Morning Meditation — What the Headlines Don’t Tell You

by | Jun 20, 2016 | Morning Meditation


For I said, “Steadfast love will be built up forever; in the heavens you will establish your faithfulness.”  You have said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one; I have sworn to David my servant: ‘I will establish your offspring forever, and build your throne for all generations.’” Selah Psalm 89:2-4

Reading the morning headlines from my warm spot in bed, I pause like the Selah asks of me in the Psalms.

I cling to the truth and yet the actions of others and situations out of my control make me wonder, doubt, and worry about the future, not just for myself but for my children. Deep down in my gut, I knew when they were still being formed in the womb, our children would face a different kind of hardship and persecution.

Was I being selfish bringing life into a world wrestling through a pervasive darkness? Will they grasp onto the cord that draws them toward the Light? Or walk past it for empty promises of sparkly hope in a box, pay check, bottle, or jar?


Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds. Psalm 36:5

There isn’t a retractable measuring tape long enough to assign limits to His love and faithfulness. No time limitations on the covenant He makes with us from the time we utter a vulnerable yes to following Him. No circumstance can change His mind or erase the promises he makes with us.

There is no darkness so deep He cannot conquer it; no situation in the world or within the walls of your house He is not able to overcome.




When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. 2 Samuel 7:12-17

A forever kingdom does not exist because we have everything figured out or because we make all the right choices. A forever kingdom exists because He sits on the throne. And that is good news for us, for our children and for those who will come after them.

As you wake up and read today’s headlines that ask you to make choices holding ramifications, not just for you, but future generations, remember God is sovereign, His ways are mysterious, and of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end (Isaiah 9:7). May we not acquiesce but move forward in zeal. His forever kingdom is established in justice and upheld in righteousness through each of us, his children.

Let’s have eyes to read past today and into eternity. Our future is secure because our Father is the King of Kings. Know your work today is significant because it is also about the Father’s business. He holds everything together in His capable hands.


He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end. Luke 1:32

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  1. Kris Camealy

    Such a needed word today, Shelly. I literally just read those verses in Psalm 89, and then wandered over here, only to see them again paired with your reflections. Thank you for this.

    • Shelly Miller

      Glad it was timely Kris. You’re on my heart this morning, thinking of you and praying God blesses your day. xx

  2. Shelly Wildman

    Love this so much, Shelly. God IS in control. He will not relinquish His throne. We need to remember this today. Thank you!

  3. SunSteepedDays

    Every word here is a needed reminder of the unfailing faithfulness and truth of God. Thank you, Shelly, and good morning!

  4. jillie

    Hi Shelly! Surprise Surprise! It’s been a long while since I’ve written any comments, but I’m still reading you & enjoying so much your stunning photos!

    This is a timely post, what with all that’s going on in our world today. Just had a written conversation with my Daughter over these very things. (She & husband moved to Prince Edward Island here in Canada a year & half ago now, which was hard on this Mum.) She is turning 30 this August, expressing how she hopes we still have lots of time until the Lord returns for His own. She passed along a word to me via her Uncle Bill, a Baptist Pastor, via a close Muslim friend of his. This man has come to Christ & is a Pastor himself now, and he revealed a little-known explanation of what “the master plan” is for the world, according to the Muslims. Scary stuff indeed!

    I then wrote back that I believe all things will be coming to a head very soon. I believe Christ’s return is very imminent. All things are in place for this to happen. I tried to reassure her, that indeed HE has a the far-better “Master Plan” and we are not to fear. He has made more-than-wonderful promises toward His own, a Covenant that will NEVER be broken! He will not leave us, will not forsake us. We have The Blessed Hope, something most in this world have no clue about. In the meantime, we are to occupy until He comes, be about HIS Kingdom business, sharing His love with those around us, watching & waiting for that Glorious Day. Most of all, we must not fear, but rest in Him.

    Thank you for this today, Shelly. Beautiful & full of Hope, as always. Wish I was there with you.

    Love, jillie

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