Sunday, June 3, 2012

BIBLE PICK 'EMS - The Strength of My Heart

If you recall, these were my original thoughts about "Pick 'ems":

I know it probably isn't "spiritually PC" to randomly open the Bible and expect to find a meaningful verse – it opens the door to the whole "out of context" dilemma. ( might just find yourself in Leviticus!!) But, I decided that I wanted to do this, along with my regular reading through the Bible. The way I figured it, I wasn't *testing* God – in other words, "prove something to me, Lord" – I was *trusting* God – "show something to me, Lord." After all, don't we know that His Word is living, breathing, and powerful?!

So, I'm pickin' every day – letting you know what was going on with me that day – and then I'm going to sum up the *theme of the week* that I think God was impressing on my heart.

Hope you're as blessed as I've been!!

MONDAY - (had a fight with a family member)  "David got back everything...Nothing was missing: small or great, son or daughter, nor anything else that had been taken.  David brought everything back."
(1 Samuel 30:18-19)

TUESDAY - (extremely tired)  "I replied, 'But my work seems so useless!  I have spent my strength for nothing and to no purpose.  Yet I leave it all in the LORD'S hand; I will trust God for my reward."  (Isaiah 49:4)

WEDNESDAY - (very sad today)  "When Hezekiah heard this, he turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD, 'Remember, O LORD, how I have always been faithful to you and have served you single-mindedly, always doing what pleases you.'  Then he broke down and cried bitterly...'This is what the LORD...says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears.'"
(Isaiah 38:2-3, 5)

THURSDAY - (feeling very lonely about moving away from my whole family and my friends)  "My wound is severe, and my grief is great...My home is gone, and no one is left...My children have been taken away, and I will never see them again."
"But the LORD is the only true God.  He is the living God and the everlasting King!"  (Jeremiah 10:19-20, 10)

FRIDAY - (crazy busy, hassles)  "Now go up into the hills...and rebuild my house.  Then I will take pleasure in it and be honored, says the LORD...'I am with you, says the LORD!'"  (Haggai 1:8, 13)

SATURDAY - (packing, packing, packing)  "But now the LORD my God has given me peace on every side; I have no enemies, and all is well.  So I am planning to honor the name of the LORD my God..."  (1 Kings 5:4-5)

Well, needless to say, this was a tough week.  The emotions connected to moving are beginning to really sink in - and they are affecting me more because I'm tired.  The message that God continued to give me this week is that HE will provide me with strength.

As always, my life is in His hands...

...and He continues to uphold me.

What has God said to YOU this week?

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  1. So sorry for your hard week...I know it will start to come together soon...aren't you glad there is a word for every situation in life! God is good...

    One of my reminders this week from the Lord was about praising Him always...during every situation...I read a translation of Ephesian that worded it his way..."Thanksgiving is our dialect"...for this southern gal, that really stuck with me this week...ya'll!

  2. (((Sharon))) Moving really is so hard work; it does level out with the physical work and that end is in sight; but I know it is hard emotionally and mentally even though you know it is the direction God is leading you in. It is encouraging though to see God answering you and your struggles with his word, that you can meditate upon (when you have the time :) and that you can cling to when the "going gets tough". There is a purpose and a plan of God with this move of yours, you might not see it for many a year or even this side of eternity, but I do know it is a struggle in so many ways. Our move last year still has me out of sorts, yet I know it was in God's plan and purpose and will. Hugs to you. Wish I lived closer so I could help with the physical part of it (and the emotional part of it too; we could go somewhere and have a good cry :) Hang in there and I do hope you get a time to rest; being tired always makes us a bit more frazzled when dealing with a big change like this.


  3. Hi Sharon

    His word to me has been that He will help and strengthen me. Praise His Name he has. Last couple of weeks have been tough, tougher than normal, but I have been upheld and blessed.

    Thank you for sharing as you do - Every Blessing for your move.

  4. Hi Sharon,

    Isn't it just mind boggling to realize how engaged God is in our lives!? I am always blown away when I see His continued faithfulness in my life when I sit back and realize that I am just one tiny person out of billions in the world but yet, He is moved by my situation and emotions. Who is like our God!?

  5. I just wrote down the Isaiah 49 one to study this morning.
    I love the beauty of the Friday one with the backdrop of your move in mind.

  6. Isn't it so grand to know that He speaks sweetly to us even when we don't feel like listening! Great post.

  7. That is so incredible! I love rediscovering just how deeply God's word can speak to us in the midst of all of our "modern" problems and issues. He's amazing!

    thank you for sharing.

  8. Praying for you, and loving you.

  9. Some weeks are like that for everybody. Important to remember scriptures like the ones you shared when the going gets rough. Important to remember them all the time. I've heard it isn't the best way to read the Bible by just opening it to a random page, but I often do this. I'm waiting for God to surprise me with a nugget of wisdom, and He always does.


"So [I] have been greatly encouraged in the midst of [my] troubles and suffering, dear brothers and sisters, because you have remained strong in your faith. It gives [me] new life to know that you are standing firm in the Lord. How [I] thank God for you!" (1 Thessalonians 3:7-9)

Thanks for your comments - it is such a joy to be sharing my journey with friends like YOU!

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