I got up early one morning
And rushed right into the day;
I had so much to accomplish
That I didn’t have time to pray.
Problems just tumbled about me,
And heavier came each task;
‘Why doesn’t God help me?’ I wondered.
He answered, ‘You didn’t ask.’
I wanted to see joy and beauty
But the day toiled on gray and bleak
I wondered why God didn’t show me
He said, ‘But you didn’t seek’,
I tried to come into God’s presence;
I used all my keys in the lock.
God gently and lovingly chided,
‘My child, you didn’t knock.’
I woke up early this morning,
And paused before entering the day;
I had so much to accomplish
That I had to take time to pray.”
What a friend we have in Jesus,
all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit,
O what needless pain we bear,
all because we do not carry
everything to God in prayer! Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged;
take it to the Lord in prayer!
Can we find a friend so faithful
who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness;
take it to the Lord in prayer! Are we weak and heavy laden, cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge–
take it to the Lord in prayer!
Do your friends despise, forsake you?
Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In his arms he’ll take and shield you;
you wilt find a solace there.
This is GOD I will be handling ALL your problems today. Please remember I WILL NOT NEED YOUR HELP!!! If life happens to deliver a situation to you that you cannot handle, do not attempt to resolve it. Kindly put it in the SFGTD Box (something for God to do). It will be addressed in My time not yours. Once the matter is placed into the box, do not hold onto it. Holding on or removal will delay the resolution of your problem.
If it is a situation that you think you are capable of handling, please consult me in prayer to be sure that it is the proper resolution. Should you have a bad day at work, think of the man who has been out of work for years. Should you despair over a relationship gone bad, think of the person who has never known what it’s like to love and be loved in return. Should you grieve the passing of another weekend, think of the woman in dire straits, working twelve hours a day, seven days a week to feed her children. Should your car break down, leaving you miles away from assistance, think of the paraplegic who would love the opportunity to take that walk. Should you notice a new gray hair in the mirror, think of the cancer patient in chemo who wishes she had hair to examine.
Should you find yourself at a loss and pondering what is life all about, asking what is my purpose? Be thankful! There are those who didn’t live long enough to get the opportunity. Should you find yourself the victim of other people’s bitterness, ignorance, smallness or insecurities, remember … things could be worse. You could be them!!!
Because I do not sleep nor do I slumber, there is no need for you to lose any sleep. Rest, my child. If you need to contact me, I am only a prayer away.
Love eternally the Lord your God. Hallelujah!!!!!!!!!!!!’!
A lthough things are not perfect
B ecause of trial or pain
C ontinue in thanksgiving
D o not begin to blame
E ven when the times are hard
F ierce winds are bound to blow
G od is forever able
H old on to what you know
I magine life without His love
J oy would cease to be
K eep thanking Him for all the things
L ove imparts to thee
M ove out of “Camp Complaining”
N o weapon that is known
O n earth can yield the power
P raise can do alone
Q uit looking at the future
R edeem the time at hand
S tart every day with worship
T o “thank” is a command
U ntil we see Him coming
V ictorious in the sky
W e’ll run the race with gratitude
X alting God most high
Y es, there’ll be good times and yes some will be bad, but…
Z ion waits in glory…where none are ever sad!
How do you praise God when you don’t understand what is happening? How do you praise God when everything surrounding you seems to be falling apart? How do you praise God when He seems distant? How do you praise God and keep your eyes focused on Him alone when they are full of tears? Answer is: Do what Job did.
Remember Job? Job 1:20-22 At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship and said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.” In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.
The deeper the hardship, the deeper you should be in seeking His presence in your life. Worship and praise God despite what you going through, don’t stop. Job received one bad news after another, it seems like everything surrounding him was falling apart of which it was, yet God was still seated on the throne. Job knew but he wouldn’t budge. He knew God was his solid foundation and he wouldn’t be moved. The bible says he was a blameless and upright man, he feared God and shunned evil. He had seven sons and three daughters. He owned a lot of livestock. Now the enemy devil wasn’t pleased with the knowledge that Job was a faithful servant of God and wanted to prove to God that if everything is taken away from Job, he will certainly denounce God and curse Him. Job started to lose his possessions, his family and was also attacked physically in his body. He was afflicted with painful sores from the soles of his feet to the top of his head (Job l:7).
With all that going on in His life, Job remained faithful to His God to a point whereby his friends couldn’t understand why he was going through what he was going through in the first place.
I reminisce one time when I couldn’t take it any more receiving bad news after yet another bad news. My heart was pained, I told myself I have two options 1. to lay down and cry myself to sleep every day or 2. to get up every morning and give God worship, praise and trust Him completely. As Christians, our options are none anyway, we cannot give up.
Be careful of such friends like Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar. They will come to your life and condemn you for what you going through instead of encouraging and building you up, they will destroy you. Jobs friends where not only his friends but were also known for their wisdom, yet their wisdom was shown to be narrow-minded and not willing to comprehend. God rebuked the three friends for adding to Job’s suffering by their false assumptions and critical attitudes. Job’s material possessions and family were restored, he received even greater blessings than he had before. Those that you really look up to sometimes might not give you the best of the advice, look upon Jesus that is where your help comes from. Those who are persistent in trusting God surely, they will be rewarded. Praise and worship God anyhow.