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Lord, you are the God who saves me;
day and night I cry out to you.
May my prayer come before you;
turn your ear to my cry.

I am overwhelmed with troubles
and my life draws near to death.
I am counted among those who go down to the pit;
I am like one without strength.
I am set apart with the dead,
like the slain who lie in the grave,
whom you remember no more,
who are cut off from your care.

You have put me in the lowest pit,
in the darkest depths.
Your wrath lies heavily on me;
you have overwhelmed me with all your waves.
You have taken from me my closest friends
and have made me repulsive to them.
I am confined and cannot escape;
my eyes are dim with grief.

—Psalms 88:1-9 (NIV)

Do not lose hope or remain in a state of despair. God is with you. He comforts and gives peace even when we think we are so far from Him. He will set us free if we will allow Him to do so. We are not cut off from God. He is with us.

May your day be so very blessed! 😀

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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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