Monthly Archives: February 2014

trust

Psalm 33:1
“Let the godly sing for joy to the Lord; it is fitting for the pure to praise Him.”

TODAY I choose to trust God. Not just to trust Him, but to trust IN Him. To rely on his promise and to stand on the past. He is a gracious, loving, generous God who has walked us through many storms faithfully. Not because we have been faithful, but because He is faithful. He has walked us through more storms that we have created through our own poor choices as well as many that have been brought to us to make us stronger.

Psalm 33:4
“For the word of the Lord holds true and we can trust everything He does.”
I WILL rely on His promise
I WILL stand on His truth
I WILL rest in the peaceful moments
I WILL trust in the chaotic moments

It is a choice to stand in faith and remember that He is God and i am not. He is the One who looks down from heaven and sees the beginning from the end. He knows our fate before we arrive. I do not know the outcome of this day, but I trust that He does and I will choose to trust in the promise that He loves us and wants our best. He wants to bring our best out of us and sometimes that is painful.
Psalm 33:5  “He loves whatever is just and good; the unfailing love of the Lord fills the earth.”

Psalm 33:18-21
“But the Lord watches over those who fear Him, those who rely on His unfailing love.”
“He rescues them from death and keeps them alive in times of famine.”
“We put our hope in the Lord. He is our help and our shield.”
“In Him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in His holy name.”

Today i prayed that we would choose to trust God, to trust in His love, in His promise, His future for us. I pray that we will remind ourselves of His work in the past, that we would remember where He has brought us from, that we would remember each situation that caused us fear in the past and how He was there with us always. I pray that worry would be far from our minds and far from our hearts as we take these steps into the unknown future and know that even tho we can not see what’s coming, He can. i pray that we would be patient, learning to wait on His time and not force things out of fear. i pray that we remember to rejoice in Him and trust in His holy name.

Psalm 33:22
“Let your unfailing love surround us, Lord, for our hope is in You alone.”

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strength

“Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied to Job…”

This is when we need to be most diligent in our words, but not Eliphaz. He begins by chastising: “Will you be patient and let me say a word? For who could keep from speaking out?” We are weak as humans and when we see suffering, we get angry. Sometimes lashing out at the folks who we are trying to help, encourage, or lift up. But I love Eliphaz’ next words. I heard them as if I was hearing them for the first time this past week, as if God Himself was trying to reach out and prepare me for the road ahead:

“In the past you have encouraged many people; you have strengthened those who were weak. Your words have supported those who were falling; you encouraged those with shaky knees.”

Such sweeter words spoken and i’m sure were a bright spot of sunshine to Job in his unfathomable grief. But then another chastisement: “But now, when trouble strikes, you lose heart. You are terrified when it touches you. Doesn’t your reverences for God give you confidence? Doesn’t your life of integrity give you hope?”  Yep. That’s where we are. It is so easy to encourage others in their grief. So easy to encourage others in their strife. So easy to encourage others in their distress. So easy to help them out of trouble. But when we are struck down and feeling lost, alone, and hopeless, it is almost impossible to remember our own faith, the past victories that God has walked us through, the success that we have enjoyed, the faithfulness of God

I know that Eliphaz and the other friends of Job did not accurately portray God, but they did accurately portray us as humans here on the earth. We are quick to help others and slow to remember that God helps us. We know that everyone cannot do it on their own, but think that we must. So, although Eliphaz’ words were not intelligent or helpful to Job, God used them to remind me that we need to remember His faithfulness in the past as we walk the rough and rocky path ahead. He is with us always and He does know the beginning from the end.

The words of Job have never rung clearer than they do today. we have watched and grieved as others lost jobs, but now we know the fear intimately.

Today i prayed for peace and strength as we walk down the path fearing the unknown. i pray that God would guide us and light our way. i pray that He would give us glimmers of hope and shine thru the darkness in these rough days. i thank Him for His provision, for His love, for His direction, for His comfort, for His people that surround us each day. i prayed for all the ones walking tougher roads that we cannot understand and do not know. i pray for the roads to be made smooth this day, that the rocks would be moved, and that they would have a few more easy steps than they have in the past. i pray for prayers to be answered today! for God to be glorified today! for His love to be so evident today that we could not imagine life without it! Thank you, Lord, for Your everlasting love that we could never understand.


enough

we have enough • just enough • enough to make it to the next paycheck • enough to feed the family • enough to keep our home • enough gas in the car to get to work • just enough

A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed. – Proverbs 11:25

we are tired on living on just enough, but my prayers today are for those who do not have just enough. they are the ones who struggle to make it to the next check. who do not have enough. who are struggling to even make it to work. who are struggling to put food on the table. who have lost their jobs. who are losing their homes. who do not have enough to provide. as we struggle to get ahead in this life, my thoughts are on those just trying to get enough to live on.

The wicked man earns deceptive wages, but he who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward. – Proverbs 11:18

today i pray for those who do not have enough. i pray that You would bless them with abundance of life, provide for them the means to make it to the end, show them mercy and love. i pray that they would call out to You and know You and in their weakness, You would provide them with enough to get ahead in this life, enough to relieve the tension, enough to help them relax on this day, enough to make it.

Better a little with the fear of the Lord than a great wealth with turmoil. – Proverbs 15:16

i know that when we are weak, You are strong Lord. i know that when we have too much, we tend to fall back into self-reliance, i know that we are weakest when we are most comfortable. but we cannot live forever in this stress. so Lord, today i pray that You would bless these prayers with provision from Your house and allow us comfort and peace that we might recharge for the next battle.

Commit to the Lord whatever you do and your plans will succeed. – Proverbs 16:3

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