Psalm 42:5, 43:3-
You should make a special point of asking God every morning to give you, before all else, that true spirit of meekness which He would have His children possess. You must also make a firm resolution to practice yourself in this virtue, especially in your intercourse with those persons to whom you chiefly owe it. You must make it your main object to conquer yourself in this matter; call it to mind a hundred times during the day, commending your efforts to God. It seems to me that no more than this is needed in order to subject your soul entirely to His will, and then you will become more gentle day by day, trusting wholly in His goodness. You will be very happy, my dearest child, if you can do this, for God will dwell in your heart; and where He reigns all is peace. But if you should fail, and commit some of your old faults, do not be disheartened, but rise up and go on again, as though you had not fallen. -
Dear Friends -
I've heard it said that to be able to write the truth is a gift. Truly I believe it is, for when one can write what God has laid upon the heart without fear and without reservation the words become rivers of life, flowing with help and healing to all who would take the time to read them. But just as important as being able to write the truth is being able to believe the truth. For what good are words that may be full of life and love if no one believes them. What good is the Word of God, His Love for us, His great redeeming power, and the gift of His Son if we don't believe it and receive it fully into our hearts and lives, to allow Him to heal our brokenness, heal the wounded spirit, be our help in time of need, our health in times of sickness. Isaiah 41:13 says For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee. And so He does, indeed He does.
God's is ever standing at the door of your heart, knocking quietly, knocking persistently, bidding you to let Him in and give you a life-
For the soul that is downcast, depressed and despairing, when you've tried every way and nothing affords you any relief or change, hope in God. We are being woven into a very beautiful tapestry and we don't see the end from the beginning but God does. He knows what we need. He knows our deepest desires and the hurts that so trouble us and keep us from experiencing the glorious life He has planned for us. Yes, a life lived for God will see trial and tribulation. But you will not have to face it alone. The life lived for Christ is a journey that requires faith and trust for every step. If we get frustrated and disgusted with our seeming little progress and quit, then we have lost all. If we get impatient and run ahead, we foil His best plan. But when we get weary in well doing and want to give up He understands the frailties of our human condition and sends His strength for our weaknesses if our faith and trust is in Him. Scripture says in Isaiah 35:10 -
So often in life we find ourselves waiting on God. Depression sets in in the silent times, the times when we think we're ready to move ahead and God is saying, "not now". But these are times that in God's reality, He is doing His greatest work in us. For all the inspiration and creativity in life are often gifts of long periods of waiting, pondering, fidgeting, looking for answers and none can be found. Yes, beloved, God wants it His way and in His time. God wants us to trust Him even when we don't understand the pain and the darkness. He never leaves us or forsakes us, and this is abundantly true and most assuredly so in our dark night of the soul.
Nothing can be more distracting in life than a hurting soul, a broken heart, a wounded spirit, and feelings of loneliness and sorrow. We hope God just shows up and vindicates us on the spot, or binds up every wound so it doesn't hurt anymore. We hope beyond hope that our loved ones will not leave us or disappoint us. But seldom is life without hard places and harsh circumstances. The pinnacle of faith is often met by the pitfalls of trials and temptations. We cannot grow in our relationship with God without the life experience encompassing the good, the bad, and the otherwise, but we can determine to trust Him every step of the way. We can learn to feel His presence in times of doubt, His Love in times of loss, and His great grace in times of failure. Remember these words in Isaiah 40:28-
If you are hurting today, my friends, be encouraged that God has not changed. He is the same yesterday, today and forever, and He will come and save you. You only need call on Him and He will take your life and give you beauty for ashes, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness, the oil of joy for the spirit of mourning that you might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He might be glorified (Isaiah 61:3).
The Lord bless thee and keep thee: The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. Num 6:24-
May the grace of our Lord Jesus be with you all.
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