Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.~Psalm 139:23 NIV
As the times we are in, are heating up, our eyes search for hope and comfort. We look longingly over our shoulder at “the Good Old Days”–simpler times, old relationships and habits–people and things, that, in the past, brought momentary relief. But, more often than not, we find the fleeting well of comfort we found there has since dried up.
We have not been abandoned to fend for ourselves, however. God, Himself will be our refuge.
God is immovable, and when we put our trust in Him, so are we.~Julie Souza Bradley Lilly, contributing author to Love Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships
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Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds his people both now and forevermore.~Psalm 125:1-2 NIV
Beloved, let’s not wait until the world around us lies in ruins before coming to Him. Let’s come before Him now, and bring Him our burdens.
Are you ready to cast Your burdens on the LORD? Pray with me:
Father God, the world around me may be shaking, but You are my solid foundation. I cling to You and hide myself in the cleft of the Rock. Fill my deepest needs with the goodness from Your hand. I bring my fears before You. May they evaporate before my very eyes, as I recount stories of Your power and faithfulness (see Romans 15:4).
Lord, I rest my fears beneath the banner of Your love Breathe unshakable hope into my present and future. Abba Father, I lift my face and hands to You. Reach down and lift me up. Carry me secure in this season of change and great shaking. Speak to me from the flames of each tragedy. Bring courage to my quivering heart, and strengthen me to be able to stand. Help me to know You are there and to draw comfort from Your nearness.
Lord, the world around me is shaking, but You are my solid Rock. Thank You for the peace and rest I find as I hold tightly to You, my unshakable, unchanging, eternal God.
In Jesus’s Name, Amen.
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JULIE SOUZA BRADLEY LILLY
Julie Souza Bradley Lilly is the writer of Prayers of a Ragamuffin Warrior, a self-professed chief-cook-and-bottle-washer at Gift of Thorns Facebook ministry.
She is a devotion writer for VineWords: Devotions and More, specializing in the area of prayer, and a contributing author to Love Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships (VineWords Publishing).
When asked about who she is, Julie is quick to tell you she is a worshipper, a servant, blessed wife, step-mom of four adult children, caregiver, retired chiropractor, writer, and most-importantly, a forgiven daughter of God. With thirty-plus years in healthcare, Julie is passionate about seeing the broken come to receive healing and find wholeness in right-relationship with the Creator. Through her own multiple injuries and PTSD, a traumatic brain injury and other health concerns, she has found the generosity of God to be true to His Word in turning all things together for the good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.
For those entrusted with a thorn in the flesh, one of Julie’s greatest joys is to see the discovery of the treasure the Father hides, tucked in among the thorns. Julie shares that God is good and His mercies endure forever. It is Julie’s prayer that the body of believers will honor the Lord and encourage one another toward wholeness, spiritual growth, and mountain-moving faith.
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