Guest Post: A Very Present Help

Valerie from Atlanta Mom of Three is so kind to share this guest post with us today! Her welcoming and friendly personality are a blessing to me and so is her writing. She is an encouragement to moms and beyond, so make sure to visit her wonderful site and say hello. Thank you Valerie for this uplifting message!!

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A Very Present Help
I have a little page-a-day calendar on my refrigerator. There is a verse for every day during the work week, and then weekend days share a verse. I have loved having it in my kitchen for these last eight months! Each morning (mid-morning, usually – a girl has to have her coffee first!) I read the verse and I ponder it, even if only for a few minutes. Sometimes, though, when it’s a verse I’ve known for most of my life, I (unintentionally) overlook it. I don’t mean to, but I do.

On August 8th, however, I read the day’s verse and new meaning shone through an “old” verse right away. It read –

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1

I’ve heard those words – known those words – for many years. They’ve been a source of encouragement to me in the past, but that morning the Holy Spirit opened my eyes to one word, in particular, that changed (or, enhanced) the verse for me. ~ PRESENT ~

Why would He single out this one word? Because it means something really important!

  1.  being, existing, or occurring at this time or now; current
  2.  at this time; at hand; immediate

Okay, think of all the sources of help that you can. If you had an emergency or problem, where would you find help? Persons that come to my mind are police, fire fighters, doctors, family members, friends, and others who care about my well-being.

Now, think about how quickly that help arrives when you need it. Are any of them PRESENT with you? All the time? No! But that’s okay because GOD IS!! Think of the awesomeness of that! He is a very present help in trouble. He is always, ALWAYS there!

If you’re one of His children, you don’t ever have to feel alone. Whether you’re having a good day or a challenging one, He’s there. He is PRESENT.

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littleValerie blogs over at Atlanta Mom of Three. She loves sharing encouraging posts for other wives and mothers, writing mostly about marriage, pregnancy, and motherhood. She also shares posts about her faith as the Lord leads her.

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A Rainbow Promise

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A colorful rainbow in the sky always brings a peaceful smile to my face. Not only is it a beautiful sight to see, it is also a comforting reminder of God’s faithfulness.

A rainbow appeared to Noah after the great flood which wiped out the entire earth and all of creation, other than what God instructed Noah to take on the Ark. A rainbow was painted in the sky as a symbol of God’s Covenant between Him and Noah (and creation)—God promised that He would never again destroy the earth and all living creatures by floodwater.

What a breathtaking rainbow that must have been.

Yesterday as my family and I were finishing up eating dinner we heard a single burst of thunder in the background. My son, being the curious child that he is, headed toward that back door to see what was going on outside. It didn’t appear to be stormy so we headed outside and this is what I first saw…

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As I looked a little closer more parts of the rainbow came into view and I saw the arc. I couldn’t see it as clearly at first because the rainbow was partially hidden behind the clouds.

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Sometimes when the clouds of life roll in we develop a blurry view of God’s Promises. We might doubt His faithfulness or His Love. We might doubt that He is really even there. But behind the clouds, His Promises live—they are unshakable, unchanging, and unending.

When I see a rainbow glimmering  in the sky I can’t help but feel a gentle joy because it reminds me that…

God is faithful to every single promise He has made. I am reminded that He is always with us. I am reminded of His Love for all of creation. And I am reminded that He will help us through the storms of life when we call on His Name. He is always true to His Word.

Maybe you are presently walking through a stormy season where clouds blur your vision. Or maybe your path is presently filled with sunshiny rays. Wherever you might find yourself, the promise of the rainbow can offer the comfort and hope of something beautiful ahead.

It did for me yesterday. And I think God knew my little family and I needed that reminder—or at least I did. After we admired the view and I snapped a few pictures we headed inside. A minute or so later I looked out the kitchen window and the rainbow had faded away.

But the promise of it lives on.

The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever. ~Isaiah 40:8 (NLT)

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hannah

 

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Glorious Tears

 

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One day God will wipe every tear away. What do you think that means?

Someone asked me that question many years ago. It captured my attention and caused me think more in depth about tears than ever before. I knew that the Bible spoke of how there will be an end to our pain one day. Yet I had never imagined what it might look like when God wipes all of our tears away.

10 years later, that question continues to spring up in my mind occasionally. Along this journey I have grown to realize that our tears matter to God because they are an expression of how our hearts feel. And God cares passionately about our hearts.

You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book. ~Psalm 56:8 (NLT)

Tears are often associated with sadness, and the above verse seems to be referring to sorrowful tears. Although there are times when tears are a response to joy, such as on a wedding day or when a child is born. And the Bible says that God catches all of our tears, and one day He will wipe away all of our tears.

Our tears must be valuable if God is keeping track of each one.

Whether our tears are born out of deep sorrow or whether they flow from the delightful moments, God is paying attention to each tear we shed. And He is a God who works all things together for our good. He can intertwine the dark valley’s and the mountain top experiences of our lives, to create goodness.

My feet have trudged through the dark valley’s. I have swam through rivers of tears, only to awaken with puffy eyes the next morning. My heart has throbbed from witnessing the awful injustices in our world. I have wrestled through piercing disappointments and seasons of discouragement. My pillow has been soaked in sorrow because of the things in this life that just don’t make sense. I have felt alone, broken and just plain hurt.

And God has caught each pain-filled tear.

My feet have also been planted on magnificent mountain tops. I have twirled through raindrops of unspeakable joy. My feet have danced in puddles of grace and mercy. I have been soaked in the beauty of discovering that I am a daughter of the One True King. I have felt amazed, awestruck and grateful for blessings that I do not deserve.

And God has caught each joy-filled tear.

Our tears matter to God because He cares for us—His beloved creation. Not a single tear is wasted with Him. He is weaving together our sorrows and smiles to create something beautiful. He turns our dark ashes into glimmering beauty.

One day He will wash away all of our tears. And I imagine that as He does, something glorious will be revealed.  Something radiant will shine brightly. Something breathtaking will glisten. Something refreshing will satisfy our souls. Pain and sorrow will be no more. Darkness will be no more.

A stream of glorious tears will freely flow.

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

~1 Corinthians 4:16-18

hannah

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