Monthly Archives: July 2013

The Lord God Almighty!

The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble;
He knows those who seek refuge in Him.

Nahum 1:7 (ESV)

Reading through the Minor Prophets is always a curious endeavor. This verse caught my attention because it seems out of place. It says more about prayer than about God’s destruction of Nineveh.
In reality this verse is part of this psalm that occurs at the beginning of Nahum’s prophecy in chapter 1:2-8:

The Lord is a jealous and avenging God;
the Lord is avenging and wrathful;
the Lord takes vengeance on his adversaries
and keeps wrath for his enemies.
The Lord is slow to anger and great in power,
and the Lord will by no means clear the guilty.
His way is in whirlwind and storm,
and the clouds are the dust of his feet.
He rebukes the sea and makes it dry;
he dries up all the rivers;
Bashan and Carmel wither;
the bloom of Lebanon withers.
The mountains quake before him;
the hills melt;
the earth heaves before him,
the world and all who dwell in it.
Who can stand before his indignation?
Who can endure the heat of his anger?
His wrath is poured out like fire,
and the rocks are broken into pieces by him.
The Lord is good,
a stronghold in the day of trouble;
he knows those who take refuge in him.

But with an overflowing flood
he will make a complete end of the adversaries,
and will pursue his enemies into darkness.

Prayer is an important aspect of taking refuge in God. First and foremost, acknowledging God’s goodness turns the heart toward praise. And praise helps the mind recognize God’s invitation to seek Him when discernment and direction are needed to navigate the chaos of darkness, desperation and depression.

Furthermore, in prayer, the heart becomes accustomed to hearing God’s promise of deliverance. The Lord is merciful, slow to anger and great in power.   Indeed, all praise, honor and glory belong to The Lord God Almighty!


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Humble of Heart

To pray is to take notice of the wonder, to regain a sense of the mystery
that animates all beings, the divine margin in all attainments.
Prayer is our humble answer to the inconceivable surprise of living.
~Abraham Joshua Heschel, Quest for God

As I have taken time to rest, God has surprised me, with the ways He has impressed upon me to pray as my soul yields to the Lord’s tender care.

The other day, I was struggling for perspective regarding some criticism I had received. It wasn’t a restful time. As I wrestled with The Lord about what to receive as constructive and what to disregard, He gently reminded me…“I am gentle and humble of heart and you will find rest for your soul” (Matt. 11:28).

As I got up off the mat and asked God to give me a humble heart, my soul was soon composed and quieted. I received the gift the words were intended be, and let go of the guilt never meant for me.

Much of this experience remains a mystery to me…but the Good News is that God understands what happens in the divine margin. May all who seek true rest find it through the prayerful wonderings of a humble heart like The Lord’s!

What are you wondering about? How can I be praying with you and for you?


Because we do not rest we lose our way…Poisoned by the hypnotic belief that good things come only through unceasing determination and tireless effort, we can never truly rest. And for want of rest our lives are in danger. ~Wayne Muller

This week I am resting and realizing I am not very good at it. But, by golly, I am determined to make it one of the good things I do…does that count as really resting, I wonder!?! I simply don’t want to lose sight of the way God is leading me.

What are some ways you rest? How has resting kept you from losing your way?


Birthdays and Freedom!

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.
Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. ~Galatians 5:1

This has been a week of birthdays. We celebrated my dad’s 77th birthday on Monday by indulging in all-American, fully loaded, “big gun burgers”! Tuesday, I had the joy of helping a younger woman plan her daughter’s 7th butterfly birthday party! And today our nation is 237 years young, when compared to other countries around the globe.

Birthdays can bring with them a sense of freedom to hope that this year will be better than the past. Both physical and spiritual births, mark a freedom from our old reality and the possibility of a whole new one.

I pray that next year we celebrate another year of my father being cancer-free. Whenever I see a butterfly flying, I hope I will let my adult fears fly away so I can freely live by the faith of a 7 year old. And for another 237 years, I hope America a nation of liberty where people can celebrate daily the reality that it is for freedom that Christ set them free!

How are you called to pray today…for others…for our nation?
What new reality is God inviting you to celebrate?