I Will Rest

This is my anthem. If you find yourself troubled I pray this song will help you to CHOOSE rest in the most turbulent or weighty seasons of your life.

I try so hard to keep it in When I’m falling apart Put up walls to preserve My fragile heart But I’m tired cause I know That I’m not strong enough, strong enough I make my plans I try to prosper by the work Of my own hands But I stumble cause the truth is That I can’t And I grow weary cause it seems The race is never done, never done I will rest, I will rest In the promises that You Have given me I will rest, I will rest All Your goodness And Your mercy follow me They follow me I will not fear I won’t forget That you are always near Even when the road I walk’s unclear In the waiting I’ll be still And know that You are God, You are God I will rest, I will rest In the promises that You Have given me I will rest, I will rest All Your goodness And Your mercy follow me They follow me You’re my Shelter, my Refuge Fortress for my soul I will trust You You’re my Shepherd, my Rescue Forever my I will trust You, trust You I will rest, I will rest In the promises that You Have given me I will rest, I will rest All Your goodness And Your mercy follow me They follow me Follow me

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Rightly Dividing The Word Of Truth

 

 

 

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As the world has its eyes on the Middle East with all its turmoil, Christ is urging us to watch and keep our garments (Rev 16:15) “Behold I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watches and remain clothed, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.”  The Lord calls us to love our enemies..In Matthew 5:44 “But I say to you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which spitefully use you, and persecute you;”

John Piper wrote: “The mention of loving our enemies is not meant to imply that all Muslims feel or act with enmity toward Christians. They don’t. They are often hospitable and kind and caring. The point is that even when someone treats us with enmity (of whatever religion or non-religion), we should continue loving. Another clarification is needed in our context today. When I say that love calls us to do good in practical ways that meet physical needs I do not mean that this help is offered contingent on Muslim’s becoming Christians. Practical love is a witness to the love of Christ. Witness is not withheld where it is needed most. Conversions coerced by force or finances contradicts the very nature of saving faith. Saving faith is a free embrace of Jesus as our Savior, Lord, and highest Treasure. He is not a means to treasure. He is the Treasure.] The most loving thing we can do for Muslims, or anyone else, is to tell them the whole truth about Jesus Christ, in the context of sacrificial care for them and willingness to suffer for them rather than abandon them, and then plead with them to turn away from “vain worship” (Mark 7:7) and receive Christ as the crucified and risen Savior for the forgiveness of their sins and the hope of eternal life. This would be our great joy—to have brothers and sisters from all the Muslim peoples of the world. “

Good reminder to us all.

Let us pray with Paul (Rom 12:2) “..be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, (our understanding, our way of thinking) that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.”

If we approach God’s written Word to prove ourselves right, with any of our own preconceived ideas, going with pride in your heart; what Eze 14 calls “idols of the heart”, unfortunately, you will see exactly what you want to see. But the written Word, the truth, just as Christ in the flesh, will be a door shut tight, hiding the true light within. We need to come to the Word with an open heart seeking to know the mind of Christ, willing to come humbly before Him. Shedding every ounce of pride, with a heartfelt attitude of “not my will, but thine be done” the written Word becomes wide open to you. Shining with a light that is brighter than the sun, you will find endless truths you have never seen before. You will immediately think “How could I have been so blind.”

And so it was with Christ in the flesh. Who was it that received Christ? It was the tax collectors everyone hated. It was the prostitutes everyone despised, and who probably despised themselves. It was the poor who had nothing to lose. It was the sick who had no other hope. These were those with whom the Spirit of God could work to give them the love, the healing and the hope they had never had before. Had they not needed Him, they would never have known Him.

So it also is with the Lord as the written Word. As we need it and can receive it, God will reveal it to us. (Mat 11:27) The Lord says “ And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13

The Bible says that “All scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction and instruction in righteousness, that men of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works” (II Tim. 16-17). Everything we need to know to live a long, successful life and be everything that God wants and intends for us to be is included in the Bible.

People deprive themselves of great blessings when they fail to seek the face, will and purpose of God by reading His whole and complete Word.

How are we to know what God wants from us and how He expects us to live if we are not willing to spend time with Him in prayer and the reading of His Word? Many people don’t know because they have not made that decision in their lives.

We sometimes have a hard time understanding the Bible and what it is trying to say to us. This is why we must rely on the Holy Spirit to teach and show us what it is trying to teach us.

Help us Lord, to understand your word..I pray your Holy Spirit will guide us in all truth. Help us Lord to not just pick and choose what scriptures we desire to follow but to take the whole counsel of God.

Taste And See That The Lord Is Good

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I know that God is good because the Bible says so. We need to read and study Gods Word daily. I believe if you do this, you will begin to experience and taste his sweet love. It is so refreshing; not like any other love you have ever experienced. Taste it; savor it. It is amazing, wonderful and full of flavor and seasoned with salt. Your love for him will grow deeper. You will crave more of him and less of the world. He wants us to love life and to enjoy all that he has given us. If you surrender your all to him and taste his pure love, you will see that he is truly good.

Psalm 119:103 says How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Colossians 4:6 says Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

When A Woman Of Faith Feels Unloved

 

A woman’s heart is a delicate thing. Neglect to “feed” and care for it, and it will wither and shrivel up into nothing. If your husband makes too many withdrawals from it without making enough deposits, and it will soon become empty. Bruise it, batter it, beat it up, and it will either go into hiding  or morph into something ugly and destructive.  I believe that a woman trapped in a marriage with a man who doesn’t respect her or cherish her is a very very sad thing to behold.   It is truly  devastating when a man doesn’t live up to his God-given role in marriage.  Some women feel unloved because their husbands do not find them attractive.   If this is the case, it’s only because he’s allowed selfishness to distort his view of what real beauty really means. God created you and you are a Masterpiece. His precious, priceless daughter. If your husband has lost sight of that, it’s his fault; not yours.  This Feeling of rejection from a spouse causes a deep and profound sense of loneliness and isolation, but you are NOT alone! God is with you and He will never leave you or forsake you.

God never intended for a women to feel this way, in God’s ideal world a woman would get many of her needs for intimacy, protection, and love met by her husband. And many women are blessed to have many of those needs met in their marriage now.

If you feel unloved we do not need to look any farther than God’s word. Take heart the Lord see’s your tears and hear’s your prayers. Just look at the story of Leah (who felt all these things and more) for encouragement: Leah, the wife of Jacob, experienced this; but God heard her prayers and saw her plight.

Leah’s story starts in Genesis 29. Jacob’s uncle, Laban, had two daughters. Leah, the eldest, had eyes that were “delicate.” Rachel, with whom Jacob fell in love, was Laban’s younger daughter; and she “was beautiful of form and appearance” (Genesis 29:16-17). When this switch was discovered by Jacob in the morning, he demanded of his father-in-law, “What is this you have done to me? Was it not for Rachel that I served you? Why then have you deceived me?” (Genesis 29:25).

After Jacob celebrated his marriage with Leah for one week, he then also took Rachel as his wife, and we’re told about a very important and sad dynamic in this marriage in verse 30: “Then Jacob also went in to Rachel, and he also loved Rachel more than Leah.”

Laban was happy he thought he had made a good bargain in these deals, but what impact did all this have on Leah? She was now the wife of Jacob, a man who had not desired her nor expected her to be his wife. Jacob had been in love with her younger sister Rachel all along!

We can only Imagine how that must have felt to Leah to have her husband for one week unhappy and unsatisfied knowing he only desired her younger sister. Leah knew that she was the unloved wife. Unfortunately, sometimes women suffer from feeling unloved. Sometimes they are victims of unhappy marriages through no fault of their own.

But God was aware of this unfortunate situation, and He had compassion on Leah. “When the LORD saw that Leah was unloved, He opened her womb; but Rachel was barren” (Genesis 29:31). Leah was not overlooked or unloved by God. God rewarded her with children, which was a highly important honor for a wife in those days. The names that Leah subsequently chose for her sons demonstrated that she had faith, trust and hope in God.

We can learn a lesson from Leah’s faith in God and from her trials. God is the giver of all good gifts, and Leah always made sure she gave credit to God and God’s providence. When she felt alone and unloved, she prayed and trusted in God, and God was there to help. God was faithful in giving her an endowment of children—an inheritance. Leah’s husband, Jacob, did indeed dwell with Leah—in the land that the children of Israel would inherit.

The best part of this story is the epilogue, how did Leah’s life turn out in the end? After Rachel’s death, Leah carried on as the wife of Jacob, and the mother of his many children, living in Canaan. The Bible does not say when she died, but Leah is buried in the cave of Machpelah, along with her husband Jacob (Genesis 49:29-31). In the family tomb are her husband’s father and mother, Isaac and Rebekah; and her husband’s grandfather and grandmother, Abraham and Sarah. Leah will awaken in a resurrection to life in the future and will find out how many children she truly has!

God will hear our prayers and will intervene for us. God has compassion for the brokenhearted Leah, the wife of Jacob, understood that, and we need to have faith similar to that of Leah. Isn’t that good news!  I hope and pray, that you found encouragement today!

 

I pray for the women who are lonely and feeling very unloved and in pain.  Help them to look to Your Word and to find Your Love is more than enough to meet their needs  Help us to be faithful to You and faithful to our husbands.  Help us to learn to use the power You have given us as women to bless our husbands and to inspire them to greater heights by Your plan.

Blessings, In Christ

Cheryl Downum

Finding Joy

This is the excerpt for your very first post.

I started this blog to inspire and encourage women to a deeper Faith in Jesus Christ.  I have found in my life that the Lord often uses our deepest pain as the launching pad to our deepest calling.  After, my divorce I found myself in world of hurt and pain, it was only through my relationship with Jesus Christ I graduated from a Healing Heart (my last blog) to a Joyful walk with my Heavenly Father.

I was in a difficult time of transition in my life, and things didn’t appear to be working out very well. I was single for the first time in many years, working for a ministry to abused women, but was having a hard time finding joy in any situation. I was getting by just barely emotionally as well as financially.  I thought my priorities were in line. I was serving God and others in ministry but, I wasn’t feeling JOY.; I was feeling STRESS and loneliness.

Joy is something we all long for, but often thru our pain seems difficult to grab hold of.

The first thing I needed to realize is that joy is not the same as happiness. Happiness is circumstantial and is fleeting. Joy is a heart posture. The root word for joy in the Greek is chara, which is closely related with the Greek charis for “grace.” Joy is both a gift of God as well as a response to the gifts of God. Joy comes when we are aware of God’s grace and His favor.

I have found that the way to experience joy is to focus on God, through His word, worship music and most importantly fellowship. Rather than dwelling on our difficulties or those things that are robbing us of our contentment, we can dwell on God.  Believe me, this is not to say we should deny our pain and hurt or stuff our negative emotions. We can learn from many of the psalmists, we can pour out our hearts to God. We can come before Him and tell Him all the things that are hurting us. But, then we need to submit those things to Him and remember who He is.  Look to Psalm 3, 13, 18,43 and 103 for great examples.

After several moments of prayer and praise the stress from my life started to lift and I began to sense the sweet presence of the Lord. As I knelt in prayer and spending time in God’s word, worshiping my Creator, slowly I felt my joy returning to my life.

Since that time, like the Apostle Paul, “I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.   For I can do all things through Jesus Christ who strengthens me.” Phil 4:12

Dear brothers and sisters, whenever trouble comes your way, let it be an opportunity for joy. For when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow and blossom. Fully surrender to the loving arms of our Father.  Grow in the Grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ our Savior, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be strong in character and ready for anything.

So when you feel like your joy is running low, get into the presence of the Lord today. Spend time in prayer and praise to your Creator. He will fill you with joy and develop in you endurance for anything He calls you to do.