Near to All

“The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth.” Psalm 145:18
This chapter of Psalms spoke volumes today. When the physical seems the most real to us, it is time to change the focus. David wrote this chapter after going through challenging times. David calls us out to praise the Lord. He illuminates the benefits of having a relationship with God. If nothing else, David was very candid with God. And David is candid with us. He shares the greatness and the goodness of God. God is merciful and compassionate. He is good to everyone. He is gracious and always keeps His promises. 
“The Lord helps the fallen and lifts those bent beneath their loads.” Psalm 145:14 (NKJV)
Do you have a load you cannot bear today? Call out to the Lord. Have you fallen and can’t seem to get up? Call out to the Lord. David said he would praise the Lord. Let us do that. Praise God today for His goodness and mercy. Praise God for your breath today. Do you have food, shelter, family and friends? Praise God. 
If you need any of this, praise Him anyway.  Verse 14 above says he lifts those who have fallen beneath their loads. The encouragement today is to trust God no matter what it looks like. God is faithful.
Be blessed

Balancing Act

This week has been a balancing act.  Completing homework assignments; working part time in retail; making sure that I pick up my younger daughter from school and take her to school; certainly make sure I have babysitting arrangements for the time I have her when I’m at work; accepting a new writing assignment; taking my 18 year-old to work; or, picking up her friend to babysit; getting my 14 year-old to the gym; and, get to sleep in between is a balancing act.  Oh, I forgot about dinner, laundry, cleaning…The challenge is interesting, can be taxing, but certainly leaves no room for boredom.  My point is that I still want to show gratitude for this life God has blessed me with.  God’s blessing of mercy and grace is surely a reason to be grateful.  Even when I cannot come up with the answers to the balancing act, God’s mercy seems to emerge larger than life and I find myself thanking Him because He saw my need and worked out the situation.  I know that He is opening up doors that no one can close and closing doors no one can re-open.  And, I thank God that He is the only one that can do that.  God’s true justice and mercy is the source of this life for me.  My challenges, trials, successes, and, what might even look like failures are all to His glory.  This post is to glorify my Father in Heaven, proclaim Jesus as Lord and be eternally grateful for who He is and what He has done for me.  I thank God for this day.  “This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24 NKJV)

Sandra Vercellono