Hanging by a Thread

When I hear the term, hanging by a thread, I think of a button hanging from a garment where the threads have broken leaving a single thread to hold it. When that happens, we must reinforce the button with additional thread to draw it back securely into close contact with the garment.

Have you ever felt like you were hanging by a thread and one more tug on your life would send you spiraling into a pit? I know I have. But I also know that God holds us in the palm of His hand and will never let us go. When we feel we are hanging by a single strand of faith, that is the time to rest in Him. That is the time to trust in His promise to never leave us or forsake us.

It is the LORD who goes before you.

He will be with you;

He will not leave you or forsake you.

Do not fear or be dismayed.

Deuteronomy 31:8 (ESV)

Reinforcing a button requires weaving the thread through it many times to strengthen the attachment. What does it take to reinforce your faith? How do you draw closer to God? Just as it is in any relationship, you must spend time together not only talking, but listening. Listen to the word of God. Allow His word to weave through your heart and mind repeatedly. As you listen and draw close to God, it strengthens your faith. Don’t allow distractions to break threads of closeness to the point you are barely hanging on to the relationship. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.

Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace,

That we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Hebrews 4:16 (ESV)

If you feel you are hanging by a thread, I would love to pray for you. Send your request to vgrounds@majesticinspirations.com or private message me. We all need the prayers of one another. Hang in there, dear friend. This too shall pass.

 

NEWS OF REBUILDING

Keeping a spiritual journal is such an important tool for reminding us what God has done for us in the past. I have been writing in journals for many years and every so often I will come across one and read through it. Last week I posted a poem I found in one of my journals. Yesterday, as I was looking for a notebook for my husband to write in, I found another of my journals. The following is a poem I wrote on September 13, 2012 as I was working through a Bible Study on Nehemiah.

 

NEHEMIAH NEWS

The gates of the city were burned

the walls broken down.

People were resigned and discouraged

as danger lurked  around.

Then God placed a vision

in the heart of one man

to rebuild that which was broken

to restore God’s master plan.

By night, he travelled the walls

to see the damage done.

By day he called together the people

to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.

The enemy didn’t like it

when the people began to rebuild.

But they did not stop their work,

they did not fear or yield.

“The God of Heaven will give us success”,

their faith and trust pushed them on.

They began with the gates, then on to the walls

until at last, their work was done.

With God all things are possible

even when obstacles come our way

because God has a plan for every task

He places in our hearts today.

Yes, we can all be builders

of that which is broken down.

As we trust God for overcoming power

when the enemy comes around.

The God of Heaven will fill our hearts

with that which is right and true.

He gives strength and courage

For every task He has called us to.

 – Virginia – 9/13/12

 

Oasis in the Desert

Over the weekend, I remembered something the Lord laid on my heart years ago in 2005. I was thinking about this weird situation we find ourselves in today of being isolated in our homes and wondered if there are some who feel as if they are in a desert storm looking for a refuge. Therefore, I am sharing this hoping that it will speak to the hearts of those whose souls are weary and dry, longing for an oasis of peace, hope and joy.

 

There is an oasis in the desert

A place of refuge from each storm

Where you will find cool refreshing

Early every morn.

But days go by in the desert

Where souls are weary and dry

Longing for more we struggle…

And thirst… and cry.

Oasis in the desert

Abundant water for my soul

If only I could get there

To be nourished by the flow.

Lord lead me from the desert

To the oasis for my heart

Lead me from my empty longings

To the Living Water of new starts

Quench my thirst Lord Jesus

In the place of peace and rest

Fill my empty cup I pray

For with your Spirit, I am blessed.

Oasis in the desert

Abundant water for my soul

Flood me with your Holy Presence

Fill my heart and make me whole.

(Inspired by Isaiah 35:7)

The scorched land will become a pool
And the thirsty ground springs of water;
In the haunt of jackals, its resting place,
Grass becomes reeds and rushes.

Isaiah 35:7 (NASB)