In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.
Life is a journey. A journey through the good, the bad, the ugly, and the beautiful. In the midst of fear and among the constant threat of death, David continued to sing and glorify the Lord. This was not because he saw the end to the storm, and at many times did not see a way out of the darkness that surrounded him. No, he sang and glorified the Lord for he knew that the Lord would sustain him, uphold him in his right hand, protect him when he was vulnerable, fill him when he was hungry, and guide him when he was lost. He praised God because he trusted God to keep hold of him through the storm and bring him out with life and love abounding!
Wherever you are today, I challenge you to seek God, listen to his voice, and praise him even when you don’t feel like it. Despite the circumstances, God is leading you to a future filled with hope (Jeremiah 29:11). He is with you now and will be with you always, a light to your path, leading you to mercy, grace, forgiveness, healing, and righteousness. Draw near to Him and He will draw near to you (James 4:7-8, Hebrews 10:22-25). Be still and know he is God and praise him continually (Psalm 46:10, Hebrews 13:15).
Rest my friends in the peace that is beyond understanding and walk in the light, especially when darkness surrounds, for there is where God will meet you! Blessings and love as you continue your journey with God! ❤
You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land where there is no water.
I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory.
Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.
I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.
I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you.
On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night.
Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings.
I cling to you; your right hand upholds me.
To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven.
…A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.
~ Ecclesiastes 3:1 & 4
Life is not Perfect!
The pain and heartache
They come and they go
Wounding the soul
Burdens too much to carry
Spirit weighed down
Living in the here and now
Life is not perfect
Nor was it meant to be
A precursor of something better
A realm yet unseen
The heart it beckons
The spirit it yearns
The soul cries out
This world it spurns
Hope lies beyond
High in the heavens above
A continuous fount of life
God’s river of love
Loving arms of comfort
Sweet prayers from thine lips
Peace for the moment
Grief stands eclipsed
Through mercy and grace
The pain subsides
Where once heartache dwelled
Now joy resides
In this life there will always be trouble. Pain and heartache will come to all those we know and love at some point, in some time, in some way. Despite the intensity and the despair that may come, God is always faithful. For every pain, he will bring healing, be it in this world or when we get to heaven. For every heartache, he will bring joy. They may not come in our time, nor may we see the end of the tunnel in sight, but that is where trust comes into play. Do you trust that the Lord is holding you? Do you trust that he is bigger than the pain or heartache? Do you trust that he will see you through and bless you with endurance and strength to make it through? Do you trust he will rescue you and shelter you in the shadow of his wings?
O my friends, taste and see that the Lord is good! Good indeed and full of mercy and grace. He is with you and he will never leave you nor forsake you, and he will help you through all that he brings you to. Ask and you shall receive. Trust and you will believe!
Blessings and all my love ❤
I have found myself exceedingly blessed with a wonderful Godly man with which I am spending time getting to know and we are growing in our walk with God both independently and together. However, though we are both Christians and want to please the Lord and bring him honor and glory in our relationship, life has a way of challenging that mentality. The journey to purity is never easy, but always worth it! I was blessed to be reminded of this song and wanted to share it. No matter what trials, temptations, or tribulations we may face, if we fix our eyes on the Lord, all things will work out for our good!
May you be blessed and remember that “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” ~ 1 Corinthians 10:13. This does not mean that we can bear the temptation in our own strength and might, but rather through strength in Christ we can stand and walk in obedience to God (Phil. 4:13).
Blessing and love to you all ❤
I just began a new study titled, “Survey of the Bible Part 1 (Old Testament)” through the Blue Letter Bible Institute online, covering the books of Genesis through Song of Solomon. When diving into the second chapter, “Exodus: Design for Deliverance”, there were several truths that came to my heart and resonated with me that I felt led to share. May they bless your heart and mind as they have me tonight.
One: God has an amazing sense of humor and he orchestrates all events into His plan, even when I don’t see it!!
Two: God never holds us guilty for feeling inadequate when he asks us to do something. In fact, knowing that we are human, he expects it. However, he does get angry with us when we challenge his strength and ability to use us as instrumental tools to build his kingdom. When Moses told God he was inadequate to deliver the people from Egypt, God recognized that and reassured Moses that he would be his tongue and speak through him. But when Moses told God he needed to get somebody else, even after God had promised to be his tongue and speak through him, God was angry that Moses did not fully trust in what He promised.
Three: “Decision brings the power of God to bear on our lives and sets us free from the guilt of the past and we can rejoice in that…But there is also the experience of passing through the Red Sea, that call to move forward, and cut off your ties with the world, and take steps that will allow the river of God’s judgment to flow between you and the ways of the world. When you take that step, you move out into that place where God dwells within you.”
Four: Our walk with God requires movement, action on our part. We cannot just sit and expect Him to do great things in our lives, we have to actively seek and trust in Him and actively live in obedience and love.
Five: The church was never meant to be a building where God is confined. Rather, the church of the Old Testament was a shadow of the house of God made alive in each of our hearts. 1 Cor. 3:16 Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? With the new covenant of Christ, we have become the church…mobile, active, shared, connected. Church is beautiful when in a building, but even more spectacular when it comes alive through His people in the day to day routine of life.
May the Word of God come alive through you and may you be His hands and feet in a lost and dying world, a beacon of His hope in the darkness.
All my Love ❤
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right,
whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute,
if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.
The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me,
practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
~ Philippians 4:8
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God,
and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
~ 2 Corinthians 10:5
May your thoughts be centered on Christ, focused on the Heavenly realms and beautifully grounded in God’s peace. Let not the winds carry your thoughts away with it, but instead, take each thought captive and relinquish them into the hands of God. Surely, He designed us to think freely….oh, what a gift to be treasured. Funny, that as I enter a new journey in my life, it is my thoughts that run away with me! Lo, and behold, today’s devotion for me was about letting God control my mind! Alas, I love when He speaks and I pray that you also hear His still, small voice reminding you that he is with you in the storms, trials, and temptations of life. It is His peace that comes when your thoughts are focused on the things above.
All my love ❤
When life seems to be knocking you down and you feel stripped of all you hold dear and near, remember that God remains with you through it all. In time, God will bring justice, peace, and blessings overflowing. Be blessed in his love daily, resting in the knowledge that with God, you have hope for the future, despite the storms of the present.
All my love ❤
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