Sunday, July 27, 2008

Sunday Am at the Beach


Dear Friends,

Please pray for my friend Katheryn, she is a young mother of 4 boys, The oldest graduated this year. She had a brain aneurysm Friday pm and is in Neurological Intensive care. The family needs your prayers.

This morning as I began my day in prayer, I prayed for Katherine and others, who are on my mind, that need a touch from God. I thanked God for time to get away and renew. My mind kept going to one of my favorite chapters of the Bible, yes, they are all my favorites ,but this one is special- in my bible it says MY Favorite chapter-a love letter  between God and me…

Psalm 139 (New International Version)

For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.

1 O LORD, you have searched me
       and you know me.

2 You know when I sit and when I rise;
       you perceive my thoughts from afar.

3 You discern my going out and my lying down;
       you are familiar with all my ways.

4 Before a word is on my tongue
       you know it completely, O LORD.

5 You hem me in—behind and before;
       you have laid your hand upon me.

6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
       too lofty for me to attain.

7 Where can I go from your Spirit?
       Where can I flee from your presence?

8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
       if I make my bed in the depths,  you are there.

9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
       if I settle on the far side of the sea,

10 even there your hand will guide me,
       your right hand will hold me fast.

11 If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide me
       and the light become night around me,"

12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
       the night will shine like the day,
       for darkness is as light to you.

13 For you created my inmost being;
       you knit me together in my mother's womb.

14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
       your works are wonderful,
       I know that full well.

15 My frame was not hidden from you
       when I was made in the secret place.
       When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,

16 your eyes saw my unformed body.
       All the days ordained for me
       were written in your book
       before one of them came to be.

17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
       How vast is the sum of them!

18 Were I to count them,
       they would outnumber the grains of sand.
       When I awake,
       I am still with you.

19 If only you would slay the wicked, O God!
       Away from me, you bloodthirsty men!

20 They speak of you with evil intent;
       your adversaries misuse your name.

21 Do I not hate those who hate you, O LORD,
       and abhor those who rise up against you?

22 I have nothing but hatred for them;
       I count them my enemies.

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
       test me and know my anxious thoughts.

24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
       and lead me in the way everlasting.

O how wonderful these verses are-

The green verses tell me that even when I can’t understand it He is with me- He has his hand around everything I’m going through. What a comfort. Think about being a child and knowing your parents are right there as your hand of protection-that’s the way our Heavenly Father is always.

The purple verses just reiterate the green ones and tell me that no matter where I am He is there, I never leave His view or presence. Even when I’m on the beach, He is with me. He is with me to guide me and hold me fast! I remember when I was a little girl and we would go to Knoxville at Christmas, we would cry and say what if Santa can’t find us cos we’re not at home, and my parents would assure us –Santa knows where all little girls and boys are-well be assured GOD knows where we are and WE are always on his mind!

The red verses are always on my mind when I am at the beach, because they say that yes, He is always thinking of me-his thoughts about me are more than the grains of sand on the beach. Wrap your mind around that one- who could even count a handful of sand much less all the sand on all the beaches. WOW-when I sleep He is thinking of me, when I’m awake He is thinking of me.

I could expound on every verse of this chapter , but I picked the ones I’m especially thankful for today.  If you feel alone and discouraged read these verses and ponder them –hear Willie Nelson singing You are always on my mind-that’s God singing to you.  I also wake up some mornings and hear Good morning Beautiful, How was your night? and I think that’s God caring how I slept last night.

God loves me this I KNOW !

Be blessed this sunny, sandy morning!:o)



Debbie said...

There is just something about the beach-don't you love it? I love your post today, how true it is. Be sure to tell your sweet girl Ashley I said Happy Birthday. I meant to mail her a card before I left-the old part of me forgot. Love You, Debbie

Amanda said...

Thank you for sharing these verses. They were such a blessing.

Anonymous said...

I pondered those same verses all week last week while I was at the beach. My little brain just can't comprehend His love for us! Have a blessed and relaxing week.