Deep Within

You will bless us as you promised Jacob long ago. You will set your love upon us, as you promised our father Abraham! Micah 7:20 (TLB).

Deep within we sometimes cry. Enlightened, it’s the dross we deny. Encouraged, we come before the throne. Praise! His statutes we condone. While we ponder, and call on wisdom, it’s insight and knowing that bring freedom. Together we stand, united in truth; His hope-filled love from our youth. Internalized, we come to conclusion; never omit love’s infusion.

After singing “It Is Well With My Soul,” I found myself needing to sing it again after our livestream service. Ken and I turned up our worship music, and just let the words minister to us as we offered them up to our loving God. I sang “Good Good Father,” and cried through most of it. I realized that deep within, I was feeling useless. No interaction with our club kids, no in-person meetings with Pastors and other leaders to discuss the ministry, and no training for our volunteers equals the realization that without the privilege of this involvement, I was feeling emptyMeme_ Deep Within_ by Delta Works. Meme

God’s Word, and the songs we offer up in worship are especially healing right now. The love walk begins deep within. It is a matter of time in the Truth, and removing (asking forgiveness) of those things that displease God. In this place, we take off the old man, and put on the new “love man.” This process is lifelong. Allowing the truth of His love, goodness, faithfulness, and majesty, is freeing and brings us ever closer to our heavenly Father. Immersed in the love of God, we can face anything.

My prayer today for each one is; “Oh, send out your light and your truth – let them lead me. Let them lead me to your Temple on your holy mountain, Zion.” Psalm 43:3 (TLB). May we find fulfillment as we press into His loving presence.

Blessings and Peace,

Jacquie ♥

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I am a writer and counselor, who embraces joy and holds tight to hope. I live with my husband Ken, of 44 years, and he is the love of my life. I enjoy inspirational and devotional writing, home decor, gardening, and being in community. My husband and I are missionaries to children in Washington State, and love the privilege of being with them.

27 thoughts on “Deep Within

  1. Jacquie, I can understand. I miss gathering together for Sunday church, being involved in ministries.
    May we find fulfilment in Him and love the prayer- send out your Iove and light and let them lead me.
    Blessings 😊💙.

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    1. Manu, maybe like me, you have heard ministers speak on times like these; not being able to assemble together. I don’t know if any of us could imagine what it would be like. I’m glad the prayer ministered to you 💕

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  2. You’re so right, Jacquie – God’s Word and worship songs are indeed what I need right now. Those help me focus on Him and not on what’s going on around us. I pray that you and your husband will know God’s peace as you struggle with emptiness in ministry, and that soon this season will be behind you – with many lessons learned and shared, as you do so well. Love and prayers!

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  3. I appreciate all of your positive, uplifting posts during this time.

    Prayers and blessings,

    *Crystal Linn* *206-715-2505 * *www.crystallinn.com*

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  4. He always refreshes us when we come before Him in worship. It’s such a blessing that we can be refreshed in His presence and receive His love and peace. I love those songs you sing to the Lord. Take heart my friend, the Lord will see us all through this. Prayers to you and Ken. 💛

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  5. Thank you for this sweet reminder…….I feel and have felt that “wanting to do more” but not being able to because of our current situation. But the LORD has said: “be still.” And when I am…..my soul is filled!! Blessings on you and your family during this Holy Week.

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    1. Maxine, I love this reminder to be still. For it’s then that I receive awareness of His great love; which definitely fills my soul as well. I pray you and your family experience a baptism in His love as you seek Him in this amazing Holy Week. ♥♥

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  6. I love your transparent sharing, Jacquie. It is such a shining example of how we need to handle all the emotions that go along with the unprecedented experiences we are having. Reminds me of Asaph’s words,
    “When I thought how to understand this,
    It was too painful for me —
    Until I went into the sanctuary of God;
    Then I understood”
    (Ps 73:16-17)

    Thank you so much!

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