On A Warm Rock

ON A WARM ROCK ~ Psalm 40:1-3
“I waited a long time for the Eternal; He finally knelt down to hear me. He listened to my weak and whispered cry.He reached down and drew me from the deep, dark hole where I was stranded, mired in the muck and clay. With a gentle hand, He pulled me outTo set me down safely on a warm rock; He held me until I was steady enough to continue the journey again.As if that were not enough, because of Him my mind is clearing up.Now I have a new song to sing— a song of praise to the One who saved me.Because of what He’s done, many people will see and come to trust in the Eternal.”

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There has been times my waiting for my Lord felt like a dark tunnel without a way out. Yet I kept going searching for his hand and hoping to hear his foot steps. Maybe even the wings of his eagle as it comes to my rescue.

Many times, in my low hours, I cried for him as I felt alone. He comes. Always comes.

I’ve felt his touch, his warmth, his whisper. The picture this psalm describes of the Lord finally kneeling down to hear, it is what I’ve experienced and still experience.

His hand is gentle, his pull is kind and places me oh so tenderly on his warm rock. That warm rock, I usually describes it as his embrace, his lap, his heart. I know without a doubt and with every fiber of what makes me, that my Lord has come to my rescue over and over again.

When he holds me, its just not for me to regain my step, no, it’s to hold my lifeless soul, my weak spirit and my dwindled heart. Once I’ve regain my spiritual balance, my heart strengthens as it holds to God’s promises and my soul is filled with the hope that carries one to tomorrow.

It is then when I walk with my Lord as we lock arms that my mind becomes clear. For I know he is with we as I continue in the darkness of today’s unknown. For it isn’t what I can see or understand, but the hope of what God is doing that gives me a positive outlook at a distrustful time.

Then a song comes, it always has and it sings my heart and feels my mood, but someone else wrote the word and played out the rhythm. Time after time, I’m still amazed how God works it out for the song comes on the radio, pandora, or someone sends it at that hour.

I worship a living God and serve a risen Lord and listen to a flowing Holy Sprit. No one can ever take my faith, my belief nor my hope from me.
Because of what the Lord Jesus Christ has done for me every season of my life, even today, I can say he rescues, teaches and guides. Everything the Scriptures say about my Lord, is who my Savior is and what he does for those who follow him and worship God.

I pray that if you do not know God, his Son and the Holy Spirit, that you come to trust in the Eternal and experience his majestic love, his forever forgiveness and his everlasting assurance.

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By Day By Night

By day the Lord directs his love, at night his song is with me— a prayer to the God of my life.
Psalm.42:8 NIV
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God,

My heart and spirit know the words of these verse are true. When I face dissapointments and my heart cracks from the hard pressures of life I hold the hope you’ve placed in me as a child.

Your Son, my Lord Jesus Christ, directs his love like ever flowing river reaching me. It is also true for any soul.

Could you please lead those souls who need you to the closest river to them. I pray they will go and bath in the Lord’s love and forgiveness.

When they step out from the Lord’s river, I pray they too will be encouraged and hold tightly to the hope you provide.

Then when night comes whether its because its time for the stars to shine or the night of the soul, they’ll have a song in their heart of your truths and promises.

May the song become a testimony of their life with you!

Because, I know you will never let them go, just like you have not released me from your loving arms.

Day in, day out, I hear you say to my heart, “I am yours and you forever will be mine.”

Thank you for what you are doing for us.

In Jesus powerful and blessed name I ask. Amen.

Look and Wait for Truth

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LOOK AND WAIT FOR TRUTH ~ Before taking any steps of action based on present feelings, God can lead and teach one to find peace, joy and hope in the uncertanty of tomorrow.

Psalm 25:5 Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.

It isn’t easy waiting on a result one can’t control. And honestly, many time it isn’t easy waiting on the Lord to work things out for us, my husband, me, my kids, family or dear friends.

But, every time, the answer, solution or remedy comes. Not always what I expected, but always something that was the best under the circumstances for the individual or individuals involved.

Only in time I’ve seen the many benefits on allowing God to lead me and teach me in my waiting periods which have been many even till today.

He has always come through. Many times God shows up through friends. Or an unexpected invitation to go explore, fish and fellowship with others.

God is teaching me the importance of staying involved with caring and loving people in my life. He’s leading and teaching me into building lasting relationships with deep roots and with plenty of room for growth.

Without dear friends, like Lori, I would not only have a void and sleep days away, but struggle to remain strong in my storms.

Grateful to know Lori and her husband, Jeff. They are a blessing in my husband and my life.

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God, Do Not Correct Me In Anger

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DON’T EVER WANT GOD’S CORRECTION IN ANGER

I know, LORD, that our lives are not our own.
We are not able to plan our own course.
So correct me, LORD, but please be gentle.
Do not correct me in anger, for I would die.
— Jeremiah 10:23-24 NLT

Both methods of correction come from God, gentle or in anger. Yet, we don’t want to hear of God’s correction in anger.

We’ll sit and listen as we are told, taught and preached of “God is Love” and His gentle ways of correction.

But, when God’s righteous anger is taught or felt, questions form in our hearts. Why me? Doesn’t God love me? Doesn’t He care how much it hurts?

His tough corrections seem uncaring, unloving and unbearable. We then want to flee from God. If you are a parent, you understand the need of tough love. God does as well.

When the hard, painful and challenging discipline of God comes, it’s only to correct our rooted, stubborn, and corruptive ways.

For these deep, seeded habits lead us away:
from producing the fruits of the Spirit,
from those who love and care about us,
from the gentle discipline of God.

It’s actually leading us to the cliff of self distrution because we have been deceived.

Others suffer from our ungodliness, is not only self. Those who are the closest to us, who’s God’s love is been sent through, our children, our spouce, our parents, our friends will also be hurting. But that heartache comes from our distance from God.

Ultimately, the realtionship with our Lord becomes foreign. We then become foreigners among our own family, friends and the family of God.

When you feel the hard discipline of God, run to him, ask for his forgiveness and for his gentle ways of correction.

Go to your family ask them to forgive you and help you to be restore physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Be among people of the faith and ask for their council as God restores you.

He truly loves you, or he wouldn’t pursue you and correct you in His righteous anger.

Once you are no longer are a foreigner in your own home, watch how God’s blessings began to bloom around you and around your family.

Then you will understand how the joy of the Lord becomes your strength. God will turn your stubbornness to firmness in Him. Your sorrow to joy. Your troubles to blessings.

When you face disceptions again, you will see their true form, thiefs. For they come to steal, kill and destroy.

God’s discipline does come in a gentle touch and in a strong, yet firm hand, because he does care for His own.

When God Wakes Me

When I wake up at 3:00 in the morning for no reason and can’t go back to sleep, I do three things:

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I wonder, what does God have to say to me, then I wait.

I journal my thoughts after I read some scripture, blogs and devotionals.

I pray for those who are on my mind.

Then I usually go back to sleep.

But there are times, when I’ve spent time with God and I’m so energized that I will not sleep until the sun has traveled across the sky. At other times I just pray and go back to dreaming.

It’s been a while since I’ve heard from God. Maybe, it’s because I haven’t stayed awake. I wonder what will be this time at 3:30 a.m.

Heavenly Father, do you have something I need to hear from you at this time? If so, will you allow your Holy Spirit to speak to me the message you want me to hear. Will you lead me to a verse that may go with what you want me to understand? Thank you. I’m listening.

The wind is strong outside, I can hear it move the giant evergreen branches outside the bathroom window. It looks cold with the blanket of stormy clouds outside. Yet, something tells me it’s not cold at all. I shouldn’t allow how things look to deceive me. I should experience it for myself.

Just like the wind outside, it is also true about God. One should listen and observe what others teach about God, but it is of most important for one’s soul if they experience God themselves. I must step outside to find out how cold it really is or I may be deceived. You too, my friend, step outside of your knowing and experience God for what He really is.

I can tell you of his amazing love and abundant help, plus his stern correction for those he cares about. But, if you don’t step out and experience His Wind, you will not have a full understanding of His love for you. It will be like the wind that makes noises and you may see some sort of effect, but to know to really know, it has to be a personal decision to not only hear God’s Spirit but to sense Him with your spirit. It is then when you are fully alive.

God speaks like the wind. Can you hear Him? Can you feel His presence? Can you experience His Holy Spirit? If so, do you understand His word? If yes, ask Him to travel along with you, but never ever leave Him behind.

“Your life is a journey you must travel with a deep consciousness of God. It cost God plenty to get you out of that dead-end, empty-headed life you grew up in. He paid with Christ’s sacred blood, you know. He died like an unblemished, sacrificial lamb. And this was no afterthought. Even though it has only lately—at the end of the ages—become public knowledge, God always knew he was going to do this for you. It’s because of this sacrificed Messiah, whom God then raised from the dead and glorified, that you trust God, that you know you have a future in God.” 1 Peter 1:18-19 MSG

What will happen if you do leave him behind and out of your life?

You may build for yourself greatness. You could become something beyond what others have become, reaching heights no one else has reached, making yourself famous. The reasoning will sound good. Good enough for man, yet you will not know the purpose of those who built with you or even your own heart. For, it has taken you far away from what is good for you and the relationship with God.

“God Turned Their Language into ‘Babble’ Genesis 11:1-9  MSG

1-2 At one time, the whole Earth spoke the same language. It so happened that as they moved out of the east, they came upon a plain in the land of Shinar and settled down.

They said to one another, “Come, let’s make bricks and fire them well.” They used brick for stone and tar for mortar.

Then they said, “Come, let’s build ourselves a city and a tower that reaches Heaven. Let’s make ourselves famous so we won’t be scattered here and there across the Earth.”

God came down to look over the city and the tower those people had built.

6-9 God took one look and said, “One people, one language; why, this is only a first step. No telling what they’ll come up with next—they’ll stop at nothing! Come, we’ll go down and garble their speech so they won’t understand each other.” Then God scattered them from there all over the world. And they had to quit building the city. That’s how it came to be called Babel, because there God turned their language into “babble.” From there God scattered them all over the world.”

Go search the scripture, no where you will find recorded that God said, this scattering of his people and the multi languages were good, like He did in the beginning of time.

20180319_105400.jpgWhat we build is not necessarily bad, The purpose of why we build is the root or the foundation of good or bad of our creation. If the purpose isn’t God centered, instead its self-centered, then God can’t give it His blessing.

Confusion and detachment will occur from those who we love and care about and from the things which matter in our lives.

Let’s pay attention to which wind, we are listening to and get blown by.

All this to say, when the wind blows and the tree limbs dance vigorously, take time to quiet your soul, go and talk to God and listen to the Holy Spirit guidance. He will teach you how to live and have an abundant life on earth as it is in heaven. As long as God is with you in your journey peace will follow you.

Don’t leave Him out of your life.

Yeah, this is what usually happens, when God wakes me and I don’t go back to sleep. Well, it’s 4:30 in the morning and I can still get some shut-eye before the alarm wakes me up.

I pray these word were a reminder of God’s desire to spend time with you and a blessing. May God be with us throughout or waking time. Let’s build with Him as we go about our duties and arts. God bless you.

 

 

A Pondering Question

WHERE ARE YOU TODAY? ~ Actually, it matter not where you are, the words below remain true where ever you may be.
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The fact which does matter is, “Are you His sheep?”
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Jesus answered, “I told you, but you don’t believe. Everything I have done has been authorized by my Father, actions that speak louder than words.
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You don’t believe because you’re not my sheep. My sheep recognize my voice. I know them, and they follow me. I give them real and eternal life.They are protected from the Destroyer for good.
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No one can steal them from out of my hand. The Father who put them under my care is so much greater than the Destroyer and Thief. No one could ever get them away from him. I and the Father are one heart and mind.”
John 10:28-30 MSG
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