Sunday, December 28, 2014

Quiet Rest

Sometimes I find myself in need of rest.  Not your normal rest that you get by sleeping or just sitting quietly....nothing like that.  It's a different kind of rest.  The kind you can only get from the Lord.  For many days now I have been need of something that I just couldn't put my finger on.  When I sat down and picked up my Bible I turned to a scripture that talked about quiet rest.  Immediately an old hymn came to mind.  It talks about quiet rest....

Near To The Heart Of God 
(Cleland B. McAfee)

There is a place of quiet rest,
Near to the heart of God;
A place where sin cannot molest,
Near to the heart of God.

There is a place of comfort sweet,
Near to the heart of  God;
A place where we our Savior meet,
Near to the heart of God.


There is a place of full release,
Near to the heart of God;
A place where all is joy and peace,
Near to the Heart of God.

O Jesus, blest Redeemer;
Sent from the heart of God.
Hold us, who wait before thee,
Near to the heart of God.

This is what I have been in need of for days....the quiet rest of the Lord.  At times it is just hard for me to get to the place I need to be to find that rest....which is....near to the heart of God.  As I sit here and sing this to myself tonight I know that the Lord brought this song to my remembrance.  He knows....even when we won't admit it....when we are close to the edge and He wants to help us.  I know that the Lord brought this to my mind to remind me that He is the only place I will find true rest.  And that staying close to Him is the only place there is peace. 

If you are struggling tonight talk to the Lord.  Press in close to Him.  He is where you will find that quiet rest and peace.

James 4:8 (Amp)

Come close to God and He will come close to you. [Recognize that you are] sinners, get your soiled hands clean; [realize that you have been disloyal] wavering individuals with divided interests, and purify your hearts [of your spiritual adultery].

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Glory To GOD In The Highest

Luke 2:14

“Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

Glory to GOD in the highest! Glory to GOD in the highest!! Glory to GOD in the highest!!!

When life happens. Sickness....loss....finances....whatever problem has hit your life....just say it again and again....Glory to GOD in the highest!  HE'S listening and HE is there.  Good times....bad times....HE loves us and HE cares.  JESUS was born....lives....died for us....and through it all....HE is with us.  Glory to GOD in the highest! 

I heard a preacher on TV this morning say how if we just continually praise the LORD when things aren't going well that everything will get fact more than better!! Circumstances may not change but you will change because the LORD will touch you.  HE might not fix the problem in the way we want it fixed but we will be better.  He said a good thing to say is....Glory to GOD in the highest!  So today....

I'm going with that. It fits the season we are in and I am believing that the LORD is faithful and HE does inhabit the praises of HIS people....those of us who know HIM as our SAVIOR and call HIM LORD.  My study bible says: The MESSIAH'S coming brings glory to GOD in the heavens and peace to humans on earth.  I believe that today.  HE has been close to me through many things and given me peace when I didn't think it was even possible.  Though I admit at times I regress a little and think....or even say something negative like....what if things aren't better when I need them to be? In fact....I did say that just a bit ago to a friend and I wish I hadn't because I'm just giving satan a crack to get in.  I believe with everything in me that JESUS has got every problem I have and that HE will take care of me.  So today I say again....

"Glory to GOD in the highest!"

"until we see JESUS....face to face"


Thursday, December 18, 2014

HE Sustains Us

Colossians 1:17
HE existed before anything else,
   and HE holds all creation together.

Did you get that?  All creation....everything....HE holds it All together!  That means you and that means me.  Oh....I am so thankful!  Tonight it is hard for me to explain to you just what that verse means to me.  But I can tell you this....I get it.  I get what it means that HE holds all....everything....together.  He protects us....cares for us....sustains us. 

One definition of sustain is this;
to keep (a person, the mind, the spirits, etc.) from giving way, as under trial or affliction.
At times the things we go through seem to be more than we think we can deal with but that's really just not true.  As long as we are walking with the Lord....I like to think of it as He is walking with me each step I take....we are going to be okay.  Even when life gets really hard you just have to....rely in....have faith in the Lord....because He is not going to leave you.  

Thank You JESUS for keeping me together.  For being with me through every trial....protecting and keeping me.  I love YOU. 
"until we see JESUS....face to face"