Wednesday, September 27, 2017

just breathe

Wednesday, September 27, 2017...

My Problem:
I realized this week that the word chronic has all but consumed my life.

Chronic pain.
Chronic fatigue.
Chronic headaches.
Chronic insomnia.
Chronic debt.
Chronic clutter.
Chronic congestion.
Chronic heartbreak.
Chronic weight.
Chronic depression.
Chronic disappointment.
Chronic brokenness.
Chronic helplessness.

Chronic occurs persistently, recurrently, habitually for me. It attaches itself to my health, my heart, my home. It lengthens itself across my horizon so that all I see are it's chains of hopelessness tightly bound around me.

My Prayer:
Lord, please free me from this stronghold. Please set my ways to know your wisdom and understanding. Please create in me a clean heart. And mostly, dear Lord, please use my life to bless and glorify your Name.

My God's Answer:
Dear One... just breathe. Just stop and take one deliberate breath, then another.

Breathe in.
Breathe out.

And as you do this, realize that these breaths are my gift of life in you. For I am who oversees your every heart beat. I am who rises and sets the sun every day. I am the one who controls all storm surges and life changes... not only on this planet, but throughout the universe. I am your Creator. I am your Redeemer. I am the one you can cling to and count on always. Yes, I am here. I am with you. Even through the worst, I will never, ever leave. I will not forsake or fail you. I am faithful and completely in love with you.

Yes... YOU, my love!

So, just as you are... just stand still right here, right now.... and breathe.

I will fight for you. I will uphold you. Inhale my Word. Exhale your prayers. I hear you. I am listening. And I promise, I will give you rest. I will bring you delight. I will escort you into more. Breath, and allow me to lead you to my good. Breathe and be still. Breathe and know me. Breathe and meditate on my promises. Breathe, so that I may restore your soul... so that I may renew your strength.

Psalm 41:1-3... Blessed are those who have regard for the weak; the Lord delivers them in times of trouble. The Lord protects and preserves them - they are counted among the blessed in the land - he does not give them over to the desire of their foes. The Lord sustains them on their sickbed and restores them from their bed of illness.

Psalm 25:4-5... Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.


© The Devoted Woman | Victoria Anderson

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

praising through my prayers

Tuesday, 9/12/17: Well, today has been a day of praises and prayer requests. First, it has been a VERY expensive year for me and my family medically, and today was the first day in quite some time that we were able to restock our pantry and freezer again. God is good. God provides. However, as I type this, the "other" prayer requests on my long list still swirl in my head. God will provide.  I know this. I do. But these burdens seem heavier than anticipated. These trials seem more difficult than ever before. God always provides. Every bill. Every sorrow. Every trouble. He invites me to go to Him for restoration and peace. Do I always accept His generous invitation? No. Sadly, my stubborn, worrisome will gets in the way. Today, for example: as quickly as I had praised Him for stocking our kitchen shelves, my computer completely died.... and I felt a little bit of my heart sink. For I have no means to purchase another computer. Yet I have orders to fulfill, you see. Customers waiting on me to come through with commissioned artwork and specialized Bible Tabs. I can't do that without my computer. So my productivity wings have been clipped! O Lord, can I trust that you will take care of this matter? Yes, I've made an appointment with a tech desk. But they cannot see me until Monday. Monday!!! Sure, I've followed all instructions they've given to the letter. But now... now all I can do is wait and pray on this one of many prayer requests. And waiting is the hardest, isn't it? Waiting for answers. Waiting for solutions. Waiting for relief. Waiting for Jesus to intervene. I hate waiting! But... Scripture tells me that if I wait on the Lord, He will renew my strength. He will ultimately allow these clipped wings to mount up and soar like an eagle under the steadfast grace of His glory. How I hope for that this hour. How I pray for His answers to come quickly. So yes, I will wait. And as I wait, I will praise Him. God always provides. He always takes care of us. God is always good. Even if this life is full of hard moments. I will wait, for my God is able. Let's all praise Him through our prayers!!! ❤️~V

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