Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Persevering Faith

 In (Christ) there was life, and that life was a light for the people of the world. 
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not defeated it. 
~John 1:4-5 (ERV)

Never Give Up ( A Prayer Song of Perseverance)
© 2014 Suzanne Davis Harden All Rights Reserved.

No matter how dark the night,
No matter how fierce the storm,
Jesus help us trust in You,
And not give up, oh Lord.

No matter how high the waves
Come rising around our soul,
Jesus help us cling to You,
Your promise help us hold.

No matter how strong the winds 
No matter how hot the flames,
Jesus help us trust in You,
And cling to You in faith.

No matter how strong the night,
It cannot overcome,
The light of Christ within us,
So may we not give up.

The darkness cannot overtake
The light of Jesus Christ,
Greater is He who is within us
Than our enemies of the night.

Lord Jesus, may we never give up,
Lord, never give up on You;
Lord, help us cling to You in faith
And hold on to Your truth. 

Heavenly Father, thank You that Your Holy Spirit lives inside each one of Your children and that You are always with us every moment, every day of our lives. We may not be able to see You any more than we can see the air, but Your presence abides with us no matter what we are facing. You are with us in all our joys as well as all of our sorrows. Thy word says that You are very close to those whose hearts are breaking. 

In art the brightest light is revealed by placing it next to something very dark. Perhaps that is also true spiritually. When we go through trials we are able to draw closer to You unless we allow the sorrows to make us bitter and angry.  

Lord, I pray for every person reading this message and prayer; may You draw them closer to Thy heart through whatever path they are traveling in their life at this time. 
May they not give up on any dream You have given them: ministry, work, whatever You whispered in their deepest hearts. Help them hold on and remember that "no word from God shall ever fail." Thank You Lord. I love You. In Jesus' name, Amen.

"Persevering Faith," © 2014 Suzanne Davis Harden Unto The Least Of These, "Never Give Up" (A Prayer Song of Perseverance" © 2014 Suzanne Davis Harden All Rights Reserved. Photo Illustration Source/Pinterest

Friday, January 17, 2014

God's Blessings

God's Blessings

Heavenly Father, open our eyes to see the myriad ways in which You have poured out rivers of blessings over our lives. 

Help us to see through Your eyes how blessings can come disguised as unanswered prayers, trials, and challenges. 

Lord, we recoil from these "blessings", yet these are often the kind You choose to draw us closer to You, to help us get to know You better. 

Lord, if we find ourselves on a path we never planned to travel down, help us not become bitter, but to trust You, and thank You for the path. Help us believe Your promise that You are working everything out for our good, even the trials. Thank You, Lord. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Romans 8:28 (ERV)

"We know that in everything God works for the good of those who love Him."

Lamentations 3:21-24 (ERV)

"But then I think about this, and I have hope: 

We are still alive because the Lord’s faithful love never ends. Every morning He shows it in new ways!

You are so very true and loyal! 

I say to myself, “The Lord is my God, and I trust Him.” 

James 1:2-4 (ERV)

"My brothers and sisters, you will have many kinds of trouble. But this gives you a reason to be very happy. 

You know that when your faith is tested, you learn to be patient in suffering. 

If you let that patience work in you, the end result will be good. You will be mature and complete. 

You will be all that God wants you to be."

John 16:33 (ERV)

Jesus said, “I have told you these things so that you can have peace in me. In this world you will have troubles. 

But be brave! I have defeated the world!” 

Psalm 16:8 (ERV)

"I have set the Lord always before me;

Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved."

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Never Give Up!

Psalm 107:10, 12-16, 19-22 

"Some of God’s people were prisoners, locked behind bars in dark prisons. ...They stumbled and fell, and there was no one to help them. They were in trouble, so they called to the Lord for help, and He saved them from their troubles. He took them out of their dark prisons. He broke the ropes that held them. 

Thank the Lord for His faithful love and for the amazing things He does for people. He breaks down their bronze gates. He shatters their iron bars. They were in trouble, so they called to the Lord for help, and He saved them from their troubles. 

He gave the command and healed them, so they were saved from the grave. 

Thank the Lord for his faithful love and for the amazing things He does for people. 
Offer sacrifices of thanks to Him. Sing with joy about all that He has done." 


Wherever you are on your journey, whatever challenge you may be facing right now, 
be assured that God is with you, though you may not be aware of His Presence. 
Know that He who created all the stars and calls them all by name; who knows the 
numbers of hairs on your head and bottles all your tears, loves you beyond measure.

If your faith is eclipsed by a trial of suffering right now and it is difficult to feel God's love
as You have in the past, know that His Spirit is still inside of you, holding you close to His heart. Even as the sun is still shining during a solar eclipse, God's Spirit is still abiding strong within your heart. He will never leave you in your valley of the shadow. 
King David wrote, "The Lord is close to those who have suffered disappointment. He saves those who are discouraged." (Psalm 34:18 ERV)

Though you may not be able to feel the Lord's presence in your present circumstances, trust and abide in His word. Stand strong on His promises because, "No word from God shall ever fail." (Luke 1:37 NIV)

Whatever you do, remember:  "Jesus told his disciples...that they should always pray and not give up."~Luke 18:1

Don't give up! God has a wonderful future ahead for you. God promises in His word, 
 "I know the plans that I have for you.” This message is from the Lord. “I have good plans for you. I don’t plan to hurt you. I plan to give you hope and a good future. Then you will call My name. You will come to Me and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will search for Me, and when you search for Me with all your heart, you will find Me. I will let you find Me.” This message is from the Lord. “And I will bring you back from your captivity.” ~Jeremiah 29:11-14 ERV

Heavenly Father, thank You for every person reading these words today. May You fill their hearts with rivers of hope. Renew, restore their faith and give them an abiding awareness of Your holy Presence within and around them everywhere they go, at all times. Encourage their hearts and never let them give up, dear Lord, even as You, Lord Jesus, never gave up despite the pain, the shame, and suffering, when You gave Your life for us on the cross. Protect Your dear children from hopelessness and discouragement as You help them to focus their thoughts on Thy word and to abide in Thee at all times. Thank You Lord. I love You. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

Unto The Least of These, "Never Give Up" © S.D. Harden/ Photo Illustration Source/Pinterest

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

New Year's Prayer 2014

Heavenly Father, Lord Jesus, Holy Spirit, please bless all Thy children in the coming year.
Fill us with rivers of peace and hope from the eternal springs of heaven. 
Scatter all our fears and anxieties to the four winds and whisper a song of assurance deep
in our hearts that all will be well. 
Lord, draw us closer to Thy heart. Let the light within us not be darkness. 
Fill us with a holy passion for Thy word and help us to hide it daily in our hearts that we might not be deceived by false teachings.
Good Shepherd Jesus, teach us to distinguish Thy voice above all the voices that daily compete for our attention; all the false voices that pretend to represent You; Lord give us great powers of holy discernment. 
Precious Lord, help us to always abide in You, to learn to pray without ceasing, to give thanks in all circumstances, and to rejoice always. 
Help us to never give up, no matter what challenge may come our way, knowing that You are always with us and will never leave or forsake us.
Lord, help us to remember that You are the Eternal Light and that no darkness has ever or can ever overcome You, and that as long as we abide in You, no darkness can ever overpower us either.
Thank You, Lord. I love You. In Jesus Name. Amen.

John 1:4-5 (Christ) was the source of life, and that life was the light for humanity. The light shines in the dark, and the dark has never extinguished it. 

Unto The Least of These, New Year's Prayer 2014, © S.D. Harden 
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