“FRAGILE!”

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Handle with care I wish I could post,
a stick it note to remind of what matters the most.

Distractions, directions unprofitable and robbing;
relentless in their unfocused pulling and prodding.

But my days are few upon this earth,
to make an impact of valued worth.

The reins have to be taken back;
no longer the less valuable plans to detract.

Focus, you only have one life to live.
Frail, is this only life to give.

Here today, and gone tomorrow;
let me cherish each one without resentment and sorrow.

Life is fragile and can break like a dam.
So, Lord teach me to measure my days, that I may know how frail I am.

To gain the worth of each day given.
This time on earth; this limited edition.

Invest in the works, the love and matters of the soul.
To fulfill His glory is our heavenly goal.

“LORD, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is; that I may know how frail I am,” (Psalms 39:4).

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“Receive God’s Help!”

“I will lift up my eyes to the hills – from whence comes my help?  My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth,” Psalm 121:1-2

“Me, myself and I,” a phrase commonly known to us all.  It usually comes on the heels of an aggravating event or from dealing with the frustration of a letdown because one depended on someone else to do something for them and they didn’t follow through.  Or, how about this one, “If you want something done right you have to do it yourself!”  Another frustrating sentiment spurned by the letdowns of others.

Here we just see them as phrases, just something we blurt out because of the emotions that stir within us when we feel we can’t get that help we need from someone.  The sad part of it all is the reality that this has become the prevailing attitude in the world today.  It is a mindset that has become detached from the cares of humanity; not in a good way.

Many people are wandering adrift in the world.  Day by day they go through their daily routines really believing that they are in this alone.  Wandering and questioning, “From whence comes my help?”  More often than not, that questioning person does not know that there is One who stands at the ready to appeal and work on behalf of those who call out to Him.  Not realizing this great truth causes them look to their own selves once again, reaffirming that self-sufficient attitude of “Me, myself and I.”

I believe God likes goal-setters.  I believe God loves to see His people be filled with the zeal of being a real go-getter.  I say that because God has never, ever promoted laziness.  God has equipped mankind with a mind to think and gifts to operate in, and He wants to see the fulfilling of all of that to come to pass.  But, and here’s where the warning bells go off, when one tries to operate independently of God with an “I don’t need Him” attitude, buddy, that’s when we got a problem!

“Can I get some help around here?”  Oh, if that isn’t a familiar cry to us all.  When life feels at loose ends and everything just seems to be unraveling before us we often wonder where can we get help from?  The writer of this psalm found his help by lifting his eyes up.  The human eye tells one where to focus.  As I sit here on my couch writing this I keep peeping out of the window.  In line of my view are a bunch of beautiful trees that are gently swaying with the occasional breeze. Every time I look out at them I feel a certain little measure of restfulness and peace. Because this is what my eyes see it relaxes me.

How much more for the one who chooses to focus on that Sovereign, Omnipotent Presence and truly realize He’s there?  Not only is He there but He is ready to be our help.  “The righteous cry, and the LORD hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles,” Psalm 34:17.  Deliverance is there.  Help is here.  God loves a “can do” attitude, but not a “can do it without Him” attitude.  Especially, since He loves us so much as to be the offering for our much needed help.  I have to receive of His help daily.  Zeal, and even talent, will only get you so far.  I can’t be so high and mighty to think that I can do even the basic things without His help.  So, today I want to receive God’s help.  What about you?

“Despite It All!”

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Despite my failings,

my shortcomings and shame.

Despite my choices

from which heartaches did rain.

 

Despite the coldness

of my sometimes failing heart.

Despite the right path

of which I did depart.

 

Despite the apples

on the tree.

Despite the way

my sin views me.

 

Despite the world’s

proffered delicacies.

Despite the lies

on which I did feed.

 

Despite it all,

despite the mess.

Despite the feeling

of total brokenness.

 

He brought me out;

and for His glory,

restored me wholly,

magnifying His love story.

“Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit,” Psalm 51:12

“Interruption of Peace”

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God blesses.  He’s the author of all that’s good and lovely.  The enemy, on the other hand, opposes all the wonderfulness that God has in store for His people.

Have you ever noticed that God will bring you to a place of sanctuary in your life; a place to make things right, restore, and grant rest for the weary world traveler?  Then, the enemy swoops in quickly to try to undo the blessedness of God.

FYI, that’s his job.  He comes to “steal, kill, and destroy,” (John 10:10).  The moment God brings you to a place of rejuvenation, a place where you feel you access grace and peace – the enemy deploys hatred, confusion, and anything it takes to disassemble what God has put together for us.

It’s not a strange thing, even if it hurts, to feel under attack when being blessed by God.  These interruptions of peace are designed to throw you off your spiritual game; yet in Him, we are assured that we are “more than conquerors,” (Romans 8:37).  We have the overcoming ability to rise above troubles and to claim the peace God so freely gives.

The Bible declares, “The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blessed His people with peace,” (Psalm 29:1).  Peace is a divine blessing.  It’s something that is the right of every child of God to have.  Although our outward situations may not favor that sentiment, it’s the inward man that is to stand up in faith, believing every word of God to be true, that fights and upholds the right for that God-given peace.

“He promises peace to his people,” (Psalm 85:8) and that’s something we shouldn’t easily let go of.  We sing the songs that tell what God has for me, it is for me, but we have to do more than sing it – we have to claim it, own it, and diligently fight day-by-day to possess it as our own.

How do we do that?  We are told, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee,” (Isaiah 26:3).  The place where the interruption of peace is hardest fought is in the mind.  When hurts and confusions begin to penetrate that tranquil soil of promise it sprouts weeds of dysfunction, distrust, and terror that were not meant to be there.

But, when one’s focus shifts from what is right before the eyes to beyond the surface and refuses to let go of that promise of peace, those seeds of faith will germinate by His heavenly grace and become fully mature fruit in your life.

It’s all about what you decide to let to be dominant in your life.  Your focus can either be your weapon or your enemy.  It can either help you to look past what is currently before you or it can be your stumbling block that doesn’t let you get over this hill.

Here’s the thing.  You get to decide for yourself which one it will be.  Faith is not passive – it’s very much active.  You are the one that has to fight for it.  You are the one that has to refuse to give up on God’s promise for you.

Interruptions of peace will come, but how far it gains access is up to you.

“God Can Turn Your Situation Around and Make You Dance!” – Words To Live By

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If you are longing for a turn-around, God is all the hope you need.

“A Prayer for Today . . .”

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Father God,

We don’t always understand why we have to hurt the way we do. We don’t always know the reason behind suffering, anguish and pain. But, Father, one thing we do know is You are sovereign. Every tear that we cry and every sorrow that pierces our heart, You know all about it. We struggle with the if’s, and’s and but’s, but You are He who knows the beginning from the end and the right now’s of this life. Even when we don’t fully comprehend it all, let us find our trust and our peace in You.

Please touch and bless the bereaved families everywhere on today. Comfort the brokenhearted and set the captives free. Cast off yokes of heaviness and let the hurting feel Your presence in the midst of the pain. Cover and protect Your people, O God, in the mighty name of Jesus Christ, we pray, Amen!

Lord, I just want to THANK YOU!

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“In happy moments, PRAISE GOD. In difficult moments, SEEK GOD. In quiet moments, WORSHIP GOD. In painful moments, TRUST GOD. Every moment, THANK GOD.” –Rick Warren

“God’s Got You Covered!”

Do you ever feel opened and exposed during the trials of life?  Do you ever feel that the enemy has free pickings when it comes to your heart ache?  Well, he doesn’t!  The enemies of this life may chase you, hunt you down and all together seek to make your life miserable, but the enemies do not have the last say over anything.  God, in His complete sovereignty has you covered!

If anybody knew about being constantly chased by enemies seeking to take their life it was David.  Saul, in a jealous pursuit, saw something special in David, the favor of God, and wanted to destroy David.  There were days when David may have felt like giving up.  There were days of hiding in caves and pretending to be a mad-man to seek solitude in other countries.  But, through it all David dealt best with his enemies through prayer.  He declared who his God was and committed his trust to Him.  In Psalm 140:7, “O God the Lord, the strength of my salvation, thou hast covered my head in the day of battle.”

To be covered means to be concealed and to be protected.  The battles of this life may at times make us feel that we are an open target to everyone who can’t stand the favor of God on us, but be of good cheer, God’s got us covered!  “As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the LORD is round about his people from henceforth even for ever,” (Psalm 125:2).  And, if God is like a mountain surrounding us then there is no adversary that can break through the covering He has over us.  It may feel like we are on the run sometimes but God is still that protecting force that “covered my head in the day of battle.”  Commit your heart aches, your battle and your enemies to God and let Him be your covering today.

“God protects His own! He is surrounding you with the forces of heaven today!”

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God hears your prayers; so pray, and look up!

“Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my meditation. Give heed to the voice of my cry, my King and my God, for to You I will pray. My voice You shall hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning I will direct it to You, and I will look up.” Psalm 5:1-3, NKJV