Monday, February 13, 2012

Whenever I Feel Discouraged


Your way, O God, is holy.
   What god is great like our God?
You are the God who works wonders;
   you have made known your might among the peoples.
You with your arm redeemed your people,
   the children of Jacob and Joseph. 
Psalm 77:14-15
I have been a little down the past few days.  It seems I pray and pray for those I love who are not walking with the Lord, or for someone whose marriage is weak.  Yet I don't see the results I am praying for.  I know that God desires a strong walk with Him and that we love Him with all of our hearts, souls and minds.  I know that His desire is that the covenant two people make between themselves and God remains intact.  So why does He not answer?

Because God does not answer on my terms.  He is not bound to do what I say; I am bound to do what HE says.  I am not responsible to change the person I am praying for; I am responsible to pray. This morning , Praise God, I have been reminded of the precious song, "His Eye Is on the Sparrow."  
 
Verse 1
Why should I feel discouraged,
Why should the shadows come,
Why should my heart feel lonely
And long for Heav'n and home,
When Jesus is my portion?
A constant Friend is He:
His eye is on the sparrow,
And I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow,
And I know He watches me.

Verse 2:

"Let not your heart be troubled,"
His tender word I hear,
And resting on His goodness,
I lose my doubts and fears;
Though by the path He leadeth
But one step I may see:
His eye is on the sparrow,
And I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow,
And I know He watches me.

Verse 3:

Whenever I am tempted,
Whenever clouds arise,
When songs give place to sighing,
When hope within me dies,
I draw the closer to Him,
From care He sets me free:
His eye is on the sparrow,
And I know He cares for me;
His eye is on the sparrow,
And I know He cares for me.

Refrain:
I sing because I'm happy,
I sing because I'm free,
His eye is on the sparrow,
And I know He watches me
His eye is on the sparrow
And I know he watches me.
(Lauryn Hill)

I can trust Him, that in His time He will make all things beautiful.  I cannot outguess God, but I do know that He is the God who redeemed that rotten bunch of Israelites out of Egypt, and the same God who can redeem my loved one.  In that I trust--in His time.

Because I'm free,
Gloria

5 comments:

Cranberry Morning

This is such an encouraging post, Gloria. We all have times of discouragement over loved ones who are not walking with the Lord, a country that has so obviously turned its back on God, and our own sinfulness. Let's continue to pray for one another, our loved ones, and our country. BTW, as soon as I saw the picture, I thought of an old recording my grandma had of Ethel Waters singing 'His Eye is on the Sparrow.' It was beautiful!

Angelia

good blog. it goes w/my thoughts this morning to counteract them. His protection is over me

LV

It is hard for us to accept at times, that our prayers are not answered when we want them to be. However, may be we are asking, but God knows different and we must abide by his time. TAKE CARE AND HOPE YOU ARE FEELING BETTER.

Heather's Blog-o-rama

Thanks for your post, Gloria!!! I've been feeling really discouraged today.. I'm trying to keep my eyes focused on Him and it's a bit difficult, but I"m going to do it anyway. Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :)

Carla

Beautiful Post, Gloria! I have been feeling down the past few days. This helped! Thank You!

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