Wrapped Up In His Arms

It’s so easy to feel alone.  Frustrations, stresses, and hurts in life can leave you wounded and feeling like no one understands what it’s like to be YOU.

That’s what it can feel like anyways. Satan loves to wrap us up in these feelings of loneliness.

I found a verse in the Bible that wraps me up a different way. Every time I read it, I feel warmth all over me, and a smile crosses my face. I feel God give me a spiritual hug. Every time I read it, the truth of what IS and who God is saturates my heart.

Want to hear it?

It’s Song of Solomon 2:6  It says, “His left hand is under my head, and his right hand embraces me.”

What a verse of love!  Such tenderness and comfort. What special attention is paid to us that we overlook! God places both His hands on us in such love.

We are not alone. We have not been left or abandoned. He cares for us with such strength! Do you feel it? Do you know it? Do you want it?

It’s there for us to grasp. We need only look for it.

Close your eyes.

Tune out all the noise surrounding you. All the chaos. Focus on the Lord. He is right there with you. Putting His left hand underneath your head so that you have someone to lean on and get strength from. Putting his right hand around you to embrace you so that you may be filled up with His love.

He’s there. For you.

And for me.

Don’t feel alone. Don’t let Satan mess with your heart and head like that. You are not. I am not. God is with us. He’s our Father. Where else would He be but consoling and wrapping us up with His love.


~ Dionna Sanchez




The Open Secret

Judges 16:15-Then she said to him, “How can you say, ‘I love you,’ when you won’t confide in me? This is the third time you have made a fool of me and haven’t told me the secret of your great strength.”(NIV)

I’m delighted to be contributing to The Fellowship of Devotional Bloggers. However, in order for me to post my devotionals,  I had to get permission.

I needed a password, a user name and a web address. Like Sampson, I’ll keep all of this information to myself, because it is for my own personal well-being.

Life is full of its little secrets, isn’t it? For instance, the government gives us permission to drive only after we have passed a test and received a license. Owning our own vehicle means registration numbers, insurance information and vehicle plates. We don’t share this sort of stuff because it is part of our private identification. It could be disastrous if others found it out and used it illegally.

While some secrets should remain secret,  others are best brought into the light. My biggest personal secrets included sexual abuse and an eating disorder. When I finally brought them into the open by sharing with others, God set to work on my healing.

To tell or not to tell? That is the question.

I do know the one open secret that I intend to share constantly.

John 3:16- For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (NIV)

How about you?

Prayer-Lord, give us the grace to know when to shut our mouth and when to open it wide by sharing your love and your salvation message with others.

Brenda J Wood,
Heart Felt Devotionals

God Gives More

The last few months have been extremely busy for me.  Work has picked up; I’m nearing the end of planning for my upcoming wedding (only 5 more weeks to go).  As I’m preparing to be a wife, I feel so unequipped to do this task God is calling me to.  This season has had different “trials” than I’ve previously experienced in my life but the testing has been there nonetheless.  Life has gotten busier, burdens are growing greater, cares are increasing and I’m growing more aware of my need for wisdom and dependence on God.   I’m more aware than ever that I need His strength, provision and perspective.  I’m constantly faced with the decision to trust in my own strength or to look to God as my Provider.

I was reminded today of the hymn “He Giveth More Grace” written by Annie J. Flint.  She suffered with severe crippling pain, yet her perspective was on God to provide.  I’m encouraged as I read these words, because they point me, not to her great faith, but to her great God.

He giveth more grace as our burdens grow greater,
He sendeth more strength as our labors increase;
To added afflictions He addeth His mercy,
To multiplied trials He multiplies peace.

When we have exhausted our store of endurance,
When our strength has failed ere the day is half done,
When we reach the end of our hoarded resources
Our Father’s full giving is only begun.

Fear not that your need shall exceed His provision,
Our God ever yearns His resources to share;
Lean hard on the arm everlasting, availing;
The Father both you and your load will upbear.

His love has no limits, His grace has no measure,
His power no boundary known unto men;
For out of His infinite riches in Jesus
He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again.

Let this be the song that comes from our hearts too… whether struggling with physical pain, the hectic schedule of this life, or some other trial that tempts to distract our focus from our God.  His power has no boundaries.  No matter what situation we face, no matter how overwhelming the obstacles may seem, God gives more.  He is ever ready to lend a hand of comfort, strength, correction and help.  Let us look to Him, for He is truly our great God.

[copyright, 2010, Emily Schankweiler; A Sacrifice of Praise]