Thursday, January 19, 2012

My Vital Need

You have said, Seek My face 
[inquire for and require My presence as your vital need]. 
My heart says to You, 
Your face (Your presence), Lord, 
will I seek, inquire for, and require 
[of necessity and on the authority of Your Word].

Psalm 27:8 

Your Presence is my vital need.

How quickly I forget
and get distracted
or start thinking some
is my vital need.

Inquire for --

Require --

My heart knows
Who it needs. 

My heart cries out to You.

My mind takes a while to catch up.

[What, what would have become of me] 
had I not believed that I would see 
the Lord's goodness in the land of the living!

Wait and hope for and 
expect the Lord; 
be brave and of good courage 
and let your heart be stout and enduring. 
Yes, wait for and hope for and expect the Lord.

Psalm 27:13-14

He is here.

Because He is here
and because I can expect Him
I can be brave
and courageous
my heart can be strong
and I can endure.

I will wait.

I will hope.

I will expect.

I will inquire.

I will require.

For He is my Vital Need.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Choosing Joy

Always be joyful. 
Never stop praying. 
Be thankful in all circumstances,
 for this is God’s will for you 
who belong to Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Always joy?

Always pray?

Thankful always?

How is that possible?

Christ in me.

Pure and simple.

He alone is adequate
to face every situation. 
He is alive in me. 
My joy comes when I remember that.

As I rely on Him
and seek to be available to Him
I am talking to Him more.
Praying more.

He is enough.
That's where the thankfulness comes from.
Thankful that He is able.
I don't have to be.

Lord, please help me walk in this truth,
because this is where 
joy, prayer and thanksgiving come from - 
faith in You.

"God is limited only by the measure of our 
availability to all that He makes available
to us for in Him dwells 
all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; 
and you are complete in Him
(Colossians 2:9-10)."

-- The Indwelling Life of Christ
by Major W. Ian Thomas

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Let Be and Be Still

Let be and be still, 
and know (recognize and understand)
 that I am God.
 I will be exalted among the nations! 
I will be exalted in the earth!

The Lord of hosts is with us; 
the God of Jacob is our Refuge
 (our High Tower and Stronghold). 
[pause, and calmly think of that]!

Psalm 46:10-11

This is what the Sovereign LORD, 
the Holy One of Israel, says: 
“Only in returning to me 
and resting in me will you be saved. 
In quietness and confidence is your strength. 
But you would have none of it.

Isaiah 30:15

Shhhh, be still.

I know that it is hard. 
I know you don't understand. 

Quiet now.
Remember what I have told you.

I have not left you on your own.
I am right here with you.
I will never leave you.

Come to Me.
Tell Me what is on your heart.
Lay your burden down at My feet. 

I hear you when you call to Me.
I am at work. 

Remember to thank Me.
Your thanks shows Me that you trust Me.

Thanksgiving keeps your focus on Me,
on what I am doing,
what I am going to do.

I hold your future.
I know the plans I have for you.

You only need to be still
and know
that I am God. 

Friday, January 6, 2012

Moving out of the shadows.

So letting your sinful nature 
control your mind
leads to death.
But letting the Spirit
control your mind 
leads to life and peace.

Romans 8:6

I can get so bogged down in my thoughts.
I can see only my inadequacies,
how unable I am.

I start comparing myself to others,
believing that if I try harder,
I can be like them.

"Instead of letting difficulties draw you into worrying, 
(or fretting or comparing or feeling inadequate)*
try to view them as setting the scene
for My glorious intervention. 
Keep your eyes and your mind open 
to all that I am doing in your life."

-- from Jesus Calling by Sarah Young
*my addition

Listening to my sinful nature,
the thoughts that come that are not from You,
drags me down, holds me under,
leads to death.

Your voice is Truth.
Your voice is Light.
Your voice is Life and Peace.

You are my strength.
You are all I need.

It is not about me and what I cannot do.

It is all about You and what You can do.

Now all glory to God, 
Who is able, through His mighty power
at work within us,
to accomplish infinitely more 
than we might ask or think.

Ephesians 3:20

Thursday, January 5, 2012



Victory can only come 
when I lay down control
when I stop striving and trying
when I see my neediness
when I lean hard and deep into You.

Weakness, struggle, failure
clear the air of the mists of self-reliance.
Through the lens of my neediness
I see how unable I am.

I whisper Your name
You are with me
warming me with Your smile
lifting me up onto Your shoulder.

You fight for me
when I come to You.
You don't want me
to do this on my own. 

The Lord hears His people 
when they call to Him for help.
He rescues them from all their troubles.
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted;
He rescues those whose spirits are crushed.

Psalm 34:17-18

Wednesday, January 4, 2012



Think about Who I am
Recall My Power and Glory
Ponder My deep and wide love for you.

I am always with you  —
always in control of all things.

Remember Who I am —
let go of fear's grip.

Trusting Me draws you close to Me.

So I have looked upon You 
in the sanctuary to see 
Your power and Your glory.

Psalm 63:2

Where could I go from Your Spirit? 
Or where could I flee from Your presence?

If I ascend up into heaven, You are there; 
if I make my bed in Sheol (the place of the dead), 
behold, You are there.

If I take the wings of the morning or 
dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,

Even there shall Your hand lead me, 
and Your right hand shall hold me.

Psalm 139:7-10