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Psalms of a Woman

Praise You In The Storm

 On Anger

Who hasn’t felt much anger?

Who hasn’t felt much pain?

When one has felt the weight of life

Who hasn’t felt the strain?

 

But undue anger stirs the soul

As bitterness does churn

It heats the coals of inner hate

And in the heart does burn

 

Thus joy that comes from serving

This fruit of how we live

Is then replaced with darkness

The fruit that anger gives

 

But one must be admonished

To see the discipline

That when our trials weigh us down

We take all things to Him

 

For every matter bringeth forth

The good in every man

If taken to the proper source

And left in God’s great hands

 

For He is our great Counselor

Our inner pain He hears

E’en though in anger we do cry

He sees through it our tears

 

And God will surely help us

Though time it’ll surely take

But refining is a process

For gold, He will you make

 

Then shine you will for all to see

God’s humbleness in you

They’ll give the glory to our Lord

When He has seen us through

 

~ Diane Stewart

1992

Let us not let anger deter us from our growth in overcoming, even though it will often cause us to fall back in our progress in our struggle with our trials and/or addictions.  There is a God who has suffered great persecution from others, being ridiculed, falsely accused, mocked, plotted against.  He suffered mental and physical abuse from others, but His faith in His Father through His Holy Spirit helped Him to have hope and strength in Him and have courage to live His Father’s way without striking back.  We can also obtain that spirit to fight the good fight, to overcome our difficulties if we come to Christ and the Father and ask forgiveness and help in our time of need.  He is the God who is greater than ourselves. He took all the abuse, so that we wouldn’t have to.  He suffered as many of us do, so that He could understand how we feel and be our great Intercessor to help us, hearing our cries and giving us strength in time of need. He has been there for me, and He can for you!

Isaiah 53:4  Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

Isaiah 53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

1 Peter 2:3 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:

Hebrews 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

 Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

2 Corinthians 1:4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

 Hang in there!! 

 

 

Psalms of A Woman

Have you ever felt that you weren’t perfect enough, that the sins you had committed make you feel you are unworthy of God’s love?  The start of any relationship with God is His love for you.  He loves you unconditionally first.  Then through the power of His love and your one-on-one relationship with Him, you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.

“I can do everything through Christ who strengthens me.”  ~ Philippians 4:13

You will always have a counselor in Christ and a beautiful relationship with your Father in heaven.  Start with little baby steps,  make time to pray to Him every day.  Have someone help you find some positive verses that will help in your instance and encourage you that God is only here to help us, not condemn us.  The Psalms is a great place to go for encouragement and inspiration and to find who your true Father in heaven is.  His heart is towards those who are being oppressed.

“And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”  ~ Mark 2:17

I made it through this time of depression and discouragement, and so can you.  It’s a long road, but I promise you, it will be well worth the effort!!

Here is where I was in the year 1993 when I wrote this poem to God.  Of course, it is just poetic, but you’ll get the drift.

 

LOST

Daddy, please come now and find me

I’m lost in this cold lonely world

I hope that your vision can find me

When it’s in a dark corner I’m curled

 

It’s down the alley of loneliness

I’m back behind piles of sin

With old rags to shield and to warm me

And keep away those who want in

 

I hope that you, Daddy, can find me

There’s no-one to save me but you

 You know how my heart has been beaten

Like no-one you know what I’ve been through

 

My wounds are all open and putrid

And mice, they laugh at my scars

But I know that you’ve promised a healing

You’re out there among all those stars

 

So, Daddy please come now and find me

And bring me into a wide place

And gently, please gently just rock me to sleep

And see when awakened your face

 

Can you hear the voice of your child who calls

I’m lost in this cold lonely world

I hope that Your love can now find me

When it’s in a dark corner I’m curled.

 

~Diane Stewart Nov. 1993

Luke 4:23 “The Spirit of the Lord is with me. He has anointed me to tell the Good News to the poor. He has sent me to announce forgiveness to the prisoners of sin and the restoring of sight to the blind, to forgive those who have been shattered by sin.

 

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Psalms of a Woman

 

OUR PASSOVER

T’was never a moment in time

When He has not been near

To share with you each trial

To share with you each fear

 

Yes, in a bottle He did save

Each tear that you did cry

To turn each one to oil of joy

For this He came to die

 

If fiery trials burned your soul

And all that does remain

Are ashes left inside your heart

When pain has seemed in vain

 

Then bring your ashes to the Lord

All those who mourn and grieve

And beauty He will give to you

If only you believe

 

So as this great memorial

Of Christ’s death does appear

Let us boldly come to God

Without our guilt and fear

 

For victory He does proclaim

O’er death and all our sin

So we can reconcile ourselves

To Father once again

 

By taking in Christ’s sacrifice

In doing this we’re shown

That now through all our joy and pain

We’ll never be alone

 

~ Diane Stewart

Passover  1992

 

You number my wanderings; Put my tears into Your bottle; Are they not in Your book?  ~ Psalm 56:8

To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.  ~Isaiah 61:3

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised.  ~ Luke 4:18

 

 

Psalms of a Woman

New Birth

You who walk in hopelessness

Because you’ve been oppressed

When dignity has fled you

And in you lies no rest

When your head is bowed in sorrow

And eyes cast to the earth

Remember winter’s darkened days

Bring springtime’s fresh new birth

And know the One who governs it

Can also quicken you

Like seasons in the life of man

He’ll make the old man new

For this He came to die for

To give us life anew

To bring a spring from winter’s death

To carry all year through

 

~ Diane Stewart

April 1992

 

 

Psalms of a Woman

Peaks And Valleys

Someone once had told me

The story of a one

Who had to climb a mountain

The reach the very “Son”

 

Someone once had told me

How hard that climb would be

That valleys stood between us

That block my way to Thee

 

And when my eyes are looking down

The hope in me would die

Because my eyes aren’t lifted up

To see the Summit high

 But there would be some valleys

Stepping stones for me

That must be traveled in this life

The pathway set by Thee

 

But they’ll be peaks along the way

When victories are won

To make this journey bearable

This reaching for the “Son”

 

So, knowing this, I must go on

With vision even greater

The hope that in the climbing

I’ll meet my own Creator!

 

January 1992

 This poem was written in my search for a Power Greater than myself, a God who hears, who understands,  and who wanted to have a relationship with me.  I am so grateful He was there at the end of my climb!  He will be there for you too if you seek Him with your whole heart!

 Jer 29:13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

 

 

A Higher Power That Hears

 
When you get angry, does God want to hear you? How about when you’re frustrated? Will He hear you when you are struggling with your addictions?  How about when you hate yourself and are feeling unworthy of His love?  Have you felt He didn’t have time for someone like you?
 

I’ve been there and felt those varied emotions.  I wanted to feel part of God’s family, but didn’t feel a one-on-one relationship even when I tried.  When I prayed, I kept all my emotions inside.  I learned to keep my emotions in an imaginary box, locked up, protecting myself from being bruised by others, not to be judged or condemned for my weaknesses, especially God!

He has shown by his death on the cross His great love for us. 

 John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

The Bible gives us a glimpse of how very precious and loved we are. It is His great desire for us to be in His family, and He is dedicated to getting us there.  He longs for a one-on-one relationship with you.  Please see – Why were you born?

I John 3:1 See how great a love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.

He is not far from us.

Proverbs 8:17 I love those who love me; And those who diligently seek me will find me.

Are you diligently looking for an answer to your pain and situations that are ruling your life?

He is gentle and tender towards those who seek Him who are bruised from life’s troubles and hardships. He is very aware of your pain and wants to lift you up and hold you in the palm of His hand.

Isa 42:3 (RSV) a bruised reed He will not break, and a dimly burning wick he will not quench; He will faithfully bring forth justice.

A bruised reed can be likened to a heart that has been crushed by life’s blows, trodden down from the weight of trials.

He will not break the bruised reed, but will strengthen it, that it may become a cedar in the courts of our God. He will not quench the smoking flax, but blow it up into a flame. Note, Jesus Christ is very tender toward those that have true grace, though they are but weak in it, and accepts the willingness of the spirit, pardoning and passing by the weakness of the flesh. 1

…he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted
see Isaiah 61:1

He will keep you from the oppressor, those who would destroy you (addictions) if you look to this Higher Power!

Psalms 72:4 He will defend the afflicted among the people and save the children of the needy; he will crush the oppressor.

In the Psalms, David shows in many scriptures how God hears the cries of those in need.

Ps 55:16  As for me, I will call upon God; and the LORD shall save me.

 Ps 86:16 O turn unto me, and have mercy upon me; give thy strength unto thy servant, and save the son of thine handmaid.

 Ps 109:26 Help me, O LORD my God: O save me according to thy mercy:

 Ps 138:7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me.

 Ps 57:3 He shall send from heaven, and save me from the reproach of him that would swallow me up. Selah. God shall send forth his mercy and his truth.

Do your addictions sometimes feel like you are being “swallowed up?”  Reading Psalms can greatly help you to understand God’s desire to hear your prayers of need. David certainly was a man who had experienced great trials.  Try substituting the word “enemy” with “your addiction” or trial while reading the Psalms.

Ps 138:7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth your hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me.

Jer 17:14 Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for thou art my praise.

Is there hope for a relationship with God, those who desire to start anew with a spiritual Father and brother? Yes! Are you sure God will help me?  Yes!

Romans 8:37-39 But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord

I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
Luke 5:32.

FOR TODAY:  When we feel God will not hear us, let’s remember that God’s mercy is boundless.  He will hear the cries of those who turn to Him and give us the help we desperately need.  God, our Higher Power, is just that, a Higher Power, able to sustain a universe, yet gentle enough to hide us underneath his wings when we are in trouble.

 

 Ps 17:8 Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings.

1 Matthew Henry, “Matthew Henry Complete Commentary on the Bible,” Complete Commentary on Isaiah.

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