Last night, as I was preparing to go to bed, I was having a quiet talk with God. It amazes me, as to how God can work through our spirits…that is if we are anticipating His presence. I have had others mention to me that they wished that they could have the connection with God that I have and the only thing I can say to that; is be willing to listen for God’s still small voice within your spirit. In other words…make Him your best friend and learn to turn to Him, rather than other things and don’t always do the talking but be willing to wait for His response…after all; that is what makes a true and lasting friendship.
Many times, I think we get in too big of a hurry. We seem to talk with God and give Him a to-do list, of all that needs to be done and then we walk away…wondering why we never got a response. In Deuteronomy 32:1-2, we read… “Listen, O heavens and earth!
Listen to what I say! (2) My words shall fall upon you like the gentle rain and dew, like rain upon the tender grass, like showers on the hillside.”
Can you imagine the peace that we could experience in our lives, if we were only willing to spend some quiet moments alone with God each day? I just love the way that this verse describes God’s words…coming from His heart to ours! Think of His words, as though they are falling down upon us, like a gentle rain…soothing the moments of pain, deep heartache and frustration. To me, it’s like the fire of pain and other negative feelings is being put out, by a gentle rain and each raindrop becomes a word from above, to sooth these moments that seem so out of control.
I remember a time in my life, when I felt as though everything was completely out of control. I was having one surgery after another and it got to the place, where I could no longer see the light of day. In fact, I became so deeply connected to my problems; that I had no time for God; that is, until I came to see that no one could satisfy the deep longing of my heart but God. From that point on, I began to talk with Him about my problems and share more of my life with Him and to this day; He is the friend that I converse with, while I work, while I write and most of all, when I need a good friend.
How are we ever going to make it through the challenges of this life, unless we are deeply connected with God? I don’t know about you but I need God all the time. When I am overwhelmed by life; I ask Him to sit in my office and shower me with His peace and when I’m tired and I can’t seem to find the strength to go on; I know that His presence will be there to exchange my weaknesses, for His perfect strength. When we can learn to make God our closest friend, rather than the trials we endure; that is when we will come to truly see that life doesn’t have to seem so overwhelming.
The past few days have brought sleepless nights…either due to pain or health issues…but between you and me, I feel that Satan’s on a rampage…attempting to take me down and put me out of commission with God.
I’ll tell you…the mornings can be difficult…trying to get out of bed, with pain and a tired body; but one thing God has taught me to do…and that is to not focus on what I see before me; but rather what I can’t see, which becomes true faith. This kind of faith keeps me moving forward and the unseen moments before me, only allow me to anticipate God’s next move.
In 2 Corinthians 4:18, we read… “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” This verse has truly been of great inspiration to me because one thing it’s telling me to do; is to not look at what I see before me…because even though the problem is trying to relay a defeated message to me…I now know that my situation is only temporary…something that will soon pass away…and when we can reassure ourselves of this; then hope springs forth within us.
We must remember that the eternal, unseen moments that await us; are going to far outweigh these temporary moments we’re experiencing at this time. When we can truly fix our minds on the eternal, rather than the temporal; that is when we will be able to have a different outlook, on what we are facing at this present time.
Have you ever had a moment in your life, when you said to yourself…“If it hadn’t been for the Lord; then I don’t know what would’ve happened to me?” As I look back on my own life, I know one thing…if God would not have been by my side…through all that I have experienced; then I probably wouldn’t be here today…being used by Him, to encourage you.
One of my favorite Bible verses is Psalm 27:13 and we read…“I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.”
You know…I think sometimes we become so caught up, in what is happening to us…and how overwhelming the situation seems to be at the time; that we don’t stop to see how God is sustaining us through it all.
Do we realize that if it wasn’t for God’s loving and everlasting arms holding us up; that we would fall deeper into total despair? Even though Satan afflicts us and is out to destroy us…and even though he has a way of convincing us that this will happen, by what is taking place in our lives; that doesn’t mean that it will happen. I think that if we could stop at the end of each day and see how we survived the moments that just seemed so bad; then we would find hope…not only for what we are facing at the time…but a hope that would continue to help us, as we walk through the struggles and challenging moments of life.
I remember a time, when everything that could have gone wrong…went wrong in my day. As I sat on the edge of my daybed in the office, I looked at a picture of Jesus that I have hanging over my desk and I said to Him and myself… “Today is almost over…and a new day will begin…so just hold on Diane, until tomorrow…and you will see that everything will be alright.”
No matter how bad your life may seem right now…take a little time and focus on how far God has brought you. If you can get your thoughts on Him and where He is leading you; then your thoughts won’t be on the problem.
The past couple of nights have been nights of pain and sleeplessness. Even though I struggle from time to time with this; I continue to press on because I know that if I quit; then Satan wins the battle.
One thing that I have definitely learned through moments such as these; is how God can truly be my strength…and I have seen moments, when I could barely get off my daybed and walk…but I did walk.
Isn’t it amazing how we can become so easily tied into the moments that are bringing us down; that we forget that we have a God to turn to…a God that can allow His strength to kick in and take us way beyond; what we ever thought we could ever accomplish.
Even now, as I’m writing you; I have barely had any good rest in two day; but I have accomplished so much through this time; that these moments continue to remind me that there is a powerful God in control of my life.
In Isaiah 40:29, we read… “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” Do we realize that weakness is actually the greatest opportunity to experience a different strength…a strength that comes from a powerful God? Why do we allow ourselves to become so caught up in weakness; that we lose out on this powerful strength…a strength that can take us further away from the weaknesses that we’re facing?
No matter what your facing right now…and no matter how long you have faced it; there is strength for each new day…a strength that can truly carry us over the humps of life…praise Him!
As I look back to a time, when God’s Son was walking in the direction of an old rugged cross; I also think back to the time, when He was spit upon…beaten and ridiculed. Even the ones, who had at one time followed Him, were now crying out for Him to be crucified…but through all of this; Jesus…God’s Son, still remained faithful to His Father in heaven…and even more…to us.
Let me ask a question today…when pain racks our bodies or depression overtakes our minds…or even when we lose a job or suffer great loss, can we walk beyond these painful moments in our lives…just as Jesus did and remain faithful to Him?
Throughout my life, there is one thing that I have come to see and that is how words can be so easily spoken…but to live them can be a completely different story. I truly believe that the true test of our love for Christ; is when we can go through the hard times; but walk through them, with a love for Christ that never wavers.
We must also realize that this time of testing will reveal to us, whether there really is a deep love for Jesus in our lives…because a love that is completely devoted to Him, will not have to work at being faithful to Him.
As I walk through each moment of serving God…I also walk through difficult moments of pain, tiredness and sometimes moments of discouragement. You don’t know how many times, I have either wanted to quit or not write; but there is something within the heart; that keeps tugging me back…to never give up…and remain devoted to the best friend I could ever have…and that kind of love is what keeps me committed to God and to those in need of His love.
In Hebrews 10:23, we read… “Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised ;)” When we see how our God is faithful to us; then we in turn should be able to do the same…without wavering. This life we live is never going to be easy or perfect; but when we can allow our relationship and love for God to grow through the hard times; then we will see that we can remain faithful to Him…no matter what.
How many times do we fall prey to moments of weakness…moments that attempt to sink us low, within a heart of fear and dread? Lately, I have been facing some uncertain times in my life…moments, when I just don’t know where the situation will lead me; but one thing God is reminding me of; is found in Psalm 112:7-8, which reads… “He does not fear bad news, nor live in dread of what may happen. For he is settled in his mind that Jehovah will take care of him. 8 That is why he is not afraid but can calmly face his foes.”
I think that we tend to become so deeply focused on the uncertain moments of what may happen; because we have taken our eyes off of God. First of all…we don’t have to fear the bad things that attempt to enter our minds…or even live in dread of what may happen because we have a God that is much greater and stronger than these weak moments that attempt to sink us low, within a pit of despair.
One thing I have come to see many times in my life; is that when I take my problem or even these uncertain moments by the hand; then they not only lead me down a path of fear and dread…but most of all, they lead me away from the God I definitely need, during difficult times such as these.
Every day, we should have a settled feeling…one that won’t cause us to sway back and forth…but one that will always help us to calmly face these difficult times that come our way…knowing that our God will never let us down; but will ALWAYS be there to take good care of us. Ask yourself this question today…why would God create me…to love me…only to sit back and watch me fall hopelessly into total defeat. First of all…if He did that; then that would also make Him a defeated God.
You know…sometimes it’s not always easy to walk down the darkened paths of the unknown; but when we can focus more on what God will always do for us, rather than what the problem may attempt to do to us; then we will truly be able to have a settled back feeling…knowing that God will always be there…just at the moment we need Him the most!
As I started to write to you today, I was asking God to give me words that would not only encourage you but also myself, as it’s been a long week of work and pain. As I’ve been sitting here, listening to some music; God has been reminding me that even though the rope we once clung to has now become a thread that we dangle from; that doesn’t mean that we have been cut down and totally destroyed by our circumstances.
You know…these moments of pain and heartache we experience can shake us up pretty good at times but yet we’re still standing and that’s what’s important. I think that if we would look at where we are at the moment, rather than what has taken hold of us; then a flicker of hope would always remain lit within our hearts.
In II Corinthians 4:8-12, we read…“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; (9) persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. (10) We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. (11) For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. (12) So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.”
Sometimes, it’s not always easy to understand why these difficult moments of affliction are allowed by God. One thing I have come to see; is that God can be seen through these difficult moments, when we allow Him to use the affliction, rather than attempting to rage war against these difficult moments that are just too strong for us to fight on our own.
You know…today, we may feel as though the weight of our circumstance is about to take us down for good. We may also feel as though we are about to fall from that last thread of hope but one thing we must remember today…God is much more powerful than weakness and He is definitely the One who can hold us up and keep us suspended above these moments that seem to have no end. Yes…we may feel hard pressed, by what we are facing but we are not crushed…perplexed but not in despair…persecuted but never abandoned…struck down but never destroyed because we have a powerful God at work within us; who has set up a boundary line that evil cannot cross.
Some days can be more difficult than others for me, as I live from day to day with chronic pain. It’s amazing how life can be so different, when a stiff leg is dragging behind you and chronic pain is weighing you down. I have to be honest…there are days, when I just don’t know if I can continue the work I’m doing; but then God keeps reminding me that I can…and you know why; because I’m not doing the work; but rather, He’s doing it through me.
As I’ve been sitting here writing, I have come to see that all God needs is my hands, to type out the words He whispers within my heart. I guess that sometimes, we just need to stop and give ourselves a gentle reminder that we aren’t the ones in charge, which to me, can make the load seem much lighter.
In Matthew 11:29-30, we read… “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. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
You know…sometimes I think we just need to stop processing everything through our own thoughts and come to realize that the only way life is going to seem easier; is when we make an exchange…our heavy load, for a lighter load; that only God is able to offer us. Once we get our focus back on what God can do, rather than what we feel we must do; then I truly believe that life won’t seem so overwhelming…and the load that once seemed to lead us down a path of despair, will now become much lighter and filled with hope!
There have been so many times that I have written about a God who would never leave us or forsake us or even leave us abandoned in the storm…never realizing that I would truly experience the meaning of these thoughts and words…in such a powerful way!
Yesterday, it was that time again, when I needed to go grocery shopping; so I called a taxi for my husband and me and then we went to the store to do some shopping. After finishing, I called the taxi service back; but due to such a busy day with the cab service, they said that they wouldn’t be able to pick us up, for about a half hour to 45 minutes.
After waiting and waiting…the taxi still hadn’t shown up; so I called them back and mentioned that we had groceries…and I had a bad leg; so how much longer would we have to wait. From there, he mentioned that it may be another 20 minutes…and I said ok and hung up the phone.
Once I had hung up the phone, I relayed his message to my husband…and as we both stood there…feeling a little discouraged, I said a prayer and asked God to help us. Within a moment’s time, a very nice lady approached us and said that her and her husband noticed that we had been standing outside the store, when they went into shop and was wondering if everything was alright. From there, I told her what was happening and then she wanted to know if they could help, by taking us home. Even though she seemed really nice, I was still a little hesitant, as to whether it was a good idea to do this.
After we had talked for a few minutes, she said… “I don’t know if this will help but we are Christians.” Right then and there…something hit me and I knew that God was using these people to answer my prayer…and from there, we agreed to go with them.
I’ll tell you…we had the nicest time together…all the way home and come to find out; they live only a very short distance from us and she had also been by our place before…while out walking.
All I can say today…is what a God! As I was looking through some Bible verses, I came across Deuteronomy 31:6, which reads… “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never
leave you nor forsake you."
No matter what we face in life, we can rest assured that God will NEVER take His eye off of us…for He is a God who loves us with an unconditional love…a love that is willing to go beyond anything for us…and that is what I experienced today!
Last night, as I got around for my evening, I found myself singing an old hymn that goes like this… “I need Thee every hour, most gracious Lord. No tender voice like thine, can peace afford. I need Thee, oh I need Thee…every hour I need Thee! Oh, bless me now, my Savior, I come to Thee!”
You know…there’s nothing like the calming feeling, of a tender voice; that can enter our spirits and bring peace after a difficult day. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in everything that takes place in a day; but why suffer needlessly, when we can walk into the arms of God…a God who can hold us close and comfort and bring peace…a peace that can calm any troubled moment.
I don’t know about you; but I need God’s peaceful presence in my day…all day! I remember a time, when I didn’t see it this way. In fact, I would get upset very easily and let the cares of the day emotionally abuse me; but now that I have come to know Jesus and I truly know that He is always there and will be there, when I need His comforting peace.
In Psalm 119:165, we read…"Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble." You know…there’s something about having a true connection with God…one that automatically makes a person feel not only connected to God; but to His peace and every benefit He offers us. I know in my heart that if I’m having a difficult time…or if something in my day seems hopeless…or even when pain makes me feel discouraged; that God is there to run to…One that no other can compare to.
No matter what you’re facing today, just know that God is there for you…and He longs so much to have a connection with you; that will fill you with His peace. You know…we don’t have to suffer through difficult moments alone, when there is a God…whose true purpose is to love and care for us. Take hold of Him today and I promise you…He will NEVER let you go; but will ALWAYS be there for you!!