Bethany's BlogWords of Encouragement

God Said It

 

Don't panic. I'm with you. There's no need to fear for I'm your God. I'll give you strength. I'll help you. I'll hold you steady,keep a firm grip on you.

Isaiah 41:10

This verse in Isaiah is bold! Read it again, Don't panic. I'm with you. THERE'S NO NEED TO FEAR, for I'm your God. I'll give you strength. I'll help you. Ill hold you STEADY, keep a firm grip on you.  Okay, so, it's not that often that I feel super afraid, but there are times that I find myself feeling anxious, which is a form of fear. Or, I may feel a mild panic over something.  But, God is telling me, right here in His Word, that there is NO NEED for this behaivor. He is my God and He has the ability to give me enough strength, enough help, enough steadiness to have peace in every situation. His grip on me will carry me through just fine.

What do think? Do you have those moments or those days that you have fear or anxiousness? Fear of the future maybe? Or fear of loosing someone that is dear to you? Fear of being alone, or loosing your job? Fear of illness? What is it that brings some fear into your life? The unknown, maybe?  

How does one get to a place in their relationship with God that they are able to hand it all over to Him? Don't panic, I'm with you. God said it, do you believe it?  Don't panic about tomorrow, I'm with you. Don't panic about the loss of a loved one, I'm with you. Don't panic about your children, I'm with you. Don't panic about that illness, I'm with you. Don't panic about being alone, I'm with you. Don't panic about your finances, I'm with you. God said it, There's no need to fear. 

Wow, This is a lot to ponder!

Your Life, Your Choice

 

I choose the true road to somewhere, I post your road signs at every curve and corner.

Psalms 119:30

This last December I had some time to clear my head and set my priorities again. It was clear to me that I needed to make some different choices, choices that would bring more passion to my everyday life, so I decided I would ask myself the question daily, "Does this bring me life or death?"

I have a close friend that asks the same question another way, "Is this consolation or desolation?" So, with each new day, I want less desolation, and more consolation, more passion, and an abundance of new life. With each morning as I wake up I want to be able to physically, emotionally, and mentally accept the gift that Jesus offers me, which is New Life. He gives me a new chapter every day with passion, hope, courage, bravery, dreams, and abilities to stretch beyond my limits. 

I've changed a few things in my life since December, and I'm still in process of changing more. I continue to ask myself everyday, "Does this bring passion to my life, or does it bring death?" If the answer is death, then I begin to work toward ways of changing it.

Do you have areas in your life that bring passion and you want to nurture that area and grow in it? Are there areas that hold you back with desolation? Ask yourself what lies you may be believing about those things that bring desolation into your life, and then ask Holy Spirit to reveal the truth to you. He will lead you on the path to consolation. Your journey of choice, when led by the Holy Spirit, will be one of adventure and discovery. And, as God has said, the Truth will set you free!

 

When You're Waiting

I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined to me and heard my cry. He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay, and He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God; many will see and fear and will trust in the Lord.

Psalms 40:1-3

Are there times in your life that you are waiting, waiting, and still waiting for God to come through for you? Does it sometimes feel like it's never going to happen, and when He does come thorugh, it's right at the very last minute? I love this verse, as David is pointing out how he is waiting with patience. Could it be that when we have patience, God is more inclined to hear us?  When we have patience, we are scooped out of the pit of destruction and set up on the sturdy rock with words of praise in our mouths.  With patience, we are a testimony of all that God can do, a sure light of His listening ear and His steadfast love. But, what if I'm not patient? And, sometimes I certainly do not feel patient. Sometimes, I am not even sure how to be patient when I am discussing a pressing matter with God, does He still hear me?  Will He still rescue me? 

I've discovered that I can be patient in the wait and still be impatient in the moment. God is able to hear me in both places, and grow me in both places.  As I become more patient in my wait, He rescues me to higher places of praise, and as I learn to trust Him with my impatience in the moment He grows me in my ability to run to Him with all that I have and know that He will be there for me with His love.  He is our firm foundation, always solid and consistant, loving and true. 

Whatever you may be waiting for today, call out to God with patience and know that He will answer. Even when it may take patience to believe it.

Believe it or Not

 

 

Deep calls to deep at the sound of Your waterfalls; all Your breakers and your waves have rolled over me.  The Lord will command His lovingkindness in the daytime; and His song will be with me in the night, a prayer to the God of my life.

Psalms 42:7-8

Do you hear God calling you to deeper places? Is He bringing you to new places, or showing you territory that needs to be taken, but frightens you? Are you stepping into the waterfall of His lovingkindness and allowing His gentleness to roll over you? 

He commands His lovingkindness to be with us, and when the night is upon us, He sings over us. Isn't that beautiful?  I have needed to remind myself of this several times the last several days. I've had some days of feeling rushed, tired, irritated, and unsettled. I haven't always felt the deepness of God surrounding me, so I've been challenged to believe that He is calling me to that place. My heart has felt more like hiding behind safe walls, rather than allowing waves to roll over me. Do you ever feel that way?

But, God knows, and He still calls. He still waits in deep places for me and He stills sees me. He does this for you too. Like David, when I want to question God, He listens to me and processes with me. He goes deep into my wonderings. Do you open the door to God to see into your wonderings? Does He hear your doubts, fears, and troubles?

I will say to God my rock, "Why have you forgotton me? why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?"  As a shattering of my bones, my adversaries revile me, while they say to me all day long, "Where is your God?" why are you in despair, O my soul?

Psalms 42:9-11

Eventhough David was feeling distraught about God, He referred to Him as his Rock! I like that. God is our Rock all the time, when we are troubled, bored, exuberant, etc....He is a sure and solid companion. 

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