Tuesday, December 05, 2006

short and sweet! :o)

I only have brief seconds for online time so I'm going to do a quick post!

I'm feeling.....

BLESSED, because I have such sweet children and a wonderful husband. I am watching a few little miracles take place and I am feeling blessed for that. I know I am so very 'rich' in this way and that there are so many people who are aching for little blessings or even a faithful husband.

FRUSTRATED, because normally at this time of year I am busy making my homemade gifts and baking like crazy, this year I can't do anything...nada. I will have nothing to give to my friends and family and it is burdening my heart. I can't even bake a durned COOKIE!! This is so hard to contend with because I absolutely LOVE blessing people with my homemade baskets. I know this is just a season and it too shall pass, just all seasons do. It's just rough being on this side of the season and not being able to even afford FREE clothing!! How is that possible? I 'met' a sweet lady on Freecycle who offered me a large amount of clothing for my girls (two of which have grown like crazy since the summer!!LOL) but we were unable to get there to pick them up due to gas.....hmmph!So, I missed out on that.

So anyways, before this post turns into a pity me post, which I certainly do not want it to be, I will get on with my point. So, as I have been walking around feeling 'blue', I discover this in my inbox:

Psalm 69:3, "I am weary of my crying: my throat is dried: mine eyes fail while I wait for my God."

Are you waiting for God to answer your prayers? Are you crying out for a loved one who is not yet saved? Are you in despair about one of your children? Are you going through deep waters and wonder how you will get out? Never give up. Even though God seems far away, He is still there. He is hearing your cry. He will bring deliverance in due time.

I think of David the Psalmist who waited and waited. I love the Knox translation of our Scripture in Psalm 69:3, "Hoarse my throat with crying wearily for help; my eyes ache with looking up for mercy to my God."

The most important thing we can do, in the daily problems of life, and when going through distress and trauma, is to LOOK UP! How many times do you hear me saying this? But I must remind you again. Look to the Lord. Don't look at your problem. When you look at your problems you will sink. When you look up to the Lord, you will never be ashamed.

Be encouraged by these Scriptures:

Psalm 59:9-10, "To Thee I look, the God who strengthens me, the God who watches over me; my God, and all my hope of mercy."

Psalm 62:1, "To God I look for deliverance."

Psalm 71:1-3, "To Thee, O God, I turn for succor.I have no other stronghold, no other refuge, but Thee!"

Psalm 77:2, "To the Lord I look when distress comes upon me."

"Well, that's great," you say, "but I've been looking and looking to the Lord and still I'm no better off. God does not seem to be hearing me. " Can I gently remind you again? Don't give up!

David experienced the same thing. He was in deep trouble. The waters were closing in on him, shoulders high! Even though he was nearly drowning, He kept his eyes upon the Lord. He looked so long his eyes ached with looking up! Are you at that stage yet? But even though his throat was hoarse with crying for help and his eyes ached with looking up, he didn't give up. And because he kept looking up, by the end of the Psalm He was praising the Lord. In v. 30 he says, "I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving."

In Psalm 71:14, while enemies are conspiring against him, David confesses, "Still will I hope on."

Keep hoping on, dear one.


Hmmmmmm, just when you need to have a reminder!!! I subscribe to Above Rubies and receive weekly emails and this was this weeks. So, during this time of 'deep water' for us, I will keep looking up and hoarse my voice and I will hope on!!

I guess this wasn't so short and sweet after all...then again it took me a couple of days to write it!!!LOL
Please continue to pray for us if you feel led. Much love and blessings!

1 comment:

Sandra said...

Praying. I sure know how you feel. Believe me, I know. He hasn't failed us yet, right? I know He never will. That was an awesome email. Isn't it funny how He works sometimes? In something as simple as an email. Keep pressing on girl!