It’s been a difficult weekend. At first, I wasn’t really impacted by the news I received on Friday, but little by little, it grew on me. By Monday, I had no peace of mind or soul.
I’m not used to being an anxious person. I am not by nature a worrier. So, I became more and more frustrated the longer I tried to deal with my emotions.
Knowing my God is a good God, a loving God, I knew in my heart if I just asked Him, He would provide whatever I needed to overcome these feelings of fear and discontent.
I buried my face in my hands and cried out to God for help.
A storm blew in fast and hard. Thunder shook our house, rain cascaded down in heavy sheets. It was a wicked storm, full of fury, lasting almost an hour.
But shortly after its passing I heard a sweet song. The song of a bird outside in our tree. And it made me wonder...
Dear little birdie
where do you go
When the lightning strikes
and thunder rolls?
Do you hide in your nest
do you fly far away
what do you do
when the storms rage?
Today I tried to do my day without having a quiet time. I got up later than I wanted/meant to and decided I would spend time with Jesus later.
Nothing went right from the get-go.
I think the key to making each day count is making sure Jesus is our first love. Making sure we are seeking Him and putting God first in our lives.
There’s a special kind of a soothing feeling when we’re in the presence of God. When we get so silent, we can hear His gentle whisper in our ear, that falls like droplets of rain onto our heart, and slides softly into our soul.
I wasn’t sure what this poem was about when I wrote it a few months back, but I’ve been wanting to share it. Once I really got to thinking about being in the presence of the Lord, this made much more sense to me. There’s a sweet relief within us, when we are curled up, and still with Him.
Good intentions. We all have them for one thing or another. But, good intentions do not always bring the results we hoped for.
Good intentions are wrapped up in the dream of doing something. Usually it is something noble but sometimes it is just the dream of doing things more perfectly in life.
For instance, how often do we have the intention of getting up and doing our devotions and prayer time first thing in the morning? Then, the next morning comes, and for whatever reason we do not do it. So, what do we do next? Ahhhh, yes. We say, “I will do it at such-and-such time later today.” But later comes, and well, you guessed it. We wind up lying in bed wondering where the day went and how in the world we got through it without having that time with God.
And we wonder why we are in such a bad mood, and everything seems to be going wrong.
Can I trust You in this moment
can I trust You in this place
can I trust You to lead me
when I can't even see Your face?
Thank You, Lord, no matter what I go through, I have You to trust in. When I trust in You, I have peace. I have protection. I have no need to fear about anything, anytime, anywhere.
We know God has not given us a spirit of fear1. We know God is not the one who causes confusion2.
In contrast to these emotions, God does provide peace and He also guides us in all wisdom and clarity. That is, if we will let Him.
But so often, we allow our emotions and our thoughts to become the center of our attention, and even our affections. Instead of guarding our hearts and focusing on Jesus, we focus on trying to put ourselves at rest of our own accord.
What if we changed that focus? What if we threw ourselves into the arms of Jesus and just gave Him every part of ourselves?
Lord, I praise You from the depths of my innermost being. I praise You for the gift of life and the blessings you rain down upon me, day by day.
The world around me is feeling a bit crazy. The earth is groaning and cracking. There is much confusion, depression, and despair.
But You, O Lord, are my strength and my shield. You comfort me when I feel worried and afraid. You remind me, even when I feel alone, I am not truly alone.