Stay Close to My Side

 My child, I am with you always

even to the end of this world.

I will never leave you or forsake you.

You are not alone

for I go ahead to make your path straight.

You will know what you are to do,

because you are my much beloved child.

You may feel you are still in the wilderness,

but even here you are learning what it means

to have a fire by night and a lamp to light your pathway.

You have my counsel.

Do you not think that I know the way?

I came to give you life and that more abundantly.

Abundance is not defined by the quantity of earthly possessions, but rather by a life lived in the richness of God’s love and grace. Each of us experience times in the wilderness. It is through suffering our characters are formed and we are made in the image of Christ, our Redeemer and Lord. Patience is learned in trying circumstances. Mercy is learned when justice would be satisfied. Kindness and generosity is learned in the midst of great need. Perseverance is learned when life is challenging and failure beckons.

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”Isaiah 26:3 (KJV) Never doubt the leading of God. Those times when life seems to have taken a wrong turn are instead a time to know God holds us by our right hand.

Listening by Rose Harmer; Comments by Sandy Grauer

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About Rose Spillenaar Harmer

Rose is a retired marriage and family therapist and speaks on subjects related to prayer, spirituality, marriage and mental health. She travels throughout North America and one of her favorite subjects is "listening to God" through scripture, sermons and the still, inaudible voice of the Holy Spirit. She writes a weekly devotional called listeningtohear.wordpress.com
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