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If you need encouragement…

This season of the year isn’t joyful for everyone.  If you’re someone who is watching a loved one pass; or your family dynamic is changing; or you are completely alone…  I offer these words (actually lyrics to a beautiful song) of hope David penned after his life just went through some horrible changes.  “Trust in the LORD… HE wants you to reach out to Him”  ♥ Streim

Psalm 18



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Streim’s Saturday Sharing

Lord Jesus


“Instead of complaining at his lot, a contented man is thankful that his condition and circumstances are no worse than they are. Instead of greedily desiring something more than the supply of his present need, he rejoices that God still cares for him. Such an one is “content” with such as he has.”  A.W.Pink

Sharing… Have a blessed Sunday ♥ Streim

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Turn About Thursday: Crisis Hits~Now What?

Crisis Hits

It’s a regular day. You get out of bed when the alarm goes off, shower, get dressed and maybe have some breakfast. Then something very frightening happens~~ according to a popular TV commercial about car insurance “mayhem” strikes or better put, a crisis hits.
Crisis comes in all forms.  It could be a pink slip at work, a phone call from a frantic child, an e-mail from a friend about the breakdown of her marriage, a knock at the door by a police officer informing you a dear one was in a tragic accident, your doctor contacting you about your recent tests results (and it’s not good news) or a neighbor telling you her mother passed away.  I could go on and on.  Crisis comes everyday, some minor–some major, but as long as we are alive be assured it will come, to everyone.  No one is exempt! Crisis can be overwhelming, so what do we do with it?  Those who do not know our Lord Jesus as Savior will get drunk, have a nervous breakdown, curse God, use the “if only” phrase in speaking, want someone to fix it “right now” or just do nothing.  We as blood bought adopted children of God really have only one “true” choice.  Give it to God.  I know, I know–give it to God; yeah right!   Many will say it’s easier said than done. I understand people use that statement often, however I am not sure many believers truly understand from the Scripture what it honestly means.  Here’s an excellent Biblical truth about giving it to God.

We read about an overwhelming crisis that struck King Hezekiah and how he handled it.  In 2 Kings 19:14-15
“And Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers, and read it; and Hezekiah went up to the house of the Lord, and spread it before the Lord.”
First of all, this wasn’t a nice letter, exactly the opposite.  This letter informed King Hezekiah an army of 135,000 soldiers were amassed against him to destroy him.  It truly was a hopeless situation.  Did Hezekiah panic? No, instead he went to the Lord God with it.
Verses 15 tells us what he did when he went to God with it.  “Then Hezekiah prayed before the Lord, and said: “O Lord God of Israel, the One who dwells between the cherubim, You are God, You alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth.”
We read later that in response God sent an angel to wipe out the entire army 135,000!!!

God’s Promise!  Psalm 91:15 “He shall call upon me, and I will answer: I will be with him trouble; I will deliver him, and honor him”  and 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,  who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

So what can we do?  Exactly as Hezekiah did, after all, He is same God today!  Go to God first, not last!  When you do that you honor Him as “Lord” of the situation and He will respond to you.  ♥Streim  (first posted Feb 2012)