Thursday, April 3, 2014

my encouragement

I needed encouragement today.  Nothing horrible - just regular disappointing stuff - but I needed, really needed His words today.  I heard lots of other words today - 
tonight I wanted, longed for only His words!  

My devotions began like this as if written by the Lord…

"SOFTLY I ANNOUNCE MY PRESENCE. Shimmering hues of radiance tap gently at your consciousness, seeking entrance. Though I have all Power in heaven and on earth, I am infinitely tender with you. The weaker you are, the more gently I approach you. Let your weakness be a door to My Presence. Whenever you feel inadequate, remember that I am your ever-present Help."

Oh my goodness, that line…
Let your weakness be a door to My Presence   Can I let it be a door?

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. PSALM 46 : 1

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. ROMANS 12 : 12

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. ROMANS 15 : 13

I LOVE these verses.  

After reading this my mind started to think these lyrics - one of my favorite old hymns

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus Christ, my righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand.

As I was typing this I received the lyrics to another powerful song from one of my best friends.  She had no idea I was writing this at the exact time!

Our helper He amid the flood
of mortal ills prevailing 
for still our ancient foe doth seek
to work us woe

His craft and power are great
And armed with cruel hate
on earth is not His equal…

I told her I was typing the words to On Christ the solid rock I stand when she text me, and she text back…
All other ground is sinking sand..
All other ground is sinking sand...

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