Proverbs 30:1-2

What an honest way to open a prayer!  

There are times I feel just like this…too stupid to be human…totally worn out and tired from life.

And God is there, silent and strong, for me.

He can be there for you too.

The sayings of Agur son of Jakeh contain this message. I am weary, O God; I am weary and worn out, O God. I am too stupid to be human, and I lack common sense.
Proverbs 30:1‭-‬2 NLT

Psalms 65:8

Some days God gives us insight when we read His word.  Other days He fills us with feelings.  And some days we simply sit in awe of Him and all of His creation.

The love of God is amazing and meant to be shared.

Those who live at the ends of the earth stand in awe of your wonders. From where the sun rises to where it sets, you inspire shouts of joy.
Psalms 65:8 NLT

Psalms 119:7

Actions speak so much louder than words.

It’s always nice to hear the words “I love you” but it’s even sweeter when that love is shown through actions.  

The psalmist is proclaiming a promise here.   WHEN this happens THEN I will…he is acknowledging that change will occur with understanding and knowledge of God’s laws.

The psalmist knows of God’s laws enough to put it in this psalm, but he understands that just knowing of them or reading them once or twice doesn’t equate to “learning” them fully.

All through scripture there are many references to meditating on God’s law, and there’s  a reason for that.  Each time I read a verse or chapter, God reveals just a little bit more depth of meaning, layers upon layers. Each new insight changes me just a little bit more.

Thankfulness and gratitude for God’s love and mercy and patience with me just naturally follow.

It’s a natural progression. One we see everyday with our own children (hopefully).  We hope our kids will learn our rules and then thank us by obeying and ultimately living good lives.   That’s the goal right?  Not much different than us with our Heavenly Father.

As I learn your righteous regulations, I will thank you by living as I should!
Psalms 119:7 NLT

Psalms 66:16

There is an excitement to this Psalm, a powerful joy that sweeps through the reader.

I can picture sparkling eyes, filled with excitement, arms motioning, beckoning others closer as the teller prepares to share.

Unlike a standard story, this is an invitation to something personal…”I will tell you what He did for me”. 

When was the last time you extended a personal invite like this?  Were you excited?

Come and listen, all you who fear God, and I will tell you what he did for me.
Psalms 66:16 NLT

Psalms 75:1

There aren’t nearly enough people telling of God’s wonderful deeds.

It seems like there are more people shaking their fists at God than there are bowing their heads to Him.  

We live in a country where everyone pushes you into a “feel good” mindset that the minute you don’t “feel good” about anything, it must be wrong.  Not that YOU might be wrong, never that, IT whatever causes you not to feel good must be wrong.

It’s bogus.

Overweight? Instead of the truth of being unhealthy, we now have a whole movement going trying to make being overweight “feel good” and the new beautiful.  

The reality is that your weight has nothing at all to do with your worth as a person and if people would quit confusing the two and deal with the issue by leaving the self esteem and emotion out of it, it would stop being a problem.

If I have a scratch on my arm, I’m not going to spend time feeling awful about myself because I have a scratch.  Nor will I start a movement to try and convince people that having a scratch is the new beautiful.  I’ll take care of the scratch and move on, not giving it much thought.

Feeling hopeless, stressed, or unloved?  Quit popping pills, and self-medicating with alcohol…none of your self-prescribed regimens work at the root of the issue.  

There is only one cure and that is God.  When you develop a relationship with Him, all this other STUFF gets downsized and put in the proper perspective.  It doesn’t take center stage in your life because that place is filled.  He allows you to see these things and helps you deal.

He is hope. He is the Healer.  He created us and He knows how to fix us.

We thank you, O God! We give thanks because you are near. People everywhere tell of your wonderful deeds.
Psalms 75:1 NLT

Psalm 20:7

When I was younger I knew that money grew on trees.  You see, I was a bit of a gypsy, moving every few years, and I always landed on my feet.  Things always worked out.  I had a strong faith back then, even though I refused to give God the glory.

To think how much I could have accomplished for Him, but I didn’t.  I actively worked against Him during those years and He still didn’t give up on me!  

Anyway, it took Him letting me fall a few times for me to realize that money doesn’t grow on trees and sometimes the kindest thing a parent can do is to let a little one fall a bit (supervised of course).

It took some heartaches before I figured out that faith is only safe in Him.  Faith squandered elsewhere is like playing russian roulette, and while it’s exciting in theory, the reality can harm or kill you.

I shake my head when people talk about their glory days, how free they were and wouldn’t it be great to go back to more innocent times?  And I think they must be nuts!

There isn’t enough money in the world that would make me WANT to return to the heartless, reckless, idiotic, girl I was before.  Because now?  

Now I have God, or rather He has me.  I may be poor, I may struggle, I may not have the courage to up and move without a thought for tomorrow like I used to, but I have real faith now.  I have the promise of a home and family forever.

I don’t delude myself that this life will be easy anymore.  I know it won’t be and that’s ok, because God has taught me to roll with the punches and He’s there for me.

Take a shortcut and stop trusting in things, stop trusting in bank accounts and net worth, and investments.  Those can all go sour in a heartbeat. Have faith that you will take a few falls, but it will be ok if you trust in Him.

Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
Psalm 20:7 NIV

Galatians 6:1

I don’t think anyone on earth provides more temptation to us than a good friend.  When you have a good friend, and I’m talking about a best friend here, the kind that you can’t imagine your life without, they have the power to sway you.  They are the person that you can get wild and crazy and goofy with.

And if they aren’t centered on God?  They become your test in temptation.

Before I became a Christian, I had a friend like this.  I did things and went along with things I never would have, simply because I was with this person.  Wild and crazy and adventurous, and dangerous was par for the course.  

When I finally came to my senses, even before I came to Christ, this person took off out of my life so fast my head spun.  I was left wondering what happened because we had been closer than family, or so I thought.

Some people you can actively help back on the path. Others you need to let go and lift them to God in prayer. 

Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.
Galatians 6:1 NIV