He is my safe place

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Truly He is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God; He is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge. Psalm 62 verse 6-8

When I read the Bible, it is like God is whispering to me and saying that this is what is possible, this is what I have for you too.  When I read the Psalms, they become my song too.

My soul finds rest in the Lord.

My hope is in Him.

He is my rock.

He is my fortress, I will never be shaken.

He is my refuge.

I trust in Him in all times and pour out my heart to Him.

He is my safe place.

We need to think bigger. The word of God is alive, it is not just a collection of stories for us to read and enjoy but they are written for us to encounter and become a part of.

Just like the writer of Psalm 62, God is our safe place also. The story is written and shared so that we can hear what is possible with the Lord. It reveals to us that He is a good and loving God and that He longs to take us in and give us shelter from the storms of life.

Read and become a part of this story. Let it’s words become your prayer.

Lord, I long to find rest for my soul in You. I place all my hope in You. You are my rock and my fortress, I will never be shaken. I trust in You in all times and I pour out my heart to You. Thank you that You are my refuge and my safe place.

Then you need to own these words. Believe in them, stand firm on them and hide them away in your heart so that they become a part of who you are. They no longer become words on a page written a long time ago in our history but they become relevant and real to you in the here and now.

He made me in His image

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I came across these wonderfully thought provoking words on Pinterest the other day…

Why do we feel like we need to be like everyone else? Because the enemy would rather have us be like anyone but Jesus. Holley Gerth.

We were created in the image of God. We were designed to be like Jesus and the enemy tries to convince us otherwise because he would rather have us be like anyone rather than Jesus.

So many people struggle with the enemy planting lies in their minds about their self worth, me included. Seeds of doubt get sown and we believe them. We start to believe that we are not capable enough, not worthy enough, not smart enough, not talented enough….. and the not enough statements are endless.

But we are created in the image of God, it tells me so in the bible….

So God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them. Genesis 1 verse 27.

…. And nowhere in the bible can I find that God is not capable enough, not worthy enough, not smart enough, not talented enough….

We need to stop believing that we are not enough. We need to stop measuring ourselves against everyone else, stop trying to be like anyone else but to be ourselves. To be the person who God created, designed and fashioned us to be.

We need to understand who God is so that we can understand who we are. We need to understand what Jesus did on the cross for us and who we are now because of it. Because of Jesus I am redeemed, I am transformed, I am qualified, I am significant, I am royalty… and the I am statements are endless.

We need to understand these things so that when the enemy comes and tries to tell us that we are something that we are not we can instantly recognize that it is not the truth.

The enemy will always come and try to throw us off course. The more we become like Jesus and the more we become the person that God created us to be, the more the enemy will want to shut us down.

Instead of asking God to step in and shut the enemy down, step in and do it yourself. Stop believing the not enough statements that are running through your head and start believing the I am statements instead.

You are created in the image of God. Draw closer to God to find out who He really is and what He says about you. Read the word of God, the bible is a pathway to Jesus, it will lead you straight to the heart of God.

He will fight for me

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The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still. Exodus 14 v14

We can often find ourselves with our heads down working hard thinking that we are fighting our own battles solo. We are trying to do everything out of our own strength but in actual fact the Lord will fight for us, we need only to be still. We need to stop and look up from the things that we are fighting so hard against and look to God.

He actually wants to fight our battles for us and with us. He longs for us to listen to His words of wisdom.To open our bibles and read and discover for ourselves. God is trying to communicate with us in the scriptures. He is trying to talk to us, teach us and connect with us. We are not fighting solo, in fact we have a guide book to help us with our battles and to lead us into a deeper relationship with its author.

I often find the best thing to do when I feel that the battle is really raging around me is is to be still and just focus on my intimate relationship with the Lord. When I have that constant communication with God happening then everything else around me seems easier to accomplish.

The battle I am fighting against may be the chatterbox in my mind, fighting my own thoughts of self doubt, thoughts of shame and self condemnation. When I stop and focus on the Lord and read His scriptures and listen for His voice I can then hear the truth about myself instead of the lies that the chatterbox is trying to tell me. It is me being still so that the Lord can fight my battles for me.

You can enter your own battle into the scenario above and the answer is still the same. Stop and focus on the Lord. Read the scriptures and listen for His voice. Listen for the truth from God so that you can silence the lies, so that you can win the battle that you are fighting against.

I love the song ‘Lion and the Lamb’ by Bethel Music. My favorite line in the song is … Our God is the Lion, the Lion of Judah, He’s roaring with power and fighting our battles. Who can stop the Lord Almighty.

Remember that The Lord will fight for you, you need only to be still. He is all powerful and is there ready to fight with you and for you.

He is with me

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One day Jesus taught the apostles to keep praying and never stop or lose hope. He shared with them this illustration….

“In a certain town there was a civil judge, a thick-skinned and godless man who had no fear of others opinions. And then there was a poor widow in that town who kept pleading with the judge, ‘Grant me justice and protect me against my oppressor!’

“He ignored her pleas for quite some time, but she kept asking. Eventually he said to himself, ‘This widow keeps annoying me, demanding her rights, and I’m tired of listening to her. Even though I am not a religious man and don’t care about the opinions of others, I’ll just get her off my back by answering her claims for justice and I’ll rule in her favor. Then she’ll leave me alone.'”

The Lord continued, “Did you hear what the ungodly judge said- that he would answer her persistent request? Don’t you know that God, the true judge, will grant to all of his chosen ones who cry out to him night and day? He will pour out his Spirit upon them. He will not delay to answer you and give you what you ask for. God will give swift justice to those who don’t give up.

So be ever praying, ever expecting, just like the widow was with the judge. Yet when the Son of Man comes back, will he find this kind of persistent faithfulness in his people? Luke 18 v 1-8 TPT

Jesus shared this story because he longs for us to keep praying and never stop or lose hope. Just because you may not be seeing answers to your prayers right now, He is still there. He is still with you.

I am currently waiting on answers to my persistent prayers, longings, hopes and dreams. Waiting for phone calls to come through, prodigals to return home, breakthroughs and open doors and I have yet to see them fore-filled, but in this season of waiting I feel God closer than ever.

It almost feels like that in the seasons of waiting He draws closer to us. I know He is always there, that He never leaves us but it just feels like in those hard times of waiting He knows that we need Him more then ever so He draws closer still.

So if He is drawing closer to us in those hard times of waiting for our prayers to be answered, what is it that we are doing? Do we draw close too or do we push Him away because we are not getting what we want here and now?

God is not distant, He is right beside me. Those things I am waiting on are just a small part of my journey. He is not looking to my response when the thing I am waiting on comes to pass. He is looking at my response in the waiting, in the here and now.

Do not give up praying, hoping, believing, waiting and having faith. Be ever praying and ever expecting. God is looking to our persistent faithfulness.  Press into Him further, draw closer to Him, He is right there, He always is and always will be.

Here and now

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Be present in the here and now. If you are going too fast through your day you may miss divine opportunities along the way. If I spend time mourning over the fact that my baby girl is growing so fast and soon she will be in school I begin to loose my joy. Instead I should focus on the here and now and be present in my day and enjoy every sweet moment that we have together.

I regret missed opportunities.  Like not spending more time with my Dad before he passed away,  not stopping to talk and pray for the lady that I saw at the shopping center who looked like she could do with some help or not reconnecting with that long lost friend that I bumped into the other day because I was too shy.

I often find myself asking God for His mercy and forgiveness over the opportunities I have let pass me by and asking Him for another opportunity. Sometimes I get the opportunity to try again and other times I do not.

Go slow. Look around you and see what God is leading you to. Don’t miss out on the divine opportunities that come your way.

There is no greater time than this. Do not let the opportunities pass you by because you are too distracted looking to the past or looking to the future. Be present in the here and now.

What can you squeeze out of your today? Really taste the goodness and sweetness of today. Even if your life seems chaotic, messy or maybe even slow and waiting – drink it in.

He has something for you today that will benefit your tomorrow.