Word-Filled Wednesday - Nehemiah 6:1-9

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When word came to Sanballat, Tobiah, Geshem the Arab and the rest of our enemies that I had rebuilt the wall and not a gap was left in it -- though up to that time I had not set the doors in the gates -- Sanballat and Geshem sent me this message: "Come, let us meet together in one of the villages on the plain of Ono."

But they were scheming to harm me; so I sent messengers to them with this reply: "I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and go down to you?" Four times they sent me the same message, and each time I gave them the same answer.

The, the fifth time, Sanballat sent his aide to me with the same message, and in his hand was an unsealed letter in which was written:

"It is reported among the nations -- and Geshem says it is true -- that you and the Jews are plotting to revolt, and therefore you are building the wall. Moreover, according to these reports, you are about to become their king and have even appointed prophets to make this proclamation about you in Jerusalem: 'There is a king in Judah!' Now this report will get back to the king; so come, let us confer together."

I sent him this reply; "Nothing like what you are saying is happening; you are just making it up out of your head."

They were all trying to frighten us, thinking, "Their hands will get too weak for the work, and it will not be completed."

But I prayed, "Now strengthen my hands."

Nehemiah 6:1-9



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19 Thoughts Shared:

Joan said...

Lovely photo and great verse. Happy WFW! Blessings

Twinkle Mom said...

Oh that image of small hands!! Powerful Melanie!! Aren't we all like that in our Fathers hand when He reaches out for us?

Omah's Helping Hands said...

Very good Scripture! We all need that extra strength.

Joyfull said...

I have always loved this Scripture, you truly brought it to life today! Happy WFW.

Laurie Ann said...

Great Scripture and picture. I love Ezra! Happy WFW!

Shauna said...

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing :) ♥ Hugs!

Alicia, The Snowflake said...

Very good! May we never forget to pray for strength!

Natalie said...

That is precious!

Michele Williams said...

I don't know how many times I have prayed that! Thank you for sharing... Blessings.

Debra said...

Oh Melanie...that was so powerful! I just loved it! Blessings to you today, sweet sister!

lori said...

Melanie....that WAS powerful and the image fits perfectly...we all need that strength at times...what a comfort to know that there is always a hand extended...
peace,
lori

Tammy said...

What a great picture - I love the books of Ezra and Nehemiah...a few of God's promises being fulfilled. Have a blessed WFW!

Tricia said...

I love that Melanie! That picture is so precious!


I checked out your magnet bracelets, they look beautiful. I wondered if you would recommend one that is more manly, one that my husband may not mind wearing? I think he really should try one!

Blessings!

Rebecca said...

Wow. That was powerful. The story of Nehemiah has always had special significance to me and my husband (he builds walls). I love that photo and verse. But I also love the line, "Nothing like what you said is happening, you are just making it up out of your head." I've felt that way before, but don't know if I had the guts to say it out loud. Got to love Nehemiah.

Denise said...

So very lovely.

God Chaser said...

Thanks so very much for sharing this one- it hasn't been that long since I have read this account but I missed "Now strengthen my hands"

blessings, jou, love and peace

Susan said...

Sorry I didn't get by yesterday. Oh, this is so beautiful Melanie!

Hope you have a blessed day today♥

CruxG said...

This is a great passage with many lessons in it. I stumbled upon your blog while researching a post focused on Nehemiah for my blog. I hadn't thought of using this passage, but the word is alive and sometimes reading it in different circumstances brings new meaning. Thank you for that it came just when I needed it. Check my blog out at http://bldngthewall.blogspot.com/

Amydeanne said...

very lovely! Thanks for sharing! :)