Psalm 73:26 “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion for ever.”
The above picture is of a house plant I have, it’s branches have grown downwards and then immediately spike up to grasp the sun. It’s as though it hits “rock bottom” before it realizes it needs to move towards the light to survive and flourish.
We all have times in our lives where the weight of trials can pull us down into the darkness. In that darkness we feel weak and discouraged. Our flesh wants us to feel sorry for ourselves and we can fall into self-pity which if we let it could lead us down a very dark gloomy road.
The above psalm speaks truth about our own weaknesses, and trials. Everyone of us has fallen and failed at one time or another. You need to remember that no one is perfect and it happens to all of us. The key here is what do you allow to happen after you fall. Do you stay on the ground wallowing in your pain? Or do you choose to get back up and wipe the dirt off your body?
Always remember that no matter what you are going through you are precious to God. He loves you more than you can ever imagine, and he truly is your strength forever!
I thank you for the trials we all have in our lives. It is through those very trials that we can come to realize how much you love us and are with us. Every step in our pain you are with us holding our hand and giving us strength. Amen.
Ezekiel 34:11 “ For thus says the Lord God: Behold, I, I myself will search for my sheep, and will seek them out. As a shepherd seeks out his flock when some of his sheep have been scattered abroad, so will I seek out my sheep; and I will rescue them from all places where they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness.”
The above scripture speaks so clearly of God’s mercy and love for each and everyone of us. No one is to be left behind or left out on their own. I can honestly speak from experience that if it was not for God I am not sure I would be here today. My life was a terrible mess of brokenness and despair that had led me down a very dark path.
I reached out in desperation to Jesus at the point that I hit my bottom. I needed to know if God truly existed and if he did, could he actually love me? A very lost person who had sins so deep that I felt consumed in darkness.
Just like in the above scripture, Jesus was searching for my return to him. I want you to know that he is always with you and will never leave you. It is us who leave him. He loves you more than you can ever imagine and he has a special plan for your life. Allow him to come into your heart and lead you out of your scattered places.
I thank you for everything you have done in my own life and I know you are the Father I never had. I pray you will touch the hearts of those who are suffering and broken, and will restore them to who you intended them to be. Amen.
May 15 1995 will always be a date I will hold in my mind, the day I lost my child to abortion. This year marked 50 years of legal abortion here in Canada. Abortion has taken the life of many innocent victims and as a society we need to wake up to the reality of the trauma that follows this decision.
Keep up your prayers that many eyes will be open to the truth! I for one had my eyes opened and through Jesus Christ found healing and forgiveness. Prayer is the most powerful weapon and we must never forget that!
Titus 2:11-15 “ For the grace of God has appeared for the salvation of all men, training us to renounce irreligion and worldly passions, and to live sober, upright, and godly lives in this world, awaiting our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all iniquity and to purify for himself a people of his own who are zealous for good deeds. Declare these things; exhort and reprove with all authority. Let no one disregard you.”
The above scripture reading really struck me as I read it today. We live in a broken world where sin runs rampant, and selfishness has taken root in many lives. Children growing up in homes where they are free to decide what they want and guidance is nonexistent. Addiction of alcohol, drugs and pornography are becoming way too common. Then we have self help and new age beliefs spiritually harming those in society who innocently fall prey to the door way of the devil.
I want you to know that even though you feel helpless in some situations by God’s grace you are called to speak truth through this darkness. Keep pressing on and doing what God has called you specifically to do! We need to set good examples for our children and those in society who are hurting. Always look with eyes of compassion and love as you speak truth to those around you.
I thank you for loving us and giving us strength and grace through hard times in our own lives. I pray for those who are severely broken and need your love and mercy. Please heal their hearts and restore them to who you created them to be. Amen
Who has believed what we have heard? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or comeliness that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that made us whole, and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is dumb, so he opened not his mouth. By oppression and judgment he was taken away; and as for his generation, who considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people? And they made his grave with the wicked and with a rich man in his death, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth.
Yet it was the will of the Lord to bruise him; he has put him to grief; when he makes himself an offering for sin, he shall see his offspring, he shall prolong his days; the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand; he shall see the fruit of the travail of his soul and be satisfied; by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous; and he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore I will divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he poured out his soul to death, and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
Psalm 9:9-10 “ The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. And those that know thy name put their trust in thee, for thou, O Lord, hast not forsaken those who seek him.”
The above picture of rocks reminds me of all the burdens we carry in our lives. Each load has its own challenges and trials. Some are light and manageable, while others can be heavy and burdensome.
The question is what do we do with the heavy burdens? Do we allow them to exhaust us and run us down? Or should we ask someone to help us lift the load?
Jesus is waiting for us to ask him for help. He does not like to watch us struggle and suffer. When you think about it how silly is it for us to hang on to things to the point of exhaustion. If you are feeling frustrated is it not time to surrender and ask for help? If you truly are seeking Jesus he will not forsake you. He truly is your stronghold in times of trouble.
I thank you for loving and protecting us. When life is hard forgive us for not turning to you in trust. Thank you for your patience when we fall. Amen.