{Dwell} :: Spiritual Weaklings - I Think Not

Dwell in prayer and praise.

The day-to-day can be overwhelming to the point of dread. Who wants to wake up and face a day filled with too much to handle. The heavy burdens and challenges leave us feeling like spiritual weaklings. We feel displaced of God's will.

Fear, stress, doubt, worry, and even dread does not mean that we are spiritually weak or that we are out of God's will. The stress is very real, but so is God's restful, hope-filled presence. The negative experiences does not keep Him far from us. He is near.

Sometimes we're just in the wrong place and choosing the wrong thing. We've positioned ourselves to be under the dark clouds and it's pouring rain. We've tuned our ear to the howling winds and thunder. We keep our eyes on the crashing lightning.

Truly it is overwhelming. 
It is too much. 
Run to Him and say it is. 
We don't have to be the strong ones. 
It's okay to fall apart in His arms. It's safe there.
He doesn't judge us.

Dwell in His peaceful presence....in the deafening storm.

We can bring ourselves to Him. We can enter His welcoming arms of comfort. Let ourselves be embraced in His quieting even while the storm looms. Ours is the first move - to reach for Him. Ours is the first step - to enter His presence.

We dwell instead in His peace. We dwell instead in praise for what we know is true of Him and His promises for each one of us. We dwell on knowing we're not alone even if it feels so.

If possible, we dwell with supportive people - in person, on the phone, email - who can pray and praise with us.

Instead of being overwhelmed by the fear,
               Unwrap His comfort. 
Dwell in the gift of it for as long as you need.

Soul Refreshment:

Lamentations 3:28-33 ~ 

When life is heavy and too hard to take,
   go off by yourself. Enter the silence.
Bow in prayer. Dont' ask questions:
   Wait for hope to appear.
Don't run from trouble. Take it full-face.
    The worst is never the worst.

Why? Because the Master won't ever
    walk out and fail to return.

Psalm 12:5 ~ 

God speaks: "I've had enough; I'm on my way
    To heal the ache in the heart of the wretched."

Psalm 20:6 ~ 

That clinches it - help's coming,
    an answers on the way,
everything's going to work out.

Psalm 13:5, 6 ~ 

I've thrown myself headlong into your arms -
    I'm celebrating your rescue.
I'm singing at the top of my lungs.
    I'm so full of answered prayers.

*November's life-words are being dedicated to gratitude and dwelling

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