Saturday, July 26, 2008

Welcome To Saturation Saturday

The Dictionary says that saturate means, "to soak thoroughly, of the greatest intensity, to steep, to drench".

My favorite part of the definition says, "to cause to unite with the greatest possible amount of another substance."

Interestingly enough, in Physics saturated means "Charged to the fullest extent of it's capacity."

I love that, don't you? For that reason, I have decided to put Saturdays aside as a day to saturate myself and my bloggy friends in God's Word. No other substance can adequately "charge us to the fullest extent of our capacity".

Though I will use many parts of scripture on Saturation Saturdays, I will focus mainly in the Psalms.

The past two weeks, my trust in God has wavered. I have questioned Him many times.

I cannot fathom why on earth He would allow a precious and perfect newborn baby girl to spend the first few weeks of her life without her loving mother.

I cannot begin to understand why He would filter through His hands an illness that would keep an ecstaticly happy first-time father from enjoying the experience with the mother of his baby daughter.

I can't imagine why a perfectly healthy woman would go to a hospital to give birth and face the beginning of the fight for her life the very next morning.

I do know this. God is in control. He did not cause this to happen. He sees the big picture. He has a plan.

His plan for us during trying times like these is to pray and trust in His promises; To praise Him for His loving-kindness.

Maybe you are facing some difficulties in your life right now. Maybe things are not as you would prefer them to be and your trust is wavering like mine. Maybe you are just wondering "Why". Let's jump into the pool of God's Word together and unite ourselves with Him completely. Let's steep in His promises. Let's drench ourselves with His peace and healing.

I will begin with Psalm 41 from the Amplified Bible and add a few drops from other Psalms for us to soak in.

Dear Father,
Your word tells us that blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is he who considers the weak and the poor; the Lord will deliver him in the time of evil and trouble (v1). You promise You will protect us and keep us alive; that we shall be called blessed in the land (v 2). You promise to sustain, refresh, and strengthen us on our bed of languishing; that on our bed You [O Lord] will turn, change, and transform in our illness (v 3).

God, You are our Refuge and Strength (mighty and impenetrable to temptation), a very present and well-proved help in trouble (Psalm 46 v 1). Therefore, I will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains be shaken into the midst of the seas, Though it's waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at it's swelling and tumult, SELAH (Pause and calmly think of that!) (Psalm 46 v 3).

There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God (Psalm 46 v4). God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God will help her (Psalm 46 v 5). You will make us glad again!! You will bring us out of these times of turmoil. We will see Your mighty hand at work!

We will call on You in our day of trouble and You will deliver us, and we shall honor and glorify You!! (Psalm 50 v 15). The world will have no choice but to see Your power working in our troublesome situation! You will conquer and restore!

We will rejoice in You, O Lord! We will give You thanks in the great assembly; we will praise You among the mighty throng! (Psalm 35 v 18).

Your hand is at work for us behind the scenes. You NEVER leave us alone or forsaken. You are holding us in the palm of Your mighty right hand and we can feel assured in Your protection and divine wisdom.

Our inner selves wait [earnestly] for You Lord; You are our help and our Shield (Psalm 33 v 20).
For in You does our heart rejoice, because we have trusted (relied on and been confident) in Your holy name (Psalm 33 v 21). Let Your mercy and loving-kindness, O Lord, be upon us, in proportion to our waiting and hoping for You (Psalm 33 v 22). May our trust in You never waver. May we stand strong on Your Word.

We Praise You as we claim all these promises from Your Word in Jesus' name. Amen (So Be It!)

Do you feel a little stronger now? Are you charged up? I certainly am!

Have a wonderful Saturday in the Lord!
Love and Blessings,


Pinkshoelady said...

Hello New Friend,
Thanks so much for visiting me and leaving such encouraging words.

I will be praying for Andrea and the baby.

My heart broke as I read the story.

A verse that I hold onto is
1 Corinthians 10:13
"There is no temptation but such as is common to man. But God is faithful and will not allow you to be tempted above what you are able. But will with the teptation also make a way of escape that you may be able to bear it."

The word "temptation" also means "trial" or "situation" in the greek.

Hold to the promises here:

1) There will never be a situation that no human could withstand (common to man)

2) God is faithful, and wont allow you to be in a situation you can not bear.

3) If a situation becomes more than you can bear, He will provide a way of escape.

I love these promises and His word!
I'll keep coming back and I'll keep praying.

Pamela R.

PS She is beautiful!

Starr said...

Thanks so much, Pamela. I needed those words from you. I appreciate your prayers for Andrea,Timmy and Merissa and your encouragement.

Kristen said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog and for your sweet comments on my post!
This post was a great reminder! I love that you dedicate your Saturdays to encouraging others through His word!
Have a great rest of the weekend!

Truth4thejourney said...

Hi Starr,

I'm praying for your family.

And I've tagged you! Come on over to my blog to get the details. :)

koinonia community said...

Awesome! Thanks Starr.

Laura said...

How beautiful! I do feel steeped in the Word after that lovely reading. I do not have an Amplified Bible, but I can see one in my future!
It sounds like you have been praying about some very difficult circumstances. The little one is so does break my heart to imagine her circumstances.
I will join you in prayer over this, dear friend. You have found a way to praise Him in the storm. This is an incredible blessing.