Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Never alone

Have you ever felt alone? I have.
Have you ever been frustrated for something out of your control? I have.
Have you ever wanted someone to reach out and comfort you like a parent when your parents are far away? I have.
Have you ever hid how you were feeling so others would not worry? I have.
Have you ever needed to be reminded that God is always with you? I have.
Have you ever lost hope? I have.
Have you ever doubted God's plan? I have.
Do you know that God never leaves you?  Psalms 46: 7 " The LORD of host is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge."
Do you know that God is in control of all? Isaiah 41:10 "Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness."
Do you know that God is your Heavenly Father is always there to comfort you? 2 Corinthians 1:4 "Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God."
Do you know that God is there to listen and He does not worry?  Psalm 66:19 "But verily God hath heard me; he hath attended to the voice of my prayer."
Do you know that God loves to remind you of His presence? Exodus 33:14  "And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest."
Do you know that God is the source of hope?  Romans 15:13 "Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost."
Do you know you can always trust Gods plan?  Matthew 6:25-34  "Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?"
Know that you were never, are not and will ever be alone, God is always with you.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

I will praise you...

While I live will I praise the Lord: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being.~Psalm 146:2
Sometimes it is hard to praise Him, when a friend leaves and you are not sure you will ever see them again, when something happens and it leaves you confused and weak, when you are hurting and can not find relief. 

The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.~Psalm 28:7
But we know that God IS our strength, our shield and refuge in the storms. We know that when we trust our hearts to him he will never forsake us and he will help us. It is for that reason we rejoice and praise Him.

In the sweet by and by
We shall meet on that beautiful shore
In the sweet by and by
We shall meet on that beautiful shore
~ In the Sweet By and By: by Stanforth Bennett
When we have to say goodbye to a friend, we can take heart and praise God that He will take care of them as they follow him. We can rejoice in the fact that we will see them again in heaven!

I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made:
marvellous are thy works;
and that my soul knoweth right well.~Psalm 139:14
We can praise God for the way he made us both the good and the bad, the helpful and the painful because he knows what he is doing and he never makes mistakes! 

Praise to the Lord
Who o'er all things so wonderfully reigneth
Shelters thee under His wings
Yea, so gladly sustaineth
Hast thou not seen how thy desires e'er have been
Granted in what He ordaineth~ Praise to the Lord by Michael Card