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1 Keep me safe, my God,

    for in you I take refuge.

2 I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;

    apart from you I have no good thing.”

3 I say of the holy people who are in the land,

    “They are the noble ones in whom is all my delight.”

4 Those who run after other gods will suffer more and more.

    I will not pour out libations of blood to such gods

    or take up their names on my lips.

5 Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup;

    you make my lot secure.

6 The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;

    surely I have a delightful inheritance.

7 I will praise the Lord, who counsels me;

    even at night my heart instructs me.

8 I keep my eyes always on the Lord.

    With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

9 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;

    my body also will rest secure,

10 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,

    nor will you let your faithful one see decay.

11 You make known to me the path of life;

    you will fill me with joy in your presence,

    with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

Psalm 16 (NIV)

*  Apologies for my absence. May this scripture bless us on our daily walk. Please take care!   😀

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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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  • Miracles… Do you believe? Do you believe God can perform miracles?
  • Miracles… Have you experienced one? Do you know what one looks like?
  • Miracles… If you saw one, would you know?

 

My personal belief is that miracles happen on this earth every single day and they don’t happen just to the chosen few or people who are born into exceptional situations. I believe that God has the power to give and to take away. I believe we limit His authority when we say we believe but don’t really.

 

Belief in miracles is a very touchy subject. Talking about it is sometimes difficult. And, the biggest culprit of that is because we see inequality. Take for instance the tragedy that happened in Connecticut a few weeks ago. People will ask, “Why didn’t God save this little children for surely they would be the apples of God’s eyes and if there was a God he would protect them.” God doesn’t work this way. As hard and difficult it is for me to say this, sometimes bad things happen, period, but often good things will be shown and God will be glorified not because of what happened but because of the love we have for each other and the love God has for us.

 

Our faith cannot be put into things of this world but must be turned to God alone. I cannot have faith that I will be healed by a miracle…I put faith and belief in God. If He wants me healed completely—His Will—then I believe it will happen.  That does not mean God wants something bad to happen to me or that He will not prevent things to happen. It means that I must trust in God and only He has the ability to change things.

 

We ask children to believe in Santa Claus. We even stage a Santa at the malls for children to go and visit, ask for things, and pose for a photo. I don’t know what you believe but I ask you to believe in something, to be passionate about it, and to seek the true meaning. I will not engage in confrontation if I can help it and that is a stark contrast from the way I used to be. I can only give examples of my faith and you make the choice. As stated previously, I believe we were not given a choice in the garden but stole that from God. Today, we choose to either follow Him or not to follow. Simple. You don’t have to believe but I can tell you that if you make a change to God, He will make a change in you!!!

 

Miracles… They exist because God exists. I believe!!!

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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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Is it simply coincidence that things happen in the way that they do? Do they happen truly by chance? I don’t believe so—maybe sometimes but not always. I believe there are times when God speaks to us through these things if nothing else but to let us know He is there and that we need to take notice. For me, it is further proof that I am on the right track.

 

I posted the previous post this past Saturday, “Great Is the Lord” with scripture taken from Psalms 96. My soul needed scripture to study, to dwell in, to quench my thirst. This scripture is what answered my need and I wanted to share it. When searching in the Bible next to the computer, I first started in a passage from Job–chapter 21. Job and I have become so close in “buddyship” that I am ready to leave him (sorry ole pal). I moved on. The next devotional was Psalms 96. Oh, what words! What a beautiful Psalm-such meaning and fervor.

 

Some other things have happened since Thanksgiving that have shown me God’s hand. I am trying to follow His lead as He lifts me up over the briar thickets. As I listened to the scripture being read at Sunday morning worship, what was the passage for the day? Psalms 96! Coincidence? Chance? I don’t believe that for one second! God had a message for me. My message is not the same as for others but we must do our best to discern what God is saying in order to follow HIM. This message was so great that my heart leaped for joy and if anyone knows anything about me, there has been very little joy around for all of the pain that has been caused in my family.

 

I don’t know what lies ahead in my life (or anyone else’s) but I know that without God so many things would have never happened. What does this really mean? To me, this means that God has enveloped me so great as my Protector. Thank you, God! You have given me everything I need. Just as I moved from the passage of Job into a new devotional of Psalms so shall my life imitate the Word. May God continue to be a bigger part of my life each and every day that I walk with Him. Please watch out for those little times in your life where God is speaking. Sometimes is it is through times of coincidence. People refer to these things by different names but I believe they are special. Please take care and love the Lord!

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16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. — Luke 2:16-20 (NIV)

 

To ponder…what does it mean? From the American Heritage Dictionary:

  • To think about (something) with thoroughness and care.
  • To reflect or consider with thoroughness and care.

 

Mary pondered them in her heart… She treasured up first and then pondered. Why is this written this way? Why is it important? Can anyone really understand what this means if they have not given birth? I believe pondering is important here. Let’s put ourselves in Mary’s shoes. Look at what all she has experienced in the past 9 months before she gave birth.

 

Before a baby is born today, there may be baby showers where gifts, tokens, and all types of things for this precious soul that is about to come into the world are given. A mom will not only treasure these things but will pay (or should) close attention to the gifts and the attitude the gifts are given—the attitude of the heart.

 

I believe Mary was overcome by the outpouring of attention to her beautiful little baby. She kept these things close to her heart. More than likely she thought quite frequently about this time as her son was growing up. It was a momentousness occasion. It gave her peace and joy. I wonder if while watching her grown son die on the cross she thought back to that time when He was born and so much attention was on her son and his future. I suspect Mary also pondered at the cross, too.

 

Do you treasure? Do you ponder? The attitude of the heart… It matters so much. It matters everything. Mary pondered these things in her heart…she treasured and pondered…she kept what all people did for her son in her heart. She did more than think about it all—more than making a scrapbook of memories. The actions of others and that moment in time was forever emblazoned on her heart both at the birth and at the cross.

 

Please understand the Lord, the Love we are supposed to share, and please tattoo it on your heart.

 

Have a most blessed day! 😀

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