Count it all joy when you fall into various trials. Don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through

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Sometimes we can get so caught up in our problems, we just can’t see or hear the truth. Here’s the truth: God Loves You! Endure your trials and cling to the Lord in all your ways. Jesus told us that He is with us ALWAYS.  Don’t be discouraged or count your trials as some strange thing. The bible tells us to rejoice as we go through our tribulations because they help us grow.  I was reading through Psalms this week (from 39-80) . The psalmist cried out to God and in all thing- in ALL things – death and life, trouble or joy- there was always a part of the psalm that praised God and rejoiced in Him. They were surrounded by troubles and flooded with problems, yet they still lifted up their hands to praise God. The psalmist poured out his heart to the Lord and also proclaimed his faith in praises.

  The last few weeks have been particularly trying for me. Things are breaking, we have unexpected bills, tickets, repairs, chaos, etc…. It just seems to be one thing after another. I feel like I’ve been through a tornado of events and problems with no time to stop in quietness.  I certainly wasn’t counting it all joy… in fact I was counting it as a strange thing – exactly what the bible told me not to do. I know the Lord is always there with me, I can see it more clearly now as I look back on the past 2 weeks.  I’ve listed a few verses that have encouraged me in the past and kept me on track as I struggled through some of life’s challenging moments.

 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; Ephesians 6:10-18

We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance.  And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.  And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love. When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners Romans 5:3-6

Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. James 1:2-8

 Dear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you.  Instead, be very glad—for these trials make you partners with Christ in his suffering, so that you will have the wonderful joy of seeing his glory when it is revealed to all the world. So be happy when you are insulted for being a Christian, for then the glorious Spirit of God rests upon you. If you suffer, however, it must not be for murder, stealing, making trouble, or prying into other people’s affairs. But it is no shame to suffer for being a Christian. Praise God for the privilege of being called by his name!  For the time has come for judgment, and it must begin with God’s household. And if judgment begins with us, what terrible fate awaits those who have never obeyed God’s Good News? And also, “If the righteous are barely saved,     what will happen to godless sinners?” So if you are suffering in a manner that pleases God, keep on doing what is right, and trust your lives to the God who created you, for he will never fail you1 Peter 4:12-19

“I, even I, am He who comforts you.
Who are you that you should be afraid
Of a man who will die,
And of the son of a man who will be made like grass? Isaiah 51:12

 Phil 4:4-6 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.  They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them. We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error. 

Do not remember the former things,
Nor consider the things of old.
 But forget all that—
    it is nothing compared to what I am going to do.
For I am about to do something new.
    See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?
Behold, I will do a new thing,
Now it shall spring forth;
Shall you not know it?

I will even make a road in the wilderness
And rivers in the desert.

 The beast of the field will honor Me,
The jackals and the ostriches,
Because I give waters in the wilderness
And rivers in the desert,
To give drink to My people, My chosen.
 This people I have formed for Myself;
They shall declare My praise Isaiah 43:18-21

  Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Phil 4:4

Let’s review:

  • Rejoice in your sufferings for suffering produces perseverance and perseverance/endurance produces strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.  
  • Count it all joy when you experience trials. Lift up your hands and praise Hm
  • God has given you protective warfare. Have your put on your Shoes of Peace today? Your shield of faith? Belt of truth? Breastplate of Righteousness? Helmet of salvation?
  • Pray at all times – and for others also
  • Be patient, wait on the Lord, cling to Him.
  • Use the Word of God– it’s your sword and your weapon against the wiles of the devil. One of my swords: ” No weapon formed against you shall prosper,And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn.This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,And their righteousness is from Me,”Says the Lord. Is 54:17
  • You fight is not against flesh and blood: Spiritual warfare Holy Spirit and Spiritual Warfare
  • Stop and Remember all the Jesus has done for you
  • ”these trials make you partners with Christ in his suffering”
  • Forgive others

The Lord is truly amazing. It’s too great to understand how a great God and Creator would take time for me and hear my prayers. It silences me in wonder. I see His wonders, His works and His mighty miracles everyday. He is never too far and hears the cries of those who cry out to Him.

But You, O Lord, are a shield for me,
My glory and the One who lifts up my head.
I cried to the Lord with my voice,
And He heard me from His holy hill

    Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit.  Do not despise prophecies.  Test all things; hold fast what is good.  Abstain from every form of evil. Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.

For the righteous God test the hearts and minds Ps 7:7-17

Wii dance 3 Review –Christian Review — Warning: Inappropriate Language

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You sing trivial songs to the sound of the harp
    and fancy yourselves to be great musicians like David.
 You drink wine by the bowlful
    and perfume yourselves with fragrant lotions. Amos 6:5 (in other words, God sees us sitting around singing worthless songs, chanting them over and over. We think we are something else, great musicians as we sing worthless songs. He must wonder..Why aren’t they thanking me? praying to me? singing to ME?)

     I don’t like to rain on anyone’s parade, but you need to know the filth being filtered into the hearts of your children. Above all- Guard your heart- for out of it flow the issues of life. The issues flowing out of the songs our youth are listening to are promiscuity, filth and demonic oppression!  We should be filling our hearts and mind with songs of praise, songs of thanksgiving, and songs of remembrance.Take some time and read the words our children are chanting to just a few of the songs in the dance 3 from Wii.
     I was at my child’s school event last month and they had a dj for the kids. All the songs from the Wii and radio were being played and blared throughout the school. I could not believe the hundreds and hundreds of kids who not only knew the words to the songs, but also every dance move to these songs. We are talking 5-9 year olds singing about sex, promiscuity, and evil- and dancing to it.
     We need to open our eyes. It’s not just the Wii and dance 3- it’s everything! The words in the songs, movies, tv shows, commercials, advertisements…it’s time to get serious about guarding our children and their hearts. 
      Wii dance 4 is bad too! I tried the country dance and had to return it because the animated dancer was half-naked with major cleavage. What is society trying to do to the next generation?  What are we teaching our sons and daughters? I hear my children singing these songs, their friends chanting them. and I …gasp! Even woke up singing some of this garbage in my heart.  The unedited versions of some of these songs are even worse. What I have written here is what you will hear on Dance 3.

   I’ve written some of the lyrics of the songs with a breakdown note below each one.  Wii Dance 3 has about 48 songs, this reviews only 10 of the 48.   Stop and take a listen……………………….

 Corrupting the next generation

1-Promiscuous Girl

You lookin’ for her in the day time with the light
You might be the type if I play my cards right
I’ll find out by the end of the night  
You expect me to just let you hit it
But will you still respect me if you get it
Promiscuous girl  Wherever you are
I’m all alone And it’s you that I want

and the girl sings: Promiscuous boy You already know that I’m all yours What you waiting for?
and he serenades:  Promiscuous girl You’re teasing me, you know what I want And I got what you need
[N:] Roses are red Some diamonds are blue, Chivalry is dead But you’re still kinda cute.

 


2-ET by Katy Perry 
 

You’re so hypnotizing  Could you be the devil?
Could you be an angel?
Your touch magnetizing

Feels like I am floating  
Leaves my body glowing
They say, be afraid  You’re not like the others Futuristic lover
Different DNA  They don’t understand you
You’re from a whole ‘nother world
A different dimension You open my eyes
Lead me into the light

Kiss me, kiss me Infect me with your love and Fill me with your poison
Wanna be a victim Ready for abduction
Boy, you’re an alien Your touch so foreign It’s supernatural Extraterrestrial
You’re so supersonic Wanna feel your powers Stun me with your lasers

Your kiss is cosmic Every move is magic
This is transcendental On another level Boy, you’re my lucky star
I wanna walk on your wave length And be there when you vibrate
For you I’ll risk it all

Break it down: I’m speechless. I feel sick. There is something really creepy going on here. There is nothing human about this song. …fill me with your poison, wanna feel your powers, are you a devil?.. Sounds like a serenade to a fallen angel. Trying to make this song okay will not work. She is messing with something that is dark & evil and sharing it with the world. “Hey kids! Now you can be gay, straight, or intergalactic!” When I sat to watch this on Wii, I got the weirdest feeling in my heart.  Just so wrong, and it looks like she is wearing ram horns.

3-Pump It-

wanna hate on us  (thank you for leaving out the N word, wii)
be envious
And I know why they hating on usJust confess, your girl admits that we da shhhhhhhhhhh When we play you shake your ………
(Shake it shake it) shake it girl
Make sure you don’t break it, girl
But chick backstage when we in town (ha)
She like man on drunk (fool)
She wanna hit n’ run (errr)
Yeah, that’s the speed
That’s what we do
That’s who we be
That’s what we do
That’s who we be
B-L-A-C-K -E -Y-E-D-P to the E, then the A to the S
When we play you shake your (…………silence)

Break it down:  so my kids can fill in the blanks they left here “ When we play, you shake your….”. Sure it could be anything. But really, How many things are left to shake?  And “girl admit that we da shhhhhhh”. Uhhh, anything could start with sh, I wonder what your kids sing to that?  The unedited version of this song uses the N word! Then we have the drinking, the hit and run…..

4-I don’t feel like dancing

Wake up in the morning with a head like ‘What ya done?’
This used to be the life but I don’t need another one
Good luck cuttin’ nothin’, carryin’ on, you wear them gowns
So how come I feel so lonely when you’re up gettin’ down?
But I don’t feel like dancin’ when the old Joanna plays
My heart could take a chance but my two feet can’t find a way
You think that I could muster up a little soft shoe gentle sway
But I don’t feel like dancin’, no sir, no dancin’ today
Rather be home with the one in bed till dawn with you
So I’ll just pretend that I know which way to bend
And I’m gonna tell the whole world that you’re mine
Just please understand when I see you clapped your hands
If you stick around I’m sure that you’ll be fine
Why’d you break it down when I’m not in the mood?
Don’t feel like dancin’, dancin’
Rather be home with no one if I can’t get down with you
Just lay me down As you float away into the shimmer light

Break it down: Somebody pass the Prozac! seriously! Someone down in the dumps – a deep dark hole-put this song and dance together. It totally spooks me out. Something very dark and sinister is in this video and music. “In bed with you till dawn…which way to bend”. Those are just some of the words chanted over and over.  I can’t figure out what is dancing. It’s not a girl, or a man…it’s an iceberg drag queen. I can, however, tell you that this dance threw my shoulder out and tore a ligament. Let’s check out the lyrics. “Rather be in bed till dawn with you, so I’ll pretend that I know which way to bend” ? What in the world…I don’t even want to go there…moving on….. “rather be home with no one if I can’t get down with you” Promiscuity at it best. Our teenagers and our children should not be singing this. despicable! 

5-Katy Perry: Teenage Dream

Let’s go all the way tonight
No regrets, just love
We can dance, until we die
You and I, will be young forever
You make me feel Like I’m livin’ a
Teenage dream The way you turn me on
My heart stops When you look at me
Just one touch Now baby I believe
This is real
got drunk on the beach Got a motel
We can dance, until we die
You and I, will be young forever
I’m a get your heart racing
In my skin-tight jeans
Be your teenage dream tonight
Let you put your hands on me
The way you turn me on

Break it down: Katy at it again, don’t know who this is with- a man, woman, an animal, or extraterrestrial. Background setting is a high school prom dance as she sings: runaway with me, just one touch, lets go all the way, got a motel, let me be your teenage dream tonight, ill let you put your hands on me tonight, no regrets.  I don’t think I can elaborate any more than the words of the song….  I hope your children aren’t putting this in their heart. You have been warned. It will affect them, it will become part of their life. Fair warning. You heard it.


6-Boom!

   It’s in Spanish and  translations vary- but let’s just say it’s promiscuous.

Break it down:  This is a perfect instructional for innapropriate dancing – not the dance you want to do at the family picnic, reunion, or Christmas party- nor the dance you want to see your 10 year old daughter dance to- and heaven forbid! No boys should ever ever dance this.  I couldn’t locate real lyrics, but the dancing is ungodly, that is putting it mildly. A few of the songs on the wii are in a different language,  finding the correct translation has been difficult (especially for the Bollywood rainbow hindu song) Try to figure out the lyrics, I give up. Super weird, but again, if you are looking for an instructional dance video on dancing inappropriately, this would be the one.


7- Lollipop
I said, sucking too hard on your lollipop,
or love’s gonna get you down,I said,
sucking too hard on your lollipop, or love’s gonna get you down.
Sucking too hard on your lollipop, or love’s gonna get you down,
sucking too hard on your lollipop, or love’s gonna get you down.
Say love, say love,
or love’s gonna get you down love’s gonna get you down.
Take a look at the girl next door,
she’s a player and a down right whore,
Jesus slows up, she wants more,
oh bad girls get you down.
Too much candy will rot your soul.

Breaking it down: I did my research on this song. The singer claims it’s an innocent song to his niece about love. That is a load of bull crap right there. Come on! The tune is catchy and awesome, the dance is super fun, but when I hear my girls singing “sucking hard on my lollipop”…something just doesn’t sit right with that. If my son was singing that I’d chase him out of the house. If you think it’s innocent, listen to your kid sing it as they dance- your insides will cringe. Makes calling the girl in the song a whore look like child’s play. Who would notice Whore and Jesus in the same sentence here… as we are trying to figure out why a dude would sing a song about sucking too hard on a lollipop as a way to teach his niece about love. PUHLEASE. How stupid do they think we are? If he is talking to his niece about love why does he say the neighbor is a whore. Hello! Can I get a witness out there? The dance is super fun but the lyrics weird me out. I’m not sure about the candyland background on this one, the “sock puppets” …I have no comment there. Maybe my mind is just in the gutter after reading all these lyrics. I need some holy oil over here.


8- LMFAO- Party Rock anthem

Party rock is in the house tonight Everybody just have a good time And we gonna make you lose your mind Everybody just have a good time
Party rock is in the house tonight Everybody just have a good time And we gonna make you lose your mind We just wanna see ya shake that
In the club party rock, lookin’ for your girl? She on my jock Nonstop when we in the spot, booty movin’ weight like she on the block Where the drank? I gots to know, tight jeans, tattoo ’cause I’m rock ‘n’ roll Half black, half white, domino, game the money, op-a-doe
Yo, I’m runnin’ through these ho’s like Drano I got that devilish flow, rock ‘n’ roll, no halo We party rock, yeah, that’s the crew that I’m reppin’ On the rise to the top, no lead in our zeppelin, hey We just wanna see you shake it now Now you wanna be, you’re naked now

Breaking it down: First off… the name LMFAO should be a warning sign. If you don’t know what it means, don’t look it up. “I’m running through these ho’s like drano” that should be a second warning. Again, I don’t know what gender it is that is dancing..I’m so confused? It’s a man? No..a woman? No.. a nephilim? I couldn’t tell you. Have no idear. We are told to “shake that” with drinks and a devilish flow. Just lose your mind and have a good time. Obvious message it to lose your mind. To be honest, the first thought that popped in my head when I heard these lyrics was the drugs and “date drugs” people drop in drinks in clubs. What else would make someone lose their mind while out dancing? 

9-Jump for my love

Hold me, I’ll give you all that you need Wrap your love around me You’re so excited, I can feel you getting hotter Oh baby, I’ll take you down, I’ll take you down Where no one’s ever gone before And if you want more, if you want more, more, more feel my touch Jump if you want to taste my kisses In the night then, jump, jump for my love Jump, you know these arms can feel you up Your love burns inside
Oh it feels so right  Come to me if you want me tonight, jump  I know my heart can Make you happy
Jump, you know these arms can feel you up  Jump in, you want to taste my kisses

Sure, this could be innocent. I’m sure she is talking about Hershey kisses in the night…..and she probably has a fever or some kind of infection. It’s just not a song I want my children singing.  We are all so programmed to these songs that we don’t recognize the impact they have on us.
 


10- Gwen Stephani- What are you waiting for?
( You stupid!!!- chanted in this song 4x to listener)

Born to perish, life is shortake a chance you stupid
Take a chance you stupid Take a chance you stupid
Take a chance you stupid
You’re still a super hot female
You got your million-dollar contract
I can’t wait to go back into Japan
Get me lots of brand new fans
Damn you’ve got some wicked style

Stop and image your child dancing to those lyrics. I’m sure Gwen was singing to herself, but I’m not quite sure ,hmmm. She couldn’t have gotten this far with that stinking thinking. I think she is calling everyone else stupid (hoes)- wording in the original version. Money, fame, materials, the normal american dream. Radio version says take a chance you stupid hoe. Nice, real nice.

Sidenote on a few more:
Baby one more time– another lovely song to dance to about hitting it one more time because their loneliness is killing them sung by cheerleaders.
Mamasita– spanish song with two dancers, one a women and the other being is beyond questionable. At one point I thought maybe it was michael Jackson? Skirt is so short, I’m pretty sure I saw some digital underwear.
Chemical Brothers Hey boy, Hey girl. If you are looking for an acid trip minus the acid, here’s your portal. Some twisting circular mayan looking background with what looks like a marijuana leaf as it’s center. Dancing indian chief is totally cracked out. Seems very occultic and if you turn the music down and just watch the dancing,  it looks like he is possessed. Reminds me of a 6th grade teacher I had who would beat our desks with a ruler. Demonic acid trip dancing. Totally weird.
Pata Pata– African? Cool dance, but we have no idea what words the tribal indian ladies are dancing to.
Giddy on up– super cool dance, but having my children sing along about her loser boyfriend who dumped her for another chick who wears bath and body works… not what I want to hear. Plus she is dressed like a call girl from the old westerns. Another depressing love gone bad story.
Beautiful liar: open up with two girls gyrating –not a family time move….another song about a love story gone wrong. Blah blah blah
Anja – “Dance All Nite”: a  few lyrics, you decide:  I drink Cristal champagne it’s only the best I sit in V.I.P, I’m above the rest, Give me more… Give me more… Give me more… I’m just a sexy girl With men around the world, Champagne and caviar Hotels and fancy cars
Bollywood Rainbow – “Kurio ko uddah le jana” It’s a Hindu dance song.. NO TRANSLATION FOUND! Can you believe this? Why can’t they make a Christian dance song?

Guard your heart above all else,
    for it determines the course of your life.
 Avoid all perverse talk;
    stay away from corrupt speech.
 Look straight ahead,
    and fix your eyes on what lies before you.
Mark out a straight path for your feet;
    stay on the safe path.
Don’t get sidetracked;
    keep your feet from following evil.Proverbs 4:23

Why so downcast O my Soul? Put your hope in God. David’s Rx for the downcast soul.

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Consider David’s prayer, have you ever felt like this?
(taken from Psalms 42,43,142,143)

My spirit is overwhelmed within me,
My heart within me is distressed.
My spirit fails!
O my God, my soul is cast down within me;

 For the enemy has persecuted my soul;
He has crushed my life to the ground;
He has made me dwell in darkness,
Deep calls unto deep at the noise of Your waterfalls;
All Your waves and billows have gone over me..
 I will say to God my Rock,
“Why have You forgotten me?
Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?”As with a breaking of my bones,
My enemies reproach me,
While they say to me all day long,
“Where is your God?”
Why do You cast me off?
 Do not hide Your face from me
 I pour out my complaint before Him;
I declare before Him my trouble.
 When my spirit was overwhelmed within me,
Then You knew my path.
In the way in which I walk
They have secretly set a snare for me.
 Look on my right hand and see
Attend to my cry,
For I am brought very low;
Deliver me from my persecutors,
For they are stronger than I.
 Bring my soul out of prison,
That I may praise Your name;

(This also sounds like a prophecy of Jesus- “And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground”- and that was after an angel has appeared from heaven to strengthened Him- Luke 22)

As King Solomon said :
 To everything there is a season:

A time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn, And a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to gain, and a time to lose;
A time to keep, and a time to throw away

Finding Comfort in your storm:
D
avid’s RX   (from Psalm 42-43,142-143)

  1. Remember the Lord: He is your strength. He is your help. He is faithful and righteous
  2. Meditate on all His works and His words
  3. Muse on all the Works of His hands
  4. Praise Him, enter His gates with thanksgiving.
  5. Cry out to Him
  6. Declare His Good works
  7. Pour out your heart to Him
  8. Lift up your hands
  9. Take Shelter in Him

       we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places Ephesians 6:12

We walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh  
                   The bible tells us that our battles are spiritual. Sometimes we think it’s a certain person trying to bother us or a situation that seems beyond hope. Nothing in your life is beyond hope. You are special in the eyes of the Lord. You matter greatly to Him. You have been placed here by the almighty God and He delights in you. Anything that goes against these thoughts is not from the Lord God, your Father.  In the spiritual world, if you could see it, you would see a demonic force trying to blow your light out.(Matthew 13- Parable of the Seeds explains this in more detail) It’s true. The Lord showed me how the devil puts wrong thoughts and words in our minds. They fly in exactly like an arrow- right into your mind, your thoughts. We either reject the incoming abominations or let it sit and roll it around in our mind until it eventually falls into our heart and flows out into our life.(Proverbs 4:23)

    Wrong thoughts? You don’t have to stew over wrong thoughts and wonder why you thought certain things. It’s most likely an enemy invasion. Bring all your thoughts captive to Christ. I imagine a great big treasure chest and I tell Jesus –I can’t handle all this. I mentally put all my thoughts and problems in the box, lock it and bring it captive to Jesus. I trust He takes care of everything for me and I find peace with that.

   “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.  For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled “ 2 cor 10:5

For the enemy has persecuted my soul;
He has crushed my life to the ground;
He has made me dwell in darkness,
Like those who have long been dead.
Therefore my spirit is overwhelmed within me;
My heart within me is distressed

King David had down days too. Wow, a man after God’s own heart had his own dark spiritual battles. We are not alone, reach out to the Lord and ask others to pray for you.

 David’s Prayer:

David tells the Lord;
1-How he feels, he pours out his heart and his complaint before him
2-How he remembers and recalls that God is able to save him
3-David tells the Lord that he hopes in Him and that the Lord is his help
4- David praises Him -He is altogether praiseworthy. Proclaims His praises even in the midst of His storm
5- Enter His gates with thanksgiving: He is trustworthy and all loving. David thanks the Lord for His great Works, answering him and helping him in the past. He remembers how God has helped him before.
6- David pleads:  Please hear me, O Lord. Do not turn away. Hear my prayer, O Lord, Give ear to my supplications! “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you,  and lead me along the path of everlasting life-Psalm 139
7- He remembers as he speaks and Prays God’s Promises in prayer: “The righteous shall surround me, For You shall deal bountifully with me”
8- David asks the Lord : Teach me to do your will

Why are you cast down, O my soul?
And why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him
For the help of His countenance.
 I remember the days of old;
I meditate on all Your works;
I muse on the work of Your hands.
 I spread out my hands to You;
My soul longs for You like a thirsty land. Selah
 Answer me speedily, O Lord;
My spirit fails!
Do not hide Your face from me,
Lest I be like those who go down into the pit.
Cause me to hear Your loving-kindness in the morning,
For in You do I trust;
Cause me to know the way in which I should walk,
For I lift up my soul to You.
 Deliver me, O Lord, from my enemies;
In You I take shelter.
 Teach me to do Your will,
For You are my God;
Your Spirit is good.
Lead me in the land of uprightness.
 Revive me, O Lord, for Your name’s sake!
For Your righteousness’ sake bring my soul out of trouble.
In Your mercy cut off my enemies,
And destroy all those who afflict my soul;
For I am Your servant(psalm 143)
I cry out to the Lord with my voice;
With my voice to the Lord I make my supplication.
 I pour out my complaint before Him;
I declare before Him my trouble.
 When my spirit was overwhelmed within me,
Then You knew my path.
In the way in which I walk
They have secretly set a snare for me.
 Look on my right hand and see,
For there is no one who acknowledges me;
Refuge has failed me;
No one cares for my soul.
 I cried out to You, O Lord:
I said, “You are my refuge,
My portion in the land of the living.
 Attend to my cry, for I am brought very low;
Deliver me from my persecutors, for they are stronger than I.
 Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise Your name;
The righteous shall surround me,
For You shall deal bountifully with me (Ps 142)
In Your faithfulness answer me,
And in Your righteousness.
 Do not enter into judgment with Your servant,
For in Your sight no one living is righteous

(But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness)1 John 1:9

Cry out to God; yes, I shout.
    Oh, that God would listen to me!
 When I was in deep trouble, I searched for the Lord.
All night long I prayed, with hands lifted toward heaven,
    but my soul was not comforted.
 I think of God, and I moan, overwhelmed with longing for his help Ps 77
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Hear the Word of the Lord:

 Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.Proverbs 12:25

Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.  For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.  So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothingJames 1:2-8

When I went through a trying time in my life, I held on to this verse in Romans: We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love. Romans 5:3-4

Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you. The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; He rescues those whose spirits are crushed Ps 34:17-18 Duet 31:8

But you, O Lord, are a shield around me; you are my glory, the one who holds my head high I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire.He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the Lord. Psalm 3:3 Ps 40:1-3

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 2 Cor 1:4

Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad?I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again— my Savior and my God Ps 42:5

Fear not; you will no longer live in shame. Don’t be afraid; there is no more disgrace for you Is 50;4

No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn.This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,And their righteousness is from Me,”Says the Lord.Is 54:17

“I, even I, am He who comforts you.Who are you that you should be afraid of a man who will die, And of the son of a man who will be made like grass? Is 51:12 (This is a special verse to me. When I cried out in distress to the Lord- out of the heavens I could see this verse coming down to me – closer and closer until I was able to read it. Amen! God is good and He hears us.)

Cast all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.” 1 Peter 5:6 Duet 31:8

This is my comfort in my affliction, For Your word has given me life Psalm 119:50

 And in that day you will say: “O LORD, I will praise You; Though You were angry with me, Your anger is turned away, and You comfort me. Sing, O heavens! Be joyful, O earth! And break out in singing, O mountains! For the LORD has comforted His people, And will have mercy on His afflicted  Isaiah 49:13 Isaiah 12:1

 Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.  For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, Romans 15:5  Romans 15:4 Matthew 5:4 

There is no one like the God of Jeshurun (Israel), Who rides the heavens to help you, And in His excellency on the clouds.  The eternal God is your refuge, And underneath are the everlasting arms; He will thrust out the enemy from before you, And will say, ‘Destroy!’ Deut. 33:26-27

The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord. Ps 27:14 Ps 9:9

Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy.The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.  The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all Ps 34:17-19

Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds. Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength: Is 26:3-4 Psalm 147:3 Ps 55:22

 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.Isaiah 40:31,

 Everything is possible for him who believes.Mark 9:23

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

Dear Friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you.Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.The Lord knows how to rescue godly men from trials. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. James 4:10, 1 Peter 4:12, 5:7, 2 Peter 2:9

Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. No one whose hope is in you will ever be put to shame. You are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. May your unfailing love rest upon us, O LORD, even as we put our hope in you. Ps 25:3-5, Ps 33:22 James 4:8

Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. May the grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.  

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.Therefore comfort one another with these words.Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak .Comfort each other and edify one another.1 Thessalonians 5:14. 1 Thessalonians 4:18 1 Thessalonians 5:11, Romans 15-16   John 14:27

David’s RX:  RMM-PC. with DPLT
Remember the Lord: He is your strength. He is your help. He is faithful and righteous
Meditate on all His works and His words
Muse on all the Works of His hands
Praise Him, enter His gates with thanksgiving.
Cry out to Him
Declare His Good works
Pour out your heart to Him
Lift up your hands
Take Shelter in Him

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and I heard ……..The Heavenly Host Praising God. Luke 2

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All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished, but Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often
Luke 2;18-19

but Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often”

        I always wondered about this verse when I was young and now that I am older,  I also have things I have kept in my heart and think of often. There is one particular thing I’d like to share that I have kept treasured in my heart for years. It’s something I go back to often and I think of each Christmas. It’s something that I remembered continually as I studied the scriptures to make sure my Savior was real. When I sought out to truly seek and find the Lord, when I wanted to make sure my beliefs that I was taught as a child were true, I always remembered this night. There are many other things I fall back on in remembrance, many wonderful miracles that I keep treasured in my heart and remember often.

But then I recall all you have done, O LORD; I remember your wonderful deeds of long ago. Remember the wonders he has performed, his miracles, and the rulings he has given. He causes us to remember his wonderful works. How gracious and merciful is our LORD!
Psalm 77:11 Psalm 105:5 Psalm 111:4

         I was about 16 or 17 years old, and it was Christmas Eve night or early Christmas Day. I awoke to what I thought was a loud party in the middle of the night. I heard loud Christmas songs being sung so loud that I was surprised my entire neighborhood wasn’t awake. My first thought was “My neighbors are so rude! Having a party at this hour, waking up people!” (My room was a converted garage so I was across the house from everyone in family) I looked out my front window to see which neighbor was partying. It was dark, no lights on anywhere. I stood frozen and confused. Where was this singing coming from? I could hear voices singing, I could hear a multitude of voices singing praises and it was a Christmas song I knew. I looked out my side windows to make sure it wasn’t my other neighbor, but their house was silent and dark. The music, the singing voices sounded like they were right in front of me. I checked again everywhere, to find out where this party was, but my entire neighborhood was still, silent, and not a light on anywhere.
         It was at that moment, I froze in terrifying fear. I realized the voices were coming from each window around my house. It was so loud! And so beautiful! It filled my room and seemed loud enough for all to hear! I heard what seemed to sound like men’s voices singing praises to Jesus- the newborn King. It was a Christmas song I knew and was familiar with, but I can’t remember which one it was. I remembered my prayers that I had said that night and each night since early childhood; “Lord, protect and surround my house with angels as we sleep, guard every door and window with your angels” (living in Miami, that was my nightly prayer)

    There I stood, frozen- unable to move. I suddenly realized what I was hearing.  I knew I was listening to a multitude of mighty angels singing praises to the newborn King, to Jesus, the Savior of the World. It was amazing. Still frozen, standing up by my window, I considered what I heard. It was the most beautiful sound, like men’s voices praising God. I’ve never ever heard anything that matched the beauty of the voices and singing I heard that night. I could hear this from each window and I perceived that the sound was coming from just about the roof level. It sounded like men’s voices who were taller than the roof of my room.
   When I was finally able to move, I ran to my brother’s room. I unlocked his door and despite his complaining, dragged my little brother(well, he was 14) in to hear what I heard! However, once I dragged him in, I didn’t hear it anymore – and I fought with him to sleep on his floor because I was afraid to go back in my room alone. So, maybe it ended up a little unholy- fighting with bro -but this night has been a treasure in my heart that I will never ever forget.

I know Jesus is real- without a doubt in my heart, He is the
Savior of the World.

Sometimes we can forget what this special day is all about, but the story never gets old, it is brand new each day. Lift you hands and sing praises to our King. What a glorious day it will be to hear them again. What a precious moment it will be when all the earth will bow down before Him and proclaim

Jesus is King of Kings and Lord of Lords
Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

        Just imaging the praises that go on night and day to the Lord, makes me want to join in together with the heavenly Hosts and sing with all my heart, how wonderful and praise worthy He is. Amen and Amen. Glory to God in the Highest!

Today, stop and remember all the wonderful blessing and miracles the Lord has done for us. It’s a good thing to remember, write down the Lord’s good words, Praise Him and tell others of all His glorious works.

Then they remembered that God was their rock, that God Most High was their redeemer. They did not remember his power and how he rescued them from their enemies.
Psalm 78:42 Psalm 78:35

And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid.  Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.  For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.  And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:

 “Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

          May the Lord bless you and keep you. Remember- that even though the world around us may fall to wickedness and evil, the Lord’s message to us is clear “Do not fret, do not worry- they will soon disappear ” Don’t let the falling away bring hopelessness or worry you, but instead let us join together and Praise Him, telling others about our Savior and gathering in those who are lost. Lord, may your wonders be proclaimed throughout the earth.  Bring your peace and comfort on those who are mourning, surround them with your love. May your people rise up in Honor of your glorious name- Lord watch over us and God bless Israel.