Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Blessed Assurance

As we enter into a new day, a day that will possibly change our country as we know it, I reflected on times in my own life when there was only one thing to hold onto. That one thing was the certainty that God was in control~yesterday,today and forever.
In 1989 I lived in Cupertino Ca. and one October day my life was changed in an instant. We experienced the Loma Prieta earthquake. Although I was a California girl and had lived with earthquakes my entire life, this one was a major quake. I got through it but experienced what doctors call Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. I know that the anxiety I experienced was nothing compared to what our Vets go through after serving our country in war but any unexpected vibrations of the floor or loud noise panicked me. The only thing I can say that gave me comfort, I found in the Word of the Lord. Here was my verse from that time:
"God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,
And though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea;
Though its waters roar and foam,
Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride.
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
The holy dwelling places of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her, she will not be moved;
God will help her when morning dawns." Psalm 46:1-5

Many years later, after our girls were raised and adults I went back to work at a bank. One Saturday our bank was robbed and I was the one who was held up. It was very traumatic for me and for the remaining years I worked there I would be working during two more robberies.
Again, the Lord graciously gave me comfort in His Word. Here is the verse from that time frame.

"I have set the Lord continually before me; Because He is at my right hand I will not be shaken.
Therefore my heart is glad and my glory rejoices;
My flesh also will dwell securely." Psalm 16:8,9

As I pondered the magnitude of today's inauguration this song of old came to me again reassuring me that God is on the Throne.
Blessed Assurance
Blessed Assurance Jesus is Mine!
O what a foretaste of Glory divine!
Heir of salvation purchased of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.

This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long;
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long.

Written by a blind gal named Fanny J. Crosby in 1873

There is so much uncertainty in our world today; many are facing life threatening health issues, many are facing great losses due to our troubled economy while others still face situations that seem helpless. You, dear reader, may be facing the greatest trial in your life but take heart there is One who longs to help you~all you need to do is cry out to Him this day to save you. He is Faithful, He is trustworthy, He is merciful, His grace in new every morning and if you cry out to Him He will help you for He alone is able to save you. His name is Jesus; run to Him for He is waiting with His arms opened wide. He loves you so much He died for you.


  1. Oh Noreen,

    This is just awesome. This fed my soul this morning. I love old hymns. I wish we still sang them in church and this is one of my favorites. I can hear the melody in my mind now.

    These words are an encouragement and the scripture verses and truth and I DO rest in them. I love these Psalms and Psalm 91. Great post today. Thank you and know I love you tons. Hugs~

  2. Dear Noreen ~

    Thank you so very, very much! You are such an inspiration to me! I needed those words today!

    God bless you! You have certainly blessed me!

    Hugs ~

  3. Dear Noreen,

    What wonderful words of encouragement. I am so thankful that the Lord has brought you through those times so that I may be blessed to meet you!
    I love that song and Fanny Crosby's testimony.
    Miriam ~~~<><~~~~

  4. Great post. Thanks. Some hard times you have been through. Blessings to you sweetie.

  5. Just love that hymn and its meaning.



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