Monday, May 08, 2006

Finding Rest Facedown

Psalm 138 (MSG)
1Thank you! Everything in me says "Thank you!" Angels listen as I sing my thanks.

2I kneel in worship facing your holy temple
and say it again: "Thank you!"
Thank you for your love,
thank you for your faithfulness;
Most holy is your name,
most holy is your Word.

3The moment I called out, you stepped in;
you made my life large with strength.

4When they hear what you have to say, GOD,
all earth's kings will say "Thank you."

5They'll sing of what you've done:
"How great the glory of GOD!"

6And here's why: GOD, high above, sees far below;
no matter the distance, he knows everything about us.

7When I walk into the thick of trouble,
keep me alive in the angry turmoil.
With one hand
strike my foes,
With your other hand
save me.

8Finish what you started in me, GOD.
Your love is eternal--don't quit on me now.

I stumbled upon this passage of scripture while looking through a devotional. I really needed to read this today...this is one of those days where I just want to be face down on the floor in deep prayer and worship to God. My problem lately has been finding the time to have any strong time with God...lately my house has been very noisy and busy...that for me is exhausting and problematic!

For me when I have a houseful of company, there always comes a time of "fall out" after everyone leaves and you are back to your regular way of life. I go into a mode at times when people are visiting, where I put my all into everything and tend to put my needs aside during that time. You might be thinking, well what's the problem with that? Well, it's usually my spiritual needs and avenues...reflecting and meeting with God through my bible, journal, music, etc. It's not a good practice and I tried really hard to carve the time out this time...I snuck away to journal my thoughts and do some blogging on my computer, tried to find some quiet time for reflection, prayer and my's hard though, because I need quiet just simply because of my personality type and when you have a houseful, that's really hard to come by. So now as I sit typing, I'm really tired and feeling a little cruddy...I now have the work of trying to get myself energized and back to where I need to be. I found these quotes a while back and they all spoke to me then and continue to speak to me as I read them. There's insight, truth and humor through these and I really needed to read them today, so I'm leaving them for you to read as well...we'll talk to y'all soon!

"Love is like a violin. The music may stop now and then, but the strings remain forever."
~June Masters Bacher

"I've gone to look for myself. If I should return before I get back, keep me here!
~Barbara Johnson

"The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain." ~Dolly Parton

"You can't change circumstances and you can't change other people, but God can change you." ~Evelyn A. Theissen

"It's okay to admit we are human and that we are weak...that's what in the end makes us strong." ~Unknown

"The greatest deeds are still undone...the greatest songs are still unsung." ~Unknown


Kc said...

Cinder you always have such inspiring post. They always help me to keep my heart in where my head wants to take over. ;-)

I love those quotes.

Corry said...

I recognize that "facedown" feeling very well. I guess I am doing something wrong because filling someone elses needs should be encouraging, fullfilling and strengthening. It leaves me drained and in dire need of "me-time" afterwards. It usually takes me a couple of days to get re-energized again.

I love the quotes and I have every confidence you will have your strength and energy back in no time:-)

God's Grace.

Cinder said...

Kc ~ Thx so much for your uplifting words...I'm glad my posts can help...I know exactly what you mean about working to keep your heart in where your head wants to take over...I've got a lot of work to do in that area of life!

Blessings :-)

Corry ~ It's so hard sometimes, because filling the needs of those around us should be encouraging, uplifting, fulfilling...I have faith that my strength and energy will be back in no time...I like you take a couple of days to re-energize afterwards.

God bless you :-)

audrey` said...

Thank you so much for sharing the quotes with us.
Please take care, Cinder :)

Cinder said...

You're welcome take care too :)