Monday, July 22, 2013

Psalm 77:6~My Song in the Night

Photo by Jean Ann Williams

Dear readers,

The Psalmist writes:

"I call to remembrance my song in the night: I commune with mine own heart: and my spirit made diligent search."

How many of us take time to contemplate where we are spiritually?

Are we right with God? In all honesty, do we strive each day to please our Lord? How can we do better to serve Lord God?

If we never stop and search our hearts, we will not see where we fall short to honor God. Our eyes will not open to changes needed.

We can also take this verse as it most likely means and count our blessings. Let our song of joy be known unto our Father. Be grateful for the little moments of God's favor in our lives. Be glad for the huge ones, like Jesus giving his life to take away our sins so we may have eternal life.

I'm still sad that my son died by suicide. Though, life is not the same now, I've learned how to see the small and huge blessings God has given to me and my family.

Because of my loss, my writing has evolved into deeper layers in search of truth. Life is hard. I desire to give encouragement to others as they suffer under difficult circumstances no matter what they may be.

Farm life here with the animals I care for can be harsh, also. Animals die. The wild critters prey on my chickens and chicks. Some die from old age. I've buried a few birds and I'm always sad for the loss.

Some of our goats are raised for meat. Butchering is never easy. Our animals give us meat, eggs and milk, and I'm grateful for their service to us.

I hope my service to Lord God pleases Him more often than grieves Him, as I commune with mine own heart. It is a sacrifice to not put myself first and that takes diligent work.

Holy Father, thank You for giving me the blessings to lightened my burdens. Thank You for giving us Your Son Jesus and we can call Him Friend. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

Until next time . . . remember your song.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Psalm 69:32~Your Heart Shall Live

When we seek God, we are like a beautiful rose with a flaw in our petals.

Dear readers,

King David writes:

"The humble shall see this, and be glad: and your heart shall live that seek God."

What is David saying here?

First we must take into account that King James (my version of Bible) added words and those words are italicized. So, the word "this" can be taken out and it reads, "The humble shall see, and be glad: and your heart shall live that seek God".

We  can't see what God wants us to see and do with no humility in our lives. Dear readers, prideful, boastful thinking can't live inside of our hearts. Be humble. Do not take revenge.

Example: take those hurtful words someone just now spewed at you and give them to God to take care of.

You will know glad, in another word: peace. :))

What does "your heart shall live" mean? I believe this means eternal life in heaven with our Lord God. How do we seek God to attain this? Studying His Word (the Bible) every day and pray, pray, pray. Ask God's Holy Spirit to guide you on personal issues. He will, and you'll see changes like never before.

Of course at some point, we must do the acts of being saved and to walk with God as directed in the Bible: confession that we are sinners, accepting Christ as our Savior and immersion in water to spiritually wash away our sins.

Already a saved child of God helped me after Joshua died, for I had accepted Christ as my Savior at age eighteen. God had proven His power to me for decades. Even at that, in my darkest days, weeks and months after Joshua's death by suicide, I had to work hard to seek God.

Let me tell you, it's exhausting to seek God when you don't feel like it.

I learned to wake in the mornings and say good morning to God to begin my day on a spiritual foundation.

I assure you, dear readers, there is never any calm like what the Lord can give. I also assure you, I would not still be alive if it were not for my Lord. He saved me from myself. How? I kept reading encouraging scriptures, but I also read the book of Job in the Old Testament. That made me feel better that someone else had not only lost a child, but all of his children.

In my search for scriptures, I found two verses, Philippians 4:8 & 9, and memorized them to ease my torment over losing my youngest child to such a horrific death. God's Word made me humble and glad. He gave me rest from my own misery. I was in misery, but with God I sensed His peace.

Dear readers, I tell you the truth. What I write in each post has happened to me, and God did save me from my own self. Today, I am healthier in mind, body and spirit, because of my spiritual Father in Heaven.

Lord, I am grateful for Your loving comfort of Your holy Word. In Jesus' holy name. Amen.

Until next time . . . read the Bible and live.