He is With You Always

I was weak. I was vulnerable. I was scared.

I was recovering from three consecutive major surgeries. I was heavily drugged … And I was under attack.

I was hearing voices, not happy, reassuring voices, these voices were low and demonic. In my mind’s eye, I was being visually attacked by creatures-creatures from the “underworld. (Satan likes to come after us when we’re at our lowest point. (Satan Tempts Jesus) Satan knows that the only way to possibly influence us is when we are laid wide open. Our minds are most easily influenced in this state.)

In fear, my soul cried out to my Savior. With the assurance that I am a child of God, I knew that He would protect me. Lying in my bed, I began mentally reciting scriptures from memory, singing praises to God, and denouncing Satan. Shouting at him in my mind, telling him, “You have no power over me! I belong to God, and he will protect me!”

Gradually the creatures began to disappear, replaced by blooming flowers. One of Jesus’s names is “the Rose of Sharon.” I believe the flowers were to remind me that He was with me. As a sense of peace enveloped me, I eventually relaxed and went to sleep.

This is an experience I pray I never have to go through again. But I am grateful for the result of the strengthening of my faith, and the increased knowledge of God’s ever presence in my life.

 

Rejoice!

Isaiah 61:10 I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

Praising the Lord with song brightens my day and brings me closer to His presence. As the verse says, “my soul rejoices in my God” and I need to express that joy. I don’t always remember the words to the hymn I’m singing, but it doesn’t matter to God. He knows my heart.

He wants you too to find delight in Him, to rejoice in your soul for Him. I pray that you discover my “secret” to living joyfully.

 

Praise Him Anyway

Psalm 59:16-17

Psalm 59:16-17
But I will sing of Your power;
Yes, I will sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning;
For You have been my defense
And refuge in the day of my trouble.
To You, O my Strength, I will sing praises;
For God is my defense,
My God of mercy.

The last week has been rough in my household. No one of my family has felt well. From a bad reaction from getting teeth pulled, to my sinuses bothering me, I could easily forgo praising God. However it is in times like this that I feel the need to praise Him even more.
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Joy from God

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God wants us to live a joyful life. A life in which you want to sing and praise Him everyday.

Although, joy so intense you think your heart will burst can only last for a short time, the memory gives you a rush of happiness you can relive many times throughout the day.

In this slide show, I tell you about one technique I use to open my heart to that awesome joy God can give us.

Do you have a way you connect to God’s joy? If so, please tell me about it. I like trying new ways to strengthen my relationship with God.

If you don’t have a special technique, why not try mine? Remember, it may take several times before you feel anything. If you want to open your heart to His gift of joy, you might need to do this for a few nights.

Let me know how it works for you. You can leave a comment below or send me an email. I want to know if it works for others as well as it works for me.

Worship is an intimate experience between you and God.

Shout to the Lord

Psalm 100:1-2 Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.

The Bible teaches us that worship is our way to give thanks and praise to God.  It is an important part of our relationship with Him. Worship can be both public and private, and everyone has their own way to worship. We can worship God through song, dance, lifting our hands, or any number of other ways.  No matter how we express our worship, God receives it and loves it.
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Sing Praises to Him!

Psalm 13:6
I will sing the Lord’s praise,
for he has been good to me.

Some days, I have to burst out in songs of praise. I don’t have to have a reason; I just feel like singing. Even though my life is filled with challenges–health issues, tight finances, and other things–I feel God’s blessings surrounding me.
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My Prayer

 

My Prayer

 

Today I will rejoice in the Lord.

He has filled me with joy,

He has released me from sin.

Thank you Jesus, for your sacrifice,

help me be worthy of it.

Give me strength to accept your will,

guide me to follow your way.

Ever increase my life with your riches.

Secure in the knowledge

earthly treasures comfort for a short time,

yet heavenly treasures last an eternity.

I praise you, O Lord, you’re awesome!

You lighten my heart and bring song to my soul.

Humbled by your love, I rejoice.

Praise be to you, O Lord!