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Where can I run? Where can I hide? I need a break, a place to take refuge. Life is so full and time seems to be running past me. Does this sound like something you have said or thought recently?
We all need to understand that in the middle of all "the stuff" we go through, that God is there. He is waiting to hear you when you call out to Him. Sometimes we just need to say, "God, I'm here and I need to feel your arms wrapped around me today. I need your peace and your joy."
But as for me, I will sing about your power. I will shout with joy each morning because of your unfailing love. For you have been my refuge, a place of safety in the day of distress.
Have you spoken this way to God lately? He longs to comfort, encourage, and strengthen us. We feel like He is so far away and that He doesn't care about what we are going through. We may even feel that God doesn't have the time to help us when so many things are going wrong in the world today. Our problems must feel so small in comparison but we need to know that they are very important to Him.
If we could just stop our busy schedules and just focus on His great love for us, we could feel the peace that is ours to hold. What a comfort when we remember the scripture,
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love. Death can't, and life can't. The angels can't, and the demons can't. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, and even the powers of hell can't keep God's love away. Whether we are high above the sky or in the deepest ocean, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord (New Living Translation).
Isn't that awesome! We can't out run God! No matter how down we may feel, He is right there to lift us up. He is waiting for us to look up to Him and to desire to come close to Him. I want that closeness and even at this moment, I feel it. God really cares about you and He really cares about me.
He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name. Even when I walk through the dark valley of death, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me ().
What a comfort! What a joy! What a peace! Take time right now to come close to God. Whisper His name and feel His gentle, sweet, love.
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