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SUNDAY STILLNESS – Acknowledge God

Sunday Stillness – Acknowledge God

Hummingbird - Psalm 50:11

Credit for this photo goes to Bill Weaver, photographer. Find more lovely pictures on Flickr.

While reading through the Psalms in The Message I came across this passage.

“This is God, your God,
speaking to you.
I don’t find fault with your acts of worship,
the frequent burnt sacrifices you offer.

But why should I want your blue-ribbon bull,
or more and more goats from your herds?
Every creature in the forest is mine,
the wild animals on all the mountains.

I know every mountain bird by name;
the scampering field mice are my friends.

If I get hungry, do you think I’d tell you?
All creation and its bounty are mine.
Do you think I feast on venison?
or drink draughts of goats’ blood?

Spread for me a banquet of praise,
serve High God a feast of kept promises,
And call for help when you’re in trouble—
I’ll help you, and you’ll honor me” (Psalm 50:7-15, The Message).

The knowledge that God knows everything – He created everything – that is powerful. He even knows the scampering field mice.

All God wants is for us to acknowledge Him. That’s it. (Tweet this)

God asks for 3 things; praise Him, keep His promises and call for help. (Tweet this)

God has gone to great lengths to talk to us. He came from Heaven to earth in the form of Man to get to know us. Jesus knows our every feeling, thought and idea.

Today let’s make sure that we take time and talk to God. Stop what you are doing and just breathe in His Holy Spirit.

 

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IS GOD THE GOD OF MIRACLES?

Our God of Many Miracles

by Patricia Day 

It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.

“Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you.  (Psalm 55:22, NIV)

To say that we prayed vehemently would be an understatement.  The Bible tells us “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man”. (Psalm 118:8)

My husband’s unexpected surgery ‘fell’ into our lives and work income stopped!  Yikes!

He’d undergone an angiogram, only to be told it revealed that he needed immediate heart surgery!  He underwent triple-bypass surgery the next morning.

To say we were devastated at the time does not even come close to expressing our feelings and fear….. however GOD is good and as we prayed and trusted that all would be well, He provided for us in so many unexpected ways.  Let me share some with you:

      • I received rides each day, to and from the hospital – all offered never asked for.
      • We received money from family, friends and church family to cover all our immediate expenses and mortgage.
      • We received gift cards from friends for grocery shopping.
      • A garage door repair bill was covered by church friends (just because they wanted to help some way).
      • A cheque from friends, prompted in a dream!  They obeyed.  They said one was told the amount to give!  Because they strongly felt the dream was from God they obeyed. What totally amazed us was that the cheque amount was exactly what we needed to bring overdue bills up to date!  We had not been in touch with these friends prior to this, so they had no way of knowing our need from anything we might have said.
      • Christmas hamper from church family and groceries delivered to our door by friends.
      • Cooked meals and homemade soups brought to our door by friends.

This is not an exhaustive list – we were blessed with many other surprises – even though our faith took a ‘direct hit’ when we first received the news, after the test results were revealed.

We should have known better, but trusting that God is in complete control can elude us in troubling times, and even mature Christians can panic; we’re only human.  We question our ability to come through this latest challenge.  We could have completely ‘lost it’, but hung in there despite doubts.  We should have known better – God provided for us in great abundance then, and He still does.

Prayer:

When tragedies or sickness overwhelm us, it is easy to sink into a ‘pity-party’ and forget to call out to You and trust in Your grace and provision.  Let us remember to reach out to You first and trust that you will provide all that we need, with Your usual perfect timing.  In Jesus Name, Amen!

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Patricia Day

Patricia Day

Writing has always been a passion of Patricia. She can express myself better in writing, than verbally.  She enjoys creating short stories and devotionals. Her favourite past-times: family-time; gardening; reading; walking and listening to good music. Married.  Mother of two sons; step-Mom to a son & daughter and Nana to ten.

Look for her devotionals at Pepe Prays and her blog at Patters Matters.

Patricia has recently completed her first novel – Eleanor, A Stolen Childhood – which is in the process of publication.  Her second novel, Priscilla – Hidden in the Shadows is now being written.

GOD, ANSWER ME QUICKLY!

God, Answer Me Quickly!

by Mark. D. Roberts (reprinted with permission)

“Don’t turn away from me
in my time of distress.
Bend down to listen,
and answer me quickly when I call to you.” Psalm 102:1-28

When we ask a question or share a concern with someone, we expect a quick response. Gone are the days when we would write a letter and wait patiently for days or even weeks for a return letter. Technology has fed our hunger for instantaneous communication. In fact, we call one popular form of this “IM” or “Instant Messaging.”

But, even those of us who settle for the older forms of digital interaction, such as email, nevertheless want quick feedback. It’s not uncommon these days for someone to send an email and then a text to make sure the recipient got the email. If there isn’t a quick response to either of these, a cell phone call is not far behind. We want answers and we want them now, thank you very much.

We can also be like this in our communication with God. But our desire for God to respond quickly to our prayers isn’t simply a product of a technological age. In Psalm 102, for example, we read the prayer of an individual who badly needs God’s help. Verse 2 reads, “Don’t turn away from me in my time of distress. Bend down to listen, and answer me quickly when I call to you” (102:2). Desperate circumstances beget desperate prayers, both in our day as well as centuries ago.

The psalmist’s cry for God to answer and be quick about it impresses me in two ways. First, I’m struck by the boldness of this prayer. The writer doesn’t limit his language in ways I’d be inclined to do: “Who am I to tell God to act quickly? God’s ways are not my ways. God’s timing is not my timing. I have no right to demand an instant response from God.” As we see throughout the Psalms, there is no restraint here, no meticulous polishing of the words. The psalmist tells God exactly what he wants: Answer me…now!

Yet, my second impression is that God had not been acting according to the psalm writer’s timetable. It is true that God’s ways are not my ways and God’s timing is not my timing. Though it can be terribly hard to wait on God, and though we should feel free to tell God to hurry up, nevertheless, often God moves in ways that seem to us to be very slow—painfully slow.

A friend of mine is looking for work. He knows what he feels called to do professionally, yet the opportunities for him to do this are few. He can easily become discouraged, wondering why God is taking so long. Psalm 102 encourages my friend to be honest with God, asking for a speedy response. And, at the same time, this psalm implicitly reminds my friend–and all of us–that God’s timing is not our own. Thus, we live in the tension between telling God to act quickly and asking for the patience to trust that God’s ways and times are always the best.

Mark D. Roberts

Rev. Dr. Mark D. Roberts is Senior Advisor and Theologian-in-Residence of Foundations for Laity Renewal, a multifaceted ministry in the Hill Country of Texas and the parent organization of Laity Lodge. He has written several books, including his most recent: Can We Trust the Gospels? (Crossway, 2007)

He blogs at  http://www.patheos.com/community/markdroberts, and writes a daily devotional for http://www.thehighcalling.org.