Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Bless you for returning to Heartstrings this morning! I pray you find rest for your soul and heart peace for the steps ahead of you today. That the words and thoughts that come to you will be pleasing to the Lord. That the battle you are in will come to end in victory soon.
With all the power outages across our nation and around the world we need to be prepared and have needful things in store. Water and food, but especially water. Even though I have heard all the survivalist prophecies and warnings. To be really be prepared, we need most of all our eternal power source. Trust in God Who is Light.
What do you do when your flashlight becomes dim? Run for the batteries, right? If your lamplight is low you add more oil to keep that wick burning. You may have sources like windpower or solar panels. Large batteries to help should the power go out.
Those are all the physical things I have heard of. But, I believe my One Source of power is given by God. His Word tells us so.
I love Psalm 18 because it tells me about the Lord's deliverance in the David's life. If it is good enough for him then, it is good enough for me!
Here it is in verse 28..."For You cause my lamp to be lighted and to shine; the Lord my God illumines my darkness." Take time to read the whole chapter. It is amazing!
If you need deliverance from darkness of any kind turn to the Lord Who is perfect, pure light. He will light your way. The path you are on today, He will direct as you step into the Light of His Word! God can do what He says He can do. Just believe it!
Psalm 119:105 says, "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." Because this is a short verse I have to be careful that I don't slide right past it. There is such depth here when I take the time to be still and listen to the heart of God.
The Lord offers us His Word. His Son is The Word. I may not be able to see a mile down the road or even a few feet into my future, but the path directly under my feet is lit by Truth. A solid truth that I rest my faith in. If I fix my eyes on the lighted way then I can't vere off course.
Matthew 25:8 Jesus tells us the parable truth about the five wise and the five foolish virgins preparing for the call of the bridegroom. Some are anticipating the call to come away, but others are being lazy saying, oh I think it's time for a nap. Yawn. Wake me when you hear.
"And the foolish said to the wise, Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out." In the last days there will be those who try to take the easy way, draining you of the precious oil you need for your own lamp. That is why it is a good idea to ask God for wisdom with every decision you have to make.
Whether you are camping in the woods with a flashlight or the power goes out in your town...we need to be prepared. If you are feeling powerless, drained and wonder why you just can't seem to hear the Lord...prepare yourself in the light of God's Word. Do not be caught in a spiritual outage!
While the foolish are running around trying to buy oil for their lamps, the bridegroom comes and those who were prepared went in with him to the marriage feast; and the door was shut. Wow! These words should be a shout in your ear to pay attention. We are given warning. And, God doesn't want anyone to perish, but the door Will be shut at some point in the near future.
Does this trouble you? Good. There is still time to get prepared. As we hear more and more about the trouble our world is in we should be on our knees praying for mercy. At every opportunity we need to be the Light and Salt the world craves. Begin with Jesus.
I am praying for you and for myself. As the Holy Spirit calls us, let us follow hard after Him. God bless you as you fill your lamp with precious oil. Precious oil for precious people loved by God. In the matchless name of Jesus, amen.
Abundance is...a lighted pathway
Dear friends in Christ,
Yes, I have been moody. I confess it has been a few days dealing with too many emotional swings. So, I decided to put my hands to work. I pulled weeds. Bending, lifting and moving furniture after that. The workout did me good, at least mentally.
Searching for something to share with you I was reminded to let the Word of God speak. Each persons set of circumstances are different. You may be in the same household, with the same set of happenings, but with a different response and perspective.
Tonight I want to turn all my thoughts on the Lord. Where does our help come from? From the Lord Who made heaven and earth and everyone of us.
First thing I found was from Psalm 43:5..."Why are you cast down, O my inner self? And why should you moan over me and be disquieted within me? Hope in God and wait expectantly for Him, for I shall yet praise Him, Who is the help of my [sad] countenance."
Isn't this good? Whoever wrote this had to have had a few down days. It is nice to find understanding and compassion. The Bible that sits on your lap now is the best counselor and encourager when your days are rough sailing.
Psalm 55:22..."Cast your burden on the Lord [releasing the weight of it] and He will sustain you; He will never allow the [consistently] righteous to be moved (made to slip, fall, or fail)."
Some times I feel like I am trying to roller skate. That would not look pretty because it has been years ago that I did. But, it feels great when someone comes alongside you and offers a hand of support. Your balance returns and before you know it you are able to go ahead on your own.
Most of my trouble begins with my mindset. The things that take over my imagination can cripple me for hours. If I'm not careful to take it before the Lord. Here is a sweet promise found in Isaiah 26:3...
"You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You."
Wonderful words of life! Who would turn down peace in exchange for turmoil? Praise the Lord for saving me from myself!
Isaiah 40:28-29..."Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, does not faint or grow weary; there is no searching of His understanding.
"He gives power to the faint and weary, and to him who has no might He increases strength [causing it to multiply and making it to abound]."
See, our God has wonderful attributes and all His focus is on us! This is time for me to turn my whole focus on Him. Pray with me?
Oh, Heavenly Father, thank you so much for caring about the details of our lives. How we think, how we feel and how much You have in the future for us! You are a wonderful Father! Take our heavy thoughts and bring us peace as the day closes. Thank you in the name of Jesus, amen.
This is certainly just a glimmer of the many facets of God's love for us. He gives to us protection and provision for every day we breathe. Well, my heart is lighter now. How are you?
God bless as you let Jesus have your heavy loads, hard to bear on your shoulders. Thank you for sharing your moments with me on Heartstrings tonight. Your sister in Christ, Patricia.
Abundance is...a light heart
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
There is something about a good heavy rain on a summer day. I walked in the downpour, unprepared, yet enjoyed it throughly. The scent of fresh air, meadow grasses, flowers and pines all mixed together. I needed that short break. It stirs so many good memories.
The brokenness of loss washed off my shoulders. My thoughts turned to God and off my sorrow. I believe it was an answer to my morning prayer as I offered to God my anxiety, sadness and promised to open the present gift that He offers today. Here is what was inside that gift.
Psalm 34:18 says, "The Lord is close to those who are of a broken heart and saves such as are crushed with sorrow for sin and are humbly and thoroughly penitent."
Is your heart sorrowful due to saying goodbye to a loved one? Death comes but then eternity. We will see one another on the other side of this journey.
Are you sorrowful and your heart is broken? Because of harsh words spoken, being critical instead of giving love or even feeling crushed in repeated sins come, come to the Healer. He is able. Sin brings shame doesn't it? But, the free gift of Jesus Christ brings such healing.
Psalm 145:18 says, "The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him sincerely and in truth."
That is one thing the Lord requires; a truthful heart. Honestly humble as you and I enter into His presence. I am learning to stay close to Jesus and while I'm there laying down all my stuff, He lifts me up to a place of freedom and renewed joy with a lightness of heart.
Ephesians 2:13 says, "But now in Christ Jesus, you who once were [so] far away, through (by, in) the blood of Christ have been brought near."
God offers us a safe harbor from the storms. Those brief heavy rains that suddenly become life threatening. The unexpected wind and waves filling our boat. We may be saved and have Jesus with us, but it takes faith to calm the sea and bring us safely back to the shore.
Emotionally I am exhausted. In the last couple of days I have had the unexpected happen. Not that they were bad, just all at once. The Lord is preparing me for the days to come and so even in this I must trust Him. When I am physically weak the emotions are sometimes tougher to deal with.
God knows and He sees doesn't He? Yes, He does. The Lord is near and He is coming soon! This is what we should want all men to see from our lives. How we apply the Word of Truth to every kind of situation. That is our testimony. God doesn't want us hiding away. As we go out, He sustains us and makes our heart glad.
Since life is not all about me, I want to let others see Him. In Hebrews 10:22 we can see what staying close to God looks like.
"Let us all come forward and draw near with true (honest and sincere) hearts in unqualified assurance and absolute conviction engendered by faith (by that leaning of the entire human personality on God in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness), having our hearts sprinkled and purified form a guilty (evil) conscience and our bodies cleansed with pure water."
Are we leaning our entire human personality of God? Trusting Him absolutely? Do we have confidence in His power, wisdom and goodness? This is all about God isn't it? What He can do. Who He is. It isn't even about the storm, the emotions, the troubles on our horizon. Today. Today will we choose Him?
Lord, take my life and bring into your presence. Place in me a desire to stay close to You. That fellowship with You would be my first priority. Then I know when the storms come in their varied strengths, I will be able to have the faith to lean entirely on You. Teach me Lord and forgive me for not coming sooner. I need You and I love You. In Jesus name, amen.
Hang in there and keep praying. He hears you. God bless you until we meet again. Your sister in Christ, Patricia.
Abundance is...when I draw near to Him
Dear family of God,
Today will you put your trust and confidence in God? You will not be put to shame, or disappointed as you call on Him.
Regardless of the twists and turns on our journey we have this sure thing. Our Rock of Salvation. Psalm 31:3 says, "Yes, You are my Rock and my Fortress; therefore for Your name's sake lead me and guide me."
I am praying for my children and grandchildren this morning and bringing each one to the Lord. When I think of all the challenges this generation has in training their children, wow! Too many broken people trying to lead others.
In Matthew 7:24 we read Jesus words about building our house on the Rock and not sand. "So everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts upon them [obeying them] will be like a sensible (prudent, practical, wise) man who built his house upon the rock."
What is your house built on? I know I had to move off of the sinking condition my soul was built on. The example Jesus gives is logical and true in the physical as well as the spiritual. You have seen homes on cliffs washed away into the raging current of sudden flood. Let's not be caught off guard. Much loss will come.
In praying I wanted to be able to tell my family some hard facts. Romans 8:37-39 will help them when that tide is rising. "Yet amid all these things we are more than conquerors and gain a surpassing victory through Him Who loved us.
"For I am persuaded beyond doubt (am sure) that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor things impending and threatening nor things to come, nor powers,
"nor height nor depth, nor anthing else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Oh, I want them to grasp the full meaning of this! We can depend on God to carry us! Plain and simple. He will not ever leave the ones who belong to Him and call on His name.
Also, in 1 Corinthians 2:9..."What eye has not seen and ear has not heard and has not entered into the heart of man, [all that] God has prepared (made and keep ready) for those who love Him [who hold Him in affectionate reverence, promptly obeying Him and gratefully recognizing the benefits He has bestowed.]"
How can they know the riches of His love if they haven't come to Him? This is my prayer! For them to love God and follow all His ways.
Our society wants everything brought to them quickly. There is no patient endurance even while waiting for a meal to be prepared. Too much complaining and not enough gratitude! Too many things to distract from drawing near to God. In my own life I have found this to be true. I am so sorry Lord for making others and stuff and things first in line to my heart.
Help me Lord to be an example of standing on The Rock. May all my loved ones, young and old, see a clear way to climb up beside me. I long to share the goodness of Father God with them. To celebrate Jesus as Lord and King over our lives.
We can begin today! Psalm 78:4 says, "We will not hide them from their children, but we will tell to the generation to come the praise-worthy deeds of the Lord and His might, and the wonderful works that He has performed."
Begin by sharing! It has become a matter of fact when talking to my family; speaking the name of the Lord. Jesus just becomes part of the conversation...and they know I am praying for them. Praise the Lord for changing my life from selfishness to giving.
I read Psalm 71 this morning while preparing to share with you. It is titled; "Prayer for the aged." I do believe I qualify! Whoever wrote this Psalm knew how to take refuge in God. The plans of the enemy are plain and yet there is hope. Then, it is time to speak up and praise the Lord for all He has done in keeping us from the time of birth to the present.
I know this is a bit long today, but let me share one more scripture from Psalm 86:11-12. It says, "Teach me Your way, O Lord, that I may walk and live in Your truth; direct and unite my heart [solely, reverently] to fear and honor Your name.
"I will confess and praise You, O Lord my God, with my whole (united) heart; and I will glorify Your name forevermore." Yes Lord. Amen!
So, as you bring your loved ones before the throne of God, remember that you are standing in the presence of Mighty God. Build your house on that! Let Jesus Be Your Rock! God bless you in the matchless name of our soon returning King, amen.
Abundance is...The Solid Rock
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Good morning everyone. I pray your day is full of hope and there is a song playing on your heart. After the last couple of days, grieving over dear ones passing, I am awake with a song of praise to the Lord.
God is good and has plans for us that exceed even our deepest longings as we invite Him to move in our lives. Colossians 1:13 says, "[The Father] has delivered and drawn us to Himself out of the control and the dominion of darkness and has transferred us into the kingdom of the Son of His love."
This confirms the promise that the valley of the shadow of death will pass. The Shepherd is always leading and protecting us. Are you grateful for this?
We also have Jesus promise in John 14:1-3 which says, "Do not let your hearts be troubled (distressed, agitated). You believe in and adhere to and trust in and rely on God; believe in and adhere to and trust in and rely also on Me."
So important that we understand this! If it wasn't it wouldn't be repeated. Don't let the expression and passion elude you.
"In My Father's house there are many dwelling places (homes). If it were not so, I would have told you; for I am going away to prepare a place for you. And if I go and make ready a place for you, I will come back again and will take you to Myself, that where I am you may be also."
Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life! Jesus is a promise keeper! He will never lie, cannot lie. Will you trust Him today? Call on His name while there is time. No matter what your circumstances, He is there for you.
"There's a land that is fairer than day, And by faith we can see it afar; For the Father waits over the way, To prepare us a dwelling place there. In the sweet by and by, We shall meet on that beautiful shore. In the sweet by and by, We shall meet on that beautiful shore."
This wonderful song was written in 1868 by a pharmacist named Sanford Fillmore Bennett, 31, in Elkhorn, Wisconsin. His friend Joseph Webster came into the apothecary suffering in another period of depression.
On this particular day, Joseph was unusually blue and his face was long. Sanford asked, "What is the matter now?"
"It's no matter," Joseph replied, "it will be all right by and by."
An idea for a hymn hit Sanford like a flash of sunlight. Sitting at his desk he wrote as fast as the words came, almost instantly. No attempt to help his waiting customers was made to assist them. He was too absorbed in his poem. Finally Sanford rose from writing, handing a piece of paper to his friend.
"Here is your prescription, he said, "I hope it works."
Instantly a tune suggested itself, and Joseph jotted down some notes. Picking up his fiddle, he played his melody over a time or two, then said to the others, "We four make a good male quartet. Let's try the new song and see how it sounds."
Isn't this a great story? And, it is true! How do you feel now, seeing the words? The perfect RX for any of us is to look to our future, the one prepared for us. Depression has to flee!
For over a hundred years we've been singing an immortal hymn that was written in less than thirty minutes in a drugstore.
What do you suppose God wants to give you today? He is able to give you a new song! Psalm 33:3. You don't have to have a degree in music to let the Lord create a new song in your heart. He is worthy of our simple praise.
Well, thank you again for gathering with me here at Heartstrings. A place for making a joyful sound. A place to find healing for what ails you. Give glory to God in this day. It is our opportunity, right now. God bless and keep you and make His face shine upon you and give you peace. In the matchless name of our soon coming King, amen!
Abundance is...a prescription to sing