July 21, 2016

With All Your Heart



Trust God

I whisper it under my breath because I have so many questions

I whisper it under a great big sky where He leans down and listens

I whisper it soft but I know its strength 

I know it is life for me

I know it has carried me all the days of my life

I whisper again…

Trust God

I Trust You, Lord

…with all my heart


July 20, 2016

Strength of My Heart


God is the strength of my heart! He wants us to be strong of heart and live and walk and breathe this strength He's given us. His power indwells each child of God, and we should experience that power inside of us. When we grow weary, we are looking at ourselves and forgetting the power that is within us. I want to live in that power that lives in me – the Spirit of the Lord Himself! I am His child, He is my Father, and He indwells me.

Psalm 73:26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.


God is
The strength of my heart

Today
Tomorrow
And all my days

He is faithful to renew my strength
He has promised to lift my wings

When burdened down
I can fly
When facing fear
I can soar

In the strength He’s given me
It’s in my heart
Where His Spirit dwells in me

God is
The strength of my heart


Psalm 31:24 Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all you who hope in the LORD.

Isaiah 40:31 But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.

July 17, 2016

Nehemiah's Strength


The story of Nehemiah rebuilding the walls around Jerusalem after the Israelite kingdoms had fallen and were taken into captivity is full of valuable lessons that have taught me a lot about prayer and persistence and believing God will provide and take care of us. 

One of my favorite verses emerges from this story.  Nehemiah 8:10b For the joy of the Lord is your strength.

I think for Nehemiah, he lived this verse and it is why he accomplished all that he did.

While in captivity and in the king’s court as a cupbearer, the joy of the Lord was his strength.

When he diligently prayed for months and sought God concerning what to do about the report of the broken walls and gates in Jerusalem, the joy of the Lord was his strength.

When he risked his very life and courageously asked King Artaxerxes if he could go to Jerusalem to rebuild the walls, the joy of the Lord was his strength.

When he asked King Artaxerxes for all the supplies and everything he would need to do the job, the joy of the Lord was his strength.

When he surveyed the damage to the walls and devised a plan, the joy of the Lord was his strength.

When Nehemiah and his group of workers were ridiculed for their efforts and threatened with trouble, the joy of the Lord was his strength.

When Nehemiah armed the workers with swords in one hand while rebuilding, the joy of the Lord was his strength.

When the work was finished and everyone in the city gathered to worship the Lord and be thankful for the job that was accomplished in rebuilding the walls, Nehemiah admonished the entire congregation with the words of Nehemiah 8:10.

Is God the source of your joy? Is He the source of your strength? I think we would be wise to declare as Nehemiah did that the joy of the Lord is our strength.

Nehemiah 8:10
For the joy of the Lord is your strength.