Leaning Hard

 “I recently asked my friend’s little girl what she wanted to be when she grows up.  She said she wanted to be President some day.  Both of her parents, Democrats, were standing there, so I asked her, “If you were President, what would be the first thing you would do?” She replied, “I’d give food and houses to all the homeless people.”  Her parents beamed with pride. “Wow…what a worthy goal.”  I told her, “But you don’t have to wait until you’re President to do that. You can come over to my house and mow the lawn, pull weeds, and sweep my driveway, and I’ll pay you $50.  Then I’ll take you over to the grocery store where the homeless guy hangs out, and you can give him the $50 to use toward food and a new house.” She thought that over for a few seconds, then she looked me straight in the eye and asked, “Why doesn’t the homeless guy come over and do the work, and you can just pay him the $50?”  I said, “Welcome to the Republican Party.”  Her parents still aren’t speaking to me.”

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“Child of My Love! Lean hard! Let Me feel the
pressure of your care. I know your burden, child!
I shaped it- I poised it in My own hand and made
no proportion of its weight to your unaided strength.
For even as I laid it on, I said I shall be near, and
while she leans on Me, this burden shall be Mine,
not hers. So shall I keep My child within the circling
arms of My own love. Here lay it down! Do not
fear to impose it on a shoulder which upholds the
government of worlds! Yet closer come! You are
not near enough! I would embrace your burden,
so I might feel My child reposing on My breast.
You love Me! I know it. Doubt not, then. But,
loving me, lean hard!

–Mary Prentiss Smith

 

Psalm 55:22 ( NKJV)
 22 Cast your burden on the LORD,
         And He shall sustain you;
         He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.

Psalm 55:22  (NLT)

 22 Give your burdens to the Lord,
      and he will take care of you.
      He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.

Psalm 55:22  (AMP)

22Cast your burden on the Lord [releasing the weight of it] and He will sustain you; He will never allow the [consistently] righteous to be moved (made to slip, fall, or fail).

 Lord, every single good gift comes from You…

(From James 1:7)   One Thousand Gifts   http://www.aholyexperience.com/

 362.  I throw the full weight of my burdens on the Lord, releasing every care to Him.  He will take care of me and the things that concern me and He will always sustain me.  I am righteous “in Christ” and God will never permit those who are righteous in His Son to be moved.  In Him I will not slip, or fall or fail. (Personalizing Psalm 55:22 for me)  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0t6Cs5TRxU&feature=related

363. I will lean hard today upon the Shoulder which upholds the whole world.  I will press nearer and nearer to His loving heart.  I will snuggle in as close as I can get and He will draw me in nearer still.

364. The delight of watching my daughter victoriously overcome a struggle

 Leaning hard,

Paula

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8 thoughts on “Leaning Hard

  1. Dear Paula,

    I enjoy your numbered “praises” so much. The item you sent today by Mary Prentiss Smith reminded me of something I have by Andrew Murray that has blessed me. I wanted to share it and hope it’s not too long.

    Murray on Suffering
    Murray wrote this note to a woman who asked him how to deal with her adversity.

    “In time of trouble say,
    “First: He brought me here; it is by His will I am in this strait place: in that I will rest.
    “Next: He will keep me here in His love, and give me grace in this trial to behave as His child.
    “Then: He will make the trial a blessing, teaching me the lessons He intends me to learn, and working in me the grace He means to bestow.
    “Last: In His good time He can bring me out again – how and when He knows.
    “Say: I AM HERE – (1) by God’s appointment (2) in His keeping (3) under His training (4) for His time.”

    Love, Lillie

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  2. I flew over some mountains recently and thought about the power required to speak them into existence. Today I read in the book on Margins – God says He is omnipotent. Either He is or He isn’t. God says that He is omniscient. Either He is or He isn’t. God is love. Either He is or He isn’t. There is no middle ground. Praying for you to keep leaning hard on the God that IS all that He says He is. Nita

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  3. Beautiful thoughts, Nita. He sure IS all He says He is!!! Thx for the encouragemnt.

    Welcome back from your trip–look forward to getting together with you when it works out.

    Paula

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  4. It’s nice to hear from you, Christine. 🙂 I prayed for your Mom’s surgery and rcovery. Please pass along our love and let us know how things went when you get a chance please.

    Paula

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  5. Hi Paula,
    I am not sure I agree that God gave us these trials. I think that they are a part of this fallen world and that God allows them. But, at the same time I also know that He does not give us more than we can bear at any one time because He does expect us to lean hard on Him and trust in His goodness and grace. He knows exactly what we are going through and is going through it with us every second of every day. He wants nothing but what is best for us and that best is Himself so He will use anything to draw us closer to Himself so that we get to trust Him more and lean on Him harder.
    You, sweet sister in Christ give so much to others to encourage them and uplift them that I can just see Jesus smiling down at you and saying “that’s My Girl, look at what she is doing for Me. Isn’t she great!”
    Have heart sweet sister, you are beloved of God. Kathy

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  6. Kathy, I’m not sure exactly how all this works with what God “gives”, “what He allows”, etc but what a joy that we can be confident that we can trust Him completely with all the details of our lives no matter how things turn out.

    These are wise words you shared, Kathy :
    “But, at the same time I also know that He does not give us more than we can bear at any one time because He does expect us to lean hard on Him and trust in His goodness and grace. He knows exactly what we are going through and is going through it with us every second of every day. He wants nothing but what is best for us and that best is Himself so He will use anything to draw us closer to Himself so that we get to trust Him more and lean on Him harder.”
    AMEN! 🙂

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