Psalm 139: God’s Perfect Knowledge of Man

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New Living Translation (NLT)

1 O Lord, you have examined my heart
and know everything about me.
2 You know when I sit down or stand up.
You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.
3 You see me when I travel
and when I rest at home.
You know everything I do.
4 You know what I am going to say
even before I say it, Lord.
5 You go before me and follow me.
You place your hand of blessing on my head.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too great for me to understand!

7 I can never escape from your Spirit!
I can never get away from your presence!
8 If I go up to heaven, you are there;
if I go down to the grave,you are there.
9 If I ride the wings of the morning,
if I dwell by the farthest oceans,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
and your strength will support me.
11 I could ask the darkness to hide me
and the light around me to become night—
12 but even in darkness I cannot hide from you.
To you the night shines as bright as day.
Darkness and light are the same to you.

13 You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
15 You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
16 You saw me before I was born.
Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out
before a single day had passed.

17 How precious are your thoughts about me,[b] O God.
They cannot be numbered!
18 I can’t even count them;
they outnumber the grains of sand!
And when I wake up,
you are still with me!

19 O God, if only you would destroy the wicked!
Get out of my life, you murderers!
20 They blaspheme you;
your enemies misuse your name.
21 O Lord, shouldn’t I hate those who hate you?
Shouldn’t I despise those who oppose you?
22 Yes, I hate them with total hatred,
for your enemies are my enemies.

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 Point out anything in me that offends you,
and lead me along the path of everlasting life.

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Monday Motivation: God Has Smiled on Me

Every so often I find myself in a certain kind of mood. Whether you call it being down in the dumps, in a funk, grumpy, sad, whatever, it’s an unpleasant feeling that I’m eager to shed. 

For the last several few days I’d been battling with myself to let the “blahs” go, knowing that I have reason upon reason to rejoice.  I could’ve blamed it on jet lag, missing my mom, or caring for my sick family, but all I really wanted to do was shake it off and give it to God.  He was there like He always is, ever-ready to help, but instead of casting my cares upon him there was a small part of me that was quite content in my sulking stage.  The weather was gloomy, and as the rain poured down I thought it was oh so poetic given my mood.  When I woke up yesterday I’d finally had enough of my moping, and knew it was time to wipe the perma-frown off my face.  It was a cold, wet, and all together miserable morning, and my hubby was too ill to go to churchIn spite of feeling like the wretched Enemy was doing all He could to keep me under His thumb, I was bound and determined to break free!!  I knew the Word I’d hear and the praise I’d sing would be just what the doctor (Jesus) ordered, so I focused on only happy thoughts.  As I looked out the window and saw the gray skies, I was reminded of such a comforting thought. Big or small, storms don’t last always.  See the beauty that’s to come.  So in my mind’s eye that’s exactly what I did!  I thought of sunshine, and joy, and the smile began to form.  I meditated on the Lord’s purpose for rainbows, and felt my spirit soar as God’s Word renewed me.  rainbow

By the time our service ended, the touch of blue peeking out from behind the clouds was the confirmation I needed.  I felt as though it was a message just for me, and a reminder that Our Heavenly Father loves me so deeply.  Yes, He adores imperfect, moody, grumpy me, and no matter what spiritual season you may be in, He cherishes all of you just the same.  He smiles on us even when we don’t feel it, and I hope you decide to smile back!!

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Weekly Image of Life: Rekindle The Joy

Most of you know that I spent the last 2 weeks visiting my parents in their new home in Georgia.  We had an amazing time, and I felt so fortunate to be reunited with numerous family members and very special friends. 🙂

Since returning home I’ve been a bit consumed with that whole “back to reality” feeling, and I admit that as I decompress I’ve been fighting off the occasional wave of gloom.  I’m extremely happy to be home, but selfishly I wish all the people I care about could be held captive in my personal bubble.  😉 Nonetheless, I read these words from my dear, dear blogging friend IT (see the link to his page below), and I was reminded to appreciate the blessings of those I love, whether near or far!

“It was time to rekindle the joy of being around family. Family who shares their heart generously. Family who loves you for who you are. Family who makes you truly happy no material wealth nor Earthly glory can ever replace.”

As I looked through the pictures I wanted to share from our trip, my joy was overflowing!!  The time was well spent, and only the beginning of many more adventures to come!

On the airplane.  And away we go!!
On the airplane. And away we go!!

Meeting her Uncle Chris and Great Aunt Candi for the first time.  Just 2 of the host of family members who happily passed her around!

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My brother. Ain’t he handsome?!! 😉

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All the food was delicious, and oh how I miss the sweet tea!  It’s probably best that I can’t get these sweet treats at home though.  They could become an addiction!

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Honey-buttered croissants.  Licking my lips as I type. Lol.
Mother Tuskegee.  My alma mater.
Mother Tuskegee. My alma mater.

I gave my husband a tour as I walked down memory lane…

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Inside the chapel.

The choir room.  I practically lived here for 4 years!
The choir room. I practically lived here for 4 years!

Meeting the youngest cousin and newest addition.

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You can’t put a price on true friendship. xoxo

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Playdate with one of my besties and her 3 loves.
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Yep, we’re in Walmart, but we had to make it happen!
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Softball buddies and forever friends!

I know this house will always be my family’s second home!

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Nana and Pop-Pop’s place.

What experiences rekindle your joy?

The Weekly Image Of Life challenge is issued every Wednesday by The Island Traveler at This Man’s Journey. If you would like to participate and see other entries please visit here!

Monday Motivation: You’re Always at Home in Him

John 14:2 (NKJV)                                                                                                                                                                                           In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

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My Parents’ House

Today is our final day of vacation, and it’s a bittersweet feeling.  I’ve had an incredible time with my family, (and friends ;)) and my mom and stepdad bent over backwards to make their house a home for us.  I barely spoke to my mother over these last 8 weeks, because her days and nights were spent painting, sanding, organizing, installing, repairing, and a host of other DIY projects she was determined to complete before we arrived.  I told her repeatedly that all of these preparations weren’t necessary, and as able-bodied adults, my husband and I could help.  I encouraged her to put us to work, but she refused to listen.  “It’s your vacation.” she would say, “I’m the mom and I want my children to be able to settle in and be comfortable.”  I’d roll my eyes on the other side of the phone, because I didn’t like the thought of her stressing over us.  I thought she was being stubborn and trying to “do too much”, but the truth is, she was simply being a wonderful mom.  For her it wasn’t about bending over backwards, late nights, or those pull-your- hair- out moments.  It was about giving us a place where we’d always feel welcome.

Over these last 12 days my mom has seen her dream realized.  Her house was the gathering place for our 25 guests on Thanksgiving, and our room looks as well-lived in as it does at home.  🙂 It’s a joy to know that my parents would go to such great lengths for us, and I’m reminded that the Lord goes “all out” for us each and every day.

He will welcome you into His presence, His company, and His love.  He is our Father and our friend, and His home is waiting for our arrival.  As He prepares for us, let us also prepare to be with Him, and thank Him always for His care.

Psalm 23:5-6(NKJV)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.

Are you at home in Christ?

Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful

I thought I’d have a plethra of photos to share from yesterday, especially given the numerous dishes, 6 desserts, and 25 people in my mother’s house.  However, I think I was too busy eating to play photographer like I wanted to!!  😉  Nonetheless, I’m thankful for the 3 of us enjoying a blessed and wonderful Thanksgiving together, and the special moments continue!!
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Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.  For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations. Psalm 100:4-5 NKJV

What are you thankful for today?!