Wednesday, January 13, 2010

How Long, O Lord?

Today's daily reading is none other than Psalms 13. The title is "How Long, O Lord?" Four times the Psalmist asks, "how long, O Lord?" I too ask Him over and over again, "How long, O Lord must I endured this trial?" "How long, O Lord must I continue in darkness?" In verse 3 he says lighten my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death. That means I am close to death and will die unless you intervene with encouragement or enlightenment. I don't know if you have ever felt that way, but some times I can feel like I am in the dark and unless the Lord "lightens" my eyes I will parish. Today I read my moms blog and it said that the Lord promises that we will not walk in darkness. So although I feel alone, like He doesn't hear me I can trust that He does. In the last two verses he gives praise and worship to the Lord. He says I will sing to the Lord, because He has dealt bountifully with me. I love this word bountifully, it means liberal in bestowing gifts, favors, generous and abundant. Even though David is distressed, He still gives the Lord praise for His generosity. So even though right now the Lord is not giving me what "I" want, He is still worthy to be praised and He is being generous in other areas. He will not permit the righteous to stumble. And when the time is just right He will show me His path.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Daily Reading

I am now on day 12 of my daily Psalms reading. So far I have been very blessed. If there is one thing I have learned from the past 12 days it is that the Lord is my refuge. When I am in times of trouble or fear I can run to Him for protection. I don't need to be afraid of anything, what can man do to me? NOTHING!

Now the real question is what can I do to myself? Alot! My mind can be a dangerous place if I let my thoughts run wild. All kinds of fear, wondering, worrying and doubt can take over.

In most of the chapters I have read in Psalms it says that the Lord hears the cry of the righteous! He will be there to help me, even against myself! 2 Corinthians 10:5 tells me to take every thought captive. In a sense I have to put my thoughts in jail and force them to obey Christ.

I have to let the Lord be Lord over my thoughts and my mind. This is a very hard thing to do, especially when you are a worrier! I need to retrain my brain to think differently, like to give praise to the Lord instead of thinking about things that bring me down!

Palms 9:1-2 "I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart: I will recount all of Your wonderful deeds. I will be glad and exult in You; I will sing praise to Your name; O Most High."

P.s. Click on the fish tank to feed the fish!! :-)

Monday, January 4, 2010

New Year

Well I can't believe that it's 2010. Where did the last 10 years go? I heard this saying one time and it is so true, "Life is like a roll of toilette paper, the closer you get to the end the faster it goes" (Thank you Pastor Paul!).

Starting out this new year I wanted to start fresh with everything, eating healthier, reading more, getting organized and changing my mindset. The Lord has done many wonderful things in last couple of years, but it has also been some of the hardest years. Life is going by faster and faster and if I don't set my mind in the right place it's going to pass me by. I need a change of attitude and a change of mind if I'm going to push through this next year no matter what comes my way. So I decided that I'm going to start reading though the book of Psalms. One chapter a day, at that rate it will last a good part of the year. The Psalms offer so many wonderful things, encouragement, wisdom, guidance and comfort, just to name a few. Already the Lord has shown me some great things.

Chapter 1, I need to be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, so that my roots will run deep. No matter what I go through, I will stand firm.

Chapter 2, I will be blessed when I run to Him for refuge.

Chapter 3, many are the enemies all around me, but He is my shield. He will answer me then I cry out to Him, He will sustain me. Salvation belongs to the Lord.

Chapter 4, He has put more joy in my heart than those who abound. He has set me apart and He will hear me when I call. In peace I will lie down and sleep, for in Him alone I will dwell in safety.

Wow, that's only in the first four days of reading. I can't wait to see what the Lord is going to show me as the days go by. I know it's not going to be easy and I'm sure some days will be harder than others. But with the Lords help I know that I will make it through this year stronger than ever before. Thank you Lord for Your Word and how it transforms lives and hearts.