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Can’t Sleep…Read the Psalms!!

-I am weary with my groaning; all night I soak my pillow with tears, I drench my couch with my weeping. My eye grows dim because of grief; it grows old because of all my enemies
(Psalms 6:6)

Hey Neighbor,

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Did you know that David wrote most of the 150 Psalms? This was his mental/emotional therapy as he suffered through the greatest trials of his life. Read Psalms 6:6 above again….

Here David describes his own experience with insomnia and great mourning. Notice that he describes a night, devoid of sleep. I can imagine that his eyes were red and heavy with bags underneath because he tells us that he has been awake all night crying intensely. Of course his pillow is not literally soaked, nor his bed flooded, but David wants us to know that he has had a long, tear-filled night, crying out to God for fear of his enemies.

Well, like David, I needed some mental/emotional therapy also, because I’ve been battling some health issues and I’ve found myself struggling with my own bouts of insomnia…For hours and hours, through what seemed like endless night after endless night, My mind would just race like crazy with thoughts of impending doom, until I finally decided to take the Holy Spirit’s advice to calm myself, during my long worry-filled nights with a Psalm to Lord, so I wrote my own psalm….After all, a psalm is simply a poem, only it was written to be sung to the Lord as a hymn. It is a poem that reveals the emotional intensity of someone’s personal experience with suffering and/or sometimes celebration…We’ll, I certainly would have rathered be awake at 3am celebrating, but unfortunately, my experience was that of suffering…Here’s my Psalm!!
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Your life for mine, the ghost You gave
and my wretched sins, yes You forgave
So that the windows of my soul might see your face,
‘Til then I abide in that secret place
Awaiting the day my eyes behold Your Light,
sitting next to my Father- just there at His right
Grasping tightly to Your word, Lord I still stand
Praying for the mercy of your healing hand
Though sudden death lurks all about
And it’s hard for me to silence the doubt
I’ve questioned your will because of my fear
Still believing You know me and my prayers You still hear
I know it’s Not long before Your Love is revealed
And I’ll will shout to the world,
YES, I am healed!!!

I hope that you were comforted by my Psalm and that it re-stimulates your confidence in God and reminds You that He is still with You, even in your time of trouble…when His voice seems silent and when it seems His face cannot be found…He wants Us to lay our worries and concerns upon Him…not within Ourselves…lest anxiety take root in Our lives.

So, Remember This…As I am also reminded by the Holy Spirit!!
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-You’re not the only ones plunged into these hard times. It’s the same with Christians all over the world. So keep a firm grip on the faith. The suffering won’t last forever. It won’t be long before this generous God who has great plans for us in Christ – eternal and glorious plans they are! – will have you put together and on your feet for good. He gets the last word; yes, he does!!
(1 Peter 5:8)

And Remember This Also….

God Loves You and So Do I!!
-Tam

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Jesus Is Our LifeGuard!!

-THE LORD is my Shepherd [to feed, guide, and shield me], I shall not lack. He makes me lie down in [fresh, tender] green pastures; He leads me beside the still and restful waters.(He refreshes and restores my life (my self); He leads me in the paths of righteousness [uprightness and right standing with Him–not for my earning it, but] for His name’s sake. Yes, though I walk through the [deep, sunless] valley of the shadow of death, I will fear or dread no evil, for You are with me; Your rod [to protect] and Your staff [to guide], they comfort me-
(Psalms 23:1-4)

Hey Neighbor,

I usually keep a notebook at my nightstand, because the Holy Spirit likes to talk to me…while I’m asleep!! Lol

So anyway…I was going through one of my old Notebooks and I found this Lifeguard analogy that I had written about Jesus. It was during the latter part of 2013…and I felt as if I was going under…’BUT GOD’ was right beside me, preserving me and leading me to still waters!!

Here’s My Analogy…

When We go swimming, it is important to know if the lifeguard is on duty and where he is seated…BUT Jesus is our LifeGuard and He is always on duty!! It is So important for Us to know His location, before We step out into the waters of Life. We need to know that Jesus is seated at the Right Hand of God, the Father…with His watchful eye on Us, as He intercedes for Us.

Satan is also watching and lurking about…trying to lure Us out into the deep waters, where We are no longer able to sense Our footing. There, he can stir up the wind and the waves of life and attempt to pull Us under…but if We keep Our eyes on Our Lifeguard…We’ll see that He’s right there beside Us, because He is concerned about Our safety and Our survival. He swims alongside of Us…even when We’ve wandered too far out!!

He will never leave Us nor forsake Us!!

So when the strong currents of life’s waters attempt to overwhelm You and You are left flailing Your arms…gasping for air…and trying to keep Your head above the water, Remember that YOUR LifeGuard is an excellent swimmer…And He adores You…You have special favor with Jesus, So You can just throw Your arms around Him…and You can lean into Him…knowing that He WILL preserve Your Life.

Get to KNOW Your LifeGuard on a first-name basis…Call on Him!!

His Name is Jesus!!

When We know Him…and have an intimate, personal relationship with Him…We learn to trust Him and We believe His Word when He says that He is Our Firm foundation…and if We will become ‘sure-footed’…in Him…We can Make it to the Shores of Heaven!!

Because Jesus is Our Salvation…We know that all the devil’s wicked schemes and evil plots that he has set-up against Us…in order to destroy Our Lives…They are ALL…already under Jesus’ feet.

He will Command the Winds and The Waves and make them behave and He will put that roaring lion back in his cage.

Until Tomorrow…Get ready for another ‘Brain Teaser.’

God Loves You and So Do I!!

-Tam

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