Reflecting over my week along with reading Lamentations chapters 3-5 this morning I see God revealing Himself. I am aware of His mighty hand over me.
As I entered this time away I was struggling and Lamentation 3:18 summarized it well: “So I say, “My strength has perished, And so has my hope from the Lord.”
Lamentations 3:18 NASB
I needed to disconnect to reconnect to the love of my life. My soul knew but my heart and mind needed reminding:
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I have hope in Him.” The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, To the person who seeks Him.” (And He had been so good to me this week – reminding me of my need and dependence on Him, that I can wholly trust Him in all things, that He loves and cares for me and so much more–) It is good that (s)he waits silently For the salvation of the Lord.
Lamentations 3:24-26 NASB
What I needed to do was, “Let him sit alone and be silent” (hmm — in this busy world that is tough to do but very needed). Lamentations 3:28a
Let us examine and probe our ways, And let us return to the Lord.
Lamentations 3:40 NASB
We can get so busy and caught up in the day to day “doing” that we forget to “be”.
***who we were created to be, created for — the glory of God.
***abiding in God as He desires to abide in us.
***in His word so we can meditate on it, that our words will be pleasing to God.
***so close in our relationship with God that we know Him personally and intimately
***BElieve that God is who He says He is and He can do what He says He can do.
***at the feet of Jesus, which is a necessary choice.
What was the outcome of this week? “We lift up our heart and hands Toward God in heaven;
Lamentations 3:41 NASB
God I thank You for making me aware that I was in need of You and that You heard me. . .
I called on Your name, O Lord, Out of the lowest pit. You have heard my voice, “Do not hide Your ear from my prayer for relief, From my cry for help.” You drew near when I called on You; You said, “Do not fear!” O Lord, You have pleaded my soul’s cause; You have redeemed my life.
Lamentations 3:55-58 NASB
Are you needing to be restored, revived, refreshed? Make time to call out to God. He is waiting.
Restore us to You, O Lord, that we may be restored; Renew our days as of old,
Lamentations 5:21 NASB
🌹I highly recommend a retreat with the Awesome God who created you and me.
Continually Seeking Him,
P.S. Update on Day 7 “side note”. Going into my week of disconnecting and reconnecting with my God I was looking for renewal and refreshment. But at the end of this, although I did get renewed and refreshed, God was preparing me for a trial that would grieve me, test my faith, and bring me to full surrendered trust in my God whose timing is always perfect. Without my week of reconnecting I may have faced the coming week with my eyes focused in the wrong place.
Keeping my eyes focused on Jesus. That’s where I always want to be.
Thank you for traveling this journey with me.