How secure are you?

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“LORD, you have assigned me my portion and my cup; you have made my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance”
Ps 16:5-6 (NIV)

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Many of us have started out the year with a heavy burden which weighs great upon our bodies. It could be the loss of a job, loss of a loved one, a ‘wayward stubborn’ child, a terminal illness diagnosis, a divorce. Then there’s the back-stabbing which can happen whether we are at home, at work or even at church. On top of all that’s going on in our lives there can also be the struggle to make ends meet, to find time for ourselves, to donate our time and energy towards positively making someone else’s life meaningful.  The stress of daily living can be overwhelming, and as I maintain: the struggle is real.

However, God knows the path better than we do. He can see way up ahead whereas we only see the part where we are stuck in the rut. Our Father is aware of the downsizing, laying off, divorce, death, illness – it doesn’t matter; He is totally aware of our portion and our cup but yet, He has made our lot secure.  Furthermore, we are told in Deuteronomy:

“You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out. The Lord will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven. The Lord will send a blessing on your barns and on everything you put your hand to. The Lord your God will bless you in the land he is giving you. “
Deuteronomy 28:6-8 (NIV)

Is that a promise or is that a promise? I say it’s an amazing awesome promise i.e. let all the people say amen! So what’s the word for this week? It’s SECURE. Can we be secure in the knowledge that God loves us right where we are just as we are? Can we be secure in the fact that come what may, He will always be with us? Yes.We.Can.

Just a little something to reflect on as we move out into the year ahead aka Happy Happy Monday.

 

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Word on Wednesday: Distress

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No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:37-39 (NIV)

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Distress.  It’s a strong word which also means suffering, pain, sorrow, anguish, agony, grief. When someone tells you they are distressed it usually means that whatever they are going through is of monumental proportions (unless they are drama kings, queens or children).  I know, because I’ve “been there and done that”. Sometimes these situations overwhelm us so much that it’s hard to know which way is up or down.  We become upset, confused and anxious; every little thing and everyone bothers us. But that’s the exact time, that moment where you are about to give up and let the waves of despair totally cover you, that you call out to God because He will not only hear you, He will answer you. Give it a try.  God is waiting to hear from you … now.

“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” Romans 12:12 (NIV)

 

Photo by Gale E
Photo by Gale E

 

A little something for when the road is long

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Farley Hill, Barbados | Photo by Gale E

 

The road may be long and hard and winding
But let’s remember the importance of finding,
Rest under trees, in the gentlest breeze
And a slice of pure peace, which all our hearts need.

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(to help out when the road is long)

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