SUNDAY SONG

Romans 14:11
It is written:

“‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord,
‘every knee will bow before me;
every tongue will acknowledge God.’”

God is good.

This past week, I have seen God provide encouragement to me in very specific ways to keep me trusting Him with the big things…things I have given Him, because all things matter to Him.

God knows when we need encouragement while we wait on His answers to our prayers.

I’m so grateful to have a loving Father who has shown me the patience and love that I need as I grow in my relationship with Him.

Have a wonderful Sunday!

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A new Bible study

The past couple of weeks, I’ve been thinking about doing a new, focused Bible study.  I’m going to attempt to read one chapter of Proverbs a day for 31 days.  As I make my way through Proverbs, I will write a post about it.  I will also be reading a book that I will be sharing.

Feel free to join me for the Proverbs study.  🙂

Things I’m learning. . .

The past year has been a bit of a crazy one.  I had a health scare, a reaction to some medication that made me loopy, brokenness, a ton of job-related stress, and I experienced the loss of two co-workers.  To say I was a stress-bomb and a bit emotional is an understatement.  Over the summer, I finally started to calm down and deal with it all.

I chose, while everything was happening, to try to understand what God was trying to teach me.  It wasn’t easy.  It would have been easier to wallow.

Even though I am still learning from everything, there are some things that prompted some growth in me:  I’ve learned to be quieter in spirit and in action.  When I get edgy or angsty, I tend to fret, and because of all of the fretting, I over-verbalize.   In fact, I can feel it happening this week, as I am trying to finish up some grading, because the marking period ends next week.  However…when I feel that way now, instead of the amount of over-verbalization that I expressed before, I am more apt to be quiet and seek God a bit.  That is a huge victory for me…you have no idea.

When I experienced some personal brokenness due to some loss, I learned how to say to God that I know He has everything under control and that there are blessing on the other end of things…things that are better than I could have brought my way.  Plainly, I’m learning that God does indeed have a plan, a hope and a future for me.  While I wait on that aspect of God’s movement in my life, I know the loss will be replaced someday with much more than I could ever imagine or hope.

Work-related stress…my nemesis.  Stress makes me edgy, cranky and full of adrenaline.  I’m learning that when I am stressed that I can listen to calming music, read my Bible or pray, rather than eat foods that stress triggers…a very unhealthy habit.  I’m also learning that God doesn’t want me to stress.  He wants me to trust that He will provide a way to get everything done that I need to do.  I’ve been learning to get more rest, and some changes in diet are allowing me to sleep through the time I have to sleep (working on the quantity issue) instead of waking up every 2-3 hours, because I’m alert with stress.  My brain needs a break.

I’m learning…a work in progress…trying to become a better reflection of God…allowing Him to make me into a godly woman….and hopefully one that will be looked upon with favor by others, because of that reflection.

It is my hope that God continues to bless me and allow me to share all of my blessings with others, so that He will be glorified.

God is faithful, good and truly my Father.

God sees all my tears and blesses them with growth and love…

Psalm 142

 1 I cry aloud to the LORD; 
   I lift up my voice to the LORD for mercy. 
2 I pour out before him my complaint; 
   before him I tell my trouble.

 3 When my spirit grows faint within me, 
   it is you who watch over my way. 
In the path where I walk 
   people have hidden a snare for me. 
4 Look and see, there is no one at my right hand; 
   no one is concerned for me. 
I have no refuge; 
   no one cares for my life.

 5 I cry to you, LORD; 
   I say, “You are my refuge, 
   my portion in the land of the living.”

 6 Listen to my cry, 
   for I am in desperate need; 
rescue me from those who pursue me, 
   for they are too strong for me. 
7 Set me free from my prison, 
   that I may praise your name. 
Then the righteous will gather about me 
   because of your goodness to me.

SUNDAY SONG

I was feeling under the weather this week.  I think my body kept fighting off whatever it was, but it left me feeling like I needed to be lazy this weekend.  I think I got a little too lazy, though.  I completely forgot, until I was in church, to remember to post my Sunday Song.  Most of the day, I’ve been trying to think of songs…nothing.  So….I thought some Phil Wickham might be nice.  His music is so heartfelt.

Enjoy!

SUNDAY SONG

Psalm 93
The LORD reigns; he is robed in majesty; the LORD is robed; he has put on strength as his belt. Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved. Your throne is established from of old; you are from everlasting.

I haven’t embedded this song in a while, but it has been on my mind for a week or so….mostly this week.

It is a beautiful song that reminds me that God is God of all…all over the world. He sees everything and cares for us in ways we will never be able to totally fathom.

Never doubt His power to be sovereign over His creation.

Have a wonderful Sunday! 🙂

Sunday Song

Sometimes our weeks take a weird turn…just when we are experiencing some “ups”. You know, those days when nothing particularly earth-shattering is happening, but you feel restless, unsettled and at odds with your faith. The past few days, maybe because of fatigue and dehydration, I’ve just been plain agitated and restless. I’m so grateful for all of my blessings. I have many, and I know God is my Father, and that He keeps an ever-watchful eye on me and takes care of all of my needs. But I am human…I get frustrated…tired…hurt…bothered…and that all leads to a gnarly mood. Not going to lie about that one. HOWEVER, God is good, faithful and understands my “moments”.  He still listens to my prayers, and He still loves me. He is never against me, but always for me.

(The really good, relevant Bible verses for this song are included in the video I’ve chosen.)