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…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!

Bumps? What Bumps?

Exodus 23:20 (NIV) 20 “See, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared.”

As God’s children, He does not ‘send’ us anywhere without preparing the way.  He will not leave us, forsake us, or allow us to be ill-prepared for any assignment He gives us.  He has given His angels charge over us and if we allow Him – He will guide every step we take.

That does not mean there will not be bumps in the road.  I know that each of us has a testimony about some of the ‘bumps’ we have encountered.  But this world is not our ‘heaven’ nor is it the place where we need to put our trust and faith.  Our eyes and our hearts should be firmly fixed on Jesus and our trust always placed in God.  He is the one who sent His son to die for our sins so that we wouldn’t have to pay that price.  He is the one who supplies ALL our needs.  And He is the one preparing a place for us with Him in Heaven.

My prayer is that I am always in the place He wants me to be…that I seek after Jesus each day with all my heart, mind, soul and strength…that people around me know I have been in the presence of God.  How about you?

I pray everyone has a GREAT and BLESSED day.

…a Reason for Prayer?

Romans 8:26 26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness.  We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.
     Sometimes when I pray, my mind gets lost or is not in focus and I have no idea why I am on my knees.  I remember to thank God for all His blessings and to pray for the ‘normal’ things I do each day.  But sometimes I have the overwhelming feeling of ‘is God really listening’ to me.  Or I wonder if I am praying selfishly – should I be praying for something else.
     That’s when I try to stop and listen to the Spirit inside me.  He knows what I need long before it comes to my mind.  He will intercede for me when I am too drained to think of anything myself.  And as He prays with me and through me, I am refreshed and comforted by His Spirit.
     We all need refreshment…some days more than others.  God will refresh us if only we will stop and allow Him too.
     My prayer is that I allow the Spirit to pray through me…that my prayer life grows and grows…that people around me can see I have been in the presence of God.  How about you?
I pray everyone has a GREAT and BLESSED day.