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Monday, January 31, 2011

Our Ever Present God

I've heard in prayers, asking for God's presence to fill this place. I've heard, "Lord give us your presence", or just a simple "God be with us". I got to thinking about these requests in the light of Psalm 139. I have come to the conclusion that God has been, and is always, with us everywhere, all the time. He doesn't go away and come back at our request. He is ever- present. We are the ones who wander off. We stray to places of worry, busyness, stress, careers, recreation, children, dysfunction, depression etc... that we miss the point. We cry out for God's presence but really we should be asking God to help us put aside all those things that hinder us from resting in His presence. He has known us since before we were even born, He formed us with His special touch. He set a plan for our lives before we took our first breath. He thinks about us all the time. He is there and will never leave. What do we have to fear? Why do we allow worry? Let's press pause a moment and think about this. Take some time to read this section of Psalm 139. Rest in His presence. Get to know Him. Thank Him for the complexity in which you were made, and be assured that His will for your life is secure as you choose to acknowlege His presence. Today's a great day to start to be presnt to God's ever presence in your life! Enjoy the peace that flows from Him.

O Lord, you have examined my heart
and know everything about me.
You know when I sit down or stand up.
You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.
You see me when I travel and when I rest at home.
You know everything I do.
You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord.
You go before me and follow me.
You place your hand of blessing on my head.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand!
I can never escape from your Spirit!
I can never get away from your presence!
If I go up to heaven, you are there;
if I go down to the grave, you are there.
If I ride the wings of the morning,
if I dwell by the farthest oceans,
even there your hand will guide me, and your strength will support me.
I could ask the darkness to hide me and the light around me to become night—
but even in darkness I cannot hide from you.
To you the night shines as bright as day.
Darkness and light are the same to you.
You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
You saw me before I was born.
Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.
How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.
They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them;
they outnumber the grains of sand!
And when I wake up, you are still with me!...Psalm 139:1-18

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

My Jesus and Me

Jesus, you are my rock, the foundation on which I am built.

Unmovable, unshakable, steady, secure.

Helping me to endure.

Jesus, you are my fortress which around me stands.

Strong, sturdy, impenetrable, reinforced.

Shielding me from evils course.

Jesus, you are my defender, who fights for me.

Unwavering, protecting, confident, sure.

My fearless warrior through the war.

Jesus, you are my comfort, who eases my hurt.

Encouraging, loving, soothing, healing.

Gently held in you're hand, concealing.

Jesus, you are my joy, who makes my heart sing.

Blessing, revealing, surprising, giving.

My whole reason for living!

Jesus, you are my strength, which never fails.

Faithful, trusting, patient, true.

In you there is nothing I can't do.

Jesus, you are my peace in the midst of life's storms.

Encompassing, calming, trustworthy, present.

On my voyage through the unpleasant.

Jesus, you are my redeemer over sin and death.

Victorious, persevering, uncrushable, triumphant!

Overthrowing the impossible, with grace abundant.

Jesus, you are my everything, my all in all.

Satisfying, life giving, fulfilling, purpose.

Thank you, You are my Jesus!

I love you, You are my Jesus!

You are on my mind, and I'm on Yours

of that I am absolutely sure!

And together we will make it through

Because You're in me and I'm in You!


Nothing! No, nothing can ever separate us from God's love! Romans 8:31-39

Jesus, said in Matthew 7:24- "Any one who listens to my teaching and obeys me is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock." Have you considered your foundation lately? God has given you the rock on which to build. Jesus Christ, wants you to inhabit his land. He is giving it to you. If you haven't accepted it yet, please look into it. Time is short, storms keep coming and Jesus is our only refuge. He wants you to build on Him today!

John 3:16