Friday, April 23, 2021

Fret-Free Friday: A Quiet Heart

Fret-Free Friday: A Quiet Heart
Roy Lessin, Meeting in the Meadow

We can learn something important from the way of a mother with a frightened child. A child's response to fear is not a whimper. It's a wail. The mother's response is not casual or indifferent. No, it is instant and intense. Love moves into action, and not with just explanations or reasoning but with everything within its power to quiet, to comfort, and to reassure. The arms of a mother's embrace speak louder than any words the child can hear in that moment of fear.

The mother's voice is also soothing. "Shhh, it's okay now. Mommy's hear. It's okay." These words are all the child needs to know. Her gentle words and loving arms bring the reassurance that helps the child become calm. 

God's words can be likened to the words of a caring mother to her fearful child. The language in Psalm 46:10-11 is simple, the words are few, the impact is instant, the result is profound. His words tell us all we need to know to settle down, still our fears, quiet our hearts, and reassure us. Hear His encouraging voice: "Be still. Release all your concerns and quiet your heart. You are okay. I am here. You are safe in the shelter of My arms."

Be still, and know that I am God...The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Psalm 46:10-11

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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

The Word of God

The Word of God
-Roy Lessin, Meeting in the Meadow

The times we live in provide strong reminders of how important it is for us to focus our lives upon the things that matter most. The Word of God is one of those things. I encourage you to stay in the Word. Be a faith-reader of what is written. Let it be your daily bread. Here are some of the reasons why...

The Word of God. It is a book like no other. It is a living book. Its words can live in you. It is your rock to stand upon, your bread to dine upon, and your path to walk upon.

It  tells a love story that has no end, an adventure story filled with courage, a redemption story that saves the soul, and a faith story that demonstrates the impossible things only God can do.

No argument can undermine its truth;
No doubt can lessen its authenticity;
No opposition can destroy its foundation;
No skepticism can weaken its transforming power;
No darkness can overcome its penetrating light.

It is a lamp you can carry and a light that will shine upon your face. It will build you up and hold you up. It is your anchor, your plumb line, and your unshakable foundation upon which you can build your life.

It is there with grace, receive it; there with comfort, welcome it; there with  hope, trust it; there with guidance, follow it; there with joy, celebrate it; there with love, embrace it.

Come thirsty and drink from its fountain.
Come hungry and feast at its table.
Come poor and discover its treasures.
Come weak and draw from its strength.
Come seeking and learn of its wisdom.
Come needy and experience its promises.
Come lost and find your way home.

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Monday, April 19, 2021

My Monday Prayer: A Prayer of Thirst

My Monday Prayer: A Prayer of Thirst
-Roy Lessin, Meeting in the Meadow

And the Spirit and the bride say, "Come!" And let him who hears say, "Come!" And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely. Revelation 22:17 NKJV

Lord, I thirst for you. I long for more of your life-giving, spirit-refreshing, heart-fulfilling, thirst-quenching, life-changing waters of life. In this thirsty land, in these dry places, amidst these empty wells of this world I come to you and drink.

Thank You for promising to satisfy my thirst, to fill my cup, and to cause it to run over. Thank You for giving me pure, undefiled, living water. Thank You for the water that comes from beneath Your throne, from the well of Your Son, from the river of Your Spirit, and from the water of Your Word.

Lord, I come to You, the Fountain of living waters. I turn from every broken cistern which cannot hold water. I welcome Your gracious invitation to come to Your waters and drink freely— without money, without price, without labor, without strife. I drink of You, I drink from You, I drink because of You.

Lord, I drink now. I drink by faith. I drink with thanksgiving. I drink because You have said, “"Ho! Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters" (Isaiah 55:1 KJV).

Scriptures: Isaiah 55:1-2, Jeremiah 2:13, Revelation 22:17, Revelation 22:1, John 4:4-15
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Friday, April 16, 2021

Fret-Free Friday: Today We Pray

Fret-Free Friday: Today We Pray

Hello friends!
Sometimes it eases our worrying to know that someone else is praying for us. Let’s share our burdens and lift each other in prayer today. Please leave your requests below in the comments, and use the emojis or leave a prayer to show that we have prayed for someone.
Have a blessed day!

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Jeremiah 33:3

Jeremiah 33:3
-Roy Lessin

Jeremiah 33:3 is a well known promise that invites each of us to pray. I believe it’s a vital promise for the time in which we live. Many people today are worried and fearful. Many wonder what to do. Jeremiah 33:3 tells us to pray.

“Call to Me and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” -Jeremiah 33:3

Here are 3 things that Jeremiah 33:3 tells us about prayer:

1.  Prayer is calling upon God. God invites us to call upon HIM exclusively. No one else. 
2.  ONLY God hears prayer and ONLY God can answer prayer.
3.  We will see God do great and mighty things BECAUSE we have prayed.              

“No one, however long he has lived a life of prayer, is immune to the enemy’s attack on his confidence that prayer “works.” It is worth remembering, when delays tempt us to quit praying, that He is listening patiently. He is listening. He will act.”
-Elizabeth Elliot

As you pray-
Pray in the Spirit.
Pray to the Father.
Pray in the name of Jesus-
In His authority. In His victory.
Pray God’s promises.
Pray His names.
Pray with a thankful heart as you wait for Him to do great and mighty things.

#meetinginthemeadow #pray #jeremiah333
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