I’m learning how to pray through the Psalms. The idea is to read through one verse or sentence at a time, and pray about whatever comes to mind from reading that section. Tonight was the first time I had tried it, and it was really good. I felt like my prayer was deeper and more intimate than it usually is.
While reading through Psalms 1-5, there was one verse that stuck out to me that never has before. Continue reading “Lifting My Head”
There’s this guy in the Bible named Job. He was a blameless man who feared God, so satan went to God one day, and said, “he only fears You because You’ve given him everything he could ever want. Take away his land and possessions, and he will curse You.” So God gave satan permission to take Job’s land and possessions (but satan could do nothing to Job himself), knowing that Job would not curse Him. This went on and on, and Job lost his children, land, possessions, money, and wife, but still did not curse God. So satan said, “of course Job wouldn’t curse You. You wouldn’t let me touch him.” So God told satan that Job was in his hand, but he had to spare his life, knowing that Job would still not curse Him. Satan covered Jobs body in sores from head to toe, but he still didn’t curse God. In the end of the story, everything and more was restored to Job.
I’ve been able to relate to Job a lot in my life. Right now, I feel like I am Job. Continue reading “But When?”
Sometimes there are days that I am just painfully aware of my need for Jesus.
I am a work in progress. I know it. I never expected perfection while I was on earth, let alone overnight, but sometimes I think I’m getting closer than I really am. Then I’m hit with a reality check. I’m not there yet!
I am broken in a hundred different ways for a hundred different reasons, Continue reading “I Need Him”
Christmas was great, but I don’t just want to move on and forget to be grateful and celebrate all that Jesus has done for me.
I have a tendency to become really grateful the weeks coming up to Christmas Day and then forget what just happened. I go back into the daily routine of just floating along through life.
As I continued reading in Psalm, I came across this verse today, and it spoke to that in me.
“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” – Psalm 51:10
I am going to pray this every day for a least a week. I don’t want to make too lofty a goal at the risk of falling off the wagon, so I’ll just go a week at a time.
I want to stay focused on Jesus. I don’t simply want to forget the beauty of the King who humbly came to earth to redeem the ones He loves. I don’t want to forget the beginning of the gospel until next year. I want to remain in awe of the moment God said, “It’s time.”
God has been so faithful as I’ve continued to set aside time for Him each day. Sometimes it’s only a couple minutes, sometimes more, but He continues to show up.
Psalm 46:1-3 “God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.”
Reading those verses makes me imagine Continue reading “The Refuge. My Hope.”
“He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.” -Psalm 40:2
The image given by this verse is basically the story of my life. God is so good! He never lets me sink down, He always rescues me, He never fails.
I love that, although I have read the whole Bible once before and pieces over the course of my life, I always find something new in it. Tonight I read Psalm 29, and verses 4-9 were awesome.
The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is majestic. The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars; the Lord breaks in pieces the Cedars of Lebanon. He makes Lebanon skip like a calf, Sirion like a young wild ox. The voice of the Lord strikes with flashes of lightning. The voice of the Lord shakes the desert; the Lord shakes the desert of Kadesh. The voice of the Lord twists the oaks and strips the forests bare. And in His temple all cry, “Glory!”
Reading that can send shivers down my spine. With only His voice, Continue reading “His Voice: Psalm 29”
“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
Continue reading “Psalm 23”
I’ve had a bit of writer’s block lately, and I think I know why. There are many days that I struggle to set aside time for the Lord – to just sit and listen or be in the Word – and lately that’s where I’ve been.
I’ve tried to sit down and write something every day, but nothing is coming, and, while I want to share my life and story here, I don’t want it to be about me. I want it to be about what God is doing and showing me and how He wants to use my story to bless or encourage other people. Any skill I have in regards to writing is only because Continue reading “Psalm 17:6”