Are you between a rock and a hard place? Keep holding on because God is working all things for good…

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I love the Lord, because he has heard
my voice and my pleas for mercy.
Because he inclined his ear to me,
therefore I will call on him as long as I live.
The snares of death encompassed me;
the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me;
I suffered distress and anguish.
Then I called on the name of the Lord:
“O Lord, I pray, deliver my soul!”
Gracious is the Lord, and righteous;
our God is merciful.
Psalm 116:1-5

 

We would love the Lord even if He didn’t hear us, wouldn’t we? How could we help ourselves when His is the greatest love we have ever known?

But He always does hear us. Nothing escapes Him.

For He is love and He is good and He loved us first while we were yet sinners.

And He will NEVER stop loving us. He will NEVER leave us.

His mercy hears our moans and we know that He hears our every prayer, our stifled late night sobs and our laughter, too, when we feel lighter than air and all in our world seems right.

We know how valued we feel when we perceive that the person to whom we are speaking is really listening to us. Their eyes are locked on ours and they make thoughtful comments about our words that give us a peace, knowing that we are heard and understood.

We are of greater worth than this to God and He is always listening to our hearts. He knows everything that is going on and how we feel. And He will work it all out.

STAGE FORT

And especially when we find ourselves between the rock and hard place we can comfort our hearts trusting that we stand on the rock that never changes, whose plans for us are for good and full of hope.

Even when things look awful. Are awful.

No matter what we go through we will be able to hold on as long as we hold on to Christ, and Him crucified suffering our pain and anguish. Man of sorrows familiar with our distress and anguish.

And He will bring us through to the other side.

Carrying us when we are too weak to go on. To the other side where the sun shines bright and our hearts grow warm and soft again.

And our tears in the mourning, those countless tears that He keeps as precious in His bottles, will shower us with joy in our dancing.

His love will make our hearts brand new and stronger in all the places broken.

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Then He’ll twirl us round the grand ballroom called life and whisper in our ear pressed close to His lips.

You are my delight.

So let us delight in His arms in this moment of now even though our world may swirl.

Anticipating the celebration He has planned for later…

~sheila

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Do you know this in the gnarly nooks and crannies of your heart?

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I waited patiently for the Lord;
he inclined to me and heard my cry.
He drew me up from the pit of destruction,
out of the miry bog,
and set my feet upon a rock,
making my steps secure.
He put a new song in my mouth,
a song of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear,
and put their trust in the Lord.
Psalm 40:1-3

How we have cried and cried!

Almost until we had no tears left. Nearly to the point of exhaustion and us wondering if He was listening.

Yet He always hears us. Always.

And in His mercy and goodness He shines the light of His love into our darkness and pain and extends His hand to us, and shows us the way out, the way to go forward.

He is our rock, if only we would stand firm and hold tight.

And we stand firm as we dig deeper into the Gospels to know God better – for Jesus is the exact representation of the Father — so that we might love Him more.

And really understand how much He loves us.

It is in receiving His love and loving Him in return — and knowing down in the gnarly nooks and crannies of our hearts that He loves us and will never stop – that we can hear the new song He lifts to our lips. A song of joyful obedience that will prove our love as we live it out, singing all the notes clearly.

And the notes of love will rise heavenward to our Lord. They will rain down over us and grow a crop of newness of life, filling our loving cups to overflowing with joy, peace and gratitude from hardened hearts humbled by life’s blows, now bowing in obedience.

And this loving and following Him and loving others well will be a spectacle for all to see, helping them to bow low too…

~sheila

 

 

The door is always open…

 

DOOR OPEN

O Lord, rebuke me not in your anger,
nor discipline me in your wrath.
Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am languishing;
heal me, O Lord, for my bones are troubled.
My soul also is greatly troubled.
But you, O Lord—how long?
Turn, O Lord, deliver my life;
save me for the sake of your steadfast love.
Psalm 6:1-4

How many times have we come to the Lord with our tails between our legs begging His forgiveness and fearing His punishment?

And it hurts all the way down to our bones. And our soul tosses about with anxiety, guilt and shame.

Yet if we come truly sorry for our sin and wanting to change, wanting to live a life that will please Him instead of ourselves, He will be our rescue. His mercy will trump His judgment every time.

And His goodness to us in all of our badness will lead our hearts to repentance.

In repenting we turn around and head in a new direction. The direction heading straight into His waiting arms. The way home.

Only it is a home unlike any we may have known before.

The door is always open and the light is forever left on. One is always there waiting for us.

And the beating of His heart will quicken and all the angels will sing when we forget the wanton way of decay and death and whole heartedly embrace the path of life. His holiness will make us whole because God is kind and God is full of love for us. His love never ends. He never leaves us. He is steady and we can trust Him.

And as we trust Him more, plumbing the depths of the Gospels so that we might know this Jesus better, intimately, we will start to live again, perhaps living for the first time.

Real living.

No longer chasing shadows while dancing with idols, we will fall exhausted into the everlasting arms of love and be swept away into His grand romance…

~sheila

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To the throne room of heaven…

2 PRAISE

It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
to sing praises to your name, O Most High;
to declare your steadfast love in the morning,
and your faithfulness by night,
to the music of the lute and the harp,
to the melody of the lyre.
For you, O Lord, have made me glad by
your work; at the works of your hands I sing for joy.
Psalm 92:1-4

 

There are days when we wake with a praise song in our hearts.

So let’s sing all day to Him for He is a good God who supplies our needs, who disciplines us in love and who is faithful – day and night.

Sometimes though, we just don’t feel like praising because too much is going on in our life that isn’t as good as it could be or perhaps as good as we want it to be.

This is when we choose with our will to praise and thank God anyway.

When we first start speaking words of gratitude or writing down what we are thankful for we may think we’re being phony since we aren’t feeling the joy.

And this is where we must take our eyes off of our emotions.

Deep inside our hearts the joy of the Lord is alive and it gives us strength as we trust and obey Father.

Before too long if we keep at it, telling Him that our heart isn’t fully engaged but we want it to be, our feelings will change.

From dark to light and from light to love all the way up till our praises and our thanksgiving reach the throne room of heaven as a sweet smelling aroma to our Lord.

He will smile and so will we…

~sheila
All our longings end in love

Walking through a rough patch…

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O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you;
my soul thirsts for you;
my flesh faints for you,
as in a dry and weary land where there is
no water.
Psalm 63:1

Dry and weary.

When we are walking through a rough patch that’s how our souls feel.

We go through the motions of our lives, but we’re not really seeking God with our whole hearts. Or if we are trying to get closer to Him, He feels a million miles away and as silent as the grave.

And we may begin to question.

Does God care? Is He still there? Does He hear us?

Perhaps we have wandered far from home – and it is Christ that is our home – and we are stumbling in the wilderness. Or perhaps we are obeying as best we can but we just can’t seem to shake off our dark night of the soul.

And we wonder if our soul will ever thirst for Him again. The answer is a delightful yes and amen! He has promised to never leave us.

His word is life-giving water able to replenish the most parched heart. So let’s turn to Father. Ask forgiveness if needed. And tell Him how we feel.

Let Him know we want to sense His closeness again. That we are sorry for listening to the lies of the enemy. That we are earnestly attempting to grow our relationship with the One who loves us like crazy.

The One we cannot live without.

And although we are feeling dry and walking weary and have no idea how or when our situation will change, we just need to keep on keeping on. His love is steadfast and it will steady our hearts showering them with raindrops of grace until we feel the river of life flowing surely through our souls once again…

~sheila
All our longings end in love