Sunday, June 21, 2009

Super Sunday

I am joining with Peggy for Super Sunday today. Please be sure and visit her to view her post and also the other participants.



Courtesy of Ben Steed at Heartlight

I've been popping up here and there in "Blogland", but mostly absent. My life has been undergoing a lot of change, and this picture of a man climbing a steep mountain--and he looks to be struggling to do so to me--is how I have been feeling.

Change--so much change. I now have my own three adult children living with me, a grandchild due in November, and many, many changes in my job that are pressuring me to the point of explosion.

And, I've been asking God what His purpose is in all of this--my home about to pop its seams, three grown children with basically no direction in their lives, and then the added stress of my job situation which is growing more stressful by the day.

Is this where I am to be, God? What am I to do? Where am I to go? I feel like I'm floundering around here, Lord. Take me by the hand and lead me.

God has shown me the way. He has led me. He hasn't left my side--not for one instant. He has shown me Himself in nature--a chipmunk that came so close to me that I could touch--an unafraid chipmunk who came to eat a cherry that had fallen off a tree.

I CARE FOR THIS LITTLE CREATURE. I CREATED HIM, I CREATED YOU. I PROVIDE FOR HIM. I WILL PROVIDE FOR YOU AND YOURS.

Another morning, there was a spider climbing along one thin filament of web. He did not fall, did not hesitate--just kept on climbing that one strand until he reached his destination.

I WILL NOT LET YOU FALL NO MATTER HOW DIFFICULT THE JOURNEY.

A tiny sparrow landed on the table on my deck as I sat there drinking a cup of coffee. I looked at this sparrow and he just sat there looking at me. He didn't fly from me as birds usually do--just sat there--almost staring at me.

I LOVE THIS TINIEST OF CREATURES. I DO NOT ALLOW HARM TO COME TO HIM, AND I WILL NOT ALLOW HARM TO COME TO YOU--NOT ONE HAIR OF YOUR HEAD.


I LOVE YOU. I AM ALWAYS HERE FOR YOU. DO NOT DESPAIR. DO NOT SLIDE DOWN INTO THE DEPTHS. I WILL KEEP YOU STRONG. LEAN ON ME--LEAN LONG AND HARD FOR MY SHOULDERS ARE BROAD AND STRONG. I WILL SUPPORT AND CARRY YOU THROUGH.

YOU ARE NOT ALONE

YOUR CHILDREN WILL COME TO ME. BE PATIENT. BE STILL.

THEY WILL BE HEALED OF THEIR HURTS.

I AM THE ONLY ONE THAT CAN HEAL THEM

LEAD THEM TO ME

CRY OUT TO JESUS







I lift up my eyes to the hills--
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the LORD,
the maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip--
He who watches over you will
not slumber;
Indeed, He who watches over
Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.

The LORD watches over you--
The LORD is your shade at
your right hand;
The sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.

The LORD will keep you
from all harm--
He will watch over
your life;
The LORD will watch
over your
coming
and
going
both
now
and
forever
more.

Psalm 121:1-8 (NIV)

Beth

6 comments:

godsown said...

Amen Amen my friend!

He will carry us and NEVER leave us for one minute only our eyes must stay on Him....
Love your post and to read the words He spoke to your heart..
Have an awesome sunday in the Lord.

Bernice

Marsha said...

I've missed you in bloggyworld, Beth! I'm so glad you came by this morning.
I'm sorry life is so stressful for you right now. I will definitely be praying for you.
I found a great tea room in Hershey called the Palmdale Cafe earlier this month. I went with my Mom and sister, Michele who came in from AZ for a month long visit.
Now that my stepdad has passed away, I won't need to be coming back to PA every few weeks. The past 6 months have been stressfilled for me, too. Maybe that's why I appreciate what you've shared today as way of encouragement.
You are loved, my friend.
Have a blessed day.

Vicki said...

What an uplifting post! So many times we need to be reminded that no matter what we're going through, He is there with us and He will never leave our side.

Have a blessed day!

HisFireFly said...

God is not a man that He should lie, and He will, He WILL be true to His Word. Hold fast dear one, He has you all in the palm of His hand.

Peggy said...

Blessings Beth and what a wonderful WORD from the LORD
for you & confirmed by Psalm 121! May HE LIFT YOU UP! This was a beautiful explanation of ALL God is doing in & around you! Indeed, He has you & yours in the palm of His hand as well as the 3 examples He sent from the nature you love so much around your home...just to show He cares
& He is there. In the big & the small things as you have seen.

I love the illustration that you chose & identified or applied to your current uphill struggle...but I think we all find ourselves there...and praying that our foot won't slide. I'm so thankful that He does not slumber but carefully watches over us!

Great self exam of questions
but I think there is a quote that goes something like this: "Ours is not to question why, Ours is simple to DO or DIE!"

I should have guessed that your YouTube was 3rd Day with "Cry Out to Jesus" and I thought is was "Where does my help come from?" I lift my eyes to the hills...
(I fixed your You Tube size & then instead of a 'whiteout' the video actually appeared, though I can't listen,it spins & spins & then I hear a chord, I have no doubt that it's as beautiful as the song & would make me CRY)!
Now I have to go see if I have this one on my laptop.

Powerful for me, with the opening line since I spend Father's Day at the cemetery visiting with my father & Father(& other family) as I cleaned the stones & cut the hedge around and put my geraniums!
I never said goodbye to my dad and asked that they wait
til I got home from Mexico before they proceeded with
all the arrangements. I read him my letter in response to the one he wrote me the day he died.
10 years ago...but in his final letter to all of us in his bible, he wrote that he forgave me and I hold on to that letter dearly!

I pray that you had a SUPER SUNDAY in church as I did &
that He sustain you in His strenghth this week at work.
Praying & believing for burdens to lift!

Love & hugs & thanks for joining in, inspite of how you felt...God will use this!

Jenny said...

I just came across this today. I hope the Lord is showing you the way. This was a beautiful post.