Tag Archives: God’s presence

Will You?

Will you walk with me today?
Will you talk with me today?
Will you listen and hear the words I will speak?
Will you spend just a moment with me?
 
Will you pray for a friend today?
Will you help out a stranger in need?
Will you speak words of faith to a soul who’s in doubt?
Will you be what I want you to be?
 
I have given you this day
Every minute is a gift of grace
I pray you don’t waste it
But please make the most of it
Follow my will today
 
Will you walk in my way, not yours?
Will you speak my words, not yours?
Will you take all your thoughts captive to me?
Will you truly be set free?
 
Every breath you breathe is from me
Everything you see is from me
Make the most of this day by being a friend
Finding and meeting their needs
 
I truly believe that every day God gives us opportunity to minister to someone, and often we don’t recognize that opening when it comes.  When a person starts talking to you and tells you that there is a problem in their life, do you take time right then and there to pray?  I have a habit of saying that I will pray for them ,but don’t always take the time to pray while I am with them.  While Jesus was on this earth, the bible is very clear that He prayed for everyone that came to Him, and they were all healed.  Now, I am obviously not Jesus, but I believe if I walked in this kind of faith, more people would see the healing power of God.  Not because I am praying, but because I extended faith to them so they could believe.
 
The most precious gift we have is our time!  We must utilize it more for Him and less for ourselves.  We all have daily tasks that take up precious minutes in our day.  But taking a minute or two to pray with someone at the time we are with them should be a  flexibility we will have.  May we all take this precious gift and share it with others.  We can change the world one person at a time!
 
James 5:16b King James Version
The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

Taking Time

I don’t plan to disappoint Him but I do
I don’t plan to contradict Him but I do
I don’t plan to have a bad day where I walk away from Him
But I do.  Way too often I do
 
I don’t listen to His voice like I should
I don’t walk in His footsteps like I should
I don’t think about the ways I can witness of His love
Not I don’t.  Way too often I don’t
 
Taking time to be with Jesus should be my priority
Not just eking out a life of fun and games
Taking time to be with Jesus is my goal and my desire
I can’t remain where I am.  I have to change
 
I must spend time in His word every day
I must walk away from sin every day
I must tell of His great love to everyone I meet
Yes I must.  Every day I must
 
Taking time to walk like Jesus is my prayer
So that I can touch the sinners where they are
Taking time to spread His story to the ones who need it most
Ever word I speak will make them more aware
 
There was a song many years ago that Larnell Harris sang entitled “I Miss My Time With You.”  It represents the voice of God saying to someone how much he misses spending time with them because they haven’t been praying or reading the word like they should.  It’s a beautiful song with a great message.  When we love someone here on this earth, we want to spend time with them.  We will go out of our way often to spend time with them.  Their voice and their face are like caffeine top our spirit – they pick us up!
 
Way too often the cares of this life take precedence over spending time in prayer, in the word, and in our witness.  At least, that is true with me.  If I do not spend that time in the morning, I may never find it in the middle of the day. I have to Make Time!  I have to deliberately carve out some time, best in the morning, to spend with Him.  If I do that over and  over again, soon it will be a part of my routine and I will be spending the time with Him that I need to.  It is up to me to spend time with Him, because he is always with me.  I just am not aware of that until I turn to Him and seek Him first.
 
Psalm 63:1 King James Version
63 O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;
 

Little Old Me

You’ll go to great lengths to bring me home
When I’ve lost my way and am alone
You’ll scale the highest mountain
Or swim the widest sea
Just to come find little old me
 
You see, I have a tendency to wander
And you have a love that’s fonder
So when I’ve turned to doubt
All you have shown me
You come rescue little old me
 
I know you’re my Savior.  I know you’re my friend
I know I can trust you.  Your love will not end
But little old me still wanders away
My heart is so glad that your love never fails
 
Lord help me when I seem to drift
Keep me afloat in the ship
The storm rages strong
In my own troubles sea
Send your peace to little old me
 
No height. No depth.  No distance too far
No height. No depth,  No distance too far
No height. No depth.  No distance too far
For your love to find me.  Your love will find me
Your love will find little old me

Into Your Hands

Into your hand I commit my mind
Help me to think only on you
Help me to set my eyes on you
Help me to value my time

Into your hands I commit my strength
Help me to walk only with you
Help me to do the best I can do
Help me to redeem my time

Into your hands I commit my heart
Help me to turn only to you
Help me to walk away from my sin
Help me to savor my time

Into your hands I commit my life
Help me to know I am yours
You purchased me by the blood on the cross
Help me give you all my time

Who do I think I am? Am I someone extra special who is allowed the liberty to do whatever I want with my time? That’s the way the world looks at time. They look at it as their own possession, to be used and wasted on their own pursuits. Some serve God with a bit of their time, using the rest to make their own dreams and passions a reality. Some do not know God and they take time to do whatever their heart desires. Most people use their time on what they want, not considering what God wants them to do.

I don’t want to be in that crowd. I want to do what God wants me to do. To use every minutes for His glory. Maybe it’s business I need to do. Am I seeking His plan for my day or am I aimlessly walking through my plan for the day. In my devotions and writing, am I seeking His counsel or just trusting my own ability? Am I exercises for the right reasons? Is God in the center and not of to the side somewhere?

I am done wasting time. Time is on of the most precious gifts God has given us, and we should give it all back top Him. Doing our best all the time because He is right there with us. He knows when I waste even a minute. He knows what I should be doing next and whispers in my ear all the time to guide me through this life. I need to listen better!. I need to give my life into His hand so He can hold onto my right hand!

Psalm 73:23
Nevertheless, I am continually with thee, thou that holdest me by my right hand

Come Light My Fire

All that I am is yours
All of my heart. All of my soul
All that I am is yours
Jesus you are my Lord

All that I want is you
All that my life requires
All that I want is you
Jesus, my heart’s desire

Come and fill my Spirit
With your amazing love
Come with your mercy
Come with your grace
Come light my fire
Come light my fire

I’ll worship you with all me heart
I’ll lift my hands and sing your praise
The hallelujahs ring out loud
I magnify your name
I magnify your name
I magnify your name
Jesus. Jesus

I need Him so desperately. It seems every day brings a new trial, a new test. There is seemingly no end that my enemy won’t stoop to in trying to lure me away from my only hope. The old song says “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus blood and righteousness.” This has always been true and it will always be true. God gave the hymn writer these words so that I might remember this truth. If I want my hope renewed, my spirit restored, my heart feeling loved and my soul satisfied then I need Jesus. I need Him every hour of every day. I need Him no matter where I go or where I do. I need Him leading and guiding me into the pastures he has for me. I know that wherever he leads me, good will come out of it. I don’t need to worry or fret. He is the one whom I must seek. He is my fortress and my stronghold.

Where do you stand today? Do you stand on the solid rock? Or are you stuck in the miry clay. Are you facing a fiery furnace or is there a sea blocking your path? Wherever you are in life right now, I promise He will hear you if you call out today. Make Him Lord of your life. Give Him complete control. Let Him light the fire within you that only He can light. Lift His name up high, and He will lift you as well.

Matthew 6:33 King James Version (KJV)
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Wings of Mercy

God rides on wings of mercy
Proclaims His majesty
The greatest wonder in this world
Is His love for me

He lavished grace upon me
When He set me free
The cross He bore made Him my Lord
For all eternity

I always want to stay in His presence
I always want to hold His hand
I want the feel the essence of His Spirit
Filling me again

It is a wonder to me how he could love me so much He would die for me. I was a wretched sinner, guilty of breaking every one of His ten commandments. I blasphemed His name, served other Gods, didn’t give a hoot about the Sabbath and was not an honorable child. Did I murder someone? No, but my words were deadly. Maybe not adultery in it’s true sense, but fornication and lasciviousness again and again. I was a thief, a coveter and a liar. I didn’t not care about those commandments. On top of that I was a drunk who loved certain drugs. I was a mess.

But He found me where I was. He cried out to me and called me to come to Him/ His mercy beckoned me to ask for forgiveness and His grace washed me whiter than snow. The day I asked Him to be my Lord was the greatest day in my life because I started to understand His love. After walking with Him for over 35 years I am still trying to wrap my head around His great love. It is a miracle!

John 3:16 KJV
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever would believe in Him would not perish but have everlasting life.

You Are Always There

In my trials and tribulations
In my sorrow and my pain
In the midst of all my battles
You are always there with me

When I feel like I’m abandoned
When it seems I’m off the road
When my fear and doubt have risen
You are always there with me

You will calm the storm that rages in me
You will heal each dread disease
You will hold me up in the shadow of your wings
Because you are always there for me

We remember the words of Jesus so easily. He told us He would never leave us or forsake us. There are times in our life when it would be easy to think that God has forgotten us. When I go t that cancer diagnosis in March of 2016, it would have been easy to think that God has pulled His protection out from under me and I was alone. But than I remembered that Jesus wasn’t the first one to recognize God was always with us. David had many times where he could have doubted God was with Him. When Saul threw the javelin at him twice, I’m sure he wondered, When Nathan came to him and exposed his sin, he went into mourning. When he had to flee from his own son to avoid death, I’m sure he wondered where God was in all of this. But he knew God was there with him, as witnessed by these beautiful words from Psalm 139.

Psalm 139:7-13 KJV
7 Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.
9 If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;
10 Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.
12 Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.
13 For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.

When you’re facing your battles, do not fear and do not doubt. The everlasting God Surrounds you with His love and will always bring you good out of every situation. He will always guide you back to His path if you just trust Him. He is always for you and never against you. When it seems like He is not there usually He is doing His greatest work. So rest in Him, be still and know that He is God!

In Your Presence

I look up at the stars and wonder why you are
So in love with me
You send your spirit down to follow me around
He is there eternally

In your presence there is peace
In your presence there is joy abundantly
I can rest every day in your presence
In your presence

All my life you have been near lending me an ear
You know my every prayer
You give shelter in the storm and shade when life gets warm
In troubles you are there

In your presence there is hope
In your presence truth I know
I can rest every day in your presence
In your presence

What a wonderful truth to know
That you’ll always be by my side
What a wonderful gift you give
Your sweet Spirit will abide with me

I will rest in your presence
I will rest in your presence
I will rest in your presence
Every day

Why do worry and doubt even come into my life when I know that Jesus is right there with me. He can calm every storm, heal every wound, cast out every demon, give life to every dead gift and deliver me from any enemy, When I have Jesus as my friend, He is always with me, always watching over me, always providing for me, always protecting me and always listening to my prayers. He told us that he would never leave us or forsake us, so why do we go through the uncertainties that crowd out our faith. Feel His presence there with you and block out the endless trash talk of the enemy. Only there will you find true peace and joy.

2 Corinthians 3:17 King James Version
17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

Your Name Is Worthy

He is with me fighting all my battles
He is with me calming every storm
He is with me in the midst of danger
He is with me when I feel alone

Oh my God how great is your name
Lifted high above all else
Oh my God your name is worthy
To be raised.  To be praised

Jesus, mighty Savior
Jesus Lamb of God
Bore my sin a failures
On the cross.  On the cross

He is with me when I bow before Him
He is with me when I cry in prayer
He is with me when my hands are lifted
He is with me when I give my praise

Oh my God how great is your name
Lifted high above all else
Oh my God your name is worthy
To be raised. To be praised

Jesus, My redeemer
Rose up from the grave
Coming back in all His glory
All of heaven praise His name

I never have to wonder where Jesus is.  I never have to worry is He will  hear my cry.  I never have to worry if He will come and rescue me from the storms and trials of life.  He is always ready, willing and able to help me in any situation.  When I cry out to Him, He always hears me and He will always answer. It may not be the answer I am looking for, but it will be the best answer for my situation.  When I am weary, He may tell me to praise Him.  When I am in financial trouble, He may tell me to give.  When I need help, He may tell me to help my neighbor.  When storms come He may tell me to run into them, not away from them. He always knows what is best for me, for He is the one who formed me in my mother’s womb.  He knows everything about me and every thought I have.  He is never caught by surprise when I turn away from Him and He always knows what it will take to bring me back. He is always merciful always patient, always kind.  What an awesome God we serve!

Jeremiah 33:3 King James Version (KJV)
Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.

He Shows Up

Though I’ve fallen once again on this journey
I’ve forgotten how to pick myself up
So I cry out to the Lord in my trouble
He shows up. He shows up

It’s amazing that in spite of my failure
He still loves me just the way I am
Every time I need a boost from my Savior
He shows up. He show up

CHORUS
He shows up when I am weary
He shows up when I am down
He shows up when I am reeling
In my fog of sin and doubt
He shows up and leans down to me
He shows up and lifts me out
When I cry out to the Lord
He shows up

I will do my best to follow in His ways
He has shown me what the best path is
I know that if I slip and fall again
He’ll show up. He’ll show up

CHORUS

BRIDGE
All I have to do is cry out to Him
All I have to do is say His name
He will come and lift me out of trouble
He will come to save the day

CHORUS