What I know to be true

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Given current world events, last week’s post presented quite a dilemma (which is why this post took longer than I would have liked). Right now, across the ocean, mommies are sobbing over the horrible deaths of their babies. Wives are witnessing the barbaric deaths of their husbands and they continue to face unbelievable terror and abuse. Families are living with incoming missiles as a part of their daily life. Even trying to watch the nightly news shows violent crimes in my own country and city that are happening way too close to my address.

In the meantime, life seems to go on with the mundane in contrast to these unimaginable situations. How can I write about longing for beautiful fall foliage, white fluffy clouds, or what’s for dinner when my heart is in such turmoil? Okay, so maybe I would not have written about those specific topics. However, could I really write about “normal” thoughts and offer any encouragement?

In the process of preparing this post, God gently rebuked me. I needed to take my mind off of the circumstances and focus on what I know to be true. I don’t have to come up with the right words or answers to life’s problems. I just have to remember where to turn.

My soul melts from heaviness; Strengthen me according to Your word.  Psalm 119:28

Despite the dark and sinister crimes described on the nightly news, God has not departed.

Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; … Psalm 139:7-8

No matter how horrific the actions of others, God is still in control.

He rules by His power forever; His eyes observe the nations; Do not let the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah  Psalm 66:7

In the day when I cried out, You answered me, And made me bold with strength in my soul.  Psalm 138:3

Regardless of the fear that the world has turned upside down and life is hopeless, God’s word offers hope.

I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, And in His word I do hope.  Psalm 130:5

Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart, All you who hope in the LORD.  Psalm 31:24

Even though some want to rewrite history and thumb their noses at any and all truths, God’s word remains true.

For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations.  Psalm 100:5

In spite of those who try to distort archaeological and scientific facts, God’s word tells us the truth.

The heavens are Yours, the earth also is Yours; The world and all its fullness, You have founded them.  Psalm 89:11

Taking comfort in God’s word and remembering what I know to be true…

…I will remember the works of the LORD; Surely I will remember Your wonders of old. I will also meditate on all Your work, And talk of Your deeds…  Psalm 77:11-12

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.”  Psalm 91:1-2

 

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Early Morning Quiet

I love early mornings; the peaceful quiet when most of the household is still asleep. There are no interruptions. My brain is fuzzy, still sleepy.  It is a quiet that allows my heart to dream, to soar, and to pray without the distractions that will come later in the day.  I try not to think about the chores that need to be completed, the school lessons that need to be planned, or make a decision about what’s for dinner.  My thoughts can go directly from my head to the written word, whether by pen or keystroke.  Most days they get stalled somewhere along the way between correcting math lessons and keeping track of our busy schedule.  Perhaps this is why the psalmist writes of seeking God early in the morning. The days’ cares haven’t had time to push out the warm intimacy that comes in those early morning hours alone with Him.  I can cry out in anguish, lift my heart in praise, openly wait for His direction, and see things more clearly than at any other time of the day. Problems haven’t yet presented themselves.  Sleep doesn’t beckon like a chocolate bar when hormones are raging. On those mornings when I am up early, I enjoy the quiet where we all meet…my Lord, His word, my pen and paper or keyboard, my soul, and sometimes, a blessed cup of hot coffee.

Psalm 143:8  Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning, For in You do I trust; Cause me to know the way in which I should walk, For I lift up my soul to You.  (NKJV)