Stillness of heart and attainable peace can be yours

Curled up on the couch, I watched the sun rise over the ridge. Fresh, cool air streamed in through the open window awakening my senses, drawing my attention to the One who loves me. Being lost in my thoughts, I cradled my coffee cup and sipped from its warm goodness. I craved stillness of heart.

Stirring deep in my spirit came a song, “Precious Lord, take my hand, lead me on, help me stand. I am tired, I am weak, I am worn … “

Grace Fell Like Rain

Tears began to stream — tears I didn’t know were there. It was like a valve turned and released some of the pent-up sorrow that builds until there’s a wall around my heart protecting me from myself as I strive to stay strong.

Tears released, and grace fell like rain as the Lord quieted me with His love.

We’ve had three good weeks — joy, laughter, an increased will to live, and then the shadow of death descended on David’s spirit once again. Yesterday. For some unknown reason.

Frontotemporal Dementia is a beast — a relentless monster that robs its victim of themselves.

how can I find stillness of heart?

But FTD can’t rob David of his spirit, nor me of mine. We are sealed in the Spirit of God, engraved on the palm of His hand. And though He slay us, yet will we praise Him, for He is good, regardless of our circumstances. He IS our precious Lord.

And we are finding Him in this darkness.

God’s tender watchcare is tangible and soothes the difficult places, bringing stillness of heart when I feel overwhelmed. His peace is attainable when I turn my thoughts to Him.

I continued gazing out the window. The morning was quiet — even the birds perched in silence. I remained lost in my thoughts as “Precious Lord, take my hand … ” played over and over in my heart.

God’s Tender Watchcare Brings Me Stillness of Heart

Though the reality of our new normal is severe, the TRUTH is that our God is with us. He is for us, not against us. His grace is sufficient and His mercies are new each morning. In the middle of a whole lot of bitter, we have found sweetness as He ministers to us and gives us strength for the journey and brings stillness of heart.

The song deep in my spirit settled like a blanket over the fragile places. With clarity I heard the delicate whisper of the Lord, Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid” (John 14:27).

Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid …

“I’m listening, Lord. I’m trying,” I spoke ever so softly.

And again I heard, Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid.

stillness of heart and attainable peace can be yours

Precious Lord, I prayed, take my hand. Lead me on and help me stand. Lead me to Your mountain where I will stand in Your Presence and worship You in spirit and truth. From the mountain I will remember the cross that stands on Calvary’s hill, making a perfect way for me to know You and to come before You with my brokenness.

Pour Your grace upon me. Pour Your grace upon Your children who, like me, find themselves overwhelmed by life’s painful places. Let them find You in their darkness — Your light leading them from the cavernous places of pain, leading them to Your mountain high where they, too, can find Your peace and refuge in the storm, where they can find stillness of heart.

Take My Hand, Precious Lord

I tipped my coffee cup and drank from its warmth as the Lord embraced me with His love. Once again He had lifted me from the miry clay and set me upon His solid Rock.

As the morning continued to awaken and my spirit began to sing, I heard the sweet birdsong echoing my sentiments, “Precious Lord, take my hand. Lead me on and help me stand. I am tired, I am weak, and I am worn. Through the storm, through the night, lead me on to the light…

Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home.”




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Sweet blessings to you,