Thursday, July 23, 2009

Crying

" Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray." Psalm 5:2 (NIV)
"In my distress I called to the LORD; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears." Psalm 18:6 (NIV)
"I cry out to God Most High, to God, who fulfills {his purpose} for me."Psalm 57:2
The other day I was so stressed out. As I sat alone, my circumstances came to the forefront of my mind and I suddenly felt overwhelmed. Karen at Living LIfe in God's Truth and Grace had listed a tweet that morning featuring 2 Peter 1:3. I read it and felt a little better but my circumstances made me weepy all day. I had problems concentrating. I fought back tears all day, everytime my situation came to my mind. I couldn't wait for the work day to end so I could go home. Perhaps a little nap would be all I'd need to set everything right.
I got home and told my husband that I needed a nap and then went upstairs. As soon as I entered the room I shut the door and intended to lie on the bed but instead I ended up on my knees and wept. I was bawling and sobbing and crying out for God to help me. I wanted him to make me feel better. I wanted him to "fix" it and make it "better". As I cried I felt as though I were curled up in the Lord's lap telling him all my troubles. Afterward I was exhausted, I climbed onto the bed but couldn't close my eyes and sleep. I lay in the quiet listening. I wanted God to talk to me. I didn't hear anything but I still felt very calm.
I'm so glad we can literally cry out to God when we are troubled. I'm so thankful that he listens.
He's always listening. He's always there.

Thankful Thursday

I am thankful today for God's patience! I have so much to learn and it seems to be taking such a long time but God is faithful and patient.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Thankful Thursday

So It's Thursday again and I'm sitting here feeling so full of love and blessing. I am so thankful that my husband and I can get together with family and friends frequently. Our children have their cousins close by for fun. We all might not agree all the time but we always know we can count on each other. I am so happy when we get together for impromptu potlucks and sit up into the night enjoying each other's company. I'm thankful for family.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Romans 8:28 New Mantra

"And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them." (NLT)


I think this needs to become my new mantra for awhile.

I seem to be so focused on circumstances that there are times I forget that God has everything in control and I just need to trust him.

I must admit that there are times when the pile of bills on my desk, my aches and pains, everyday drama that comes with raising teenagers and everything else seems to easily come to the front of mind. I must push all that aside and I stop and close my eyes and say "God, you are in control." Also at that moment I begin to count my blessings. I can't focus on the negative when I'm praising God for cool days and evenings that have made it unnecessary to turn on the air conditioner (lowering my electric bill); or a picture on the wall of my cubicle drawn in bright Crayola colors by my 4 year old. Daily I thank God that I have my job. So many associates have been laid off and I actually found myself sitting at my desk praying for those around me who were leaving. "Lord, be with my co-workers please. Let them know you are God. Comfort them and watch over them and their families Lord. Amen" This is what I prayed.

Do you sometimes let focusing on your circumstances get in the way? If I'm not alone what do you do to help you refocus?

Late Memory Monday

So I did spend the week attempting to memorize a few verses but I didn't finish it. I intended to learn Ephesians 6:13-17 but did not make it all the way through. I will work on the other part this week so here it goes

Ephesians 6:13-14
"So put on the full armor of God so that when the day of evil comes you will be able to stand. When you have done everything to stand. Stand firm then with the belt of truth buckled around your waist and the breastplate of righteousnes in place"



Okay so now I've looked at my Bible and I did miss a few words but I don't think I did too badly.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Praising God "makes my heart want to sing". I am thankful for my healthy ,loving sons.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Memory Monday - Philippians 4:6-7

Do not worry about anything ; instead pray about everything. Ask God for what you need and thank him for all he has done. Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)

I think I did that one right from memory. I might have gotten a word turned around. Oh yes..it should be "Tell God what you need...."

For the upcoming week I'd like to learn Ephesians6 6:13-20 The "Armor of God" verses. I really need to learn those by heart so I can use them each day.


Thursday, July 2, 2009

Thankful Thursday

I thank the Lord that I have the privilege to come to him in prayer.

I thank the Lord for a roof over my head, food to eat, and a job.

I thank the Lord for other Christians who are constantly praying.