Who Else Needs Revival in their Souls?!

Good morning!!

Who else needs a little revival in their soul this week?!  Anyone else need a pick-me-up and coffee isn’t quite doing the trick?

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Our boys have been sick the last couple of weeks with a croupy cough and congestion virus that has made sleep scarce and any kind of normal routine nonexistent.  You know what it feels like when life gets you rocked a little sideways and you slip into survival mode?  Yes!  We have totally been there.

As I sat on my bench this morning, opening my bible for the first time in days I read the words of Psalm 119.

I lie in the dust; revive me by your word.  Psalm 119:25 (NLT)

Yes LORD!  I wrote in the margin next to these words… I completely feel like I have been rolling around in the dust, trying not to get rolled under.  Anybody else know what I’m talking about?

Revive me by your word I prayed.

As I poured over these scriptures this morning and let them soak in deep the Father did revive me.  He is so faithful.

I am so thankful that we have the privilege to read God’s word.  I am so thankful for what the word of God gives us…

  • strength
  • comfort
  • perspective
  • encouragement
  • teaching
  • guidance

and so much more!!

I encourage you to read through Psalm 119 and let God meet you there…He will revive your soul too.

Blessings,

The Johnstons

Pause and Reflect:  What has you in need of some revival this week?  I encourage you to carve out some time, even if it’s just a few moments, to dig into the scriptures and let the Father revive you through his word.

Pay it Forward: Share one of the scriptures you read with a friend, a family member, or acquaintance that needs some revival in their soul too!

 

 

Grab Hold of Our Helper and Our Shield

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O Israel, trust the LORD!  He is your helper and your shield.

O priests, descendants of Aaron, trust the LORD!  He is your helper and your shield.

All you who fear the LORD, trust the LORD!  He is your helper and your shield.

Psalm 115: 9-11

Good morning,

It was around midnight when the coughing really began to come on and it was becoming more constant than intermittent.  My body automatically rose from bed and walked across the hallway to our boys’ room.  Checking his oxygen level, I gave him more inhaler.

As I sat on the edge of his bed, my hand on his back, I prayed.  I prayed the very familiar, desperate words of healing over his body.

It seems that we try every earthly remedy to help him but the cycle continues to repeat itself.  I don’t know the solution, but I do know that we will never strop trying and we will not stop believing God for the healing to come.

On this Thankful Thursday I choose to worship because God is good, even when life doesn’t feel good.  He is faithful and His love encompasses us even when we are too tired to feel it.  He is our protection during the storm, our place of refuge.

He is our helper and our shield, and as hard as it can be, we must trust Him.  Trust Him with the right now.  Trust Him with the process.  Trust Him with the outcome.  Trust in His plan and His purpose and that He is working all together for good.  These are the truths that we must choose to stand on, even when we are tired and worn.

Blessings,

The Johnstons

Pause and Reflect: What are you praying for and believing God for?

 

Pay It Forward:  Who around you needs prayer?  Reach out this week with a card or hug of encouragement for that person.

Abounding in Love and Faithfulness

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Abounding – existing in or providing a great or plentiful quantity or supply (definition from the Merriam-Webster dictionary)

Good morning!

I love this word… especially when it is used to express the Father’s love and faithfulness.  It is great.  It is plentiful.  It never runs out and never gives up.  It is abundant.

But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.  Psalm 86:15

I just want to encourage you today that no matter where you have been or where you are, you belong with Jesus!  His love is big enough to handle anything that you have walked through.  His love is abundant and never-ending.  And it’s there just for you and just for me.

This is the love that I want to tap into more…what about you?

The Johnstons

 

Mightier Than These

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The floods have risen up, O LORD. The floods have roared like thunder; the floods have lifted their pounding waves. But mightier than the violent raging of the seas, mightier than the breakers on the shore – the LORD above is mightier than these! Psalm 93: 3-4

Happy Thursday!!

Anyone facing some hard decisions? Anyone facing something unexpected? Is anyone facing something hard? Something unplanned?

Life can be a roller coaster ride full of ups and downs, but today I am thankful that our God is bigger.  He is bigger than any circumstance that comes our way.

I am thankful that He is mightier than the storm and the floods that rise against us.  He is mightier than any obstacle, any unplanned, unexpected news, any trial or any pain.

HE IS MIGHTIER THAN THESE!

What are you thankful for?

Blessings!

The Johnstons

 

It Is Good

Thankful Thursday!!

It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to the Most High.  It is good to proclaim your unfailing love in the morning, your faithfulness in the evening,

Psalm 92: 1-2

Good morning!

It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to the Most High.

What is it about worship that can break our hearts wide open?

I have always loved music, and I especially love some good worship music.  It’s as if I can’t keep my hands or my feet still as I sing out loud to the Father.  That true heart connection that happens when we open up and let Him fill us up as we surrender.

It is good to proclaim His unfailing love in the morning and His faithfulness in the evening.

This week I am thankful for

  • the goodness and the faithfulness of God
  • the battles God fights on our behalf
  • the work of the Spirit on the inside of us
  • the very Word and the privilege to read it
  • a heart broke wide open to be filled up by Him

What are you thankful for?

Blessings,

The Johnstons

His Power is Made Perfect in Weakness

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

2 Corinthians 12:9

Good morning,

We like to be tough, don’t we?  Afraid of showing weakness, we tend to push through the hard spots in our lives, head down and feet continually going.

I can do this to a fault sometimes.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I think there is a time to push through, to be strong, to hunker in.  But to be honest, I’m not strong enough for all that life has thrown at us lately.  I’m tired.  I’m weak.  And mostly I’m sad.

Those can be such scary words to say out-loud, or even to myself.  But they are true for this season.

I have always taken pride in being strong, being firm, being able to “take it”; that is all that life throws my way.  I’m definitely not one to “boast gladly about my weaknesses”.

But the Father has really laid it on my heart over the past few weeks that it is okay to be sad.  It is truly okay to feel the pain that sometimes life carries.  For it is through this pain that I have leaned more heavily upon Him.

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I am starting to realize that it isn’t so much about me being strong, but about Him being strong in me.   When I fall apart, He is the glue that holds me together.  He is able to calm my soul in the storm and be my stronghold when everything around me is spinning out of control.

I’m learning it is okay to take refuge in my God and to just be still.  To let Him be my shield in a world that is uncertain, unfair, and uncontrollable.

So instead of always being strong, I’m going to take a step back and let His power rest on me.  I’m going to let His strength be shown in my weakness.

What about you?  Where can you allow God to be strong in your life?

Blessings,

The Johnstons

 

May We Never Forget

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Good morning!

As I was reading along in Deuteronomy (one of my favorites) this morning Moses was telling the Israelite people once again to “not be afraid, the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, is with you!” (Deuteronomy 20:1)  He goes on saying “Do not lose heart or panic or tremble before them (their enemies).  For the LORD your God is going with you! He will fight for you against your enemies, and he will give you victory!” (Deuteronomy 20:3-4)

Let’s not forget who goes with us into battle.  Whether you are battling an illness, a job, a relationship, your future, money issues, or whatever it might be – do not lose heart, or panic or tremble.  God is helping you fight your battles today!

Blessings,

The Johnstons

In Everything

Philippians 4 6

Good morning!

Some weeks it can seem as if we are trudging through life, hit by the hard reality of circumstances beyond our control.  Maybe it’s a medical diagnosis, maybe it’s loss, maybe it’s job related or family issues.  It can be so hard not to carry these circumstances around with us, carry their heaviness in our souls.

As I searched the scriptures today, I read these words from Philippians,

Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God.  Philippians 4:6

So, on this thankful Thursday, we are not going to focus on our hard circumstances, but on the One to whom we pray.  

Today I am so thankful for the power of prayer. (Mark 11:24)

I am thankful that God hears us. (1 John 5:15)

I am thankful that He already has the answers to every question we have.  (Matt 6:8)

I am thankful that He has a plan even if I don’t know what it is. (Jeremiah 29:11)

I am thankful that He is Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  (Isaiah 9:6)

I am thankful for a Savior who bears our burdens and that we can lay our heaviness at his feet.  (Psalm 68:19)

What are you thankful for?

Blessings!

The Johnstons

 

 

 

Lift Your Eyes

Psalm 121

Good afternoon!

I’m sure you have heard the saying – “when it rains, it pours”.  And it has sure felt like that around here the last couple of weeks.

As I spent some quiet time this morning on my bench out front, this psalm came to my mind.  As I opened my bible and read the familiar verses, I let it soak in deep.  It was like salve to my aching heart.

We all go through tough times; we all deal with struggles.  I pray that these words soak in deep to your soul today as well.

I lift up my eyes to the mountains – where does my help come from?  My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip – he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.

The LORD watches over you – the LORD is your shad at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.

The LORD will keep you from all harm – he will watch over your life; the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.  Psalm 121

Blessings,

The Johnstons

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