“I am weary with my groaning; all the night make I my bed to swim; I water my couch with my tears. (7) Mine eye is consumed because of grief; it waxeth old because of all mine enemies.
(8) Depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity; for the Lord hath heard the voice of my weeping. (9) The Lord hath heard my supplication; the Lord will receive my prayer. (10) Let all mine enemies be ashamed and sore vexed: let them return and be ashamed suddenly.” Psalm 6:6-10
Hello everyone and welcome back to “Sunday Inspiration!” I am so glad to have you with me today and my prayer today; is that God will truly touch the depth of our hearts, with His loving and powerful presence.
You know…I remember a time in my life, when the tears that once flowed down my cheeks, had now turned inwardly within my heart. Have you ever had a time, when you cried so much; that there were no more tears to cry? I did and once the tears stopped flowing down my face, I began to see my tears, as raindrops within the heart. It was at this time; that I began to see that the tears that watered my heart, were now becoming a language between God’s heart and mine…a language that became humbled…a language that revealed to God; that I was at my lowest and once God began to read this language of tears that had been written on the wall of my heart, I began to experience a love and compassionate spirit; that I had never felt or experienced in my life.
How many times, do we try to fight the tears…just so we don’t have to admit that there is something hurting us? Over the years, I have come to see tears, as a cleansing for the soul. Seems like with each tear that has fallen; I have found these moments to be soothing and a way to release the pain, so God could step in and begin to make amends, of the wounds that came about by evil.
As I look back to the past, I remember a time, when God led me to our Bible reading for today…in Psalm 6:6-10. As I began to soak in each word, while feeling deeply wounded from the past, God began to show me that my tears had truly become a language that was only between Him and I. When others didn’t seem to understand my problems and when Satan was lurking around…attempting to increase my problems; God was taking in each hurtful feeling…through each teardrop that fell and as He caught my tears, He used them to sooth a deep embedded pain that had wounded my heart.
Today, you may feel as though you have cried a river of tears and there are no more tears to cry. Just know that God does see the tears that are falling within your heart. Sometimes, there are just no words to say or maybe the words just won’t come but God is a god, who can look deep within the heart and see what we are experiencing and feel the pain that has kept our mouths silent.
One of my favorite quotes; that God gave me some time ago, goes like this… “When there are no words to say...only thoughts that keep reminding us of a broken moment in our lives; God will read what has been etched upon our hearts through these broken moments and will step in and make a way for us.” You know…I have come to see that numerous times in my life and moments such as these are what have actually drawn me closer to God’s heart…for He was the only One, who could understand and experience my feelings with me…the One, who became the mighty warrior I needed at that time and as He stepped in and took control of the problem that had become a furious storm within my soul, I began to see Him as more than a god…for it was at this time; that He became the best friend I could ever have.
No matter what you’re facing today and no matter how difficult life may seem; God does see the tears that flow within a broken heart and my prayer for you today; is that you will allow those tears to become a humble message between you and God…a message that says… “Lord, I truly need you!”
Blessings on your Sunday!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
“The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing. (18) I will gather them that are sorrowful for the solemn assembly, who are of thee, to whom the reproach of it was a burden.
(19) Behold, at that time I will undo all that afflict thee: and I will save her that halteth, and gather her that was driven out; and I will get them praise and fame in every land where they have been put to shame. (20) At that time will I bring you again, even in the time that I gather you: for I will make you a name and a praise among all people of the earth, when I turn back your captivity before your eyes, saith the Lord.” Zephaniah 3:17-20
Hello everyone! Welcome back to “Sunday Inspiration!” I pray that your day is going well and most of all…I pray that God will truly touch you with something special, as I share what He has put upon my heart, for all of us today!
As I’ve been sitting here quietly in my office…listening to some music and meditating on God’s love and goodness, I began to think back to many moments in my own life, when I felt that the circumstances that I was facing at the time, had taken so much control over my life; that I began to feel unloved and tossed to the side. Isn’t it amazing how these difficult moments in our lives can make us feel so numb and distant, from a love that we need so much, while facing the storms of time?
As I’ve been thinking on the love of God today, I was thinking back to a moment, when I felt so alone and overwhelmed by a circumstance; that I found myself sitting on my bed…clinging to the bedpost; but this actually became the time, when I began to experience something that I had never experienced in my life. As I cried from the depth of my being…till there were no more tears to cry, I began to open my Bible and God began to show me in Psalm 34:18a; that He is closest to the one with a broken heart. As I sat there alone…I began to realize that I really wasn’t alone and even as I continued to look deeply into the words that God was allowing me to read at that moment; it felt as though He had sat down beside me and wrapped His loving arms around me.
Sometimes we can face moments, when we are just so overwhelmed by life’s problems; that all we experience are the side effects from the problem, such as deep heartache…anger…anxiety and even frustration; but I know a God, whose love can go deep and beyond these painful moments…to let us know that we aren’t alone. I think that sometimes, we just need to open ourselves up to God, rather than the problem and give Him a chance to shower His love upon us.
You know…being a Christian is more than a title; but rather, it’s a relationship and how are we ever going to experience the love that God longs to offer us, when we aren’t open to it and deeply connected with Him. I have come to see God as more than a god; but rather a good friend…One that will rejoice with me, during the good times and One who is more than able to read the pain that’s etched upon my heart, while holding me close and giving me hope and a reason to continue on, through the precious words He shares heart to heart with me.
One thing we must realize today; is that God isn’t this stiff…unfeeling god; but rather, He’s a God that will definitely bend down to our level…just to hear us…care for us and most of all love us. When we are willing to open ourselves up to Him and give Him a chance…I know without a doubt; that He will sit down beside us…hold our hand and sustain us, with a love that is so ongoing…a love that says… “It’s going to be alright, my child.”
My prayer today; is that we will truly discover a love that will never let us down…a love that longs to hold us close and keep us safe, until the storms of life pass us by.
Blessings on your Sunday…
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
“And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. (8) For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. (9) And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (10) Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”
II Corinthians 12:7-10
Hello everyone and welcome back to “Sunday Inspiration!” I have to say that it’s so good to be well again and back to my writing! There were days, when I truly missed our visits and I thank God today that we are back together again!
As we begin, I would say that the verses I’ve shared with you today have truly become my life verses and so this writing today is a very special one for me. I remember a time, when I had no hope and God opened these verses to me. In fact, I remember saying to God, as I read verse 10… “How is it that I can take pleasure in the pain I’m going through right now;” but as time went by, I came to see that it was through these moments of weakness; that I truly experienced the powerful touch of God upon my life.
You know…I have read these verses in II Corinthians 12:7-10 numerous times and to this day, I don’t really know what Paul’s thorn was, except that it did seem to become a hindrance in his life and I think that sometimes, the weaknesses in our lives can seem like a hindrance to us because we are just wanting so badly to have these moments pass us by, so we can reconnect with life and move on; but one thing I’ve come to see; is that our moments of weakness aren’t really a hindrance but rather, we should see them as a time, when we are being humbled and brought down to God’s level, rather than our own.
How many times have we begged God to remove the thorn of weakness from us but yet He never did it, at the time we asked Him? I’m sure that there can be moments such as these, when a person can feel as if God has abandoned them and walked away completely. One thing we must remember; is that sometimes God says “No” and not as a means of abandonment but as a means of getting us to trust in Him, rather than always seeing things our way. I have come to see that when God says “No;” it’s only because He has another way to resolve the problem and sometimes His way can take a little more time and sometimes He may allow us to travel a little further in the darkness; so that we will come to depend on the light of His presence, to see us through these difficult times. Even though Satan is the culprit, when it comes to a thorn of affliction, we must remember that God still has control and this piece of hope is what we hold to, during the uncertain moments of pain and heartache.
One thing that has always caught my eye, while reading these verses; is the awesome feeling, of just knowing that the hand of the most powerful God is resting upon us, during moments of weakness. Here we think that God has abandoned us, while in the background, His powerful hand is upon our lives…working in a way that will eventually make Satan defeated, while His name becomes known in an even greater way to us and others who observe Him at work within our lives. I don’t know about you but that’s a big “wow factor” to me!
In my own life, I have seen God allow my weaknesses, to take me down to the floor…just so He could rise in my place and lift me up with Him…only this time, with a greater strength. In other words…this becomes God’s way of nudging us along…only with a greater strength, than what we began with…wow!
I think that if we could see our weaknesses through God’s eyes, rather than how we think we should view them; then we wouldn’t feel so lost in the dark and a time would come, when we would begin to see more light and less darkness on our pathway.
When I first started this ministry, there was one thing that I always shared with those who visited the website and that was how God can exchange our weaknesses for His strength. Just think…all we have to do is hand over our weakness to God and in return, He will exchange that weakness, for a perfect strength that can truly keep us standing during the difficult times. How about you? Have you taken the time to exchange your weaknesses, for God’s perfect strength?
Blessings on your Sunday!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
“Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!”
“Here I am,” he replied. (2) Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.” (3) Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about. (4) On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. (5) He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.” (6) Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together, (7) Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?”
“Yes, my son?” Abraham replied. “The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” (8) Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together. Genesis 22:1-8
Hello everyone and welcome back to “Sunday Inspiration!” It’s hard to believe that another week has passed us by; but one thing we can say…God was with us, otherwise we wouldn’t be together here today.
As we begin our time together, I would like to say that the Bible reading that God led me to today is one of my favorite readings in the Bible. The main thing that caught my eye, as I was preparing to write you today; is that Abraham not only obeyed God but he knew God enough and was connected to Him in a way, where he trusted God with his son’s life.
Can you imagine how you would feel, if you were told by God to take your child to a high mountain and sacrifice him or her? I think if we were to be honest before God today, we would find it difficult to do this; but Abraham had such a close relationship with God, which made it easier for him to trust God…knowing that He had everything under control.
Even though Abraham was trusting God, I’m sure that there must have been moments, when he felt torn apart…thinking that this could be the last time he would ever see his son. Abraham probably didn’t fully understand God’s reasoning in all that was taking place at the time; but he continued to obey God and trust Him and in the end; God proved Himself faithful, as the lamb in the thicket became the sacrifice that day.
Can we say that we trust God with our lives, in the same way that Abraham trusted God, for his son’s life? In other words…even though life seems bleak, with no hope in sight, do we truly know that God has everything under control and no matter what turns we take in life; He will be there, to work everything out in a way that will be for our best?
Sometimes, I think that instead of looking at our circumstances, in the way that God longs to reveal them to us; we tend to focus too much on how we feel everything will turn out. The only bad thing about this; is that if God works out our circumstances in a different way than what we first thought; then we could find ourselves crashing to the ground with disappointment, which can make it that much harder to get back up to our feet.
I have found over time; that it’s better to walk the path of God, rather than create our own footsteps to walk in. When we choose to place our complete trust in God and let Him unfold each detail before us…in His time and in His way; then there won’t be any disappointments and in the end, we will come to see even more; that we can trust God with our lives.
May you truly find God to be a friend that you can trust with your life!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
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Diane K Hiltz Chamberlain is the author of 16 books, which range from devotionals, to quotes and poetry...to the story on her life..."Baby Steps: A Journey with God through a Lifetime of Pain and Heartache."