I love the Lord because he hears my voice and my prayer for mercy. Because he bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath! Death wrapped its ropes around me; the terrors of the grave overtook me. I saw only trouble and sorrow. Then I called on the name of the Lord: “Please, Lord, save me!” How kind the Lord is! How good he is! So merciful, this God of ours! The Lord protects those of childlike faith; I was facing death, and he saved me. Let my soul be at rest again, for the Lord has been good to me. He has saved me from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling. And so I walk in the Lord’s presence as I live here on earth! I believed in you, so I said, “I am deeply troubled, Lord.” In my anxiety, I cried out to you, “These people are all liars!” What can I offer the Lord for all he has done for me? I will lift up the cup of salvation and praise the Lord’s name for saving me. I will keep my promises to the Lord in the presence of his people. The Lord cares deeply when his loved ones die. O Lord, I am your servant; yes, I am your servant, born into your household; you have freed me from my chains. I will offer you a sacrifice of thanksgiving and call on the name of the Lord. I will fulfill my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people — in the house of the Lord in the heart of Jerusalem. Praise the Lord!
Beautifully put, I couldn’t have said that better myself. Daily nudges are the best part of my day. I know when the Lord is speaking to me and where I need to turn my attention. He most definitely has my full attention. Every single time. He knows exactly what I need to hear, to meditate on. This relationship I have with the Father only grows more fruitful as I learn to work on my weaknesses with Him. I feel his warm embrace and can see the smile of contentment as I start to grasp what he has been trying to say to me all along. It’s a feeling like no other. Childlike faith keeps me filled with wonder, questions, and the urge to search and learn so much more. He gives that gift to me.
My intentions are good. This, I know. I just let the wrong things lead me, I worshiped the wrong things. I put my faith and trust into manmade objects and feelings that only hurt me. Surrendering to the LORD has been like a rebirth that I desperately needed all along. I don’t want for the things that only hurt me. I want for the things that bring me eternal life.
Simple. Good. Two people in my life have recently stated it this way — Mom and Patrick. The Lord uses those close to us, those we love, to show us His love. He is the ultimate “undercover boss.” I intentionally look for Him in everyone and everything I encounter and it’s a mind-blowing experience every time. I am so blessed in ways I never saw before. Lord, you’ve done so much for me in my life that I didn’t realize could be used for good. These are the life lessons that I needed to let you guide me through. Designed for only me.
My comfort comes from you, Lord. No matter what the situation is. I can’t express the gratitude I have for everything you’ve shown me thus far. I’m excited about all the rest. You make this life exciting and I can only imagine what it will be like when You live among us. A beautiful Heaven on earth. If these are the feelings I have now, the magnitude that they will increase would surely kill my flesh. (Thank God.) I am in this with You and through You and for You. Please show me what you want of me. I am your servant and you did save me from death, multiple times. The light has never been brighter in my circumstances until now. A defining moment in my life where everything is coming together and starting to make sense. Only You could provide.
I’m in awe of it all. Jaw-dropping awe. Thank you. I love you.