Resting between God's shoulders


Earlier this week, during a quiet time, I discovered a beautiful text found in Deuteronomy 33:12... As I read this text (see photo above), a song called 'Footprints in the sand" came to mind: 
                 

"... and the one the Lord loves, rests
between His shoulders"
Deuteronomy 33:12


"I promise you I'm always there
when your heart is filled 
with sorrow and despair
I'll carry you when you need a friend,
You'll find My footprints in the sand"

~ Exert from Footprints in the Sand

... little did I realise at the time, but my Father was preparing me for the week ahead...

When no-one else understands



The Lord knew that as the week progressed, I would find myself facing great emotional turmoil due to a painfully difficult situation which has left me feeling helpless, misunderstood and alone. He also knew I would suffer from a re-occurring respiratory infection, which added to the aforementioned, has left me feeling exhausted.

But all the while, God was standing by... waiting to lift me up and carry me between His shoulders... held close... so close I can hear His still, small voice whisper: "I understand your emotional pain; your tiredness, your feelings of helplessness and despair - really understand."  

And as I read this beautiful text again, and listen to the spiritual song, I can feel His heart beat with every single word... and, yes... I believe... God truly does understand... 

Safely snuggled between God's shoulders


I marvel at God's loving goodness as I snuggle safely between His shoulders... He is carrying me... and as I rest upon His beautiful words of reassurance, comfort and understanding, I slowly feel my strength returning...

Q. Are you lonely... tired... discouraged?  If "yes", then I urge you to turn to God's Word and pray:
  • Firstly, for a 'Word of encouragement' to stand upon in your time of need.
  • Secondly, for a spiritual song, i.e. "a song in the night"... a song which will encourage you in the Lord, and turn your heaviness into a garment of praise.
Such will lift you up [emotionally and spiritually] placing you securely between God's shoulders, and enabling you to regain strength through Him.


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Wendy is originally from the North West coast of Scotland, near Glencoe. She trusted the Lord Jesus as Saviour in November 1986 during a Faith Mission Campaign.  A year later, she attended Faith Mission Bible College which gave her a good foundation in the Word of God and prayer. Wendy has spoken of God's saving grace and faithfulness in churches around Scotland and in Southern Ireland and has had great joy in leading souls to the Lord as a result.  Not always to be found on the straight-and-narrow, she backslid for 6 years during which time she met and married a non Christian. Mercifully, God drew this prodigal back to Himself shortly after she married, and since then, she has also surrendered her life to Jesus.  You can learn a little more about this Scottish lass and how she came to know the Lord by clicking: "My Testimony".  You can also follow Wendy on her journey in faith on Encourage 1 Another by subscribing by email - please click here.

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37 comments:

Stefanie Brown said...

Love the Deuteronomy verse!
Awesome...

Wendy said...

It is indeed a lovely verse Stefanie. I don't know how I've never paid attention to it before now, but sometimes the Lord brings a verse, passage of the Bible alive at precisely the time we need to hear it.

Pam said...

This is one of my favorite verses. I came across it once in an inspirational novel, where the character spoke of it as God's Hug. I never would have thought of that until I read that. Beautiful how He is carrying you there in all that has been happening. May you know his healing in every way needed and beyond! Blessings!

Wendy said...

Thank you for your prayer Pam - so appreciated.

Michelle said...

So true, Wendy. Father God, I pray your strength and peace into Wendy. Continue to pour into her abundantly...we rest in your presence Lord and in your comfort. In Your Holy Name.

Wendy said...

Thank you for praying for me Michelle... God bless you.

Little Birdie Blessings said...

Wendy, I'm so sorry you're going through a difficult time. Thanks for bringing this verse to our attention. Praying for physical and emotional healing for you. ~ Abby

Wendy said...

Thank you for your prayer support Abby.

Nina Bille said...

Thank you for the encouraging post and a lovely verse from Deutoronomy! The picture illustrates so well how we can just rest in God, letting His strength carry us through!

marty said...

How odd, yet timely, that as I visit through the various link ups this week that the theme over and over again is that God is faithful and cares for His children!
Praying that He will bring resolution to your situation and the peace that surpasses all understanding to your heart and mind!

Pamela said...

Between His shoulders...how I love that. I'm praying peace and strength will invade your heart and body. It is so awesome that our God knows!

Susan said...

Oh what a precious promise to cling to.

Praying you feel the comfort and great love of our Father today!

Blessings...♥

Wendy said...

Nice to meet you Nina! Yes, Deuteronomy 33:12 is indeed a beautiful verse. It sure is a blessing to me this week.

Wendy said...

Thank you for your lovely prayer Marty... so appreciated.

Wendy said...

Thank you for your prayer support Pamela. It's lovely to have you visit.

Wendy said...

Nice to meet you Susan! Thank you for your prayer support. I really appreciate everyone who has prayed very much.

BARBIE said...

What a beautiful verse. So thankful that God is always with us. Praying you feel better and have blessed week.

Laura Rath said...

I've been praying for you Wendy!

Thoughts for the day said...

That picture speaks of so much, actually both of them, the beach one and the one of the child over the dad's shoulder. Good thoughts.

Wendy said...

Thank you Barbie!

Wendy said...

I am so grateful for you Laura and for your online ministry.

Wendy said...

Nice to meet you Sharon. I didn't realise it at the time, but the photo image I used is the same image as in the video!

Lisa notes... said...

I love the imagery of resting between his shoulders. I think I'll go do that right now...

Wendy said...

Bless, Lisa! :D

joy said...

There is no better place than God's presence. His words is alive and refreshes those who believes. Thanks for sharing. Dropping by from Tell me a story. My entry: I hated my life: willyouhearfromme.blogspot.com

Wendy said...

Nice to meet you Joy... It's very true that God's word is alive and refreshes those who believe. I really have been strengthened through His Word in Deuteronomy 33:12. The power of His Word is amazing.

Vilisi said...

I love that scripture!
So comforting ... Thank you so much for posting this. :)

Lori said...

Stefanie,
Two great pieces of advice for dealing with discouragement. The latter, songs of praise, is amazing to me. How singing a praise song, though it does nothing to change our situation, lifts our spirits out of the "slough of despond." God created music to minister, and minister it does. Visiting from Be Not Weary today :)

Wendy said...

Hi Lori!

I have been amazed at the power which God releases into our lives at times of great difficulty and trial when we apply these 2 things.

Good to have you stop by today... always nice to see you :D

Judith said...

Wendy this spoke deep into my heart tonight. Emotional pain can run so deep in your heart that you can feel it. I love that poem...Footprints in the sand, and I loved your encouraging words. You are such a sweet friend just a stone throw across the Atlantic Ocean.
Oh...I got so deeply involved in your sweet words that I almost forgot to thank you for linking up with me this week at WholeHearted Home.

I will pray for you my dear friend.

Wendy said...

Thank you for your prayers Judith... much appreciated, especially as my hubby and myself have to go through this same 'awful situation' again on 19th.

Sylvia R said...

I don't know why, Wendy, but just starting to read this brought tears to my eyes. Maybe because I can identify with your feelings, maybe because that photo illustrates the Deuteronomy verse so well, or maybe because God, Who understands so thoroughly and feels your pain better than anybody, somehow passed a sense of it on to me. I do know what this is like, and will be praying for you.

So glad we're "next-door neighbors" at TPT this week!

Wendy said...

I am grateful for your prayer support Sylvia. Thank you.

A Joyful Noise said...

Storms of adversity hit us when we least expect it, but the God of all comfort is able to allow us to find his peace. I like the way you refered to us being consoled on his shoulder. Thank you for sharing at "Tell Me a Story."

Sarah (Nikki) said...

this song and your words...exactly what I needed to hear today. Thanks Wendy

What Joy Is Mine said...

Wendy...After reading your post, I decided to see if I had marked this verse in my own Bible...and seeing I had not, I did. Thank you for the comfort shared by your testimony here. We can rest in Him in all things. Thank you also for sharing this week at WJIM. You are one of my features this week. Blessings to you sweet friend.

Create With Joy said...

Thanks for sharing your encouraging post with us at Inspire Me Monday, Wendy!

Congrats - I've featured you this week at

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