Tag Archive | rest

I AM Your Stronghold

The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know Your name will trust in You, for You, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek You (Psalm 9:9-10).

Lord, where are you? You have allowed this trial in my life, but I cannot feel your presence. Are you here?

My precious child, I AM here. I AM always with you. I will never leave you or forget you. I have written you on My palms. Your name is engraved on My heart. Close your eyes and look for Me in your mind again. Pay attention to your heart which is My dwelling place. I will give you My perfect peace, even in your trials.

You are not alone. Seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with your whole heart. Trust Me. I will take care of you. I will walk with you through this valley. I will carry you when necessary. Rest in Me.

The road is long, but I AM your ever-present strength. Though we walk through fire, we will not be burned. I AM your Savior and your friend. I love you more than you can comprehend. My perfect love casts out your fears. You need not be afraid. I AM with you at all times, in all places. Cast your cares upon Me, and I will give you rest.


 

Choose Joy No Matter What

From Habakkuk’s Prayer (Habakkuk 3:17-19)

Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior. The Sovereign Lord is my strength; He makes my feet like the feet of a deer, He enables me to go on the heights.

 

Choose Joy No Matter What

By Sindy Nagel

 

No matter what I do today

No matter if I fail

My strength is found in Christ the Lord

His joy in me prevails

 

The fig trees may not bud in time

No grapes found on the vines

Yet His joy bubbles in my heart

And on my face it shines

 

It matters not there are no sheep

Or cattle in the stalls

My lips will make a joyful sound

That echoes down the halls

 

Through fire and storms, plenty and naught,

Good times and bad, I’ve trod

Yet I’ve always found true peace and joy

When I rest in the arms of God.


 

All to Jesus, I Surrender

By Sindy Nagel

 

In the early hours, as I laid in bed

A famous hymn rang through my head

The words sang out in grand accord

“I surrender all” to Christ the Lord.

 

I pondered what the “all” entailed

A posture I already failed

Required me to submit myself

To my inner Holy Spirit’s help.

 

He asked to set aside my plans

For all the things my time demands

And seek Him first when I awake

To live my day for Jesus’ sake.

 

So willingly I honored Him

Yielded my desires to Jesus’ whim

I gave my day over to the Lord

And all the time I could afford.

 

I asked Him to guide me through my day

To take my hand and lead the way

To carry out His main desire

And live my life for Him, on fire.

 

I offered Him my kids, my Honey,

My home, my job, my time, my money

But the thing He wanted from the start

Was solely my surrendered heart.

 

For if I give my soul, my all

The rest will follow by His call

According to His great design

My heart and His, they will align.

 

When I surrender every thing

My spirit and my heart will sing

In joy I will live out my days

I’ll lift Him up in grateful praise.

 

I’ll wait on Him with bended ear

Until His voice my thoughts will hear

And willingly His voice obey

As He instructs me through my day.

 

I submit to Him my day, my time,

My heart, my will, my soul, my mind

I surrender myself to Jesus’ whim

See I owe my life, my all to Him.


 

 

 

 

 

When Can You Meet with God?

deerAs the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? (Psalm 42:1-2)

My child, do you desire time with Me the way I desire time with you? When can you meet with Me? I look forward to sitting with you and communicating with you in two-way conversation. Pour out your heart to me; I am attentive to your voice. Listen to me; I have great plans for you.

When you don’t connect with Me on a regular basis, your soul slowly dries up inside you. My living water will satisfy your thirst. Spend time with Me, and I will give your soul the refreshment it requires.

I am the living God who dwells in your heart. You need not go far to find me. Search your spirit, My Spirit is there too. Do you need rest? Rest in Me. Do you need comfort? I am your Comforter. Do you need counsel? I am the wisdom you seek. Do you need love? I am love.

I created you with a hunger for Me in your heart. Nothing else will satisfy your longings. Do not chase after the wind when I sit on your doorstep. Open your door and let me in. I have everything you desire and all I have is yours. Meet with Me; I will give you exactly what you need. Give your soul its longings and spend some time with Me. I am here, my love.


 

The Creation Story

And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.” (Isaiah 6:3)

The mountains are majestic, the rocks cry out in praise.

The earth in all its glory was formed in just six days.

From darkness and void, God said, “Let there be light.”

Day one of His creation, morning turned into night.

He spoke and a separation of waters came to be.

Day two of His creation, the sky divided from the sea.

The water, he gathered it all up into one place.

Dry ground called “land” emerged and filled the empty space.

God looked at all He made and it was good indeed.

Next on the list were plants and trees bearing fruit with seed,

The land produced vegetation all according to its kind.

Day three of His creation was what He had in mind.

In the heavens, He carefully placed the stars, moon, and sun.

Day four of His creation, the heavenly bodies were done.

Great fishes of the deep blue sea and birds up in the air,

Day five of His creation, the finned and winged did appear.

Living creatures great and small according to their kind,

God formed the dust into a man: body, soul, and mind.

The woman formed from man’s rib was His crowned jewel.

Over all He had created, God gave the man to rule.

In the image of God, He created woman and man.

Day six of His creation, He finished his beautiful plan.

In six days, the world was created full of God’s glory.

On the seventh day He rested, and that’s the creation story.

Rest Content

“The fear of the Lord leads to life; then one rests content, untouched by trouble.” (Proverbs 19:23)

My darling one, read the verse more closely. It does not say when you fear me, you will not have trouble. I assure you, you will have trouble in this world. But when you believe in me, your sleep will be sweet. You will rest with contentment, because I am with you. Your soul will be untouched by the trouble you are in, because you put your faith and trust in me completely. I will see you through your trials. Your heart may remain calm in the midst of the storm, because I am at the helm. You know I am in control, and you rely on me to guide you.

I am the Prince of Peace. My Spirit lives in you. You have access to my peace at all times. You may live a life of peace even in the middle of your trials. Fear me and find your life in me. I am all you need. Rest contented in the assurance of knowing me. I am with you always. I will never leave you or forsake you. I love you more than you know. You are my beloved child. Put your faith in me, and rely on me for everything. I will see you through.