Great Treasure

I rejoice at Your word As one who finds great treasure. Psalm 119:162

It was a few weeks ago during worship that the Lord spoke sweet words of comfort to me.  I thought, “How odd Lord, why are you comforting me? I’m ok, things are going great.” I thought about it for a couple of days and prayed over it, asking the Lord to show me why He was speaking these things to me.  I didn’t get it, so I tucked the thoughts in the back of my mind.

This past week I’ve been facing a very difficult trial with a very uncertain outcome.  During my time of prayer over this situation the Lord reminded me of those comforting words He had spoken to me  weeks earlier.  God was preparing me for the trial that was ahead of me.  God is so Good!!  He knew my heart would have been faint without those loving words of encouragement.

This week God’s word was a great treasure to me, I cant think of anything more valuable. It brought me such peace and comfort.  It reminded me of a teaching I heard once about a treasure box.  We each have a treasure box to fill as we please, some will fill it with achievements, wealth, and things of this world.  While the wise woman will seek out treasures hidden in God’s Word and store them so that when difficulty comes she will have great treasure stored up that she can draw from.

The Lord is our best comforter.  He desire to speak to us; to comfort us, encourage us, correct us and love on us.  Are we listening? Or are we too busy to hear His voice?

Let us be women that are wise, seeking out God’s Word storing up treasures that are long lasting.  If you are having trouble hearing God’s voice, spend time in prayer before you read and ask God to fill you with the Holy Spirit and pray that He will  give you understanding.  Treasure His Word above all else because He treasures you.

Kim S.

Strength To The Weary

Do you ever feel like you want to be a kid again? Sometimes I watch my rambunctious two year old as he is running and jumping all around without a care in the world, in amazement. I imagine how many things I could accomplish if only I had his energy and his stamina to get things done. He’s like the Energizer bunny that keeps going and going.

Then, I recognize I’m not two anymore, I have to work at this now. I need to exercise, eat better, rest more and take my vitamins to simply have half his energy.

And those things actually help with the physical exhaustion, but what about the emotional exhaustion we sometimes experience, or the spiritual exhaustion that happens?

Maybe you’re in a difficult situation that never seems to end or get better, and you just can’t take another day; maybe you have been praying for your son/daughter or loved one for so long and you just want to see them walk with The Lord. “Lord don’t you hear my prayers? Don’t you see how my heart aches?” You’re exhausted emotionally or spiritually and your heart is heavy and you’re weary.

What do you do? What do I do? Well, I remember who my God is and where my strength is from.

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.

Isaiah 40:28-29(NIV)

Our God is the everlasting, almighty creator of the universe. Thankfully, He never gets tired or weary like we do. He understands us better than we even understand ourselves. Spend that much needed time with Him. Don’t think God doesn’t hear our prayers or listen to our cries. He does and He cares.

1 Peter 5:7 says “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” Remember, our strength comes from The Lord not anything or anyone else. He fills us up when we are empty. He knows our needs and wants and best of all, He knows what the perfect plan is for us. Though life’s journey is sometimes difficult to endure, don’t ever give up on following Him. Allow The Lord to strengthen you, refresh you and uplift you through His Holy Spirit.

He gives strength to the weary and increases power to the weak.

-Jeanine B,

Trust in the Lord

When I became a Christian, trusting was a hard thing for me. I had been let down, hurt, and taken advantage of by men and women. I didn’t have a good role model as a father, so for me to trust in God was a very difficult thing.

The scripture God kept giving me was:

Prov. 3:5-6 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.

I found myself in situations where I had to trust in the Lord, like when there was no money to pay the rent or have food on the table and then a friend of mine would give me some money and say, “This is from the Lord!” – or when the church pays your rent for you. God always came through for me. He showed his love for me through others and showed me I could trust in Him to provide for me. Sometimes I had to go through difficult things so that God could show me that I can trust Him. We can be put into situations where we have to trust in the Lord, because there is no other way for us to see it.

Psalm 37:5 Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass

When I would lean on my own understanding I would find myself in deeper problems. We can’t always understand everything that the Lord does in our lives, but be assured He only has the best interest for us. He will never let you down. When I would choose not to lean on my own understanding, but rather, seek Him and His plans for my life, the Lord would direct my paths.

Am I allowing God to make my plans for me by praying and asking God? And then am I being obedient to what He tells me?

Trusting in the Lord is an act of the will. We have to choose to trust Him, knowing that He is in control and that His promise will stand; that He will never leave or forsake us, and that He has only the best for us.

Sarah Young Devotion – “Trust Me by relinquishing control into My hands. Let go and recognize that I am God. This is My world: I made it and I control it.”

Let’s choose to trust in the Lord regardless of the situations we find ourselves in today! Is not our God big enough to see us through? Has He ever let us down?

Cherie C.

Foodie for His Word

PBS (Public Broadcasting Station) used to show a program called Gourmet’s Diary of a Foodie.  The program consisted of a Foodie’s travel to exotic locations in search of an epicurean feast. With each program, I watched food being prepared such as Chicken Vindaloo from India and Oaxacan Black Mole from Oaxaca, Mexico.  I envisioned myself in each of those countries tasting and savoring the amazing food. My senses were overwhelmed with flavors that were unforgettable (in my mind). Therefore I started to have my own foodie experiences as I tried new restaurants in the area. I judged the ambience of the restaurant, the service and presentation of the food.  Then the taste of the food, with each bite my senses tried to determine the spices used or what region it was from before I rated the food on a scale from 1-10. I devoured the whole experience!

So too sister, are you a foodie for the Word? Are you devouring His word?

Psalm 34:8 “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him! “ Here is our open invitation to know and trust the Lord.

1 Peter 2:2-3 “As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word that you may grow thereby, if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.” Here we are to desire His word, so we can grow.

Psalm 119:103” How sweet are Your words to my taste, Sweeter than honey to my mouth!” His word is never bitter.

Jeremiah 15:15 “Your words were found, and I ate them, and Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart; For I am called by Your name, O Lord God of hosts.”  His word brings us joy and rejoicing in our heart.

John 6:35 And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.”  He gives us life and we will never be hungry or thirsty.

Our food is spiritual; His word sustains us in many ways. Therefore just as a foodie seeks that epicurean delight, so to sisters, seek His word to be filled by him. Are you a foodie for His word?

Elsa D

Commonalities Amongst His Women

I believe that when a baby girl is expected and given birth to…There is much excitement.  For example, my niece is expecting her first baby girl. There seems to be such a buzz amongst our family about baby Olivia’s birth. When a girl is born, parents always have the best of intentions in raising them to the best of their ability. They intend on providing a safe loving home, raising them in God’s ways. Unfortunately many times life can take unexpected turns, many of which we are not ready to deal with.
Only God knows the life, the struggles, the joys, the pain, the victories, the failures that we will face…Yet God sees fit, to whom, what , when and how much is allotted to them.  Sometimes I know our prayer can be….”Please don’t trust me so much God!”
We do not always see the hurt a woman may be enduring…
The woman who has been in an abusive relationship may fear being alone. She may believe the lies of her significant other are truth. Outwardly she presses forward, goes to work, and goes to church but she is spiritually lost.
The woman who has lost a baby due to miscarriage may experience a roller coaster of emotions such as numbness, disbelief, anger, guilt, sadness, depression, and difficulty concentrating.  She silently slips into church, sings the songs but her heart aches with longing for her lost child.
The woman who is dealing with fear due to a son/daughter being on drugs experiences the fear of the unknown. Not knowing if she will receive a call that something has happened to her child. She persistently and silently prays that God would intervene on her child’s behalf.
The woman that is struggling with hurt due to infidelity or a failed marriage feels unworthy.  The question that often arises is if only I would have done this or that differently.  Women are prone to take the blame and responsibility for the failed relationship.
The commonality amongst His women is that none of us is exempt from heartaches and disappointments.    Yet, we have a high priest that was tempted in all ways yet didn’t sin. Our high priest loves each and every one of us so much. He wants the absolute best for us!! His heart is that we would first and foremost depend on Him to be our strength and comfort and then to know that we have sisters in Christ that care and are there to pray alongside, to encourage one another, to edify, to carry the burden  and to be a friend at all times.

1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

Rose H.