The Lord will command His lovingkindness in the daytime,
And in the night His song shall be with me—
A prayer to the God of my life.
Heaven’s Sweet Lullaby
Because somewhere in the night
You sang me a sweet lullaby
whispering no matter what happens from here
it’s all going to be to be all right.
Cradling me in Your arms
holding me in strong love
my ragged breath turns deep sighs
head resting against pillowed chest of Christ.
Emotions, dreams, thoughts, desires,
emotions of longing only require
nestling into Your embrace
crashing with You into the waves
of steady, drumbeats of heart
the One who loved me from the start.
Walking in the morning light
burdens of hurt, fear, despair
somewhere in the darkness disappeared
soft tears flow from streams of living water
sung to me somewhere in the night
it’s going to be all right.
©26 July 2016
I want to be more than okay. I want to feel more than okay.
I mean, I am okay, but I haven’t felt fully “okay” in a long, long time. But I suspect I am not alone.
So many things are swirling out of control. Not just in our world (actually it feels more like the world is imploding!) but in my own personal life. Focus and concentration just are not coming as easy for me as they normally would.
And what about you? Are you feeling a bit crazy too? Maybe we can come together and pray for each other, that the God of peace would rule in our hearts and the spirit of confusion would leave.
Isn’t that what Philippians 4:6-7 implores of us? “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” It’s awful hard to feel out of control when we’re praying.
The truth is, we struggle because we don’t believe God is able to do what we need or want Him to do. We struggle because we give up and decide trusting God is just too hard and leaning on His promises isn’t working. We struggle because we let our thoughts run amuck—to run wild or without self-control—instead of thinking on those things which are good, true, right, and of good report (Philippians 4:8-9).
So, here I am, raising my hand, guilty of letting my thoughts go farther than they should, letting my thoughts dictate my mood and actions, and not trusting God as I should with the hard things in my life. Thinking about the what-ifs of life and the things I should’ve, could’ve, ought to have done, instead of looking to God for what He can do now.
“when you’ve come to the end of yourself and you don’t get it, take a nap, have a good meal, and lean in for the gentle whisper of God.”
― Sheila Walsh, It’s Okay Not to Be Okay: Moving Forward One Day at a Time
Think I’ll take Sheila’s advice. Can you hear Him? Singing quietly in your soul? Whispering words of love and hope?
From My Heart to Yours,
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