Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Eyes closed

Sometimes that all you can do in a situation is close your eyes and call out to God. I’ve learned that a lot over the course of this journey, but I need to continue to be reminded.

Lately it has been one of those times where there is not much that I can physically do; except to close my eyes and call out to God. God knows my heart, God knows my journey, God knows my needs, and He calls me child. He is all that I need.

Though the world and it’s evil ways may rush against me, I find my comfort in the solitude of prayer and praying with others. The world and people around me don’t define me, God does. The world doesn’t dictate if I’m ready, if I’m qualified, if I’m doing what is right or wrong, God does. In the end, God is the only one that matters. I can’t change the ways of the world, but I can love the way that God loves me. Through God’s love I can give my love to the poor, the orphaned, the hurting and the broken in hopes to make the slightest difference in their lives. I won’t change the world, but I pray that I can be love for the ones God puts in my path. 

I was fortunate to be able to spend the morning in pray and worship today as Grace Church had a time for prayer and fasting this morning—of course God knew I needed this today—He knows my every need! J

As I closed my eyes and laid everything before the Lord and listened to the voices around me shouting their praises I was overcome with peace and could feel the presence of the Lord as the tears strolled down my face. My God knows me. He cares for me. He is all I need. What an assurance to be able to reset in.

The scripture verses that they read this morning we also exactly what God knew I needed to hear.
Psalm 46
For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. According to alamoth.[b] A song.
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.[c]
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
    the holy place where the Most High dwells.
God is within her, she will not fall;
    God will help her at break of day.
Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
    he lifts his voice, the earth melts.
The Lord Almighty is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress.
Come and see what the Lord has done,
    the desolations he has brought on the earth.
He makes wars cease
    to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
    he burns the shields[d] with fire.
10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth.”
11 The Lord Almighty is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Psalm 91

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.[a]
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.”
Surely he will save you
    from the fowler’s snare
    and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
    and under his wings you will find refuge;
    his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night,
    nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
    nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
    ten thousand at your right hand,
    but it will not come near you.
You will only observe with your eyes
    and see the punishment of the wicked.
If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
    and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
    no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
    you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14 “Because he[b] loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
    I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
    I will be with him in trouble,
    I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
    and show him my salvation.”

He is my Refuge and Strength! The LORD is with me! 

So I ask for your prayers. I ask that God would move mountains, that God would soften hearts, that God’s plan would prevail, that the orphaned would be loved, the elderly would be cared for and the sick would be healed. I ask that if my desires are not God’s will that He would change my heart. I lay all my worries, fears, frustrations, desires and dreams at that Lords feet and know and trust that HE is my Refuge and Strength!

I encourage you if you are feeling weighted down by the world take time to close your eyes and spend some time in prayer and reread Psalms 46 and 91. If God is for us who can be against us!

He is my Refuge and Strength!  

Psalm 62:1-2, “Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.”