God Is Near

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So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.                                                 Isaiah 41:10

Strive to live more fully in the present, refusing to worry about tomorrow. Striving involves devoting serious effort and energy to something: it usually includes struggle. You must exert continual effort if you want to live present-tense in the Lords Presence. He urges you to make Him the major pursuit of your everyday life.

It’s essential to resist the temptation to worry. You live in a fallen world, full of sin and struggles, you will never run short of things that can provoke anxiety. However, remember that each day has enough troubles of its own. God carefully calibrate the amount of difficulty you will encounter on a given day. He knows exactly how much you can handle with His help. And He is always near, ready to strengthen, encourage, and comfort you.

Pursuing a close walk with the Lord is the best way to live in the present. Keep bringing your thoughts back to Him whenever they wander. Return to Him joyfully, my friend. The Lord takes delight in you and He rejoices over you with singing

 

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

Eileen

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Never

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But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you. Save me from all my transgressions; do not make me the scorn of fools.  Psalm 39:7-8

Are the never of life plaguing you today? This will never get better. I’ll never receive the love and respect I long for. I’ll never have what I really want. It can be difficult if you’ve waited a long time to see God work in some situation that’s especially important to you. But this is the challenge of faith. It’s the ability to keep trusting in Him when the days pass without answers to your pleas at the throne of grace.

But today, know one thing for certain; the only “never” that really matters is the God will never let you down (Deuteronomy 31:6,8) So whatever it is you’ve been praying for, no matter how long you’ve had to wait, trust the Father is leading you and know for absolute certain that He has your best interests at heart. Human reason may tell you to give up on God, but don’t Instead, keep clinging to the Savior. And remember: the One  who came through for Abraham, David, and Joseph after their long periods of waiting on your behalf too. Just as God keeps His promises to them. He will do so for you as well.

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

Eileen

The Way To Go

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This is what the Lord says, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go.                              Israel 48:17

Are you confused today because you don’t know what to do? Are you confounded because God isn’t showing you what direction to take, though you’ve been asking Him? Don’t despair, He hasn’t forgotten you, and He isn’t ignoring you. 

The Lord will show you how to proceed. In fact, the Lord is actively working in your situation and guiding you even as you read this, through you may not realize it. You see, God wants you to honor Him, and He understands that you don’t always know how to do so. Therefore, He takes responsibility for teaching you how to walk in His ways, instructing you as a patient and loving Father would, one step at a time, building your faith, character, and obedience.

What this means is that it would be completely out of character and contrary to His purpose to hide how He wants you to go forward. So stop fretting and continue to listening. God will move heaven and earth to show you His will and help you walk in it. He will certainly give you the wisdom to advance with Him one step at a time.

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

Eileen 

Be A Blessing

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Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.                                               2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Do you realize that God formed you to be a blessing to others? He absolutely did. In fact, even the things you’ve been through in life can be a source of great encouragement to believers who are struggling. They can see they’re not alone in their trials when they witness how God successfully got you through yours. That in itself is incredibly comforting. 

The issue isn’t if you can be a blessings; it’s if you will tell others how faithful God has been to you. You don’t have to be a theologian; all you need is to start where you are in your own quiet time. What are you struggling with, and how is the Lord teaching you through it? Because when you comfort others from your own struggles, it’s very personal and powerful, God will speak through you in ways you can’t imagine.

So open your eyes to opportunities, your heart to others, and your mouth to all Jesus has done. You’ll be astounded at how the Lord works through your faithfulness.

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

Eileen