Tag Archives: God’s faithfulness

Comfort in the Trials

If you are experiencing difficulties or challenges, know God sees you. Know His heart is for you. He answers when you cry out to Him. Don’t be afraid to call upon Him in your time of need.

The Lord is able to lead us by His Spirit far better than any human being. He is patient with us. He loves when we look to Him. He delights when we seek His way for our lives and in all situations.

“For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
(Hebrews 4:15‭-‬16 NKJV)

Pour out your heart to Him. He can handle it. He wants to hold you close, releasing comfort and wisdom to you. He longs to speak to you from His Word. It is here where you will find His words of Spirit and life (John 6:63).

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His Faithfulness Reaches to the Skies

This is the most snow I remember us getting, with the exception of one other time, since the first big snow I experienced when I moved to the area where I am living now. And this brought to my mind how far God has brought me since that time, and I realized just now that one of the prayers of my heart–to grow a history of intimate relationship with God–has been and is still being answered.

I still remember the time I would sit on the floor in front of the coffee table with my Bible, right after work writing Scripture verses, a time that I did not know then would so solidify His Word in my heart. Or mornings when it was still dark, journaling as I went through a devotional on pursuing the presence of God, and days sitting at my kitchen table writing all that came to my mind upon reading one verse about how God feels about me, His love amazing me more and more.

I remember the day I was baptized in the Holy Spirit and received my prayer language on my own couch when a friend prayed with me. And the night when God’s presence so stilled and quieted my soul, in a way I had never before felt Him so near.

So with a tear forming in my eye, I watch the snow tonight, ever thankful to my faithful Father, the Lover of my soul, Jesus, and His Holy Spirit living in me, leading and guiding me through this life and deeper into His heart.

I hope that as you read this, our lovely Father God brings memories into your own heart, showing you how faithful Christ has been as you and He build a history together of intimate embrace–you and your Maker, so in love.

Wilderness Seasons

“You shall remember all the way which the LORD your God has led you in the wilderness these forty years, that He might humble you, testing you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.”
(Deuteronomy 8:2)

That You, Lord, do not outright place us into the abundant place of blessing in our destiny right away is a thing of immeasurable good.

You first bring us to the wilderness. There You bring us to the end of ourselves and to the fullness of You. You test and humble us, equip and grow us–lest we fall hard and become prey to the temptations of success and blessing.

It is because of Your great goodness and love that You do this. You know what is best for Your children whom You love. Your banner over us is love! Your leadership is perfect! Your ways are just, true and right.

You want us to live for You and by Your living words of life, being led by Your Spirit alone. To do so more and more, to be deep calling unto Your deep, takes time spent growing in relationship with You. It takes time spent seeking the depths of Your Presence in the Holy of Holies by which we have access through the blood of Christ. It takes growing in hearing Your voice and obeying You. It takes patience, trust and faith in You.

You are good, so good. Your love for us is so deep. Your leadership of our lives is wholly right and truly perfect, laden with Your perfect love for us as You say, “I only want the absolute best for you. Will you trust me, My child?”

God has the very best for you. In hardship or trials, trust Him. In the pain of hope deferred, trust Him. In times of fear or failure, trust Him.

He sees you! He loves you! He has the very best for you!

Fixed on Jesus

There is such a longing growing in me. A longing for God. A longing to pray night and day, to seek Him at all hours. A longing to worship Him with all my heart, all focus completely and utterly on Him. To be so in tune with God and for Him to be glorified in every moment, every place, every day.

Maybe it’s a longing for me to be living in Christ more and more deeply each day. I know that God is guiding me there: “…He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6). Maybe it’s partly the groaning that Paul speaks of in Romans 8:23: “…we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body.”

Let me dive in more and more, Lord.

I’m one of those creative types to whom the “atmosphere” where I read, write, sing and seek, or the people I am pursuing God alongside, makes all the difference. It doesn’t feel like it should exactly be this way (after all, God is with us wherever we go (Psalm 139:8), but it’s there.

Leaving home to study or write in a cafe is a helpful change of pace and place. Getting out of the usual place and pace of things can help me be even more deeply focused.

At times this comes by gathering with friends to seek God in intercession and worship. All  of us know that there is power in gathering with other believers to unite in prayer and to worship Jesus!

I want to live a life of continual and intentional focus on God and the mission of Christ. I don’t know how, except to let His Word penetrate deeply, and to just go for it–to seek after Him! Just to press in, seeking God with all I can muster at any given moment–yet not getting caught up in striving–but being still, knowing that He is God (Psalm 46:10), that He is my God–the lover of my soul–who wants me all for Himself and for His glory. I want to be that. I want to be solely fixed on the One and Only Giver of life (Jeremiah 32:38-40). I want to be steadfast, focusing on the One Thing–the One–Jesus Christ!

That is my prayer.

“O GOD, my heart is fixed (steadfast, in the confidence of faith); I will sing, yes, I will sing praises, even with my glory [all the faculties and powers of one created in Your image]!”
(Psalm 108:1 Amplified)

“Have the roots [of your being] firmly and deeply planted [in Him, fixed and founded in Him], being continually built up in Him, becoming increasingly more confirmed and established in the faith, just as you were taught, and abounding and overflowing in it with thanksgiving.”
(Colossians 2:7 Amplified)

Ebenezer Stones

“Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Jeshanah, and named it Ebenezer; for he said, ‘Thus far the LORD has helped us.'” 1 Samuel 7:12

God is so good. While doing the last lesson in the I AM Bible study, I was looking over past blog posts. I saw my struggles & prayers in waiting on God’s timing for the next leg of the journey in His will for me, which reminded me of how He has come through thus far & how great & faithful our God truly is!

Combined with worship this morning & evening as well as fellowship during lunch, it’s been a wonderful & impacting day! My faith has grown tonight & I trust that God is growing my passion for Him again as well. Praise God! He has been answering prayers & speaking to me & renewing me this week in so many ways, & today was a great continuation of that!

Past blog posts can serve as “Ebenezer stones” (great reminders). They surely remind me of the times when God has come through & that He is faithful in EVERY promise He makes!

Here I raise my Ebenezer; Here by Thy great help I’ve come… (from the hymn, “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing“)