A Memory from my devotional last year.
Sept 6, 2016 Karla’s Blog
I know that I needed to hear today’s message. I need that reminder from time to time that He is always with me. When life, health, friends, or family leave me, you are always here. Always loving me, forgiving me, showing me a better way. I do get tired and sad living a life of solitude. I am so very grateful for the time I have with my husband each night before he falls asleep exhausted from his many chores. I realize so many of them are things that I used to do for him. I am so very thankful for a husband who honors his vows and loves me through the hard times.
My heart hurts for my loved ones who do not have that privilege. Yesterday finding family members that I had lost touch with years before, shows me the blessing that the internet is to my world. Talking to family and friends who are miles away but still a constant in my daily life. I look forward to seeing how they are each day, and knowing quickly when I can be in prayer for needs in their life. Yes the world is at my fingertips and I thank God for the gift.
I know my relationship with God grows stronger every day and I am immensely blessed to have a real relationship with the ruler of the world, that I have His ear when I need him. Everyone who is hurting or alone, we all have access to the greatest power that ever was. God cares about us, the little people. What greater gift could we desire?
Relationships in life, come and go just as possessions can run out. They were all in our hearts for a reason, a time when they filled a need. We touch other lives for a season because God uses us to fill a need in the lives we touch. Some however are the other piece of the puzzle in your life and take up permanent space in our heart. I believe these are sent from God to make our lives more complete. Having someone in your life who understands the pain and solitude, is a true gift. I am so thankful for all the people who make up my life. I do realize there is a lot happening in a day, so the time that others spend with me is a gift. I thank you all for being a part of it.
I want to give back, I want to share my greatest gift with those I love. I desperately want you to know that God is real and He is always there for us. Watching out for our needs. The more you put into your relationship with God the more you will get out of it.
Many of you went back to work today after the long weekend. Be thankful for the extra time you had with loved ones and we can all be thankful this is only a four day week so it will be over before you know it.
Thanks as always for sharing this time with me. I pray you all have a wonderful day and I hope you will enjoy this devotional from Streams in the Desert:
You remain. (Hebrews 1: 11)
There are so many people who sit by their fireplace all alone! They sit by another chair, once filled, and cannot restrain the tears that flow. They sit alone so much, but there is someone who is unseen and just within their reach. But for some reason, they don’t realize His presence. Realizing it is blessed yet quite rare. It is dependent upon their mood, their feelings, their physical condition, and the weather. The rain or thick fog outside, the lack of sleep and the intense pain, seem to affect their mood and blur their vision so they do not realize His presence. There is, however, something even better than realizing, and even more blessed. It is completely independent of these other conditions and is something that will abide with you. It is this: recognizing that unseen presence, which is so wonderful, quieting, soothing, calming, and warming. So recognize the presence of the Master. He is here, close to you, and His presence is real. Recognizing will also help your ability to realize but is never dependent upon it. Yes, there is immeasurably more—the truth is a presence, not a thing, a fact, or a statement. Some One is present, and He is a warmhearted Friend and the all-powerful Lord. This is a joyful truth for weeping hearts everywhere, no matter the reason for the tears, or whatever stream their weeping willow is planted beside.
Samuel Dickey Gordon
When from my life the old-time joys have vanished, Treasures once mine, I may no longer claim, This truth may feed my hungry heart, and famished: Lord, YOU REMAIN HERE! YOU are still the same! When streams have dried, those streams of glad refreshing—Friendships so blest, so rich, so free; When sun-kissed skies give place to clouds depressing, Lord, YOU REMAIN HERE! Still my heart has THEE. When strength has failed, and feet, now worn and weary, On happy errands may no longer go, Why should I sigh, or let the days be dreary? Lord, YOU REMAIN HERE! Could YOU more bestow? Thus through life’s days—whoe’er or what may fail me, Friends, friendships, joys, in small or great degree, Songs may be mine, no sadness need assault me, Lord, YOU REMAIN HERE! Still my heart has THEE.
J. Danson Smith