God Hears Your Cries and Sitting Among Friends #81


Have you been here? Curled up in a ball. Crying out to the Lord. Just a complete mess and the only thing that you can do is turn yourself over to the King of your Heart.

Maybe, He is not that. Maybe you are grasping at straws at this point and know nowhere else to turn. Maybe you have gotten to what feels like the bottom of the pit that looks endless as you look up.

Let me assure you, looking up is the best move. The one who created you can hear you. Turn to Him. Maybe He feels like the last resort and maybe you haven’t realized He is the only resort.

Life is hard. Someone who knew that well was David. As a young boy, he was anointed King of God’s people. The problem was, there was already a king. A king who wasn’t going to quickly give up his crown or his sons right to reign.

David was chased down for more than a decade. He lived in caves and knew the desperation of literally running for his life.  He was in wars and constant turmoil and if those problems weren’t enough, he was pretty good at creating his own.

You may have been there. In the turmoil that was self-inflicted and thought there was no hope. Maybe you are just in the turmoil we call life.

If you are thinking that turning to God is not a plausible answer.  I can tell you from experience, it is the only answer.

Don’t lose hope. Don’t lose sight of the possibility of hope. God will hear you when you cry out to Him.

Now, I say this with a bit of hesitation. I know there are people reading this that don't trust God as their personal Savior and only turn to Him when life gets rough and wonder why He doesn’t answer. 

Isaiah 59:1-2 (NLT) says: Listen! The LORD's arm is not too weak to save you, nor is his ear too deaf to hear you call. It's your sins that have cut you off from God. Because of your sins, he has turned away and will not listen anymore.

If you have unrepented sin against God, that is something that you must take care of. 

If you have an unrepented life, you must submit your life, turn from your sins, and realize He is the only one that is going to save you and make all things new. Your sins may have kept God from stepping into your situation. If you want to talk about this further, I am here for you. Just me a message.

As for David, he was called a Man after God’s own heart and yet we see his sins clearly time and time again. David, however, repents and cries out to the Lord. Verse after verse David gives God glory for not turning away from Him. He gives God his praise through songs about hearing and being near when He cries out.

Here are just a few of David’s psalms. He knows that the Lord hears him when he cries out to Him.

For the director of music. Of David. A psalm. I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry. Psalm 40:1 (NIV)

Because He has inclined His ear to me, Therefore I shall call upon Him as long as I live. Psalm 116:2 (NASB)

But truly God has listened; he has attended to the voice of my prayer. Psalm 66:19 (ESV)

Through the last couple of weeks, we have talked about remembering God’s faithfulness. One way to do this is to look throughout history, God’s Biblical History and see the evidence of that.

In 2 Kings, the LORD first reminds Isaiah that He is the God of his ancestor David. In that God reminds us of His faithfulness and constant presence to the generations. Then he tells Isaiah to tell Hezekiah that He hears his prayers and sees his tears.

"Go back to Hezekiah, the leader of my people. Tell him, 'This is what the LORD, the God of your ancestor David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears. I will heal you, and three days from now you will get out of bed and go to the Temple of the LORD. 2 Kings 20:5 (NLT)

He is not a distant God that is too far off from His people. His arm is not too weak to hold us up nor is His ears too deaf to hear.

Immanuel is the with us God so do not lose hope. Do not be afraid that the distance has grown to great. If you have turned away, turn back and cry out. He will hear your cries.

God is in the business of healing broken hearts, mending what needs fixed and making whole what was once shattered. He can do the same for you.

Personal Reflections:
Do you have any unfinished business with God that needs to be repented today?

Have you given your life and your heart to God?

When was the last time you can yourself uninhibitedly to the Lord? Did you feel the freedom and peace that only He can offer?

Does it remind you to give all things to Him, big or small?

Share with us in the comments below your experience with healing when you have given your absolute heart or share your heart with any of the above questions. 
I am glad you are here. I would love for you to join us at Seeking God Daily. Because a couple friends and I are passionate about sharing God’s Word we have joined forces to bring together a Facebook Group called Seeking God Daily.

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We want to encourage one another through authentic, honest and respectful conversation as we earnestly seek Him daily.


Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

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Testify to God's Faithfulness & Sitting Among Friends #80

We can be sure that His faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds. It is as vast as the Heavens. Praise the Lord!



In 4 Strategies to Battle Temptation, we learned that one way to battle temptation was to remember God’s Faithfulness.

No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13 (NIV)

Remembering God's faithfulness has been an essential part of my lifeline. 10 years ago, I was teaching and my husband and I decided it was best for me to stay-at-home after having our first child.

Not knowing where that would lead, we decided to step out and trust that God would take care of us. We had to trust that He would be faithful. After all, I had seen His faithfulness with my parents growing up and with my grandparents.

For the LORD is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation. Psalm 100:5 (NLT)

We can be sure that His faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds. It is as vast as the Heavens. Praise the Lord!God has shown me His faithfulness on a daily basis and I know that in taking these steps and leaning into Him to show up in my life He will continue to prove that He is who He is.

One of my favorite people to talk to about God’s faithfulness with is my grandmother. She could write a book on the things God has done for her and shown His faithfulness to her for all these years. Not a joke, weekly as we have conversations she has a story.

Stories of God’s comfort, peace, love, goodness, mercy, strength, unbounded grace, trust, and yes, convictions.

We see this same faithfulness throughout the Old and New Testament. From beginning to end we see a story of a God who is in relentless pursuit of His children and through all their rebellion He remains faithful.

If we are unfaithful, he remains faithful, for he cannot deny who he is. 2 Timothy 2:13 (NLT)

When God spoke to Moses from the burning bush He said to Moses, “I am the God of Abraham, The God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” He was reminding Moses He was the same God. He was the God of His Fathers. He had proved to be good, trustworthy and faithful to them and He would prove the same to Moses and all the Israelites. He will prove the same to you today!

Your unfailing love, O LORD, is as vast as the heavens; your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds. Psalm 36:5 (NLT)

Although at times it may feel or appear, as it did to Moses, that there may be an end to God’s faithfulness. Maybe we question if He will come through in this situation or this stage in our life.

We may ask those age-old questions. WHY? Why did this happen God? Where were you when…? Did you even notice that this just happened?   
What we are wondering is, is God faithful?

How can He cause this suffering? Can I trust Him to get me through this? Will He be here in this story? Or will I have to do it alone?

We think that our suffering or heartache are a measurement of His faithfulness and not His mercy and love.

I learned quickly, through suffering a great loss that the best thing to realize God’s faithfulness was to ask for what purpose instead of why. His purpose has declared to me time and time again of who He truly is.

We can be sure that His faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds. It is as vast as the Heavens. Praise the Lord!

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23 (ESV)Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23 (ESV)

We have this hope as an anchor for our souls and we can hold to it without wavering. We can cling to that hope by remembering the times that God has been faithful not only for us but for His children for all of History.

One of the ways that we can offer hope to others is by sharing the hope that we have within us. We can share the times that God has been faithful to us. 

Faithful to complete a task. Faithful to show His goodness and kindness. Faithful to show up every morning with an opportunity to show us who He really is.

Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. Lamentations 3:23 (NLT)

For He who called you is faithful. He will be faithful to complete and sanctify you in every way until the day He comes again. Hallelujah!

Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again. God will make this happen, for he who calls you is faithful. 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 (NLT)

Today, we are going to boast about God. In the comments below, we are going to testify to His faithfulness by sharing a time when He was faithful in your own life. Do this to not only encourage us but for your own benefit of remembering God is Faithful.

Personal Reflections:

Do you find yourself wondering if there was a time that God was faithful?

How do you confess God’s faithfulness to those around you? Do you have trouble sharing that with others? Start today by sharing with us below.
 
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We want to encourage one another through authentic, honest and respectful conversation as we earnestly seek Him daily.
Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.


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Battling Temptation and Sitting Among Friends #79

Temptations will come our way. We can remember these four things to help us battle through them.  Be alert.  Pursue holiness.  Treasure God’s Word in your heart.  God IS faithful.

Last week, I pointed you to three verse to meditate on during those sleepless nights. One reason, I believe, it is vital to get plenty of rest is because we become more susceptible to temptation when our body is weak.

When we are weak we tend to give into our flesh and its desires. For me, I say this as I am writing at 12:30 in the morning, I tend to be crabby with my kids. I have a shortened attention span. I am short on patience aka, I have none and I make short rash decisions for the sake of having a peaceful mind. Being extra tired means quiet time leads to sleeping and not praying and studying.

For many other reasons, we fall into temptation. Greed, pride, envy, sensuality, foolishness, popularity, and the list goes on.  Our flesh is weak and it is easier to follow the trends of this world than going against the norm by following Jesus.

Today, we will put 4 verses into our arsenal for battling temptation. I hope you are ready.

Be Alert

"Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak." Matthew 26:41 (NIV)

While Jesus was in the Garden of Gethsemane, He told His disciples to stay alert. He also told them to stay awake and pray. He knew they were about to be tempted in ways they could not overcome themselves and He wanted them to pray for strength so they would be prepared.

When we are tired, we lose focus, we are not able to stay awake to do what is necessary to fight temptation. Like the disciples, it means losing out on time to pray.

Pursue Holiness
But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. 1 Timothy 6:11 (NIV)

Another area of temptation is money. We have to admit, we like to be comfortable. In fact, most of us like to be beyond comfortable and would prefer to have such an abundance of money that we “think” we would never have to worry about money again.

Let me ask you a couple questions. How much would enough be? What would you do with enough?

Remember when Satan tempted Jesus in the wilderness, He took Him to the top of the mountain and said, “I will give you all the kingdoms of the world if you will bow down and worship me.” He offered Him more than enough. But at what cost?

In verse 10, Paul says money is the root of all kind of evil. He doesn’t say money is evil but the root of evil. Evil can grow from it in so many ways.
In verse 11, he encourages Timothy to pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness.

By putting your trust in God, you have what is eternal. By putting your trust in money, you only have what is fleeting.  
Temptations will come our way. We can remember these four things to help us battle through them.  Be alert.  Pursue holiness.  Treasure God’s Word in your heart.  God IS faithful. 
Treasure His Word

Your word I have treasured in my heart, That I may not sin against You. Psalm 119:11 (NASB)

I love this verse. I cannot tell you how many times, I have been convicted by God’s Word. That doesn’t sound too appealing, does it? Hide God’s Word in your heart so those verses can come to you when you are doing something completely wrong. Eek!

But honestly, I want to know the right way to live. I think we all do. I think we are on a pursuit to make this world better and ideally, all of us would take the platform on world peace.

When we struggle, of course, we don’t want someone pointing to our flaws. We want to revel in them for a moment. But in the end, we know that is not right living.  

Right living begins with knowing what is right and treasuring that truth, God’s Word, in our hearts. Oh, that I might not sin against my Lord!

God is Faithful

No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide an escape, so that you can stand up under it. 1 Corinthians 10:13 (BSB)

We must be careful to think we are above sin. As if we have some sort of super cape under our clothes and sin and temptation flee at our sight.

Pride is a very dangerous position to put ourselves in. We say things like, I would never…, and that could not happen to me and my family. In the process, of putting our invincibility shield on, we abandon the things that God teaches us in His Word.

In verse 12, Paul warns us to be careful to think that we are standing too firm so that we don’t fall. Any firm standing needs to be in God’s faithfulness and not in our own righteousness.

The encouragement that Paul gives us is that if we do fall, God is faithful to provide for us a way out of the temptation and even if it causes us to bend, it will not break us.  

God is not only faithful to help us endure temptation, He is Faithful to complete all the good work He started in us. Lean in and Hold on.

Temptations will come our way. We can remember these four things to help us battle through them.

Be alert.

Pursue holiness.

Treasure God’s Word in your heart.

God IS faithful.

Personal Reflections:

Do you find yourself putting God on the back burner when you are tired? When you are giving into temptation do you look for correction?
How much money is enough? How do you know when you have gotten there? What is the next step with enough?

What is a quick tip you have for hiding God’s Word in your heart?

What comes to mind when you think of the words, God Is Faithful?
I am glad you are here. I would love for you to join us at Seeking God Daily. Because a couple friends and I are passionate about sharing God’s Word we have joined forces to bring together a Facebook Group called Seeking God Daily.
Seeking God Daily is a group that offers hope, encouragement, and support in learning God's Word and applying the truths to our walk with Christ. 

We want to encourage one another through authentic, honest and respectful conversation as we earnestly seek Him daily.
Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.


This week and next you will get to meet the ladies behind this new adventure. You can join this group by clicking HERE! While you are there feel free to invite some friends along for the journey. We would love to have them!

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No More Sleepless Nights and Sitting Among Friends #78


As summer approaches and the days are getting longer, I struggle to get to sleep early, how about you? Some of those nights can also be peppered with sleeplessness.

For different reasons, sleeplessness may occur. Reasons such as stresses of a job, raising a family and not having ends meet. Maybe you play those problems over like a broken record in your head at night.

Let's sleep to a different tune!

My toughest nights have always been calmed by the meditation of scripture. Whatever your reasons for having those sleepless nights, I hope you are encouraged by these verses.

You are known
The LORD is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in him. Nahum 1:7 (ESV)

Personally, I always feel comfort in knowing that God knows me. He knows the things I am facing. He knows my troubles and the things that make me worry.
If you want a great project and you like to journal in your Bible or in a notebook. Go through the Bible and circle or underline these two words – He knows!

God knows your name and the number of hairs on your head. You can find comfort and assurance in the fact, that He knows the things that trouble you. You can take refuge in Him because He is GOOD!

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Philippians 4:8 (NLT)Think About These
And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Philippians 4:8 (NLT)

Sleepless nights seem to be accompanied by negative thoughts. Life's troubles or stresses seem to double in the night. We’re tired and weak and not able to think clearly and rationally.

My personal belief is when we are tired and weak in the night the devil is willing to attack us because we are vulnerable. As believers, when we are tired, we become ineffective. Ineffective believers can’t do their work for the Lord.

What can we do to combat those sleepless nights and negative thoughts? We are told in Philippians to fix our thoughts or meditate on these things. Whatever is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, and admirable.

God will give you the truth. If you are having trouble getting sleep. Ask God to implant your tired mind with His truth. 

God is Faithful
God, who has called you into fellowship with His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful. 1 Corinthians 1:9 (BSB)

Finally, friends, one of the truths that we can meditate on is God’s faithfulness.
As we read through both the Old and New Testament, we can see the same theme. God is faithful.

He is faithful to His children through the generations. When we read stories of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David, Peter, and Paul. We see God always being there for them. He has been faithful for thousands of generations. 

When they don’t know the next steps in their lives or how they will make it through the new season. They always attest to Him being their refuge in their times of trial and trouble.


Next time before you decide to lay your head down for a sleepless restless night, meditate on these three verses. 

Personal Reflections:
What are some things that keep you up at night? 
Do you believe God knows about your troubles?
Are you willing to let Him handle them?
What is another verse that you could play over in your mind instead of the negative noise that may already be playing there?

Join us in the comments below to continue the conversation! 
I am glad you are here. I would love for you to join us at Seeking God Daily. Because a couple friends and I are passionate about sharing God’s Word we have joined forces to bring together a Facebook Group called Seeking God Daily.
Seeking God Daily is a group that offers hope, encouragement, and support in learning God's Word and applying the truths to our walk with Christ. 

We want to encourage one another through authentic, honest and respectful conversation as we earnestly seek Him daily.
Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.


This week and next you will get to meet the ladies behind this new adventure. You can join this group by clicking HERE! While you are there feel free to invite some friends along for the journey. We would love to have them!

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Be Still

Be Still
Be Still My Friends! You can rest assure that God is in Control.

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Hope In Him Alone!

Hope In Him Alone!
Thank You, Lord, for deciding who I am!

Seek Him First! Today's Bible Reading

James 1:17
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of Lights with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.

It is of utmost importance that you know that Christ died for you. He died for all sinners so that our relationship with Him could be restored.

Because of His sacrifice on the cross we can have peace. Are you seeking more peace today? Peace of the soul can only be given through the redemptive power of Jesus Christ.

I hope that you, too, know the saving grace of an amazing God.
If you have questions about how to know more you can email me at youresewtrendy@gmail.com

2 Timothy 1:7

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