KARLA LEES

SHARING HOPE TO THE HURTING, THE BROKEN & THE LONELY.

These past few days, I have been pondering Psalm 91. I like to reread the Psalms in different translations, as I find I learn something new and fresh in the Word all over again when I do.

The language used in the Passion Translation below reaffirmed for me that God is my living shelter, holding me close as He faithfully protects, shields and rescues me with all His might. No matter what I face, He is my constant hiding place!

When you abide under the shadow of Shaddai, you are hidden in the strength of God Most High. He’s the hope that holds me and the stronghold to shelter me, the only God for me, and my great confidence.
He will rescue you from every hidden trap of the enemy, and He will protect you from false
accusation and any deadly curse. His massive arms are wrapped around you, protecting you. You can run under His covering of majesty and hide. His arms of faithfulness are a shield keeping you from harm.”
(Psalm 91:1-4 TPT)

#psalmninetyone #sharingHope


I shared yesterday about how things have been difficult in this season of uncertainty.

There has been one constant.

God.

The closer I come to Him, the smaller my fears & anxious thoughts become, until they are snuffed out in His Presence.

I am seeing unexpected blessings coming out of my obedience to follow where He is leading me, and the second half of Psalm 16 puts it perfectly. David knew as I am learning that it’s okay to bring your situation and emotions to God just as they are, and then as time is spent seeking His face & direction, a clear pathway becomes apparent. One with God walking closely beside each of us as we follow His lead.🙏🙌

My Praise

“The way You counsel me makes me praise You more, for Your whispers in the night give me wisdom, showing me what to do next.

Because I set You, Yahweh, always close to me, my confidence will never be weakened, for I experience Your wraparound presence every moment. My heart and soul explode with joy—full of glory!

Even my body will rest confident and secure. For You will not abandon me to the realm of death, nor will You allow your Faithful One to experience corruption.

Because of You, I know the path of life, as I taste the fullness of joy in Your presence. At Your right side I experience  divine pleasures forevermore!”

(Psalm 16:7-11 TPT)

#highlandsandtheheartache

Sometimes I can’t find the right words to express myself. Shocking as that sounds, it likely explains why I am such a voracious reader.

One of my favorite authors is David. The shepherd, the king, the sinner, the worshipper with no holding back, the songwriter. Because I can relate to him, I find myself drawn to his work, and this Psalm is one of my faves.

For David lives in the heights of the highlands, the depths of heartache and everything in between. Just like you and I.

(And I love Psalm 16 in the Passion Translation, for it reads like I think and speak!)

🌿My Protection (vs 1-4)

Keep me safe, O mighty God. I run to You, my safe place.
I said to Yahweh, “You are my Maker and my Master. Any good thing You find in me has come from You.”

And He said to me, “My holy lovers in the land are my glorious ones, who fulfill all my desires.” Yet there are those who yield to their weakness, and they will have troubles unending. I never gather with such ones, nor give them honor in any way.

🌿My Portion (vs 5-6)

Yahweh, You alone are my inheritance.You are my prize, my pleasure, and my portion. You hold my destiny and its timing in your hands. Your pleasant path leads me to pleasant places. I’m overwhelmed by the privileges that come with following You!

#highlandsandtheheartache

These past few months have been a journey unlike any other I have experienced of late.

I have encountered God in both the ⛰️ highland mountain tops and the 💔 heartache of the valleys. Honestly, there hasn’t been a day where I have had an uneventful day either way that I can bring to mind. And you know what, friend? I have learned that that is okay.

💡For God has been reminding me that even in the dark of night, He continues to be my Light. And He shines all the brighter in the hardship.

🎶When I recently heard the @hillsongunited song “Highlands” which I shared yesterday, the following verses immediately came to mind.

🫂Reassuring me that God with me, strengthening me and calming me along the ups and downs of the path I take.

🔊Speaking louder than the voice of fear, which can’t remain in His presence.

💨Blowing rest through my soul as it soothes and grounds me with the truth they contain:

🌿”Even when Your path takes me through the valley of deepest darkness, fear will never conquer me, for You already have! Your authority is my strength and my peace. The comfort of Your love takes away my fear. I’ll never be lonely, for you are near.” (Psalm 23:4 TPT)

#highlandsandtheheartache #sharingHope #Godwithus

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🎶H I G H L A N D S⛰️
(Song of Ascent)

by Hillsong United

“Oh, how high would I climb mountains if the mountains were where You hide.Oh, how far I’d scale the valleys if You graced the other side.

And, oh, how long have I chased rivers from lowly seas to where they rise, against the rush of grace descending from the source of its supply.

‘Cause in the highlands and the heartache, You’re neither more or less inclined. I would search and stop at nothing – You’re just not that hard to find.

I will praise (You) on the mountain and I will praise You when the mountain is in my way. You’re the summit where my feet are, so I will praise You in the valleys all the same. No less God within the shadows, no less faithful when the night leads me astray. ‘Cause You’re the heaven where my heart is in the highlands and the heartache all the same…”

Watch the video & hear the rest of the lyrics here:

#highlandsandtheheartache
#songofascent #sharingHope

November 11th is a day where we remember the sacrifices of those who fought for our freedom.

They chose to devote themselves to justice, thousands and thousands of Canadians, knowing they might not return to their loved ones.

Their devotion, and their sacrifice, is beautiful.

There is no greater love than that of one who lays down their life for yours.

I remember.
I respect.
I appreciate.
I honor.

May we remember, respect, appreciate and honor our veterans. Always.

#remembranceday🌹#lestweforget

🌿R E M E M B E R🎶
Bryan & Katie Torwalt

“How quickly we forget the God who lives in every day. How easy to lose sight that You reside in the mundane. How quickly we forget the power that’s running through our veins, the kind of power that empties graves.

And oh my soul, remember Who you’re talking to. The only one who death bows to, that’s the God who walks with you. And oh my soul You know that if He did it then He can do it all again. His power can still raise the dead, don’t tell me that He’s finished yet….”

🎵Hear the full song & read the rest of the lyrics here:

https://youtu.be/3TM-daXqYAA

#remember #sharingHope

On the days when I feel out of Your sight, You remind me I am always on Your mind for my name is written on Your hands. And when I feel unloveable, You call me, “Beloved.” Wow!

“Look, I’ve written your names on the backs of my hands.” (Isaiah 49:16 MSG)

“…as God’s chosen ones, holy and BELOVED…” (Colossians 3:12)

#prayHer #sharingHope

No matter what is going on in my life or yours, we have an open invitation, 24/7, every day for the rest of our lives to spend time with God.

🌿C O M E🔑

The door is wide open because of Jesus. The invitation is spreading far and wide thanks to Holy Spirit. The Father is waiting inside for you to come.

And this invitation is for all of us to come. Just as we are.

Hurt, mad, broken, sad.
Messed up by our choices, and others decisions. Whether we think we are worthy to approach or not.

There is nothing you have done He isn’t already aware of, or that will deny you entrance if you really want to come.

His love not only made the way, but is the Way. The way to living a life with His love, guidance and constant presence as He helps us through whatever we face and makes us new through it all.

🔑The key is to come.

🌿Stop hiding. Just like in the garden of Eden, He already knew. Just like the woman by the well, He already knew. But His love is so great for us that He extends hope and a good future to each of us who takes Him up on the invitation to come.

Even if you are so emotionally drained or brokenhearted all you can say, “I’m here, God.” That’s all it takes.

Even if the worry or anxiety is so high that you can’t get any words out, but have a bucket of freshly cried tears to offer. He’ll receive them.

💕His love is so great for you that He will always, every single time, take you as you are. Hand of help extended out, caring eyes looking to connect with yours, loving smile directed your way.

🌿COME🔑

As I once again take a look at Matthew 6:24-32, I am drawn to the next verse – which for me is the major take away of this passage.

“Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.”
(Matthew 6:33 MSG)

⌚STEEP

Anyone who makes coffee or tea knows that you need to give time for the water & the coffee grounds/loose leaf tea to infuse one another, so that the flavour & fragrance are fully released. Only then is the beverage ready to be sipped and savored.

And that process of steeping takes time.

Just like making the perfect cuppa, in order for us to develop the faith and trust that God is our provider – we need to daily seek Him in His Word and water the seeds of faith they contain for that trust to grow.

Our worry or fussing will naturally give way as we soak in His Promises, and give them the time to infuse within our hearts and minds. Because worry doesn’t get me anywhere but stuck in my own head, and get my emotions all wound up in a knot of stress and what ifs.

When we let go of our concern for getting, and receive the gift of His care for us, we begin to accept Him as Provider.

For the One who loves us so will take care of the object of that affection.

And the longer we speak that over ourselves and claim it as the Truth that it is, the more it will steep and permeate us within. Deeping our trust, confirming our faith. So we can see all the ways He is meeting our needs and providing for us, and accept the peace which comes with that insight.

Because the reality is that God is not only our initiator as Creator, but the One who draw us to Him, and provides all the resources we need to grow. Including the Words which remind me of all I need and You provide, such as this verse.

Don’t know about you, but the next time I put my kettle on or prepare my French press, this verse is going to come to mind.

And God, I don’t mind if it does as long as You help it to steep deep in this willing vessel, until it releases the fragrance You delight in most – a trusting faith.

#steepdeep