Thursday, May 5, 2011

Day 5: When the Word Speaks

Jen FinalI had had one of those days.  You know, the ones where you think you have the kids all snug in their beds (or, if you aren't a mom, all the work done that was on the to-do list), so you go into the bathroom and actually shut the door (or come home, throw your purse on the table and pour yourself a glass of *something* to help you relax).  And no sooner do you breathe in one second of silence, there is this rap-rap-rap on the door (or perhaps the rap-rap-rap come in the form of the phone ringing or your head spinning with the one thing you forgot).

"Mommy, you need to tuck me in again."

My head sank low in that moment and the only thing I could do was literally look up at the bathroom ceiling.

I didn't even have to say a word, and yet, The Word spoke to me:

I lift my eyes up, to the mountains.
Where does my help come from?
My help comes from you,
Maker of Heaven,
Creator of the earth.
Oh, how I need you, Lord.
You are my only hope.
You're my only prayer.
So I will wait for you to come and rescue me,
come and bring me life.

It's a Psalm, Psalm 121 to be exact, but it's also a song that I learned decades ago.  And I love that in a second, my God could calm my soul with His Word.  Sometimes it's not answers to specific questions that I need.  Sometimes, I don't even have to ask a question at all.  Sometimes I just need reassurance that He loves me, that He sees me, that He wants to help me in my time of need.

Challenge:  Is there space in your life for God to interrupt your train of thought for a moment so that He can breathe His life into yours?  Do you find that you are open to God in some areas of your life, but not necessarily in others?  Is there a space that you think He might want to speak?  Are you willing to allow His Word to draw you in?

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  1. Ps. 121 has long been a favorite of mine. God is our present help! I'm so thankful that we can look up and get our eyes off the situations.

  2. Right now, in my journey, He is speaking to me constantly. Most of the time I am still and listen...then there are those areas where I walk away...not now Lord!

    Oh to take back those foolish of me to say that to Him.

    It is hard to listen. To me it is a gift. One I have not learned. But like David...I look up into the hills *here in PA, they are everywhere*, and I know that His help will come.

    Thank you Jen.

    Mrs. M.

  3. I love Psalm 121 -- there was a season when that was always the Psalm He used to speak to me. Right now, I am reading through Psalms to soothe my troubled heart. This past year (or so) the Lord has been reassuring me as well that He sees me and there has been great comfort in that, too.

  4. This birthday week has been really fun because He's been speaking loudly, clearly, and richly through the Word to me (psalm 34, to be exact). It's been a while since He's used the Word so expressly in our communication - I'm loving it!

  5. Love that Psalm! It's been the one I constantly come back to... for myself, but also praying over little ones in the dark when they're scared. I feel like right now I am pretty in tune with Him, but there's always room for improvement. I find that I hear Him best when I intentionally shut everything else off (the tv is my big problem...) and tell him I'm available!

  6. Mmmmm...I know those bathroom-come-to-Jesus moments well. You showed a more loving way of responding, tho, than I have at times when I have responded with "Where is your father???" *sigh*

  7. And your first part of the challenge is actually a HUGE challenge for me. . .is there space in my life for God to interupt my train of thought?

  8. I love how the Holy Spirit will bring a old Scripture song to my remembrance...something I haven't thought of for years, and yet the song with the perfect message will be right there surprisingly in my mouth.

  9. These are the BEST days!!! loving your series girly!!!

  10. boy do I know the look to the ceiling picture:) Most definitely open in some and not in others. And He does the same for me Jen..bringing a verse or chorus from a song...something to calm me. Bring my focus back around. Those moments truly are God moments because without Him...ugh Not pretty:) Have a weekend full of joy.

  11. Memorizing the book of James - is transforming my heart - amidst the frustration of life, His Word brings conviction, comfort, hope.
    Thank. God.

    Teri @ StumblingAroundInTheLight


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