Tag Archives: Hope…

…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!

Don’t Quit!

James 1:12 (NIV12 Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him.

James says that, ‘blessed is the man who perseveres’.

The verse doesn’t say the one who never fails…who doesn’t fall…who doesn’t go around in circles, but the one who perseveres.  To persevere is to keep going, to keep pushing, to keep fighting for something, to keep on keeping on even when you may not feel like there is any hope.  Because in Christ Jesus there is always Hope!

“I am blessed…everyday, in every way.  I am blessed.  God has been so good to me.  He’s never failed me…He’s never let me down.  All I can say…I am blessed.”

I woke up singing that song and I know God put that song in my heart during the night.  I have been struggling with my own trial lately.  Sometimes I feel like I am about to reach the ‘end’ of the tunnel and then I can see that it is a little longer than I thought.  But when I woke up singing this song…I knew that no matter what is going on all around me…I am blessed!  God is my strength and my song!  And no matter how I feel – my perseverance…my keep on keeping on…will be worth everything when I get to see Jesus face to face, when I get to spend 5 minutes at His feet.

My prayer is that no matter what comes my way I never give up the hope I have in Jesus…that each day I not forget how blessed I am because of my Lord and Savior…that in some way I can make a difference in the life of someone else so that they too will know they are well and truly blessed by God.  How about you?

I pray everyone has a GREAT and BLESSED day.