In A Slump

 

So, when you’re in a slump and feel that you haven’t enough of anything that it takes to get through the day, you go in God’s strength. His strength alone will get you there; out of the slump, out of the rut, out of the fear, out of the panic, out of the worry and out of the confusion of it all. Oh yeah, His strength alone is your plugged in power source for the next moment, the next hour, the next day, the next month and yes all the way through the next year as it unravels and unfolds. So ~ when you’re tied up in knots about impossibilities and things you can’t change, and bad news hits the home front or the news headlines. and when your motivation hits an all-time low, or when the bottom has dropped out of your day, and your world has just done a topsy – turvy off the map, you know He’s caught it, and you know He’s got it.

Yeah, this almighty One who suspends the world in the universe and allows it to spin ever so gently with just the perfect formula and perfect precision timing, knows how to pull your day back into line and your world back into order. Hey! When it’s all gone wrong, remember, God writes it off as a blessing and makes it all okay! Oh, you won’t see it right away but, beautiful soul, it will be ok! It will! It will all turn around and turn out for the best if you don’t leave God out of the equation. If you trust Him through it and say with the Psalmist in Psalm 69: 13 – 15, “But I pray to you, O Lord, in the time of Your favor; in Your great love, O God, answer me with Your sure salvation. Rescue me from the mire, do not let me sink;….do not let the floodwaters engulf me or the depths swallow me up or the pit close it’s mouth over me.”

Psalm 70: 1, “Hasten, O God to save me; O Lord come quickly to help me.”

He will come just as surely as you wait there. Truth is, He hasn’t left. He just waits for your call. That’s what moves Him to action. He loves His people and will not leave them nor forsake them.. You can know it!

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Psalm 70: 5
“Yet, I am poor and needy; come quickly to help me, O God. You are my help and my deliverer.”

Deuteronomy 31:8
“The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

Crushed World

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So yeah, some days it seems like the whole world is crowding in on yours and your little space becomes oh so much smaller with people out of place and distractions pounding at your door. Where’s the logic to all this stuff and where did all the chaos come from? Your once quiet moments have become noisy with demands! Your fears surface and your anxieties reel out of control. A once safe-place becomes perilous and frightening and a once peaceful plateau suddenly dips into the valley of despair. So much, so many, so this, so that, and on and on it goes and where it stops nobody knows!

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Oh for sure, no one knows anything about it except our Keeper and our Maker. Our God who cares deeply for our needs. In Psalm 46:10 He gives a direct message to the psalmist to confirm the authenticity of his vision when He says “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” The whole of the next chapter ~ Psalm 47 celebrates God’s kingship over the earth and His sovereignty over the nations. So you, beautiful soul, let God’s presence and power envelop you right where you are, and allow Him to hover over your little world and saturate it’s chaotic nooks and crannies with His divine presence and drive out the uncertainties and unsettled anxieties. Hush, be still and know Him for who He is, and as a God who’s King over the earth and in charge of the nations, you can know He’s in charge of your corner! Your world is held and orchestrated by Him and held fast in the palm of a nail imprinted hand and He’s got it and He’s got you and He cares. He really does!

So now, when it’s all gone wrong and left and not right and it’s all empty yet so full of stuff, come on now beautiful you and join the choir director in Psalm 47 1, 2, 3, “Come everyone! Clap your hands! Shout to God with joyful praise! For the Lord Most High is awesome. He is the great King of all the earth. He subdues the nations before us, putting our enemies beneath our feet.” So when the big world is closing in on yours, meet the frustration and manage the panic head on by just praising our God, the sovereign One! The creator of Heaven and earth, who cared enough to provide a way to safety through Jesus our Savior, the One true King, the victorious One, the saviour of our beautiful souls and the author and finisher of our faith!
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Hebrew 12: 1, 2, 3
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off every encumbrance and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with endurance the race set out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at right hand of the throne of God. Consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.…”

Your Crumbled World


So somedays it’s just hard to break through the clouds of all the stuff that carries extra weight on your soul. Right? Yeah those Anxious thoughts, disappointments, and that nerve in the pit of the stomach that works so relentlessly to drag you down to the lowest of lows does it’s job real good! Maybe it’s just physical exhaustion, weariness from sleepless nights or physical pain that’s just become your default, and even though you haven’t set it that way, and even though you wish you could switch the button, it just is what it is, and there’s nothing under the sun that you seem to be able to do about it. It’s just there, just like everything else is there that has made it’s mark and left you feeling empty in a bottomless world. The drop is deep, the canyon is wide, and a heavy heart just wants to give up. Well, There’s a whole lot of God’s compassion for just how you’re feeling right now and there’s a whole lot of His tender mercy just spreading over your table right now. Right there, right where you are. Take a minute to ponder His hand of blessing right there in the plight of your ‘all gone wrong world.” Take a moment to breathe in His grace ~ inhale deeply and exhale sweetly your praise to a Creator God who understands the deepest part of you, and knows what makes your world crumble and yet too, knows how to make your world rock. Breathe and bask in His grace for a moment of time and say with the Psalmist in Psalm 116: 1-6 “I love the Lord because He hears my voice and my prayer for mercy. Because He bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath! Death wrapped it’s ropes around me, the terrors of the grave overtook me, I saw only trouble and sorrow. Then I called on the name of the Lord….How kind the Lord is! How good He is! So merciful, this God of ours!….Let my soul be at rest again. For the Lord has been good to me.”
The Psalmist knew of the goodness and the faithfulness of His God! Faithful to answer his prayer and so in his anxiety he gave thanks and praise to the only One who could help.
Beautiful soul, today, right now, bask in the holiness of the Sovereign God, let Him grace you with His unconditional love and unfailing mercy. Yeah, just give Him your praise and let Him rock your crumbled world back into sweet existence and shower you with peace

That’s what he does. I love how He does it. ❤
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It’s Okay Anyway


So perhaps it’s a bad day for you and It’s been a drastic day so far of everything going wrong that could and you’re left wondering if you can selvedge any of its precious moments to redeem the time and still manage to keep some kind of sanity in this ‘all gone wrong’ world of yours?

Some days are just like that aren’t they? Well, beautiful soul, you gotta know that even in the midst of all the fight and conundrum and confusion and hard stuff that’s going on, God’s got it for you, held tightly in His hand! Yeah, and He does know your frustration and your panic and the worry nipping in that apprehensive heart of yours! And those ties that wrap in tight knots that won’t undo, around that mind of yours? Yeah, He knows those too. So, that next hard thing and difficult place ~ Just float through it right into His safe keeping! Under the shelter of His wing! Safe on the rock of His protection! Secure in His shield and confident in His salvation. He is there for you even on the rainy days and the blue days, and the so ‘gone wrong’ days. He led David through a few of those with a jealous Saul in relentless pursuit.  David knew death entangled him and torrents of destruction overwhelmed him but he called on his God for help and His God delivered him and gave him a song and he gave praise back to the God who delivered, with the words of the song in Psalm 18: 1, 2, 3

“I love you O Lord my strength. The Lord is my Rock, my Fortress and my Deliverer; my God is my Rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the Horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call to the Lord who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies.”

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