Sunday Scripture – Psalm 61:1-5

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Sometimes, prayer is the only thing that brings me peace. I know I could save myself from the stressed out, anxious place I find myself in if I prayed just as much before things get bad, but I’m human and I will never be perfect in prayer.

I started my spring semester of college this week, and “syllabus week” means pretty much no homework, but my mind has made up for the lack of work by going into overdrive. I’ve found that it’s when I have too much free time, just hanging around by myself, that I spend too much time on my phone and I have too much time left alone with my thoughts.

 

Psalm 61:1-5 is the scripture I chose to reflect on this week! Here it is from the NIV:

Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer.

From the ends of the earth I call to you,
I call as my heart grows faint;
lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
For you have been my refuge,
a strong tower against the foe.

I long to dwell in your tent forever
and take refuge in the shelter of your wings.
For you, God, have heard my vows;
you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name.

God is the ultimate refuge, shelter, and strength, and all we need to do is ask and open our hearts to Him. In our low times, He will always bring us to “the rock that is higher”. He is the best listener, friend, and comforter, and He is always waiting for us to reach out and speak up. I’ve found that some of my most important conversations happen without words and some of my greatest peace comes in silence.

The psalms are beautiful guides for how we should pray. It can be difficult to find the words, but there’s a psalm for just about any situation and it makes them great prayers that are already written, when our own voice is hard to find.

I am continuously working on handing my troubles over to God and letting him be my refuge. He brings endless peace, comfort, and love, and those are things I can always use more of.

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12 Comments

  1. Jim Kilton
    January 15, 2017

    Kristen,,it does my heart good to see a. Young person like you realize that everything comes from God. Keep up the good work and continue to place your faith in God.
    Grandpa

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    1. kristenshane
      January 15, 2017

      It’s a beautiful thing to have learned! Thanks for reading, your comments always make my day!

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  2. Michelle Malone
    January 15, 2017

    Beautiful post, Kristin! Isn’t it a good feeling to know that we are safe in his arms? One thing he never does is let go. I hope you have a great semester! Keep your mind stayed on him, and everything will fall into place. May blessings abound! <3

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    1. kristenshane
      January 15, 2017

      It is the most comforting feeling and I never want to forget that feeling. I am working on handing him my problems more and more and it is already transforming my life for the better! Thanks for reading, Michelle! Peace & blessings 🙂

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      1. Rosie Kilton
        January 16, 2017

        Dear Kristen,Your insight defies your “age”…..H-m-m-,sometimes I wonder what your thoughts were when you were a “toddler”—I have so much comfort in knowing our dear Lord is constantly watching over us and I too, ask and thank Him for His Devine guidance,goodness and mercy..God’s blessing to you,my dear “grand”..Love, Gransie

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        1. kristenshane
          January 16, 2017

          Love and blessings to you too!

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  3. Aunt Paige
    January 15, 2017

    Hi Kristen – Gransie and Grandpa recently told me about your blog and I’ve read your new posts and also several of the older ones. You are very gifted and talented and wise beyond your years. Your writings are very well thought out and are thought provoking. Your words inspire me and remind me of many things I may know but need to hear over and over again. God has given you a gift and I think He must be very pleased to see how you are using it. Continue to keep your focus on God. He will see you through the good times and the tough times. Good luck this semester. May God continue to give you the grace, strength, and courage that only He can provide. Love you! Aunt Paige

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    1. kristenshane
      January 16, 2017

      Wow thanks so much Aunt Paige, this is so sweet!!! I really appreciate you reading & all your love and support ❤️

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  4. styledbymckenz
    January 18, 2017

    Hey girly, I tagged you in my latest blog post! Check it out here- https://styledbymckenz.wordpress.com/2017/01/18/blog-awards-catch-up/ xoxo 🙂

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    1. kristenshane
      January 18, 2017

      Thanks so much! 🙂

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  5. Only1LadyV
    February 2, 2017

    Love it! Keep up the good work

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    1. kristenshane
      February 2, 2017

      Thank you!!

      Reply

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