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In His Grip

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Do you remember when you were little and your daddy held your hand from way up high and you walked with him?  You couldn’t see the path ahead, but you trusted where you were going because your daddy was leading you, and he would never put you in harm’s way.  You had no doubt you were completely safe and loved as you walked by his side.

At least that’s how you felt.  Truth is- something could have happened to you or your daddy any of the times you walked together.  Perhaps for some of you, it did.  For others, memories of daddy don’t faintly resemble a loving, hand-in-hand scenario: you may have endured years of neglect or abuse, perhaps been abandoned, and you have no idea what a loving father looks like.

Well, God tells us EXACTLY what a loving father looks like in Psalm 121:

“He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord watches over you—
the Lord is your shade at your right hand; 

the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.”

Our Heavenly Father gives much more than a feeling of security… He gives His Promise to those who trust in Him!  Not only does our Father God hold our hand and walk with us every moment of our lives, but we can trust that He makes our paths straight, keeps us safe from harm, and absolutely NEVER lets go!

Now,… feel your right hand being held by God:

“Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand.” [Psalm 73:23]

Then look up… lean in to your Daddy:

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” [Proverbs 3:4-6]

As you walk confidently with Him, relax in His loving Protection:

“If you say, ‘The Lord is my refuge,’ and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent.  For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;” [Psalm 91:9-11] 

Finally, rejoice in your Father’s Promise that He will never ever leave you!:

“As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.”  [Joshua 1:5b]

just as Jesus told His disciples:

“And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”    [Matthew 28:20b]

> Know that God walks with you hand-in-hand every moment.  Trust where He leads.  Lean in to His Loving Provision.  You are in His Grip- His Perfect Fatherly Care!

 

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Hunger Pains

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“Come close to God, and he will come close to you.”  – James 4:8a (AMP)

Think about how many times you eat a meal or snack throughout the day,… how many times you have a glass of water or something to drink.  Just as God made our physical bodies to need continual nourishment throughout each day, He made our spirits to need continual nourishment too.  We would surely suffer the consequences if we only ate breakfast Sunday morning, then didn’t eat again until the following Sunday!  Do we think that we will not suffer spiritual consequences for only meeting with God on Sunday morning, and then not again until the next week?!

God desires our presence each and every day of our lives.  He desires us to draw near to Him, to meet with Him as often as possible throughout our day- whether it is in a church building, moving through the aisles of a grocery store, sitting in the waiting room at the doctor’s office, or in a passing thought while navigating a problem at work.  There is NO condition to where or when we meet with God…He is always there waiting for us!  Waiting to see us move towards Him, waiting to listen to us, waiting to love on us, waiting to give us wisdom and strength!  But He will not force Himself on us. ~ God waits patiently for us to turn our eyes and our hearts to Him…then He showers us with blessings we can find nowhere else.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  – Matt 11:28-29 (NIV)

Did Jesus mean in His Words above for us to come to Him just once?, or once a week?, or once a day?  How often are we weary?  How often do we need God’s rest?  Is there a limit to the number of times we need God throughout the day?, a  limit to the number of times He desires to bless us?  Can you hear Him say, “The more, the better!”?  

“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.” – Isa 26:3 (NIV)

Kuwn is the Hebrew word for steadfast, meaning to be established, be stable, be secure, be enduring, or (Hithpolel) to be restored.  Keeping our minds steadfast on God means establishedly drawing near to Him for restoration throughout our day– trusting in His Peace and Provision each and every moment.

Lord God, prompt my heart to draw to You throughout my day! I need Your restoration, Lord- not just once or twice, at breakfast or lunch, not just on Sundays, but throughout my day, every day of the week, every day of my life.  Just as my body needs continual nourishment, my spirit needs nourishment too, Lord.  Come close to me as I come close to You- Your Promise.  Remind me of Your Unfailing Love.  In Jesus’s Name, Amen!

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Getting What I Want

image“You can’t always get what you want, You can’t always get what you want, You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you just might find, you get what you need!”
Can anyone read that without hearing Jagger’s cool, distinctive vocals in their head?! I even hear the London Bach Choir coming in with their “Ahhhh”s!

Whether Mick Jagger was talking about love, sex, politics or drugs in his famous lyrics, he was expressing an essential human truth- there is a difference between our human DESIRES and our human NEEDS…though we might not get exactly what we want, if we try, we might just get what we need! I remember challenging my boys when they were young and were appealing to me about something they didn’t have and “needed”… Mom:”Okay, Is that really a need,…or maybe a want?” Of course everything seems a need when we’re young!…even sometimes when we get older!! But it got them thinking about the difference. Then they starting listing things they NEEDED to live- like oxygen, sunshine, food and water. It became clearer and clearer that most of what they thought were needs were really wants they could live without. We even began talking about the things we want, and if they’re all even good for us! How do we know? So many things seem like they will satisfy, but in the end they don’t deliver what we want OR need (another Stones song!)

Well I don’t know, maybe like I heard my boys appeal to me about what they “needed,” God heard me this morning appeal to Him about something I “need”! Believe me, I know God has blessed me with so many “things” in my life…EVERY good gift I’ve ever received is by His Hand. He wants to give me the desires of my heart, but this morning I heard Him say, “I AM ALL YOU NEED.” Beneath those Words was the clear message, “I want to be the DESIRE of YOUR HEART.”-

“Delight yourself in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.”
(Psalm 37:4)

God satisfies as nothing on earth can-
“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)

“[He] who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”
(Psalm 103:4-5)

And if it’s not already clear,…
“…my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”
(Phil 4:19)

I suppose if God put His own twist on the Stones song, it might sound like this-
“You CAN always get what you want, You CAN always get what you want, You CAN always get what you want, and you don’t have to try, if you just realize, I AM ALL YOU NEED!”

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Sorry, I’m Busy. (Buried Under Satan’s Yoke)

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I recall several years back my dear cousin Juli up here visiting from N Carolina- we were sitting at my parents kitchen table together catching up on our lives, and naturally arrived at the subject of busyness. I will never forget Juli taking a pen and writing out the following acronym:
B. – Buried
U. – Under
S. – Satan’s
Y. – Yoke

Wow. It never hit me so hard that busyness is far more than a psychological/mental issue with physical consequences,.. it is most importantly a SPIRITUAL issue. It’s easy to view things from the limited perspective of our visible, somewhat controllable lives, but let us never forget there are spiritual forces at play above every earthly event in our lives. The Devil delights in nothing more than robbing us of time with our Savior! He knows if he can disconnect us for any amount of time from our Energy Source, not only will we suffer the physical (and other) earthly consequences, but better yet we will suffer spiritually- as being “unplugged,” we are stumbling through the dark instead of walking in the Light. Then we become a toy in his play chest for all things bad to happen.

Sleep is well known for its healing, restorative effects on the mind and body of the human. God designed it that way. Eight hours of sleep is critical for most of us to live healthy, productive lives. Without it, we become sluggish, inattentive, forgetful, stressed, ill. No drug is going to make up for lost sleep and good rest. Our bodies need it to be replenished each day. While sleeping, blood flows to our muscles stimulating cell growth. Our minds and bodies are rejuvenated for another day of life!

Imagine what robbing us of SPIRITUAL rest can do…the Devil is well aware! If God designed our physical bodies to require good rest to function well, what does He require for us to function well spiritually? The answer is TIME WITH HIM! There is no other source of strength than spending time with Jesus Christ to restore our spirits and our walk with the Living God! We need to COME to HIM each and every day for restoration of our souls and Divine Strength for a new day. Listen to Jesus’s Words in Matthew 11:28-30:

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Feeling tired and worn out??? Yes, get your needed sleep! But don’t ever allow yourself to be unplugged from your TRUE Energy Source! Nothing is more important than spending time each day with Your Father who is granting you the day you have in the first place. Come to Him, sit with Him, listen to Him. You will never have a PEACE like this- only the Father can grant it!

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Sleepless Night

imageIt was one of those nights I woke up in wee hours wondering what on earth I could do about a problem that seemed unfixable. Yes, I tossed and turned for who knows how long contemplating the many facets of the issue and what I needed to do about each (is that even mentally possible at 3 a.m.?). ..okay can anyone relate? …women more likely, as men sleep like logs don’t they? :))

Anyway, I finally prayed, “God put me to sleep!,.. No not eternal!” Which you see He respected haha. So I awaken a few hours later, now asking The Lord what to do… (Hmm maybe should have asked Him in the first place? Instead I opted for asking all-knowing, blanket-twisting almighty Nan! ugh why I do this to myself!) So My wonderful Father in heaven this morning whispers this brilliant idea into my ear…”Leave it to ME!” Really, Lord, but can I trust You with it? (Did I really just say that?). “Yes you can!,” He replies.  “In fact, the more you let go and really trust in Me, the better chance you will experience peace and get more sleep too! How about that?!”  Well, I guess that sounds good, Lord!  Yep, that sounds really good.

 

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The Rock Upon Which I Stand

imageFamily in Christ– Ever feel wobbly in faith from the worries of the world? Remember what is under your feet! WHO! The ROCK of Salvation! Our great God Who never trembles or tires, but steadfastly holds His children up strong! You are standing on the Rock of Christ with the power of God beneath you… You cannot fall placing your trust in Him!!! So do not worry or wobble… Your troubles are in His capable Hands!:
“My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.” -Psalm 62:1-2
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” -Isaiah 41:10

 

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