Showing posts with label Rest. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Rest. Show all posts

Saturday, July 5, 2014

"Strength Of My Heart" from Rend Collective (OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO)

On Saturdays I want to remind you to prepare your heart for a time of worship and rest on the weekend, especially after 4th of July yesterday. We need some rest! God invites us over and over again to Rest in Him, and especially for widows to enter His rest, (Ruth 1:9).

As you listen to this music video today, you'll notice phrases from the song contained in the verses below---it's a very biblical song! I really enjoyed catching the phrases (in bold) and going to BibleGateway.com. When I got there I typed the words into the search box to find the verse in the New International Version (NIV), but you may select from any version; you might find that a real blessing too. I urge you to try it sometime. Until then, just listen in, and let God's rest minister to your spirit.


The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress Psalm 46:7

A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling Psalm 68:5

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Psalm 23:4

For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe. Psalm 61:3
 
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:26
 
What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31
 
Selah, ferree

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Strength

Have you said the words "I can't . . . " this week?
 
Do you feel that you can't go on,
can't take one more moment of this grief?
I know.
 
Widowhood is one of the biggest challenges anyone will face in life.
 
But step by step,
whether forward or backward,
whether moving your own feet
or collapsing on a figurative stretcher and
having friends carry you to Jesus like in
the Bible stories,
eventually you'll be on the other side of this pain.
 
Life will not be
how you expected;
it'll be different,
but different does not mean doomed.
 
http://www.inspirational-bibleverses.com/page/new-testament
Some day the view from the mountaintop
of God's strength and provision in your life
will be nothing short of glorious!
Rest in His hope this weekend. ferree

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Finding Rest At The Crossroads

Each weekend I encourage widows to take some time to rest. The body needs it, and so does the soul. Look about, ask for that which is wise and good. Follow the right path--the way of the Lord. That's where the yearning and grieving is resolved. The rest He gives will restore and renew.
 
. . . “Stand at the crossroads and look;
ask for the ancient paths,
ask where the good way is, and walk in it,
and you will find rest for your souls." . . .
Jeremiah 6:16
 
God is willing to intersect our lives---any time,
any where. This picture is what I call "Anytown, USA"
and it reminds me that the "crossroads" of Jeremiah 6:16
are right in our own backyard.  
ferree

Saturday, June 22, 2013

A Lesson From Nature

Grief can be exhausting and summer very busy. So this weekend--may we set aside a few minutes for rest and surrendering to God's will, just like a flower lifts its blossom to the sun.
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He sendeth sun, he sendeth shower,
Alike they're needful to the flower;
And joys and tears alike are sent
To give the soul fit nourishment.
As come to me of cloud or sun,
Father! Thy will, not mine, be done.

--Sarah Fuller Flower Adams (1805-1848)

Saturday, June 15, 2013

In God's Time

Every Saturday is devoted to setting time aside for rest and seeking God. Working through grief is emotionally, spiritually and physically exhausting! Rest is good and this is our reminder. So give yourself "time." Let the words of this song and the beauty of God's creation salve your soul. Have a good weekend. ferree

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Resting In Strong Doctrine

The verses below are like a psalm, except they appear right in the middle of Romans--the book of strong doctrine. But that's the way God's comfort is, isn't it? We find it best in the strong truth of God's Word--like stunning beauty in rugged mountains. Today I pray you'll find rest for your soul on this strenuous walk on the widows' path.

Rocky Mountains Twin Peaks Sunset

Romans 11:33-36 (New International Version)
Doxology
Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable his judgments,
and his paths beyond tracing out!
"Who has known the mind of the Lord?
Or who has been his counselor?"
"Who has ever given to God,
that God should repay him?"
For from him and through him and to him are all things.
To him be the glory forever! Amen.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Pray for Widows With Teenagers

In these days brimming with proms, graduations, open houses, college applications and summer job hunting, widows with teens, and teens without dads, sometimes put up a fragile front. Please be sensitive to them---yes, they DO miss him. The world will never, ever know how much. Please pray for them.

Dear Heavenly Father,

Your Word says you will be a father to the fatherless. We come before you today in humility and neediness to ask you to fulfill your Word in the lives of fatherless teens today--for their benefit as well as the relief and benefit of their mom.

Lord, many widowed moms fall into bed each night wrung out beyond exhaustion---and then they can't sleep! Their minds overload with stress and "to do" lists as they take on the work and responsibilites of two adults, and add to that the concern for the future of their children. Please send them kindness and rest, and help them recognize your good hand of mercy and blessing.

We pray their teenagers will know your salvation. That if they have not yet received it, you will stir them through the work of your Holy Spirit and make them alive in Christ. Protect them from the blind rage and bitterness of grief. Use this time of their life to turn them to you. Help their mother to help them, and not to be so buried in her own grief that they are neglected.

Cover them, both teens and moms, with your grace; that they may begin to live again, lifted from the ashes, growing in your grace, hope and purpose.

Fill them with a love for learning from Scripture. May it be a lamp unto their feet and a light for their path during these days of new beginnings, passions and hormones. Strengthen them morally and give them each the courage to be pure in thought, word and walk. Grant understanding and respect --that the teens respect their mom, and that the mother understands and respects her children--and herself. Protect her from the temptations of escape and help her uphold the values and standards she desires for her family. May the Holy Spirit cut through her grief and fill her with the comfort and guidance of Scripture.

Guide them, Lord. I'm praying big on this one, far beyond the blessings I can imagine; I ask that you open doors for them that lead to wisdom, goodness, abundant joy and the spread of your kingdom. May their desire be to live according to your will. Protect them and deliver them from evil.

In Your Name we pray,
amen.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

What Street Do You Live On?

I saw this street sign and I just had to turn around and go back to take a picture!! <3
WCP friend Cathy spotted this street sign the other day
as she was driving by. 
Just to be sure, she returned for a close up

Her photos make me wonder what "street" do I live on? Where do I "park" my heart and my attitude each day? So I'll be dwelling on the following verses today. Won't you join me? Let's take comfort from God's Word this weekend. ferree

   But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ,
   who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.
   Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends!  Philippians 3:20-4:1 (NIV)

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Moms Are A Treasure!

(Photo credit: Inspirational Bible Verses by Isolino)

May your weekend be filled with kindness and rest!
ferree

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Pray for Widows Who Are Lonely

Here's what a lonely person's prayer might sound like:

Dear Heavenly Father,

There are days when I feel suffocated and overwhelmed by loneliness. It's like a heavy, dark blanket pressed to the face and I'm powerless to pull it away. It drains my strength and hope; its like arthritis of the soul---it just won't go away. How can I live like this? How can I go on when my soulmate--the one person I can't live without, the one who was a part of me, who completed my sentences, who filled my thoughts, pleasured my existence, and gave purpose to my days? How can I go on when he's gone?

Life has blown up and been scattered to the wind. I am a solitary speck in a lonely wasteland, a wandering soul in a dry, empty desert . . . Amen.

I am like a desert owl, like an owl among the ruins.
I lie awake;
I have become like a bird alone on a roof.
Psalm 102:6,7

Have you been in such a lonely place? Like a bird on the rooftop, watching life pass you by? Prayers and verses like the ones above are labelled as "laments," by theologians. They provide no answer, they only express the honest cry of the heart.
 
What?!! No answer? No three-point sermon or 12-step plan?
 
Nope. A lament is just a simple, honest heart cry.
 
God's OK with honesty, with laments. He wants us to bring Him the loneliness and pain we feel. He understands and accepts us; if we've confessed our sins He hears our prayers even though we wonder about that at times.
 
If you're lonely today, tell the Lord about it. If you're not, then please pray for widows and many other people who experience this echoing silence moment by moment. ferree

Saturday, April 20, 2013

The Silence of Saturdays

I'm guessing you used to look forward to Saturdays. TGIF, a little R&R, hammocks and hobbies...
Saturdays are a lot different when widowed. Maybe you're the one behind the lawn mower now-- if you can get the darn thing to start. Or you've got three kids with different places to be all at the same time! How does that work?

But amidst the chaos and craziness, do you find a big silent vortex? Loneliness? A hovering cloud of oppression? An undercurrent of anxiety? Then I know you'll find this blog post by Stillhope to be a wonderful meditation on another view of Saturdays---Silence Before the Song.

Silent Saturdays won't last forever. If you use this time wisely you'll look back on days turned to treasures, the waiting filled with grace.
  ferree

by Sherry Luttrell

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Video: No More Nights Glen Campbell



Revelation 21:4 (NIV)
He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.

AMEN! Let's rest assured in the hope of Heaven this weekend.
ferree

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Fill-In-The-Blank Stillness and Rest

On Saturdays I remind us all to cut some time in our schedule to "Come apart before you come apart." It's a time to read a verse, say a prayer or just sit still for a moment to practice the fine art of doing nothing. Allow yourself rest and relaxation.

Psalm 46:10 prescribes an even better nourishment for your soul. In addition to rest and sit still, it adjures us to know God:

Be still, and know that I am God.

That's hard to do while searching for shoes, scooting kids into the car, paying bills, or singing The Mom Song (see Thursday's post).

But here's a simple way to get to know God. Grab a pencil, a scrap of paper and Psalm 46. Then quiet your heart. Be still while you start the beginning of the psalm. Then, every time you see the words "God is" or "God will" jot down the rest of the phrase. It'll take less than five minutes but will bring you repeated "rest" every time you remember it today.

Example:
Psalm 46:1  God is __________ fill in the blank with  . . . our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Just copy it word-for-word from your Bible.

I know it's hard to concentrate when the mind is numb. God knows that too. So don't worry about distractions---you're normal. Don't feel foolish because this is so easy---instead, understand the wisdom. Copy these words. Put them in your pocket. Pull them out from time to time. You'll be reminded of the God who is on your side. Priceless!

Now you try it:
Psalm 46:5  God is ___________
                    God will ______________
Psalm 46:7 The LORD Almighty is ___________
                     the God of Jacob is _______________
Psalm 46:10 I (God) will ____________
                     I (God) will __________
Psalm 46:11 The LORD Almighty is _____________
                     the God of Jacob is ______________

Isn't God good? Isn't He our Almighty, our Refuge and Strength? And He is with us! He emphasizes that by repeating that truth in verses 7 and 11. Let's thank Him and praise Him for His presence and help.
I pray these truths about God's attributes and character will bring some rest to your soul this day.
ferree

Saturday, March 30, 2013

The Booth Brothers - The Night Before Easter

May that power from heaven break thru this time of darkness for you too, in your own "night before Easter."
Rest in the Lord and the power of His strength this weekend.
Have a blessed Resurrection Sunday.
ferree


Saturday, March 23, 2013

Pray for Widows With Children to Raise

Dear God,
I pray for women who have been left to raise children on their own. This is a huge responsibility and burden--when you're married and have the support of a father to share the duties. But when you're a mom alone---God, how do you expect these ladies to do all this?!
So, Lord, this is why we must pray!
Oh Lord, fulfill your Word to them from Psalm 68:5 and be a father to these fatherless children. Do a work in their little hearts that assures them they belong to you. Help these children come to Jesus as the little ones in the New Testament did. Protect them from worldly adults and false teachers who claim there is no God. Heal their grief, help them stay true to you, and help them be a comfort and delight to their mother.
And for these mothers, Lord, please strengthen and protect them. Defend them, as you are declared the "defender of widows." If they are lonely, set them in the midst of families---their own family, their church family, and perhaps the family of a godly man you will send to be her new husband and new father for her children. Lord, raise up these men with the backbone and integrity to be our heroes!
Above all else, Lord, may the widow with children to raise find her rest in you. Draw her to yourself, surround her with your lovingkindness and new mercies every morning. Fill her days with deep joy, fill her mind with your wonders, fill her heart with your peace. Collect her tears in your bottle and transform them into her treasure. Bless her with kindness and rest.
In Jesus Name,
Amen

A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families . . . Psalm 68:5,6a

Saturday, March 16, 2013

An Irish Blessing

Grief can be exhausting, so now is a practical time to begin the practice of a Sabbath rest. Although I'm past my grief now, I still do this, which is why I don't blog on Sundays. I urge everyone to use a Saturday or Sunday as a reminder to cut some time in your schedule for rest. Spend time with God by taking a few minutes to read a verse, say a prayer or just sit down for a moment of nothing. God understands silence, and sometimes even speaks into it.
 
With St. Patrick's Day upon us I found this lovely blessing from Island Irish. It puts into words my prayers for you.
 
Have a sweet and restful weekend and a Happy St. Patty's too!  ferree
In Time of Sorrow...
May you see God's light on the path ahead
When the road you walk is dark.
May you always hear,
Even in your hour of sorrow,
The gentle singing of the lark.
When times are hard may hardness
Never turn your heart to stone,
May you always remember
when the shadows fall—
You do not walk alone.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

When It Hurts Too Much to Cry

I found this gem the other day when I was unpacking a box of paperwork. It was sort of like finding buried treasure. Doesn't the title just grab you? Grab you Bible and spend a few minutes in John 16 today. Let God's Word penetrate your sadness, and rest in Him this weekend.

When It Hurts Too Much to Cry
(sermon notes from my pastor, Cornelius Hancock, at Springboro Baptist Church in Springboro, OH  Oct. 18, 2009)
John 16:1-33
Don't forget that you are not alone. The Holy Spirit is with you and relates to you.
  • The Holy Spirit is a person
  • The Holy Spirit is  God
  • The Holy Spirit is eternal
  • The Holy Spirit has emotions
Don't forget that God will transform your sorrow into joy.
  • 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
  • Lamentations 3:21-24
  • Sorrow and comfort can and do co-exist!
Don't forget that you can ask the Father for anything in Jesus' name
What does it mean to pray in Jesus' name?
  • Make requests consistent with God's will
  • Acknoledge your spiritual poverty
  • Express a sincere desire that God will be glorified
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33

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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Pray for Widows Who Want to Remarry

Lord God,
      I pray today for widows who want to remarry---for those who yearn once again for the companionship, touch and presence of a husband's love.
      May they use this desire to call upon You for refuge and strength.
     May they be thankfully open and honest before You, expressing all their dreams, fears, and daily struggles.
     May they receive help in time of need.
     May You open their eyes to the sources of help You've already placed around them.
      And Lord, as the widow Naomi prayed for Ruth and Orpah, I pray for each of these widows today:
May the Lord show kindness to you, as you have shown to others. May the Lord grant that each of you will find rest in the home of another husband.
      As they struggle moment by moment to trust You again, may they each "be richly rewarded by the Lord," just as Ruth and Naomi both were rewarded with redemption---Ruth through a husband, and Naomi through an heir.
      In this process, Lord, gently lead them, reveal Yourself and Your will, and help them be restored and growing in You. Grant them contentment!
      Protect and watch over these beloved ones, Lord, and draw them close to You.
      In Jesus' Name,
      Amen

A woman is bound to her husband as long as he lives. But if her husband dies, she is free to marry anyone she wishes, but he must belong to the Lord. In my judgment, she is happier if she stays as she is---and I think that I too have the Spirit of God. I Corinthians 7:8

May you rest in the Lord this weekend,
ferree

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Coming Apart?

Photo from Dianne G.  
This weekend be sure to cut some time in your schedule to Come apart so you don't 'come apart.' Take time to walk on the crunchy snow, read the Psalm below, say a prayer or just sit down for a moment of nothing but quietness.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Psalm 13
(New International Version, ©2010)
For the director of music. A psalm of David.
 
How long, LORD? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
 
How long must I wrestle with my thoughts
and day after day have sorrow in my heart?
How long will my enemy triumph over me?
 
Look on me and answer, LORD my God.
Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death,
 
and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,”
and my foes will rejoice when I fall.
 
But I trust in your unfailing love;
my heart rejoices in your salvation.
 
I will sing the LORD’s praise,
for he has been good to me.
 
You are not forgotten. 
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Saturday, February 2, 2013

PLUMB "Need You Now (How Many Times)" - OFFICIAL lyric video



Are you on a road you never wanted to go down? Does your heart cry out, "God, please take this: God, I need You now?" Or maybe there are no words because the pain has settled into a deep yearning beyond words. . .

You're not alone. This song is a lament--a sorrow-filled cry to God. God knows these songs. He loves them. He loves the people who pray and sing them. And He loves the people who can't because they're doubled over. When we can't put words to our prayers or songs, God provides the words for us in psalms like Psalm 42, and in songs like this one by Plumb.

Let this song pray for you. Take a look at Psalm 42 today. The honesty might surprise you.
May the Lord allow some rest for you this weekend. Cry out to God using today's video, Psalm 42, or your own broken words.
We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. Romans 8:26 (NIV)

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