Sometimes the noise in life gets so loud that we cannot hear God calling to us. The “busyness” of life gets so busy that we cannot feel him tugging on our heart. The things that cause us to worry and be anxious, get in the way. The things that bother me are probably no different than the things that bother you in your life…children, work, finances, too much to do in a day, weight that won’t go away – no matter how much I exercise and change my eating. Again, I am concerned about the same things that you are concerned about, so if you are kind enough to read this, I won’t go into detail, but I will tell you this…Psalm 46:1 is a favorite verse of mine. “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” But I had never looked at the The Message translation
God is a safe place to hide, ready to help when we need him.
We stand fearless at the cliff-edge of doom,
courageous in seastorm and earthquake,
Before the rush and roar of oceans,
the tremors that shift mountains.
Jacob-wrestling God fights for us,
God-of-Angel-Armies protects us.
Psalm 46:1-3 (The Message)
 “…ready to help when we need him.”  I am so glad that He is ready to help me, when I need him, ready to guide me, when I need him, ready to hold me, when I need him.  The truth is…I ALWAYS need him and He is ALWAYS there.  Pretty awesome!  I am so glad that the Lord did not say, I will be there for you as long as you do…blah, blah, blah.  As a human being, I will mess up and sometimes my mess up is a BIG mess up.  Fortunately, He is always there.  There is nothing He will not help me with, there is nothing He cannot or will not forgive.  Once I am his child, there is nothing I can do separate myself from him.  Thank you, Lord!
For I am convinced that neither death nor life,
neither angels nor demons,
neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,
neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation,
will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:38 & 39
Who am I that He would care?  Who am I that he would do that for me?  I am His.  And He is mine!
Who am I, that the eyes that see my sin
Would look on me with love and watch me rise again
Who am I, that the voice that calmed the sea
Would call out through the rain
And calm the storm in me
Who Am I by Casting Crowns
He is there for me and I am so glad that I am His…
Lord, thank you for always being there for me.  For always caring, always guiding, always leading…at least when I let you.  Thank you for this time that I have had to step back and take a deep breath…this time that, while painful, is an opportunity to grow, an opportunity to reflect on the fact that You will not leave me, nor forsake me…You will always care for me.  Thank you Lord. 
I hope this makes sense to you, dear friend.  If not, I apologize, but it is what I needed to share today.  It has been a rough week, the storms are not over, but now I can see that I must weather the storm to find the rainbow.  Peace and blessings I wish for you…anything you want to share with me?


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