Thursday, 25 March 2010

And we still pray

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Hi all,

I'm so sorry it's been so silent here. Thanks Mimi, Solomonsydelle and Patrina for checking up on me. I think iPray was for me, to build strength for what was coming next! There cannot be a testimony without a test but I thank God because in recent times I am learning about what He means when He says He is a FAITHFUL God. So, I'm kinda back.

I cried out to God for HELP; I cried out to God to hear me. When I was in distress, I sought the Lord; at night I stretched out untiring hands and my soul refused to be comforted.........Then I thought, "To this I will appeal: the years of the right hand of the Most High. I will REMEMBER the deeds of the Lord; yes I will remember your miracles of long ago. I will MEDITATE on ALL your WORKS and consider all your mighty deeds....You are the God who PERFORMS MIRACLES; you display your POWER among the people.

Selected verses from Psalm 77

I can so relate to the words of this psalmist, he may as well have been writing from the journal of my heart. After a recent event, I threw my hands up to God and asked Him if after a season of prayer, that was my own breakthrough! This is me with my finite vision asking Infinity if He knows what He's doing. I love God because He gives us room to ask questions, not to doubt His power but to reaffirm our faith. He said that the same power that was available to raise Lazarus from the dead was also available to heal him when he was sick but He is a God of purpose and He always knows what He is doing. I just need to learn to trust that.

In recent times, I have struggled with doubt, wondering how God can take me from A to B. Thinking about the gap between where I am and where I 'supposedly' am supposed to be. Looking at unticked prayer requests and those requests that have been transferred from one prayer season to the other, remembering pressing needs that need 'urgent' attention. I tend to do that, to look at the storm and the waves, forgetting that Jesus is in the boat. God asked me to recall His mighty deeds of old.

No matter what happens, I am one that can say God has been good to me, God has been GREAT to me. He has blessed me, sometimes I don't even know how I'm able to deal with things that come my way but I know that it has nothing to do with me just my Heavenly Father, opening doors of favour and pouring abundant showers of blessing on me. God, I know you have been good to me! As I recall the faithfulness of the Lord, I am encouraged daily. God is calling me to a higher place, like my Pastor says, we should be 'supernaturally natural'. He means that as children of God, we are different. We should be different, we have access to unlimited power, we are the ones who should speak to the storm, we are the one who can move mountains into the sea, we are the ones who the power that raised Jesus from the dead dwells in. Halleluyah!

David said 'you are kings, but you act like mere men'. Lord, forgive me and help me. Open the eyes of my heart that I may see you. So, I must keep praying, like Elijah, I was overwhelmed by Jezebel and ran but now I have heard my God in the still small voice saying, ' I am here with you, I will never leave you or forsake you, obey my instructions and watch and see what I shall do in your life'. I just want to encourage anyone reading, please don't give up, no matter what it is. Don't give up on God, don't give up on His promises, don't give up on life, don't give up on your God given dream. At this point the walls of Jericho may look impenetrable, but keep obeying the Lord, keep your praise on.

The storms of life are INEVITABLE (I need to remember this!!!) meaning they are sure to happen, we need not be afraid for as I have come to learn, they come to reveal what we are building for what it is. The man who hears His commandments and OBEYS them is building with the storm in mind for after it all, He remains standing. Some buildings have recently been demolished in my life and I've asked God's help in rebuilding from the foundation, so that the next storm finds me well prepared because what I am building with God will stand the test of time.

Be encouraged, God has not forgotten about you. Keep praying, keep praising. It is well

To the One who is always Present
To the One who always understands
To the One who always provides
To the One who always shows mercy
To the One who is always faithful
To the One who always protects
I give praise, honour and adoration
Thank you for being The One

12 comments:

jhazmyn said...

"This is me with my finite vision asking Infinity if He knows what He's doing"

Even as much as we understand Gods greatness, i guess we still have these moments, I love that these moments don't take us away but draw us closer to Him, when we open up our hearts fully to Him in out time of seeming despondency.

He's sure faithful and there's none like Him, I'm real glad ur back Zoe...Welcome back

Tisha said...

Yeah
Thanks Zoe
I am encouraged by your post
keep posting as you receive revelation daily
from studying God's word.

Rita said...

Hmmm, I was going to find you on planet earth if you did not put up a post :-)

This post is truly encouraging...

Mwajim Al said...

"Some buildings have recently been demolished in my life and I've asked God's help in rebuilding from the foundation, so that the next storm finds me well prepared because what I am building with God will stand the test of time."
It is just so encouraging and refreshing to see your faith. I feel encouraged!!!

Believer said...

@ jhazmyn: Thank you sis, I feel so loved and touched. Yes, at times like these we must draw even closer to Him

@Tisha: My dear thank you I will, my next post should be on distraction, a deadly weapon in the arsenal of the enemy! How u dey? I will continue to post as His grace allows. God bless you

@Rita: Aunty Rita, ese gan o. I will surely return your call. Hope to catch you online soon, your testimony encouraged me so much as well.

@Mwajim Al: Be encouraged, we are blessed by God to be a blessing. As I survey the ruins, I feel like Ezekiel looking over a valley of dry bones saying, Lord if you will that they live, they can rise again. Staring at the bones is hard but looking at the One who can do all things puts it all in perspective. I'm back and I'm glad. God bless you

@all: Can I say it's good to be home, writing is one thing but others taking the time to say welcome back, this is encouraging really puts a big smile on my face. I've missed you all and it's good to be home. God bless

Jaycee said...

God has never and will never forget...His eyes are all over, watching us and protecting us like a mother hen does her chicks...until the time of manifestation.

Patrina said...

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
when sorrows like sea billows roll;
whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
let this blest assurance control,
that Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
and hath shed his own blood for my soul.

My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

And, Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
the clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
the trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
even so, it is well with my soul.

Zoe, dear!! Welcome back!!

Ohhh how I have missed you - have been praying for you - have been concerned for you. Next time the storm comes crashing in around you - ASK fro prayer, dear one. We are all her to support each other and pray for each other that we might live whole and healed lives. OK???? :) I count it an honor and a privilege to pray for my fellow blogger friends.

This hymn that copied here just rose up in my spirit at the end of your post. Don't know if you know it - but I learned it as a kid. It's engraved on my heart. Hope it ministers to you. I love you! Friend. Surrender is a difficult thing for all of us mere humans - but surrender is SWEET!! Let Him lead you in the dance - He longs to dance with you!!

Gentle Hugs,
Patrina <")>><
His watchman on the wall

Myne Whitman said...

Nice to know you're keeping well. The iPray was a motivation and point of contact. Tanks for that and wish you the best.

David C Brown said...

The storms of life are inevitable - but Jesus slept in the storm. We need to have that degree of faith in God!

姿英姿英 said...

我們不是因為快樂而歌唱,而是唱歌使我們快樂........................................

Kafo said...

i love this chapter
i read it in soo many different versions


check it out in the Message Translation it really rocks

glad you are back

prashant said...

I was going to find you on planet earth if you did not put up a post
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