Into the Silence

The world is so noisy. All around us, even out in the country, social media, TV, car radios and stores are blaring advertisements and voices almost 24/7.

 

Many people have a noisy soul too. Their thoughts and feelings are bombarding them with negative issues that demand their immediate attention. They are weary and discover no rest, even in God’s presence.

 

In sleep they dream disruptive images, which come from their troubled soul. They argue with significant others in their life and even argue with their own self; finding no peace at all.

 

Only if we disappear into our spirit and immerse our self in God’s peace can we find ultimate silence regardless of the dissonance of circumstances around us.

 

As we sit in His presence, we get lost in Him and focus on His still, small voice within us. We worship with the angels and enjoy our front row seat with Jesus in heavenly places even now (Ephesians 2:4-7).

 

We sit in companionable silence with Him as we bask in the pleasure of God’s face shining on us as He takes joy in our company (Numbers 6:25; Psalm 80:3; Zephaniah 3:17).

 

Finding comfort in the silent presence of our significant others is also a joyful experience. We may chat amiably or snuggle silently and recharge our battery for the coming tasks which will demand our attention.

 

Holding our child as they drift off to sleep is one of the most satisfying experiences in life. We watch their peaceful features and enjoy their unconditional love as their breathing slows and their tiny eyes droop.

 

Yet, our most meaningful relationship is dwelling continually in God’s presence. He permeates us with a quiet peace, sane direction, cheerful thoughts and a holy existence. We pray or listen as the moment dictates and enjoy the constant fellowship of His company.

Prayer:

Father God, as we abide in Your presence we experience deep peace, unexplainable joy, and Your comfort and support as we share with You our tears of worship or burdens. You are kind to all of us who trust in and obey You. We wait patiently for You in our alone times and in the cacophony of daily living (Lamentations 3:25-26).

 

By faith, even in our worse trials and times of testing, we joyfully count on Your faithfulness to produce endurance in our soul (James 1:2). We dwell in our spirit and snuggle under the almighty shadow of Your wings (Psalm 91:4). You give us peace which overcomes human reasoning, and You shower us with Your blessings regardless of the hardships we experience in this life (Philippians 4:7).

 

Thought for the Day:
Times of silence give us rest, hope and strength to face the next trial.

 

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WHO LOVES YOU – Part 1 – The Love of the Father

God is head over heels in love with you (1 John 4: 8-11). God’s love is a spiritual, physical, mental and emotional “high”. Human love is merely a shadow of His love.

If the earth’s axis tilted a degree in any direction, if the stars fell from the sky, if a large solar storm erupted on the sun, if the oceans exceeded their boundaries, if animals no longer had an innate fear of man, if all the molten lava in the earth erupted at once, we would all die.

God’s hand, keeping the earth in perfect balance, keeps us all living and breathing and existing on planet earth. The natural order of the universe proves to us that God loves us.

When we repent of our sin, we realize that God actually chose us and adopted us as His beloved children. With God’s love, we do not need another person in our life in order to feel loved, affirmed and validated.

God constantly draws my attention to the fact that He is touching me with evidences of His love through a variety of means. I call them God’s Little Hugs.

He reveals His love through things like a bird’s outstretched wings, a perfect rose, a lady bug, the shapes of the clouds, the waves of the sea, the seasons of the year, a red cardinal chirping through my open window and in the numbers on the clock.

Escaping a devastating calamity is another occasion when we feel the love of God. When we see His hand protecting us from sudden and sure destruction and danger, our hearts swell with incredible gratitude and love for God.

To realize that God actually intervened for you makes you feel so precious, cared about and loved. At times like these we feel His love surrounding us and keeping us safe.

His love flows through us and out of us to everyone He brings into contact with us. He restores us with His joy and upholds with His generous Spirit (Psalm 51:10-12).

Prayer:
Father God, when our heart is open to Your love, we can feel it pouring over us like a waterfall. We are drenched with Your continual love. Even the cells in our body are full of Your love.

I often feel like I am wrapped in a soft, fluffy blanket of Your love. Your love gives us such a sense of security. Unsurpassed peace and joy flood our soul – our mind, will and emotions. We give You all the glory and praise and depend on Your love and Spirit to fill and guide us through every moment of our life.

Thought for the Day:
All through the day, I have learned to watch for the unexpected ways that God tells me, “I love you!”

Wings of the Wind

God covered the earth with water as a garment. In the beginning, water even covered the mountains; but at His word, it fled. At the sound of His thunder, the water hurried away and flowed over the mountains and into the valleys, which is where He designed for it to reside. The water cannot cover the earth any longer, because God set a boundary, which it cannot cross (Psalm 104:5-9 NKJV).

God covers Himself with light as His garment. The heavens are His tent. The beams of His upper chambers are in the canopy of water above the earth. He set the earth on its axis, so that it can never be moved, unless His chooses. He travels on the clouds as His chariot and strides on the wings of the wind. The winds are God’s messengers and the flames of fire are His servants (Psalm 18:10, 104:2-4 NKJV).

The Lord is like an eagle, using the winds beneath His wings. He teaches us to fly in the Spirit, like the eagle teaches its young to fly. The eagle stirs up the nest and hovers over its young. If they falter in flight, the eagle spreads its wings and swoops down to catch them and carry them aloft (Deuteronomy 32:11). In this same way, God speedily comes to our rescue in any time of need (Psalm 40:13).

This same Lord is our dwelling place throughout every generation. He birthed our earth and created the mountains on it, proving that He is God from beginning to everlasting. At our death, He turns us back to the dust from which He created Adam. He has power and dominion over the whole earth and all of its inhabitants. God does not dwell in finite time (Psalm 90:1-3 NKJV). He is from everlasting to everlasting (Psalm 90:2, 103:17; Isaiah 40:28).

Prayer:
Father God, in Your sight, a thousand of our years passes like one day, or as quickly as a single night watch (Psalm 90:4). We are but grasshoppers in Your sight; yet, you care for us as Your own children. You walk on the wind; yet, You control every aspect of our life on the earth. You are rich in mercy and great in Your love toward us. Even when we were dead in sin, You loved us. By Your grace, You made us alive together with Christ (Ephesians 2:4-5).

Thought for the Day:
In God’s wisdom He creates and casts down, and the earth is full of His possessions. – Psalm 104:24