Sweet Sleep & Rest

Rejecting fear to receive God’s promises of rest and sleep.

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When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.  Proverbs 3:24 NIV

The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”  Exodus 33:14 NIV

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Good to All

Thanking God for His goodness even in affliction.

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16 Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted.  17 The troubles of my heart are enlarged; bring me out of my distresses.  Psalm 25: 16-17 ESV

The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made. Psalm 145: 9 NIV

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Bottle of Tears

God sees our sorrow. Our tears are never wasted.

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You keep track of all my sorrows.  You have collected all my tears in your bottle.  You have recorded each one in your book.  Psalm 56:8 NLT

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Always More

A prayer celebrating God’s ability to do more than we could ever dream.

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20 Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]—  21 To Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen (so be it).  Ephesians 3:20-21 AMPC

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In the Hallway

In the hallway, we can either cower in fear or stand in faith.

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1Moses told the people, Fear not; stand still (firm, confident, undismayed) and see the salvation of the Lord which He will work for you today. For the Egyptians you have seen today you shall never see again.  14 The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace and remain at rest.  Exodus 14: 13-14 AMPC

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”  Psalm 46:10 NIV

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Everyday Memorials

Somehow we manage to forget God’s extreme goodness to us the moment things get tough.

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In the desert the whole community grumbled against Moses and Aaron.The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the Lord’s hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death.”  Exodus 16: 2-3 NIV

14 Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life.  Genesis 9: 14-15 NIV

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Thankful Prayer

Looking at the link between prayer and thanksgiving.

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Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  Philippians 4 : 6 NIV

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.  Colossians 4:2 NIV

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The Rock

May we find peace in the midst of overwhelm, as we remember God, our Rock.

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Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer.  From the end of the earth will I cry to You, when my heart is overwhelmed and fainting; lead me to the rock that is higher than I [yes, a rock that is too high for me].  For You have been a shelter and a refuge for me, a strong tower against the adversary.  I will dwell in Your tabernacle forever; let me find refuge and trust in the shelter of Your wings. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!  For You, O God, have heard my vows; You have given me the heritage of those who fear, revere, and honor Your name.  Psalm 61: 1-5 AMPC

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Strength in the Waiting

Waiting on God in hopeful expectation brings strength to face life’s challenges.

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But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired.  Isaiah 40:31 AMPC
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