Blog On Hold

The blog needs to undergo a thorough maintenance and have a few changes applied to it, so it will be on hold for a while.

Regular posts, planned as 2-3 times per week, will continue end of July. The Bible Reading Plan for July will be published shortly.

Love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. 

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Preparing For a Trial

Blessed be the LORD my Rock,
Who trains my hands for war,
And my fingers for battle —

Psalm 144:1

LORD Jesus, we praise You for You are everything we need. You are our Strength when we are weak. No matter what, even when we have come to our weakest point, You remain strong. Guide us, O LORD, we pray, in Your steadfast Love. Enable us to seek Your Presence every day. Help us to study Your Word and to do Your Will. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen.

It’s not a matter of if there will be trials; it’s a matter of when we will have to face them. God’s Word says that, sooner or later, they will come. (James 1:2; 1 Peter 1:6)

What lies ahead of you? A prodigal son who just ran away from home, a husband who became addicted and/or abusive, a sudden redundancy, the worry over an unstable pregnancy, an upcoming appointment at the doctor’s office, the shock over your seventeen year old daughter telling you she is pregnant, a serious talk with a family member, or seeking counsel about the future of your marriage — Do you know how to prepare for the battle?

You are right, it’s not possible to know all the hardships ahead of time. So how are we supposed to prepare ourselves for them?

We read and study and trust God’s Word. Then, when battles come our way, we know what the Word says, that His Word is pure, and that He is the Shield to the ones who trust in Him (Proverbs 30:5). One of the greatest passages that will give us hope and comfort in trials is Isaiah 40:28-31 where it says:

Have you not known?
Have you not heard?
The everlasting God, the LORD,
The Creator of the ends of the earth,
Neither faints nor is weary.
His understanding is unsearchable.
He gives power to the weak,
And to those who have no might He increases strength.
Even the youths shall faint and be weary,
And the young men shall utterly fall,
But those who wait on the LORD
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.

Have faith in Him! Wait on the LORD and renew your strength.

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Before Him

I cry out to the LORD with my voice;
With my voice to the LORD I make my supplication.
I pour out my complaint before Him;
I declare before Him my trouble.

Psalm 142:1-2

LORD Jesus, we praise You that we are able to come before You today. Guide us in Your Word, O LORD, we pray. Help us to pour out our complaints and declare our troubles before You. We want to seek Your Wisdom, listen to Your Counsel, and do Your Will. Enable us to remind ourselves that, no matter what, You remain in control. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray. Amen.

In my mind it was about time to get round the table and clear things up; so we planned to have a calm and objective talk. After a few days I ran out of patience. I took matters in my own hands and decided that this was the day to be talking about things.

Sitting at the table I just kept throwing one argument after another at him. I kept complaining and putting down the one I’m supposed to be building up.

“Oh what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer.”

(What a Friend We Have In Jesus)

In Whose Life Is It I told you about an upcoming surgery I’m worried about. While I do find great comfort in the words found in Psalm 139:16

Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.

I continue to struggle not to let my fears about any possible risks go overboard. You see, this time it is different — very different. I’m not the one going into hospital for surgery, but my husband is. I’m afraid of not knowing what to do and what could happen to him.

Girl, if you find yourself in a similar situation, why don’t you join me? Let us not worry, but let us bring everything before Him! There is nothing we can change or do to make things worse or better. Instead, let’s cry out to the LORD, who is God Almighty, Creator and Sustainer of all Life. He remains in control!

It’s okay to cry out to the LORD. Carry everything to God in prayer.

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