Mothers for Prodigals

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Lord, I Need You Today

A message about resting in the Lord came to my mind today for the blogpost, but I realized that I couldn’t share any of our Savior’s words on rest before I myself meditated on God’s greatness in my life and found respite in Him. I need to soak in His love and power prior to sharing His comforting words. Because I feel as though my physical and mental strength is drained, please bear with me as I whine and complain before you and God. Maybe my honesty will help you to be open and frank with the Lord, allowing Him to work in your life as well.

God, I’m tired......tired of these raging hourly hot flashes that make me drip sweat like a man and cause me to huff and puff as if I just ran a 100 yard dash. I’m tired of the night sweats that wake me up three or four times a night, resulting in my indecision of sleeping with or without covers, and, of course, being TIRED in the morning. I’m tired of going to work everyday and trying to meet all the needs of my special needs class; they are wearing me out. I’m tired of cooking supper and having to clean all the dishes. I’m tired of my husband working all the time and being tired. I’m tired of things not working out for my daughter. I’m tired of praying for all the heartbroken parents whose children make bad choices and nothing seems to change. I’m tired of all the leaders in my country and the world making decisions that affect me. I’m tired of hearing about people who are enslaved by sex trafficking, drugs, alcohol, or even a government dictator. I’m tired of hearing about another person diagnosed with cancer or any other nasty disease. I’m tired of wounds afflicting the minds, bodies, and souls of people I know and don’t know. I’M JUST PLAIN TIRED, GOD!

I’ve had these feelings all week, God, but I don’t need to tell You because You already know. Somehow I’ve let the physical issues of this world overpower the joy that is found in You! Forgive me, Lord! Thank you for showing Yourself to me today at church, reminding me of the heavenly foundation that I have in You. Thank you also for the earthly reminder, through a song, of my family’s belief in Your greatness. Thank you for helping me to remember the times my extended family gathered around a piano, singing together “How Great Thou Art” and giving You praise. 

It’s a memory that I’ll cherish forever, and the song “How Great Thou Art” reminds me of those moments etched in my past. My maternal grandfather loved that old hymn, and on special occasions when all of our family gathered together, he requested that everyone congregate around the piano and sing while my mom played “How Great Thou Art.” I closed my eyes this morning while the congregation sang this beloved hymn, and visions of my family surrounded me. The recollection brought tears because over the years, the older members of our family have died, including my dad (I think I heard them singing from heaven). It also brought smiles and strength as I remembered my family’s love for God. Thank you, God, for your help; I raise this Ebenezer (blogpost from 9/15/13) in response to your salve for my soul. 

Lord, I need You. I need You to give me rest—rest for my mind, soul, and body. Today I give You thanks for filling my mind with memories of Your presence in my life. May I constantly be reminded of Your abiding love, supplying my soul with joy, and overflowing with strength into my body. For it’s in Jesus’ name that I pray, AMEN.

If you need rest, open yourself up to the Lord and be honest with your feelings. As you pour out your heart to Him, may He pour joy into your soul, filling you with His strength. 

Start by reading the scripture below. Allow the words to speak to you and through you back to God. May you be blessed enough to raise an Ebenezer of your own to God today, and may the joy of the Lord be your strength.

Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.Nehemiah 8:10

I Need Thee Every Hour
Text: Annie S. Hawks, 1835-1918   

1. I need thee every hour, most gracious Lord; 
no tender voice like thine can peace afford. 
I need thee, O I need thee; 
every hour I need thee; 
O bless me now, my Savior, I come to thee.

2. I need thee every hour; stay thou nearby; 
temptations lose their power when thou art nigh. 

3. I need thee every hour, in joy or pain; 
come quickly and abide, or life is vain. 

4. I need thee every hour; teach me thy will; 
and thy rich promises in me fulfill. 

5. I need thee every hour, most Holy One; 
O make me thine indeed, thou blessed Son. 

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