Sorrow and Solace

Like many people my Grandad David had experienced tragedy in his life. He served in World War 1 and lost his first wife when she was aged only 25. His own mother had died when he was just 22. He was only married for 5 years and was left widowed with a four year old daughter. He found love again though when he was 32 and married my grandma, Elizabeth. They went on to have 9 children.

Grandad started writing his notebook when he was 19. It was in that year that his young sister Dinah died and in his writings I found this piece entitled “Sorrow and Solace”. I don’t know who wrote this poem but the words bear repeating.

When sorrow overtakes us
It’s then we look to God
To support us in bereavement,
And His promises uphold.

Sometimes He calls a loved one
To dwell with Him on high,
This then we see our weakness,
And to Him for strength do fly

So let us walk the narrow road
That leads to joys on high
And brings us to the promised land,
Eternal in the sky

Praying for all those who are grieving the loss of loved ones that you will find comfort and solace in God above today.

God our refuge

Psalm 46 is my prayer for us all today to affirm our faith in God and call upon Him in our times of trouble because He truly is our ever present help. He does not abandon us at these difficult and heart wrenching times but is right there with us in the middle of times of pain, sorrow, suffering and unimaginable grief.

I hope you also take comfort and strength from these words today:

God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah

There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High. God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God shall help her, just at the break of dawn.

The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved; He uttered His voice, the earth melted. The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah

Come, behold the works of the Lord, Who has made desolations in the earth. He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two; He burns the chariot in the fire.

Be still, and know 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. Selah
Psalm 46:1-11

Emmanuel, God with us. He is our ever present help. Call on Him today.

Blessings to you this day. 🙏

God our Great Provider

Today’s post is about God who provides for all our needs. If you have read the recent posts in my prayer journey, we have been praising and praying to God who is the Creator, God the Most High, God Almighty and Jehovah the great I AM.

In Genesis 22:1-14 God reveals himself to Abraham on Mount Moriah that He is the GOD of PROVISIONJEHOVAH JIREH.

In church today, the Lord gave me this word which I shared:

The Lord says I am the God of Provision. I am Jehovah JIREH – for when you needed a Saviour, when you needed a Redeemer, when you needed a Restorer, when you needed a Healer – I gave you My son, Jesus and He is the answer to all you need.

Everything you need is provided in my son Jesus Christ, who is lifted to the highest place in heaven and everything is under His feet says the Lord. There is no name higher says the Lord. There is no one with more authority and power says the Lord than my son, Jesus.

I am the Lord of Provision and I have provided you with everything you need in my Son. Do you need Peace, He is the Prince of Peace. Do you need Joy, He is the joy of your salvation. Do you need strength, then He is your strength and the lifter up of your head.

Come to Him today says the Lord. Drink of Him and feast on Him for He is the true living waters and He is the true bread of life and He has everything you need.

When Abraham sets off on the journey to Mount Moriah, Isaac asks his father, where is the sacrifice? Abraham tells him that God will provide. Abraham also tells his servants to wait for them whilst they go to sacrifice until both he and the lad would return. Abraham wasn’t lying to them. Abraham was a righteous man. I think he absolutely believed that God would fulfil the promise to Him and would provide. He trusted in the righteousness and provision of God.

Abraham bound Isaac, laid him on the altar and was going to sacrifice him but the Lord stayed his hand. God knew then that Abraham was prepared to give him everything, even his son of the Promise. God provided a ram for the sacrifice instead of Isaac. Substitution. Abraham looked up and saw the provision of God.

God himself provided his only son Jesus as the sacrificial lamb in our place so that we could be redeemed from the curse of sin and death. Jesus told us to take our needs to the Father and ask for what we need so that God can provide.

In our prayer today let us meditate on Isaiah 61 and thank God for everything He has provided for us. Bring your needs to Him in faith.

Lord, we thank you today that you sent Jesus your beloved Son to us. He came with the Good News of Salvation; He has saved us, redeemed and restored us into relationship with you. We pray for those who don’t know Jesus yet that they will hear and respond to the Good News. Jesus heals the brokenhearted. We bring them to you today Lord. Bind their wounds with your love. Jesus has set free the captives. He is the Deliverer of those who are bound. We pray for those who are in bondage today that they will find freedom in Jesus. You have proclaimed the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God. We forgive those who have wronged us. Grant us your blessing and favour today please God. Lord we ask you to comfort and console all who are grieving at this time, give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord for your glory. Lord help us to rebuild our communities, to raise up the former desolations, and repair our ruined cities, the desolations of many generations. In Jesus’ precious name. Amen

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Power in the Presence

This is a beautiful inspiring poem written by a lovely lady called Bee from our church fellowship. She has allowed me the privilege of sharing it on my blog. It really touched my heart and I hope you enjoy it and it inspires you too x

They prayed & laid on hands in love
But the one who held the key
Was the one who came in silence
And sat and cried with me.

He didn’t seek for understanding
He didn’t offer prayer
He just came down into my valley
And waited with me there

No aid was offered nor accepted
To relieve me of my pain
But there was power in his presence
With no judgement, fear or shame.

You say ‘he must have been an angel,
Or even Christ the Lord!’ Believe me –
He was just a man.
Human. Christian. Flawed.

But when he sat beside me
I knew the presence of the Son
For the Spirit dwelt within him
And he let God’s glory come.

I didn’t leave the valley
When he left me for the light
But my faith and hope
Did flicker in the darkness of my night.

I ask God to pull me from the valley
But so far, he has said no.
So I need friends to walk with me
To go where I must go

One day the King will come
Glorious light to end all pain
But still there’s power in the presence
Of the ones who love His Name

B.H.
Jan 2021
Mark 9:24