Whisper a little prayer …


When I saw this prompt for Five Minute Friday my first thought {like on Tuesday @ 10} was a song; but this one I found, because it came immediately to my mind singing.

 

So here we are again … Five Minute Friday, where 100s of bloggers write from there hearts with abandon. No worries, no edits and no rewrites. Just five minutes from one heart to another without self criticism. After all we all write about the good, the bad, and the ugly of our journeys … so what does it manner if sentence structure or syntax is perfect, just this once. Sometimes, most times really, what comes from the heart is raw and jaggedly beautiful in it’s honesty!

So write with us … tell us your heart in 5 minutes … we will not criticize or critique … we will just encourage and join you in prayer and recognize your feelings as having been or actually being as ours are at this moment.

So here goes nothing, again!

[whisper]  go …

Like I said this song rose in me … Dedicated to the One I Love by The Mamas and The Papas.

Each night before you go to bed, my baby,
Whisper a little prayer for me my baby.
And tell all the stars above
This is dedicated to the one I love.

But the words change … Each night before I go to bed, my baby … I whisper a little prayer for you, my baby … because that is where my heart is.

Each night, each day, continually, I whisper prayers.

For The Hubs. The blood transfusion has not helped with his stamina and he still feels weak and frustrated by the lack of energy. We talked about it last night. All of it. His desire to stop the treatments after the next round. And I whisper a prayer, trying not to be manipulative with God, that The Hubs may change his mind.

He shares with me that he’s not so sure the cancer is killing him, but he’s sure the chemo is. That’s a big thing! So I whisper a prayer that God make me strong; because while quitting the treatments is frightening, the alternative is just as daunting. A vicious circle from hell really.

But God … He’s bigger than that circle. He says I don’t have to worry about that circle … as I listen to His still small voice, I know that HE IS GOD.

I whisper a little prayer for you, my baby …

I whisper prayers for my boys …

For my youngest and his battle over addiction. I pray that God instill in him the need for assistance along this path of sobriety. I whisper prayers each morning that he is alive, because something is going on and I know what I am seeing but cannot do anything about it. This disease is killing him and he has to choose … no medicine to make him feel weak and lifeless [his drug does that!] … no radiation to burn out this cancer … and addiction is the deadliest cancer!

So I whisper prayers … with tears and heartache … I whisper for life and life more abundant, knowing that it is ours and I trust.

Sometimes I trust in whispers to Father … sometimes I shout, but lately it’s simple whispered prayers dedicated to the one’s I love.

stop

 

Andrea

Andrea

Looking Forward to Spring … Venting vs. Complaining


Looking Forward to Spring

Looking Forward to Spring

The rough in our lives is abrasive these days and I feel like this blog has gone from being positive to a place where I complain in the guise of venting.

What do you think?

Seriously, let me know in the comment if you feel as though I complain too much here.

After all this is supposed to be about Living Positively On Purpose!

“Do all things without grumbling or questioning,”~ Philippians 2:14

That being said and asked what is the difference between venting and complaining.

Complaining and venting look very similar, however they are vastly different.

Venting is blowing off steam. The goal of the vent is to get rid of the negative feelings about a situation and can be done alone. Venting does not require an audience; many vent through prayer, music outlet and, or  physical activity, etc.

A good vent helps the person refocus on positives in their lives and keeps the mind focused on a solution. The result of a good vent is that the person feels mentally, spiritually and emotionally better.

Complaining, on the other hand, is a destructive pattern that requires a captive audience to dump on. Complaining has no clear goal for release and the person doesn’t feel better when they are done.

I am finding with this post that I am venting. Whewww! I was really concerned, because my goal is to find peace in this life, we have here in Hutchland, no matter what the circumstance. And I must admit, that at least within myself, I have felt some definite strife. Again, it’s a matter of controlling my natural desire for things to be about “me, me, me”, for once and calming that strife with the Word of God and good counsel.

My friend of good counsel does not allow complaining or self involvement. She does recognize that I need support, often, but does not allow the “woe is me” syndrome to take hold. And for that I am grateful.

“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear” ~ Ephesians 4:29

So I vent … here and to my friend, and afterwards I can honestly say I feel better. I have worked with God and friends he has blessed me with, to get me to this place of venting and not murmuring and complaining about this life He blessed me with.

“Take good counsel and accept correction—that’s the way to live wisely and well.We humans keep brainstorming options and plans,but God’s purpose prevails.” ~ Proverbs 19:20-21

As the snow falls, yet again, here at the Jersey Shore, I am diligently seeking peace and quiet in my today. There are many who need my help today, I’ve already counseled 2 and while I feel a bit frustrated and put upon (because they are NOT venting!), I know that I have the tools and outlets to keep things in perspective.

How do you vent?

Do you feel better when you are done?

I encourage you today to examine whether you are complaining or venting. My go to solution for the circumstances here in Hutchland is prayer, worship and the Word, I find that these things bring both peace and solution to even the smallest of problems in my day.

God Bless.

 

Feeling Shattered & Scattered Today … But, I Will Not Faint


just me ...

just me …

I will not faint …

I think we, The Hubs and I, thought this wait for an answer might start a path to our normal, even if it was our “new” normal, but it hasn’t. Since the chemoradiation therapy ended he hasn’t felt “good”. He has a lack of energy, a lack of appetite and almost no tolerance for anything! It’s kind of rough.

There is a list of things going on for the check-up on Tuesday. And I worry. And I get fed up with the negativity and all the alone time. And I want to cry, often.

There’s a new song we hear regularly on the radio back and forth to appointments and trips to check The Hubs brother’s house as we wait for the sale.

It describes how I feel, often. I was lost until I was finally found in Christ … this is true of all of us, at one time or another. And I cry out in this trial of a life we are living right now, here in Hutchland. When I feel lost, again, I cry out and thank Him for being my God, knowing that if He was not here I would have shriveled and died or exploded or something messy like that.

Sometimes my very selfish flesh just wants my old life back … then it seems to occur to me organically, and it’s not, it’s Holy Spirit reminding me that I really don’t want my egypt back at all.

I do know that I want our US … the new US is fine, I’d like to cuddle into that, instead of wishing that if I sat by The Hubs, while he rested, it wouldn’t make him feel as if he needed to care for me; even though I so need that care.

I guess I’m just tired and lonely a lot. I want to not react when he’s irritable, rather I want to have it in me to comfort him when his nerves are raw.

So today I am relying on sharing and I’m praying these scriptures:

Isaiah 40:3

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

1 Corinthians 10:13

No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

I got the 1 Corinthians reminder from a Favorite Blogger, check her out, she’s funny and hip and sensitive and wise beyond her years!

The Audacity of Trust

Intentional Living … Prayer


My last post … a “Press This” posting of a Proverbs 31 Ministries by Lysa TerKeurst about praying for your marriage … just go to my last post and follow the link …

That being said I loved her piece. Actually I love much of what Lysa does! I no longer have a young family, but so wish she was around for guidance when I was a young wife and mother. However, I find even though my marriage and children are adults now (hehe) her wisdom and guidance confirm where I am in these relationships I have with my men, and points out some new skills or some areas that I need more work.

I pray all the time … mostly in tongues because I’ve learned that praying in The Spirit keeps me from complaining, manipulating and plain getting things wrong in my prayers. I purpose to pray scriptures, too, as this is a foolproof way for me to always be within God’s will for my life, family and relationships.

You see, I’m no good at relationships. There’s a ton of baggage and wreckage that I just don’t want to relive here that has caused this soul to be less than a people person. Thank God for God and His grace and wisdom! I am blessed to have an awesome (2nd) marriage and am learning to deal with my adult children each day.

I know they say that children get easier as they mature … this is truthfully not the case, especially when they remain in the household!

Anyway back to prayer …

After reading the Proverbs 31 Ministries Devotional I clicked over to Amazon and bought Lysa’s book Capture His Heart; and I chose two scriptures from the devotional to focus on in prayer for my marriage.

Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. ~ Colossians 4:6

What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? ~ Romans 8:31

I have Sticky Notes on my desk top and I’m going to post these two scriptures there so that they are the first things I see in the morning as I boot my computer and I’m going to pray them over my marriage each morning!

You see since the doctors said the “C” word to my husband things have changed and not all of the changes are easy. The Hubs is tired much of the time and it’s so hard to watch this man be ill and tired and irritable. I’ve found lately in my frustration, after 5 months of this journey, that I admonish him for being negative. I find myself wondering if he’s praying and why he won’t just count the blessings we’ve seen during this trial. Why looking upon what God has done along this path, that we never imagined we’d be on, doesn’t help him to be more positive. And then … I, of course, feel guilty for my lack of empathy and compassion when I feel like this.

But you know what … most people don’t ask how I’m doing. They don’t say, “hey I’ll be praying for you Andrea, you’re going through so much.” And while I feel guilty for even thinking about this, I want them to be praying for The Hubs. I want their prayers for him to storm the gates of heaven, I want them heard by the ear of Father God.

So today I purpose to pray for my husband. Not necessarily for the healing that we know is complete in Christ. But for our marriage and relationship. I never want to wonder again if I’ve done everything I should have done to honor my husband, like I did the day the doctors spoke the “C” word.

Lysa’s devotional reminded me that when I honor my husband I honor God, and I want to be That Wife.

When it comes to Intentional Living I want the #1 Intention to be prayer. In whatever area that prayer needs to be, intentionally for that day or hour or moment. I intend to pray on purpose, rather than by rote.

Do you pray intentionally?

What in your life, in your relationship, needs intentional prayer today?

Feel free to share with us … I’d love to pray with you!

Thanks my faithful readers … for reading and remaining with me.

Praising God for Who He is …


Blue Skies

‘The LORD said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake.”‘ 1 Kings 19:11

This was so apropos for the last week here on the Jersey Shore and all of the Eastern Seaboard; but in reverse. As you know we had the earthquake before the Irene’s winds ripped up the coastline!

Those who have suffered loss of loved ones and property may be thinking, “what is God doing?!” “Why is God doing this?!’

Well I am here to testify that God was not in the shaking, nor was He in the winds; and prayer prevailed through this storm!

Multitudes of people began praying before Hurricane Irene started her trek up the Eastern Seaboard. We prayed her weakened and out to sea. We prayed that there would be no harm to person or property … we prayed God’s sovereign protection. We PRAYED!

The overwhelming prayer for me, and I saw for others, on various social networking sites, was from the Book of Mark chapter 4:

37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. 38 But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”   
39 Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.

Many quoted and prayed this before and throughout the hurricane; I know I did. Funny how God has people all over doing the same thing everywhere, isn’t it? Our pastor, my husband and I were discussing this just last Wednesday.

Did God know these possibly catastrophic events were going to occur? Yes, God knows the end from the beginning! However …

He moved His hand of protection before anything began to shake or the breezes whipped into winds! He set His people to prayer … and He set them to praying exactly His word, simultaneously!

Amazing … here we see Romans 8:28 in action! “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

Many were called to His purpose … many obeyed and in all the events of the week God worked for the good of those who loved Him!

Jesus said: If you love me you will obey the commands I have given you this day. John 14:15

And I have been blessed to see the Mighty hand of God in these things! Prayer and obedience work!

The proof is in the after storm cleanup and the joyous affirmations we give one another that we not only survived the earthquakes and storms, but that we weathered the storms with little discomfort … no loss and no harm!

I can honestly say I have a completely different view on the power of prayer today … one I didn’t have just two days ago. Oh I knew it worked, without a doubt.

Yet, I had not seen so clearly God’s love and hand as I have these last three days! I know now if I obey the call of the day and I pray in preparation and continually in my day to day I will know the tangible presence of the LORD in my life, in my home EVERYDAY!

I feel I have been awakened! I feel more alive!

 I FEEL SAVED! I KNOW SALVATION AND LOVE!

So today when I see over and over again the scripture I began with 1 Kings 19:11 I know that there is a calling here. That this scripture is telling us this …

God did not cause the shaking or the wind or the rain … He was NOT in them or their wrath … but listen, if you will … LISTEN …

12 and after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice … 18 Yet I have reserved seven thousand in Israel, all whose knees have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him.” 1 Kings 19:12&18

God IS in that still small voice, the one our fear of shaking, winds and rain sometimes drown out … but if we listen …

 “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14

I believe we did this successfully … I believe if we pray the scripture given today 1 Kings 19: 11-12 and believe that God is NOT in the troubles of our lives but in the solution; then I believe we will all come into the next level of intimacy with God the Father, our proven protector and provider!

We all weathered the storms this week, by perseverance and obedience in prayer and the Grace of God!

I would be remiss in all of this if I did not say this:

By the Glory and Grace of God I have weathered this storm! I am grateful to my God, He is MY God, who called me to prayer … who brought me first to a place of obedience and who allowed me to know and see His Mighty Hand of protection and provision. Not only in my life and house; but in the lives of so many loved ones and acquaintances lives and homes through these storms! Bringing us to the blue skies of today …

The Storm Weathered Blue Skies

Praising God for Who He is … Blessings Loves ♥

Five Minutes of …Be(ing) Still with GypsyMama and my Five Minute Friends


So on Fridays, we take the dare to become Word Artists. To throw editing and proof reading and critically raised eyebrows out the window. We finger paint with our words – in pink and blue and dark purple. In glitter glue and bright green.

Just five minutes. No more. No less.

Come play word art with us, why don’t you. It’s easy. Lisa-Jo is over on (in) courage this morning with todays prompt.

1. Write for 5 minutes flat for pure unedited love of the written word on the prompt, “Still.”
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. Get a little crazy with encouragement in the comments of the five minuter who linked up before you.

When you’re ready give us your best unedited, post on the prompt …

STILL … Go…

” He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; …

Still

Which is easy in good times … and maybe even after the trials. But day to day I know that I forget to be still … I sometimes forget to be still.

“The Lord will fight for me and I will keep my peace.” Exodus 14:14

Sometimes I forget to be still in the fight of this life.

I love it when life is at ease and pleasant and still.

I remember wanting the time when the boys would talk and walk, thinking life would somehow become easier to decipher. I was alone with two of the greatest little guys on the planet! I wanted them to talk and be independent. And then somewhere in my singleparenthood I expected them to be more mature and independent…

I now wish I had been still … that time had been still…because it wasn’t and it isn’t and these guys are adults now and life is not easier.

There is a place I have found where I am still. In my spirit there is a meeting where I am able to stop time and recoup the day and seek solutions for the life that is doing everything but being still.

Prayer … Praise … Worship

God has guided me to prayer. I surrender in prayer … I commune with God where immediately waves of life, crashing around me are incapable of pulling me under and drowning out …

His STILL small voice. Under the wings of the Almighty where things are still and quiet and safe….

STOP!

Paddling to the Still

“Your innermost sense of self, of who you are, is inseparable from stillness. This is the I Am that is deeper than name and form.” Eckhart Tolle

Crash

“Uncontrolled, the hunger and thirst after God may become an obstacle, cutting off the soul from what it desires. If a man would travel far along the mystic road, he must learn to desire God intensely but in stillness, passively and yet with all his heart and mind and strength.”Aldous Huxley

Be(ing) Still

“Within you there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.”  Hermann Hesse

Prayer

“Blessed are the single-hearted, for they shall enjoy much peace. If you refuse to be hurried and pressed, if you stay your soul on God, nothing can keep you from that clearness of spirit which is life and peace. In that stillness you will know what His will is.”Amy Carmichael

Mentions after the Five!

The surfer in these photos from last summer is one of my dearest friends,mentorm the assistant pastor of my church. and lead singer and leader of our Worship Band! She is the mother of 6 children and grandmother to 2 (yes, in these pics!). She is an incredible person and her ability to be STILL is amazing and I have spent the last 10 years aspiring and learning from this incredible lady. She has taught me so much about God and Prayer and Leadership and yes … STILLNESS. I love her deeply, much more than she knows, she sometimes takes me to God,when I can’t find Him, where He saves my life again.

These pics were taken on LBI in New Jersey … where I believe she is surfing at this very moment. She once told me the most beautiful experience she had with God was on the Atlantic Ocean …. much like you see in the first photo … and it began to rain. She said the music of the rain on the water was the most beautiful music and the most peaceful sensation she has ever enjoyed.

I try to imagine that … and my heart aches to know that kind of Stillness in God.

* quotes inserted after the five minutes…however they were found before the writing began.

Blessings Loves

In Faith I Follow: ‘though I walk through the valley of shadow…’


Dry

 

I thought I might be out of the desert.

I believed I was just inside the shade and cool of the copse of Cypress Trees that were my rest in the Lord.

A mirage perhaps, a delusion – illusion – a small welcome reprieve?

I thought this firmament was the place of rest; yet it seems a valley is vast in my path.

The desert I know is behind me, but I know to look back would cement me in this place.

I press on toward the prize, one that lies just around the bend.

Do valleys have bends; corners? As far as my spirit’s eye can see there is just the unknown.

...tho I walk through the valley

 

I can feel the soft breeze from those Cypress. The breeze offering satiation for my thirst there, sustenance for my hunger.

I press forward, in caution tempered Faith…

Though I walk through the valley of shadow…

The unknown, the foreign, the painful…

I must go through the valley to stand upon the mountain of God…

Ahh the breeze from the shelter inviting Cypress promising …

My Cypress 'Fir'

 

In faith I follow…Through Prayer I persevere…Through the pain of this awful desert’s valley, I cry out this prayer…

Knowing that God will recall, with affectionate heart, the words His David cried out to him in the ethers of centuries past.

Knowing that, even in my voice, He will hear the one after His heart, and know that I genuinely seek, no Crave His face alone.

If I can see His face, My Father’s face, I know I can endure this transformation…

Shall I hum,  I will sing with tears as if to cry out…

Palm 31

 O Lord, I have come to you for protection;

      don’t let me be disgraced.

      Save me, for you do what is right.

  Turn your ear to listen to me;

      rescue me quickly.

   Be my rock of protection,

      a fortress where I will be safe.

  You are my rock and my fortress.

      For the honor of your name, lead me out of this danger.

  Pull me from the trap my enemies set for me,

      for I find protection in you alone.

  I entrust my spirit into your hand.

      Rescue me, Lord, for you are a faithful God.

  I hate those who worship worthless idols.

      I trust in the Lord.

  I will be glad and rejoice in your unfailing love,

      for you have seen my troubles,

      and you care about the anguish of my soul.

  You have not handed me over to my enemies

      but have set me in a safe place.

  Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am in distress.

      Tears blur my eyes.

      My body and soul are withering away.

 I am dying from grief;

      my years are shortened by sadness.

   Sin has drained my strength;

      I am wasting away from within.

  I am scorned by all my enemies

      and despised by my neighbors—

      even my friends are afraid to come near me.

   When they see me on the street,

      they run the other way.

 I am ignored as if I were dead,

      as if I were a broken pot.

 I have heard the many rumors about me,

      and I am surrounded by terror.

   My enemies conspire against me,

      plotting to take my life.

  But I am trusting you, O Lord,

      saying, “You are my God!”

  My future is in your hands.

      Rescue me from those who hunt me down relentlessly.

  Let your favor shine on your servant.

      In your unfailing love, rescue me.

 Don’t let me be disgraced, O Lord,

      for I call out to you for help.

   Let the wicked be disgraced;

      let them lie silent in the grave.[a]

 Silence their lying lips—

      those proud and arrogant lips that accuse the godly.

 How great is the goodness

      you have stored up for those who fear you.

   You lavish it on those who come to you for protection,

      blessing them before the watching world.

 You hide them in the shelter of your presence,

      safe from those who conspire against them.

   You shelter them in your presence,

      far from accusing tongues.

  Praise the Lord,

      for he has shown me the wonders of his unfailing love.

      He kept me safe when my city was under attack.

 In panic I cried out,

      “I am cut off from the Lord!”

   But you heard my cry for mercy

      and answered my call for help.

 Love the Lord, all you godly ones!

      For the Lord protects those who are loyal to him,

      but he harshly punishes the arrogant.

  So be strong and courageous,

      all you who put your hope in the Lord!

Blessings Loves <3

Let My Words be Few Thursday ~ Grateful ~


Let My Words Be Few Thursday

Welcome!

HOPEannFAITH’s very first “Let My Words be Few” Thursday!

Please join us!

Leave me a link to your “Few Words” blog post; it can be about anything you want, but short and to the point! 

 I will link your post into my “Few Words” posts; and we can discuss and get to know one another. 

 I will  get a Mr. Linksy thingy, to make joining us easier for you. I will then need to learn how to use it. :D

“Few Words” Thursdays is my attempt at concise and profound writing…where the content touches our Spirits and not just our minds and flesh. I hope this will improve my writing skill set while deepening my spiritual walk.

As I journey to Wholeness in 2011, I walk primarily with God and likeminded people. I want to live positively in an intentional manner.

I believe this is going to heal me physically, spiritually and mentally.

My word for 2011 is Wholeness…which I may have mentioned once or twice. :) I just ordered my necklace from Linda Leonard Designs. I feel this necklace is an integral part of my Wholeness experience. I don’t know why…but it feels significant.

In this journey to Wholeness I find myself GRATEFUL today. Follow the link to the Webster’s definition of grateful, which I feel is lacking~one day maybe I’ll post a rant about the desication of the English language. What I did find interesting was at the end of the definition it lead me to the definition of Grace; I’m going to research that some more…

I find gratitude to me, the concept of being grateful is a deep humbling thankfulness; one I feel primarily when I am intimate with God, alone. While there are several individuals I am truly grateful to and for, God is by far the person who brings me to humility more than anyone else. I believe that is the way it should be.

But I, with shouts of grateful praise, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the LORD.’” Jonah 2:9

Even when we are thankful, feeling humbled in reference to another person or circumstance, it remains my deep belief that that occurs because God has improved us or something in us; repaired or cured something in us; that no mortal physician can. I believe that pure gratitude is divinely inspired.

There is so much I am grateful for…so in an effort to keep this already wordy post short here are but a few things on todays Gratitude list:

I am Humbly Grateful to my Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus

Blessings Loves ♥

Our Secret Place ~ God ~ and The Mega Memory Month Finale


 

 First let me apologize for being a day late with this final update. 

Life did what life does and I did not get a chance to post yesterday. Actually I had to work one of my usual days off…well…and I didn’t get to do what I wanted to do. So there it is…:) 

I did well, I think and I spent this morning creating my Celebration Piece! Than I had to run errands and prepare for our bible study tonight…life doing what life does…Life is Good! ♥ 

What I have planned is to continue working on memorizing this Psalm…in my last update post I shined the light on Meagan, she continued after last year’s January MMM to continue on until her chosen scripture was an integral part of her spirit. I believe that to be the TRUE premise or precept of God, when He speaks of renewing our minds. I encourage you, once again to visit Stand and Consider, it is inspirational.

God instructs us, in scripture to renew our minds… 

That renewal, or intimate knowledge, of even a piece of God’s Word, allows us to remain in Him;  protecting us from the ways and precepts of this fallen and lost world we reside in. Meagan acheived that in the last calendar year

I intend to be able to claim the same JOY come January 2012. 

I find another joy in this scripture today, as I do each day. As I am writing this, I came to the knowledge that this precept of renewing our minds is in direct corralation to Psalm 91. 

A precept, as you know, is a commandment or direction given as a rule of action or conduct, a procedural directive or rule. 

Renewing our mind is one of the ways we “dwell in the secret place of the Most High”. Renewing the mind with and in the Word of God creates the “Shadow of the Almighty” under which we can then abide. 

Staying in the Word is one vital way that creates that presence of the God, that we trust, creating in us a deep desire to Praise in  the manner of Psalm 91:2 

“I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress; My God , in Him I will trust.” (NKJV) 

This Psalm is a detailed description of God’s Love for us; a description of Our Secret Place in Him. God’s children can enjoy a deep abiding peace, even amidst the trial of life, when we cooperate with God and His  divine strategies. 

Like I said earlier, I think I did okay. Again, not great, but I am not disappointed like I was last year. Who could be disappointed when they are becoming intimate with Psalm 91 and the promises of God therein. Same rules apply from previous MMM Update Posts; RED for needing a prompt and STRIKEOUTS for things I simply got wrong: 

Psalm 91 ~ The Promise of God’s Protection in All Areas of Life

Whoever lives under the shelter of the Most High will remain in the shadow of the Almighty. 

I will say to the Lord, You are my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust. 

He is the one who will rescue from the hunters’ trap and from deadly plagues. 

He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge. His truth is your shield and armor. 

You do not need to fear the terrors of the night, arrows that fly during the day, 

Plagues that roam the dark, epidemics that strikes at noon

They will not come near you, even though a thousand may fall dead beside you or ten thousand at your right side. 

You only need to look with your eyes to see the punishment of wicked people. 

  

You, O Lord, are my refuge! 

  

You have made the Most High your home. 

No harm will come to you. No sickness will come near your home. 

He will put His angels in charge of you to protect you in all your ways. 

The will carry you in their hands so that you never hit your foot on a rock. 

You will step on lions and cobras. You will trample young lions and snakes. 

  

Because you love me I will rescue you. I will protect you because you know My Name. 

When you call to me, I will answer you. I will be with you when you are in trouble I will save you and honor you. 

I will satisfy you with a long life. I will show you how I will save you. 

~♥~ 

I’d like to add a small note here. The last three verses are my favorite, as I have stated before. I found it odd that I continue to forget particular words in these verses. As I was pondering this {I believe our ponderings, even the silent ones are like prayers} the Holy Spirit pointed something out to me. The Words I don’t remember HONOR, SATISFY and LONG LIFE, are key words. Is it that I have not yet been fully persuaded that God would fulfill these amazing things in MY life??? In my head I know that this Psalm is for everyone, me included, so what is blocking my ability to do follow the  two most important  precepts ?  To believe and to Abide… 

If that is true, focusing on Psalm 91 as my GO TO scripture for 2011 I believe, I KNOW, that I will conquer this lack of persuasion.  

Now…Here’s my MMM Piece de resistance… 

 

Celebrating God’s Protection

Blessings Loves ♥

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