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I'm so honored to welcome Nan Jones, Author and Blogger, as my Guest this week! I know you will be as inspired by her writing as I have been. Thank you Nan, for sharing what God has put on your heart. - Nancy  

 

 

And My Restless Heart Stilled....

 

by Nan Jones

 

I lay crumpled beneath my blanket. Still. Worn. Depleted. My

spirit sighed with the agony of burdens, with the sorrow of

brokenness. In my stillness I silently screamed to the Lord, Oh

my God! Help me...help me, Lord.

 

I opened my eyes to face the window. Dawn burst forth with its

glory. Magenta and tangerine ribbons waltzed across the sky

proclaiming God's faithfulness. A cardinal's song broke through

my silence, bringing remembrance that God is good and worthy

to be praised.

 

From deep in my spirit arose a well-loved psalm. With tears

sliding down my cheeks and dripping onto my pillow I spoke

these words:

"Oh God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts

for You; My flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where

there is no water."

 

I began to praise my Redeemer, to thank Him for who He is. I

thanked Him for His mercy and faithfulness. I thanked Him for

His precious Spirit that enfolds me and shelters me in my pain.

And my restless heart stilled.

 

Psalm 63 goes on to say, "Because Your lovingkindness is

better than life, my lips shall praise You. Thus I will bless

You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name ...

When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in

the night watches, because You have been my help.

Therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice. My

soul follows close behind You; Your right hand upholds

me." ~ Psalm 63: 3,4,6-8

 

The Hebrew word for praise as used in this text is shabach (shah-
vahch) meaning, not only to adore or to glory in something, but

shabach means to still or to quiet. I love that! In Psalms 65:7

and 89:9, the Lord used shabach to calm the tumultuous seas. In

Proverbs 29:11, the word shabach is used to refer to hushing

things stirring within someone's heart.

 

When I choose to give the Lord praise, regardless of my

circumstances, His peace settles upon me and calms my fears.

Praising Him reminds me who He is and who I am not. Praising

Him ushers me into His Presence where I am comforted and

sheltered beneath the shadow of His wings.

 

Will you praise Him with me? Will you glory in the Lord your God,

thanking Him and cherishing His magnificent love? His love never

fails. His mercy endures forever.

 

I'm learning that when it seems my life has been cast onto a

tumultuous sea that threatens to destroy me - I'm learning that

if I will but praise the One who tells that sea how far it can go, I

will find peace.

 

My restless heart will be stilled.

 

Blessed be the Name of the Lord.

 

 

Nan Jones is an author/speaker who uses the words of her heart to assist fellow Christians in discovering the Presence of God in their darkest hour. Her devotional blog, Morning Glory, has become a place of community for Christians to find encouragement in God’s Word and comfort n His Presence. She has been published in several anthologies as well as the online inspirational sites Christian Devotions, and Inspire a Fire. Nan has also had the honor of being featured as a guest blogger on several sites. She is thrilled to announce her debut book, "The Perils of a Pastor's Wife" which is slated to be released June 30, 2015 by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. When Nan is not writing, she enjoys leading prayer retreats, bible studies or sharing God’s love as keynote speaker for special events. She is becoming known by her brand: "Even so, I walk in the Presence of the Lord" as she teaches her audience to go beyond the veil to find God's Presence.

You many visit Nan at her website: www.NanJones.com or her blog, Morning Glory: http://morningglorylights.blogspot.com/.

For personal communication you may email Nan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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