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Psalms 77:19 Your way was through the sea,
your path through the great waters;
yet your footprints were unseen
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My husband read this Psalm to me this morning. As he was reading the whole psalm, I struggled to keep my focus on the words and not let my sleepy mind drift off to sleepy town.. 🙂 However, as he got to this verse, I was immediately awake with the reality of the “unseen footprints” of God throughout my life.

There are people who will read this, who are much older than I and have felt those footprints through much more trying circumstances than I have ever or ever hope to face.

I was thinking on the Psalms this morning as I was working out, and thought about how so much of them reflect on the past faithfulness of God.

My husband and I have not been married very long, we like to reflect on the events that brought us to each other, and the excitement we felt during those moments. It renews a feeling of love each time we choose to go back and look, feel, and experiance all those emotions again.

As I think about my relationship with God, I do the same. I look back at the sweet moments with Him. Not the mountian tops, but rather the valley’s, the times when I felt like I was drowning in the pains of life, and yet I sensed His unseen footprints!

This morning my love for Him is renewed! I look back in awe at the events that brought me to His throne of grace, and I stand amazed!

 

“All the way my Savior leads me, Through each winding path I tread. ”  I am looking forward to more years with this beautiful Savior!

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Lonely No Longer

I headed to the well, late one afternoon,

Head down, In a rush,

For others would be there soon.

 

I did not want to hear, to see,

What they might say or think of me.

 

This  day had been O so long,

I was so tired, and so worn.

 

Looking back on days gone by,

Before the hurts, Before my hearts cry.

How did this person, I become?

How did it happen?

That I had become so very lonesome?

 

As a child I would play,

I had many friends

But none chose to stay.

 

All of this had taken some time,

One day and then the next,

Each a lil, ” out of line”.

 

So here I am,

Walking all alone,

But then that’s ok,

At least I’m not at home.

 

At home, I’m reminded

Of what I’ve become,

So tired, and yes,

So very lonesome!

 

Who is this guy sitting at the well?

Maybe He won’t notice me,

He looks very still.

 

As my mind tried to think

Of a hurried way out

My ears heard Him whisper,

It felt like a shout!

 

” Will you give me a drink?”

What?! Does He know who I am?

A woman, and at least a Samaritan,

What does He think?

 

” Sir, how is it that you would ask of me,

A woman, a nobody,

Something to drink?”

 

As He turned and looked into my eyes,

I felt Him searching,

And then finding my souls,

Hurt cries.

He started to speak, I tried

To deflect,

What I saw in His eyes,

beginning to reflect.

 

” Come to this water,

You’ll never thirst,”

My heart leaped

When I heard this at first!.

 

“Sir, I beg you to give me this water,

My soul is so dry”,

I started to shake,

As my heart let out a cry!

 

He told me my past,

He told me my now,

But what held me in awe,

Is when He told me how:

 

How I, an outcast

With no hope,

Could have fast,

This Water for my soul!

 

My life changed that afternoon,

No more thirsting

For I finally knew,

 

My Savior had come,

Had delivered, had won!

 

This battle for not only my soul,

But yours too my friend,

This Savior, His Father did send!

Please hear my plea,

On this Christ, this my Messiah,

Choose to believe!

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Psalms 91:1

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.

Psalms 134:1

Come bless the LORD all you servants of the LORD who stand by night in the house of the LORD!

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.

Job 35:10

Where is God my Maker, who gives songs in the night,

Psalms 77:6

Let me remember my song in the night; let me meditate in my heart.

I will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.

I will take my hurts to Him.

No matter the cry,

No matter the sin.

I choose to take up my shield

Allow You to be my Might!

Lord, You will be my Song,

In the darkness of this night.

This world is full of pain,

Some caused from sin.

Sometimes you’re torn without,

and within.

The only way to truly be free,

Is to abide in the shadow of, You,

The Almighty!

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The Lost

Luke 15:“Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until she finds it? And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’ 10 Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

 

My husband lost his wedding ring Sunday. We have no idea how or when exactly, but I guess if we did then it really wouldn’t be lost, would it?

We have searched high and as low as to go under the house to check the tub drain. No ring. We have talked about it, obsessed about it, I have now dreamed about it. No ring. 

Sunday as we were headed to church, I was in deep thought about where this ring could possibly be, when the Lord brought this passage to my heart and mind. I realized the burden I and Tony had to find the ring and place it back where it belonged, was in no way as strong as my Savior’s burden to find me  when I was lost, and the ones that I love who still remain in the darkness.  Needless to say, I felt very shallow in my effort to redeem this ring, when His concern is all about the lost souls that surround me.

I don’t know if we will ever find this ring of Tony’s, but I hope I have learned a valuable lesson in the passion that Christ has for the lost to be found.

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His Timing

A Time for Everything

3:1 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:

a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.

 

This week seems to be a week to finish some things. We are finishing putting storm doors on our house. We are finishing planting the garden. I finished the Esther study, (finally) and I have closed a door to some hurts that have been taking time to heal.

Whenever things are finished, I often feel a sense of sadness along with the accomplishment of the particular project, especially if it has been a long and tedious one. Maybe I am strange in this. But I draw comfort from the passage above that tells me, there is a specific time for everything. Farther  along in verse 11 of this same chapter, we see that He, Sovereign God, makes all things beautiful in His time. Not ours. If Deanna could have had her way, a lot of things would have been done on a completely different time schedule. I find it difficult to wait, and yet, it seems to be the one thing God is constantly asking me to do. However, when I do wait for Him, the blessing is so worth the wait! My strength is made stronger, and I learn a valuable lesson. I do desire to remind myself of the truth that God’s timing is always the best.

 

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Rev 1:17

When I saw Him I fell at His feet as though dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying, ” Fear not, I am the first and the last.”

 

This morning I woke up to a song on the radio with the words, ” You see the puzzle, and not the piece.”  I started thinking about how comforting that is to know. God sees the beginning from the end of my life but also my situation. I have a couple of friends right now who are heavy on my heart. They are going through struggles that none of us want and in fact would make us run the other way if we saw it coming. However, God knows the whole picture. I needed this word as much as they do. We, I, can trust God to work everything out for His purpose, I can trust that as much as I would like to see the puzzle and not just the piece of today, He sees it, and He can handle it.

I love the scripture God gave me this morning to go along with this. I love it, because Christ tells us not to fear. Not to fear our yesterday’s, and not to fear our tomorrow’s. He is our Beginning and our End. Amen. Have a great Palm Sunday! ” Blessed is the One, Who comes in the name of the LORD!

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