An overwhelming promise

 

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is His faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23

“I’ve been making major decisions on my own for 20 years now. Why am I so fearful right now that I might be forgetting something? Maybe even making this situation worse?” I pulled my knees up to my chest, stared at my phone pocketed in the white duvet of my bed, it’s speaker icon highlighted.

I had just finished a week where nights were sleepless tossing, and the days hours were dealing with the aftermath of a theft that had me gripped in a fragile vulnerability.

A fragile vulnerability that had left me awake with worry, fear and aloneness.

Worry that more misfortune was to come; fear that I may have forgotten to do something to get the situation under control; and feeling alone in dealing with it all, alone.

Later, my phone off and silent, I found myself drawn to open my Book to Psalms, resting on David’s story when he fled Jerusalem, from his son Absalom and his men.

But you Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. I call out to the Lord, and he answers me from his holy mountain. Psalm 3:3-4

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Even though David was fleeing for his life, and all seemed to be going wrong for him, he lifted his head high, and called out to the Lord in confidence that God was still with him.

I lie down and sleep, I wake again, because the Lord sustains me. I will not fear though ten thousands assail me on every side. Psalm 3:5-6

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Even with an army gathering, and his son rebelling against him, David chose not to fear and slept peacefully with the assurance that God was in control.

He did not worry or fear, give into the overwhelming feelings that can come when everything seems to be going wrong. Instead, he rested at night in the assurance of God’s promise of being a ‘shield around me’, always.

He rested in the knowing He was never alone in His battles.

He rested in the knowing of God’s unfailing love, that sustains and flows from Him no matter the circumstances.

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Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life. Rescue me from my enemies, Lord, for I hide myself in you. Teach me to do your will, for you are God; may your good Spirit lead me on ground level. Psalm 143:8-10

May you know this Valentine’s Day, my friend, that nothing can overwhelm or consume God’s love for you.  No circumstances is bigger than the One whose compassion and faithfulness is yours, as His beloved.

Always.

 “You are altogether beautiful my darling, beautiful in every way.” Song of Songs 4:7

 

 

 

 

 

 

12 thoughts on “An overwhelming promise

  1. Oh Lynn, the tears are pooling in my eyes. For the theft that robbed you of peace and what you struggle with living alone. Also for the beautiful promise that comforted your heart, in the truth that “God’s unfailing love, that sustains and flows from Him no matter the circumstances.” Thank you for encouraging my heart, too, with both your message and your photos. All your photos are breath-taking and speak of God’s beauty and faithful love, infinitely greater than any love people can ever give us. They refreshed and calmed my heart. Love and hugs to you!

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    1. Thank you for your kindness, and caring Trudy! I know I’m learning to let go of worries to feel His love, moment by moment. It really is a turning to Him constantly isn’t it? I’m so encouraged that you see God’s beauty shining through my photos that I share. It is so true that God’s love is infinitely greater than love people can give. But I do appreciate the love you show here! Hugs back to you.

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    1. Thank you Val! I have been feeling a lot more peaceful, and thankful that writing helps too as it requires getting into His word, and deeper in His ways. May God’s light keep shining bright on your beautiful smile! Hugs back to you!

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  2. Dear Lynn … you have shared one of my favorite verses in God’s Word. I just love the promises sprinkled through that chapter in Lamentations.

    Praise God we have not been completely consumed by circumstances that might have overwhelmed us. Because of His sweet mercy, we are still alive and well and moving forward.

    Valentine’s afternoon blessings, friend …

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  3. Yes, Linda, because of His sweet mercy we are well and moving forward. I absolutely love how you put those words together reflecting His promise that He is our protector! May your days continue to see the sweetness of those sprinkles of promises in Lamentations.

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  4. Thank you Lynn for your openness and vulnerability. I pray you will continue to turn to God for peace and He will keep you safe. In Jesus’ powerful name I pray. (-:Ker

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  5. Lynn, first, I’m sorry you were violated in that way. Having someone break into your home is frightening and takes time to work through. I’m so glad God protected you.

    I had that happen to me too, years ago. God’s love is amazing, isn’t it? The promises you shared from His Word were spot on. I hope things in your life get back in order soon, if they haven’t already. Some of my favorite-est verses. Thanks for these reminders!

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  6. Praying for you, Lynn. I can only imagine how you might feel through this; I imagine I’d be feeling the same way. I’m confident the Lord will sustain you through it all. As our late pastor used to say, “Jesus is already in our tomorrows.” I often hold onto that, especially when the mind battles rage. Thanks for sharing your heart and these scriptures.

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  7. Oh my gosh, Lynn! What happened? I am so sorry it seems someone broke into your home or someone stole something so very important to you. I can only imagine how vulnerable and afraid you would feel!

    As always, you bring comfort through the power of God’s Word here in this post and message, It is beautiful and I will be sharing it- and I will be praying that His Peace overcomes your fears and you feel assurance in these verses speaking right to your heart.

    By the way, I read your other post to the women in my group and they LOVED it. ❤

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    1. Thanks for your prayers Christine. The theft was all on-line and I have learned lessons regarding internet security! And I’m glad God’s words in my post blessed your group. What a blessing it is that God uses us to spread His message. Appreciate you tons!

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  8. Hi Lynn! This was written a while ago, and I’m hoping that your challenges have eased a bit. I know what it’s like to feel like everything is just so dark and hard, so I really feel for you. May God bless you with his peace, and the knowledge that he will never leave you.
    Blessings,
    Ceil

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