Drinking from my Jar.

Below, is a precept of an email response I sent to a friend who fell by this blog when he was going through a rough moment....(You'll know yourself - when you read this - this is to thank you for being in my life - words I spoke to you in my day of strength are now here to encourage me in my day of struggle).
 
This requires no introduction, if you've had a struggle/ are struggling - you should pick up just fine.
  --------------------------- I wrote;

".......One thing that stands out from your story…is resilience and the desire to do God’s will….that, my friend…is a most noble thing…
 
….I know what it feels like to burn with passion for a cause and at the same time, feel chained to the ground on which you seek to run..2008 was such a year for me…I felt like I had spent the entire year in the desert….I knew that God was with me…yet He seemed so far away….prayer was hard…faith was hard…I wondered, if really I needed to go through such dry times…truth be told…I felt imprisoned by God…because I couldn’t leave….for where can you hide from God?…He is everywhere…and leaving has never been a choice for me….so to be honest, when I couldn’t pray…I just told God, I couldn’t pray…when I didn’t feel Him, I told Him so…when I couldn’t read the bible…I told Him I couldn’t….when I felt famished…I told Him so…
 
What am trying to say…is I have been there…but greater than being there…I was able to move on from there….and the secret…you have it …"RESILIENCE”
 
Habakkuk talks about writing the revelation down….in a sense to say…write your dream down…that storm which rages in your heart….put it down….the analogy you’ve written about what you are feeling…journal it…and revisit it from time to time….. write about what you are going through now - and who knows one day, it will be you encouraging someone else in a similar situation. Here is what I think…God has a great purpose for you to accomplish and these dry and hard times are there to strengthen you….so that when the storm breaks out…you’ll not be carried off by the storm…..
 
Say all resistance to hold the storm within the house gives way….and the door bursts open…..it has the power to rip off the roof and shatter the windows….and the walls can even come tumbling down….but if your house is built on a rock….then the storm will break but your house will remain standing (you remember Jesus teaching on building a house on the rock and not on sand, right?). Building a foundation on a rock is no easy task…envision chiseling through the rock to put up walls….it takes resilience and lots of patience and truth (this is what you going through…building your house on the rock – building resilience, patience and truth) – and all this comes with resistance ( a rock is naturally very hard – and you are not helped by the fact that this storm seeks to destroy the devils camp)
 
I say to you, hang in there….if there is one thing I learnt while in the desert…is truthfully talking to God and not putting up a spiritual face…its telling Him as it is….and since you are one that doesn’t give up…then the only way available to you is forward….run when you can, walk when you can…crawl when you can….sit when you can’t…there will be times of refreshing as God promises in Isaiah 40 – that they who hope in the Lord, He shall renew their strength….and before long….you will come to the end of this period and you will look back and be amazed at how far the Lord will have brought you through your struggles. Jesus also faced the desert for 40 days.
 
Our spiritual experiences are not always the same…but I am confident that the God who formed you in your mother’s womb…who knows you by name….who sees your heart…your desire to use the very gifts He has given you…..He will guide you through this time in your life….and loose your chains at His time.
 
My final encouragement, that helped me through my hard days, was to subscribe to daily devotionals as they help you read the bible whilst at the same time, God used these to give me strength…I highly recommend Joel Osteen’s daily devotions….and also surround yourself with worship songs…and positive friends…"

Stand Strong.
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This was the content in my jar of encouragement for a friend in a storm, I have found substance in it as I traverse the desert again, for after every so many easy-go happy life miles...we Christians, hit the desert and face the storm again and again.

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Wonder of Colors

What if grass was blue
And the sky green
The sun was red
Clouds were yellow
Trees were black
Leaves were grey
Mankind purple
Dull!

You are Lord of colors!
Lord of style!
Perfect are the shades of the world
The sea reflects the sky
Trees are one with grass
Mankind and earth alike
White sand or brown soil

White clouds tell of your softness
Yellow sun beams of your joy
Colorless wind and water, of your transparency
Animals, of your gamut of beauty

I wonder about you God
Will I ever comprehend you in totality?
You confound me
You consume me with admiration
Colors of the world
Perfectly matched

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Wholesome!

I am reading through the bible this year, cover to cover and last night my passage was Psalms 1-20. These writings are wholesome for prayer! The 19th below;
 
A psalm by David.
 
How clearly the sky reveals God's glory!
How plainly it shows what He has done!
Each day announces it to the following day; each night repeats it to the next.
No speech or words are used, no sound is heard; yet their message
goes out to all the world and is heard to the ends of the earth. 
 
God made a home in the sky for the sun;
it comes out in the morning like a happy bridegroom,
like an athlete eager to run a race.
It starts at one end of the sky and goes across to the other.
Nothing can hide from its heat.
 
The Law of the Lord
 
The law of the Lord is perfect; it gives new strength.
The commands of the Lord are trustworthy, giving wisdom to those who lack it.
The laws of the Lord are right, and those who obey them are happy.
The commands of the Lord are just and give understanding to the mind.
 
Reverence for the Lord is good; it will continue for ever.
The judgments of the Lord are just; they are always fair.
They are more desirable than the finest gold; they are sweeter than the purest honey.
They give knowledge to me, your servant; I am rewarded for obeying them.

No one can see his own errors; deliver me, Lord, from hidden faults!
Keep me safe, also, from willful sins; don't let them rule over me.
Then I shall be perfect and free from the evil of sin.
 
May my words and my thoughts be acceptable to you, O Lord, my refuge and my redeemer!

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