The Light of His Loving Presence and Care

The Light of His Loving Presence and Care

By: Rebekah Beene

I know I’m not the only wife who has little worries about her husband. The first time I remember thinking my sweetheart was dying was when he had an allergic reaction in the 80’s. The next time was when he grabbed his chest and exclaimed “ow!” while we were riding the motorcycle! That one will get you for sure! Then there were the blowouts on motorcycles. Off and on through the years he’s had some mighty close calls – all of which turned out fine. We are getting older, so when he has heartburn or grabs his back in momentary flinches I automatically say “What’s wrong?” “Are you okay?” and then “Don’t scare me!”

As we sat on the couch together yesterday morning before I headed to work I took his hand and held it. Then I just sighed. He wanted to know why and I told him I just enjoyed sitting there in the quiet of the morning. Holding his hand was so very comforting – that hand I’ve held for many, many years. I don’t want to every quit holding his hand. Together is so very good. Forever is even better.

I also know that no matter what I have a Savior Who promises to hold my hand forever, through all things, in spite of whatever comes my way and even if I find myself without other hands to hold.

Oh beloved, this is how God feels about you. He loves you. He relishes time with you side by side. He wants you to know that He is that constant companion that will never leave you or forsake you. If you are alone, you don’t have to be lonely. Even if you have close ties with a loved one, it is God’s hand that will keep you secure and give you ultimate satisfaction. No other person, place or thing can do for you what God does. His hand of anointing is on you. His hand of blessing is over you. His hand of protection is all around you. This is where your true power comes from. Fear has to leave, worries have to flee, and questions are silenced.

God loves you and He’s for you! Rest in His Presence and let Him hold your hand all the way as you live in the Light of His Loving Presence and Care.

Isaiah 41:10.  Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with My victorious right hand.

Isaiah 41:13. For I am the LORD your God, who upholds your right hand, Who says to you, ‘Do not fear, I will help you.’

Psalm 63:8 I cling to You; Your strong right hand holds me securely.

Psalm 18:35. You have also given me the shield of Your salvation, And Your right hand upholds me; And Your gentleness makes me great.

Hosea 6:3.  Oh, that we might know the LORD! Let us press on to know Him. He will respond to us as surely as the arrival of dawn or the coming of rains in early spring.

A Music Lesson

A Music Lesson

In writing musical compositions, a composer will sometimes insert a mark called a rest. The dictionary defines a rest as an interval of silence between tones, marked with a symbol. Several signs are used and each one corresponds with a note value to indicate the length of the pause, in other words, a silence of a certain duration.

In the perfection of the composition, the rest must be observed, during which the beat still continues. After the rest, the next note is played right on time and the music resumes. The break is a part of the arrangement; nothing is lacking. On the contrary, interest and attention are heightened.

Each instrument must be played according to the timing and notes written for it for the melody to be evident. Though the composition for each instrument is different, each note written for that instrument must be followed in order for the conductor to orchestrate the harmony.

David knew his compositions needed these pauses, these rest periods, and sprinkled them throughout his psalms. The word is selah, which, in Hebrew, means suspension or pause, to lift up or exalt, a technical musical term possibly showing accentuation or interruption.

God writes a composition for each of our lives for His purpose of alignment, direction, and harmony. And in His design of things, a rest is occasionally necessary.

When some conflict, some heartache, interrupts our lives, it is as the pause in the composition, a break in the rhythm of things, and, if we are attuned and fitting into His timing and His plan, the sweet melody of life will play on. Each trial or heartache has its own length of duration, during which time, God continues to conduct the rhythm of our lives. And the beat goes on.

As His instruments, we rest in His timing, His direction, stopping to pay attention to every stroke of His Conductor’s baton and following every note (as every command) of His Composition (His Word). When the hiatus is over, the harmony of life begins once again.

God uses the instruments in tune with His great purposes. Those sensitive enough to know the tune He wants them to play. Beautiful melodies come from these.

Each of you is a special instrument being fine-tuned for great service, to play beautiful music for the Master Conductor.

God says, “My harmony is the sweetest when played on the instruments lying closest to My feet.”

The greatest joy, success, achievement, and satisfaction can only come when we learn our music lessons and allow God to conduct our lives. That we might make melodious harmony before His throne.

“All these were under the direction of their father
for the music in the house of the Lord.”
(1 Chron. 25:6a NKJV)

 

LynnMosher (2)_cr 2Bio: At a time of physical upheaval in 2000, Lynn Mosher felt led of the Lord to take up her pen and write. With this new passion, she has embraced her mission to reach others through Christ-honoring literature, encouraging them in their walk and offering comfort through the written word. Lynn lives with her hubby (since 1966) in their Kentucky nest, emptied of three chicklets, and expanded by three giggly grand-chicklets, and an inherited dog. You can find out more about Lynn by visiting her website, Heading Home.

Peace…Where Are You?

Peace…Where Are You?

Peace….sometimes elusive, isn’t it?

What happens when peace disintegrates into chaos, when a husband loses his job and finances are cut off, when a child is in a car wreck, when the repo man stands knocking at the door, when pain strikes the chest and there is no insurance, when the roof overhead is in jeopardy of being taken away, when the cupboard holds no more than the cup?

Are you dealing with any of these issues? Or maybe your circumstances concern the loss of a loved one, divorce, separation, depression, addictions, or any number of other things?

Have you maintained peace in your suffering? No? It is sometimes very difficult, isn’t it?

When we allow the cares and anxieties of life to overwhelm us and we make no time to sit at the feet of our most Beloved Lord for intimate conversations, we relegate Him to a waiting room. And our peace crumbles.

But what is peace? Peace is the tranquil state of a soul, the calm trust and rest in the Lord that brings harmony to the depths of an agonizing heart in the midst of a fiery trial.

When chaos invades my world, do I still claim His peace and praise Him? And when the enemy swirls his darkness around me and attempts to discourage or frighten me, do I still trust the Lord? Yes, indeedy!

Paul said, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs, and don’t forget to thank Him for His answers. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet and at rest as you trust in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:6-7 TLB)

Trust begets peace.
Total reliance on the Lord carries us through the worst of life’s flames. Isaiah wrote of God’s promise of peace, “You will keep the mind that is dependent on You in perfect peace, for it is trusting in You.” (Isa. 26:3 Holman Christian Standard Bible)

Are you struggling to retain your heart’s peace? The Bible says God is Jehovah-shalom, the Lord our peace, and Jesus is Immanuel, God with us, always. Therefore, that shalom-peace is always with us.

When you persevere in trusting Him, the Lord will “give you His peace no matter what happens.” (2 Thess. 3:16 TLB)

Where is the peace?
That gift of peace is within us, for Christ “Himself is our peace.” (Eph. 2:14 NKJV)

Just as He told His disciples, Jesus tells us, “I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart! And the peace I give isn’t fragile like the peace the world gives. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” (John 14:27 TLB)

Scripture tells us that “God has called us to live in peace” (1 Cor. 7:15b NIV), to “let the peace of God rule in your hearts” (Col. 3:15 NKJV), and that “to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” (Rom. 8:6 NKJV)

Are you living in peace? Or are there things rolling around in your head and heart making an uproar? Are you sitting at the Lord’s feet or have you put Him on a waiting list?

My prayer for you is this:
“I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in Him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Rom. 15:13 NLT)

 

LynnMosher (2)_cr 2Bio: At a time of physical upheaval in 2000, Lynn Mosher felt led of the Lord to take up her pen and write. With this new passion, she has embraced her mission to reach others through Christ-honoring literature, encouraging them in their walk and offering comfort through the written word. Lynn lives with her hubby (since 1966) in their Kentucky nest, emptied of three chicklets, and expanded by three giggly grand-chicklets, and an inherited dog. You can find out more about Lynn by visiting her website, Heading Home.

Dirty Dishes

Dirty Dishes

Dirty Dishes

By Laura J. Marshall

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My hands are wrinkled and dry.  I liberally smooth on the coconut lotion.  Pink elbow length gloves gracefully dangle against the edge of the sink.  I purposely forget to use them in favor of the feel of the hot sudsy water as I grasp each cup and dish.

I wash, add soap, wash some more, feel the smooth clean surface, and rinse.

The dishwasher is broken again.  We’ve gone through numerous ones in the past eight years.  With five boys, that’s to be expected.

They’re growing and changing.

Coming and going.

I add more hand cream.  The last of the soap bubbles pop and I look at the drying rack.

Our dishes.  So many days, years, moments shared over the mismatched plates and plastic cups.

Birthday dinners,

Graduation celebrations,

Special desserts,

Favorite meals,

Homemade root beer,

Loaves of bread,

Grandma’s noodles.

I add more hand cream, the coconut scent wafting on the air and marking this day.

Thank you, God, for dirty dishes.

 

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