Do Not Be Shaken

Jesus-comforts_web-150x150I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, – Psalm 16:8-9 (NIV)

I am constantly worried about the future of my children and grandchildren.  Talking to other grandparents, I know I’m not the only one. We’ve always had upheaval and uncertainty in our country, but not living in our country. The situation now days seems so much worse. So much is coming at us at once, we don’t know who to rely on or who is our friend. All the anger and shouting around us fuels our confusion. We look at strangers as enemies and they are doing the same. When I sit down to write, whether it’s on Facebook or emails, I try to let my words reflect optimism for a secure future. Sometimes that little gesture of checking a like or sharing a post spreads more meanness than words can to another. I am ashamed to admit I am guilty of that at some of my weaker moments.

This psalm is telling us that our security is felt in our heart. We will be prepared, when we put the Lord in the situation. These situations can cause us great anxiety. However, when we see the Lord in our circumstances, we gain confidence and peace. Because of this we will not be shaken. We have been given all that we need and will see beyond our immediate problems, when we focus our thoughts on Him. We can rest secure even in the most challenging situations. Rejoice with good and friendly words in our hearts, writing, and in our voices.

Lord help us to see beyond the challenging situations that are here and coming in the future. Whether they are personal or global, we know you at our side. We will not be shaken because you are at our right hand. Our hearts can once more be happy, while our tongues and writing rejoice in your love for us.

You Are Not Forgotten

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For the director of music. A psalm of David. How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me? Psalm 13:1-2 (NIV)

Many times in my life, I felt I was barely hanging on, as I became overcome by life’s circumstances. Sometimes the sadness and problems would overpower my good sense. The Psalmist understands how I felt, as I asked God “How long?” Bad times strike when we least expect. After nine months of pregnancy, my child was stillborn. I lay in my bed asking why. No one has an answer, but God was the only one who carried me through. After two pregnancies and one stillborn baby, a tumor the size of a grapefruit had to be removed, I was stricken with arthritis in my thirties and heart disease in my forties, a scare with a lump in my breast, and now my husband’s illness. I know I may not get the answer I seek from God. It is enough, however, that through his strength Gold has helped us and make it through another six months together without his having the medications. We thank God for each day we are able to live a somewhat normal life together. I pray when and if things get worse that I and Jim have the strength to get through those times with prayer and dignity.

I know there are people, infants even, who have been stricken will illnesses and are going through more misery than my husband and I. I hope through prayer, they can get their strength through God. When the bad times strike and eventually they will, we have to keep our eyes and faith on God. Humans can become irrational, when being beseeched with pain and sickness. God has listened in the past and will answer again in the future. He will send us help to get us through our trials. We may not feel that way at first and feel abandoned, but reach out for God’s hand. Let him hold you in his palm. It’s the safest place we can be.

Father, hold us during our weak and frail times. Help us to feel your comfort by surrounding us with a peacefulness in our heart. Help us to live each day with dignity and love. We pray you give us the strength to hang on as we overcome life’s circumstances.