Have Mercy on Me, Lord

We see in the book of Psalms that David knew what fear, stress, and desperation felt like. Here is David’s cry to the Lord in Psalm 31:9-13:

~I am in distress; tears blur my eyes

~My body and soul are withering away

~I am dying from grief

~Sin has drained my strength; I am wasting away from within

~I am scorned by all my enemies

~My neighbors despise me

~My friends are afraid to come near me; when they see me they run the other way

~I am ignored as if I were dead

~I have heard the many rumors about me

~My enemies conspire against me, plotting to take my life.

David hit all the high notes of adversity. He was in a state of depression. Grief had taken its toll on his mind, sin had drained the life out of him causing him to waste away from within. His enemies were taking advantage of the opportunity to torment him. Even his neighbors joined in causing his friends to run in the other direction when they saw him coming. He was ignored as though he were already dead while rumors swirled violently around him picking at his reputation like vultures. The enemy conspired against him and hungered for his life.

In my own life, I can recall seasons that were filled with depression. Sometimes I knew that sin was the cause, other times, I was too wrapped up in my own misery to realize it.

The enemy (satan) takes advantage of every opportunity to torment just as he did in David’s life. How many times have your friends or family abandoned you due to the rumors or maybe even the truths of your situation? Do you feel like you are being picked apart as the enemy hungers for your life? What can you do when you find yourself in a pit of adversity?

Let’s look at what David did.. He cried out to the Lord! It sounds so simple doesn’t it? Did David ever find himself in this place again? Of course he did, but he knew where to run and hide, where to go for shelter and protection. In Psalm 31:9, David began his cry with the sweetest words, “Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am in distress.”

Are you in a place of distress like David? Do you feel like you’re drowning down here and need the Lord to reach down and pull you free? You only need to do one thing.. CRY OUT! Cry out to the Lord in your distress and He will bend down in His unfailing love to rescue you. (verse 16b)

“But I am trusting You, O Lord,” David said, “You are my God!” (verse 14)

Till next time!

~Shana

Speak Lord!

How do you hear the Lord speak? For me, I hear Him through the study of Scripture, prayer journaling, and other believers. One of my favorite ways the Lord speaks to me is through my every day life. It can be as simple as running into an old friend at the grocery store; they’ll say something seemingly insignificant to them but to me, I hear an answer or a simple word from Jesus.

As many of you know, I am in love with prayer journaling! I put my prayers about EVERY THING on paper. When I sit down with my Bible and prayer journal, I walk away knowing that I have been in His presence. One of my favorite Scriptures is in Jeremiah 33:3, The Message version:

“This is God’s Message, the God who made earth, made it livable and lasting, known everywhere as God: ‘Call to Me and I will answer you. I’ll tell you marvelous and wondrous things that you could never figure out on your own.’”

In my life, there are many things I could never figure out on my own. Even praying and worshiping the Lord has been learned through my personal time with the Lord. When I see the words, “Call to Me and I will answer you”, I feel a comfort in knowing that no matter what, He always hears me and will always answer me.

How about you? How do you hear the Lord speak to you? Tell us all about it!

Till next time!

Listening close,

~Shana

*For prayer journaling helps, go to our Home Page and click on the 2017 Prayer Project!

Let’s Talk Resources!

Good morning Fellow Prayer Project Journal girls! That was a mouthful!

So, over the weekend Live Strong Ministries had the blessed opportunity to speak at Index Church in West Liberty, KY.

While we were there sharing the 2017 Prayer Project, I brought along a couple of resources that I use for my prayer journal. The ladies asked me to share those on the blog so that they can pick those up for their journals.

Let me tell you why we love these 2 items so very much! You can find Scriptures by subject. (anger, fear, prayer, trust) This allows you to find Scripture quicker and you can see all Scriptures that pertain to that specific subject.

I love to share the resources that I use for writing and my journaling time with Jesus, I also use these for Scripture memorization. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

You can find each of these online and in book stores!

  1. John G. Kruis. “Quick Scripture Reference for Counseling”
  2. Patricia A. Miller. “Quick Scripture Reference for Counseling Women”

Enjoy!

Till next time!

~Shana