Yesterday’s reading came from Psalm 127:1-2.
Psalm 127:1 Except the LORD build the house, they labor in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.
v2: It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.
I sat and mediated a bit on these two verses. “Except the Lord build a house they labor in vain…” I saw that the Lord has to be the one to build our homes, cities, and lives. Anything we do is in vain. I see this in my own life as we are going through these hard financial times. He is using the present situations to build our home. He is building a house of faith and bring us to a place we have never been before in Him. I rather for Him to build our home and rest in Him. If I choose any other way and see what we (Kerwin and I) can come up with, our labor will be in vain and our home will come crashing down by not following Christ and allowing Him to build the way He sees fit.
When He does it, we need not to worry about anything. It doesn’t make sense for us to rise early and stay up late trying to build our homes, and trying to figure things out. It leads us to nowhere, but stress and worry and push us further away from God our Father. When God builds, He will keep us, it will be worth it, it will not be in vain.
“He give his beloved sleep.” As we rest, He is steadily building and orchestrating things. We are being supplied for. We need not to worry, we need not to fret. When God is building, He will keep us and finish the work. It will be beautiful.
These are the things that are coming to me as I read the Psalms during this season in my life. I want the Lord to build my house. I know if I have Him as the builder, my house will be strong. It won’t collapse. I choose today for the Lord to build this house.
Is the Lord building your house or are you laboring in vain?
Today I read Psalm 120.
Psalm 120: 1 In my distress I cried unto the LORD, and he heard me.
I thank God for hearing my cries and answering my prayers. My husband and I have been placed in a situation where we have to continue to decide whether we will trust in the Lord to see us through. I thank the Lord for His Word that encourages us to do so and to be able to see the results of resting and trusting in Him. He has allowed things to happen to show how much He loves us and wants to take care of us if we allow Him to. I thank God for His Word for showing me how much He wants to be our Abba Father. He wants to show us all what He is capable of doing if we allow Him the opportunity.
We look at our situations and get discouraged forgetting we serve a God who will provide. He allows us to go through things to be able to show us all that He can be there for us. We sometimes miss this by stressing and responding as the world responds.
Psalm 119:71 It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statues.
This is how I have been feeling. When my husband started going through with his jobs and our finances started to dry up as never before and doors that we thought were opening were closing, I went into a panic mode, trying to figure out what is it that we are suppose to do now? Why are we going through this? What could we have done to go through this at this time in our lives? Does God not see that we have a child on the way soon and He has put us in a situation where we can’t prepare for him? I wanted to give up. We honestly felt abandoned by God at this point. My husband was so discouraged and I felt his pain. I felt lost and confused. I cried out to the Lord and decided to go back to the Word. The only other option was to walk away from my faith and I couldn’t because I knew God is real. It was hard, but I had to press through to see the end. Ever since I have found such encouragement in His word. I was able to finally say my heart is fixed (Psalm 108:1; 112:7) to know that I could trust Him to provide some kind of way and to praise Him for doing so.
What started to seem like the end of our lives as we know it, has been a blessing for us to see who God is as our Father, Provider and Comforter.
I don’t know the end result of this because we are still in the midst of this trial, but what I do know, it has been a blessing for us to see how God can work in any situation. I know and am encouraged to know that He has shown me that He has brought us to this place. What seemed to be a trap of the enemy is actually God setting us up for deliverance in this area of ours lives. That it will no longer be an issue for us once we are out. I praise Him for bringing us to this place. It will be a story to tell our son and his siblings of this walk of faith. Lesson for them to know, that no matter what, they can trust our Father to see them through.
I know it has been a while since I last post. There has been a lot going on and I plan to post more in detail in due time. In the meantime I been still reading Psalms to my little one in the womb and it has blessed me in my walk and has matured my relationship with Christ. I wanted to encourage you all with what I have read yesterday morning. It has really blessed my spirit. These past couple of months have been the hardest for my husband and I, as it seems like things just keep attacking us to take us out of this race. God has allowed such trials to come I know to strengthen our faith and to lean on Him as never before. During this time His Word has given great comfort and I see Him more as my Father. Someone who I can truly cast my cares upon. Anyway, yesterday I started to feel overwhelmed by everything that was coming up and feeling unprepared. I was led back to the following scriptures I had read in my morning reading. I pray they blessed you as much as they have blessed me.
Psalm 119: 49- 50 Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope.
vs 50: This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me.
Psalm 42:5, 11 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.
vs 11: Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in go: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.
Psalm 43: 5 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.
I don’t have a great revelation on these scriptures, but what I do have is encouragement that my hope is in the LORD. His Word gives me hope that all is well in every situation that concerns me . Hope maketh not ashamed. Amen!
I was just finishing up in my reading and prayer time, when I had said to myself that today is August 1. August being the 8th month, I will believe for “New Beginnings”. After hearing myself speak that, something went through my spirit. I had immediately caught it and started to pray and speak over our situation. I thanked Him for the things He had completed in our lives last month. I also spoke that we will not continue on the path of despair, but will speak and believe for a new beginning in our lives. As I was praying and speaking forth these things I heard the scripture … old things have passed away; behold, all things are become new (2 Corinthians 5:17). I receive that newness this month for my family. I know it is so. I do not have to come into this month stress about anything. I can stand on God’s Word knowing if I speak forth these things and believe, it will come to pass (Mark 11:23-25). I can have confidence in this because He wants us to come into our destiny!
I wanted to share this with anyone who is stepping into this month trying to figure out how you are going to make it. Don’t try to figure it out, just start receiving the newness God has for you!
There was an article I read a while back in ‘The Word of Faith’ magazine. At the end it had a little section called ‘Speak Positive Words’. It had a small prayer that I wanted to share.
“Father, You said in Your Word that You would never leave me or forsake me. You promised to always be with me. I take Your hand by faith (here I insert what I am believing for and literally take out my hand as to hold His) and I expect You to lead me to victory!”
I found this to be helpful and encouraging. Saying this prayer reminds me that our Father will not forsake us. He will not put on us no more than we can bear. We have to believe He loves us enough to provide. We need to remember that. Let’s in Great Expectations believe for newness this month!
I believe God has my husband Kerwin and I in a place of strengthening our faith in Him. Not to depend on jobs, people or anything else. He has us to where we have to keep our eyes on Him or sink.
I remember last week when Kerwin was pretty discouraged and how I had been praying for his strength to continue on. It wasn’t long before he came home with renewed insight on casting our cares on God. I was pleased that he finally felt that God was showing him that God is still with us and all we have to do is trust and leave it up to Him to handle everything.
It’s amazing how after hearing him speak on leaving everything to God, this week the same scripture in my own private time kept coming up.
I Peter 5:7 Cast all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
Simply leave it alone, leave it to God. All week I have been focusing on the fact that our God knows our needs. All He ask is that we give it to Him and leave it there. I know it isn’t easy to do such things. We are used to trying to figure out everything, strategizing and making plans, but He also has a plan. He knows how to bring about the things we desire and/or need. All He ask is for us to have faith in Him. Stressing never gets us anywhere. We still haven’t seen much opportunity for improvement in the situations that we are trusting God in. As far as our eyes can see there is no way out, but looking through the eyes of faith we know it is there waiting for us to walk through the door.
I am also glad to be going through this time of testing of faith. In this time it prepares us to teach our children on standing in God and His Word. I want to be able to tell our children of the trials of faith that we have overcome. I want them to see us as we strive, looking only towards Christ, being that example so that they will know it is only through Christ we make it through. Seeking Him first and knowing that everything else will follow. I want them to know right off that we are not to worry as the world does ,but to know our Father knows and will supply for us. What better way to show this than by leading by example.
Let us not be of the world stressing and worrying. Let’s behave as children of the King who can supply us with all that we can ever ask and need. We will need to be set in this way of thinking for the things to come upon us in this world. It will be only by faith that we survive.
It has been a rough couple of weeks for my husband. He has been seeking a better paying, more fulfilling job. It has been a challenge waiting as we see our finances dry up. With each passing day, I see my husband grow more frustrated and feel abandoned by the Lord. Watching him respond this way hurts and I try to remind him that all will get better. I remind him we can praise God that all bills are paid up and nothing is cut off or threatened to be turned off. We have made it another month and still have a place to call home. I try to rest in these things knowing that God has made sure everything has been provided for. Yet, when looking up ahead it looks… well you know bleak. That puts fear in our hearts. The days seem to get tougher to get through. Day after day he comes home with another thing that went wrong at work. I start to find my encouraging words no longer having the effect they once had. I see the hurt and anger rise up in my husband’s eyes as he leaves for work and comes home. It worries me. When I try to encourage and see it’s not working I find myself getting frustrated with him. Wondering why he won’t seem to just stand on God’s Word and promises that a better day is ahead. I admit I understand his frustration. He is overworked, underpaid and unappreciated, not to mention we recently found out we are expecting our blessed little one. Though we are very happy it’s hard to really rejoice and enjoy this wonderful time with such financial stress.
Over the past couple of days I found myself frustrated with his frustration. I started to think he was giving up on God being able to help and deliver us. I worried about my husband and this route he is going down. In my heart I know he won’t give in to the enemy, but it still hurts seeing him hurt and there is nothing I can do.
I woke up this morning with a praise to God. I knew for the past couple of days that the best thing to do was to keep moving and praising God for deliverance! This morning I found that sometimes speaking is not always necessary. Sometimes, just hearing him express his heart with a sympathetic ear was enough. I take what he has shared in my private time of prayer. Days before, I was getting mad at him, but that only turned us against each other in a fight where we needed each other. God convicted me. How much did I take this situation in serious prayer to God on behalf of my husband? I did pray for him throughout the day, but seriously just went in and cry out on his behalf. Speak the Word over him and read aloud God’s promises in prayer. Set the atomsphere in my home to one of praise and thanksgiving to what God has done and what He is going to do. Today, I went into prayer speaking His Word with confidence that He will deliver and open the doors that no man can close. I went in knowing that God, our Father knows the things we are in need of.
As my husband’s help meet, it is my job to go before the Lord in prayer and stand with my husband in faith. Even if he’s weak, I learn to hear his cries and take them to the Lord and to speak the Word to my husband’s spirit.
As wives we need to continue to stand with our husbands. We need to be cover them in constant prayer. The enemy is out to destroy our families anyway he can, but know that as we stand in faith, VICTORY is ours!