Friday, October 17, 2014

Longing {Day 17}

It's Friday which means I'm joining up with the Five Minute Friday community. Every Friday we write for five minutes on a specific topic. No editing. No backtracking. No worrying if things are perfect. Here we go...

Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy, And gathered out of the lands, From the east and from the west, From the north and from the south. They wandered in the wilderness in a desolate way; They found no city to dwell in. Hungry and thirsty, Their soul fainted in them. Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, And He delivered them out of their distresses. And He led them forth by the right way, That they might go to a city for a dwelling place. Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men! For He satisfies the longing soul, And fills the hungry soul with goodness. Those who sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, Bound in affliction and irons— Because they rebelled against the words of God, And despised the counsel of the Most High, Therefore He brought down their heart with labor; They fell down, and there was none to help. Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, And He saved them out of their distresses. He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, And broke their chains in pieces. (Psalms 107:1-14 NKJV)

A year ago life was more than hard. So many nights I went to bed in tears, praying for God to make things easier. To do something, anything, to make things better. 

Prayers that have still gone answered. Life is still hard. But there's a peace in the midst of these circumstances. 

My heart knows that He is good. 

My souls knows that He satisfies. 

He is bringing beauty from these ashes. 

In the midst of the unanswered prayers, He has let me know He hears every prayer. He has seen every tear. 

In my trouble, He has heard and answered my cry. He has saved me from distress by giving me peace. 

Have you ever prayed for something that has gone unanswered but still had peace? 


Denise Dilley said...

This is good news for me today. Yes, I have prayed with no answer many times, especially during the fifteen years of caregiving for my Mama. But God did indeed give me His peace that passes all....ALL understanding.
Thank you for coming by and bringing me here.
Caring through Christ, ~ linda

Denise Dilley said...

I am definitely working on this. The past two years have been hard in my life, and they are still hard, but on my knees (often in tears and desperation) is the only place to be.

Denise Dilley said...

Thanks for reminding us that we can trust God and still be in lots of pain. I pray your load lightens soon.


Denise Dilley said...

Yes...there are things that I have prayed for that have gone unanswered but yet I have felt peace in the midst of those unanswered prayers. Lovely post! Prayers ascending for you!

Denise Dilley said...

Yes, unanswered prayers are tough to deal with but I try to remember and find peace in the fact that "his ways are not my ways and his plans are not my plans"

Denise Dilley said...


Yes, His ways are not our ways, and that is a wonderful thing. Though I often so not understand His ways, I appreciate how He brings peace and grace and mercy and love in the midst of the darkness, chaos, and storms of life.

Denise Dilley said...

Thanks for the prayers, Tara!

Denise Dilley said...

Yes, Jennifer, we do!

Denise Dilley said...

Thanks, Glenda!

Denise Dilley said...


I'm so sorry things are hard for you! Praying you feel His presence and comfort while you're on your knees.

Denise Dilley said...


So thankful for His peace!

Denise Dilley said...

I love that HE brings beauty from ashes! Amen. Love, Traci