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Tonight as I was putting Grace to bed, she asked if she could have her Bible in bed with her.  She usually takes a book to bed with her and looks at the pages as she’s falling asleep. (The hall light is on so she can see without hurting her eyes.)  I said, “No honey, let’s leave your Bible on the shelf so you can take it with you to Sunday School tomorrow.”  “But Mom…..” Grace started whining “I just want to see what the Lord has to say.”  I chuckled to myself when she said this.  It was so sweet and innocent.  “OK, but don’t take it out of the cover.” I said as I handed her Bible to her. 

I replayed her words in my mind and I realized that I haven’t shared a favorite scripture verse with you in awhile.  I have so many favorites, I especially like the Psalms.  King David is so transparent with us as he writes.  Here is the passage I’d like to share with you.

Psalm 61:2 “From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.  (I added the italics for emphasis.)

David, the King of Israel was not afraid to admit that at times he gets overwhelmed (If I had to live David’s life, I would have been more than overwhelmed……) But his secret is that he cries out to God when his heart is overwhelmed and goes to the Rock that is higher than he is.

David gives up and stops trying to do everything on his own and fix everything the way that he thinks it should be, he realizes that God is higher and bigger than he is and has a much better plan than we as humans could ever have.

This reminds me of the old hymn, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”  one line of the song says “Oh what peace we often forfeit, oh what needless pain we bear all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.” 

Sometimes because of our human nature, we try to do things on our own and we resort to prayer after we’ve tried everything else.  I am always amazed when this happens in my life.  I leave God out, make a mess of things and ask Him to fix it.  I am amazed that He does fix it for me even though I should have gone to Him FIRST, and things end up so much better than I had imagined in the first place. 

I’ve been trying to remind myself to take things to God BEFORE they become a problem and BEFORE I try to do anything to resolve the situation myself…..when I remember to pray FIRST, things go much smoother.

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I’d like to share with you a passage of scripture that encourages and strengthens me….Psalm 46.
 Here it is for you……I’ve made my comments after each verse.
1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
God is my only refuge from all of the “junk” of this world……He gives me my strength.  He is always with me and helps me when I face hard things.

2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
Because of this, I’m not afraid.  Even if my world as I know it is turned up side down and I feel like everything is out of control.

3 Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof.  Selah.
Even when I face storms and pressures in life, I will rest in Him….. (Selah is a musical term that means “rest” or “pause”  it’s kind of like a fermata.)

4 There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.
There is a place of quiet rest, near to the heart of God.

5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.
God is in the middle of every situation that comes my way in life.  No matter what I understand or don’t understand about why things are happening to me, God is in control.  He will guide me through it all.

6 The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted.
The voice of God is more powerful than anyone or anything on this earth……He will take care of the details, even when I don’t understand or don’t know what is going on, I just need to trust Him.

7 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.
Wow, I don’t know if I can even try to touch this verse, but here goes……The LORD over the entire earth is with ME, the same God that took care of Jacob is MY refuge……I rest in Him.

8 Come, behold the works of the LORD, what desolations he hath made in the earth.
To God be the Glory, GREAT things HE hath done……I need to remember all of the wonderful things God has done for me in the past and know that even though I don’t know what the answer is to what I’m going through right now, I can trust Him, because He will continue to do GREAT things in my life.

9 He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire.
God can do what is humanly impossible.

10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.
Rest in me…..sit back and relax…..stop worrying…..I have it all under control.

11 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.
Again, I remind myself that the same God that is LORD over all the earth, the same God that Jacob had, He is my God.  He has the same power today as He did in Jacob’s day and HE is MY refuge…..I can rest, I can sleep peacefully when I give Him all of my burdens.

I pray that these verses and my comments on what this Psalm means to me are a blessing and a help to you.  I’ve learned that the less I try to do my self and the more I trust God to take care of things, the less stress I have in my life, the more sleep I get, and things turn out WAY better when God takes care of it than when I do, because the God of Jacob-He is my Refuge too.

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