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He is Ubiquitous

Psalm 139:5 You have enclosed me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me.

Have you ever thought of a word that you’ve never heard before and wonder if it’s a real word? I find ever so often I I could be doing something an all of a sudden I hear this word and I can’t seem to get it out of my head. I wonder what it means. It happened again this morning.

I was in the shower and I was just thanking God for who he is. I try to give him thanks throughout my day and in the midst of whatever I’m doing. And being the first think in the morning I just wanted to say thank you. But I heard the word Ubiquitous and I’m like what? And then I kept repeating it in my mind over and over again. After I got out I went on about my morning getting ready for work. I finished got the girls and off we went.

I’ve had a busy day so far and hadn’t thought about the word again. But here I am back in my office after going to a meeting and training a new employee and I hear this word again. Since I’m now in from of my computer I decide to stop what I’m doing and look it up.

Ubiquitous means existing or being everywhere, especially at the same time; omnipresent.

Okay stop the press! Lord I hear you. All I want know is to seek him and know what it is I need to do. I love the ways God will grab your attention. It’s not conventional and often times, unless its a corporate call, it’s tailored specifically to you. It’s like how we know to get our children’s attention. We know them by their personalities and differences from one another and we address them, call them, tend to them according to their uniqueness.

So I got it. God was letting me know for whatever reason that He has not left me, nor can I run, hide or leave him. He is everywhere, all the time. That’s my word for the day.

Here are some scriptures about God’s Omnipresence.

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Parting The Storm

Isaiah 4:6 scripture

Isaiah 4:6 (KJV)

And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the day time from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from storm and from rain.

Isaiah 25:4 (AMP)

4 For You have been a stronghold for the helpless, A stronghold for the poor in his distress, A shelter from the storm, a shade from the heat; For the breath of tyrants Is like a rainstorm against a wall.

I took a trip this weekend to visit my dad because my grandmother and two aunts had come up from the south to visit with him for a week. I came the weekend before and my husband met my grandma and aunts for the first time. We had a blast and decided that we would return this past weekend because they would still be there. I don’t get to see my grandma very often and I wanted to have the chance while it was available to me.

The trip down was great. the weather was nice and warm, the sun was shining, but there was rain in the forecast for the rest of the weekend. When it comes to driving in the rain, I’m a bit less confident with driving in it. I mean I don’t trust the car, other drivers, the road or the tires. I can do it but there is always this small grip of fear that an accident can occur at anytime. The road may be slick, the tires can loose traction, on my car or another car on the road. So I tend to drive a bit more carefully.

But when it comes to long distance traveling in the rain I fully dread it. But I have to get home right. So I put on my big girl pants and I brave my way onto the road. Never letting my passengers know I’m scared of driving in the rain on the highways. Then as I’m driving, the way through was clear. It was so cloudy but the storms were on my left and my right, but the road I was traveling was clear. It felt as if I was driving through the eye of the storm.  No matter how the road curved back and forth where I traveled it was clear, sometimes the ground was wet as the rain had passed that particular spot.

About thirty minutes into my drive God began to deal with me. He said that this day was already prepared for me before time began. He knew that He would direct the weather and give me safe passage before I was created. He then told me that this is how He covers me during the storms of life. I’m surrounded by storms and rain because of who I am in Christ Jesus, but He and He alone covers me so that those rain and storms will not harm me. I may get hit with some rain from time to time, but he sustains me and makes a way through the middle of the storming rain to give me a safe passage.

In the midst of this there was peace. The rest of our journey was a peaceful passage. With that I could see the beauty even in the dark grey clouds. Light shined through some areas. There was a mix between white and gray clouds in others. Some were high and some dark clouds hung so low it felt like I could reach up and touch them. Only God could create such beauty as that.

Thank you Lord that you have created a safe passage for us in a dark world full of storms and rain, that we have no reason to fear. Thank you that You are a hedge of protection that covers us and You travel above us and You cover us on every side. Thank you for being God. Thank you for being a God of everlasting love protection. Thank You for as long as I keep my eyes on You and travel the road that You have placed ahead of me, I have no need to look to the left or to the right, but to be confident in this one thing. To take courage and press ahead towards the mark for the prize of the high calling in Christ Jesus and to seek You and Your kingdom first above all.

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Come, Come Draw Nigh To Me

One day I made the decision to in my heart that I would start each and every morning with God. As I desired this I began to see the change and the desire of my heart was being fulfilled. I found that when I awake each morning that God is the first thing on my mind. It was no longer the man I though I would be with. And I felt more joy and peace having God on my heart than some no good earthly man. But as I learn to wait on God and look for Him the moment I open my eyes, or more so before my eyes are even open. , God will show up and He will speak to me before I can even get out of bed. God is so awesome.
I am no where near a bible scholar and will never say I know every word in the bible, because I don’t. Ninety percent of the time I can’t tell you off hand where a scripture is found. I can know the story but I can’t tell you where to find it. But what I can do is grab my bible concordance and look up at least one of the main words or verses an it always leads me to exactly what I need.

So as I was saying often times when God speaks to me I may not know what He is saying. I mean I hear Him but I don’t know if what He is saying is a direct scripture or just something He wants me to know. But even when it is something He wants me to know there is still scriptures that I find in His word to back it up.

This morning I heard God say “Come, come, draw nigh to me.” I didn’t know whether to get out of bed and start walking or lay here and wait. Oh I am notorious for laying in bed and waiting to hear from God because I feel like I need as much quiet and stillness as possible. And sudden movement from me while I am listening will distract me and my attention will run away like I have ADHD. It’s funny the same way our kids do us is the same way we do God. I can be talking to one of my kids and if something grabs their attention in the middle of my sentence, their mind is gone, no longer focused on what I’m saying. Ha! See how my focus just shifted! Anyway back to the point….As I wait and listened to God He just kept repeating this sentence and it sounded very familiar to me, I knew it but now I had to find it in the word. Oh I love how God works like a mystery case. He will give you bits and pieces and you have to solve the rest. So my hunt started and bingo! With my Strong’s Bible Concordanceand my bible in hand I found the scripture.
James 4:8 (KJV)8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. And the Amplified (AMP) says, 8 Come close to God and He will come close to you.

My response to God is this, Lord how do I draw or come closer to You because I do not claim to know how, not of my own strength. Help me to come closer to You. I will do all that I know how to do but the rest I give unto you to lead and guide me to You. Help me to cast down the thoughts that come to tell me that I am dumb or stupid because I do not know. Lord I need You, In JESUS Name I pray. Amen

This post was originally created for this blog on 7/4/2013