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The Privilege of Prayer

The Privilege of PrayerWhat a privilege we have, indeed,
To bow to God on our knees.
To come boldly before His throne
And present to Him all of our pleas.

How amazing an activity,
To approach the King of kings.
To know He hears our requests,
No matter how trivial they seem.

What blessings through prayer we receive!
To know Christ more intimately,
To yield to Him all of our cares,
And find a peace so extraordinary!

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“When my soul fainted within me I remembered the LORD: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple.”
Jonah 2:7

Sadly, (and I am guilty of this too) we face a crisis and then panic, worry or react first.  Only as a last resort do we run to God.  We forget what a powerful privilege it is to pray. 

I still have many limitations and can’t do much work on computers these days, but I can still spend time in prayer!  Let me know of any prayer needs.  I would love to lift them up to the Lord on your behalf.

For more of my poems, see Poetry Corner

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Overcoming Hurdles ~ Another Update

Despite many painful hurdles, God keeps putting a smile back on my face

Despite many painful hurdles, God keeps putting a smile back on my face

Hello blogging friends!  Just wanted to update you again on my recovery from surgery:

Things are progressing, but I have had several unanticipated hurdles and setbacks.  With each one, though, God continues to help me overcome and get through.

Although I miss my writing and photos terribly, I am still not quite ready to jump back into blogging, since I only tolerate brief work on my PC.  My iPhone is the only source of connecting to the internet I tolerate, and only limited amounts of that.

I trust you are all doing well.  I hope to engage again soon with reading your posts and sharing through blogging.

Blessings,
Sue

“For by You I can run against a troop,
By my God I can leap over a wall.”
Psalm 18:29

*I will open this post up for comments and do my best to reply.  Please let me know of any pray needs of yours, so that I can join with you in lifting them up to the Lord.

He Will

At a glance, the only thing that looks different about my post today is that I did not begin with a photo. What you cannot see going on behind the scene, though, is that I am typing this from my iPhone and not my PC (a frustrating endeavor).

There’s a reason. I have experienced a serious setback with my neck pain, and not really sure what caused it. The only thing I can determine is that I did not tolerate the strain from two recent trips. I can usually bounce back, but this time it seems to be heading the other direction.

As a result, I am having to minimize time on computers, since it seems to be aggravating the problem more so than usual. Unfortunately, this includes doing any work with my images. 😒

Using my phone, I can still read and respond to your posts, and also attempt some of my own. As I do, please forgive any typos: me and smartphone typing do not get along!

I desire your prayers, as I am pursuing some measures to alleviate the pain. My journey is nothing compared to what others face, so I hate to sound like a whiner. It’s just that pain is no fun.

But the following passage reminds that no matter the trial, God is right beside us. No matter what we face, He will rescue. He will intervene.

He will.

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Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
You will revive me;
You will stretch out Your hand against the wrath of my enemies,
And Your right hand will save me.
The Lord will perfect that which concerns me;
Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever;
Do not forsake the works of Your hands.
Psalm 138:7,8

Blessings,

Sue

Morning By Morning

A sunrise on my way to work last week

A sunrise on my way to work last week

Unlike some, I have never learned to depend totally on the Lord to awaken me, especially when I need to get up for work on time.  On those days, I set my alarm, with a back up!

However, God does very often awaken me during the night:

To remind me of something
To prompt me to pray for someone
To bless me with His presence

Some of you may question how I know that it is the Lord waking me and not just from something that I ate before bedtime.

The only way that I know how to explain it is that when it is God, I just know.  He usually does so in the wee hours of the morning.  I hear that still, small voice and feel His gentle nudge.  Even if I feel tired and have to get up for work that same morning, I try to obey.

When I follow through, by either praying silently in bed or getting on my knees, God is so faithful to make sure that I still get a good night’s sleep.  As soon as I feel the prayer burden lift, He very lovingly puts me back to sleep.  I wake up feeling rested enough to make it through the day. 

On mornings when I never do go back to sleep, it is typically because I start fretting about the day, or decide that I just want to get up to busy myself with something on my mind. 

Perhaps one day I will learn to trust the Lord enough to let Him awaken me every day.  I would love to throw away the alarms!  In the meantime, I value knowing that He loves me enough to waken me to spend special time with Him alone.

In reality, though, the very fact that our eyes open each day is a blessing from God; this alone is reason enough to praise Him for awakening us morning by morning. 

“The Lord GOD has given Me the tongue of the learned,
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hat I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary.
He awakens Me morning by morning,
He awakens My ear to hear as the learned.”
Isaiah 50:4

Do you have times when the Lord awakens you?  If so, how do you respond?

Sue Nash/2014

God’s Peace Is So Dear

A peaceful scene close to home

A peaceful scene close to home ~ taken last spring

Our time of fasting together as a local church body is over.  As I pondered what God did in my heart, I realized that although the many urgent prayer needs I sought Him for show no signs of change, He did do a work in my heart.  I found a level of peace in the midst of the battle that I desperately needed. 

I rest assured knowing that God has seen every tear and heard my supplications.  While I wait for Him to reveal the work wrought on my knees, I rest in His peace that is beyond comprehension.  A peace that makes no sense in the natural.  Given by the Spirit, the peace He brings is sufficient for the journey.  It is near and dear to the heart.

God’s Peace Is So Dear

No trepidation
Nor furrowed brow;
God takes our worries
Away somehow.

A peace that lingers
Though troubles stay;
Past understanding,
How peace remains.

Every fretting heart
His peace will change;
By the power of Christ,
Distress does wane.

But to find such peace
One must seek Him.
Only on our knees
  Does anguish dim.

It is when our cares
To Christ we bring,
That He lifts us up
On eagle’s wing.

As we plead for help
With prayers poured out,
He will heed each cry
Without a doubt.

We can thank God now
  That He does hear,
  And for peace He gives;
It is so dear.

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:6, 7

Sue Nash/2014

For other poems, go to Poetry Corner

Restore Our Nation ~ Back to Dependence Upon God

Have a blessed 4th of July!

Have a blessed 4th of July!

A Prayer for Our Nation on Independence Day

Father, we pray for our nation this year.  As we celebrate Independence Day, help us to remember that our freedom was bought with a price, and is a gift from You.  Restore us back to a place of surrender and dependence upon You.

Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD
Psalm 33:12

I will be taking off the rest of the week from blogging.  I pray that you each have a wonderful July 4th, as we celebrate Independence Day!

One More Time ~ Keep Seeking God

Rocky Hill PhotoOne more time
Do I climb this rocky hill,
Bowed down with care.

One more round
Of travailing before
Your throne in prayer.

One more chance
Of pleading breakthroughs
For all of my needs.

One more time
Of entrusting everything
To You on my knees.

Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.
Matthew 7:7

Have you ever reached the point in praying about a matter where you feel like giving up?  Where no matter how many times you have pleaded for a breakthrough, one does not come?

What if just one more time of travailing before God in prayer is the very time He intervenes?

Although it is difficult to keep believing when answers are delayed, God wants us to keep asking.  Climb that rocky hill, and give the matter to God one more time.  Keep seeking Him.  Watch what God will do!

For more of my poems, see Poetry Corner

Photo and poem by Sue Nash/2013