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Friday, 29 October 2021

The Eternal God is our Refuge

(Note: An unusual history  on this post.

The main body of this post was written a good number of weeks ago. I'd totally forgotten the Lord had given it me, came on with idea after quiet time for post. 

Lo! clicked on this post, to find it already done! "Coincidences are God's way of remaining anonymous", is a saying of a dear sister. So here it is, warts and all, the post God gave me twice. I did edit it then and after publishing if received emsils. This I frequently do.)

God sees what we cannot.

We are temporal beings, living in the here and now. 

God is eternal, He is not limited by time or space as we are.

He sees workings, happenings, occcurences about which we have no idea.

"The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good." Prov 15:3

God alone knows what today will bring.

Others before us - Abraham, Moses, Daniel, so VERY many have interceded, wrestled in prayer by faith to the Living God.

They wrought by their prayers great mercy of God's blessings upon those requests. God, our Heavenly Father loves us deeply and delights in our prayers.

Think of how many times the LORD punished the children of Israel in the wilderness, even to the point of threatening to wipe them off the earth and make a new nation of Moses descendants??

Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot against them, and that I may consume them: and I will make of thee a great nation. 


 Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, thy servants, to whom thou swarest by thine own self, and saidst unto them, I will multiply your seed as the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have spoken of will I give unto your seed, and they shall inherit it for ever.

And the LORD repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people.

(Vs 10, 12, 13. See all in Ex 32:9-14)

Yet dear faithful Moses, the meekest, most humble man who ever lived (Numb. 12:3), trusted in God's mercy and pleaded yet the more for God to bless and keep Israel from destruction! 

And God repented of the evil He thought to bring upon His beloved people.

Can’t we see the similarities to today? How we likewise need to intercede for our nations?

Yes, OUR nations are in the very throes of judgement by our God. He has allowed Satan a stranglehold of confusion - see Job chp 1. Job suffered from Satan’s overreach into his life, his family through God’s permissive will, and so do we.

Overreaching controls upon every area of our life, a Gov decree deciding if we may keep our job, feed our families or attend God’s house! When God created Adam and Eve, He gave them (and us) a free will. At certain times in history the free will is undermined, restrained, seemingly common sense is not as common as it was once. 

 Then it is very, very good to remember that Satan’s power is limited, and His power is the more limited especially as we pray.

How much more do we need to follow Moses’ example, especially today, pleading for our nations, for our beloved towns and cities, for our dear workers who'll lose their jobs over current Covid mandates. Some fellow believers have said to let this prayer burden alone. This is God’s battle, not yours. 

Let God have His way. 

However, I see a different path, as illustrated so often in scripture. Not taking this battle out of God’s hands to fight it alone, but lifting it before Him in prayer, pleading for mercy, “against hope believing in hope” as Abraham, et al before me .

This life we live as believers IS a battle, that is the point. I wonder if they said the same to Moses? For “HE BESOUGHT the LORD” his God!

Or of Daniel, David, or Esther, the Queen who interceded for her people that that they might not be slain.

Esther the Queen went against the express command of the King Ahasuerus’, entered into his presence without his royal decree or permission, and faced certain or possible death. 

Yet said her uncle Mordecai, perhaps you’ve come for such a time as this?

For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father's house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?  Esther 4:14 

This life we live, dear brethren, IS a battle - we must never, ever forget that! 

It is no accident or coincidence that WE are alive here, where we are, in 2021!

It’s not a walk in the park, we WILL suffer persecution, “for servant is not greater than his master”, as Jesus Himself said. (See Here John 15:20)

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. Ephesians 6:12, 13

Our Saviour, our Ensample, was the greatest of prayer warriors, He spent nights in lonely vigil with His Heavenly Father. If the perfect Son of God needed it, how much more do we?

I am compelled by God’s Holy Spirit to pray, constrained to be informed of folks needing prayer, of current events, and so intercede more wisely… “the love of Christ constraineth us” 2 Cor 5:14a

It looks grim, dark, foreboding WITHOUT the eye of faith.

But FAITH does NOT need to see.

"Now faith is the substance of things HOPED for,

 the evidence of THINGS NOT SEEN." Heb 11:1 

FAITH BELIEVES, even though it sees not. 

Jesus said to his frightened disciples, who did not see with that eye of faith:

"Be of good cheer, it is I, be not afraid!" Matt 14:27

PRAY pleading earnestly yet again for God's great mercy, not because it’s  deserved because it’s its never deserved ...

.. but because of His great grace.

Who is a God like unto Thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of His heritage?

 He retaineth not his anger for ever, because He delighteth in mercy. Micah 7:18

(Micah 7 is a beautiful chapter, that would be lovely to do a study on that, too)

He not only delights in our prayers..
… but tis precisely because He delights in MERCY 
that He delights in our prayers!!!

isn’t that soooo precious???

So do not quit praying, do not think it’s arguing with God to plead for mercy from our loving Abba, Father. If it’s according to His will, we pray aright. 
He delights to bless us, and grant His mercy
As He did back then to Moses and the idolatrous nation of Israel. 

It is exactly the same today. 
(Hymn link Here if not showing

The fight is on, 
the trumpet sound is ringing out,
The cry “To arms!” 
is heard afar and near;
The Lord of hosts 
is marching on to victory,

The triumph of the Christ will soon appear.

CHORUS:

The fight is on, O Christian soldier,
And face to face in stern array,
With armor gleaming, 
and colors streaming,

The RIGHT and WRONG ENGAGE today!
The fight is on, but be NOT weary;
Be strong, and in His might hold fast;
If God be for us, His banner o’er us,
We’ll sing the victor’s song at last!


The fight is on, arouse, 
ye soldiers brave and true!
Jehovah leads, 
and victory will assure;
Go buckle on the armor 
God has given you,
And in His strength 
unto the end endure.

The Lord is leading 
on to certain victory;
The bow of promise 
spans the eastern sky;
His glorious Name 
in every land shall honored be;
The morn will break, 
the dawn of peace is nigh.

I'm praying and trusting in the God of miracles, as so many have before.

Bless, LORD God of glory, bless ALL our sinful, idolatrous nations, save souls today, now, for ETERNITY’s sake, please, with Thy holy mercy abounding, for Thy Eternal glory. In Jesus name, Amen. 

Thanks to all who pop across to read this blog and Thank YOU, especially if you’re able to leave some love and encouragement.
Prayer hugs,🙏🤗
Shaz in Oz.x 

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Monday, 11 October 2021

Is there Power in Prayer?

How and what to pray? 

Is there power in persisting, prevailing prayer?

Yes, if PRAYING IN FAITH, BELIEVING.

Praying to our Heavenly Father, in the beautiful name of our Saviour, the LORD Jesus Christ.

For He dearly loves His children, our FATHER DELIGHTS IN OUR PRAYERS.

And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.

For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?


If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him? 

Luke 11:9-13

PRAY IN FAITH, BELIEVING, praying to our FATHER.

Yes, our FATHER DELIGHTS IN OUR PRAYERS.           

NEVER forget the GOD FACTOR in our every day!

The LORD alone can bring good out of evil.

If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: 

how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?

Note it says to ask for the Spirit of God.

WHY? This is the question that filled my heart as read this passage in the chapters for today (in Luke, reading my Bible through for 2021). 😊

Why ask for the Holy Spirit? 

Then light 💡 came, I realised it’s needful indeed.

As believers, followers of the LORD Jesus Christ, we already have the indwelling of the Spirit of the Living God, but how often He is quenched, by sin filled walk and hearts.

So I’m to be wise steward of time given.

Redeeming the time for the days are evil. Watching, alert, vigilant.

Pray regularly and earnestly that He, the Holy Spirit of the Living God, may GUIDE, DIRECT US ARIGHT.

IN PRAYER, am I too busy rattling off what I want, or think?

… or am I waiting quietly, seeking Him, the still small voice?

And asking for His help, His light on a matter? 

Watching unto prayer! 

Deep, meaningful prayer as well as the regular, quick, short, urgent requests. 

There are various aspects of prayer - ALL ARE NEEDED.

A short post, but am burdened dear ones, as we live in sin filled world.

So many lies, rumours, innuendoes and deceits, time stealers.

The father of lies, our adversary the devil is as roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. 

Let him not devour the good gifts our God has given us, time, our strength, our wisdom. 

Am I as much in the Word of God, and prayer, as in watching a screen of some sort?

We must anchor our hearts in the word of God, praying without ceasing.

It takes effort. 

But remember..  no, never ever alone.

Be mindful of the God factor! He will never leave us nor forsake us.


(Hymn here if not showing, new to me but how I loved it)

 Be alert, vigilant, aware, informed, but covering it all in prayer, with the earnest of the Spirit of God… 

Pray for Holy Spirit guidance and light today, every day. 

There are three persons in the trinity. All are equal, one God.  

Looking unto Jesus, walking By FAITH not by SIGHT.

Thanks to all who pop across to read this blog and Thank YOU, too if you’re able to leave some love and encouragement.

Prayer hugs,🙏🤗
Shaz in Oz. X



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Friday, 17 September 2021

“Sufficient Unto the Day Is the Evil Thereof.”

 Why borrow tomorrow’s trouble today?

That I think is the simplest explanation of Jesus saying to His disciples, “Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof”. Indeed why borrow tomorrow’s worries, today’s are quite enough to cope with!


Grace sufficient is ONLY given for today. 

Not tomorrow - which may or may not happen, or more likely, will not be at all as we imagine. Yet Jesus wasn’t saying don’t prepare and be aware.

The wise man who built his house on the rock was aware and prepared well. So when Jesus said take no thought for the morrow, for the morrow shall take thought for itself.. He was simply saying:

TRUST Me, don’t worry about tomorrow’s burden, be aware it may happen. 

Yes, be prepared, but do NOT worry, TODAY is the focus.

I thought of a well-known Christian Corrie ten Boom, who suffered much in WW2.

Many at the time supported Jews against the Nazi Race Apartheid - Corrie was Dutch, she and her family hid those of the Jewish race. In Nazi eyes, Jews were an inferior race of people. They were to be shunned, were blamed for disease (link here - typhus), made to wear “identifying armbands” (link, star of David) and said to be “the scapegoat for economic and social problems” (see here). I can’t help wondering what Corrie would think of today? 

Perhaps this above might be her thoughts for today? “Worry does not empty tomorrow of sorrow, it empties today of strength.”

Note: Apartheid - the definition or etymology is not in relation to race, although it was originally used that way.

Simply it means in Dutch and Afrikaans, “separateness” and “held apart” see link. Are there a lesser class of people proposed thus in your country perhaps today?

Here in Aust. in current events, it seems another form of apartheid, division, separation is appearing. No longer is there really democratic governance, for how many current rules are discussed or voted upon in parliament? None here that I’m aware, regarding ever-changing restrictions and instructions, which constantly polarise and alarm. No democratic decisions on this. It is rule by bureaucrats, seemingly directing elected leaders. Yes, I know the powers enacted, however I’ve read that the Aust. constitution says such extra-ordinary powers are to be for weeks in duration, not years.

A leader is only as wise as advice given. Perhaps that’s part of the problem. Eg our current NSW medical Advisor, K. Chant, a double medical degree, completed in 1987, + two Master degrees, been in bureaucratic role in NSW health, 1991 - thirty years, acc to Wikipedia. Only actual experience in medical practice seems to be in time of training over forty years ago. Been in research, health dept., since then, now telling Drs what or what not to do. 

However decisions are not all on one person, but many. So as a simple servant of the living God, I don’t really know, God ALONE truly knows, and is able by faith to SOLVE IT. 

It will be worth it all when we see Jesus,
Life's trials will seem so small when we see Christ;
One glimpse of His dear face all sorrow will erase,
So bravely run the race till we see Christ.

So what do we do today as believers? (Link hymn here)


Prayer is the key, prayer WILL prevail.

Praying without ceasing, for all men everywhere to repent, and also for wise and Godly governance in all matters in our lands. 

It’s curious that the rich countries are perhaps missing the solution to this current dilemma that some poorer countries are finding. Time alone will tell on this, and so will history speak, as with Corrie and her friends!

I believe, “God has chosen the weak things of the world to confound the mighty, the foolish things of the world to confound the wise,...” 1 Cor. 1:27, etc verses here.

“Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools”. Rom.1:22 (Verses here)

God chose the foolish, weak, base things of the world…

That NO flesh should glory in His presence.

 In writing this post I pray it encourages us to NOT be FEARFUL. 

For God hath NOT given us the spirit of fear; 

but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind”. 2 Tim. 1:7

May we all be aware, and PRAY. 

There is obviously an amazing spiritual battle going on today, we truly are in end times, the Lord’s coming is drawing ever so near with each passing moment. “Maranatha, Lo, He cometh”. 1 Cor. 16:22

Of course, much in this battle is against God’s rules, full of the work of the father of lies, Satan, the Deceiver of mankind, the ruler of this world, Jesus said. 

We are to be salt and light as believers, Christ-followers. 

“Be ye kind one to another, ”… Eph.4:32

We are called to do as Jesus said, to love thy neighbour as thyself.

 If we own a business, by proposed laws, here in NSW Aust., they will soon require you to bar certain people. Business owners are fighting to earn a living in troubled times, yet they’re forced to be the state’s policemen on this matter, and if they fail to obey? 

Massive fines and loss of business, so it’s a lose-lose situation! 😥 Cruel+ And it will be detected, as tracking is everywhere. What caring business owner wants to turn away their customers? How I pray for them.😔😥❤️🙏

Let us step into each day with the eye of Faith, trusting totally, completely utterly in the El Shaddai, God Almighty.

Love the Lord thy God with ALL thy heart ❤️.. 

Love thy neighbour as thyself.

Loving my neighbour as myself, means I love unconditionally. 

No blocks, bars to that love. 

We do not blame another as being the cause of anything, as Hitler did. 

This is the Pandemic of Fear. Yet Jesus said WHO are we to fear? 

Fear the LORD, Who “is able to destroy both soul and body”. Matt 10:28

REMEMBER, nothing happens to children of God without His permission (Job 1 link here).

 However bad things may happen as Corrie ten Boom found out in WW2, and we may also discover. (See her story here, it’s very uplifting)

God’s Grace is sufficient for the Day,

God’s Strength is given for the Way.

I pray this has encouraged your heart as it has mine!

This post came unexpectedly as result of communion with my Father over recent events. It greatly encouraged me to think of these thoughts - to NOT to borrow tomorrow’s trouble, for sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.. and also to be prepared, to cover and wholly bathe those possibilities in prayer, but not stress.

Praying without ceasing. 1 Thess 5:17

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Prayer hugs,🙏🤗
Shaz in Oz. X
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Tuesday, 7 September 2021

Measure of Grace with Faith

A portion of scripture from Daily Light really spoke to me.. truly we are in everything enriched… by Him! 
God’s grace is SO VERY NEEDFUL, especially TODAY.🙏😢🙏❤️

In everything ye are enriched by him. 1 Cor. 1:5

When we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. Rom. 5:6

He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Rom. 8:32

In him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power. Col. 2:9, 10

Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: he that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. John 15:4, 5

 Unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Eph. 4:7  

 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. John 15:7  

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom. Col. 3:16  

 I think most of us forget or do not live realising the reality of this verse: "Unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Eph. 4:7

"Every one .. given grace according to the measure.."  

Grace is measured out, not in ounces or pounds, grams or kilos, but according to our faith!

Grace and faith are interlocked, and are measured. This is mentioned in more than one place.. 

Romans 12:3, 5, 6a 

"For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.  

So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.  

Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us,..."   

So faith grace are measured out, sufficient for us..  It is there to be appropriated, or taken and used as Paul did in 2 Cor 12.

Here Paul exclaimed with real conviction as one who had tested this: 

 "My grace is sufficient for thee, My strength is made perfect in weakness.."  

"When I am weak then I am strong.."   

GOD's grace is sufficient  ALL SUFFICIENT, for our need as we appropriate it, take it, use it … believing in faith, as we did with the gift of salvation.  Our faith maybe weak.. but as  Paul said THEN we are strong.  

Hymn here if not showing. 

REJOICE, dear ones. 😃 How blessed!  

Rich in measure.   May we have cause to remember this richness in Christ Jesus our Saviour and LORD. 

No matter what is taken from us in this life, the riches we have through faith in our LORD Jesus Christ are ours for all eternity… 

Lord knows, He cares, He sees our every cry heartache and pain amd feels with us in it.. 

No-one cares for me like Jesus!

Hardship of this life is but a moment! We are not exactly stoned for our faith, however it does hurt the body when one parts hurt .. 🙏😢🙏

By God’s grace, we look to the ETERNAL, unseen, believing with eyes of FAITH

Perhaps separated, not allowed to attend God’s house together in the physical at the moment - we are always as ONE in Christ in the spiritual realm! 

Dear ones, we ARE so incredibly blessed. It will be worth it all when we see Jesus.

May God help us to walk in true His light today, no matter how the storm clouds may gather around us.

He will carry us through. How this cheers my heart! 😍❤️🙏

And another cheering thought… perhaps He may come today?! 

 For as Jesus Himself said, only the Father knows the hour of His coming, not even His Son on earth knew it! “Be ye also ready, for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of Man cometh.” (Matt. 24:32-46)

Beautiful, very beautiful word of God, let us fix our heart upon it.

 TODAY appropriating our loving Father’s grace in full measure by faith.   

Thanks to all who pop across to read this blog and Thank YOU, too if you’re able to leave some love and encouragement.
Prayer hugs,🙏🤗
Shaz in Oz. X

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Tuesday, 17 August 2021

This Too Shall Pass

Dear ones, does it feel all dark, so overwhelming at times? 

When you go to pray, does it feel empty, you know not  where to start?

We live in such a sad, broken world. 

Saints before us have trod this path, as Jesus Himself said: "These things have I spoken unto you, that in Me ye might have PEACE. 

In the world ye shall have tribulation, but BUT be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." John 16:33

Below is a prayer by a German in World War 2, fighting for the right, in prison for Christ, weak, feeble.. in the Bonhoeffer movie this was a prayer he prayed with a young man weeping inconsolably in the cell next door. Bonhoeffer cried out to him, the guard remonstrated at first, then allowed him to speak. Dietrich put his outstretched arms raised on the wall, he told the young man to do likewise,  and prayed this prayer he'd written with him. 

"In me there is darkness,
But with You there is light;
I am lonely, but You do not leave me;
I am feeble in heart, but with You there is help;
I am restless, but with You there is peace.
In me there is bitterness, but with You there is patience;
I do not understand Your ways,
But You know the way for me.”

“Lord Jesus Christ,
You were poor
And in distress, a captive and forsaken as I am.
You know all man’s troubles;
You abide with me
When all men fail me;
You remember and seek me;
It is Your will that I should know You
And turn to You.
Lord, I hear Your call and follow;
Help me.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters and Papers from Prison.

The youth was quiet after praying that prayer, line by line repeating Pastor Bonhoeffer’s words, at peace at his death. Impressed, the guard asked that a copy might be given to help the other prisoners. 

Bonhoeffer died one month before war's end, like other good Germans who tried to bring down Hitler. (For brief moving biography, see this link here).

This too shall pass, or more truly as the bible says, it "..is but for a moment”. 

The persecution in first century believers by Caligula, Nero, then onto Tyndale, Wycliffe for bible translation: the dark depths of Dark ages, with many plagues, the fire of London, which purged the mice causing the plague! All is God at work.

God alone brings good from bad.

 What seemingly is trial upon trial, all of it has a higher Heavenly purpose!

We serve a suffering Saviour, as He suffered, so do we. The servant is not greater than his Master.

Moving on into 20th century, the war to end all wars, World War 1. Followed swiftly by the Spanish flu which killed 50+ million worldwide. Many more than current Covid-19 deaths of 4 million worldwide (world average death rate of approx 1 to 2% of those infected from Covid-19). Aust. as of today has had 965 deaths (820 in Victoria) from Covid-19. In a much smaller 1918 Aust population - 55,000 died with 1918/19 influenza, and 40% of population fell ill with it. History truly gives us a clearer perspective than the daily news.

Then in World War 2 came such dreadful minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years of overwhelming darkness.

 Yes! 

Now though for some is deep darkness, praying much for the grief of poor nations like Afghanistan, that is real sorrow of heart.. but such grief, despair surely drives the spiritually hungry to seek the One Who alone is truth. 

We, who believe in the Living God, it should cause us to pray more earnestly for them, all of them, their salvation and for ourselves. 

Look not in, but wholeheartedly out and up.. that is a Godward look


“Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.” Gal 6:3

"This too shall pass" can be said of it all, till Christ comes. Hallelujah! What a Saviour!

Paul knew well that fact,  as he penned these words, it "..is but for a moment"...

For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; 

While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18

In Pauline fashion we are pointed to Christ, our Saviour, and to the Heavenlies where, by salvation we are now seated (link to Eph 2:4-6) and thus to ETERNITY.

Yes, let us keep our eyes 👀 on ETERNAL things. 

"Looking unto Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith.." Heb 12:2

This flesh and the place we physically inhabit, mercifully it is a temporary thing, "it is but for a moment", it will pass .. in the twinkling of an eye! (see 1 Cor 15:52)

So when you enter the closet of your heart to pray ... and your heart fails you for fear! 

Go to the living Word, praying as Jesus' disciples did, "Lord, teach us to pray". Therein read, feed, heed and pray the scriptures you love, or those which challenge you! I have many prayers in notes in my online bible, all are based on a verse or scripture passage, which daily I pray as able. 

God's Word is our very foundation, it must be the woven into the very fabric of our Christian walk. It is the basis for all our communication in prayer with our Heavenly Father.

Start simply as a stumbling little child, as Dietrich did.. stating the obvious THEN looking to what we have in Christ.. Our Lord, our Anchor, our Stronghold in time of trouble. God loves it when we cling to Him.

If not showing. Hymn link here.

Oh, Jesus is a Rock in a weary land,
A weary land, a weary land,
Oh, Jesus is a Rock in a weary land,
A shelter in the time of storm.

The Lord's our Rock, in him we hide,
A shelter in the time of storm;
Secure whatever ill betide,
A shelter in the time of storm

A shade by day, defense by night
,
A shelter in the time of storm;
No fears alarm, no foes affright,
A shelter in the time of storm.

O Rock Divine, O Refuge dear,
A shelter in the time of storm;
Be thou our helper ever near,
A shelter in the time of storm.

Hymn by Vernon J. Charlesworth

So as we go to pray, in the constant, frequent moments of our day, let us remember to pray, simply as a child, resting in, clinging to our Rock, our Hope of salvation. 

Without Christ, the world is a scary place (as that young weeping prisoner found). 

Christ is HOPE fulfilled. 

Praying for you today, in whatever you maybe facing in your life, or in the lives of those you love, remembering with you that our wonderful Father God is only ever a prayer away! Surely He giveth more grace!

Grace for the day, and strength for the way!

Thanks to all who pop across to read this blog and Thank YOU, too if you’re able to leave some love and encouragement.
Prayer hugs,🙏🤗
Shaz in Oz. X

PS. Bonhoeffer movie link Here.

Below is a prayer from the Common Book of Prayer. Those who penned these prayers gave their blood for their faith: as applicable now as then. Note how scripture is woven in, as it was in Bonhoeffer’s prayer.

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