Counting on God

by Jan Cox

Psalm 59 (The Message Psalm 59:8-10, 16-17)

“I can always count on You
God in dependable love shows up on time
Strong God, I’m watching You do it
I can always count on You, God, my dependable love.”

I’m in a fight not physical
I’m in a war but not with this world

Those words from Counting on God have been running around in my head this morning. I awoke from a frightening dream. I couldn’t sleep so got up very early. As I read my Bible I realized that Satan loves to plant fear into our hearts and minds.

I had to remember what is Truth. And that came to me from a passage in Isaiah.

“Yet I leave it all with the Lord’s hands
I will trust God for my reward” (Isaiah 49:4 NLT).

God gives me the Truth. Through Jesus I can see clearly. My job is to hear that Truth and allow His peace to reign in me. And through everything Trust in Him at all times.

My “God conversation”, aka prayer, helped me see through the deception that Satan put up.

After that I had wonderful peace and joy. Remembering that He will take care of me always – that puts fear to rest.

The battle is the Lord’s. But as Oswald Chambers told me this morning I can kick out a mood and get back to my relationship with God. So sometimes it needs action on my part, too.

“If you have the whine in you, kick it out ruthlessly. It is a positive crime to be weak in God’s strength. (Oswald Chambers, April 14)

And from that song, Counting on God, here are the words that helped me through:

“just enough strength to live for today”.

Here is the song and the words.

Counting on God

I’m in a fight not physical
And I’m in a war
But not with this world
You are the light that’s beautiful
And I want more
I want all that’s Yours

Joy unspeakable that won’t go away
And just enough strength
To live for today
So I never have to worry
What tomorrow will bring
‘Cause my faith is on solid rock
I am counting on God

I am counting on
I am counting on God

The miracle of Christ in me
Is the mystery that sets me free
I’m nothing like I used to be
Open up your eyes you’ll see


Father, when we are weak – You are strong. Thank You for being my strength, just enough for today. May my strong faith in You help me in the battle against Satan’s lies. I do not need to fear – You will protect me. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

My Gratitude List – counting to 2000. I am at 1235.

Olive Branch at Queen Creek
  • 3 days away with my hubby
  • a hacienda for 2 nights – the room where John Wayne stayed
  • good breathing – hurrah
  • crossing the border to Mexico – fun to meet the people
  • visit to Tubac
  • meeting a watercolour artist – Roberta Rogers; had a lovely chat
  • renewed my love of art
  • took lots of pictures in Tubac – was inspired
  • visited Old Tuscon – the wild west era – more painting ideas
  • so much fresh air for 2 days – and my allergies were under control – praise the Lord
  • ideas for writing
  • getting ready to go home – excitement
  • fascinating new Bible study – SEED by Priscilla Shirer
  • God connections
  • good walking weather
  • smell of garlic and spices cooking
  • Snowball was so excited to see us after our little holiday
  • being able to walk outside in Arizona without breathing problems
  • time with friend at the pool and in steam room
    • learning tap dances using my new IPOD
    • soaking up the Arizona sun (won’t be long now before we revert to spring)
    • a funny mocking bird – such a variety of songs from one little bird (wish I knew how to let you hear these wonderful sounds)
    • a goose who stood up to Snowball
A goose protecting his/her young.
    • boats on the lake


Jan Cox

Jan, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. She has published two devotionals and a number of articles for magazines and a Bible study. She is owner of Under the Cover of Prayer and moderates the site. She also writes at A Better Way. Jan is working on a couple children’s books in which she is also the watercolour illustrator.