I love you, Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my Savior, my God, my rock in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the strength of my salvation, my stronghold. [Psalm 18:1-2 (GW)]
Isn’t it nice knowing that we don’t have to do it all on our own? We don’t have to save ourselves, carry the burdens of others or solve the world’s problems alone! We have a rock on which to lean, a shield to protect us, a source of strength to endure all things, and a place of safety in which to find comfort. Thank you God for being our Rock!
You must be made new in your hearts and in your thinking. Be that new person who was made to be like God, truly good and pleasing to him. [Ephesians 4:23-24 (ERV)]
Fill me, O Lord; fill me with your Holy Spirit so that I can change and become the person you made me to be!
There is no growth without change; there is no change without fear or loss; and there is no loss without pain. Every change involves a loss of some kind: You must let go of old ways in order to experience the new. We fear these losses, even if our old ways were self-defeating, because, like a worn out pair of shoes, they were at least comfortable and familiar. [Rick Warren, from “The Purpose Driven Life”]
Give us each day our daily bread. [Luke 11:3 (NIV)]
I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. [John 6:35 (NIV)]
Giver of Life, may we be less concerned this day with satisfying our physical needs and more concerned with our spiritual emptiness. Ease the hunger in our souls, O Lord. Fill us with the true bread of life: your Holy Spirit.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name. [Psalm 100:4 (NLT)]
Praise and thanksgiving can’t alter our circumstances, but they certainly can alter our viewpoint! They will bring us back into the presence of God where there is comfort and joy!
Let all that I am praise The Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me. [Psalm 103:1-2 (NLT)]
Let praise and thanksgiving change your perspective. In a dark time of my life, I started a gratitude journal, each day writing about something for which I could give thanks. Believe me, sometimes it was not easy and my thoughts were rarely deep thoughts. It may have been the song of the bird that wakened me, my fuzzy fleece blanket, or simply that I was in less physical pain than the previous day that got mention in the journal. Each day, however, I managed to find something for which to give thanks; my spirits brightened and my eyes opened to the many joys in my life.
Yes, God loved the world so much that He gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him would not be lost but have eternal life. [John 3:16 (ERV)]
Truly, while we let the Son shine on our lives, a little sun shine on us certainly helps, too! I’m not naive enough to think that a little time outdoors is all we need, but it helps. It’s got a double benefit: it not only works off calories, it also gives us an opportunity to have a chat with God in His beautiful and blessed house!
May you feel the power of God’s love today and may his Son shine in your heart!
The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feels that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. [Anne Frank]