Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Little did I know.....

how much I would need to remember the post I wrote last week.  Last week was a difficult week for me.  I've had very little sleep, waking up in the middle of the night and just laying there, wondering why I couldn't sleep.  My husband reminded me after the second night last week of something I told him that my dad always told us to do.  Dad used to tell us, if God wakes you up in the middle of the night, either pray or read your Bible, because there is a reason you are awake.  I began to take dad's advice.  It didn't help my exhaustion, but it did help knowing that I wasn't awake for naught.  I was doing something in those dark hours.  I'm still struggling with the "issue" that was the main prayer of mine, but there is nothing I can do about it.  I have to trust that God has everything under control and He will work it all out.

Our pastor's sermon this past Sunday was a good reminder of what has been going through my mind. 

Here were some verses that he based the sermon on, they are probably familiar, but so good:

Isaiah 55:6-9
Seek the Lord while He may be found;
Call upon Him while He is near. 
 Let the wicked forsake his way
And the unrighteous man his thoughts;
And let him return to the Lord,
And He will have compassion on him,
And to our God,
For He will abundantly pardon.
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord. 
 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways
And My thoughts than your thoughts.

Isaiah 46:8-10
“Remember this, and be assured;
Recall it to mind, you transgressors. 
 “Remember the former things long past,
For I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is no one like Me,
Declaring the end from the beginning,
And from ancient times things which have not been done,
Saying, ‘My purpose will be established,
And I will accomplish all My good pleasure’

Psalm 115:1-3
Not to us, O Lord, not to us,
But to Your name give glory
Because of Your lovingkindness, because of Your truth. 
Why should the nations say,
“Where, now, is their God?”
But our God is in the heavens;
He does whatever He pleases.

I need to remember that God isn't running the "Beth show", He is running HIS show.  He sees everything that is going on and nothing takes Him by surprise.  Everything that He does is for His purpose and His purpose alone, to show His power, to exalt His name and to bring Himself glory. (Exodus 9:13-16) I serve an amazing God!

Monday, January 21, 2013


Prayer is something that I've always kinda struggled with.  I'm good that the little prayers throughout the day when I think of something or have to confess my sins, but I'm not good at sitting down and consistently praying.  I have a great example of that in my husband, who prays all the time.  Maybe he's rubbing off on me, but lately I find myself praying a lot more and seeking His will.  Today,  I was reading in 1 Samuel, chapter 2 about Hannah's prayer about God and all that He does for us.  I love her prayer and the prayer of Mary in the New testament, God used women in mightily in the Bible.  One of the verses that stuck out to me today was verse 2, "There is none holy like the Lord, there is none besides you, there is no rock like our God." I've had some things weighing on my mind, especially this past week.  It must seem like I always I'm burdened, but it isn't always the case, I just like to keep track of the things that God lays on my heart.  That verse reminded me about prayer, He alone is my rock, I can take anything to Him in prayer.  God laid on my heart last week to email someone who needed some encouragement.  After praying about it, I did write, I don't know if it helped, but I didn't want to ignore Him either.  About a month ago, He put something else on my mind to pray for and He keeps bringing it to my mind, so I must continue in that also.  I've also been thinking a lot about something else, I'm just not sure if it is something that I want to do, or something that He is calling me to do.  'Tis a dilemma, but I will continue to seek the Lord and listen for the answer.  The other verse that struck a cord was the first half of verse 9, "He will guard the feet of his faithful ones...."  How amazing is that?!  I know that I'm not always faithful to Him, in fact I fail miserably sometimes, but He will still guard my feet because I am His child.  If I pray, seeking His will and the path that He wants me to go, He will guard my steps, He will lead me.  Prayer is so important in our walk with Christ.  I pray that I learn to pray more consistently, also trusting Him whether I like the answer He gives or not! :)

The old hymns say it best!

What a Friend we have in Jesus,
all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit,
O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
everything to God in prayer.

Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged;
take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful
who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness;
take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy laden,
cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge,
take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do your friends despise, forsake you?
Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In His arms He’ll take and shield you;
you will find a solace there.

Words by Joseph Scriven