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Psalms 21:7

For the king trusts in the LORD,and through the steadfast love of the Most High he shall not be moved.

What does it mean to trust God?

I had a lesson this morning on my heart about the difference in trusting God and trusting in what God’s hand can do.

Now you may automatically be thinking, they are the same, but I don’t think so.  Herein lies this problem: If I trust in what God can do for me, and it is His will to let me suffer through a particlar circumstance or issue, than most of the time my shallow faith will begin to waiver!  My joy diminishes, hope disappears, and peace is no where to be found!

BUT!

If I trust God, really trust Him and keep my focus on Him alone, no matter what the circumstance, good or evil, then my faith is strengthened daily, and I cannot help but fall deeper in love with Him, as He sustains me with joy overflowing, hope that does not disappoint, and peace which of course cannot be understood!!!!!

See it is a matter of trust His heart, His character, His UNFAILING love, this is what keeps us going. Not the idea that God can fix all my problems, but rather that God will teach me through this even if He doesn’t fix it.

He is Sovereign, He is SO good, He is my Praise, He is my Glory, He is my Joy, He is my Hope, HE IS EVERYTHING!

I can and will trust this!

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A Quote

I was reading quotes by John Owen and this one jumped out at me as pure AND  freeing truth!

“Let no man think to kill sin with few, easy, or gentle strokes. He who hath once smitten a serpent, if he follow not on his blow until it be slain, may repent that ever he began the quarrel. And so he who undertakes to deal with sin, and pursues it not constantly to the death. ”

John Owen

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Exodus 33:15

And he said to him, “If your presence will not go with me, do not bring us up from here.

I had a conversation on my way to work this morning which got me to thinking about being desperate for the presence of God.

We have a dear little baby in our church that anytime her mother walks out of her sight, everyone knows about it by her loud scream!

I started thinking about how desperate I am for God… or maybe I should say how much I lack in this area!

April shared with me about how she would let Roman cry it out at night as a little one. She was such a loving mother, she would crawl on the floor “comando style”  and lay on the floor where he could not see her, but she could know that he was ok. After he would give up the fight for her attention she would once again crawl out of the room and on to bed.

Made me think of the times that God will veil His presence from me, not so that I learn to deal without Him but rather that I cry out louder for Him! Not for His hand but rather His face! To look upon the face of my Father, for nothing but the shear joy of seeing Him! Oh how my heart cries out for this desperate desire to grow in me to the point that I am NOT ever satisfied with anything else, but rather, to be able to tell Him, honestly, that He is all I want, and I will not settle until I see His face! I refuse to give up the fight but rather fight with a renewed passion for the heart and face of God! Unless He is with me, I will not be satisfied!

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True Joy

Psalms 4:6,7

There are many who say, Who will show us some good? Lift up the light of your face upon us, O LORD!

You have put more joy in my heart then they have when their grain and wine abound.

This morning once again I am reminded that my joy come straight from God. No amount of money, “toys”, or even relationships can compare to the joy that God has placed inside my heart. May I delight in Him and in Him find all the joy that I need in my life!

I am  constantly amazed at even the body of Christ buying into the lies that we swallow when it comes to joy and happiness. Thinking that if we can just get the next new thing, or if I can just have the right relationship, or if I could just pay all my bills, then, then, THEN, I will be happy! We teach our children this, we teach it from many pulpits in America and it is nothing more than an ugly and hideous lie of the enemy. It causes us to doubt our Lord’s love for us, and causes us to look nothing like Christ but yet for us to blend in quite well with the world, where they see no difference and definitely see no joy in the midst of suffering! This idea, as you can tell angers me, because I know, I have and am now experiencing joy, when all surrounding me says I should be freaking out! But God has given me Joy Overflowing!!!! May we put our focus on HIM, Church, and then watch what He does, what He alone can do in our lives, and know TRUE JOY, in our homes, our hearts, and our relationship with Christ!

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Psalms 3:5

I lay down and slept; I woke again, for the Lord Sustained me.

Psalms 55:22

Cast your burden on the LORD,and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.

Isaiah 50 :4

The Lord GOD has given me the tongue of those who are taught,that I may know how to sustain with a word him who is weary.Morning by morning he awakens;he awakens my ear to hear as those who are taught.

1Corinthians 1:8

who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

I have had the immense pleasure these past few days of visiting with old friends and some family, away from the daily grind that so desires to suck the life out of me.

Last night and into the wee hours of the morning I talked with a friend who has, I’m sure heard many times,”How, how did you keep on going after such a tragedy?” Whether by word or expression one cannot help but look at him, and question where his inner strength comes from, a strength he himself does not see.

We talked briefly about this mystery of being able to one day at a time, continue on in the fight.

But here is where once again God’s absolute sovereignty amazes me.

I am having my time with the Lord this morning and the first verse above jumps out at me. I am thinking very shallow in the beginning about how, this is for today, so little sleep, and yet we are experiencing the sustaining of God. But then I am reminded of our conversation and it hits me, THIS, yes, THIS, is how we keep on going, one day at a time, one moment at a time, relying on the ALL SURPASSING, ALL SUSTAINING, power of God in our lives. How my soul rejoices that we have a God, a Father, that loves us so much, He sustains us everyday, surely His mercies are new every morning! One day, One day , Romans 8:18 will be seen and it will be glorious!

“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”

Praise His name! His name ALONE!

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Psalms 133:1

Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!

Ok, this morning I had many things that I wanted to write about. I had several ideas that were popping around in my head. And then out of nowhere, God changed all that! He must think He’s God or something…. hmm….

I was sitting on my bed, having my quiet time, relaxed more than usual because it is Friday and I have 30 min longer on Friday’s before I have to be at work.

I am into the Psalms, flipping back and forth trying to get my thoughts together on a particular subject, when my precious Abbie runs into my room, making a beeline for the bathroom…lol… In walks Jeremiah who is asking me what time we will be leaving for our trip, and Abbie hollers out, “Jay, stay right there so you can see me in my skirt!” Now anyone who knows this child knows it is a BIG deal for her to wear a dress of any sort as it hinders her from acting like the “tomboy” that she is. I watched Jeremiah’s face, and to my pleasant surprise he was not rolling his eyes or seeming put out with her as most eleven year old brother’s would do, instead, he looked at me and said, “It’s picture day.” Like that should explain EVERYTHING…. He waited patiently until she came  slowly out of the bathroom, so dependant on his response, he looked at her and gave the only appropriate response, which was ” WHOHOO”. 🙂

She walked over to him and again to my surprise they embraced and he kissed her on her forehead! Ok, any parent reading this, knows exactly what that did to me! I was so touched by their love for each other, the purity and sincerity behind the words and actions.

I immediately, thought of the above scripture. How pleasant indeed. You see I did not have to force any of this, I did not have to encourage it even, it was just exactly how they felt for each other at that moment.

If I being a human and extremely fallible, than how much more does our Heavenly Father love to find His children loving each other, with purity and sincerity of heart. Nothing He forces, nothing He has to move heaven and earth to make happen, they just act like the children He has created them to be! Makes me think of when Jesus told His disciples, they would be known by the love they have for each other.

This is what I want, I want to bless my Father’s heart just as my children have blessed mine.

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Looking for Love

Psalms 42: 8

By day the Lord commands his steadfast love, and at night his song is with me, a prayer to the God of my life.

This morning I posted Psalms 43 on my blog, and I have chosen to sing, really sing all day….

Tonight, I have packed to leave on a trip.. me and my three kiddo’s!!!! WHEW! It will be great! I love to just be with them, and hear their laughter, encourage their walks with the God of the universe and tomorrow we will have 8 hours to do just that… Hey, I get to Preach!!! Thank You JARED…. lol… for eight hours!!! way longer than Centerpoint will let you.. hee hee…

Seriously, I just want to say that God reminds us daily, if we look for it, that He truly commands His love torwards us, not against us…

The way He does this varies from day to day or sometimes moment by moment. For me, I listened to a cd today that reminded me over and over of His goodness, His Grace, Oh the Grace of GOD!

Tonight I was visited by my lovely sister April, who has so much joy, and so much strength that it amazes me…. but…she does have her CRAZY fears,… ( however I am sworn to secrecy..).

God does command His love towards us no matter the circumstance of how we feel, we can trust in this and know that He will give His song in the evenings…..

Thank you Lord for laughter…

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