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A conversation

God blessed me yesterday, through two older gentlemen.

The first conversation, happened before church.

I had asked to hear an older gentlemen’s testimony.

It is stunning and I was reminded that God has not changed, He is the same God I read about in the scriptures.

God’s faithfulness and compassion are incredible!

One thing he said has stayed in my heart.

“Although, I didn’t know God, I can look back and see how He was with me all the time.”

The second conversation happened after church.

A gentleman I’ve not met before, who was visiting our church, came to speak with me about how my joining in worship through ASL was truly a blessing.

We talked about several things, including the fact that many years ago he was a worship leader and had a lady who signed ASL as part of the worship team.

He talked about how moving the words in ASL are and I showed him one of my favorite signs, one that always touches my heart, which is the sign for crucified.

His eyes grew moist as he watched me sign the word.

Then he asked, “How did you come to learn sign?”

I smiled.

“Oh! That’s a long story, but I’ll try to keep it short.”

I told him it began with our son, who has a communications disorder, we learned the alphabet in ASL first and then in English.

I talked to him about our oldest daughter getting a coffee and ending up joining a Deaf Bible Study and how she taught us a good deal of sign.

Then, I explained about being given the wrong medication and my immune system crashing, my asthma and allergies being diagnosed, and the loss of voice.

He was leaning forward, face lined with concern and asked, “When did you start speaking again?”

My broad smile nearly kept me from being able to respond.

“Palm Sunday, I was prayed for here in this church. I’ve been speaking ever since. Although, I still lose my voice now and then it’s not as often and doesn’t last as long.”

His eyes grew moist again.

“That’s right! I heard about that! My son told me, ‘There’s a lady and her family, new to our church. Her name is Hope…'”

He stopped talking and just gripped my hand.

“I came over here to tell you what a blessing your signing is and I was the one blessed by this terrific story! Thank you for sharing it with me.”

He hugged me and returned to his family.

But he left behind a blessing.

Both these older gentlemen and their conversations were gifts from God.

They reminded me that it’s a privilege to share and hear about what God has done.

They reminded me that God uses things we never expect Him to.

Their words, feelings, and openness are the fruit of God’s faithfulness to each one of us, which reminded me of the goodness of God.

These two men love Jesus and they know He loves them, thus both were quick to share that love with me.

I praise God for His blessings and for people who love God and love others.

Matthew 22:37-39 NKJV — Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'”

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for Your blessings. Lord Jesus, please bless both those gentlemen who You used to bless me. Please watch over them, guide and direct them as they walk daily with You. Lord, please continue to help me shine You to those around me, to live and love as You do. Lord, I want people to look at me and see You. Thank You for all You have done and are doing in my life. May my life bring glory to Your name. Amen.

Part of the journey

I rarely take selfies, but I really wanted to share God’s blessing.

Yes, I’m holding a lamb on my lap in the car.

This little lamb is an answer to prayer.

Way before my husband was asked to apply at his current position.

Before we had any idea we would be moving back to the country.

Before I had let myself dream of country life, God had asked me what I wanted if I were to choose a home for our family.

It felt a bit odd, but I was honest.

On the list of things I wanted was property, enough to raise some livestock on.

Fast forward several months, we are here in the country on property we can raise livestock on, I’d been seeking God as to what we were to raise and where we were to get them.

The chickens were an easy answer, we ordered them.

Both my husband and myself wanted at least one dairy goat, but I couldn’t figure out which breed and just kept praying.

Then, God opened the door for me to purchase a female Toggenburg, born this year, and when she’s weaned we’ll go pick her up.

I’m buying her from friends who live nearby and have seen her several times now.

I thanked God for His answer, and then started praying for something new.

This baby goat is used to being with other goats, she wouldn’t do well without another animal.

Since my husband and I want to raise a few sheep, we began looking for ewe lambs for sale.

While working through this process, neither of us could get peace about the animals we found available.

After more prayer and discussion with Handsome, I decided to ask a member of our church who has a large sheep herd.

I spoke briefly with his wife after church a week ago, and she said she didn’t know of any ewe lambs for sale, but would ask.

“It’s too bad you didn’t ask sooner! We just got rid of all our bummer lambs!” Her sweet face was lined with regret.

I assured her God had a plan and I would just keep praying.

Imagine my surprise when my husband texted me on Friday night from a church function:

“Do you want a bummer lamb?”

I sent an instant, “Yes!”

The sweet lady from church had told her husband about my conversation with her and they ended up with a very late bummer lamb.

The gentleman spoke with my husband at church and then Handsome texted me.

We picked her up Saturday afternoon and we all are enjoying her.

I’m so blessed by God directing us, even in something so unimportant as livestock.

For it builds my faith that God is personally interested in every detail of my life.

I want to cling to God in every possible way and I’m so encouraged by how He has provided for our new addition.

God is faithful and His ways are best.

Isaiah 30:18 KJV — And therefore will the LORD wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the LORD is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for Your provision. Not just with this lamb or this home, but for those things which are eternal. Lord, thank You for Your love, peace, patience, goodness, faithfulness, and compassion. Thank You that You are the One who gives us life and that You have a purpose for each. Thank You that You show us truth, wisdom, and the path to eternity through Your Word. Thank You for paying the price that I might be saved. I love You, Jesus. Amen.

“I will seek”

When You said, “Seek My face,” My heart said to You, “Your face, Lord, I will seek.”
Psalms 27:8 NKJV

Last Thursday and Friday my husband and I went to the coast, just the two of us.

He had put in for vacation weeks ago, he was to go camping and fishing with Jase.

However, the planned trip was out due to snow.

My husband told me he felt God wanted us to get away together and pray.

No other agenda, just pray.

We had a wonderful time.

The weather was rainy and cold, but we could see the ocean from our room and that was enough.

On our way home we enjoyed the clearing skies and the peace which comes from time with the Lord.

We both agreed we want to do it again.

Because it’s vital for our personal relationships with the Lord as well as our marriage that we seek God individually and together.

I’m so thankful to God for calling us to seek Him, not just for the two days least week, but for each and every day.

For I need Him in my life daily.

I want His direction and guidance continually, thus I shall seek His face and wait for His Word to instruct me.

Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!
Psalms 27:14 NKJV

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for Your Holy Spirit which directs and instructions my heart. Lord, please teach me Your paths, let me follow after Your truths, guide me in all things, and help me to apply scripture to each area of my life. Thank You for Your blessings. Thank You for Your faithfulness. Thank You for sustaining me continually. Thank You for calling me to seek Your face. I love You, Jesus. Thank You for loving me first. Amen.

A few chickens

Yesterday, I felt the Lord leading me to go look at the chickens.

Frankly, I didn’t want to.

It wasn’t time to put them away yet, but would be in about an hour.

The weather was a misty rain and much colder than our average May temperatures.

But I know better than to ignore the Lord.

Although I still do it at times and there’s always an uncomfortable consequence to such behavior.

Thankfully, I was obedient this time.

As I walked around the coop, everything seemed fine, there were even a group of hens outside pecking away.

I was about to leave, but felt I was to look closer.

From my angle, I didn’t have a good view of the door which allows the chickens into the run.

When I turned and walked closer this came into full view.

It was closed, locking the seven hens outside.

They have a cover over part of the run so they weren’t wet, but they’re not fully grown, so they can get too cold if kept away from the heat lamp.

I let myself into the run and held open the door.

Since I didn’t know what caused the door to close, I stood there holding it open.

One hen was on the ramp and headed inside right away.

Which made me glad, because the wind had picked up and it wasn’t growing warmer.

Not long after the first hen, another went in and slowly a third followed her.

Time seemed to drag as I waited for the remaining hens to figure it out and go inside.

I was getting cold and my arm was getting tired from holding the door by the time there was only one hen still outside.

I couldn’t let go of the door and it became clear the hen was avoiding the door because I was standing there holding it open.

All at once this hen realized she was alone, which caused her to panic.

She began to run around making frightened chirps.

The other chickens inside began to answer her and one even tried to come out the door.

I prevented this, which scared both the hens inside and the final one outside.

She ran and hid at my feet under the ramp, but continued to make those same frightened chirps.

Not sure how to help her figure out what needed to happen I prayed.

Then, I shifted my position, gently shoed her out from under the ramp and stepped as far away from the door while still holding it as I could.

Finally, she got the idea, jumped up on the ramp and went inside.

I locked up the chickens as I couldn’t sort out the door right then and I needed to get out of the weather.

I thanked God that nothing had happened to the chickens and then I realized…

That one lone hen is me.

I have allowed fear of something to keep me from obedience, frightened by a “change” and I start avoiding God and all He has for me.

My natural tendency next is to talk with others about my fears or feelings rather than, just getting close to my Father and following His lead.

It’s something I’m working on, but haven’t completely conquered yet.

But I know through Christ, I will.

And until then, I’ll have a few chickens to remind me what not to do.

Psalm 73:28 KJV — But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for Your wonderful works and Your compassion. Thank You for using a few chickens to teach me about myself and how fear will actually keep me from what is best for me. Lord, thank You that I need not be afraid, for Your salvation is all I need and I’m safe in You. Thank You that You know me and what I need. Thank You for Your patience with me, especially when I’m acting like a chicken. Thank You that You are a good teacher, You show me my errors and encourage me in the ways of righteousness. Thank You for Your love. I love You. Amen.

Despite our best efforts…

Things still go wrong at times.

Yesterday, I was talking with our pastor about our week, because our family has been rather frustrated with some of God’s creatures recently.

We’d planted a blueberry bush, three apple trees, and two cherry trees a few months ago.

My husband and I knew there are both deer and elk in our area, so we caged each in fence, staking it down so the animals couldn’t reach through the fence and eat our plants.

We planned and executed, but somehow it all went wrong.

The deer ate the blooms off the apples one night and the next night nipped some leaves off the cherry trees.

They also nipped the blueberry, but not horribly.

I went to the Tractor Supply Store the next day and bought more chicken wire and spray which is supposed to be a deer repellent.

That evening after Handsome was home from work we wrapped the trees in chicken wire and half the blueberry.

There wasn’t enough chicken wire to go all the way around and the store had been closed for hours.

Handsome sprayed everything liberally, and we went to bed.

The next morning my husband wasn’t in the best mood for the deer had stripped all the blooms and leaves off the blueberry on the side without chicken wire.

But his mood improved and as we prayed together before he left for work part of his prayer astonished me.

He said, “Lord, we love Your creation and we realize Your creatures need to eat. Would You please cause them to eat the grass rather than our plants.”

I told our pastor about this prayer and how God has really worked in our lives, because ten years ago we wouldn’t have taken it this way.

We would have allowed something like this to ruin our attitudes and taint our perspective.

He understood.

Then he talked briefly about Paul and how God used his arrest and imprisonment to further the gospel.

During his sermon, he mentioned: “It’s all about furthering the gospel,” in reference to how God used that challenging time in Paul’s life.

I don’t know how our little trial with the deer is going to be used for good, but I trust God that it will.

Perhaps it’s not really about the circumstance, but rather about our hearts.

For the condition of our hearts is far more important to God.

Deuteronomy 30:6 NKJV — “And the LORD your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, to love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live.”

For when our hearts are right before God our lives reflect Him to others and brings glory to Him

Matthew 5:16 KJV — Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Whatever circumstances you find yourself in this Monday, I pray you are able to trust God, wait upon His direction, and reflect Jesus’s light to others that they might see your light and glorify God.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for teaching us about Yourself through something so minor as our plants. Lord, thank You that we find all we need in You. You are our provision. You are the One who sustains us. You supply all we need, including the understanding of how to handle set-backs. Lord, our lives are not our own, they were bought with a high price. Please continue to guide and direct us, that we might honor You and walk in Your ways. Lord, we want to glorify You in all we do. We want our lives to further the gospel. Lord, please touch those who have yet to know You. Thank You. Amen.

Run the race

Hebrews 12:1-2 NKJV — Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

These words are extremely meaningful to me.

I enjoyed participating in track as an elementary student.

But the real emotion comes from the memories of our daughters.

Both Sis and Bell ran track in highschool and they both competed at the State level.

It was something they took very seriously.

They trained, not just at practice, but on their own as well.

They were mindful of their diet and sleep routines.

Track wasn’t just a thing they did on certain days, it was a way of thinking and acting and it paid off.

Both won many races, because they ran the race to win.

Our race is similar, although it’s not normally something we schedule and attend as an event.

Rather, it’s a choice, a new way of thinking, a new way of living, a new way to order our standards.

And Jesus Christ is our example in it all.

He ran first and best and paved the way for all those who would choose to follow.

There will be mockers, those who speak words of discouragement, telling us it’s not worth the effort.

There will be spectators, those who will stand outside the race, watching how we run.

There will be fellow runners, other believers who are running this race beside us.

I once heard a Christian lady on the radio talk about those fellow runners.

She said, “Look beside yourself, at those who are running with you. If they are not going all out for Jesus then you aren’t either. Find others who are running after Christ with everything they have.”

Why is that important?

Because it’s those who run the race, eyes focused on Christ, giving all they have, who win.

I want to be able to speak the words of Paul when my race is ending.

2 Timothy 4:7 NKJV — I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for Your encouragement. Lord, these words are so inspiring! Please help me to run this race with endurance. Please help me to be free from the snares of sin and the flesh, that I might run well, honoring You in all things. Lord Jesus, there are many things I don’t understand and areas I’m waiting upon You for, please help me to be diligent with the tasks at hand while waiting. I trust You and I thank You for Your Word. I look to You. Thank You for Your faithfulness. Thank You for Your love. Thank You for salvation! Lord, I know I can rest and wait patiently upon You for all things. Thank You for understanding what I need and granting me the opportunity to stretch and learn. Lord, I lift up those who are dear to my heart and humbly request You fulfill all their needs. I trust You with each one and thank You that they are Yours. Lord, for those who have yet to know You, please open the door that they might see the light. Open their understanding, that they might readily accept Your salvation. Open those things which have them trapped in the enemy’s grip, that they might escape destruction and instead find eternal life. Thank You, Jesus, for all these things. Thank You for running the race and finishing well! Please help me to do the same. Thank You! Amen.

A Wednesday lesson

Jase’s new mug.

I drove to my allergist’s office to get my shot today, only they were closed.

They’ve had a sign on the door for weeks announcing the closure, but I ignored it.

Why?

I don’t get my shots on Tuesday or Wednesday, so it didn’t apply to me, or so I thought.

The problem is, I had a migraine on Monday and didn’t go on my regular day.

Since I hadn’t taken note of this closure I drove the hour distance in our old truck only to discover my error.

I felt like the drawing of the lady slapping herself on the forehead with the palm of one hand.

Both Anne and Jase had accompanied me, as they wanted to be dropped off at Hobby Lobby.

I’d checked the store’s hours before leaving home and I dropped both at the front door before heading to the office for my immunotherapy.

As I walked back to the truck, my thoughts kept running me into the ground for the wasted trip, the unnecessary gas used, loss of schooling time, and pretty much anything else.

But I knew that wasn’t honoring the Lord.

To clarify, I don’t think God is to blame for me ignoring the sign or for driving an hour to turn around and drive back.

But I do believe God uses my mistakes to teach me and I knew beating myself up over the error would only rob me of the perspective to see what God was doing.

So, I asked God to forgive me for my carelessness and to teach me through the mistake.

It took a while before I could look backwards and see anything good from my error.

Several good things have happened:

* Both Anne and Jase bought something they wanted at the store. (Jase’s mug is pictured.)

* I was able to save my husband a trip to the bank.

* The bank is in a nearby town I’m unfamiliar with, so I gained knowledge I probably wouldn’t have otherwise.

* I was able to be real with my kids and admit although I’m disappointed with myself, it’s an opportunity to learn.

* The weather is beautiful and I enjoyed the countryside on our drive home.

The best part about it all is the cycle from my past is broken.

I made a mistake, but I’m not caught in an unhealthy response of running myself down because of it, rather I’m thankful.

Because God truly is working through all things for good.

Romans 8:28 NKJV — And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for being God Almighty. Thank You for Your Sovereignty. Lord, I know You are using these things I find annoying to hone my heart and help me not to fall into unhealthy attitudes or actions. I know You are working all things together for good, even my moments of carelessness. Lord, please help me to be careful, mindful, responsible, and honorable. Please help me to walk with You in understanding and wisdom. Lord, I know You are worthy of all my trust. Your ways are perfect and Your truth is amazing. Thank You for all Your patience with me. Thank You for providing so much and showing me what I need to work on, surrendering to You my expectations. Thank You for loving and saving my soul! I love You, Jesus. Amen.

Gratitude not greed

It’s a fine line, this balance between gratitude and greed.

To be thankful for what God has placed in my care, but not to want more than He has supplied.

It isn’t an easy thing for me.

Because too often I’ve placed my security or my identity in what I had.

God doesn’t give me anything to replace His space in my heart, so when I find myself slipping into greed, it’s telling me my heart isn’t right.

As I walk with Him, I’m learning how to be thankful for the things and people He places in my life, but to treasure only that which is eternal.

Saturday was an opportunity for me.

Handsome, had brought home an old wooden ladder, which he intended to burn.

I saw it and told him I wanted it.

He was surprised, but didn’t burn it.

Our son put it in the garden.

I’ve been asking the Lord what to do about my herbs.

My plan had been to have them closer to the house rather than down at the garden.

Unfortunately, I reckoned without the deer in mind.

This past week they ate one of my roses and this caused me to rethink my plan.

When I saw the ladder it seemed to be an answer to my prayers.

I’d been asking the Lord what to do as I didn’t make a bed in the garden for herbs.

Pictures of old ladders with cute galvanized buckets full of herbs on each step came to mind, things I’ve seen on the internet.

When we needed to go to town for chicken bedding I asked my husband if we could get herbs as well, which he readily agreed to.

After picking out which herbs I wanted, I went to buy galvanized buckets.

They were tiny and expensive.

So, I signed to my husband, “What do you think?”

He signed back, “You should pray about it.”

I did, but I couldn’t get peace with purchasing those expensive buckets just to hold herbs on an old ladder.

I walked over to look at the plastic pots.

These were much more reasonable, but I couldn’t get peace about how many to purchase.

I knew my husband was waiting on me and I was getting frustrated with myself, so I just stopped trying to guess and asked God to tell me what to get.

Three plastic pots.

I felt a little concerned as I had six plants, but I grabbed three pots.

The color didn’t seem right, so I prayed again and put those back, picking up some light grey ones.

I didn’t really understand what God was doing, but I wasn’t going to buy something I didn’t have peace with.

We purchased our six herbs, three pots, and three packs of marigolds(I remembered I needed those too) and left.

At home, I started with the marigolds, because those were for the perimeter of the garden to deter bugs.

I’d planted seeds, but so far they’ve not come up and since the frost got my other seedlings I thought those might have died too.

I ended up with one marigold I wasn’t sure where to place, but felt I shouldn’t worry about it and to just continue with what I had.

I placed the lavender in the garden near the fence where it can spread out, because I want it to be a permanent resident.

Both oregano plants went in plastic pots as did the spearmint.

I still had two basil plants and wasn’t sure what to do with them.

As I prayed for direction I remembered the metal coffee cans left by the previous owners.

Placing each herb on the ladder was fun, but the top looked a little bare and I still had the lone marigold to deal with.

My husband turned up at this juncture and I showed him everything.

When I got to the leftover marigold, I asked if he had any old coffee cans I could use.

“No, but hang on. I have something else.”

He returned with an old metal bucket, perfect for my need.

I planted the marigold and added it to the top of the ladder.

Now there is this cute and functional herb space which is safe from the deer.

But it’s not a treasure, it’s just something I’m grateful to God for.

The real treasure is the lesson of trusting God and waiting upon His direction in something so unimportant.

Because I truly believe if I can learn to be faithful in the little things, that is a treasure.

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19‭-‬21 NKJV

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for continuing to remind me of what treasure truly is. Thank You for showing me another example of how You know exactly what You are doing and my responsibility is to trust and obey You. Thank You for Your Holy Spirit which speaks to my heart and leads me in Your paths. Lord, please continue to teach me what it is You have for me each day and walk me forward into Your truth in this day. Lord, Please help me to overcome worry, as I know it is a sin and not honoring You. Please continue to teach this heart how to surrender fully. Lord, please place a guard over my lips, that I might not sin against You or others. Please place a hedge of protection around me and my family, that we might not fall prey to the enemy. Lord, please continue to shine brightly to those around us, encouraging our fellow follower and giving hope to those who have yet to know You. I love You, Jesus. Thank You. Amen.

…”not the author of confusion”…

This week I’ve been trying to get the garage more organized.

Turns out, I didn’t unpack everything, so I’m having to do some rearranging in the house as well.

Our family’s continued efforts against disorder has prompted me to think about what God’s Word says.

1 Corinthians 14:33 NKJV — For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.

This letter, written by Paul, is speaking directly to the issues with their meetings together.

In the middle of the instruction, Paul states a truth: “God is not the author of confusion but of peace”.

Which leads one to ask, where does confusion come from?

James 3:16 KJV — For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.

It’s a product of sin.

Through Christ Jesus, we can find freedom from sin and learn to walk with God in His ways.

Look at the stars, how precise, mathematically accurate, yet God made so many we still don’t know the number.

Be inspired by the design of the honey bee, whose Creator gave to it an intricate set of rules and instincts which make it possible for it to thrive.

Ponder mankind, despite the stains and mutilation of sin for generations, the fingerprints of identical twins are different.

The complicated way our eye was formed to be able to see and yet protect itself from germs and foreign matter is awe inspiring.

Our very tears are unique, not only there to lubricate the eyeball and wash it, but able to be shed to show a variety of emotions.

God knows the number of each one.

Psalm 56:8 KJV — Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?

God even keeps track of something we lose daily.

Matthew 10:30 KJV — But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

None of this is by chance.

1 Corinthians 14:33 NKJV — For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.

Whether you’re in need of order in your dwelling or in your heart, Jesus is the place to go to find it.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for using our stuff to remind me of this incredible truth. Thank You for teaching me to rest in You rather than in my own strength or my own understanding. Lord, thank You that You are interested in the smallest details. You are indeed over all things, thus it seems ridiculous not to seek You upon every part of my life, including how to organize. Most importantly, thank You for reminding me of Your salvation, where my soul finds eternal peace. I love You, Jesus. Amen.

Singing songs of praise

Sunday we sang a song which has blessed my heart every day since.

I’ve been singing the chorus throughout my day or listening to the version done by Keith & Kristyn Getty on their album Awaken the Dawn.

I wanted to share the lyrics with you.

STILL, MY SOUL BE STILL

Still my soul be still
And do not fear
Though winds of change may rage tomorrow
God is at your side
No longer dread
The fires of unexpected sorrow

God You are my God
And I will trust in You and not be shaken
Lord of peace renew
A steadfast spirit within me
To rest in You alone

Still my soul be still
Do not be moved
By lesser lights and fleeting shadows
Hold onto His ways
With shield of faith
Against temptations flaming arrows

Still my soul be still
Do not forsake
The Truth you learned in the beginning
Wait upon the Lord
And hope will rise As stars appear when day is dimm

I love how there’s so much scripture woven together in these lines.

Psalm 51:10 NKJV — Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.

“Lord of peace renew
A steadfast spirit within me”

Psalm 112:7 NKJV — He will not be afraid of evil tidings; His heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD.

“God is at your side
No longer dread
The fires of unexpected sorrow”

Ephesians 6:16 NKJV — above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.

“Hold onto His ways
With shield of faith
Against temptations flaming arrows”

Psalm 131:2 NKJV — Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul, Like a weaned child with his mother; Like a weaned child is my soul within me.

“Still my soul be still”

Throughout scripture, in seasons of good and times of great trial, we see those who fear the Lord and cling to Him finding comfort and peace.

It’s true, there is a war going on all around us, a war between good and evil, for Satan will not stop trying to destroy God’s people through one thing or another, but our security, our foundation, our very lives belong to Christ Jesus.

Through His wonderful gift we can have life eternal in Heaven and the peace that passes all understanding on Earth.

It’s easy to forget the truths of scripture and allow ourselves to be robbed of God’s peace and joy.

I praise God for His blessings, especially things like worship music which replay His truths to my heart.

May your heart be lifted up this day my friend. 💜

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for this song and those who have sung it. Thank You for bringing it to our home through our worship leader. Thank You for Your peace that surpasses all understanding. Thank You for the truth that we find in Your Word, that we are secure in Your salvation. Lord Jesus, please comfort the hurting. Please protect the innocent. Lord, please renew the spirits of those who have become discouraged and mired down in the slough of doubt. Lord Jesus, shine through the darkness to the captive and touch their hearts. Let those who are lost be found. May our lives bring You glory this day. I love You, Jesus. Thank You for loving me first. Amen.