God, hear my cry;
pay attention to my prayer.
I call to you from the ends of the earth
when my heart is without strength.
Lead me to a rock that is high above me,
for you have been a refuge for me,
a strong tower in the face of the enemy.
I will dwell in your tent forever
and take refuge under the shelter of your wings. Selah
Psalm 61:1-4 (CSB)
When the winds blow and the rains pelt the earth during a raging storm, it can feel as though everything will be decimated, as though everything that was once secure will be uprooted and tossed away. It can seem as though there’s no safe place to hide, that anything we could’ve found protection in is out of our reach. And life can often feel the same way.
When hardship, loss, and pain come with unrelenting force, we’re left without a moment to breathe. We are exposed, vulnerable, without our places of security. But it’s in those times that we can understand what these verses mean even more. God is our refuge, a strong tower. When our hearts are without strength, when our voices are hoarse from all the crying out, we are not left alone; we always have a place to turn. Like a mother bird who protects her babies, God covers us and draws us closer to His bosom. Let’s take a deep breath, resting under the shelter of His strong wings.
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Thank you! Perfect timing for me! My ex husband is brining his girlfriend, to my church today because his friends son is getting dedicated. My kids are with my ex this weekend & my daughter wants me to go to this service (it’s the normal time I go with the kids). This woman is the woman who broke up our marriage. They broke up for a few years. During those few years my ex would go to church with my kids and I. We would sit in the front row. My ex got saved during that time. A man at church is mentoring him. The mentor did not guide my ex towards restoration in our marriage, which I believe is Gods will & has put it on my heart. Please pray for this situation for us today. Also pray the men in church who know my ex would get involved and speak to my ex. In Jesus precious name.
Praying for you Dawn! May God bring peace, comfort and restoration. In Jesus’ Name, amen! ❤️
Dawn…keep your eyes upon Jesus… be confident in Him. Your Ex answers to God… your job is to centre on your own actions . Don’t let anything or anyone steal that JOY! Or else they, it – control you!
I will be praying for you to show Peace and Love… and be there for your daughter with a smile ..
Thank you, I need this reminder today. Lately, I feel lost and so burdened by what’s going on around in my life. I feel down, devoid of hope. I feel alone. Thank you for the reminder that in spite of it all, if only we look up to the Heavens in prayer, God is waiting, ready to embrace us in His warmth. He is our only TRUE REFUGE, the Great Almighty, the one
who loves us unconditionally, always has been, now and forevermore…Amen!
Betty, I’m praying that you feel Jesus’ love and peace today and always. You are not alone with those feelings. I have been feeling anxious, doubtful and fearful recently. The evil one always tries to steal our joy. But Jesus is greater and He will get you through this time. You are so loved! Praying for you sweet friend and sending lots of hugs and love. Happy Sunday! ❤️❤️
Thank you Stephanie! Your words are more than enough to comfort me today. God sends kind people like you to lift those who are weary in their journey, such as myself. Thank you for warming my heart like a good friend does. Deep in my heart I know God makes all things beautiful, in His time… This year, I have experienced personal losses- I lost my father, my sweet Lhasa apso had to be put down; my current job is exhausting me emotionally, my wishes to have a stable career has been met with obstacles. These are some of my “mountains to climb”. I still believe God doesn’t give us a cross we cannot bear. Today, I am asking Jesus to carry my burdens because sometimes, I do forget that He’s walking right next to me. “Jesus, I am weak, but Thou art strong….
Beth Williams says
There is a song we sing at church “The Battle Belongs to the Lord”. It talks about power of darkness comes in like a flood & the enemy presses in hard do not fear. The battle belongs to the Lord. He will handle everything. We need to turn everything big or small over to Him. God is our sweet refuge in tough times. When all around us seems crazy just turn to Him & trust that He will see you through. I know He has seen me through many a battle & He will do it again. When my father got geriatric psych God saw me through & brought me out the other side. Job loss deemed I needed another part time job-God came through hugely. He has never ever failed me & He won’t fail you either. Trust Him today.
Amen Beth! Thank you!
“When the winds blow and the rains pelt the earth during a raging storm, it can feel as though everything will be decimated, as though everything that was once secure will be uprooted and tossed away.”
Yes, I feel this. I recently moved to a new town and had a horrible time finding a new church community. I almost gave up, until I found a place that exuded the love and community of Christ about a month ago. Our pastor passed away suddenly this week, and it feels like another wave God has tossed on this already shattered heart that just yearns to experience His goodness. This is all still very fresh, after grieving the loss of my previous life and community, and I’m really angry at God right now.