Send out Your Light and Your Truth

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By: Carole L. Haines 

Send out Your light and Your truth, they shall lead me. 
They shall bring me to Your holy hill and to Your dwelling places. 
 Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy. 
And I will praise You on the lyre, God, my God. 

 Why are you in despair, my soul? And why are you restless within me? 
Wait for God, for I will again praise Him. For the help of His presence, my God. 

(Psalm 43:3-5) 

Light to lead the way. Truth to bring clarity of mind and soul. Lord, I truly see only one step at a time. I am holding Your Hand and will not let go. Your light shines in the darkness both within and around me. Your truth penetrates to the deepest level of my being. You can be relied on to always speak truth to me, even if it’s hard for me to hear it sometimes. I have come to know and have believed the love you have for me. 

 
We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who remains in love remains in God, and God remains in him. 

(1 John 4:16) 

O God, why does my spirit wander in dry and weary lands? Why do I look to anything else but You? Why do I seem to have such a distracted heart? Ground me in Your love. Ground me in Your Word. Ground me in Your Hope and let me know the Joy of Your Salvation deep within my innermost being, deep within my heart and mind and soul.  

I want to love You more and more, to know You deeper and Deeper. I waste so much time just scrolling through life instead of seeking You, My First Love, My exceeding Joy, My Hope and crown. Bring me closer to You, Dearest King, closer to You, Dearest Lord. I love you so little compared to Your love for me. Increase my Love for You, Dearest God and guide my weary, distracted, wandering heart to You. Amen and Amen! 

Resting in Jesus Book Launch

HisShadowings Devotional, Volume 3, RESTING IN JESUS, is Launching tomorrow on Amazon. Please support my launch by buying your Kindle Version tomorrow Morning. Hard Copy will be available within the next week. Thanks so much to everyone who has blessed this Journey God has led me to. Be Blessed.

Carole L. Haines

Overrun

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by: Carole L. Haines

15 Through Him then, let’s continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips praising His name. (Hebrews 13:5)

I have become overwhelmed by the simplest of things lately. It’s not any of them individually, it’s all of them together. Like a continual drip, drip, drip on the top of my head that has worn me down. It seems crazy to me that I cried over ants this morning. I have been battling these creatures every year, to keep them out of my house. I pre-sprayed in the Spring, and that really seemed to work. But lately, they have broken through the barriers. Anything that is left out on the counter, a crumb, a drip, a slight spill, is overrun by ants in the morning. The ants were back this morning, crawling on and around my Laptop. I just pushed it away onto the floor and put my head down and cried.  Then I went out to my garden and a lot of the weeds I had pulled just a few days earlier had grown back. I had to pull them again. I just can’t seem to get all the roots out. Life can feel overrun sometimes, we just can’t seem to keep up.

Overrun by ants or weeds, or whatever. All the little things plaguing us at once, all those little nibbles into our time, our peace, our joy. I felt so silly crying over ants and weeds, but it was just the final brick that brought my Jenga Tower crumbling down to the ground. My husband saw my distress, picked up my laptop, unscrewed the bottom and proceeded to evict any stray ants still lingering. He blew them all out with his own breath. Then I thought, that’s what I need God, Your breath blowing over all the ants and weeds in my life right now. I need You Holy Spirit to refresh my soul. and Spirit in You, just You.

“Breathe on me, Breath of God, Fill me with Life anew… until my heart is Pure.” These words from the Hymn by Edwin Hatch are resounding through my head and heart right now. Take a moment to look it up and listen to it on YouTube if you can. Just sit and soak in God’s Goodness and Grace.

Father, I praise You for all Your blessings. I know that even as the the weeds are growing, so my flowers and vegetables are thriving. I am so grateful for Your Goodness. Help me to be diligent and sensitive to when others are feeling overrun. Guide me to be a refreshing breath in their life, as my husband was in mine this morning. I need to become more like You, Jesus, less like me. I need to decrease and allow You to increase more and more within me. Please guide my heart deeper into You today, Lord. I miss You. Refresh my soul in Your delightful presence. Thank You Father, Jesus and Holy Spirit. Amen

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