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Be Still

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices! Psalm 37:7 ESV It feels like nothing’s happening. I pray and wait. He fights for me.   [bctt tweet="The Lord fights for me - I only have to be silent; be still." username="Liz_Petruzzi"] His plans and timing are perfect. I wait in anticipation and silence. I wait and wonder. He works.…

Deep Waters

When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. Isaiah 43:2 NLT [bctt tweet="He is with me in deep waters." username="Liz_Petruzzi"] I feel the river of difficulty rising, flames fanning. He controls the heat of the fire. Like a glass artist, God uses difficulties to shape and…

All I Need

[bctt tweet="Life is often hard and confusing - I need reminding God is good and so is His plan." username="Liz_Petruzzi"] I think of the psalms as David’s prayer journal and wonder if Psalm 23 is David reminding himself of God’s promises and who He is. The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He promises to provide and always care for me. Even to your old age and gray hairs I am He, I am He who…

No Greater Love

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15:1 NIV   No greater love – He chose the nails. There is no joy without sorrow, no pleasure without pain, no love without loss. There is no resurrection without crucifixion. Before the cross was draped in purple, it ran red. Love always requires sacrifice. This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us. And we ought…

Do Not Fear

So do not fear; for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right Hand. Isaiah 41:10 NIV I’m afraid, Lord – this world is unpredictable, scary. It feels so out of control. You are with me - You never leave. You hold all things together. Peace is the promise. I find rest in You, Lord. The Name of the Lord…

Shadow Feet

“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones God’s messengers! How often I have wanted to gather your children together as a hen protects her chicks beneath her wings, but you wouldn’t let me. Matthew 23:37 Not good enough. Flake, mess up. Poser, failure. These are the lies I tell myself - lies I often believe. Lies that keep me in bondage. Lies that keep me from God. I struggle to be who God calls me to…

How Long?

How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will You hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me? Look on me and answer, Lord my God. Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death, and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,” and my foes will rejoice when I fall. But I…

He Stands Beside Me

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1 Jesus never leaves – He is with me always. He stands with me. He stands with me in success and failure. In celebration and sorrow. In victory and defeat. [bctt tweet="The Lord, my God stands with me." username="Liz_Petruzzi"] He goes before me. He says, “Do not fear”. He is my refuge and strength. Ever present in times of trouble. God is faithful – He strengthens and protects…

Never Alone

“Because of Your great compassion you did not abandon them in the desert. By day the pillar of cloud did not cease to guide them on their path, nor the pillar of fire by night to shine on the way they were to take. You gave Your good Spirit to instruct them. You did not withhold Your manna from their mouths, and You gave them water for their thirst.” Nehemiah 9:19-20 When I think of a desert, I think of…

Love Lets Go

But I trust in Your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in Your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, for He has been good to me. Psalm 13:5-6 NIV Love is patient, love is kind. Love isn’t control. It doesn’t make you crazy or leave you drained, empty and alone. It protects, trusts, hopes, perseveres. Persevering isn’t hanging on to something or someone who isn’t good for me. Something I serve instead of God. Something consuming. Love isn’t • Rescuing…