Monday, June 26, 2017

Psalm 13 - "Healer"

When I woke up at 5, the Lord had these words going through my mind...

You hold my very moment
You calm my raging seas
You walk with me through fire
And heal all my disease
I trust in You, I trust in You
I believe You're my healer
I believe You are all I need
I believe

I am a mess. I don't like how I am feeling nor do I understand it. I believe He is my Healer. He has healed me before and I believe He will heal me again. I believe. That is the part that does not make sense. How can I believe yet be so emotional over today? Why do I fall apart every time I think about the mammogram? Why do I not have peace in this situation? Oh how I need the Lord to encompass me with His peace. I desire to have His strength throughout this day and the days ahead in a mighty way. I have prayed over and over to not be fearful over this yet it seems like the enemy is winning. After writing these words I read Psalm 13 and was blessed...

Yes!!!! I have felt as David with anticipating this day. I have prayed and asked for peace but it has not come. I was beginning to think I had done something wrong. I was still hearing from the Lord in other ways but not on this issue. This Psalm was exactly what I needed to read this morning. I am claiming victory in having His peace as I go for this mammogram. No matter what the outcome, He will be my Strength. As the song goes...

And I believe You're my portion
I believe You're more than enough for me
Jesus You're all I need

Yes!!! He is all I need! He is greater than anything that comes my way! He is greater than C and if it is part of my future, He will be glorified through it!

Dear Jesus,
Thank You for Psalm 13 that gives me the peace I've been praying for. Thank You for the knowledge You are in control of my days. Thank You for the supernatural strength You will empower me with. Plain and simple. Thank You! Father, be my words, actions, attitude and focus throughout this day. May You be glorified in all I do and say. Lord, I pray for my friends who are dealing with the accident of their loved one this morning. I pray for strength for all, wisdom for doctors and healing upon this one. Thank You Jesus for not only being My Healer but also being his. Amen.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Psalm 5 - "Forgiven"

As I went to bed last night I asked the Lord where He was going to take me in my Bible reading this morning since I finished the book of Psalm. He told me to start at the beginning. I thought it was strange but I figured I must have missed something He wanted me to get. As I began reading the first chapter I remembered He started me in the middle of the book not the beginning. That is why He told me to start at the beginning. As I was reading He stopped me at chapter 5, specifically verses eleven and twelve.

Woo hoo! Yes! When we trust in the Lord, nothing can takes us away from Him unless we allow it. His power is our power. We must be confident in our salvation. The Lord woke me up singing "Forgiven" this morning. These words touch me greatly...

I could've been six feet under 
I could've been lost forever 
Yeah I should be in that fire 
But now there's fire inside of me 
Here I am a dead man walking 
No grave gonna hold God's people 
All the weight of all our evil 
Lifted away forever free 
Who could believe, who could believe? 

Forgiven! Forgiven! 
You love me even when I don't deserve it 
Forgiven! I'm Forgiven! 
Jesus Your blood makes me innocent 
So I will say goodbye to every sin 
I am forgiven! 

Woo hoo! Yes! When Jesus died on the cross, it was for all of our sins. God loves us enough that He sent His son to this earth to die. Wow! He welcomes each of us into relationship with Him. There are great benefits to such relationship. We can rejoice no matter what is going on when we are in such relationship. Psalm 5 directs us to pray not only for ourselves to be in such relationship but to pray the same for others. We need to pray for His protection from the enemy for all. There is freedom in a relationship with God. He will not only be our Shield but He will surround us on every side. It takes great faith to walk with Him. There are times when our faith will falter but praise His Holy Name He never leaves us.  He never left David. In Psalm 5 David was in distress by the way his enemies were coming at him. David experienced many times like this but He called out to God for strength. Verses one through three show how David promised to pray with the knowledge God would hear his prayers. Verses four through six show how David praised God. Verse seven shows how David knew he must stay close to God. Verse eight shows he prayed for himself and verses nine and ten shows he prayed for his enemies. Verses eleven and twelve show how God gives us joy when we are in such a relationship. This morning I will follow David's example. 

Dear Jesus,
Thank You for coming to this earth to die for all of our sins. Thank You hearing my prayers whether they are spoken or just thought. I praise Your Holy Name for all You do to bless me. Lord, draw me closer into relationship with You in a new way. Use me this day to be a beacon of light to others. Be my words, actions and attitude throughout this day. My physical body is tired and hurting and I do not want that to be a distraction. I pray for a refined focus on You today. Lord, I also pray against the enemy who is trying to make me fearful about tomorrow. Knock him down in a great way today! Father, You are so good! Your love is so great! I am one blessed lady in knowing You wiped away my sins when I accepted You and continue to do so every day. Thank You for being My Savior. Amen.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Psalm 150 - "Enough"

Sometimes you wake up from a dream and have to stop and ask yourself if it really happened or was it just a dream. After having a 'bad' dream it is easy to pray and ask God to not let it happen. But death is a natural part of life. We were born and will all die. Instead of asking God to not let it happen maybe we need to ask for strength to get us through when it does occur. No matter what, we need to realize God does not cause death but He will be with us through it. As I finished the book of Psalm this morning I was blessed in how the last chapter is about praising Him. Matthew Henry writes about this chapter:

Praise God with strong faith; praise him with holy love and delight; praise him with entire confidence in Christ; praise him with believing triumph over the powers of darkness; praise him by universal respect to all his commands; praise him by cheerful submission to all his disposals; praise him by rejoicing in his love, and comforting ourselves in his goodness; praise him by promoting the interests of the kingdom of his grace; praise him by lively hope and expectation of the kingdom of his glory. 
No matter what we are going through we need to praise His Holy Name! He is with us. He supplies our needs and many times our wants. He directs us when we allow Him to. He blesses us in abundance and is worthy to be praised. He prepares us for things that will happen. Sometimes we just are not aware of His preparations. He tells us things we need to hear but if we aren't in right relationship with Him we do not hear Him. 

Dear Jesus,
Thank You for the book of Psalm You have led me through. I look forward to seeing where You take me from here. Father, I pray for the day ahead, especially for my husband. I pray blessings in abundance to be upon his day. Just as I prayed with him this morning once again I pray for You to enable him to see positives throughout the day and give him many opportunities to be You to others. Father, soothe his spirit as he does his job. I pray You will stay so close to him. I also want to thank You for loving me so greatly. I pray You will use me today to be a beacon of light to all around me. Be my words, actions, attitude and focus. Thank You Jesus for being "Enough." Amen.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Psalm 145 - "Battles"

David went through many Psalms of lamenting. Psalm 145 is one of praise to God. When I received the reminder phone call about Monday's appointment, fear started creeping in again. I refuse to allow it. I will praise Him instead. I will praise Him for safety on the road today, a nice lunch with my honey to celebrate a belated Father's Day, the beautiful creation we saw for the first time....the list goes on and on! Plain and simple. I will praise Him. Verses one and two have four 'I wills' in them..."I will extol You, my God, O King; And I will bless Your name forever and ever. Every day I will bless You. And I will praise Your name forever and ever." (NKJV). Yes!!!! He desires to hear our praises. I love verses seventeen through twenty-one of this chapter.

Woo hoo! He never will leave me. That is definitely something to praise Him for! He hears my prayers...actually He knows my thoughts. That is another thing to praise Him for! Oh how I need to draw nearer to Him over these next few days. I need to feel His supernatural strength flowing in and through me. 

Dear Jesus,
Thank You for this day and for the ways You showered us with Your love. Thank You for time with my honey. Lord, I pray for a supernatural healing in his body. I pray for strength for him tomorrow with the route. I also pray for peace in his spirit. Lord, I pray the same for myself. Fill us to overflowing with Your strength. Empower me to not be fearful. Thank You Jesus for being The One I Praise. Amen.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

II Timothy 1:7 - "My Deliverer"

I woke up this morning singing these words from "My Deliverer" that Mandissa sings...

There's no pretending
I can't do it myself
I'm so dependent
Lord I need Your help
I'll be watchin'
I'll be waitin'
I'll be prayin'
I'll be stayin' down on my knees
That's right where You'll find me

My Deliverer, You rescued me from all that held me captive
My Deliverer, You set me free
Now I'm alive and I can live
And every moment I will give you praise

The tears immediately came to my eyes. I need delivered from fear. I know no matter what the results are from my mammogram Monday the Lord will be with me. He will be my strength. I know that. But every time it comes to my mind I start crying. I am fearful of the unknown but I need to have faith and believe. I need to know beyond a shadow of a doubt God's got this. I preach it all the time when others are in similar situations. i need to grasp it myself. I need His peace to overtake my being in a mighty way. I do not want to be fearful. I do not want to be emotional. If I don't allow Him to be my Peace soon, the next days are going to be mighty tough. I do not want to fall apart but instead I desire to lean upon His strength. Maybe the next time will be easier but this first recheck is not fun.

Dear Jesus,
Thank You for this song that reminds me I need to be close to You in order to feel Your strength. I need to be in fellowship with You in order to be rescued from this fear that is trying to take me down. Father, I pray for Your presence to be so real to me over these next few days. I pray for more of You and less of me so this fear will be gone. Lord, be my focus today in a mighty way. Enable me to live out II Timothy 1:7. I can't even pray for You to use me today to be a beacon of light to others. I feel like I have nothing to give as I struggle myself. Father, just be real to me and show Yourself through me. Thank You for being My Deliverer. Amen.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Psalm 139:7-16 - "Psalm 139"

Psalm 139 is one of my favorites. Verses seven through sixteen talk about how God is always present in our lives. I was telling my Momma the other day about how when we speak things it gives the enemy a chance to hear them and act upon them. He is not capable of being everywhere the way God is nor is he capable of hearing everything as God does. He cannot know our thoughts as God does either. God knows and sees all. I especially love verses thirteen and fourteen...
When Ben was in the womb, he was healed from an open spine. His life would have been so different had the Lord not healed him. Today he is a healthy husband, father of four plus, gifted preacher who seeks to do the will of God. As the verse says about God, "your works are wonderful..." God chose Ben not only once but twice for a healing in his physical body. He was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis in high school but the Lord healed him from it. Once again I can say of God, "your works are wonderful..." Everything God does in and through our lives has a purpose. We must realize what our purpose on this earth is if we want to live with Him for eternity. We must seek Him wholly in order to fulfill the purpose He has for us.

Dear Jesus,
Thank You for the reminders from Psalm 139 this morning. Thank You for healing my 'baby' not once but twice. Thank You for blessing him and his family this week with a time of vacation. Thank You for giving them safety as they travel. Father, I pray You will continue to work in and through Ben and Emily. I praise You for the way You are using Miss Evelyn with her prayer ministry. It blesses this Grandma's heart to hear how she is praying with people at the age of nine. I can only imagine what great things You have in store for her. Father, I pray You will use me to do great things for You today. Be my words, actions, attitude and focus throughout this day. Be greater than me so people will see and hear You instead of me today. Thank You Jesus for being My Constant. Amen.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Psalm 138:8 - "Never Been A Moment"

The Lord woke me up singing "Never Been A Moment" and I was immediately blessed beyond comprehension....

There's never been a moment
I was not held inside your arms
And there's never been a day when
You were not who you say you are

Yours forever
It don't matter what I'm walking through
Cause no matter where I'm going
There's never been a moment
That I was not loved by you

Yes! He loves me no matter what. He loves me when I doubt. He loves me when I bless Him. He loves when I walk in obedience and when I falter. Plain and simple. He loves me. Woo hoo! We all have our own faith journey. Everyone's experience is different yet the Lord loves us all. He does not give up on us when we question Him but instead loves us through such times. There is nothing we can hide from Him. He not only knows our actions but He knows our thoughts. The cry of our heart should always be the words found in Psalm 138:8...

Dear Jesus,
Thank You for the rest You provided last night. Father, I pray for Your touch to be on my body. I am so tired in my physical body but so grateful for the renewal in my spirit. Lord, be my words and actions today. Bless our time tonight with the children and teens. I pray they will see and hear You through us. I pray for breakthroughs in their spiritual lives. Lord, "There's never been a moment" You did not love me and for that I am so grateful. May I bless You in abundance today in my words, action and attitude. Thank You Jesus for being The One Who Loves Me No Matter What. Amen.