Friday, January 23, 2009

Finding Strength in the Lord

Have you ever had an old hymn or Christian song that speaks to you so loudly that you can't get out of your head? Well I just added "Everytime" by Jeremy Camp because I figured I might as well not be the only who can't stop replaying it in my head, over and over.

I hadn't listened to this cd for forever but happened to pop it in today and I just lost it when I heard this song again. It reminded me of the verse Psalm 28:7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.

I have been having a lot of trouble resting in the Lord and I guess you could say trust is really the bigger issue. I don't know why either because I have trusted him so much with even very recent trials so why now all of a sudden am I trying to rely on my own strength?

The best conclusion I can come up with is each trial is different, some bigger than others, but the Lord uses each one to address a different area of my heart that may have been hidden. I believe He's showing me to stop always trying to DO everything on my own and start resting in Him more. So I listened to this song on my way to work, bawled like a baby, repented of my stubbornness, and then guess what happened? I have been trying to remember Matthew 11:28-30 for almost two weeks. I even carry a note card with it on it in my pocket EVERYDAY and pull it out when I'm not resting in Him! I tried to recite it for my women's accountability small group last week and couldn't remember it. Well I got it, finally shortly after I prayed and repented this morning. Okay so here goes, and I promise I'm not cheating!
Matthew 11:28-30
Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and burden is light.
Well how'd I do?

3 comments:

littletoesandcheerios said...

I think most of us struggle with this. I think I get influenced from the world too much. I like the note card idea, I should try it.

I think you did great!

Simple Midwest Mom said...

Thanks "Wilma", I appreciate your encouragement!

Jenn said...

There are times in my life when I feel like I can trust on God for Everything and then Bam! I'm taking it all back. So, I totally understand what your saying here.

You did a great job with the verse!