Why do we yearn for things or people when we are already surrounded with so many? Is it a vain attempt to fill up the voids within us? Do we think they will help us feel complete and whole? Perhaps we are trying to find a sense of happiness and meaning to this life. God says that He is the only one who can fill us, who can make us whole and who can complete who we are (Job 5:18, James 1:2-4, Philippians 1:6).

In Job 5:18 we are told that God wounds, but he also heals, he allows injuries, but with his hands he can make us whole again. The world brings us pain, misery, turmoil, and leaves us bruised, scarred, and torn into pieces. But God is a God of mercy and grace (Deuteronomy 4:31, Daniel 9:9). He does not want us to stay wounded, nor lose hope or life through injuries that are inflicted upon us or that we bring upon ourselves (Psalm 31:24, Lamentations 3:25). No, He wants to make us whole, to put our lives back together in a way that only He knows how to do. Often, when we are hurting we turn to other things to make the pain go away. Some turn to drinking, while others turn to drugs to numb the pain they feel. Others party to forget the troubles of life, while still others seek the comforting arms of someone else to make them feel safe and keep the outside world at bay. Then there are those who work so hard they have no time to think about the sufferings in their lives or they are filling their lives with frivolous things in hopes that the more they have, the more complete their lives will be and they won’t hurt anymore!

What is your vice? What do you turn to that you hope will keep the pain at bay? What brings you comfort in times of trouble? What it should be is God! The first thing we seek should be His word and His comforting love and peace (Matthew 6:33). Isaiah 61 reminds us that the Lord loves us and wants to set us free from the pain of a broken and fallen world. “He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives, and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion–to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of despair.” God doesn’t want us to live a life of mourning, or sadness, of pain and grief. No, He wants to heal us, fill us with His love, shower us with His peace!

In this world we have lived our lives with the illusion that more is better, that when we have what is advertised on television, the latest and greatest items on the store shelves, then and only then will our lives be more joyous and we will truly be happy and content. There is only one problem with that lie. There is always something new and better tomorrow. So, the desire for more never ends, but rather becomes a vicious cycle of empty needs, working for naught, and wasted money. In the end, all we have is stuff and we find that we are still not happier than we were when we started out to get the stuff in the first place!!

So how do we find true happiness, joy and contentment? Truthfully, it does not come from this world, but rather it comes from knowing God’s truth and harboring it in your heart. The truth is the things of this world will be burned away when all is said and done (2 Peter 3:10). They will rust and be destroyed, but God’s word will stand forever strong, like a beacon on the shore (Matthew 6:19, James 5:2, Isaiah 40:8). It is His truth that will fill our hearts with meaning and set us free from the lies that we need more (John 8:32, Jeremiah 33:6). It is His unconditional love that will bring more joy and peace than we have ever known before (John 15:10-11, Philippians 4:7,1 Peter 1:8). And it is His mercy and grace that brings true contentment to our lives (1 Peter 1:3-9). So, don’t buy into the lies of this world, that more is better. More simply means you have more debt, more to clean, and more chaos!

Another void we try to fill is that of companionship, togetherness. God created us to be united, to be in relationships with others (Genesis 2:18, Hebrews 10:25, 1 Thessalonians 5:11). Even Christ was surrounded by His disciples! But the ultimate relationship we should be seeking is with God. Though Christ had his disciples and followers, his greatest joy came when he spent time with His Father in heaven, when He was praying to Him and seeking His love and grace to keep Him strong. Our friends, family, and romantic interests can indeed bring us joy and fill our lives with love, but they will also bring strife, pain, and broken hearts. They are human and will fail you at some point in some way (Romans 3:23)! Will it be on purpose? I sure hope not, but nevertheless, it WILL happen! The only sure and consistent relationship in which there will be no lies, no pain, and no arguing is the relationship we have with our very Creator, the One who knows us best and desires nothing but the best for us (Jeremiah 29:11). He is honest, true, always loving, willing to carry our burdens and pain, able to handle our anger and bitterness, delights in us, and takes great joy in seeing us grow and mature (Numbers 23:19, 1 Samuel 15:29, Psalm 37:28, Matthew 11:28-30, Psalm 149:4). He will never leave us or forsake us and His promises stand forever true (Deuteronomy 31:8, Joshua 1:5, 2 Samuel 22:31, 1 Corinthians 1:9). God is the only one who can take the emptiness, loneliness, isolation, and cravings and completely fill them with who He is, making us desire only more of Him rather than more of this world and the people in it. With Him our love is made complete (1 John 4:12), our joy is brought to fullness, (John 15:1-11) and our hearts are filled to overflowing.

So, when the heart is craving more, when the voids seem to go unfilled, when you keep getting more stuff but still feel empty, or when you are surrounded by others yet still feel alone, chances are you’re looking in the wrong places to make your life complete. You’re seeking meaning in your life where none exists and you are trying to fill gaps that will never be filled by things or people on this earth (1 Timothy 6:9-10). It is time to seek something else, to look in places you may not have looked before, to fill your life with words of truth and love. It is time to let God make you whole and make your life complete (James 1:2-4). Rest assured that the God who began His good work in you will be faithful to carry it on to completion until the day of Christ’s Jesus return (Philippians 1:6).

May you seek Him in all that you do and may He consume you like a fire, filling you to overflowing.

Treasures

Scripture says it is the glory of God to conceal a treasure and the glory of kings to search it out (Proverbs 25:2). We are also told to ask and it will be given us, seek and we will find, and knock and the door will be open to us (Matthew 7:7). These two passages are what keep me diving into the word of God. Each time I seek, I find new treasure that fills my heart and mind, renewing my spirit, and giving me strength to walk in this trepid world. Without God’s little nuggets of wisdom and understanding or His pearls of love and peace, I would not have any hope here in this life. But it is through His word and the treasure trove of promises that I find all I need to make it through and to even bring glory to God despite the storms and chaos that often surround me. When we are looking life in the eye and facing it head on, only the God can get us through. So take some time today to dive into the sea of His abundant word and let Him fill your heart and mind with treasures beyond what you can imagine. With my love and blessings for a life filled with HIM!

It is the glory of God to conceal a treasure and the glory of kings to search it out.
Proverbs 25:2

Treasures

Sumptuous pearls of brilliant wisdom
Magnificent nuggets of glorious understanding
Opulent jewels of abounding knowledge
Truth more valuable than gold
Hope more precious than pristine silver
Love flourishing beyond worldly riches
Sparkling gems of mercy and grace
Treasures pouring forth from the throne of God
Luxurious abundance at our fingertips
Take hold of it and grasp riches beyond understanding

Use Me Father God

Jabez cried out to the God of Israel,
“Oh that you would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory,
that Your hand would be with me,
and that You would keep me from evil,
that I may not cause pain!”
1 Chronicles 4:10

Use Me Father God

Oh that You would bless me indeed
Fill my life with more of You
Impart to me your supernatural favor
Give me the wonderful, unlimited goodness that is of You
Enlarge my territory
Show me where I should go
Lead me in Your ways
Expand my influence for You
Help me reach others in Your name Lord
Oh that Your hand will be with me
That Your strength and might consume me from within
Make me dependent on You
Surrendering my needs to Your boundless opportunities
Shelter me Father from evil
Take my wisdom, my experience, my feelings
Cover me with Your armor Lord
Keep me from the temptations of this world
That I may not cause pain and grief
Protect me Father, by Your power
Direct my steps away from all that is not of You
Free me to pursue You more
To earnestly seek what You desire me to do
To walk in the glory that is of You
Use my gifts, my weaknesses, my faults
Showing who You are in all that I do Lord

Our Fleeting Feelings

We all have moments in life that take our breath away or knock the breath out of us, all dependent on how you look at them and what the circumstances are. Have you ever been saddened by events in your life, such as a death that came to early? Or been so excited and happy you were simply beside yourself and couldn’t take the smile from your face? How about a time when you felt fear or anger so deeply that your core shook? We have all experienced emotions that range from one end of the spectrum to the other, from elated to angry, or shocked to dismayed, from sad to excited. The interesting things about feelings is that they are fleeting and are dependent on the circumstances we are encountering at any given moment.

God has given us the ability to experience feelings deep down, but they are not true indicators of our spiritual walk or stability. They are there to build desires within us, to ignite passion, to spark sympathy, and to illuminate hopes and dreams. They are not there to guide our life, to dictate our reactions, or to act as spiritual indicators for they unstable and inaccurate gauges. Feelings of hopelessness can lead to substance abuse or self mutilation. Feelings of lust can lead to unbridled acts of passion. Anger can lead to harsh words and physical fights. Jealousy can lead to feelings of resentment and bitterness, bringing with it discord, dysfunction, and disunity. If used to guide our lives, feelings will at some point cause us to fall!

With all that said, it is critical that we understand what needs to guide our lives, what needs to be the spiritual gauge as we traverse this chaotic world. It is God’s word and his truths that must navigate us! Not only are they immutable, but they are encouraging, convicting, and hit us at the core of our hearts and souls. God’s word lovingly reveals the paths we must take and becomes the light amidst the chaos of our circumstances and the feelings that flow from them. When we seek direction in confrontation, God’s word clearly shows us the way and gives us grace to respond with mercy, love and truth, even when our feelings tell us otherwise. When we seek comfort from our pain, God’s word is a constant vigil for us. When we feel that we have lost hope and are in the depths of despair, it is God’s word that must carry us through.

Our feelings can be brought on by Satan himself to deceive us, to deter us, and to bring ruin to our lives. He wants nothing more than to destroy us and take our very life and breath. Hence the reason we should not use feelings to dictate our life responses. Satan wants us to believe that because we sin we are useless and no longer of value in the Kingdom of God. He wants us to believe and feel that we are not loved because we are not beautiful enough, smart enough, or capable enough. When we are hurting and frail, Satan hits us hardest, making us feel hopeless, void of life, and of little value. Have you ever done something wrong or hurt someone only to feel terrible. We feel that we are unable to make things right or bring restoration. That is a lie straight from the depths of Hell!

Our feelings are God given, but Satan uses them to manipulate and control us, thus we need to read, absorb and actively seek God’s word to show us the truth in our circumstances. Satan condemns, God convicts. Satan lies, God is truth. Satan weakens, God builds up and strengthens. Satan sparks hatred, jealousy, and bitterness, God ignites love, peace, patience, and kindness. While Satan seeks to destroy us from the circumstances we face, God desires to grow us from the inside out. Satan manipulates in ways are inconsistent and unjust, God’s ways do not manipulate. They reveal and provide opportunities to show that His ways are sovereign and righteous. Satan seeks to tear us apart through our life circumstances, God wants to bring unity and restoration through the circumstances that are around us and those we create.

Do we all fall and screw up at times? Of course! Do we all have moments where we feel incapable, unsure, inconsistent, unstable? Absolutely! Do we all sin and bring pain to others or ourselves? Certainly we do for we are not perfect. But through God’s sacrifice of His only Son, we will discover that we are loved unconditionally and we are made perfect, righteous, holy, beautiful, and just! There is no other thing in this world that compares to the true and ever-present love of God!

So, don’t let your feelings dictate your life or your worth. Let God reveal to you your value and your importance in this world despite what your feelings tell you. Let His word inspire restoration and joy. Live, love and laugh. Enjoy what God has created just for you. Trust that He will bring good from every circumstance in your life. Drink in His promises and cling to His truth. Rest in the shelter of His wings and hide in the fortress of His strength. Don’t waver because you feel lost, but believe because you are found!

With all my love and heartfelt wishes for you to feel the glory of God radiate from within!