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Becky’s Haiku: Remembering God, My Strength and Song

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As I walk and stroll

Along, I think of God who

Is my strength and song.

he has created

 by his own power all things:

earth, the moon, and stars.

he has revealed in

his book, chapter and verse; he

made the universe.

Nothing good was made

Without him; through his word filled

With power from within.

He gives breathing life

To all men and eternal

Life through his own Son.

He is like a love

 Song singing deep inside of

Me and whispering.

He sings in my heart

Ever quietly and through

The gentle, flowing breeze.

I also hear him

By the lake and sea as the

Waves lap peacefully.

And in the forest

When the birds sing, I can’t help

But remember him.

Always reminding

Me of his love and peace, so

Content, I can be.

So today I will

Stroll along and remember

God, my strength and song.

Friday Verse Journal Isaiah 40:31

 

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Whew!! Another busy week of completing my work and depending on the Lord. Am thankful for a restful Saturday. I had eagerly checked my email hoping for a positive response of acceptance for a story I recently wrote but that didn’t happen. So back to the drawing board of writing and rewriting. Once again feeling some disappointment and wondering why?  Also this is just one of many hurts and disappointments to come along.  And I realize that I am not alone. Many of us start down a path in life hoping for success and a sense of purpose in what we do both in our professional and personal lives. And things just don’t go the way we think. Need to keep remembering that God does know what is best for each person. Through prayer, reading God’s Word,  and obedience, I need to just wait and keep trusting in the Lord for all things and let him strengthen and show me the way in his good time. However, as I struggle, I must admit this is easier said than done.

Isaiah 40:31 (Holy Bible English Standard Version):

“But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength: they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not grow faint.”

Friday Verse Journal Philippians 4:11b-13

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Although it is no longer Friday, I still wanted to post something in my Friday Verse Journal. I am still working on the idea of being content no matter what my situation may be. This is for me an everyday challenge. Sudden or unexpected obstacles in life really do rattle me. Also when certain challenges in life just seem to take too long to cope with and resolve. It is very easy trust and believe in God through his Son, Jesus when things go well and when things are going well for my friends and loved ones. But when troubles mount and when bad news is revealed then, it is not so easy to just trust him and be content to wait on God’s time to work out all things for the good. However the idea of staying content and being at peace through knowing Jesus is my anchor. If I become too fearful or somehow very upset and my faith is being challenged then I must find my way back to God and keep depending and believing in him.

Philippians 4:11b-13 (Holy Bible English Standard Version):

“For I have learned in every situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low and how to be abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”

Friday Verse Journal Isaiah 41:10

 

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Thinking about Family and Relying on God’s Strength

I am now two days late on posting a Friday Verse Journal entry. I had just returned from a wonderful and blessed family reunion in Wisconsin. There were so many there that it was nearly impossible to visit with everyone and to learn what each wonderful relative has been up to. We came from many different directions to attend this reunion and far as I know, I was the only one that came from Minnesota! I am also the relative that had my hair pulled by a monkey when I was much younger. That was a question given in a children’s game that was taking place at  the reunion.  Some  relatives came by plane, some by car, and some came with great stories to tell and reminisce.   Our family is very large with many cousins, aunts, and uncles. I think some of the  younger cousins were a bit overwhelmed.

Speaking of the younger cousins in the family, I had a wonderful time playing with two little ones in the pool; they both wanted help to climb up on this lily pad-acorn-like raft and then they would jump off filled with smiles and laughter. While still at “Water World”. my young niece pretended to be my motor while I was relaxing on my floating tube and she propelled me all around the ‘lazy river’. So, instead of floating gently along, I was in my own ‘speedboat’ passing by everyone else. Then another very young toddler wanted me to play with him  in the sand. By this time I had already soiled my clothes by spilling a drink so I though, “Well, why worry about a little dirt?” He also was full of smiles as he built his version of a castle in the sand. Some of the more wilder cousins  along with my sister daringly jumped into the nearby lake, clothes and all!  One dear cousin didn’t want me or my other sister to feel left out so she  sneaked up from behind and gave each of us a great bear hug so that we too were sopping wet and felt beary loved. How appropriate since we were staying at the Three Bears Resort. Although, I have returned home, others are still traveling and i wish them all well in their journeys.

Anyway, after spending hours on the road, I was very thankful to safely reach home. I was also very tired from the events of the last three days and needed to rest. During that brief time of rest and restoration, I focused on God and how so good he is. I was reminded of how I needed to rely on his strength and not my own.  I am often weak and my strength often fails me. I also need to listen when he seems to say, “it is time to rest.”  So today, Sunday, I am resting, focusing on God, and relying on his strength to restore me:

Isaiah 41:10 (Holy Bible Revised Standard Version):

“Fear not for I am with you, be not dismayed for I am your God: I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.”

Friday Verse Journal 2 Samuel 22: 33

 

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I am finding lately, that when I let my mind wander off and not stay focused on God, I notice then that I am not believing God will help me and I am not trusting in his strength. I still try to go through life relying on just myself to figure everything out and I am relying on my own strength. Then I am in danger of being too worried about everything. Recently, God led me to this verse as a reminder to keep trusting and relying on him:.

2 Samuel 22:33 (Holy Bible New International Version):

“It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure,”

Friday Verse Journal June 6, 2014

 

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Lately, over the last weeks and even longer, I easily become agitate or unhappy or very discouraged about different parts of my life. And when I am already down, it doesn’t take much at all for me to become completely unglued and totally unsure of myself or what it really is that God wants me to do. The Apostle Paul’s words about contentment have been coming to my mind:

Philippians 4:11b-13 (Holy Bible English Standard Version)

“I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”