Through the Watches of the Night

Through the Watches of the Night

The watches of the night. In Biblical times there were originally three times in the night that were set as times for those who would watch for the enemy advancing during the night. Later, in the New Testament times, it was increased to four times a night. The watches of the night is meant for soldiers to be awake and keeping watch for the enemy coming. In the Garden of Gethsemene it was meant to be a time for the disciples to be praying with our Lord. I don’t think there’s a better time for prayer against the enemy or pouring out hearts out to the Lord, than to be praying during our own watches of the night. Are you going through an intense battle right now? Are you needing some uninterrupted quiet with the Lord? I think you’ll find Him in the watches of your night too.
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I’m Being Watched

I’m Being Watched

Have you ever heard this joke? “What are you looking at?” “I’m looking at you, looking back at me, looking back at you, looking back at me.” I kind of had to give pause reading these verses in Psalms beause they remind me of this joke. Read it slowly. “Who is like the LORD our God, who is seated on high, who looks far down on the heavens and the earth?” God, our Father in Heaven, who is seated on a throne more royal and beautiful than any throne we can ever imagine — get this — actually looks down on us and watches us. WOAH!
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This, Too, Shall Pass

This, Too, Shall Pass

My body aches tonight. I am not sure what I’ve done, but everything from the waist down hurts. But why complain? I can walk, stand, sit, lay down, move my head and joints, my heart is pumping blood, and I’m breathing. Sounds like some good stuff to thank God for, doesn’t it? I’ve been struck by the same type of writing in the Psalms. Oftentimes David or Asaph will begin a Psalm in the most somber of tones. There is whining and complaining, fear, insecurity, indecisiveness, and downright depression. Yet, each of these Psalms does not stay in that tone or attitude. But whatever season you are in, whether hard or easy, it will be our attitude of praise that will get us through it. Go ahead. Complain, whine, kick and scream, cry, beat the wall or whatever else you need to do but when you are finished with your temper tantrum, turn your heart to the Lord and praise Him. This is how David encouraged himself in the Lord. He strengthened himself in the Lord through remembering who God is, was, and will forever be. He remembered God’s faithfulness to him even through his sinful and most painful times in life. And even after the death of his son, he then went, clothed himself, ate and drank, then worshiped the Lord.
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Boldly Going Where We’ve Never Gone Before

Boldly Going Where We’ve Never Gone Before

I am awestruck by Moses’s boldness to God. In Exodus 33, Moses has gone back up onto Mount Sinai seeking God’s favor after he has destroyed the original tablets with the ten commandments engraved in them. He has gone back to ask God to forgive the Israelites for their adultery and wickedness, and to plead with God to be present with them once again. But what happens next is just simply awe-spiring to me. Beginning in verse 12 to the end of the chapter, we get a glimpse into how intimate God and Moses’ relationship really was. Moses goes back up on Mount Sinai and he pleads with God to come and be present with them again. He says (I’m paraphrasing), “God, you said you know me by my name and if you love me as much as you say you do; and furthermore, if you are pleased with me, then remember your people and come dwell with us again.” And God’s response? “The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest’” (verse 14). But wait! Moses isn’t done yet! God has just said He would do it, yet Moses exclaims, “Now show me your glory.” “Show me your glory.” Are you that bold? Have you ever asked God to show you His glory? Have you ever asked God for His Presence to be with you so clearly?
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Stuck in the Mud with a Flat Tire

Stuck in the Mud with a Flat Tire

I feel a bit stuck. Wait. Check that. More than a bit. I think all 4 tires are completely flat. No motivation. No momentum. Just. Stuck in the mud. Or perhaps a hamster wheel is more fitting of a description? The Apostle Paul knows exactly what I’m talking about: I know that nothing good lives in me; that is, nothing good lives in my corrupt nature. Although I have the desire to do what is right, I don’t do it. I don’t do the good I want to do. Instead, I do the evil that I don’t want to do (Romans 7:18-19, GW*). In Romans chapter 7, Paul is writing about our sin nature. He is trying to explain at the very core of us is evil. Even though we are saved, we don’t always live like we are. Instead, we live in the flesh. Or, in other words, we do what we want to do, not what is right. Round and round we go. Never stopping to take a breath and realize we have a problem. Each day we have the option of living in the Spirit — which means we pray about every situation and every part of our day and we do what God asks us to do — or, we live in our flesh. Living in the flesh means we do whatever we want to do, regardless of whether or not it is the right thing to do. In fact, we don’t even think to pray about it.
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Blue Ridge Inspiration

Blue Ridge Inspiration

I have struggled all day to find the right words to write to you this week. I really have no idea what to say or where this is about to go. My thoughts rapidly running out of control. I have had many ideas, but none of them seemed to be just the right thing. I read my Bible and prayed and listened for His still, small voice. Sometimes His voice says, “Just be still.” And I think that is what He is saying tonight. “Quit striving over this. Relax. Just think about Me.” Could it be in the pleading and begging for words I have missed what He was speaking over me? Could it be in trying and trying to come up with something I have simply worn out my mind and heart and there just isn’t anything to really say?
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Get Up! Get Dressed! Be Blessed!

Get Up! Get Dressed! Be Blessed!

Get out of bed and get dressed! Don’t loiter and linger, waiting until the very last minute. Dress yourselves in Christ, and be up and about! Romans 13:14 (MSG) I’ve been thinking a lot about my day to day activities and how I move about my days. I’ve realized I don’t have a set schedule. Being a stay-at-home-mom (SAHM) for so many years and now self-employed, I don’t have the demands I would have if I had a job outside the home. Normally, or in the real world (wink), I would set an alarm, get up and get myself ready for the day to go to a job. I would go to work, eat lunch, work some more, and finally come home to a family or maybe just my spouse and finish the day. What in the world does it mean to “put on the Lord Jesus Christ”? Scroll your eyes up to verse 12b, “let us put on the armor of light”. Do you see it? Armor! The armor of light is multi-faceted. First, we must begin our day in prayer inviting the Holy Spirit to be a part of our day. Second, the armor of light is God’s armor. Just as getting up and dressed is important to go out and about, it is just as—actually, more—important to put on God’s armor each morning before anything else. It seals us from head to toe, keeping those fiery darts from piercing our mind, heart, and soul.
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Psalm 23 ~ A Pilgrim’s Journey

Psalm 23 ~ A Pilgrim’s Journey

My friend, are you tired too? Weary from your journey? Ready to call it quits and never come out from under the bed sheets? It’s wonderful when our friends come around and they only mean to encourage us when they give us well-meaning Scripture verses meant to soothe us. Yes, we know all things work together for good. But in those moments—the most heart crushing, heartbreaking, heart rending moments—it’s not always what we want to hear. And so dear friend, it’s time to just rest in Jesus. Refresh yourself by His spring of living water. Allow Him to comfort you with His rod and staff, and lead you to the perfect place of peace.
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When You’re Desperate For A Breakthrough

When You’re Desperate For A Breakthrough

God never told us life would be easy. Somehow the world believes Christians have it easier than they do. But we know better. We have weren’t born just yesterday and didn’t just fall off the turnip truck. No, we know our Christian walk is no picnic at times. I have friends aching to have a day of boredom. I have friends just surviving until barely making it through each moment. I have friends struggling to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Our own family has its own barriers and walls that need tearing down. As much as we’d like the world to see us as perfect people, we know there is no such thing. Only God is perfect. I’ve longed for a breakthrough in several situations over the past several months. Weary beyond comprehension at times, I feel a weight upon me so heavy I can barely breathe. But I’m learning, slowly, oh so slowly, that the way to a breakthrough is not in my own strength and power, but in the power and might of the Lord.
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