A beautiful poem written by Liana Howarth simply touched my heart. It reminded me that our pain and our struggles are always before Christ. He is with us in need and he never fails. I pray you will also find comfort in the words of this song of hope.
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He lay Rose Petals Upon My Heart by Liana Howarth

Chorus
He lay rose petals
Upon my heart
Lay them gently
Not far apart
Perfect love
In fragrance dwelt
Left no room
For hopelessness
’Cause with every secret
Of darkness, He dealt
Oh! Jesus, every secret
Of darkness, He felt

All I could see were the dark, dark thorns
That hurt and tore at my Saviour’s heart
But He placed beauty and love in me
He lay rose petals upon my heart

All I could see were the tears He shed
Mingled with crimson in night-time day
Shed for each life ever created
Washing our sins and sorrows away

Chorus
He lay rose petals
Upon my heart
Lay them gently
Not far apart
Perfect love
In fragrance dwelt
Left no room
For hopelessness
’Cause with every secret
Of darkness, He dealt
Oh! Jesus, every secret
Of darkness, He felt

All I could see was my reflection
In eyes crying for His Father’s love
I’m so sorry, my Lord, Redeemer
I lift praises ’cause You’re now above

All I could see was pure emotion
Of Someone who’d always cared for me
What happened, happened, didn’t have to
But if it hadn’t, where would I be?

Bridge
Rose petals upon my broken heart
Have brought a peace and softness
Beautiful shades of heaven’s joy, a
Rose petal garden captivated

Chorus
He lay rose petals
Upon my heart
Lay them gently
Not far apart
Perfect love
In fragrance dwelt
Left no room
For hopelessness
’Cause with every secret
Of darkness, He dealt
Oh! Jesus, every secret
Of darkness, He felt

© 2015 Liana Wendy Howarth

I read this powerful message on A Call To The Remnant and it encouraged and lifted me up during my times of struggles. I pray that it will do the same for you.

Drawing from the wells of Salvation       by appolus

Isa 12:3 Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.

oasisHave you ever noticed that the yielded saints who have been through the most trials and troubles in their lives are the deepest of saints? They have been tried in the deserts of afflictions and yet they not only survive but they thrive. In the hottest desert and the most arid places nothing should live. Yet here are these saints, not armed with clichés or words that are not backed by reality, but armed with a power that has no limit. What makes the world weaker makes them stronger. In their own weakness they have found a great strength. The have discovered that if it were just them, they would have dried up and blown away, but in Christ and because of Christ they draw water from the very depths of the Father’s heart.

A life, fully committed to Christ has access to the deepest wells. Therefore since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind(1 Pet 4:1) With this power principalities and powers are rendered impotent. The harder they try, the more they come against you, the deeper they drive you into the Father’s heart. To yield is to draw from the well. To surrender and embrace your circumstances in Christ is to drink your fill from the everlasting wells of salvation. For in this yielding and surrendering we are acknowledging that God Himself has ordered your steps. And as you are refreshed by the living waters that flow into your circumstances, great joy comes with the knowledge that He is faithful to you and that He is with you. This joy stands as a witness and a testimony to the one who saved you. Your joy is a reflection of your faith. Now it is a learning process to the flesh. Some saints draw from the well sooner than others, but be assured saint, the well is there and you have been called to draw from it.

When you draw from these wells brothers and sisters, the waters not only refresh you but are poured forth through the brokenness of your circumstances to others that face similar circumstances. Paul encouraged the saints in his chains to be bold for Christ. We who face dire circumstances are called by faith to joy and this faith and joy God will use to refresh the souls of the weary. With the comfort that we have been comforted with we have been called to comfort others. It can become a perpetual cycle of beauty and holiness. To draw waters from the wells of salvation by faith is to have the eyes of your spirit opened to the glory and the majesty of God. God is glorified in our sufferings because the joy that comes is so out-of-place. A flower in the desert? Color in an otherwise colorless landscape? Yes indeed. He brings life out of death. He brings joy from sadness, He creates rivers in the desert, He brings peace from chaos.

So if you are facing difficult circumstances I want you to know that God is right there. A well, an oasis deep in the desert. You will find victory in the yielding. Surrender to God that circumstance that has hounded you. That sickness that has threatened to overwhelm your body. That anxiety that has robbed you of your sleep and denied you of your heritage, a peace that surpasses all understanding. Surrender to God in all of it and lower down your vessel into the deep depths of the everlasting well that sustains you. Dear Lord, bless all saints today who have a spirit of heaviness. Give them eyes to see what the Spirit sees in their lives. Let them put on a garment of praise and be filled with joy and may you be glorified in all of it.

Wonderful article from Six Measures of Barley blog which reminds us that our prayers are answered but in a far greater wonderful way which is for our good and God’s glory. Take hope when it seems that God is silent. He is always in action and always with you. Wait patiently and trust that he will do as he promised. No good does God ever withhold for those who belong to him!

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God Does Not Delay

Many times, in my life I’ve wondered why God didn’t intervene earlier for an issue. I thought if the Lord stepped in earlier, my problem could’ve been prevented or at least less complicated. Then, He taught me that He did answer my prayer, but in His time. If I didn’t go through the valley, I would never reach the mountain. Yes, the Lord could have made my life simpler, but then, I would not experience the wondrous works of His hands in my life.

2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness…”

The Lord does not slack. The word of God says that He makes all things beautiful in His time. We, as humans, are often impatient. We want God to have intervened yesterday, so that we wouldn’t be facing the difficult situation today.

Mary and Martha, the sisters of Lazarus told Jesus, “Lord, if thou had been here, my brother would not have died.” John 11: 21 & 32. Jesus was good friends with Lazarus and his sisters. When Lazarus became sick, his sisters sent word to Jesus, in the hope that He will come and heal him. But Jesus said the sickness is “for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.” John 11: 4. Moreover, Jesus stayed extra two days in the same place he was at. Jesus came to Lazarus’ home four days after he had died. And those who were gathered there said “Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died?” Jesus could have come in early and healed Lazarus, but then the community would not get to witness the tremendous power of God. They would not have been able to see a corpse coming to life through Jesus. The Son of God was glorified that day, in a greater magnitude because Jesus came in His time. Lazarus’ sisters and the mourners thought it was too late and that Jesus should have come sooner, but Jesus foresaw the events and His disciples’ faith was strengthened and people witnessed the power of resurrection.

We can look at the life of Joseph. Joseph set out to find the well-being of his brothers at the request of his father. Due to jealousy, his brothers threw him into a pit and although his brother Reuben plans to rescue him, he is sold to the Ishmeelites before he can help. He is then taken to Egypt and is falsely accused of assault and subsequently imprisoned. He is then known to be able to interpret dreams and taken up to the Pharaoh, who elevates him to a position of second in power. Through his position, people’s lives, including his brothers’ was saved from a great famine. If Joseph was not cast into the pit, if he was not imprisoned, he would have never become the 2nd in command to the Pharaoh of Egypt. God could have stopped Joseph from going to his brothers; He could have allowed Reuben to return in time to deliver Joseph from the pit; He could have prevented him from going to the prison. If God intervened earlier, Joseph would never go from a simple Jewish boy to a powerful Egyptian leader.

If Jesus intervened before Lazarus had died, the Son of God would not been glorified in public. If Joseph’s trials were prevented, he would not become a leader and many lives would have been lost in the famine.

When we feel answers are delayed, know that God does not slack. Our delay is God’s right time.

God Bless!

Glory Mathew

Redeemed Ministries

Rhonda - Forums of the Heart
The very word brokenness means that something that was whole has been fragmented. In the stripping down of the human soul, brought on by the conviction of the Holy Spirit, the life of a Christian is left without excuse not to surrender completely to GOD. For instance, whenever GOD is going to bring you to a higher platform of spiritual maturity or service in Him, He has to break you. This is a process I’ve had to experience.

I realized it wasn’t done to do me harm, but to develop me; in order to use me for His purpose. In John 12:24 it says, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.” Dying to myself yielded life through Jesus. GOD will make you hungry before He feeds you.

He strips you before He robes you. He makes nothing of you before making something of you. You may ask, how can something be broken and yet still be intact? In accepting GOD’s complete authority over your life, you are made complete in the process of being broken.

A.W. Tozer once said, “It is doubtful whether GOD can bless a man greatly until He has hurt him deeply.” Whether it was financial brokenness, relational brokenness, emotional brokenness, or physical brokenness; it brought me to a place of humility and dependency in Him. I learned that no resistance or self-will is within the heart of a person that is completely broken before the LORD. This is when our lives can be more fruitful and have the most purpose.

GOD is at work in our lives, shaping and making us into the people He longs for us to be, so that we might bring glory to Him and be of maximum use to Him in His kingdom. I had to choose to yield to brokenness and allow GOD to renew me as He desires…even if that meant enduring severe trials and testing. I became aware that brokenness can be a path toward great blessing, but only when I let GOD do the breaking in me.

By His Grace,

~Rhonda

From Forums of the Heart

Powerful message of hope by Minister Darrick McGhee . When you feel alone thinking that God is hearing everyone but you, take heart to know that he is indeed working out your struggle even when you can’t see it or feel it. 

Hope you are as blessed by this article as I was:

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It’s a wonderful day to be a child of God.  Have you ever watched other people experience overflow in their lives?  It appeared as if everytime they turned around something awesome was happening in their lives.  Whether they expect it or not, the blessings keep coming.  Have you ever felt as if even the unfaithful, unbelieving and unrighteous seem to be prospering in life?  No matter how faithful you are, no matter how consistent you are with your tithes, no matter how willing you are in life, your well still appears dry while “so and so” is living how he/she wants and resources never run out.  Have you ever been there?  Are you there now?

Today, I have been commissioned to come and minister to you.  My friend, have you ever asked God that one heart-burning question: “When Is It My Turn?”  After careful consideration, days of wondering and nights of crying, you finally had the strength and gall to ask the question.  As much as you love God, within you feel overlooked.  You feel as if God is being unfair (Romans 2:11).  (Be honest with yourself!)  I have been there.  I am young but I have been through a lot.  I remember asking God this question after watching everyone around me enjoy increase but me.  During my sophomore year in college, my three roommates never suffered lack or want while I scraped just to buy noodles.  I remember being mad at God and He directed me to His word.  The Bible declares in Psalms 37:1-2 – Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.  2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.

My brother, my sister, are you inwardly mad at God?  Has your anger and disappointment caused you to stray from church, reading your Bible or trusting God for a breakthrough?  I know how easy it is to fake like everything is well, but lets be real.  Is your heart still pumping after God?  Are you still asking that question, “When Is It My Turn?”  Beloved, you must understand God knows when the timing is right.  Right before you breakdown, He will always send a breakthrough.  King David wrote in Psalms 37:25 – I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.  Child of God, from this day forth, stop asking when it will be your turn.  Start preparing yourself for your turn.  I would hate for your turn to come and you are not ready because of your constant complaining.

Scripture Reading for Today: Psalms 37

May God Bless you at Your point of need!

Minister Darrick D. McGhee

Posted on Meditation Moments

rescued-by-the-hand-of-godWhat a powerful message of hope this is. We only need trust that Christ is enough for our problems to rest in his perfect peace. Nothing good will he withhold nor will anything come against us apart from his will. When you can look at your God instead of your struggle, you have received the victory!

Please read this message from Six Measures of Barley and be blessed.

Originally Posted on Six Measures of Barley

“Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.”Hebrews 13:5-6

This particular verse lit my spirit today, “I will never leave you or forsake you” this beautiful, strengthening, uplifting promise is not just for the beginning days of Christian walk; but its a promise to be held close to our heart each day as we walk with our Savior. The relationship (or connection)of the first part of the verse with the second part was something I missed all these days. The word covetous is some kind of an extreme desire to own something that belongs to someone else and the Bible teaches us it is wrong to desire the things that belongs to others. We may be covetous about someone’s life and dream, we love to be in someone’s shoes, someone’s job, someone’s attitudes and stands, style sense, personality, spiritual life and the list can go on and on; but this particular dream to be someone or something we were not meant to be or purposed to be could shake our trust in God. It could take away our content and joy and make us ignore all the blessings God bestowed upon our life. The reason is simply that our attention shifted from God and we involuntarily chose to take His divine provisions granted. We plead to God for more blessings and desires to be granted without thinking, does God want me to have that? Here our relationship with God is becoming single sided without trying to listen what He wants to say. Here it is said “Let your conversation be without covetousness” that says when we become unthankful and lose our contented state, our conversations start reflecting that. Negative thoughts and unfair opinions flow out of us and we become one depressed soul in the hands of Satan. When our mind is filled with jealousy and envy our thoughts start to divert away from Grace of God and our thoughts and words become selfish, greedy and demanding.

Out of a believer God does not want this kind of covetous nature, but He wants us to stay clear of all that and have a heart that is filled with content and love. If we look unto heaven counting our blessings Jesus is saying “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee”. By being a child of God, Jesus gives us this everlasting promise – He won’t leave us. Today, do you believe that Jesus wont leave you alone to face the deserted situation you are going through? There are many who pass by us when we are in this world, but only one person is there by us through out this journey of life and He is Jesus, today hold onto His promise –He will never forsake you. If you trust in this promise, apply it in faith- let your spirit see in faith the intangible presence of Jesus over all areas of your life. Fear from the words and deeds of man; fear due to the troubles around us; fear that arise from discontentment; fear of anything that we cannot name could settle down when the presence of God surrounds us. In the darkest hour Jesus will not desert you, He will be there by your side… If you feel that no one is understanding your circumstances and if you are left alone, tell it all to Jesus, pour out your heart; Father, its your promise you will never leave me, nor forsake me. I need your presence in abundance. I need to recognize it. The presence of God that sustains us, He says He is not going to withdraw it. Jesus says, “You will never be dropped from my hand and there will be never a point in which you will be out from the reach of my love.” The strength we draw from His presence is what sustains us during hard days. Let’s reach out in faith, definitely the doors of heaven will open for us and all our fear ,emptiness and agony will be replaced and replenished by the heavenly peace which passes our understanding.

In Christ Jesus,

Smitha Thomas.

Redeemed Ministries.

My Comment:

This is an excellent message of faith to understand that all that you go through and all that you must endure is actually the workings of our God who is making you ready for his kingdom. Never think that he has forgotten you when the fire gets too hot. It is then that he is doing his best work. Believers are living as aliens in a perishing world. It is not easy. There is evil all around and sometimes it seems like we are losing the battle but the truth is that we already won it through Christ! We cannot be taken down or destroyed by anything of this life.

Take heart, weary Christians. Your God sees where you are. He is already working it all out for you. Just believe!

Thank you, Rhonda Lewis, from Forums Of The Heart for this wonderful message of hope for all of us.

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