Tuesday, December 15, 2009
This time of year is especially meaningful to me because we celebrate the birth of our savior! Do you ever think about what life would be like if we had no Savior? I do, and I can imagine that I would lead a very hopeless life. Yet there are millions of people out there who don't believe or haven't yet heard. This makes me very sad because there is so much more to life than living for ourselves, or even our families and friends. I am praying for more opportunities in the coming year to share my faith with others without being ashamed or afraid of what they might think. For me this comes through building deeper relationships with those I come in contact with--my neighbors, my kids' friends and their families, people I seem to "run into" frequently. I pray the same for you this Christmas season---and also that you will see Christ in a new light and be renewed in your spirit.
Merry Christmas my friend!
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Lord, help me to strain every thought through the sieve of your word and not allow any deceit, bitterness, jealousy, or malice any place in my heart...that I may live in the freedom of my new self, all made possible because of you.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
an ever-present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.
4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.
5 God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.
6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
he lifts his voice, the earth melts.
7 The LORD Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.
8 Come and see the works of the LORD,
the desolations he has brought on the earth.
9 He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth;
he breaks the bow and shatters the spear,
he burns the shields with fire.
10 "Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth."
11 The LORD Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.
One of my all-time favorite verses has been Psalm 46:10 "Be Still, and know that I am God." It has been neat for me to have this verse in context and realize the whole Psalm is really about God being in control of our lives and that no matter what happens to me, He "is my refuge and strength." He is ALWAYS with me- "an ever present help in trouble," and "the Lord Almighty is with us." Nothing is too big for Him! I pray I will never forget Psalm 46.
Lord, help me live today knowing you are my refuge and strength and an ever present help in trouble. All I need to do is ask and you will help me with whatever situation I'm in. Thank you for being my Almighty God. Thank you for loving me. Thank you for saving me.
In His Strength,
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
A psalm of David. When he was in the Desert of Judah.1 O God, you are my God,
earnestly I seek you;
my soul thirsts for you,
my body longs for you,
in a dry and weary land
where there is no water.
2 I have seen you in the sanctuary
and beheld your power and your glory.
3 Because your love is better than life,
my lips will glorify you.
4 I will praise you as long as I live,
and in your name I will lift up my hands.
5 My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods;
with singing lips my mouth will praise you.
6 On my bed I remember you;
I think of you through the watches of the night.
7 Because you are my help,
I sing in the shadow of your wings.
8 My soul clings to you;
your right hand upholds me.
9 They who seek my life will be destroyed;
they will go down to the depths of the earth.
10 They will be given over to the sword
and become food for jackals.
11 But the king will rejoice in God;
all who swear by God's name will praise him,
while the mouths of liars will be silenced.
I love how The Mesage states verse 1, "God--you're my God. I can't get enough of you!" That is exactly the way I feel. I need Him so desperately in every area of my life. I am nothing without Him!
I am so thankful for these promises today.