Psalms 121 NKJV
“I will lift up my eyes to the hills – From whence comes my help? My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel Shall neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD is your keeper; The LORD is your shade at your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, Nor the moon by night. The LORD shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul. The LORD shall preserve your going out and your coming in From this time forth, and even forevermore.”
No matter my past, current, or future circumstances, I know one thing…that my help comes from the LORD!!! He is my forever keeper, protector, provider, strength, comfort, love. AMEN!!!!
Daniel 3:17 NKJV
“If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king.
The tunnel is the place I have been for more than a year; naked, cold, and separated from others. It’s a place where I learned to trust God more and more. He provided for all my needs and kept me from harm.
The tunnel was a place I could not avoid, no matter how much I may have wanted to do so. At this time, I was reminded of Jonah. Just like the fiery furnace and the lion’s den, the tunnel is not here to harm me but to prepare me for a better place. At the end of the tunnel, like Job, whatever was lost will be replaced tenfold. So, DO NOT BE AFRAID OF YOUR TUNNEL!
I am now walking up the steps to get out of the tunnel…HALLELUJAH!!!!!!!
For many years (while away studying), my mother would say this to me at the end of our conversations…
The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.
Numbers 6:24-26 NKJV
I was always comforted by these words of blessings. I hope my siblings and I will be able to continue this tradition. From God, Himself, and Biblical characters (such as Abraham, Issac, and Jacob) we can see there is power in the blessing from a parent.
As God made a promise to you? If He did then welcome to the club!!!!! He has reassured us many times that whatever He has promised (covenant), He will fulfill. I had a dream recently where my mother was told that her children will inherit what was promised to her. This tells me my covenant with God does not end with me BUT continues for generations. Checkout Abraham for further evidence. When we live for Christ or God, we do so not only for ourselves BUT also for our offsprings who will inherit our blessings. The same goes if we live an ungodly life…so choose well.
The rewards of praise. When praise is true or sincere, the rewards are great (this word is such an understatement). Praising God for things unseen (faith) gives me comfort and peace. It takes all my worries away…that things will work out in my favor…not my way BUT God’s way. Praise open doors that were once closed. Praise finds/makes a path when there was none. Praise makes the impossible possible and the unbelievable believable. In conclusion, there is VICTORY in praise.
Praising God for things seen also gives me a great feeling. I feel joy or happiness when I get that acceptance letter (for a job or school opportunity), when my bank account is full (so debts are cleared), and when I receive the rewards of being obedient (successfully accomplishing all tasks given). Here, praise is like a monetary transaction for a business deal in our relationship with God.
Although it is nothing new, recently I have been experiencing the power of praise. The power of praise has been showcased in the Bible on numerous occasions and also by my mother throughout my childhood and youth, as well as adulthood. Praise may be expressed by a word or song. My favorite praise word is Hallelujah. My mother’s was Glory. Praise can destroy things (deactivate) and create things (activate). This shows its immense power…and the good thing is we have access to it at all times. AGAIN, we have to make the CHOICE to plug into it and utilize it when we come upon challenges that want to destroy our destiny. I am choosing to keep praising my way to my destiny. I will also use praise to thank God for His continuous faithfulness as He provides and protects me on my journey.
Praise is the most powerful and amazing gift God has given His children. Today, I have praise in my heart as I celebrate Mother’s day. If you recall, I have previously stated that my mom died last year. Last year’s Mother’s day was bittersweet as her death was recent and I missed her but I was also happy that she fulfilled her purpose on earth and was now at peace and rest. This year it’s just sweet; I am happy that I was her daughter and I am so happy she was God’s daughter. She is with me always and she knows that my days will be good because I am also God’s daughter. As she feared God, her children and future generations will always be blessed. Thank you Mom for teaching us how to live fearing God, it was the best legacy you could have left for us to inherit.
Proverbs 31:30 NKJV
“Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.”