… 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 morning i read the following sentence incorrectly:
“we need to guard our thoughts by focusing our attention on things that honor God.”
we need to guard our thoughts by focusing our attention on things that need God.
although the first is obviously true, what i read got me thinking;
we need to do things out of our comfort zone. when we do this, we show we need Him and His power is professed. we glorify Him by moving outside of ourselves and tapping into His strength!
for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. Philippians 2:13
i need you and i need you now!
in moments like these, don’t forget He is always right by your side, ready and willing! but remember, what we think we need may not be what He knows we need!
Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6
The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps. Proverbs 16:9
Only One Word
as some of you know, I’m in the process of writing a book. right now I use the term “book” loosely considering I’d still consider it in the beginning stages. but wow, the Lord has definitely shown up in full force when I’ve needed Him. I’ve known for awhile that He wanted me to write a book but I didn’t have a clear direction. for now, I’ll spare you all the details, but He gave me direction just 6 months ago. in these 6 months there have been times of great inspiration followed by times of drought. a common occurrence for writing. now, is one of those inspiring times! I’m just so jazzed about Him showing off again within the last 24 hours. He has provided exactly what I needed, exactly when He deemed I needed it! so my point? well, actually there are three:
1. I am MIA with good reason. my spare time, if any, is spent writing. so I know this blog is taking a hit. but rest assured…
2. He is moving and guiding and providing for my every need along this journey. He continues to amaze me with confirmations in my life. letting me know I’m on the right track.
3. also, when I think I can’t go on or have moments of doubting if I’m even meant to be writing or when the words just aren’t coming — He shows up in big ways! with words of encouragement from unlikely places and with outpours of inspiration and words to pen. I literally say out loud sometimes, “this is all Yours, God, what do You want me to say here?” and I’m telling you, the words flows from Him through me.
I am so thankful for this opportunity to write and even if nothing comes of it, I’ve grown so much closer to my Savior through this process. what more could I ask for?
“The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail” (Isaiah 58:11)
ever tried to type gps when texting? autocorrect for me corrects it to god. this is one autocorrect that makes me smile.
those of you that know me know I use my gps for almost everywhere I go. relying on it to get me where I need to be because on my own, no doubt, I’d get lost. this is not unlike our God. w/o Him, I’d wander around aimlessly wasting valuable time and energy trying to get somewhere. but He knows the best possible route even if it means not going the most direct path. He knows what lies ahead and around the corner. I’m reminded of a song written and sung by a member of a church I attended. GPS, God’s Power and Strength!
what else is needed to guide us through this life but GPS?!
He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he. Deuteronomy 32:4 NIV
The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him. Psalm 28:7 NIV
a friend of mine sent this quote to me. this, coupled with a devotional I read by Christine Caine AND a sermon by my pastor, really made me stop and reflect. it’s my brokenness God uses to reach others. it’s my weaknesses, made exactly the opposite by Him, that draw people to relationship. it’s being vulnerable that opens the door and actually creates security in relationship. we live in a world that is completely upside down according to God’s word! it truly is the one with cracks that allows the Light to shine through!
For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. (2 Corinthians 4:6 NIV)
do you have days when you don’t want to move? paralyzed by anything really… exhaustion, sickness, fear, depression or anticipation. just squashed by life itself …
days like these I have to search for something to jump start my day, a defibrillator for my soul. the best place to find a nugget to hold on to is in scripture. sure we can self-talk, self-help or self-motivate but why? all we need to be armed with are His promises, everything else will disappoint.
Give your burdens to the LORD, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall. (Psalms 55:22 NLT)
this morning when my alarm went off, I had no idea what it was for. lately, I’ve had to set alarms on my phone to remind me of this or that, of places I need to be and things I need to do. I barely knew what day it was!
I know we’ve all been there. so relating to me probably isn’t hard at all. how do you move forward? where do you draw your strength from? … me? I know my strength comes from above. the only true source of strength! I know when it comes from Him I’m not going to be thrown into a deeper abyss, like so many other sources do, when they wear off. His strength is just that – HIS strength, not my own! and it is limitless!
for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. (Philippians 2:13 NIV)
I was only 2 full days into this week and these days couldn’t have been more different. I’ll just label them good and bad. the bible does not promise an easy ride, but does promise the strength to endure whatever comes our way. this strength exists only in Him and I am thankful for it! we can never tell where or whom our help will come from [physically] but rest assured He provides it! He has already won the battle against evil, we just need to claim that and FACE whatever comes our way.
F-fight from victory (not to victory)
C-cling to His promises
E-experience His peace
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NIV)
have you ever felt defeated by a week that hasn’t even started yet? a week, by all means, seems impossible to endure? for me, this is one such week! as I began my day, I uttered this short statement that was, in all honesty, a desperate plea but it quickly turned into a simple prayer “oh how am I going to make it through this week?!” almost as soon as I said it, one of my life verses filled my spirit. you all know it, and most likely can recite it along with me: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13 NKJV) and in an instant I knew where my mindset needed to be. let me not look at what lies ahead, but Who I have on my side to help make it through!
But the Lord is with me like a mighty warrior; (Jeremiah 20:11a NIV)