The Lord is good,
A strength and stronghold in the day of trouble;
He knows [He recognizes, cares for, and understands fully]
those who take refuge and trust in Him.
Nahum 1:7 (AMP)
Trying to worship You
out of an empty heart.
A vessel broken, sharp shards
can’t say I’ve tried very hard,
to keep You first in all things
though I prayed often in this dark.
Worshiping You out of a dry breath
cannot be sustained, nor bring life,
so what shall I do with my shallowness
how can You find any praise in this strife?
In my frustrations Lord,
let me see Your hand,
restless and uncertain
I can’t seem to trace Your plan.
No matter what I’m doing
my heart longs for reassurance,
the curve I see up ahead
is hiding goodness at its end.
There is a blessed assurance
this is one thing I know,
Your love for me is abundant
grace and mercy overflow.
Though I don’t always see You
or feel Your loving hand,
after all these years
of loving You, I know
You’re the refuge I can depend on
in this weary, hardened land.
©16 February 2023
REPEAT AFTER ME …
(I’d tell you to close your eyes but you’ll need them open to read 😊)
The LORD is good. (The LORD is good.)
He is my Refuge. (He is my Refuge.)
In Him, I will abide. (In Him, I will abide.)
The LORD is my Shepherd. (The LORD is my Shepherd.)
He is my Provider. (He is my Provider.)
In Him, I have perfect peace. (In Him, I have perfect peace.)
Now. Inhale (2-3-4), exhale (2-3-4), and smile. Do you feel it? Or rather, do you feel HIM? How hard it is to feel defeated when we force our frowns upside down.
Praise inhabits His people. Do you know what means? It means, we were made to praise Him. We were made to glorify Him. And when we stop, take a few minutes to acknowledge the presence of the Lord in our lives, His praise will well up within us, and we will feel peace we just cannot explain.
Inhale peace, exhale frustration. Inhale love, exhale impure thoughts. Inhale the name of Jesus, exhale words of praise.
Or, as I like to say, when all is too much to handle…
JUST. BREATHE. JESUS.
All it takes is His name on our lips, to travel to our hearts, and fill our minds with Him.
From My Heart to Yours,
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