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NF ~ I’ll Keep On

Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet;
but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead,
I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
~ Philippians 3:13-14

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And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
~ Romans 8:28

For those moments when the oasis of life seems so distant. For the times when the desert seems to go on and on forever. For the moments where darkness is consuming. For the times when hope seems to fade with every hour. For the times you think you are too tired to press on. For the moments when you feel there is nothing left and the thought of death sounds peaceful.

Just listen. Close your eyes, and listen. Listen to the lyrics. Listen to God call to your heart. Listen for the strength of God to keep you going.

You were not meant to traverse this world on your own. It is exhausting. It is a struggle. In fact it is a battle everyday (Ephesians 6:12).  But you are not alone (Deuteronomy 31:8). God is with you always my friend.

All my love and may his peace surround you, his joy fill you, and his hope renew you.

Sails of My Soul

That we should no longer be like infants,
Tossed to and fro and carried about on every wind of doctrine,
By the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting,
But speaking truth in love may grow up into him who is the head, Christ.
~ Ephesians 4:14-15 ~

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Sails of My Soul

Lead me over uncharted waters
Steady my course as I go
Let loose the ropes of burden
Prepare the masts of my heart
Lower the boom of inspiration
Hoist the sails of my soul
Focus my mind on the horizon
Carry me on the wings of the wind
Lead me not into the abyss
Guide me on gentle waters
Prepare me for the storms
Shelter me from the crashing waves
Let me not go adrift
Nor lose my bearings at sea
Be my lighthouse in the darkness
Be my compass when I wander
Keep me anchored to you O Lord

Oh to be Held!

If the LORD had not been my help,
My soul would soon have dwelt in the abode of silence.
If I should say, “My foot has slipped,”
Your lovingkindness, O LORD, will hold me up.
When my anxious thoughts multiply within me,
Your consolations delight my soul.
~ Psalm 94:17-19 ~

Sinking among the waves of emotion
Drowning in a sea of sorrow
Praying for the beacon amidst the darkness
Wanting to be held

Hiding in recesses of my mind
Wandering among thoughts still unknown
Seeking clarity through the storm
Needing to be held

Stumbling through the streets of chaos
Falling to my knees
Hoping for an end to the brokenness
Yearning to be held

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Stuck in the traffic jam of life
Moving in slow motion
Slipping further and further behind
Wishing to be held

Holding it all together
Hitting my head against the wall
Desiring to just let go
Craving to be held

Worn ~ Tenth Avenue North

Amazing how music just lines up with the heart and soul, speaking what often times I cannot!  I am worn indeed.  I am praying for strength, for endurance to run the race set before me, for the ability to continue to love though I am so broken, for the chance to shine once again brighter than ever before, yet right now I am so very worn.  Still I cling to the hope and promises of God; promises of a future filled with good and hope (Jeremiah 29:11).

For I have fully satisfied the weary soul,
and I have replenished every sorrowful soul.
~ Jeremiah 31:25

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Hear my prayer, LORD; listen to my cry for mercy.
When I am in distress, I call to you, because you answer me.
~ Psalm 86:6-7 ~

Sleep is a Mystery!

Hurting heart
Racing thoughts
Running round and round
Could it have been different?
What then?
Lost in the crevices of pain
Tossing to and fro
Sleep is a mystery to me

Jumpy and anxious
Wondering what to do
Seeking guidance from the Lord
Yet round and round I go
Turning from one side to another
Staring aimlessly at the dark
Scenarios playing like movies in my mind
Sleep is a mystery to me

Constant state of alertness
Hearing every little noise
Desiring Your peace oh God
Still round and round I go
When will this resolve?
Will I ever be the same?
Sadness instead of slumber
Sleep is a mystery to me

One Word! Two Words! More!

When life is just too hard to explain!  Hold tight to the known.  Hope in the unknown.

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Cast your burden upon the LORD and He will sustain you;
He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.
~ Psalm 55:22 ~

Worn
Broken
Torn
Falling
Tired
Waiting
Battling
Hurting
Uncertain
Searching
Trusting
Relying
Hoping

Past haunting
Losing ground
Falling down
Exposed heart
Doubting reality
Heart torn
Thoughts reeling
Feelings swarm
Trust broken
Evil unmasked
Holding on
Seeking more
Looking up

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Emotions run wild
Fleeing to and fro
Swallowing the light
Exposing inner darkness
Face turned away
Hands reaching up
Heart lain bare
Wanting to do what’s right
Feeling so wrong
Never wanting to hurt
Desiring to share God
Failing so miserably
Knowing the Lord has all

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Just here
Empty days
Sleepless nights
Freedom unknown
Consuming pain
Inner turmoil
Confusion reigns
Clarity fades
Insecurities abound
Desires betray
Flesh craves
Soul strains
God remains

Experiences
Worldly
Life
Sin
Shame
Agony
Forgiveness
Relationships
Surrender
Pray
Trust
Love
Faith

Personal Psalm

There are times in life when you just feel overwhelmed–when your soul feels lost, your heart feels cold or numb, your mind is saddened, and your thoughts tend to wander to the worst case scenario. If you have ever been consumed with fear or hit rock bottom, feeling like you will never get back up, know that you are not alone! You may feel alone, been abandoned by family and friends, have nowhere to go and no one to turn to.  But rest assured that feeling is a LIE straight from Satan!!

You are NEVER alone!  You NEVER have to go through the trials of life alone!  You NEVER have to walk the road of life by yourself!  GOD is with you ALWAYS!  He promises to never leave you and to never forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:5-8).  He knows exactly what you need, even if you feel differently (Matthew 6:25-29).

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So when you feel lost or abandoned, are hurting or sad, find yourself confused or depressed…reach out to God!  Let Him fill your heart to overflowing, giving you peace beyond understanding, providing hope for a better, brighter tomorrow, and showering you with love that covers all the hurt and pain.

Pick up the scriptures, open up to Psalms, and make God personal for you!  Absorb his words and let them inspire you!  I have done just that, and found my heart begin to repair, my thoughts start to align with God’s, and my anxiety slowly fade.  When I hit my lows in this life, I have taken many a scripture that inspired me and created my own Psalm–prayer, song, or love letter–to God!  It has been therapeutic to release it all to the One True God who is bigger than anything I face, and who has only my best interest at heart (Jeremiah 29:11).  So take a moment, write your own Psalm, your own prayer, song, or love letter to the Lord…giving him all that overwhelms you!  In release you CAN find peace! 

In his love and grace!

Bow down Your ear, O Lord, hear me; for I am poor and needy.
Preserve my life, for I am holy, You are my God;
Save Your servant who trusts in You.
Be merciful to me, O Lord, for I cry to You all day long.
~ Psalm 86:1-3

Personal Psalm

My heart yearns for You
Hear my plea O Lord
Consider my suffering
Darkness dwells within my soul
Keeping me away from You
Hindering Your will
Help me Lord
Heal this unending pain
Light up my soul
Fill me with Your presence
Consume me with Your love

Related Articles:

The Gift of Peace  (grace to you)

7 Benefits of the Peace of God (Godly Woman)

The Gift of Peace (RachelWojo.com)

Simplify Your Life

And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you?
He requires only that you fear the LORD your God,
and live in a way that pleases him,
and love him and serve him with all your heart and soul.
And you must always obey the LORD’s commands
and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good.
~ Deuteronomy 10:12-13

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Simplify Your Life

Running around in circles
Chasing rules that never seem to end
Holding tight to expectations
Letting life wear you down

Burning out trying to live by the Law
Is God that hard to please?
Are you frustrated by requirements?
Trying so hard to be good

Relax, rest, renew
God knows the flesh and the heart
Perfection will never be gained
His expectations are more simple than that

Fear Him for who He is
Creator of the universe, beginning and the end
Love Him before all others
Stand in awe of His Holy name

Live in a way that pleases Him
Following His word not the world
Give love, mercy, grace, forgiveness
Focus on the eternal prize

Love the Lord with all your heart
Let Him love you in return
Share His love with all you encounter
Be the light He created you to be

Serve Him heart and soul
Set your goals upon the Kingdom
Put others before yourself
Love others like you have never loved before

Obey His commands
These three remain: faith, hope, love
Encompassing all the laws in only one word
LOVE

Related Articles:

Journey through God’s Love – Introduction
Journey through God’s Love – Part 1
Journey through God’s Love – Part 2
Journey through God’s Love – Part 3
Journey through God’s Love – Part 4