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God Is Our Refuge And Strength

Psalm 46:1

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

I do not like to work alone. I would rather have someone watch me – than to work alone. I have asked my brother and my wife numerous times to just sit and watch – just so I am not alone. I do not like to work alone.

I also like to have someone who knows what they are doing around. I am very good with computers – with cell phones – most of technology. My family calls on me to do those kinds of things. I’m good at cutting grass too (LOL). But hanging pictures – working on cars – doing plumbing – painting – etc. – I am not very good at these and other things. I have even asked a young man I know to build me some removable walls for my utility trailer – because I wouldn’t know how to go about it. Continue reading

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Be Still, And Know That I Am God

Psalm 46:10

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

RayMcDI took a day off Monday and did some yard work. I must have needed the time alone with God and my thoughts. During one of my breaks I sat and was enjoying the quiet around me. I began to think of my dad (who died 4 years ago a week ago last Sunday) – remembering the many times we worked together in the yard at home and in the gardens we had. I began to cry (real men cry – right?) – I am an emotional person. It was a cleansing cry – I felt drained and relaxed afterward. I continued in my sorrow to feel the peace and quiet God offers even in troubled times.

I haven’t been deer hunting in several years – mainly because of my busy schedule and a lack of a location to hunt. But some of the best moments of my falls past were sitting in a deer stand long before morning broke – sitting in the still and quiet of the pre-dawn darkness – thinking and praying and spending time with God. In my mind I often thought of today’s passage – be still – and know that I am God. Whether the noise or quiet of the day are upon us – God can give us stillness and quiet. Continue reading

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In Trouble? Where Do We Turn?

Psalm 46:1

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

IMG_0301Where do we turn in times of trouble – when things are difficult?  Do we have a close friend to turn to in troubled times?  Are we close enough with our spouse – if we’re married – to turn to them in troubled times?  How about our parents?  How about a sibling?  How about a co-worker?  How about a close friend?  Who do we turn to when times are difficult?

If we’ve turned to any of the above – we probably have had mixed results.  At times we have gotten what we needed from them.  At times we have gotten what we needed and it wasn’t what we were seeking.  At times we probably didn’t get a listening ear – if that was what we were after – but rather we got someone trying to fix our trouble (men – a lot of times our wives merely need a listening ear).  At times the person is so close to us that they automatically side with us and maybe we don’t hear what we need to hear.  I’m sure there are other experiences as well. Continue reading

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Be Still!

Psalm 46:10

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

20140530-104833-38913743.jpgMy son-in-laws use to get a good laugh – behind my back – at the fact that I will tell the girls – and at times my wife – to be still – when I wanted them to be quite for some reason – mainly when I was driving or was watching something important on TV (like a rerun of Andy Griffith).

Believe me – it is hard to get my women (wife and three daughters) to be still. They are full of energy and very independent and I wouldn’t want it any other way – but every once in awhile a man just needs things to be still so he can focus! Everyone knows that most men have a hard time focusing on one thing let alone several things at once! Continue reading

November 4, 2014 Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Where Do We Turn in Times of Trouble?

Psalm 46:1

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

Where do we turn in times of trouble – when things are difficult?  Do we have a close friend to turn to in troubled times?  Are we close enough with our spouse – if we’re married – to turn to them in troubled times?  How about our parents?  How about a sibling?  How about a co-worker?  How about a close friend?  Who do we turn to when times are difficult?

If we’ve turned to any of the above – we probably have had mixed results.  At times we have gotten what we needed from them.  At times we have gotten what we needed and it wasn’t what we were seeking.  At times we probably didn’t get a listening ear – if that was what we were after – but rather we got someone trying to fix our trouble (men – a lot of times our wives merely need a listening ear).  At times the person is so close to us that they automatically side with us and maybe we don’t hear what we need to hear.  I’m sure there are other experiences as well.

Have we ever taken a trouble to someone who had no power to make any change in the situation or troubled area?  How frustrating is that we think?  How frustrating to need someone to listen and finding the person we turn to not ready – able – or willing to listen.  Here is a Psalm that might help us in times of trouble.  Read it and give me your feedback about it!

Psalms 46:1-11 –1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.  2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, 3 though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. 4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. 5 God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day. 6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts. 7 The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. 8 Come and see the works of the Lord, the desolations he has brought on the earth. 9 He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear, he burns the shields with fire. 10 “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” 11 The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.

We do have One we can turn to in all circumstances.  We have One we can turn to that has power over all things.  God is ever ready to hear our hearts and our cries.  God is ready and able to impact our lives as we express our concerns.  Here is a passage of peace and power: “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Who do we turn to in times of trouble?  We should always make the first one we turn to our God!  God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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