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9 Be merciful to me, Lord, for I am in distress;
my eyes grow weak with sorrow,
my soul and body with grief.
10 My life is consumed by anguish
and my years by groaning;
my strength fails because of my affliction,
and my bones grow weak.
11 Because of all my enemies,
I am the utter contempt of my neighbors
and an object of dread to my closest friends—
those who see me on the street flee from me.
12 I am forgotten as though I were dead;
I have become like broken pottery.
13 For I hear many whispering,
“Terror on every side!”
They conspire against me
and plot to take my life.

– Psalm 31:9-13 (NIV)

“Be merciful to me, Lord, for I am in distress…” When we are at our lowest and feel that we have been forsaken, left behind, who is there for us? God! When we are in trouble we call out for God. When all seems to be lost God is there–or rather…He is here. Help me, God, for I need You! May we all need God. 

May your day be so blessed!

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Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

James 4:7-10 (NIV)

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Dear Most Gracious God, Heavenly Father, and Blessed Savior, I come to You with heavy heart. Your mercy is abundant and more than I will ever fully understand. I seek not understanding but peace. I seek not retribution but love. I seek not vindication but hope for a better world and brighter tomorrow. I cannot put a face on evil because it lingers everywhere and not just in the hearts of a few lost souls. I cannot ask why because I know why. You do not promise a perfect world here and now. Bad things happen to good people and it will continue until You return. You do not wish bad things on us but when they happen we need to pull closer to You and not separate ourselves from You. You are our Joy, our Longing, our Love. You sustain us when all else is dark. You give us hope when the Light seems to be hidden. Help us to reach out to each other not separating ourselves from one another, not judging, and not seeking justice. We are fallen—each one of us. We cannot judge one another and we are no better than the other for we all bear sin. Help us to seek forgiveness for our sins, our misgivings, our spiritual lacking, and for rushing to judgment. Purify our hearts, cleanse our minds, and immerse our souls in the peace that only You can give. Let us not rise above one another but seek to be equal and shoulder responsibility for all mankind. May Your Love bind us to one another and help us to live within Your shadow. I pray this in Your Holy Name,

Amen.

 

This prayer was written in light of the tragedy of 14 DEC 2012 and the aftermath. It was to appear in My Letter to God (morningletters.wordpress.com) but will appear across all 4 of my wordpress blogs today… I have seen injustice not only in the deaths of precious children but by adults lashing out from all angles including nasty media coverage. Love is what God is about. Please embrace this as it is meant. We all fall short of God’s glory but through HIM we are made whole—each one of us. May your day be blessed and may we all thank God each and every day for our many blessings!

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I didn’t mean to neglect my blog. The trials I have been going through have not slowed down but have re-manifested themselves into other things that I am trying hard to deal with. In my younger days I could do so much like a circus performer with those spinning plates but now I have a tough time getting just one plate to spin… 😀 

 

I semi-joke that Job has become my buddy this past year. The trials of Job were great—immense. If nothing else, they are there for us to learn from. The book of Job is not a quick study like it seems and neither are “great” trials. Perseverance and patience..we must learn to wait on the Lord. In His good time—and not ours.

 

We have to be ready to hear God’s message. Many times we don’t hear because we are not listening fully. Elihu was the young friend who prepared Job for His talk with God. God uses messengers, physical people, to prepare us for what He is about to reveal. I suspect that most messengers have no clue at what role they play in God’s plan and desire for us. I have had quite a few of these messengers along the way, especially lately…a great many these past few weeks. Of course, one must discern if the message is divine or from some other source—not easy to be sure sometimes but it is critical that we know.

 

In essence we are all messengers in some way. If we walk with God, we can be messengers for God. If don’t walk with Him, we can become messengers for evil even when we seem to be doing good. Here is to being a messenger for God and serving Him. May you walk with God always!

 

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Desperation leads, if we allow it to, perseverance. Perseverance leads to patience and an increase of faith. And, faith leads to redemption. Are we redeemed in our desperation? We are saved through faith and our time of desperation causes our faith to increase not decrease if we so choose.

 

  • I seek what I seek and faith guides the way. Love knows no boundaries and is the vehicle for faith.

 

Perhaps you are struggling with something in your life. Persevere. Stand strong. Allow faith to grow and be redeemed. Each situation we get into that looks bleak and dark doesn’t have to remain that way. Find the vehicle and drive out of the situation…back into the light.

 

May God bless you this wonderful Sunday morning! 😀

 

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Each year at this time there is an art festival downtown featuring a nationality or certain culture. It was good weather Saturday, so my daughters and I went down to get some German food and visit the art stands. We stood in line in the warm sun (we got burned) for about 20-30 minutes before we gathered our food and looked for a place to sit. Well, of course there were no seats and I motioned for us to gather around this big block thing that was helping to hold up the tent. I was going to stand but decided to sit on the ground. Not long after this couple came up and told us to take their seats.

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Then this lady at the table said my daughter could sit in her mother’s seat until her mother returned and when she got there a man gave up his seat for my daughter. Can you believe this? I’m not used to people being so nice.

 

The Lord will provide as long as we trust in Him. Things may not always go the way we want them but He will provide in the way that we need. Some may argue this point especially in sickness and in death, but those are a natural part of life.

 

I don’t want to get very far into my family situation on this blog, but when the girls’ father left I was concerned about what might happen since I can no longer provide for myself or anyone else. God had been telling me that He would take care of us—for several months this is what I heard when I prayed before the news came. Do you know how hard it is to trust completely? I had a conversation about this with one daughter—about how I believe God would provide—and she said that she didn’t understand God but that no matter what the family seemed to go through, it seemed that we were taken care of. I said that was God.

 

God sees our pain and suffering and he doesn’t want us to be in the middle. At times, these occasions are tempering different parts of our lives, beating back what is not needed and making strong of what is. Trust in God. He is there when we need Him. I know.

 

May your day blessed and your week filled with happiness! 😀

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It seems that we all have trials and sufferings to bear somewhere along life’s journey. Sometimes these phases morph into what we see as a deep abyss and we feel that we can never regain what we have lost or return to where we were before. The more we try, the steeper the walls become or that is how we see it.

 

There is a poem by Helen Steiner Rice called The Way to God (link). I think it really speaks to those who have been suffering whether it is from pain, sickness, loss, sorrow, or other. As we go through these times, we only wish for them to be over not seeing that the experience of getting through them doesn’t have to make us weaker or more vulnerable but better able to use our sufferings to help others. A lasting pain can lead us to be closer to God. This is not a bad thing. If we had no pain, would we call on God?

 

For me, constant physical pain, lack of feeling in other parts of my body, not being able to walk without some aid, and the risk of seizures are all things that draw me close and help me desire to seek God. Life is not easy but if it was, would I turn to Him? I have a handicap that I have lived with most of my life. It is not what defines me—or I don’t want it to be. He helps me get through each day and not only to travel through it but to do the best I can in order to glorify Him. It is not about what I need or want. God gives me the sustenance to get me through so I can give to others.

 

In my devotional today from Streams in the Desert by L B Cowman from Crosswalk.com, there was this:

“The most deeply taught Christians are generally those who have been brought into the searching fires of deep soul-anguish. If you have been praying to know more of Christ, do not be surprised if He takes you aside into a desert place, or leads you into a furnace of pain.”

 

Do not punish me, Lord, by taking my cross from me, but comfort me by submitting me to Thy will, and by making me to love the cross. Give me that by which Thou shalt be best served… and let me hold it for the greatest of all Thy mercies, that Thou shouldst glorify Thy name in me, according to Thy will. –A Captive’s Prayer

 

To be cont’d…

 

May you walk in the light and feel little pain and may you seek God every day! 😀

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