Wednesday, September 25, 2013

...though I walk through the valley...

We are not built for the mountains and the dawns and aesthetic affinities, those are for moments of inspiration, that is all. We are built for the valley, for the ordinary stuff we are in, and that is where we have to prove our mettle… The mount is not meant to teach us anything, it is meant to make us something…     ~ Author Unknown

We have all had times on the mount when we have seen things from God’s standpoint and have wanted to stay there; but God will never allow us to stay there. The test of our spiritual life is the power to descend; if we have power to rise only, something is wrong.  ~ Oswald Chambers, My Utmost

God's Promises for when you are afraid...

 What to do when you are… Afraid 


God did not give us a spirit that makes us afraid but a spirit of power and love and self-control. ~ 2 Timothy 1:7


The Spirit we received does not make us slaves again to fear; it makes us children of God. With that Spirit we cry out, “Father.” And the Spirit himself joins with our spirits to say we are God’s children. ~ Romans 8:15-16


Where God’s love is, there is no fear, God’s perfect love drives our fear. It is punishment that makes a person fear, so love is not made perfect in the person who fears.” ~ 1 John 4:18


Those who go to God Most High for safety will be protected by the Almighty. I will say to the LORD, “You are my place of safety and protection. You are my God and I trust you. ~ Psalm 91:1-2


But the people who trust the LORD will become strong again. They will rise up as an eagle in the sky; they will run and not need to rest; they will walk and not become tired. ~ Isaiah 40:31


He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you can hide. His truth will be your shield and protection. You will not fear any danger by night or an arrow during the day. You will not be afraid of diseases that come in the dark or sickness that strikes at noon. At your side one thousand people may die, or even ten thousand right beside you, but you will not be hurt. ~ Psalm 91:4-7


So we can be sure when we say, “I will not be afraid, because the Lord is my helper. People can’t do anything to me.” Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. ~ Hebrews 13:6, 8


Nothing bad will happen to you. No disaster will come to your home. He has put his angels in charge of you. They will watch over you wherever you go. The LORD says, “If someone loves me, I will save him.” ~ Psalm 91:10-11, 14


You won’t be afraid of sudden trouble; you won’t fear the ruin that comes to the wicked, because the LORD will keep you safe. He will keep you from being trapped. ~ Proverbs 3:25-26


I will build you using fairness. You will be safe from those who would hurt you, so you will have nothing to fear. Nothing will come to make you afraid. ~ Isaiah 54:14


I trust in God. I will not be afraid. What can people do to me? ~ Psalm 56:11


Even if I walk through a very dark valley, I will not be afraid, because you are with me. Your rod and your walking stick comfort me; You prepare a meal for me in front of my enemies. You pour oil on my head; you fill my cup to overflowing. ~ Psalm 23:4-5


God knew them before he made the world, and he decided that they would be like his Son so that Jesus would be the firstborn of many brothers. So what should we say about this? If God is with us, no one can defeat us. Can anything separate us from the love Christ has for us? Can troubles or problems or suffering or hunger or nakedness or danger or violent death? As it is written in the Scriptures: “For you we are in danger of death all the time. People think we are worth no more than sheep to be killed.” But in all these things we have full victory through God who showed his love for us. Yes, I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor ruling spirits, nothing now, nothing in the future, no powers, nothing above us, nothing below us, nor anything else in the whole world will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our LORD. ~ Romans 8:29, 31, 35-39


All you who put your hope in the LORD be strong and brave. ~ Psalm 31:24


I leave you peace; my peace I give you. I do not give it to you as the world does. So don’t let your hearts be troubled or afraid. ~ John 14:27


The LORD is my light and the one who saves me. I fear no one. The LORD protects my life; I am afraid of no one. If an army surrounds me, I will not be afraid. If war breaks out, I will trust the LORD. ~ Psalm 27:1, 3


“God’s Promises for Everyday”  verses are from the New Century Version of the Bible (see them also athttp://www.BibleGateway.com).

Praise and Thankfulness in the morning...

…some mornings it is hard to wake up and feel thankful
and begin praising God before your feet hit the floor…

...however, when I begin to hear the lovely bird song
...just before dawn…
...I think to myself…
...the birds are giving thanks and praise to God,
~ our Creator. ~

It is such a achingly beautiful sound…
...so cheerful...
and amazing to hear them all at once singing
and chirping all over the place. 

I highly recommend for you to try it.

Leave your window open just a small bit...
...wake up at dawn...

and just lie quietly and listen.


Some mornings our hearts can be so heavy
that we feel as if we have the weight of the world on them.

Yet our Lord Jesus says: 

“Come to me, 
all you who are weary and burdened,
and I will give you rest.

Take my yoke upon you
and learn from me, 
for I am gentle and humble in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls.”
~ Matthew 11:28-29 ~

Think on these words the next time you really listen to bird song.

Let this simple act begin to soften your heart towards God
and although you may not know how to pray
or what to pray for just remember this:

“…the Spirit helps us with our weakness.
We do not know how to pray as we should.
But the Spirit himself speaks to God for us,
even begs God for us with deep feelings
that words cannot explain.
God can see what is in people’s hearts.
And he knows what is in the mind of the Spirit,
because the Spirit speaks to God
for his people in the way God wants.”

~ Romans 8:26-27 ~