Bring your burdens

Psalm 46:10 – Be still, and know that I am God.

Psalm 46:1 – God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.

What if this morning you felt the Lord inviting you to spend time with him? You wouldn’t have to go far – maybe just to your couch or kitchen table. But how would you respond if he whispered, be still, and know that I am God? How would that change your day if you knew that he was always ready to help in times of trouble?

This morning, bring your concerns and desires before the Lord in full confidence that he’s ready to help in times of trouble. Bring them to him, quieting your heart and acknowledging that he is God. Many troubles may press on you, but God is here! Lay them down before him in surrender.

He is our refuge and strength.

Worship the Lord

They went after other gods, worshipping the gods of the people around them. Judges 2:12

Trust in the Lord, friend. Bring your cares and concerns before him. He cares for you. He cares jealously, angrily about you! He is full of love, and promised the Israelites joy, provision, blessing after blessing! If only they trusted the Lord. Why couldn’t they see how much the Lord loved them?

He promises you the same. Don’t worship the gods of the people around you. The gods of acceptance, popularity, money, influence, power, and control. Worship the Lord. He will direct your steps and make your paths straight. He will bring the light in the darkness.

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How do we resist the other gods of this world, and not be pulled in by their empty promises? By learning how to worship God. But how do we learn how to worship God? The Bible. It is the living, active word of God. Everything we need to know, the answers to every question, are within those pages. He gives us principles to live by. Promises to stand on. Wisdom to refer to, and testimonies to guide us.

The song below is a declaration of dependence on the Lord. My husband, Luke, wrote this out of a place of deep recognition of how lost we are without the Grace of God. If you are in a place where you are searching for the Lord, the Word is the only place where you can get a first hand account of his character, his majesty and his deep love for you. Everything else is secondhand.

 

Read Until You Strike Fire

My husband recently gave me some really solid advice. I was telling him how there are times when, as I start to think about praying, a stress rises up in me that I can’t explain. There are times that I leave my mornings with the Lord more on edge and tense than when I had started. The feeling is so frustrating.

What he advised me to do was to pray the Lord’s Prayer until I strike fire.

Have you ever heard of the phrase, read until you strike fire? It refers to reading the bible until something jumps out at you. Or another way to put it is to read until something strikes a chord or resonates with you. When you hit fire, stop. Think about it and why it stuck out to you. Ask the Lord what he’s telling you. Maybe you spend a half hour in prayer. Maybe you journal about it.

Luke advised me to do this with the Lord’s prayer. His theory is that you can’t go through it without striking fire somewhere.

I think he’s absolutely right.

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I needed the Lord, but I was feeling blocked in terms of prayer. So I took his advice, and I humbled myself before the Lord and acknowledged that I am weak in prayer and that I need his Spirit to guide me. I then began praying through the Lord’s Prayer, as found in Matthew 6:9-13.

Our Father in heaven,
    may your name be kept holy.

“May your name be kept holy.” I stopped there and began reminding myself of who God is.

I then worked my way back a sentence to “Our Father in heaven” and reminded myself where God resides. How he is far above the earth and all it’s powers. How infinitely wise he is. How everything is under his watchful eye. How nothing escapes his notice.

“Our Father.” I am stuck even now on this one. I cannot comprehend this love, but I feel an invitation to dwell on this. He is my Father. Fathers love their children fiercely. Fathers keep an eye on all their children do. Fathers provide, protect, and guide. They are compassionate and understanding. Full of love. If I love my dogs, who aren’t my children and aren’t even human, so much that I am undone when one of them is hurt or sad, how much more does my Father care for me?

Look no further when you are in need. Pick up your bible and read until you strike fire.

Our Father in heaven,
    may your name be kept holy.
May your Kingdom come soon.
May your will be done on earth,
    as it is in heaven.
Give us today the food we need,
and forgive us our sins,
    as we have forgiven those who sin against us.
And don’t let us yield to temptation,
    but rescue us from the evil one.