Friday, February 27, 2009

God is our refuge and strength

Dear Friends,

Thanks for stopping by, and all your prayers and encouragements!

Thank God for strengthening me. I am feeling better but still trying to pace myself moderately. I do missed all of you very much. Thanks for all your encouragements.

This morning, I was reading CH Spurgeon's Morning and Evening as part of my morning devotion, and very much encouraged by it.

Thank God that He is our refuge and strength, and we may rest in Him daily no matter what we may go through in this world. He is unchangeable!

May God encourage you with this article and you may find rest in Him daily too.

Take care and have a great weekend!

“Thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the Most High, thy habitation.”
Psalm 91:9

THE Israelites in the wilderness were continually exposed to change.

Whenever the pillar stayed its motion, the tents were pitched; but to-morrow, ere the morning sun had risen, the trumpet sounded, the ark was in motion, and the fiery, cloudy pillar was leading the way through the narrow defiles of the mountain, up the hillside, or along the arid waste of the wilderness.

They had scarcely time to rest a little before they heard the sound of “Away! this is not your rest; you must still be onward journeying towards Canaan!” They were never long in one place. Even wells and palm trees could not detain them. Yet they had an abiding home in their God, His cloudy pillar was their roof-tree, and its flame by night their household fire.

They must go onward from place to place, continually changing, never having time to settle, and to say, “Now we are secure; in this place we shall dwell.” “Yet,” says Moses, “though we are always changing, Lord, thou hast been our dwelling-place throughout all generations.”

The Christian knows no change with regard to God. He may be rich to-day and poor to-morrow; he may be sickly to-day and well to-morrow; he may be in happiness to-day, to-morrow he may be distressed—but there is no change with regard to his relationship to God.

If He loved me yesterday, He loves me to-day. My unmoving mansion of rest is my blessed Lord.

Let prospects be blighted; let hopes be blasted; let joy be withered; let mildews destroy everything; I have lost nothing of what I have in God. He is “my strong habitation whereunto I can continually resort.”

I am a pilgrim in the world, but at home in my God. In the earth I wander, but in God I dwell in a quiet habitation.

Taken from CH Spurgeon's Morning and Evening, 27 Feb, Morning

(My brother took this photo at Muriwai Beach, New Zealand)


Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing my friend. I love and miss you. Please take care.

Anonymous said...

Long time since we've touched base! I found your post today so encouraging. It is exactly where I am at. I have been relying on God every day for strength because I've been hovering at rock bottom and have not been able to do anything except with God's strength. I appreciated the passage you quoted. It something that touched my heart. God is teaching me so much lately and answering lots of prayers. I have to keep doing it. I have always admired your constant perseverance through the good and the bad. Thank you for being an example. It probably makes a difference to more people than you realize. :)
Love, Jena

Anonymous said...

Hi, Nancie,
I enjoyed your post especially during this Lenten season. Very inspiring, thoughtful, enlightening, and timely.
I may have been absent for quite some time but you are always in my mind, Nancie. Oftentimes, I couldn't put into words what I wanted to say.
Wishing you happiness and good health, always.


Anonymous said...

I appreciate what you shared Nancie. Take care. Very smart of you to pace yourself. So good to hear from you.
Love, marja

Anonymous said...

Hi Nancie! Thinking of you always and my prayers are with you.

I've started a couple of bible studies and the passages are becoming clearer and clearer all the time. I'm so thankful that we are loved so much by our Heavenly Father and his Son.

Keep pacing yourself and doing what you need to do. We will always be here for you, my friend.


Anonymous said...

Been missing you at Thankful Thursday. Hoping & praying you have been ok. I thought of you at church last Wed nite because the verse used the term "More than Conquerors". Hope you are better soon & praying you will be.

Anonymous said...

HI Sis!!!
((((Hugz))) I've missed *U*. I'm glad to hear *U* are feeling better. I've been out of the loop as well with so much fatigue due to my Chronic illness. Let's keep lifting each other up in prayer okay!!!

Luv Ya Lorie

Anonymous said...

Wanted to drop by and say hello.Hope all is well.Have a great day and God Bless.

Nancie said...

Dear Friends,

Thanks again for all your visits, prayers and encouragements.

My condition fluctuates recently and I am still learning to look to our Lord Jesus Christ for grace and strength daily, and learning to pace myself moderately.

Thank you very much for all your kind words. They really touched my heart and assured me of God's love and presence through all of you. May God bless you abundantly!