Security of the One Who Trusts in the LORD

October 29, 2012

Psalm 91

Those who live in the shelter of the Most High
    will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
This I declare about the Lord:
He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;
    he is my God, and I trust him.
For he will rescue you from every trap
    and protect you from deadly disease.
He will cover you with his feathers.
    He will shelter you with his wings.
    His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night,
    nor the arrow that flies in the day.
Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness,
    nor the disaster that strikes at midday.
Though a thousand fall at your side,
    though ten thousand are dying around you,
    these evils will not touch you.
Just open your eyes,
    and see how the wicked are punished.
If you make the Lord your refuge,
    if you make the Most High your shelter,
10 no evil will conquer you;
    no plague will come near your home.
11 For he will order his angels
    to protect you wherever you go.
12 They will hold you up with their hands
    so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.
13 You will trample upon lions and cobras;
    you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!
14 The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me.
    I will protect those who trust in my name.
15 When they call on me, I will answer;
    I will be with them in trouble.
    I will rescue and honor them.
16 I will reward them with a long life
    and give them my salvation.”

Have a blessed day!

Seek Him First Above All Else

October 25, 2012

It’s not often I go out without my boys. There have been a few times when I have accepted an invitation to a social event and knowing I would be out late, I would make arrangements for the boys to spend the night at grandpas.

At the end of the evening I go home to an empty house and the longing in my heart for my boys almost suffocates me. With tears stinging my eyes, I think how will I ever manage to sleep and before I know it I drift off into a deep slumber.

In the morning, I open my eyes and suddenly realize I am alone. There are no little ones sandwiching me between them. As much as I want to close my eyes and take advantage of sleeping in just once, I can’t. It’s the heart strings that draw me out of bed. It is the strings that connect my heart to theirs. Those heart strings that no one else can see and I can’t explain, but they are there. They pull me back to them. I sacrifice extending my time of quiet, peaceful rest to be with them. I miss them. I can’t wait to be with them. I quickly shower, grab a cup of coffee and head out the door.

While on the drive I can’t help thinking about these heart strings tugging, pulling me closer to my kids. It didn’t matter how tired I was, the deep affection and love I feel can’t keep me away. Then I began to think, is this how God feels towards His children, to us, to me?

I have to admit I felt convicted. Where are my heart strings connecting me with God? Why does that pull sometimes feel so strong and other times barely at all? I realized the answer is quite simple. I have let the busyness of my days consume me. I have been giving Him what little or no time I have left at the end of my days.

God is and always should be our first love. Our heart strings to Him are the ones that should tug the hardest, drawing our hearts closer to Him. He gives us a choice, He made us with our own free will and it’s up to us to draw close to Him. We need to be intentional in seeking Him daily and not leave Him as an afterthought at the end of our busy days. He draws near when we draw near to Him.

Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world.” James 4:8 NLT

As I was meditating on this, the scripture about seeking first the kingdom of God came to my mind. I am so thankful I have a God who is loving and gentle and faithful, and whose mercies are new each morning. I know I cannot endure this journey alone. I need His strength and guidance to show me the way.

“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” Matthew 6:33 NLT

This scripture gives me so much hope. God's promises that if we seek Him above all else, He will give us all that we need. He will fill us with joy, give us hope and His peace that surpasses anything we can ever imagine. I don't need to worry about tomorrow. I don't need to try to do it all in my own strength. More importantly, I know I can't and I need Him. Are you with me, will you seek Him and trust Him? He says His yoke is easy and His burden is light. (Matthew 11:30)

Dear Lord,
Thank you for your promises, for your unfailing love and faithful provisions. Thank you for gently reminding us to seek You first above anything else. Help us to draw near to You, Lord, everyday and not give You our leftovers. Help us to seek out Your glory daily and to spend time with You, drawing closer to You. We want our hearts to tug and to automatically pull us closer to You no matter how tired we may feel, and to always seek Your presence. 
In Jesus' Name,

One of my favorites....

October 12, 2012

Life is just too busy these days. This is one of my favorite scriptures that I hold on to every single day. Be blessed!

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