“Sigh… is there a remedy?”

Who feels a ‘heaviness of spirit?’ Do you? I believe we all do.”Sigh”…is there a ‘remedy?’

Perhaps the remedy is a ‘change of garments.’ The Bible teaches that there is a‘garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness’.(Is. 61:3).

We are ‘heavy in heart’. Some of us know why. Others don’t, but there is a ‘heaviness’ of pressure! Our heads hurt, we take a ‘remedy’. Our stomachs ache, we look for a ‘remedy’. The list goes on and on physically and even emotionally, doctors have ‘remedies’ of some sort. But we are not 2 dimensional – what about the Spiritual?

There is a Great Physician, and He wants his children WHOLE! His office is always open. His price is affordable, that is if ‘FREE’ works for you!  He is only visited by those who are broken and weak and at the end of their own resources -but He is available 24/7, to any of those!

He hears those who come ‘whole-heartedly’ to Him. The cry of His patients are very often: “Save me, O God; for the waters are come up to my neck – they threaten my life. I sink in deep mire,…  I have come into deep waters, where the floods overwhelm me.” (Psalm 69:1-2,Amplified). “O God, save my life! I’ve come back again!”

These are the cries of the ‘poor in spirit. Not just once , but in repetition: “Rescue me out of the mire, and let me not sink; let me be delivered from those who hate me and from out of the deep waters. Let not the flood waters overflow and overwhelm me, neither let the deep swallow me up…” (Ps. 69:14). But the Great Physician knows, He Hears the cries.  He sees it all before they even look in His eyes! He knows our name before we even speak, and He knows the very reason we cry in His ears: “I am weary with my crying; my throat is parched; my eyes fail with (hopefully) waiting for my God.”(Psalm 69:3).

He says, “Follow Me.” (Matthew 9:9). “I make you lie down in pastures of green. I will bring you to  still waters. I will restore your soul. I will comfort you with My words and My Helper will come and remind you that I AM, even though NOT SEEN!” My words are not as the world professionals speak,  but My Word brings Peace, a peace that will go beyond even all you can understand and see.  By ‘faith’ and faith only will you receive My Words. Faith is the key to the R-E-M-E-D-Y!

“Choose for yourself today- you may choose the ‘prescriptions from the world’  or you may choose ‘wholeness from the Lord’. Would you prefer to ‘go it alone’ and ‘do it your way’ or would you like to follow Me, are you willing to hear what I say?  Take off the ‘old-dirty’ garments and I will provide you with garments of praise. I will. I AM the Great Physician:“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me; because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor; He has sent me to heal the broken hearted,…” do you want to hear more? ” “… to proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;…”(Is. 61:1). I AM the great Physician,  in whom healing and wholeness is found!”

The Great Physician, the I Am is waiting: ” …to comfort all who mourn, To console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness…”(Is. 61:3).

Is this an ‘acceptable time?’ “Vengeance is mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. “Therefore if your enemy hungers, feed him; If he thirsts, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:19-21).

Perhaps all this pain and agony has brought about an ‘acceptable time’ to meet the ‘Great Physician face to face,  not just once, but everyday!’ The remedy, the remedy for our heavy hearted souls. Today, tomorrow, this prayer never grows old:

“But as for me, my prayer is to You, O Lord. At an acceptable and opportune time, O God, in the multitude of Your mercy and the abundance of Your loving-kindness hear me; and in the truth and faithfulness of Your salvation answer me.” (Psalm 69:13).”…I am poor and sorrowful, and in pain. Let Your salvation, O God, set me up on high. I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify Him with thanksgiving.” We Exalt Your name on high! The Father, Son and the Holy Spirit – No longer, Me  – Myself –  and I!”

Can you see the gracious smile of our God the Father in Heaven, as He gestures to His Son to ‘speak the prescription’, the words that He spoke on the hill to the crowd:  “Now go and be blessed and happy, even to the point of being envied and spiritually prosperous ! Be filled with life-joy and satisfaction with My favor and My salvation, for the ‘kingdom of heaven’ ITSELF is yours. (Matthew 5).

I AM able ‘to do exceedingly abundantly above all you ask or even think, according to My power that works mightily in you.’ (Eph. 3:20.) I Am ABLE !  And I will open Heaven’s Doors!”

The Key is Faith, the Remedy is ME: “For the Lord hears the poor and needy, and despises not His prisoners [His miserable and wounded ones]. Let Heaven and earth praise Him…!” (Psalm 69: 33,34). Today, tomorrow, over and over again, “Let – the – praise-  begin!”

Do not fret if you can’t find a garment! For the older, try on:  “Praise God from whom all blessings flow…” For the young, we know the song:  “Jesus loves me this I know!”

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and the children shouted, “Lord save us!”

Towels were placed on the Elementary school-room floor. The kids had no idea what in the world they were for!

So they sat, (with great amount of movement all around), as we tried to get started with our ‘shshsh fingers’ until there was not a sound.

The list comes out, “what should we do first”? “Pray” says a child, not quietly, but with a shout!

These kids are so smart, we can learn so much from them. Eager to pray aloud among friends, tender voices talking to God, asking Him, ‘to bless them.’

Then a song was played, not a top 10 kind of song, but the motions and the words got them all to sing along…“Come on everyone, we’re gonna have a ton of fun- and before the day is done, we will learn about God’s Son: He paid the Price for everyone!” (1)…

Come and see the glory of the Lord, as I bring you into a Good News Club – trust me, you will not be bored – and you will be surprised and amazed, because God works in mysterious ways.

With movement that would make even the fit out of breath, the second verse of the Good News song speaks loud and clear, and the children shout these words so dear: “Jesus is the way, the one and only way to say, all my sins are washed away – and now I’ll read His word and pray -” (1)

And this is all amazing, but I must admit, I always chuckle inside as I hear a room of children, loudly say:  “And I’ll obey Him everyday!”  (1)

So the list is brought out again – what is the next thing? as the children find security in  repetition – ‘Introduce the team, shout the Up Rules, explain the Quiet Seat Prize’- and then, with each  new Bible lesson we do,

there is always a great surprise: God’s word comes alive!

With a prayer team scattered in their work places praying – God is present, and His Spirit is evident- when the lesson is shared in about a quarter of that hour – oh, the power…the power, God’s present Word is…power!

Come and see the glory of the Lord, as we read through Mark chapter Four:

We get  on the towels as if sitting in a boat! The kids begin rowing. I ask them to repeat, all the words that I speak:

“Jesus is with us! We’re rowing in the boat.” (“Jesus is with us! We’re rowing in the boat.”)

“Let’s go over to the other side of the Sea of Galilee.” (Let’s go over to the other side of the Sea of Galilee!”)

“Jesus is with me!” (Jesus is with me!”)

“It’s coming on night! It’s getting dark!” (It’s coming on night, it’s getting dark!”

The wind and the waves are getting hard! (“The Wind and the waves are getting hard!”)

“Jesus is in the boat with us!” (“Jesus in in the boat with us!”)

“A ‘furious squall’  has come over us!” (“A ‘furious squall’ has come over us!”)

“And Jesus is in the boat with us!” (“And Jesus is in the boat with us!”)

“The water! the waves! are breaking over the boat!” (The water! The waves! are breaking over the boat!)

“The storm! The winds! The waves! We are sinking! We can’t stay afloat!” (The storm! The winds! The waves! We are sinking! We can’t stay afloat!”)

“Where is Jesus? Where is Jesus?” (the kids look at the picture shown on the wall),  He is sleep -ing! He is sleeping shout 25 kids in all!

“Does Jesus look worried? Does Jesus look afraid?” A child shouts out: “He looks like He’s resting. It’s been a long day!

“Doesn’t He care about us? We are going to die! But He’s here about us!” Shake Him and shout out – “Jesus, Save us ! Don’t You care about our lives?!’

25 children shout out together, “Jesus Save us! Don’t You care about our lives?!”

And the power point changed, and  we all looked in hope, the picture has Jesus standing, with His arms held out wide, “Peace, Be Still!” as the fierce winds, subside…the story from Mark chapter 4 verse 39.

WORD UP: “Jesus is all Powerful!” The children shout!…and the Team helpers and everyone in the room feel the presence of God all about!

“Where two or more are gathered in His name”(2),  it is told, that Jesus is present- and “in His presence is fullness of joy”.(3) Everyone in the room, was glad they came!

The memory Verse for today, we just experienced: “Your kingdom come, Your will be done…”(4) Jesus was in the boat with us! He has come and His will is that we ‘cry out with our whole heart soul and mind, “Jesus Save us!

A Savior to be, to me  –  personally. Be my Savior completely!

Come in my life for now and forever. Make my heart that was hard and dark with sin, be washed by Your blood that was shed on the cross, as You held out Your hands to bring Peace to …all of us.

“Red, brown, yellow, black, and white, they are precious in His sight…”(5) Jesus laid down His life for us, and took our punishment and paid our debt,

as He willingly obeyed the will of His Father, that we might be close and separated from God no longer!

All eyes were closed. The invitation was given. “If you have decided to ask Jesus in your life today, show me by looking at me in my eyes. Today, today is like a 2nd birthday! New life for you – because Jesus rose from the dead! He is alive! He is alive!

He is alive in you!”

Kids, let’s end with our brand new song – “Just Turn Around”, come on, and sing along:

“Just turn around! Look to God above. Just turn around and see Christ’s great love. He gave His life to pay for your sin; Believe and He will come live within. Just turn around! Look to God above. Just turn around and see Christ’s great love.”

“I’m turned around. Christ is my Savior! I’m turned around. In my behavior! I will plan to read God’s word and pray, and claim Christ’s power to live each day. I’m turned around. Christ is my Savior! I’m turned around, in – my – be-hav-ior!”

P.S. I recently read: “Do what you love, love what you do!” Sharing Good News to people all around is what will keep God’s people healthy, and joyful and with a mind that’s sound! People-read your Bibles, pray every day…and God will meet you and shine a light for the Way.

“Your Kingdom come...” He’s in the boat with you. He’s not worried or afraid…”

Your will be done…” His will for you and me, each and every day we breathe – is, “Cry out to Jesus.” Cry out His name!

“On earth as it is in heaven…” Don’t go it alone, ‘where two or more are gathered in His name...’ find such a place and be there, because ‘in His presence is fullness of joy…’ and ‘heaven is found on this broken earth, when we are finally at our ‘whits-end’ and we cry out to Jesus, our Savior and Friend!

This is my story, this is my song. Praising my Savior,

all

the

day long.

Do you need ministry? Let the little children know that Jesus loves them…and tell them HOW it is you know!

 

 

(1) Good News Song: “What’s the News.

(2). Matthew 18:20.

(3) Psalm 16:11

(4) Matthew 6:10.

(5) Jesus loves the little children (song).

 

 

 

“…but the bush was not consumed.” Ex. 3:2.

I pray inside, silently and ask the Lord: “Show me today, what is it You want to say. Give me ears to hear. Oh God, draw ever so near.”

 

Ex. 3:1,
“Now  Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. And he led the flock to the back of the desert, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.”

Exodus 3:2, “And the Angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush burned with fire, but the bush was not consumed.”
From the midst of a bush, the Angel of the LORD appeared to Moses in a flame of fire!

So, Moses looked, and the Book is written and the words are recorded so we can read over and over again, that, ‘behold, the bush burned with fire, but the bush was not consumed!’

Just a bush! Burning with the fire of the LORD…but not consumed ! Illuminated with the power and glory of the Lord… not an Oak, not a Sycamore – just a bush!

This is a picture many of us have seen in a childhood Bible story book!

I pray inside, silently and ask the Lord: “Show me today, what is it You want to say. Give me ears to hear. Oh God, draw ever so near. Truly this picture that we have seen again and again has something for me, right now, to see.

Fire, flame…

“For it is God who commanded light to shine out of darkness who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure, (which is Jesus, which is the fire burning), in earthen vessels, ( or our own broken lives, or measly little bushes), that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.” 2 Cor. 4:6,7.

The bush was not consumed- as Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 4:8-10?,
“We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed – always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.”

Just an old dried out bush in the back side of the desert, shining ever so bright with the Angel of the LORD appearing in the form of fire – and the bush was not consumed!

And this is my favorite part:
“Then Moses said, “I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.”Exodus 3:3.

I have recently learned that the word ‘worship’ in the Greek comes from a word meaning, ‘to turn toward and kiss.'(proskuneo).
Could God possibly be showing you and me today, in this most familiar story, that while Moses was for years in the back side of the desert, seemingly ‘put on a shelf’, that the LORD was with him,and has a plan.
Just like Jeremiah 29:11,
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a future and a hope.”
And not only that – but Moses chose to turn aside and…and to let us all know his desire, “I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.”

Yes! It is today, that God has shown me through this simple story so many of the truths He wants me to hold on to. Don’t you see it?
The bush does not burn! Why?
Because Lamentations 3:22-23 tells us why,
“Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed,
Because His compassions fail not.
They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.”

I believe Moses worshiped the Lord.

He did not understand everything…but he was beholding…
Oh, how we need to ‘behold’ the LORD!

So the story continues, ex. 3:4,“So when the LORD saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!” and he said, “Here I am.”

God speaks to us in these stories, specifically.We have become witnesses ourselves, and in Is. 43:10. God speaks, “You are My witnesses,” says the LORD, and My servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe Me, and understand that I am He…I, even I am the LORD.”

And God speaks to Moses in Ex. 3:5, “Then He said, “Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.”

All I know is that when I am bare footed, I have to walk real carefully!
Today I will worship God for His steadfast love and walk carefully.

“Oh come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker. for He is our God,
And we are the people of His pasture,
and the sheep of His hand.” Ps. 95:6,7.

Because He is love, He gave us choice…

“How could God allow this?” “How can God allow that?” For some, the tone is sharp, the fist is raised. For others, with broken heart and great, great loss, in the sorrow and the tears, can’t breathe out praise.

A hymn was written, “Love Lifted Me,”  by James Rowe, who understood this completely:

“I was sinking deep in sin, Far from the peaceful shore, Very deeply stained within, sinking to rise no more…”

What does it all mean? All this talk of sin? Jesus said to talk to God in this manner:   “Our Father in heaven, holy is His name.”

Have we forgotten He loves the children – of the whole wide world and sees the confusion, brought on by sin.

“Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Your name.” You watched as Adam, who was given choice, by love…

ate the forbidden fruit. You watched, our Father from above, as the lies about You, were spoken of.

“Can you accept, that in love, I gave you choice from the beginning? Can you look and discover there is an enemy who hates-who lies and destroys and deceives all he can – can you understand that  My voice was forgotten, …

My Word proclaims the power of forgiveness… and covering…

Because I am love, I let go, and allow you, to walk a path –  you choose to know.

Selah, pause and think quietly about these things – through the blood of the Lamb, I have provided all that you need. I have given you choice, that you might…

choose…

Me.”

The words of the hymn ‘Love lifted me’ continues to sing its melody: “But the Master of the sea Heard my despairing cry, From the waters lifted me- Now safe am I.”

“Love lifted me! Love lifted me! When nothing else could help , Love lifted me.”(3).

This is the heart of our Father in heaven, He is Holy and we’ve been separated from Him, 

By our sin – our doubt, our fear,  and our rebellion – by our selfishness and hardness or heart, we’ve made our ‘own revelation.’

Because God is love, (1) He gave us choice. He desires we choose to look and hear His voice.

“Whoever does not love does not know God because God is love.”(2). This is the word of our Father above.

Let the hymn writer speak, his testimony: “Souls in danger, look above; Jesus completely saves. He will lift you by His love Out of the angry waves.”

“He is the Master of the sea, Billows His will obey. He your Savior wants to be, Be saved today.”

“Your Kingdom come…” He’s come here today. His name is Jesus and wills for peace in our lives to stay.

“Love lifted me!” That is why I write and remember these old old hymns, because they get me back- back in tune with Him.

Even after great sorrow, after a very ‘dark night’ when the clouds cover the sun and the thoughts blind all sight.

“I was sinking deep in sin, Far from the peaceful shore, Very deeply stained within, Sinking to rise no more. But the Master of the sea  Heard my despairing cry, From the waters lifted me – Now safe am I.”  (Love lifted me), yes love lifted me.

No matter the loss, no matter the pain- don’t get bitter at God. God’s love still remains. Cry out God in Jesus name. His love lifts to a heavenly domain. 

(1) 1 John 4:8.

(2) 1 John 4:8.

 (3) Love Lifted Me by James Riwe, 1912.

Did America forget what a true leader looks like?

Just as Moses led Israel on dry ground through the midst of the sea, (and this is recorded in Exodus 14), America – with spacious skies and ‘amber waves of grain’ won Independence and victory ’cause ‘God shed His grace on Thee.’

Moses, who was weak in heart at best,  held on to the God’s rod and word, and cried out to Him in moments of great duress!

The story is written in the Good Book,  to learn what leadership is, and how it should look.

It was Moses who sang and all the children of Israel as well, to the LORD God Almighty, their story to tell: “The LORD is my strength and my song,” in Exodus 15 it is written , that through the LORD’s mercies,  and by His great power – victory and a banner  was theirs- His name exalted that very hour!

The battle was raging the story is told in Exodus 17 for us to behold. Moses commanded Joshua to choose men to fight the enemy who steals, kills and destroys at will,  whom he might.

Joshua did as Moses had said, as the story is told, for us all, to be read. Moses went up to the top of the hill with the rod of God in His hand –  held up high, victory instilled!

Do we remember the story? How Moses’ hands grew heavy, so the help of supporters, of Aaron and Hur, held up his arms that his hands would remain high and steady.

The victory didn’t come from one man who shouted, “I will do this!” The victory came because all united, and God  – was  – the – main  – focus!

Today we are lost, when we look to man, whose confidence is in self, instead of foundational security: “In God we trust!”

Wisdom Himself spoke to His children: “Every nation divided against itself is brought to desolation…”

Yes, Jesus spoke so we might hear and understand:”…every city or every house divided against itself,  will- not- stand.” (1)

Who is a leader respected and honored? As children we picture George Washington on blended knee – seeking wisdom from Providence on behalf -of -the -whole -country!

America! America? Have we forgotten our history? The Pilgrim Fathers sought to find a new land where their children could worship God  rightly and freely!

Time has past, and we have forgotten our beginning! How can this be? We’ve not read the song of Moses, we have forgotten that GOD-parted -the -Red -Sea.

America, please remember the men and woman who gave up everything, that their children might know the King of all Kings.

“In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.” Isaiah 30 verse 15. Remember America, what a true leader is, what truly will make America great…

A leader who is humble, who seeks wisdom and cares, to protect and instruct the children of the nation – by example, by careful words- by meekness, by prayer…

America, America we must sing a new song. We must remember the LORD is our strength in whom we belong!

Be warned America, we are  at the brink of disaster! We must get on our knee, as George did back then, and cry out to God this very hour ! We need a leader who knows he can’t on his own- but kneels to Providential Power!

America, America, all hope for us is lost, lest we turn from our self seeking ways, and cry “forgive us” at all cost!

A leader once prayed,  named Abraham Lincoln: “That this Nation Under God shall have a new birth of freedom…”

Unless America has a leader who understands, that ‘One Nation Under God’ is our only hope to stand. Sin has separated this nation from God.  Jesus Christ laid down His life, for us all, He has paid the debt in full that we owe…

America, choose  a leader with integrity and  wisdom.  America, choose  a leader that  will make a good role model for our children!

(1) Matthew 12:25. Words of Jesus.

 

 

 

 

“The LORD is my strength and my song…”

“The LORD is my strength and my song, and he is become my salvation…” Exodus 15:2.

This is a sword. This is a shield. The weapons I need at this present moment. This is health, this is vitality…thinking of truth and writing it down –

and singing it now…

from the depth of my heart-this is power to make a new start!

“The LORD is my strength and my song, and he is become my salvation…”

Not just words on a page. Not just opening the book.

This is victory to  overcome ANYTHING… that comes to destroy what God has done!

Fear has no foundation…never, no never! but it comes like a flood, and feels so near.

BUT GOD is able to deliver us here –  right now in His power, in His might – in His name – He …dispels the night.

“Remember Me…”

“Remember Me… Do this in remembrance of Me.” Sing to Me and make melody.

I make my habitation in your song. I abide in your praises. Remember, ‘the horse and his rider has been thrown into the sea.’ (1). Remember Me.

I Am on the throne forever. (2). I AM able to deliver.

Don’t look to ‘me,myself and I’ – this is a pitiful combination – instead ‘tune your heart to sing of My grace’

spend time in worship and look upon My face…

Turn your eyes on the Rock of all ages. ‘and the things of earth will grow stangely dim, in light of His glory and grace!'(3).

Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of Earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace
Oh soul are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness to see
There’s a light for a look at the Savior
And life more abuntant and free
His words shall not fail you, He promised
Believe Him and all will be well
Then go to a world that is dying
His perfect salvation to tell
Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of Earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace. (3).
“The LORD is my strength and my song… for now and forever…for this day, long.

1.Exodus 15:21.

2.Exodus 15:18.

3. Turn Your eyes Upon Jesus, the hymn.

 

 

 

When my foot slips…

 “My foot slips!” “I feel surrounded!”

 Yes, there are days when it seems I am truly ‘walking in the shadow of death!’

“Just take your next breath!” I say, “Just take your next breath!”

Paralysis has set in, but I’m still breathing! I’m still breathing!

I won’t panic, yet my thoughts lead me to do just that!

“He teaches my hands to make war, So that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.” (Ps. 18:34).

My hands move me to open ‘the Sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God’.(Eph. 6:17).

“Thus says God the LORD, Who created the heavens and stretched them out, Who spread forth the earth and that which comes from it, Who gives breath to the people on it, And spirit to those who walk on it: I, the LORD, have called You in righteousness, And will hold Your hand;…”(Isaiah 42:5,6).

I believe You Lord, I give You my hand! Help me Lord, I just don’t understand!

“Do not fret because of evildoers, Nor be envious of the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, And wither as the green herb.”(Ps. 37:1).

This day is more evil than others, it seems Lord. This day is dark and full of trouble. There is even doubt in the truth that You care! There is even doubt that You are here! The battle, the battle, is so thick and dark…

“O LORD God, to whom vengeance belongs- O God, to whom vengeance belongs, shine forth! Rise up, O Judge of the earth; Render punishment to the proud. LORD, how long will the wicked, How long will the wicked triumph?”(Ps. 94:1-3). 

I don’t have words, but the words have been written. “They utter speech, and speak insolent things; All the workers of iniquity boast in themselves. They break in pieces Your people, O LORD, And afflict Your heritage…Yet they say, “The LORD does not see, Nor does the God of Jacob understand.”(Psalm 94:4-7).

So I read on and my eyes catch some light, “If I say, my foot slips, Your mercy, O LORD, will hold me up.”

Yes, “satisfy us with Your mercy and lovingkindness in the morning, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.” (Psalm 90:14). “Make us glad in proportion to the days in which You have afflicted us, and to the years in which we have suffered evil.” (Ps. 90:15). This is what Your word says.

You are in control, You have allowed hardship and trial. To think that this prayer of Moses speaks the words of my heart. Your word O God, has given me life, Your word O Lord, has given me breath! I will sing a new song, even though it is so very old, “I need Thee every hour, Most gracious Lord. No tender voice like Thine, can peace afford. I need Thee every hour, stay Thou nearby, temptations lose their power, when thou art nigh…( I Need Thee Every Hour).

 And the song of Moses, amplified, reads just like the old hymn, “And let the beauty and delightfulness and favor of the Lord our God be upon us; confirm and establish the work of our hands, yes, the work of our hands confirm and establish it.”(Psalm 90:17).

And even more than that, God will take care of the wicked, even though it seems right now they are getting away with it all, He’s got hold of my heart, I can see it all now, He brought me a peace that surpasses even my own understanding: “For the Lord will not cast off nor spurn His people, neither will He abandon His heritage. For justice will return to the [uncomprimisingly] righteous, and all the upright in heart will follow it.” (Psalm 94:14,15).

Yes, Your word puts a new song, a new train of thought in my mind,” I need Thee, O I need Thee, every hour I need Thee, O bless me now my Savior, I come to Thee.”

Your word O Lord has increased my faith.

Your presence O God inhabits my praise.

There is joy again. There is hope.

In Your presence I am whole:
“He sent from above, He took me; He drew me out of many waters. He delivered me from my strong enemy, From those who hated me, For they were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my calamity, But the LORD was my support.”(Ps. 18:16-18).“He also brought me out into a broad place; He delivered me because He delighted in me.” (Ps. 18:19).My countenance has changed! My foot no longer slips  in this moment in the battle. God has rescued me, time and time again. And in the future when my thoughts set out to destroy me again, I will remember the words which have already been written. Written for me, because You, O LORD –  delight – in – me. This is true, so I will talk to my soul when my foot starts to slip:

“Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance.”(Ps 42:5)

“Lift up your eyes on high, And see who has created these things, Who brings out their host by number; He calls them all by name, By the greatness of His might and the strength of His power; Not one is missing.” (Is. 40:26).

God is big, God is great, and He is with you right now, don’t forget, He’s got hold of your hand. He took hold of mine, and He’s kept me breathing!

He brought strength to my feeble knees, when I got my eyes off the road and unto the hills. And I remembered, His power is shown in the lives of the weak. We must set our eyes on things above, our confidence must always be simply in Him, “A bruised reed He will not break, And smoking flax He will not quench…”(Matthew 12:20).

Others may scoff, but You God breathe in me, simply breathe, that my breath continues and You help me stand.

“Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God you may receive the promise.”(Hebrews 10:35,36). So give me endurance to keep walking with You. As I take hold of Your hand every morning before I even leave my bed, help me remember just what Your word  has said!

And, “Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.”

I will chose to “hold fast the word of life…” But wait,  even when I’m too weak to hold on, You’ve shown me through the trouble, You’ve got a hold on me.

My foot almost slips, You know me by name, Your mercy and love, O God,… that is what carries me.

And tomorrow when the fear comes rushing back in, I’ll remind myself, You have not let go of me.

“You have also given me the shield of Your salvation; Your right hand has held me up…”(Ps. 18:35).

Your right hand holds me…”You enlarged my path under me; So that my feet did not slip!” (Ps. 18:36,) exclamation point put there by me!

PEANUTS answers …

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God gives us life. He gives breath to  our lungs. He gives choice to love, … or not.

Our Father in heaven watches us go this way and that. He watches us go  backwards and forward…

He waits, with a patience our tiny brains don’t come close to comprehend.

We forget that “He is friend that sticks closer than a brother.” (1)

“For God so loved the world that He gave, … ” provision.

Not just for some, but for all. The bad, the simple, and the forsaken too.

“For unto us a child is born – …” (2)

But who can see? In the whirlwind of life, the struggle to survive, the frantic motions forward? Who can see, the Provision prepared – until there is a moment when a desert storm

His Table prepared.

Who will come to My supper, who will turn to come in?

He waits with love. He patiently endures …

Do we turn to discover the richness of color and design and mysterious revelation in a Book that lays silent and distant and seemingly flat.

 

God is love, always and forever – but take off your shoes! He is holy. He is just.  And His ways… far above …us.The bread has been broken, the cup is full …of forgiveness overflowing – our crimson stains washed white …as the purest of wool.

“What is love?” We all ask, as we trod this dusty earth?

God, Who IS love, puts lights of witness on our path. (Even cartoon figures who seem like ‘blockheads’ at best!) “A man called Jesus.” He is ‘what is love.’  He is the name above all names. Jesus is the name Who saves from above.

 “What makes you think you know?”

The Bible tells me so:  1 Corinthians 13: Love is very patient and kind,

never jealous or envious, never boastful or proud,

never haughty or selfish or rude.

Love does not demand its own way.

It is not irritable or touchy.

It does not hold grudges and will hardly even notice when others do it wrong.

It is never glad about injustice, but rejoices whenever truth wins out.

If you love someone, you will be loyal to him no matter what the cost.

You will always believe in him,

always expect the best of him,

and always stand your ground in defending him. (NLT).

“Dear Jesus, this is not me. I am so sorry to confess. I am so far from ‘love’ at times,… will you take my mess. Empty me. Fill me with You. You are ‘love’, Lord Jesus. How desperately  I need You!

Without You, I can do no thing…fill me Lord, that I can take a breath and sing:

“Oh, how I love Jesus. Oh, how I love Jesus. Oh, how I LOVE Jesus,…because He first loved me. In Jesus name,

Amen.”

“Abide in Me, and I in you, As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” John 15:4,5). 

(1) Proverbs 18:24

(2) Isaiah 9:6

The strings vibrate and move still waters…

“The voice of the LORD is over the waters; The God of glory thunders; The LORD is over many waters. The voice of the LORD is powerful; The voice of the LORD is full of majesty. (Psalm 29:3,4).
Psalm 29 speaks of glory and power! This is the name of God, not our own!  God is a God we can see quite clearly. He speaks in nature, He abides in our praise. Give thanks to Him this very hour, in the good the bad and  even the sour!

“And we’ll understand it better, by and by, by and by…” We’ll understand it when we praise Him  and give Him focus with our eye!

“The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars, Yes, the LORD splinters the cedars of Lebanon. He makes them also skip like a calf, Lebanon and Sirion like a young wild ox. The voice of the LORD divides the flames of fire.” (Psalm 29:5-7).

Who can do all that? Nothing is impossible with God! We will understand it when we praise Him and give Him focus with our eye!

“We are often tossed and driv’n on the restless sea of time, rolling clouds and howling tempests oft succeed a bright sunshine; in that land of perfect day, when the mists have rolled away, We will understand it better by and by.”(Charles A. Tindley , We’ll understand It Better By and By).

“The voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness; The LORD shakes the Wilderness of Kadesh. The voice of the LORD makes the deer give birth, And strips the forests bare; And in His temple everyone says, “Glory!” The LORD sat enthroned at the Flood, And the LORD sits as King forever.”(Psalm 29:8-10).

Psalm 29 gives voice to the King Who reigns forever on the throne. Tindley’s hymn gives us hope to sing.  Fixing our hearts on faith, and waiting and trusting in Him. The One Who is able accomplish exceedingly things! Shall we agree and give to God the glory due His name, even in times of sadness and great loss and pain?

“Trials dark on every hand, and we cannot understand, All the ways that God would lead us to that blessed promised land; But He’ll guide us with His eye, and we’ll follow Him until we die, We will understand it better by and by. “

“And we’ll understand it better by and by.”

Dear LORD, this is our sacrifice of praise to You today, we choose to worship and we choose to offer You praise:

“Give unto the LORD, O you mighty ones, Give unto the LORD glory and strength. Give unto the LORD the glory due to His name; Worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.” (Psalm 29:1,2). 

Just as the strings can vibrate the waters, our vocal chords will sing. We will sing of Your greatness, Your forgiveness and love. We’ll rest by the stirring up of the waters of our soul –  with hope, for now, and with faith, hope, and love forevermore!

” He will guide us with His eye, and we’ll follow Him ’till we die, and we’ll understand it better by and by,

by and by …” 

  • Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so!

“We’ll understand it better by and by…”

Words have been written, and I dig them up from the past, because through time and ages, they speak – for me, for you –  bringing comfort to last.

God allowed hard times for the man who wrote this hymn – Charles A. Tindley, a ‘prominent, powerful, persecuted American-African. He wrote through the pain in 1851, – not in anger or in hate – but in power and love with faith -of faith in a God Whom he could not see, but with eyes focused and believing on the promise… of eternity!

1.”We are often tossed and driv’n on the restless sea of time, rolling clouds and howling tempests oft succeed a bright sunshine; In that land of perfect day, when the mists have rolled away, We will understand it better by and by. By and by.”

This hymn was written and recorded and often sung, not asking, “Why?, Why God Why?” but instead, “We will understand it better by and by. By and by.”

“By and by when the morning comes, …We’ll tell the story how we’ve over-come; And we’ll understand it better by and by, by and by.”

There is hope and there is trust in a God that is great. There is patience and  quietness and rest while we wait.

2. “Trials dark on ev’ry hand, and we cannot understand, All the ways that God would lead us to that blessed promised land; But He’ll guide us with His eye, and we’ll follow till we die, We will understand it better by and by, by and by.”

Words written of wrestling, yet of surrender to God’s plan. Power is in surrender and taking hold of God’s hand.

“We’ve over-come; And we’ll understand it better by and by, by and by…When the saints of God are gathered home, we’ll tell the story of how we’ve over-come; And we’ll understand it better by and by, by and by.”

We’ll Understand it Better By and By , Charles A. Tindley – tells us why. Perhaps in our present day we should be resurrecting words spoken in  1905!