Are You Still Breathing?

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Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.   — Psalm 150:6

One bitterly cold January morning I peered out my dining room window and glimpsed the neighborhood birds gobbling down the tasty seeds from the freshly filled bird feeder. A petite chickadee perched on a tree sprig close to the window quickly caught my attention as it waited patiently for the traffic to clear at the feeder. Its perky acrobatic maneuvers exuded a cocky, high-spirited cheerfulness. Enthralled, I inched closer to the window as my spirit was transformed from the winter blues of a dark frigid morning to a light-heartedness I sorely needed.

Suddenly this cheery, comedic creature thrust its breast forward, threw its head upwards to the sky and babbled out a crisp “chick-a-dee-dee-dee!” It was at that moment I spotted a teeny wisp of its breath hanging in the cold, frosty air, like a tiny white cotton shroud. What a vibrant and vital breath that was! What an awesome sight to behold! I’d like to believe it was singing and praising God that it was alive and well on that frosty, wintry morning.

How many mornings do you arise to a new day and are suddenly aware that you do not feel like praising God? Take a lesson from the lively chickadee. You still have breath, so “praise ye the Lord!”

Lord, I need to praise You each day
To keep Satan’s fiery darts away;
Help me to be of good cheer,
To trust in You and have no fear.

All creatures great and small, including us, need to sing praises to our Creator.

What did I Know!

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During times of life’s struggles and turmoil, it’s natural to first open our arsenal of combative tools. Next we reflect upon our strengths, both physical and mental, and thrust the old “heave ho” at the enemy line. Before we realize it, however, our resources are exhausted and lie grounded like paper airplanes with shredded wings. Relief is not in sight! Our spirit chokes on the “winds of war” and our hands raise into the air, desperately grasping for a reprieve. But where, oh where will help come from?

Psalm 28:7 “The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts.”

This is our surety: The Lord is our strength and our shield.

Our power to combat life’s struggles lies from the gracious auspices of our loving and almighty God. We may ask how this works. It’s simple. Trust Him. With all our heart.

Believing that He is God, ascertain that He is able to provide all our needs. Who else in this world could do that? I can’t think of anyone or anything else. Not even the strongest person in the whole universe nor all the armies in this universe.   If we can’t meet the challenge of combating catastrophes, no matter what we confront them with, what good does it do for us to trust in our OWN understanding? Nothing!

Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.”

Do not trust our own understanding. Our intellect, wit, cleverness, or competency have not come forth and rescued us. They give us no comfort. They do not refresh our soul.

But . . . God gives us our daily bread, steadfast love, undeserved forgiveness, leads us in comforting ways, protects us from unforeseen trials, and welcomes us back into His presence when time is no more.

With ALL our heart . . . believe in God . . . trust in God.

 

“When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word,

What a glory He sheds on our way!

While we do His good will, He abides with us still,

And with all who will trust and obey.

Not a shadow can rise, not a cloud in the skies,

But His smile quickly drives it away;

Not a doubt or a fear, not a sigh or a tear,

Can abide while we trust and obey.”

by John H. Sammis

 

 

My Hope

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Psalm 71:14-18 “But I will hope continually, and will yet praise thee more and more.  My mouth shall show forth thy righteousness and thy salvation all the day, for I know not the numbers thereof.  I will go in the strength of the Lord God.  I will make mention of thy righteousness, even of thine only.  O God, thou hast taught me from my youth, and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works.  Now also when I am old and gray headed, O God, forsake me not, until I have showed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to everyone that is to come.”  (KJV)

These verses really touch my heart, as so many times I find myself relying on my strength, not God’s.  God prompts me time and again that my strength is from Him.  As long as we draw breath, we are to remain faithful to Him and glorify Him in our lives.  We must remember that others are watching us, and as we live, we build the bridges that they will someday cross over.  Are these bridges built upon sand or upon the Rock?  An old saying goes:  “Success is not counted by how high you have climbed, but by how many you have brought with you.”  It is true also in our spiritual walk with our God.  May others see him in our actions, words and hearts so they too will grasp the great Hope that is ours…eternal life in heaven with the Lord Jesus Christ, our Savior and King. (jew)

O God, quicken to life every power within us, that we may lay hold on eternal things.  Open our eyes that we may see, give us acute spiritual perception, enable us to taste Thee and know that Thou are good.  Make heaven more real to us than any earthly thing has ever been.  Amen

~A. W. Tozer

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A little whine

A wee bemoan

A sighed whimper

That’s all I’ve sown

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The body rebels

Stabs my soul

Pains my mind

Make me whole

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Gird my loins

Chin up, I say

Today’s gone

Another day

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Hope lies there

Raw and bare

Through the fog

Somewhere

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Rest in Him

Hand it o’er

Share the pain

Let it pour

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Praise the Lord

Sing a psalm

Ask and seek

His sweet balm

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Amen

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NaPoWriMo     Day 29

The “G” Psalm

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The G Psalm

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Psalm 145:1-9

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God is Great.

God is to be praised Greatly.

God’s Greatness is unsearchable.

God’s majesty is Glorious.

God’s wondrous works are Great.

God is full of Great mercy.

God’s compassion is Gracious.

God’s Glory shall be praised by all the saints.

God’s kingdom is everlasting to all Generations.

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Amen.

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NaPoWriMo   Day 26

 

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Did You Know?

“How precious also are Thy thoughts of me, O God!  How great is the sum of them!”  Psalm 139:17

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There was never anyone so faithful or considerate or far-seeing as Jesus.  He had great commendation to give a woman, a follower who came early to the tomb to ready His body for burial.  She came beforehand with her ministry to Him.   He was always thinking ahead of the disciples.  When He sent them to prepare the Passover, there was found an upper room furnished and prepared.  He had thought it all out.  His plans were not made only for that day.  He was always in advance of time.  When the disciples came back from fishing, Jesus was on the seashore with a fire of coals and fish laid thereon.  He thinks of the morning duties before you stir; He is there before you.  He is waiting long before you awake.  His anticipations are all along the way of life before you.

After the resurrection, the disciples were bewildered, and the way looked black.  But the angel said, “Behold, He goes before you into Galilee.”

He is always ahead, thinking ahead, preparing ahead.  Take this text with you into your future, take it into today’s experience:

“Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid… I go to prepare a place for you.”

He is out in the world doing it.  He will be there before you.  He will bring you to your appointed place, and you will find your appointed resources.  You will discover His insightHis oversight, and His foresight.  You may not always see Him, but you can walk by faith in the dark if you know that He sees you, and you can sing as you journey, even through the night.

~by John Macbeath

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“We mean a lot to Some One, and ’tis everything to me

That to God His wayward children were worth a Calvary.

It’s the meaning of my Sunday, and to Saturday from Monday,

It is my hope that one day my Savior I shall see.

Though the day be dark and dreary, here’s comfort for the weary–

We mean a lot to Some One Who died for you and me!”

~author unknown

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The Lord is righteous in all His ways and holy in all His works.  The Lord is nigh unto them that call upon Him, to all that call upon Him in truth.  He will fulfill the desire of them that fear Him.  He also will hear their cry and will save them.  The Lord preserveth all them that love Him; but all the wicked will He destroy.  My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord; and let all flesh bless His holy name for ever and ever.  Psalm 145:17-21 (KJV)

 

These verses begin and end with praises to Almighty God, and sandwiched in-between is prayer and protection.  What a beautiful portrait of our relationship to our heavenly Father!  Daily we need to speak, sing, think and pray our praises to Him.  By responding to Him through our worship and obedience, we demonstrate our adoration and love for Him. He is always faithful to protect us and hear our prayers. 

Father, we do adore You, we stand in awe of You and we love You.  Thank you for Your righteousness, Your holiness, Your watch and care over us.  We acknowledge that You are in control of all things, from the next beat of our hearts to the drawing in of our next breaths.  May our mouths, hearts and souls speak of Your holy name, for ever and ever!  Amen