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I am a mess, a weeping mess overwhelmed with the pain of this world. I scroll through the feeds & come across a beautiful video full of truth. The actor lays out his heart, his whole heart for the world to see. And I pray that he will know that Jesus is real. I read the news that a performer has died, his songs digging up memories from a time I like to keep buried. Tears form with fond memories too; his voice & my own little song that I wrote based off one of his.

A text comes through asking for prayer for a young one. One I only know through a story of all that has happened to her. Her story gets darker & my heart breaks wide open. I cannot contain the weeping. I'm out in my backyard office. What if the neighbors hear me? (It wouldn't be the first time.) What if the painter in my house sees? I weep & in my heart I beg Jesus to help me. My mind goes back to the paintings of Jesus I just saw in the video. His eyes heal. "Jesus, please come heal. Heal the actor's heart, the little one's body & soul, all the ones that broke my heart open in Chicago hiding behind their cardboard signs attempting to explain their lives. Heal my friends & their babies. Heal it all, all the pain that is overwhelming my heart. Please take it away. I don't want to cry anymore."

And all this, it's a drop in the bucket! My brain cannot even go to all the rest of the world. All I can cry is Jesus. My office doesn't have a tissue box, only the vintage table cloth, so I must venture into my house. Can I get by the painter without him seeing my snotty face?

And then Jesus comes softly. I notice the trashes need emptying, so I empty them. The pans from Monday's dinner still need to be cleaned. Baked-on butter & olive oil must be scoured from my glass baking pans. So I scour, and I hear Him whisper, "This you can fix. Keep scrubbing, they will come clean. You know I've already told you that in this world there will be trouble. Take heart, dear one, I HAVE OVERCOME the world. I know part of your heartache is that you know I could have stopped it all & that I can fix it all. You know I'm working through it all too. You do what's in front of you. Keep talking to me. Keep writing. Keep scrubbing. Keep knitting & crocheting. Keep trusting me. I love you & I love them. And never stop weeping for them."

So I write it all out & ponder if I am to share this. Fern, my tattered & torn squirrel sits at the feeder. I can feed her, so I do. And I exhale. I exhale knowing that God doesn't have to explain anything to me. Yet, He meets me every time, each day. He invites me into the pain so I pray. And maybe, somehow, it comforts somebody to know that I am weeping with them. And He gives me things I can do when I feel so very helpless. He meets me – comes to me – every single day. I am grateful.

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Matthew 16:23
Jesus said to Peter, “Get behind me satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.”

As I am reading through the New Testament, I am recording the words of Jesus. Our pastor did this & I loved the idea & began my own ‘Words of Jesus’ journal several months ago. This was the first verse I wrote today, and as I wrote the Holy One impressed upon my heart how easily we, who claim Him and love Him as Peter did, can become stumbling blocks to those around us. My heart’s prayer was, “Lord, help me not to be a stumbling block to anyone.” Immediately, He told me how in the remainder of verse 23. I must have the things of God in mind, actively in my mind & not the things of men. I must practice time with Him, learn His word, & live His word. Although all that may appear to be overwhelming, He makes it possible as He calls me gently daily to His side, His word, and shows me His glory. Ask Him for more of Him, it’s that simple. Then watch for Him to shine His glory all over your precious self!

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I woke up this morning with these verses on my mind. My dear Sissy claimed these verses for her life in high school, and I have counted on this promise many, many times.  Thanks, Sis.  Love you bunches and gobs!

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.

Psalm 46:10a

Be still and know that I am God;…

Today I needed this truth.  Perhaps somebody else needs this simple, precious truth.

Thank You, Father God.

When I read this passage this morning, I realized this sums everything up.  He overwhelms me with Himself, oh how I love Him!  Thank You, Abba.

Psalm 34:4-7

I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.  Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.  This poor man called, and the LORD heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles.  The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them.

May we have eyes to see how He has encamped around us and the understanding of His deliverance.  How differently would we live if we truly believe this truth?

Father God, may I continually see you encamped about me and always believe your truth.  Be glorified!  Be glorified!

 

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