Of course, the next line is – I go to the Rock. When Whitney Houston wrote this song she knew where to take every problem and frustration of our lives.
When we are having problems with the whys of life, with the endless irritations and annoyances God says, “Come to Me, all you who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest..” (Matthew 11:28) He knows that this life is hard. He knows we don’t have the answers. But, He also knows our hearts. He can and will answer when we go to Him.
I have a comfy chair in my office where I read His Word and contemplate each morning. There is a window from which I can see His beautiful creation. I look out at the beauty of His creation, the blue sky, the trees and fields that are different each season, and I quiet my mind. I let His presence flow over me. Sometimes I read His Word. Sometimes I pray. Sometimes I focus on all He’s given and done for me.
In these times of blessed stillness and knowing the uncertainties, irritations, and annoyances disappear. I am at peace!
For many years I have written my prayers. I have notebooks and journals filled with them. Why? My mind likes to wander and I lose my primary focus – God. So, I write to keep my thoughts centered on the One I am speaking to.
Several years ago my pastor’s wife and still dear friend (They have since moved on.) suggested I use the acronym A.C.T.S. Acclimation. Contrition. Thanks. Supplication. I still use it but have always sensed something was missing.
As I was reading the book for my next review (L.E.A.R.N. Evangelism Handbook by Dr. Marshall M. Windsor) I found the missing piece. I need to add LISTEN. (Of course, now I’ll have to change the letters of the acronym.) In all the years I’ve been talking with and listening for God’s voice I’ve never included a set aside time for listening in my prayers. Time in every prayer where I say, Holy Spirit speak into my heart. Don’t get me wrong, I do listen and expect answers, I just haven’t been specifically listening during prayer. So, When He speaks, and I know He will, I’ll intentionally listen, and write what He says in my prayer journal.
Will I act on His words? Will I share? In trusting Him and keeping the faith, I have learned if I don’t respond or follow through I lose the blessing He had planned for me. Things like:
I did come up with a new acronym… G.R.O.W.L. Gratitude (Thanks). Requests. Offense (Forgiveness), Worship, Listen. The word kind of fits as our prayers go up with ‘utterings and groanings’ before the Lord that might sound like growls if we heard them.
Here’s the bottom line. No matter what or how just keep on praying.
Have you found yourself in a state of disappointment at times during this unusual season? Are events and normal daily occurrences being postponed or rescheduled starting wear on you? Me, too! So how should we deal with this?
First, and foremost, stay connected to God. How? Read His Word. Pray. Talk to other Believers by calling, writing to them, videos, podcasts… Enjoy His creation by walking, biking, just getting out in some way and focusing on Him.
Are there things happening that you cannot control which lead to a sense of disappointment? Of course there are. Stop trying! Make a list of what is in your control. Be creative! The things I can control, with God’s help are:
My thoughts – Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.Philippians 4:8
My words – Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.Ephesians 4:29
My actions –“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:37-38
Above all focus on how much God loves you! Commit this verse to memory!
“And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us.”– Romans 5:5
I’ve been reading a lot in the last few days. Here are a few of my finds. You can enjoy them by clicking on the picture or the title.
PRIDE DIGNITY AND POCKET LINT Are you kept from sharing your talents because of perfectionism or self-comparison issues. As Daughters of the King we are given many talents to use in glorifying Him. We must use them!
CHECK YOUR NECK; THYROID CANCER AWARENESS It is really important that we, women, take responsibility for our health issues. Being a cancer survivor has made me very aware that unless we insist there is something wrong our doctor may choose not to pursue the issues we are bringing them. It happened to me, which is why I’m so passionate about who my doctors are and if they will honor my reasonable requests.
BE HAPPY AND AVOID GOSSIP Gossip is a big problem everywhere. In the church where it is disguised as acceptable sin, at the coffee shop where it’s the norm for our culture, yes, even on the phone in private conversations. God doesn’t like it and we must stop doing it. Great ideas here for doing just that.
I hope you’ll take the time to read these awesome posts.
Keep on keeping on.
I connect with several link-ups throughout the week. You can check them out by going to my Blog Hops page.
But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing…2 Corinthians 2:14-15
Have you ever thought about having a spiritual aroma? Our perfume smells like Christ to God. I know what Christ smells like, I think. He is the scent of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. That’s what God smells!
So, if we are fragrant with the knowledge of Him in every place, then, others can smell that on us. It’s like meeting someone who is exuding the nicest perfume you’ve ever encountered. When that happens to me I know I’m going to like that person and want what she has. In the same way other’s will want what we have when we are ‘wearing the fragrance’ of God.
This little story explains this concept very well. It was written by Dr. Chris Edwardson, from Dallas, Oregon, in the Pentecostal Evangel:
One day a judge came to my office. I asked him what he was really in for because his leg cast didn’t need to be checked.
He said, “I just thought maybe you could give me a reason to live.” He broke down and cried. I led him to the Lord.
I asked him what prompted him to tell me that. He said, “When you walked into the room, I saw something in your eyes that told me you had what I wanted. Something told me you knew the answer to life. I look in men’s faces all day long, judging the truth. I could see that you believed with all your heart that what you were telling me was true. It was enough to convince me I needed it.
My prayer is that our Faith Fragrance is so powerful it can’t be missed by anyone!