SUPER PICK-ME-UP:

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O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is. (Psalms 63:1)

Life can get overwhelming. Demands, pressure, self-inflicted and others’ expectations, deadlines, unfinished projects, bills and to do checklists. How’re you fairing through your definition of life?

May I suggest a sure-fire pick me up?

DEVOTION

I respect the fact that some of us are not morning people. But I’d encourage you to start off your day with a golden moment of prayer, praise and worship, bible study and a period of sitting in silence to take in and savour God’s mighty presence, in whichever order you please.
The rising of the sun and the beauty of dawn gives me a chance to press the RESET button. His mercies are new every MORNING. I honestly need a constant reminder that God loves me and that He will be faithful to the end. I honestly need to hear this to renew my faith each day cause am human and am prone to doubt; just as a dog is prone to bark. I neither willed or wished myself into existence so it’s kind of a big deal to get in touch with my Creator. One of us knows why am here and why my life is the way it is; and it’s not me. One of us has the Grand Design and it’s not me ūüôā So I need God, now and always.

ALTERNATIVE FIRST POINTS OF CONTACT:

Granted, we have lives to live. Since we aren’t in typical ‘full-time ministries’; most of our time is spent curving out paths for ourselves depending on where we are in life. The key thing here is to not get caught up in our lives that we forget the one thing that matters – GOD. All of life started in Him and finds its purpose in Him (Colossian 1:16).

However, I am compelled to point out some distractions that make morning time devotion a mere wish and not a reality to most of us:

  • Technology:¬† Is both good and evil, depending on how one uses it and to what end. We can break it down to gadgets, internet, apps and social media. Most of us are addicted to these. We can hardly function without our gadgets. I challenge you to take a ‘tech-break’ one of these fine days.
  • Conversations with yourself: What are your first thoughts when you wake up? Most of us pick up from where we left off the previous night. If we had an issue gnawing at us then we’ll probably continue ruminating on it the next morning. Am an over-thinker. I tend to overanalyze things and make a million plans before I get out of bed. Some of which never come to pass.
  • A nose-dive into the day’s activities: We all have those days of jumping right into our schedules cause we over-indulged in sleeping in.
  • Guilty pleasures: We all have our¬†(un)healthy¬†obsessions. They are as diverse as our unique¬†ID’s. Could range from games to makeup to hamsters to just about anything under the sun. What’s yours? I won’t judge.

Can I challenge you to make God your first point of contact from now henceforth? Put a stop to your self-chats, hobbies, internet, TV shows or whatever else and spend your morning yearning for God. Refresh your heart, mind and soul with a breath taking dose of the privilege of God’s presence.

Call unto me and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things which you do not know.

God is giving you a divine invitation to enjoy divine promise and divine adventure.

Be encouraged!!

 

 

 

 

WHO I AM AND WHY I’M HERE:

I am your sister, your neighbor, your spouse, your teacher or your mate on a long bus ride. We may have shaken hands, exchanged a smile or completely ignored each other on the street. I may be your worst enemy or your best friend. You may have wished me well or said nothing at all. Maybe we haven’t even met.
I am Sojourner.
The fact is, you’re on a sojourn too.

I encourage you to read this blog if:

  1. You are, beyond the shadow of a doubt, insanely curious about God and want to grow in the knowledge of who He is.
    Curiosity (Collins Dictionary): An eager desire to know something that is interesting because of its oddness or novelty.
    Is God odd? Is He novel? Go figure.
  2. You’re in need of Light; to guide your¬† path. I’ll point you to Truths found in the one book that has changed and continues to change my life – the BIBLE.
  3. ¬†You’ve heard about Jesus but have no idea who he is.
  4. You’re a believer who needs to know that you’re not in this alone. My faith, is good for you and your faith is good for me. We’re one family; bonded by Christ’s blood.

And His name will be called:
Wonderful,
Counselor,
Mighty God,
Everlasting Father,
Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6

Welcome!

THE DAILY GRIND: JOY

I previously begun a series entitled, ‘The Daily Grind’. In case you missed out on the introduction, you can find it at The Daily Grind.

If you are like me and love any truth or message that can be applied ‘today’, then keep reading.

A PERSONAL TOUCH:

In the introduction I asked readers to reflect upon their daily grind. Well, here’s mine (I pulled it out of my journal notes):


Continue reading “THE DAILY GRIND: JOY”

THE DAILY GRIND:

Scripture Focus:

  • Matthew 6:34: Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
  • Ecclesiastes 9:11: I have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the learned; ¬†but time and chance happen to them all.¬†

A DAY IN THE LIFE:

What does your today look like? What do you have to deal with? What’s your daily grind? What have you woken up to this very day? Life places demands on each person. There’s stuff that demands your attention, responsibilities, relationships that need nurturing, sacrifices that need to be made towards family and other loved ones, feelings that need to be dealt with, baggage. Who or what are you custodian over? What does a day in your life look like? Do you enjoy your routine or are you bored out of your skin? Do you love your job, business or whatever you devote your day to? Are you just doing it out of necessity or because you have purposed to relish each moment? Do you need inspiration for your day or do you bulldoze your way through the motions of it all? Is your day filled with pressure and anxiety about the amount of work that awaits you? Do you have a ‘life management system’ if any?¬†

 TODAY IS YOUR BABY STEP:

As you mull over your daily grind, consider today as being your “baby step”. I’ve heard folk use these lines many times before:

‘Am taking it one day at a time’ or, ‘The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step’. It all stems from a place where you acknowledge that today’s all you’ve got. Hard as it may be; it makes perfect sense to focus on today cause it’s the only assured time that we have. However, ¬†we’ve all had our share of regrets about the past and dread concerning the future. Paul encourages us for the present when he says,¬†I do not consider, brethren, that I have captured and made it my own; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us upward (Phillipians 3:13,14).¬†Today makes all the difference.

BIG PICTURE, WHERE ARE YOU?

Sometimes I wish I could spread my life out on the table and study its nooks and crannies. I long to see where I have come from and how it all comes together. I long to figure out how events past and present make up the masterpiece that God predestined me to be. (Ephesians 2:10).

We are to fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). Before I knew Christ, I would never have guessed how it would happen; where I’d meet him and how I’d finally believe in my heart and confess with my mouth that He is Lord, the magnitude of trials I would go through and how I’d overcome them. Now that am in the fold, I honestly can’t process the perfection that God has in store for me. As hard as it is for my mind to imagine, I still crave for details of how He will perfect it. These great and mighty things that God wants to show me; what are they? Truth is, God may not work in the way we want Him to. I may lay out my life on the table and still not get it. But know what, He has given us today. It is possible to enjoy God and the journey to perfection; details or none.

Over the next few posts, I will write about enjoying God, in our daily walk. Don’t miss out!

BEAUTY FOR ASHES:

“Question: My life is worse than a hurricane. I have hit rock bottom. What do I do?”

At the end of this piece we should be able to demystify why we reach such points in our lives.

 

A BIT OF BACKGROUND:

The age old question ensues: Why so much suffering¬†in the world? Even I, a lover of philosophy, spirituality and God, have posed this question. My mental travails to unravel the mysteries of existence; and tendencies to get too consumed by the ills of our society and the world at large; have led me to think this through; well at least for the sake of this piece. There’s too much going on around the world as we know it. Natural calamities, pandemics, mega corruption, human trafficking, economic downturns, terror groups spreading fear in the name of religion and other forms of depravity. I need not get into details about the death that awaits sinners and hell’s fury. Am not qualified enough for that. However, I will focus more on where it hurts the most: individual suffering.

 

ALL TOO FAMILIAR WORDS:

Am sure most of us have described our lives as a ‘mess’ or a ‘wreck’ or a ‘hurricane’ at one point or another. Throw in any word you have used, or are using, to describe your quagmire. It may even have a personality of it’s own. You catch my drift? Life can show you stuff; weighty burdens, tests, tears. What are yours? To each his own. God is a mystery I tell ya. He makes sense when He doesn’t. See, He said in His word that each heart knows it’s pain and joy; meaning that only you really know your story. But then again the Word says that there’s no temptation that is not common to man. Interesting. We are as similar as we are different. But then the point is, for as long as we are in this world, we will face tribulation. That’s a fact. It’s all too familiar. The mess you’re in, the wreck; it doesn’t come as a surprise to God. As we study the gospels, we realize that Jesus, knew all that what was to come (John 18:4). He knew the cup of suffering that awaited him. When Simon peter drew his sword and slew the soldier’s ear, Jesus restrained him with these words, ‚ÄúPut your sword into its sheath; shall I not drink the cup that the Father has given me?‚ÄĚ I pray that God may give you the grace not to be surprised by your mess.

He’s our High Priest. He has done more than walk in our shoes, He has laid down the length of our days; step by step. He can sympathise with our weakness cause He was tempted in every way that we are, yet without sin. (Hebrews 4:16).

 

BEAUTY FOR ASHES:

Beauty will arise:
Out of the ashes of your struggles; beauty will arise.
Out of the ashes of your pain; beauty will arise.
Out of the ashes of your past; beauty will arise.
Out of the ashes of your heavy trials; beauty will arise.
There can be no relief without pain. An oasis can only exist in a desert and freedom is real; but only to a slave or one who has witnessed enslavement. In order for the sun to rise, darkness has to fall. Order wouldn’t be such without chaos. God himself promises us beauty out of ashes and strength for weakness.
Looking at my own life, I am convinced that the times I hit rock bottom were make or break points for me. I had to get to the point where I had tried it all and done it all; the point where I had no idea what to do and no one to turn to. That’s where we meet the person of God: at our lowest points.
God’s love for us is so great. So great that nothing can separate us from Him.¬†For I am convinced that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.(Romans¬†8:38-39). Not even your mess of a life. Did you know that He restores the broken? Doesn’t matter the source of your mess; could be as a result of circumstances around you that are behind your control or a mess you created through your own choices. He restores it all.
You will be turned into an oak of splendor. The oak withstands rain, wind, snow and sun and still stands strong and evergreen; giving shade from the hot summer sunshine and a nest to the birds of the heavens.

Rest at His feet.

 

BREAKING THROUGH SEASONS:

I recently went through a season of dullness and a sheer lack of spiritual focus. I would get thoroughly distracted whenever I tried to read Scripture that ¬†I took a break altogether. My secret place was filled with God, me and the pussycat dolls. My attention would shift to my almost non-existent knowledge of quantum physics or the crack on the wall. But one thing didn’t change, my resolve to find God even in that state. I allowed Him to speak to me through that season of dullness.

Before I get into what God taught me about breaking through seasons, I need to share a word.

Ever been in a ‘weird headspace’? Where you know something’s off but you aren’t sure what? I have; one too many times. Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my anxieties. (Psalms 139:23). I claimed this scripture for all my weird headspace situations and for sure the Word was quick and active in equipping me with self awareness. You can’t cure a problem if you don’t know what it is. Early detection of any illness improves chances of survival. People perish for lack of knowledge. Claim Psalms 139 if you ever find yourself in such a situation, where you don’t quite know what’s going on.

 

IDENTIFY THE SEASON YOU’RE IN:

Delve into the real picture of things. Come to terms with what’s happening through:

1. Taking a time-out: A ton of introspection would do. Thoroughly explore your thoughts and feelings about your situation(s).

2. Acceptance of what’s going on: Do not be the ostrich that buries its head in the sand.

3. Admitting your limitations: Do what you can up to where you can. Leave what you can’t.

 

WHAT THE WORD HAS TO SAY ABOUT YOUR SEASON:

Just as there is spring, summer, autumn and winter; dawn, noon, dusk and nightfall; so shall there be different seasons of life.

-To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven. (Ecclesiastes 3:1). You will have Kodak moments where you paint the town red and even heaven itself seems to shine upon your very existence. Then there will be moments marked with sadness and confusion. That’s life for you.

-Be ye angry,and sin not. (Ephesians 4:26)

We process the world through emotions. We respond to seasons through emotions, which is in order. The problem comes in when we let emotions rule over us. We need to find strength in the fact that given that we are in Christ, the old has gone and the new has come. We need not let situations rule over us as they did when we were not in Christ. You shall not be given over to anger or any other emotion that seeks to rule you.

-For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. (2 Corinthians 4:17)

Your season may beat you down but it won’t last. It’s temporary. Seasons come and seasons go. Don’t miss the point. Your inner man is being renewed. You might not understand the situation but just ask God for grace to fix your heart on things unseen.

-In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)

Tough seasons are as certain as death and taxes. We as Christians aren’t immune to painful circumstances. We need to know that He has overcome.

-Greater is he who is in you, than he who is in the world. (1 John 4:4)

-There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man. (1 Corinthians 10:13)

You are never alone. Someone else somewhere has gone through what you are going through. The beauty is that God provides not just grace sufficient but a means of escape.

-No weapon formed against me shall prosper. (Isaiah 54:17)

-And we know that all things work together for the good of those who love him. (Romans 8:28)

-Be still and know that I am God. (Psalms 46:10).

Stop. There’s only so much that human strength and wisdom can do for any particular situation. We are limited in our solutions, vision and view of the bigger scheme of things. Our highest wisdom is nowhere near His lowest folly.

All of life happens within the context of grace. Whatever season you’re in, ¬†I do pray that you will find the highest pleasure in drawing near to God. (Psalms 73:28)

FOR THOSE AT THEIR WITS END

Life’s answers are hardly ever drawn across the sky.

And chances are that you will hardly ever get the answers you are looking for when you cry out to God with such prayers: ‘Lord, show me what to do. Lord, show me, I will do it, as long as I know its you!’

I believe in a God who blesses us with wise counsel , a God who gives us good things. But I have also learnt that the wise solutions we seek may not necessarily come in the way we want, valid as they are. I may be walking on the beach and find a little note in a bottle conveniently addressed to me or I may dine with angels – all giving me answers to my dilemmas or best yet, I may hear God’s voice, in a whisper or in the wind. After all, He is a mighty God who does as He pleases. Acknowledging this truth, that He can do all things, including writing on the wall, I still persist in diving¬†into the word for answers, and calling out to God from a secret place.

I appreciate the struggle we sometimes face as human beings, in trying to find God’s perfect will with regards to desicions and temptations. I know how it feels to be in a place where one knows not what step of action to take. It could be one of those catch-22 scenarios, or something that hits you leaving you not knowing left from right. I don’t know what your today looks like, but I want to bring a perspective here, with special regard to situations which leave us planless. Stuff you should do when you see a huge signpost with the words: “End of Wit”.

Please follow through these three key words and their accompanying scriptures. Enjoy!

Key word: ALWAYS.

Scripture: Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say, rejoice. (Phillipians 4:4)

To rejoice is to express abundant happiness in the Lord. We are to do this always; regardless of what season we are in. You may not know what to do in your season but rest assured that everything works together for the good of those who love Him(Romans 8:28). The Lord sustains us through all of life. He wakes us up with the message of His unfailing love and we say, ‘This is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it.’ Doesn’t matter whether you woke up with no solution to your problems. The fact is that the Lord has made this day and we will embrace it with rejoicing and be glad in it.¬†Let everything that has breath praise the Lord (Psalms 150). That includes you in your quest for answers.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice!

Key word: ALL

Scripture: In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

Thanksgiving:

We are to give thanks in ALL things. Whether we know God’s will or not. Whether life makes sense or not; give thanks. Solution or none; give thanks. It is God’s will in Christ Jesus concerning you. To give thanks. With or without reason. The psalmist talks of a sacrifice of thanksgiving (Psalms 107:22 & 116:17). It is a sacrifice when there is absolutely nothing else you can do in a particular situation. It is surrender. Better yet, thank Him for what He is yet to do in the days to come. Thank Him because He is greater than the solution you seek and after all, when you meet God, you meet solution. Shift your focus away from your current scenario and thank God.

Key word: CONTINUALLY

Scripture: Pray without ceasing. (1 Thessalonians 5:17)

Prayer:

Personal prayer is a very, well, personal thing. No one can teach you how to have a conversation with God. Only you can articulate your feelings, emotions, desires, petitions, supplications. Only you can bring that out in the best way you know how. It is your sojourn, your story, your walk. No one else knows your sadness, and strangers cannot share your joy (Proverbs 14:10, The Holy Bible, New Century Version). Pray within God’s word. Best part is, He knows all your stuff, He knows what you are about. He knows everything about you, including things that you have no idea about, so why not pour it all out to Him who cares, Him who takes our burdens and offers us a means of escape? He who was tempted in every way that we are, yet overcame? (Hebrews 4:15).¬†People, trust God all the time. Tell him all your problems, because God is our protection.(Psalms 62:8, The Holy Bible, New Century Version).

The most beautiful truth about these verses is that they point us back to God. Rejoice IN the Lord, give thanks in ALL things and pray CONTINUALLY. It’s about relationship with God. Remaining in Him always. Everything started in Him and finds its purpose in Him.

He has a Plan.

Seek Him.

WHO’S YOUR DADDY?

Focus Scripture: Psalms
Is your trust really in God? Who or what do you run to when you are at your wit’s end? What is your source? Do you remember God at all times, good or bad? Where do you get your ‘real and practical advice’? Husband, wife, girlfriends, the boys, google, barman, book club, mentor, boss or fellowship? Do you run to the one who cares for your situation more than all of the above? Are you hasty in running to other sources instead of relying on God to open doors for you?
I am guilty. There are times I am faced with puzzling questions and situations. The first thing I normally think is, “Hmmm, I should give X a call. Or I should rush to the bookshop and look for author T’s book. Better still, I should go see that therapist, the one I saw on TV. Or Pastor M.” Am learning to run to God first. There is nothing beyond Him. Actually, there is no ‘beyond’ when it comes to God.
The following is a list of alternatives that seduce us in our relentless quest to make God our be-all-end-all:
STATUS/POWER SYMBOLS:
Chariots and horses(20:7) Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will remember the name of the Lord our God.
Bow and sword(44:6) For I will not trust in my bow, nor shall my sword save me.
Chariots, horses, bows and swords formed an important part of ancient Israel’s military architecture. Masters in the art of war were highly skilled in the assemblage and organisation of such weaponry. In present day, just as it were then, a nation’s power is measured by its military capability. David, relying on God, prevailed over Goliath with a sling and a sword. He trusted, not in his own strength but, in the power of the name of the Lord.(1 Sam17:45) It’s not by might, not by power but by the Spirit.
VANITIES:
Lying vanities(31:6) I have hated them that regard lying vanities: but I trust in the Lord.
Wealth and a multitude of riches(49:6) Those who trust in their wealth and boast in the multitude of their riches (52:7) Here is the man who did not make God his strength, but trusted in the abundance of his riches (62:10) If riches increase, do not set your eyes upon them.
King Solomon can teach us many a lesson concerning vanity, seeing that he was the richest and wisest man BC. In Ecclesiastes, he writes about wisdom, pleasure, selfish toil, popularity and gain; summing it up in one verse: “All is vanity”. The love-for-money curse is still with us to this day. Jesus, through parables, portrays to us how difficult it is for a rich man to get into the kingdom of heaven. The prosperity gospel is a highy debated topic both in and outside the church. The Word is so clear on this: Seek God’s kingdom first.(Matthew 6:33). The deceifulness of riches chokes up the Word(Matthew 13:22 & Mark 4:19). We are told to store up riches in heaven.
WICKEDNESS:
Lies and pride(40:4) Blessed is that man who makes the Lord his trust, and does not respect the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.
Oppression and robbery:(62:10) Do not trust in oppression, nor vainly hope in robbery.
Stories of injustice, corruption, modern day slavery, murders abound. Society is at its sickest. Some people take pride in oppressing and degrading others. Others take full advantage of their positions of power through dictatorship. On an individual level, we lie to get ourselves out of murky situations and come up with excuses for our sins, forgetting that there is no justification for sin.
RELATIONSHIPS:
Familiar friends(41:9) Even my own familiar friend in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, has lifted his heel against me.
(146:3) Do not put your trust in princes, nor in a son of man, in whom there is no help. His spirit departs, he returns to his earth; in that very day his plans perish.
Man was built for relationship and expresses himself best through the connections he has with people. Relationships could be anything between downright amazing, you know, chemistry and all, to toxic and draining at worst. Human, is synonymous with limited. God on the other hand,is limitless. Men go back on their word,men change. God is eternally faithful and does NOT change. He remains the same; yesterday, today and forever.
AUTHORITY:(118:8) It is better to trust in God than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes.
This consists of government systems, kingdoms, leadership, official permission amongst others. There’s a bifold aspect of dominion and submission. Regardless of which way one looks at it, the common denominator remains: Man. There has to be one to lead and another to be led. Again the limitation factor checks in. However, we are to obey our masters in the flesh (Ephesians 6:5-9); keeping in mind that in as much as all authority comes from God, He is the Highest power.
I don’t discount the importance of relationships, government systems, wealth or any other life incentives. All these are in place to support us in our daily work. I believe that we can do it all for the glory of God. Life is busy and oftentimes demanding, but we must pose and ask ourselves whether our activities point back to God. Make God the foundation of your support system. Rely on him for every single thing. Delight in Him. Abide in His Word. He says, “Cast your burdens unto Me”. He cares a mighty lot.
GOD IS OUR TRUST.

LIFE IN HIS HANDS

Scripture Focus: Psalms

Ours is not a blind kind of trust. These are some of the benefits we receive when we confide in the One True God:
Defence: But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them.(5:11)
Blessings: O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him.(34:8)
O Lord of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.(84:12)
Salvation and Deliverance: Shew thy marvellous lovingkindness, O thou that savest by thy right hand them which put their trust in thee from those that rise up against them.(17:7)
And the Lord shall help them, and deliver them: He shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust Him.(37:40)
Our fathers trusted in thee: they trusted, and thou didst deliver them. They cried unto thee, and were delivered: they trusted in thee, and were not confounded. He trusted on the Lord that He would deliver him, seeing he delighted in Him.(22:4-5,8)
O Lord my God, in thee do I put my trust: save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me.(7:1)
Great rejoicing: For our hearts shall rejoice in Him, because we have trusted in His holy name.(33:21)
My heart trusted in Him, therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth.(28:7)
Goodness: Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!(31:19)
Mercy: Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the Lord, mercy shall compass him about.(32:10)
Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee.(57:1)
Declaration of good works: But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all thy works.(73:28)
Preservation of your soul: Preserve my soul; for I am holy: O thou my God, save thy servant that trusteth in thee.(86:2)
Your soul is kept: O keep my soul, and deliver me: let me not be ashamed; for I put my trust in thee.(25:20)
You are helped: And the Lord shall help them, and deliver them: He shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust Him.(37:40)
You will not be forsaken: And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.(9:10)
You will not be confounded: They cried unto thee, and were delivered: they trusted in thee, and were not confounded.(22:5)
You will not be shamed: In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed.(31:1)
Your enemies will not face triumph: O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed: let not mine enemies triumph over me.(25:2)
You will not be confused: In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion.(71:1)
You will not face destruction: But thou, O God, shalt bring them down into the pit of destruction: bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; but I will trust in thee.(55:23)
We stand to gain more than we can ever imagine through claiming His Word for every area of our lives.

LOVE ODE

Author of my heart

Cover of my soul

Renewer of my youth

Perfecter of my fate

Designer of my destiny

My endless promise

My exceedingly great reward

My nonstop praise song

The beauty of dusk

The brilliance of the sun

The rolling of the hills

The depths of the oceans

A reassuring embrace is Your good morning

And Your goodnight an overwhelming comfort

You whisper, ever so slightly

Ever so lovingly

Memories of everyone and everything

Fade, when am with You

You gifted me with Your image

What a divine origin

A father, friend, forgiver, soul-sustainer

Without You

My life would be a tragic lie

A treacherous perversion

An empty and endless depression

Instead You lead me with great counsel

You clothe me with robes of righteousness

Your love for me is a mystery great

Both a paradox and an eternal pleasure

I know not the number of my hours

But I need You in each

I desire more than a grace dispensation

My spirit longs to embrace the Giver of grace

With a love intense

I love You Lord

Today and forevermore