Sunday, July 27, 2014

Heart's Desire


          Photo Illustration Via Pinterest


"Delight thyself also in the Lord: 
and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart. 
Commit thy way unto the Lord; 
trust also in Him; 
and He shall bring it to pass. 
And He shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, 
and thy judgment as the noonday." ~Psalm 37:4-6 


"MY HEART'S DESIRE" © S.D. Harden 

Lord, I pray that You will be,
All I want and All I need,
My passion, Lord, Thy will to seek;
My heart's desire, oh Christ my King.
Lord, I pray Your will for me,
Would be woven in my dreams,
That I would walk with You always,
And forever love You, Lord, I pray.
In Jesus' name, Amen.


"My Heart's Desire" Prayer Poem © 2014 Suzanne Davis Harden All Rights Reserved.
Photo Illustration Source Via Pinterest/ Scripture Quotation King James Bible

Friday, July 18, 2014

The God of All Comfort



THE GOD OF ALL COMFORT

2 Corinthians 1:3-7 (TLB)

"What a wonderful God we have—He is the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 
the source of every mercy, and the one who so wonderfully comforts 
and strengthens us in our hardships and trials. 

And why does He do this? 
So that when others are troubled, 
needing our sympathy and encouragement, 
we can pass on to them this same help and comfort God has given us. 

You can be sure that the more we undergo sufferings for Christ, 
the more He will shower us with His comfort and encouragement. 

We are in deep trouble for bringing you God’s comfort and salvation. 
But in our trouble God has comforted us—and this, too, to help you: 
to show you from our personal experience how God will tenderly comfort you 
when you undergo these same sufferings. 

He will give you the strength to endure."

The verses above written by St. Paul over 2000 years ago to the Corinthian Church are some of my favorite scriptures. "God is the Source of EVERY MERCY! God is the ONE who comforts us and strengthens us and manages to get us through all of our trials if we will only turn to Him and trust Him.

I ran across a beautiful post recently by gifted writer Bella Alex-Nosagie, who so brilliantly articulated this message that I'm going to re-share it here (with her permission!)

 Bella Alex-Nosagie ~July 16, 2016 ~Google


"Let me take this a little further and remind you of something. God created you with so much love. He is the one that applauds every milestone you take in life. 
He weeps when you weep and rejoices when you rejoice. 
When it feels like no one is there, God is. 
Turn your face to Him always.
The Bible is His love letter to you to encourage you and empower you. 
Don't despair, God loves you and that love is more than enough for me.
When I'm really having hard days I hide myself in His word and turn on the music praising and worshipping Him. I find out I feel much better when I've told Him everything I'm sad about. 
Have a blessed day! ~Bella Alex-Nosagie

Prayer
Heavenly Father, thank You for Your measureless love toward each of us.  Thank You that You are a God who lives inside of us through Your Holy Spirit, who knows all about us, who cares very much about every detail of our lives. Thank You that You care so deeply about our personal lives and that You long for us to turn all our cares & burdens over to You so that You might not only comfort & encourage us, but also empower us to meet all our challenges through the supernatural strength of Christ Jesus. You long to give us the wisdom to navigate through the murky waters that we sometimes encounter on our paths. All we have to do is ask. Thank You, precious Father God~We love You! in Jesus' name, Amen.

"The God of All Comfort" © 2014 Bella Alex-Nosagie All Rights Reserved (Note: the Author encourages others to freely share her beautiful encouraging message!) 
Scripture Verses: TLB, © 1971 Tyndale House Publishers All Rights Reserved.
Unto The Least of These, © 2014 Suzanne Davis Harden All Rights Reserved. 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Trust in God With All Your Heart




"Trust God" © Suzanne Davis Harden All Rights Reserved.
"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."~ Proverbs 3:5-6

In this detail from my painting based on Proverbs 3:5-6, Jesus, the Good Shepherd is leading one of His little lambs along a path He has chosen for her.
He lovingly looks down at His child and gently holds her hand as He leads her. He does not force her to follow Him.

 He seems to be asking her to make the choice, "Will you follow Me down this path I have chosen for you?"

 However, the child does not seem eager to follow her Shepherd, but reluctantly holds one hand behind her back while her feet stay planted on the shores of indecision.
Her head hangs down unwilling to meet the eyes of her Lord.

Something is preventing her from wanting to pursue the path He's chosen for her. Is it fear, doubt, worry, insecurity?
She cannot really see a path before her at all---only the ever relentlessly shifting waves of the endless sea before them.
Perhaps she wonders how she can walk upon such an unstable foundation?

If only she could see an end to the murky path before her! But she sees only an endless horizon of water whose depths she can't even fathom.
Her faithful Good Shepherd whom she has always trusted now seems to be asking her to plunge with Him into a depthless pool where there is no footing.
He seems to be asking her to leave behind everything she's always been able to depend on, and embark upon a path where she will have only Him to rely on for all her needs. 

He seems be asking her to simply trust Him; to trust His word no matter what her eyes and ears may tell her to the contrary, because He is faithful to all His promises and He cannot lie. 

He asks her to just believe that He will take care of her no matter what challenges come up. If only she will keep her hand in His and trust Him, nothing shall be able to overtake her.

Trust Me

"Will you trust in Me, My child?
I'll not lead you astray.
Will You trust in Me, My Child,
Though all the earth gives way,
I'll shield you from all harm, My child,
Your heart I'll not betray;
Although My path for you seems dark
An endless, depthless sea,
Strewn with wind & stormy waves,
Your safe always with Me.
And though you cannot see the end
I see it and I know,
That you will be all right, My child,
So never give up hope.
Never lose your faith in Me,
But Trust, oh trust always,
Know I love you, little one,
And in your heart remain.

© 2014  Suzanne Davis Harden

Prayer:

Lord Jesus, Thank You that You love us and will never lead us down a path where You won't also be with us, guiding us by Your indwelling Holy Spirit. You are our Good Shepherd who leads us in paths of righteousness for Thy name's sake. You are working all things out in our life for our good. May You reassure us of these truths when we are challenged by the storms of life. For Thy word promises that You, Oh Lord, are FOR us, and if God be For us, who can be against us?!
You are our Hope and our Victory no matter what the world throws at us. For in the end, as You triumphed over the world, we too shall triumph as long as we abide in You.  For You have promised us, "Greater is He that is in us, than he who is in the world."
We love You, Lord! In Thy great name dear Jesus, we give thanks and pray, amen.


Notes

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"Trust in God with All Your Heart" Prayer Poem © 2014 and Illustration "Trust God"  © 2009 by Suzanne Davis Harden; All Rights Reserved. 
Message Originally Published in Peaceful Prayer Songs, Messages of Hope: Peaceful Prayer Songs

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Trust in God

 


Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV)

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

 

Trust in God © S.D. Harden

Lord, help me to trust in You
With all my heart and soul,
Guide me down Your holy paths,
Make me Your will to know:
And when Your way is shrouded
Help me not to fear,
For You are ever with me, Lord,
Even when my path's not clear.
For You are guiding me by faith
~A whisper in my ear,
Telling me this is the way,
So I need never fear...
You'll guide me as I trust in You
For You are ever near.



"Trust in God" Prayer Poem & Illustration © 2014 Suzanne Davis Harden, All Rights Reserved. Unto the Least of These, Scripture Quotation King James Version Bible
 
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