Category Archives: Encouragement

Praying the Word!

Lord, I need You to teach me to do Your will. Help me to stop and listen for Your voice so I can know without a doubt what it is You desire of me. You are my God and all I do I desire to do for Your glory! Keep me by Your Holy Spirit on the right path. Help me to stay grounded in Your word. Revive me, Lord! Help me to stir up the love in my heart for You with a greater love than ever before. For Your names sake and Your glory revive Your spirit in me until even my shadow is dangerous and my prayers are powerful. It is in Your righteousness that I can be a witness to others of Your goodness. Only in You can my soul flourish and do Your will. Teach me___Revive me! Psalm 143:10-11

 

IMMEDIATELY…

Matthew 14:28-33  And Peter answered Him, “Lord if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.”  He said, “Come.”  So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus.  But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord save me.”  Jesus immediately reached out His hand and took hold of him.  “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”  And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.  And those in the boat worshiped Him saying, “Truly You are the Son of God.”  (my emphasis).

Peter did something the other eleven did not do, he got out of the boat.  I wonder if you or I were there – would we have had the courage to ask Jesus the question Peter did and then do what Jesus said.  I like to hope I would but can’t really say for sure.

The problem for Peter began when he took his eyes off Jesus and focused on the wind and waves around him.  And if we would admit it – we sometimes do the exact same thing.

Yet, when Peter cried out to the Lord – IMMEDIATELY –  He reached out and took hold of Peter and kept Him from going under.  Thank you Jesus, that you still do that today for us.

Many times I have focused on the issues or problems I have encountered rather than the One who can help me get through.  I have tried to ‘fix’ things myself, figuring that if I could just control things a little they would straighten out.  But like Peter, I have then had to cry out to Jesus to save me.

Immediately, Jesus has been there to help.  It has not always been the way I expected or maybe even the way I wanted but He was there.  He has never let me go under.

If you have a relationship with Him – He won’t let you go under either!  He hears your cries – IMMEDIATELY and reaches out to catch you.  That’s a promise!

 

 

 

The Soul Cries Out…

…for rest…for peace…for joy…for love…
…for hope….for security…for contentment…

It desires a place that when examined nothing intangible is lacking.

Paradise.

Yes, our soul longs for paradise.  It longs to be in that place where God resides in all His glory.  Where there is no sorrow, no strife.  No tears are shed in paradise. No worries there either.  Joy and praise are at the very top of the list of ‘things to experience and do’.

serenity

Ohhh…but here comes the ‘worm in the apple’, the ‘fox in the henhouse’, the ‘bitter in the sweet’.  We are not there yet!

Life has a funny way of showing up and destroying any or all of the things our soul desires at one point or another if we allow it.

One of my favorite Psalms is number 42.  The first two verses I really love:

1 As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for You, my God. 2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.  When can I go and meet with God?

But as you read down through the verses there are three references to the soul being downcast, being disturbed.  Ring any bells in your day – your life.  It does in mine.

We all have ‘issues’ at one point or another in our life.  There are always going to be moments where we wonder if we are going nuts or if it is the world around us.  What we have to do to when our soul cries out is make sure we turn to our Lord.

Psalm 42 also says in verses 5 and 11 –

Why, my soul, are you downcast?  Why so disturbed within me?  Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God.

Sometimes it’s not easy, sometimes it’s not what we want to do, sometimes it goes against everything we feel ~ BUT it is always the right thing to do.  No doubt about it.  Praising our God will help our souls to rest in Him, to love Him more, and to be more content in whatever place we are in the moment.

God is an awesome God!  He loves each one of us more than we can imagine or know!  He is the lover of our soul!  Only He can quiet all the negative ‘stuff’ we can be bombarded with.  He is our ABSOLUTE!