… this simple truth found in Psalm 28:11?
“The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.”
if you’ve answered yes and you’re not feeling His Strength in your life nor are you possessing His Peace, have you asked yourself “why?”?
i’ve been there … and for me, it was because i was expecting His strength to strengthen me where He didn’t want me strong. and i was looking for peace in an area i needn’t. i needed to adjust my focal point. we must be in His will to experience the fullness of what He has for us.
if you’re searching, are you asking the right questions?
The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. Psalm 34:17
… But First
this has been a constant prayer of mine: Lord, i want to make a difference for You!
each new day brings with it opportunities to choose how you’ll represent Him. do your actions, words, decisions and thoughts bring Him glory or cause people to question whom you serve?
i will, one day, make a big splash in the world but not if i don’t do it today!
In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, Ephesians 1:11
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. Psalm 32:8
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we all have those seasons when you’re just not feeling it. for whatever the reason, a funk comes over you and sometimes you feel distant from your loved ones, friends, workmates and even God. in those times, i’m thankful that the people in my life don’t give up on me and even more, i’m thankful for a Heavenly Father who still proves Himself faithful!
i know that if i hadn’t put in the time prior to funk-time (with any of the above mentioned esp Him!) i’d feel defeated and wouldn’t be able to recognize the everyday blessings given to me and the life-giving assurances He provides daily.
thank You Lord that i am able to see and feel Your Presence, even when my grip may loosen.
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Psalm 23
… But First
a question i like to ask myself when faced with what i deem a difficult time is “what’s your measuring stick?”
when opinions or reactions are had, what are they being measured against? what makes something great vs horrible? frustrating or calming? i may look at a situation as infuriating but to another it’s a laugh. or a life changing circumstance for one, may not have the same effect on someone else.
what is good or bad is really left up to our own interpretation, our own perspective, our own situation.
so instead of trying to measure against a world that is undoubtedly lost, here’s a stick we can measure all things against: God is good! (and His love endures forever) does anything else even matter?
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. Psalm 100:5
You are good, and what you do is good; teach me your decrees. Psalm 119:68
we all know the saying: “assuming makes an A_ _ out of U and ME“ well, i think it’s safe to assume most of us do it anyway. so i pose a challenge:
If you’re going to assume, try assuming the positive.
i love positive people and want to surround myself with others who can find the silver lining. it’s only when we think positively and try to spread peace instead of adding to the chaos of the situation that we’ll find true peace and happiness within ourselves.
every Action has a Consequence, it’s our Beliefs that dictate whether the consequence is positive or negative! (A+B=C)
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Matthew 5:9
Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, Lord. They rejoice in your name all day long; they celebrate your righteousness. Psalm 89:15-16
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. Ephesians 4:29
remember He isn’t the one who moves. when we wander we are the ones who lose Him. He has a much higher perspective and always knows right where we are! Lord help me to stay on Your path. it is there where i will find true happiness. i trust You!
Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you. Psalm 9:10
many times over the bible talks about the tongue and how it can get us into trouble. a continual thorn in my side is my anger. to God’s glory i am worlds away from where i used to be but that doesn’t mean flare ups can’t happen if i don’t keep myself in check.
thank you Lord for Your example in Psalm when You, Yourself showed restraint and love when angered! help me, when i’m angered, to remember to keep my mouth shut and that the object of my anger, like me, isn’t perfect and that we are all just works in progress. help me to speak in love and help me not to linger in my anger which only makes matters worse.
Yet he was merciful; he forgave their iniquities and did not destroy them. Time after time he restrained his anger and did not stir up his full wrath. He remembered that they were but flesh, a passing breeze that does not return. Psalm 78:38-39
no one is promised tomorrow, not a one! therefore, live for today! accept God’s blessings today! walk His will today! thank Him for today!
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:34
This is the day the LORD has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalms 118:24
Today Is The Day
thankfully, not me! who are we to know what God has for us? let’s approach each day, not decided on what we have to do, but rather what He wants us to do as we take care of the responsibilities He has placed before us. there isn’t anything that can come our way that can shake us, if we are firmly planted in Him!
He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord. Psalm 112:7
some time ago a friend spoke of a study she was doing, so i apologize for not knowing what that study was. in any event, she shared with me something so profound that almost immediately i disagreed with her. that is, until i stopped to really think about it. it went something like this:
“the areas of our lives where we have the most fear, are the areas we trust God the least.”
“wow, how can this be true?” i thought. it sounded like a complete contradiction. of course i trust God, especially in those areas! why wouldn’t i? they mean the most to me. i pray the most for and about these areas!
what i figured out: praying doesn’t actually mean we fear less… we have to also release it to His care. it’s only when we have our hands completely off it … that He can do His thing and fill our [now empty] hands with His love and care!
The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.