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Monday, July 09, 2007

From the ends of the earth, I cry to you for help when my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the towering rock of safety, for you are my safe refuge, a fortress where my enemies cannot reach me. Psalm 61:2-3 NLT

I just felt like I needed to share that today for anyone who takes the time to read this blog.

For my cousin and my best friend whose wives are facing breast cancer at a very young age. I don't know what it feels like to hear the "C-word" spoken about your very best friend, but I know God will be your fortress.

For the three or four people who visit this blog and have updated me on their frustration regarding their careers. I know there are lots of people just like you who wake up in the morning afraid of what they might find when they get to work. The God who is your Refuge will also be your provider if you will simply trust Him.

For my friend who lost her brother-in-law and nephew to a drunk driver yesterday. Your heart may be faint but God will carry you. Don't ever doubt that.

For my friend who is doubting the move that he put his family through. For the lady who is concerned about her depression and her husband's isolation. For the teenager who can't seem to get along with her mom and dad. For the young man at our church who is seeking God's will for his life. For my friends in Montana who lost their teenage daughter to a scary disease. For the young couple who is packing their entire life into boxes and following God's call to India. For my buddies who are planting our two newest churches in Montana and here in Nashville. For every single one of you who read this blog and who have your own "foes", I felt like I needed to say this.

There is a rock that is higher than you, higher than me, higher than all of life's distractions. He is steadfast and secure. Whatever you are facing will not shake Him. Your past cannot diminish Him. Your future does not scare Him. Your present situation will not confound Him. He will take whatever you give to Him and will turn it to His glory, for His fame, if only you will call to Him.

And know that He knows you better than you know yourself. He hears your cry and He listens to your prayers. Whoever you are, whatever your need...this was for you.

3 comments:

Tiffany said...

Thank you. He has shown Himself my Fortress, my Rock and Refuge so many times I lose count. But I know He does not and am VERY grateful for His faithfullness. The reminder was just in time for me and I thank you.
~T

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Ridley. Perfect timing. I am in an emotional desert all alone right now and need to know that God still knows where I am. I have no where to turn but to Him.

Anonymous said...

You know I needed that. Things are
getting better but still going through some rough times.This was perfect for you to put this on your blog. I know that God is always there and I have to trust him at all times.

Michelle