What did I Know!

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© 2015 Jeanne E Webster. All Rights Reserved.

 

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

 

 

Wrestling Routine

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Haggai 2:4 “Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, saith the Lord; and be strong, O Joshua, son of Josedech, the high priest; and be strong, all ye people of the land, saith the Lord, and work…for I am with you, saith the Lord.” (KJV)
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“Be strong, all the people of the land, says the Lord.”

This is something we need to take personally. Write our own names here and REST in the Lord’s promise, “I am with you.”

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Are you lying in a bed of pain and woe? Do you groan because you no longer are able to drive yourself here and there? Do you need someone to help you get dressed in the morning and undressed at night?

“What is the sense?” you ask. Because the Lord says, “I am with YOU!”

You may be unable to do many things, but you can always sing and pray. And that, dear women, is your REST.

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When Samuel Rutherford lay in Aberdeen prison, Scotland, ages ago, he wrote at the top of his letters, “God’s Palace, Aberdeen.”

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When Madam Guyon was imprisoned in the castle at Vincennes, France, she said, “It seems as though I were a little bird whom the Lord has placed in a cage, and that I have nothing now to do but sing.”

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And prisons shall palaces prove, if Jesus abides with me there.
~from Mrs. Charles E. Cowman’s “Springs in the Valley”

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The past two years I have been at rest, thankfully in my own home and with family. A muscle disease has burdened me with pain, depression and many devastating side effects from the medication. All through this I have had this mighty ally, yet lost sight of Him off and on due to my missing the target of hope. Instead I focused on tomorrow, the next day, and the next day. And the day after that. I lost sight of my Lord. Many a time.

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Patience is a hard virtue to master; faith can be an elusive routine to secure

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“I’m learning, Lord!”

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Heavenly Lullabies

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Heavenly Lullabies

 

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“Happy New Year!” is on its way; it’s knocking at the door.  Are we ready with some tried-and-true resolutions to spruce up the old BODY?   Weight loss, new job, quit smoking, kick the drugs and booze habit, smile more at the world, spend more time with the family, lean harder on the budget, sock more money away each month . . .these objectives will certainly tidy up our persona for a better year ahead. 

What about our spiritual features?  Are they on extended vacation from the divine practices and nourishment our sacred nature requires?   Hopefully not. The world distracts our focus away from godly nutrition, pleading instead to the louder more sensual intonations of our carnal nature.  Instead of developing a deeper faith in our Creator, we find ourselves tossed about, clinging to life on a slippery slope and being slapped by one fear after another.

Everywhere we look there is turmoil, anxiety, fear, tension, and dread.  What are we to do? Is this what life is all about?  To put it succinctly, NO!

Life is relying on the Lord for strength and sustenance in the physical body AND in the spiritual body. 

Jesus warns us to quit worrying about things that hinder our walk in the spirit. As Christians, we have precious encouragement, “Don’t worry about what tomorrow will bring you, for it will take care of itself.” (Matt. 6:34)

What’s He saying here? Do not worry or become over-anxious.  Ok, but why does He say this when all about us are fearful distractions? Are we looking in all the wrong places for help?

He adds:  Matt. 6:33: Don’t worry about what you will eat, what you will drink, or if you will be clothed.  Non-believers worry about those things!   “Seek FIRST the kingdom of God and His righteousness…and all your needs will be provided to you.”

In summation, Jesus tells us that God is still in charge of our lives; He knows our every need. “For your heavenly Father knows that you have need of these things.” (Matt. 6:32b)

What assurance! What RE-assurance! Our heavenly Father knows. Think about it. God is the creator of all things, even us, and planned the world’s itinerary from its beginning onward. And here we are, worrying about what’s going to happen tomorrow. “O ye of little faith!” (Matt. 6:30)

Phil. 4:6-7 “May I be anxious for nothing, and in all things by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, may I make my needs known to You; and I know that Your peace, which surpasses all understanding, will guard my heart and mind through Jesus Christ.  Amen.”

 

May the melodious wisdom of our Father saturate and strengthen our hearts and minds as we feast on His bountiful promises.  Let us relearn the heart songs of His Word as heavenly lullabies that trickle into our inner realm, releasing our fears and weaknesses. 

Joy to the world; the Lord has come!  Be refreshed!  Be renewed!  . . . by His peace and joy. 

Alleluia and Amen!

 

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

Promises

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Isaiah 40:28-31 “Hast thou not known?  Hast thou not heard that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary?  There is no searching of his understanding.  He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.  Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall.  But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

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WOW!

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1.      New strength

2.    New perspective

3.    New energy

4.    New perseverance


Every day is from the Lord.  He is the Giver of life and all within life.

I thank Him for today.  I praise Him for carrying me this far and continue to ask Him to lead me, one day at a time.  I pray for my daily needs and know He is working them out.  I thank Him for His provisions in all aspects of my life. 

Every day He lays out His riches to me and nurtures me and guides me to choose the right tools for today.

In His name, with His name, and by His name I humbly pray.  Amen.

Supersize Your Faith

 

©Jeanne E Webster

 

1 Peter 1:3-5  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who according to His abundant mercy, has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation, ready to be revealed in the last time.  (KJV)

2 Timothy  1:12  For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless, I am not ashamed.  For I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.  (KJV)

How wonderful to realize that we don’t need to worry about being strong enough to keep our salvation!  Peter and Paul write us that “we are kept by the power of God.” 

Ladies, may we also be persuaded about this very same fact.  Believing this we shall have the endurance to run the race set before us and to finish well.

Taste and see how good the Lord is!  And, having tasted and seen, may His grace and mercy be strewn upon all those with whom we come in contact. 

Shalom

Weekly Prayers

 

 Any concern too small to be turned into a prayer is too small to be made into a burden.
~Corrie Ten Boom

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Please pray for the needs listed below.  Feel free to add your own need in the reply area so we may pray for you also.  God bless! 

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Louie–recovering from lung cancer

Karlene–peace and family finances

Children everywhere—protection, nourishment, family stability

Our military troops–protection and strength, family peace and health

 Elderly and infirmed—protective care, respect, recognition

Politicians and other servants—godly guidance, graceful character, and grateful attitudes

Leadership—wisdom, truth, and strength

Moral state of our country—a return to goodness, kindness, and empathy for others

All unknown prayer requests

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Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Amen.

–St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226)