We’re surrounded by his love

Those who trust in the Lord are as secure as Mount Zion; they will not be defeated but will endure forever. Just as the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people, both now and forever. Psalm 125:1-2 NLT

You may often hear of people talking about the promises of God, but have you ever been unsure of what exactly they’re referring to? Maybe you’ve wondered why it is that God has given them a special promise, but has left you to fend for yourself. What is their secret?

The good news is that the answer is right at our fingertips. But, it is somewhat of a secret. It’s something we have to look for. It’s something we have to set time aside in order to find.

Read through the passage another time, and see if you can point out the promise.

Those who trust in the Lord are as secure as Mount Zion; they will not be defeated but will endure forever. Just as the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people, both now and forever.

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Quite simply, and yet profoundly, the secret is the Bible – the inspired Word of God. The promise we find here is that those who trust in the Lord will not be defeated, but will endure forever. The Lord surrounds his people then, now, and forever.

The Bible is full of promises from God. It speaks constantly of who he is and how much he loves us.

If you need a promise today, maybe you can hang onto this one. Put your hope in the Lord, and watch as he surrounds you.

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Guest Post: I would have lost heart…

I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Psalm 27:13

My precious husband and I are celebrating 40 years of marriage this month. I honestly didn’t think we’d make it to 40 years – its been a very frightening year but we’ve also experienced the grace, mercy, and closeness of our Lord in so many ways.

In January, my husband fell ill and was experiencing horrible physical symptoms: He lost 40 pounds in just a matter of weeks, had severe jaw, neck and shoulder pain, a constant fever that ranged from 99 to 103 degrees, drenching night sweats, sore eye sockets, periods of uncontrollable shaking, bruising on his palms and legs, weakness, exhaustion and difficulty breathing. As he would rock back and forth in pain sitting on the edge of the bed I would sit next to him and gently run my hand over his back and pray, finding it hard to breathe myself because I was so terrified. The only whisper of a prayer that I could get out was, “I trust You, I trust You.” It took weeks of blood draws, scans, x-rays and biopsies to finally come up with a diagnosis. He had Large B cell Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

During this time we would encourage each other the best way we knew how, reminding each other of the goodness and trustworthiness of the Lord. Through our mustard seed-like faith, He grabbed hold of our hands and walked us down a path of amazing blessings. I started making a list of the surprise gifts from the Lord that grew to a couple of pages which gave us an expectancy of how He would “show up” each day. Out of the many different kinds of this type of cancer he was diagnosed with the one that is not only treatable but curable and had very little to no side effects from chemotherapy. In addition to having enough money stashed away to get us through the eight months he was out of work, people randomly handed us money – we even found a $100 bill lying in our back yard partially covered with leaves. The other financial miracles left us awe struck. We had the awesome love, support and help from our daughters and their husbands, many prayers, the tireless help from my sister-in-law who has uncanny medical knowledge and came to every doctor appointment with us. God used the many kind words, gifts and gestures from so many people to remind us He was moving, working, and fighting our battles.

After making it to full remission in May and being back to work just a few short weeks he had a major heart attack while on the job. He drives semi and thankfully was at his first stop when it happened. He was airlifted to St. Mary’s hospital in Rochester where, through an angiogram, it was discovered that the widow maker artery was totally blocked and two stents were put in. If it wasn’t for the quick action of an employee calling 911 and the first responders that were readily available, he wouldn’t be here today. God was still showing us His faithfulness.

The Lord chose to give divine wisdom and insight to the medical professionals in both cases to save his life. For those of you who are going though a similar situation, let me encourage you not to lose hope and to trust fully in the Lord. We don’t know what the coming year will hold, but we have come to understand on a deeper level just how good God is. He is faithful, He cares, He knows, and He’s concerned about every little detail of our lives. My husband’s latest scan still shows no cancer and the oncologist doesn’t expect it to return. He’s back to work and is continually gaining back much of his strength. Praise!


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Kathy lives near Minneapolis, Minnesota with her Super Hero husband, Joel. She has two adult daughters and two over-the-top smart grand children. She divides her time between painting, gardening, and the joy of taking care of her home and family.

9/25/18 | Reminders

Sometimes all we need is to be reminded of a promise the Lord has given to us, and other times we need to remind ourselves who God is. The Psalms give us a glimpse into the life of David – a man after God’s own heart who sought Him in all things. David presented every trial and heartache to God as he spent time in prayer. As we read through the Psalms we even see how he reminded himself of God’s good character and how he adjusted his perspective and prayers out of his confidence in God. Through these songs we see how, although he was afflicted with much, David trusted the Lord above all else.

The recommended reading for this week is Psalms 2-7. Pay special attention to how David ends each Psalm. May we learn to bring all things before the Lord and trust Him as David did.