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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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Ultimate Worth

“You are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s.”  I Corinthians 3:23

Going…going….gone!”  The bidding was over, and the auctioneer’s gavel fell.  The winning bid for a rocking chair that had been valued between $3,000 and $5,000 was $453,500.

This had been the case through the duration of the auction.  A used automobile valued between $18,000 and $22,000 was sold for $79,500.  A set of green tumblers valued at $500 sold to $700 went for $211,500.  For four days articles of common, ordinary value were sold for wildly inflated prices.  Why?  The items auctioned were from the estate of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

How do we assess value?  How do we determine what is valuable to us?

As in the sale of the items of the Kennedy estate, some things are valuable solely because of the one to whom they belong.  Paul wrote to the Corinthians, “You were bought at a price.”  (1Corinthians 6:20).

Peter wrote, “You were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, …but with the precious blood of Christ.”  (I Peter 1:18-19).  The price Paul and Peter are talking about was the price for our sin, paid by Jesus Christ in His death on the cross.

We may inflate a person’s worth because of their financial status, their influence, or their potential to benefit us; or we may say a person has no value because they have few assets or cannot help us.  But the Scriptures tell us that when we were still sinners, Jesus Christ died for us.  (See Romans 5:8.)  When we had no value and were even opposed to God, He paid the price to redeem our lives.

Every individual on the face of the earth is someone for whom Jesus died.   Because of the great price of redemption, all people, regardless of their financial worth, are of great importance.  (I might add, those with addictions or any sin).

Whenever you feel depressed and worthless, meditate on this:  Your value is determined by God.  He loved and valued you so much, He sent His Son to die so you could become His child.  Never doubt your importance or worth!

All I could never be, all men ignored in me – this I was worth to God.

~ Robert Browning

Short story taken from Quiet Moments With God for Women.

 
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Posted by on June 19, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Prayer For Today

 

Psalms Of A Woman

 

Whose Faith Follow

God asks me to go to Nineveh, that great city
God asks me to bless Him when I am full of sores
When my children have all been killed
And all my friends have turned against me
God asks me to build a ship on dry land
Give my firstborn and only son for a sacrifice
He asks me to take a city by walking in circles around it shouting
He asks me to bring water from a rock
To expect bread to fall from heaven to feed me
He asks me to feed 5,000 with just five loaves of bread
and two small fish
Kill a giant with one small stone
Move to a strange land with a people I do not know
God asks me, who studders and stammers, to go before pharoah
and lead one million + slaves out of an empire
with a shepherd staff
He asks me to walk across the sea on dry land
He asks me to jump into the fiery furnace
rather than to worship any other God
Wash seven times in a river to be healed
Remove a mountain with my word
Catch multitudes of fish when there are none
Walk on water
Then, He asks me to dream when there is no hope
To have faith when there is no way out
Run the race without limbs
Love my enemy
Bless those who curse me
Do good to those who persecute me
Be a light in darkness when I have no light
Yea, I can do all things through Christ
Who strengthens me
Who gave Himself for me
For we are more than conquerors through Him
Who loves us and gave Himself for us.

Therefore, let us go forth with confidence!

Onward!!

October 1996

 Romans 8:37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

Scriptures

Jonah 1:2

Job 1:19, 2:7

Noah Gen 6:14

Abraham Acts 7:6, Hebrews 11:14

Joshua Hebrews 11:30

Moses Numbers 20:8

Israel Wilderness Psalms 78:20

Miracle Loaves And Fishes Matthew 14:17

David Slays Goliath I Samuel 17:49

Moses Exodus 4:10, 14:16

Fiery Furnace Dan 3:26-27, 28

Naaham 2 Kings 5:10

Faith Removing Mountain Matthew 17:20

 God is our Light 1John 1:5

Healing of Limbs  John 5:8

Fish Miracle John 21:11

Peter Walking on Sea Matthew 14:29

Running With Faith Hebrews 12:1

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Hebrews 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us. 

Remember when the children of Israel were trapped at the edge of the Red Sea:

 Exodus 14:15 And the LORD said unto Moses….speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward!!

For  Today:  Let’s consider these great miracles of God that were recorded throughout history for us to believe and have faith that we can overcome with the power of Jesus Christ through his Holy Spirit.  If you believe, all things are possible. 

 Mark 10:27 And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.

 
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Posted by on May 22, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Is God Listening?

 Anyone who has seen a child, at one time or another, fallen asleep unawares, feels a warmth passing over them and they can be filled with awe and wonder of the precious gift of life that God has given them.  Words are hard to find when this happens.

God sees us in similar manner.  Every one of us is a unique creation, having been knit in the womb by God Himself for a very special purpose.  He has a plan in mind for each of us, from the time we were conceived, to look like Him and to be formed into His very image!  He takes delight in watching us grow becoming patient, longsuffering, gentle, kind, etc. – all the wonderful aspects of our Father.

Creating such a masterpiece is in God’s hands alone.  Our minds cannot comprehend how we are formed spiritually, just as we do not understand fully how God knits us together in the womb.  Psalms 139:15 His ways are far above our ways, and past finding out.

In suffering, we grow…

In want, we grow…

In perseverance we grow…

God assures us, that He is the master potter and we are the clay.  Just as in the womb, we see through a glass darkly. One day we will see Him face to face in full light and understanding.  I Cor 13:12

Do we trust Him?  He says we can rest assured in that. 

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Yes, but how about when He doesn’t answer our requests right away? You might have said, “But I’ve gone to Him time and time again.  How do I really know He is listening?  Am I an evil person, because He isn’t listening?  What I’m requesting isn’t an evil thing.  It is a valid.” In some cases, this may go on for years. What can be said to that? 

Can the clay say to the potter, ‘Why are you doing that to me?” Jer 18:6

God knows that we are beset by these questions and wonder if God loves us enough to answer us or even hear us. God doesn’t leave us without assurance. He is creating in us His very mind, heart, and being. We are to be just like Him. He cares for us.

He hears every prayer.  He hears every sigh

He sees every tear that falls from our eyes

He saves them in a bottle and promises to change

Into the oil of joy our trials and our pains

Remember the woman who continually went to the king with her requests and he finally granted her wish because of her continual coming?  God looks upon with so much more compassion than this human king. You are much more precious to Him.  Luke 18:1-8

Remember the sleeping innocent children we first began to discuss?  Would you deny something good that they needed if you, indeed, had the power to give it? God grants us what we truly need.

Peter said concerning the trials that beset us in life:

1Peter 1:6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:

1Peter 1:7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

1Peter 1:8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:

1Peter 1:9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

The fruits born from enduring are those qualities can only be knit in the womb of this life through our trials as He allows them.  Some things take a short time, and others longer than we would like, but God is faithful.  We can rest assured that He is only allowing them for our good and/or someone else’s good in our life.  We should consider that our trial could be a part of a loved one’s growth and strengthening, helping them become like their Father.  Someday, God may look us in the eye and say, “Thank you for helping me to build My likeness in your husband, children, friends, or family?”  Wouldn’t that be an awesome thing – God thanking you for something so beautiful?

In conclusion, let’s remember, that when we go through difficult times and we think God is not hearing us, that His eye is indeed continually upon us. He is not off somewhere, not seeing our suffering, but is intimately involved.  We are attached to His vine, as a child is in the womb, as He daily creates us to look more and more like Him. He IS answering our prayers in the way that creates in us His very mind and heart. We ARE growing because we are a part of Him!! What a wonderful Father we have! What a wonderful future He has in store for us! 

 

Find out more about God’s plan for you in His family below!

http://www.freebiblestudyguides.org/bible-map/eternal-life-as-gods-sons-and-daughters.htm

 
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Posted by on May 3, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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