God Is Fighting For Us!

As I approach this Thanksgiving, I find myself immersed in a whole new level of gratefulness and, with that, a whole new level of praise to God for His many blessings in my life.

I talked to someone yesterday who was telling me about how God healed her. She said there’s no way she could ever sing praise songs the same way; the lyrics have become very real to her because her experience with her Savior is so real.

I get that. When we have a genuine encounter with the living God, everything else comes alive – even our worship.

Lately, I’ve been really enjoying the song, The Lion and the Lamb.

“He’s roaring with power, and fighting my battles.”

That’s one of my favorite lines because it reminds me of the awesomeness of God and His power to save. I have this visual of Him as a mighty warrior, coming to the rescue of those who are calling for help.

No matter what we may face, let’s take heart and be encouraged to know we serve a great God.

Nothing is too big for Him! Nothing is too difficult! Nothing is impossible!

Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me? Jeremiah 32:37

 

The Lord who rules over all has planned it. Who can stop him? He has reached out his powerful hand. Who can keep him from using it? Isaiah 14:27

 

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26

 

And one of the elders said to me, “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.” Revelation 5:5

 

For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Revelation 7:17

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

In The Spirit

pray-in-the-spiritI read a great post about this today from Jennifer O. White. It hit home because this is what God seems to be bringing to me over and over again – This message about prayer and, specifically, praying in the Spirit.

There is so much going on in the unseen world around me, mysteries I may never understand. But the God who created all things, Who knows all things, He tells me to pray.

And there have been many opportunities to do that lately. Most recently, I found out another family member has breast cancer. As soon as I got through shaking my head, I bowed it in prayer because, like the psalmist David, I’ve learned where true help comes from. It comes from the Maker of heaven and earth.

I’ve said since my diagnosis that, first and foremost, this has been a spiritual journey. A journey that had me on my face from the get-go. I’ve been a Christian for many years but, in this season, I find myself desperate to hear God and know Him better and walk with Him more closely than ever before.

It’s very obvious to my husband and I that we don’t have all the answers so we rely on the Holy Spirit to lead. At times, it’s been overwhelming. I’ve had days of discouragement, when it seems like I’m tossing slingshots at an invisible enemy.

Then again, I’ve been blessed with so many grace-filled moments. Times when God reached out through the support of friends and family.  And even strangers.

I met this young couple a couple months ago who told me they’d been praying for me since May. My name was included in an email requesting prayer and, even though they didn’t know me, the Holy Spirit told them to pray. So they did.

And, recently, my husband got a text he forwarded me from an acquaintance who said he had been impressed to pray for me that morning. I’ve never met this man, and what he didn’t know was that I had a doctor appointment that day that had me feeling down. I needed that prayer. And it was encouraging to know God had placed me on someone’s heart.

How incredibly humbling to realize just how personally God cares for me, how He cares for all of His children!

So, this balancing act continues…Me, like Peter, walking on the waves one minute and gargling salt water the next.

What I’m trying to say is, I’ve had my ups and downs. I guess that’s pretty normal when going through a trial. Because, the thing is, you can believe and yet find yourself asking, “Lord, help my unbelief.”

But God is mercifully teaching me that He is in control, and He moves in creative and unexplained ways to accomplish what He has purposed to do. He speaks to us through His word, through prayer and even through others willing to listen to the whisper of the Spirit.

Lord, help me and your people everywhere to understand the authority we have in Christ. Help us learn to discern your voice, praying in the Holy Spirit, allowing the manifestation of your power to be revealed. In Jesus’ name we ask these things. Amen!

Below is an interview with John Eldredge, author of Moving Mountains, a book I read this year on prayer that you might enjoy reading too. You can order the book here if interested.

Feel free to forward this post if you think it can help someone you know. God bless you!

Election Day Encouragement

There has been a lot said about this historic day so I will just add this word of encouragement…

the-lord-above-allNo matter what happens in our nation and in our world, God is sovereign. When we elect to acknowledge Him as LORD of all, our peace is secure; our future is sure.

In God we trust.

To say this, and mean it? It’s the greatest decision we will ever make.

Health Resources – A Free Event This Weekend!

I thought it might be time to post some things that have helped me in my health journey so far in hopes that it may help someone else out there.

Right up front, I want to praise the Lord for showing me that HE is my life, and His Word is the Source of ALL truth. That said, Proverbs 11:14 states that,  Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.”

With that in mind, here are a few avenues of counsel God has or is choosing to use in my life.

First, here’s something I haven’t experienced yet but, since it’s coming up quickly, I wanted to tell you about it.

truth_about_cancer_greenmedinfoAt the Truth About Cancer Ultimate Live Symposium, many respected health experts will speak on how to avoid and overcome cancer and other diseases. We’ll get to hear from Dr. Mercola – Mike Adams – Dr. Burzynski – Dr. Josh Axe – Sayer Ji – Dr. Andrew Wakefield – Dr. Jonathan Wright – Dr. Leigh Erin Connealy – Jordan Rubin – G. Edward Griffin – Jeffrey Smith – Dr. Robert Scott Bell – Ocean Robbins – And more.

If you’re like me, you want to be as knowledgeable as possible and this is sure to be extremely informative. I’m expecting it to be encouraging and inspiring as well!

Live streaming begins this Friday, October 14th and concludes on Sunday evening.

You can sign up here for FREE access to this event.

Second, one of the speakers is Dr. Patrick Quillin. I did read his best-selling book, Beating Cancer With Nutrition, and would recommend it to anyone. This guy knows his stuff and the book contains lots of great information. You can get it here: Beating Cancer with Nutrition (Fourth Edition) Rev

Third, it so happens that another speaker is Chris Wark. He is not a doctor but a cancer survivor. He’s also a Christian, which is awesome. His website, ChrisBeatCancer.com is one of the first ones I discovered after my diagnosis and it’s full of resources and encouraging survivor stories. Here’s the link if you want to check it out.

I don’t want this post to get too long so I’ll do some follow ups in the near future on this subject. I’ll also keep adding things to my Resource Page.

Meanwhile, here’s one thing I’ve learned. There’s a TON of opinions and info out there so I have to just pray and ask the Holy Spirit to help me discern what has merit and what doesn’t.

I encourage you to do the same. There’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all approach to healing. But, as we look to the Lord for help, He will guide us to do what we need to do.

By the way, please feel free to share this if you think it might help someone you know.

Also, leave a comment below if you have some advice, tips or resources of your own you’d like to share.

Blessings!

Where is God?

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Sometimes, when you’re going through difficulties, you can start to wonder. Where is God?

This year, as I’ve battled for my health, I have called out to the Lord, asking for eyes to see, ears to hear and a heart of understanding. I have prayed that I would be able to behold the unseen glories of God. Like the prophet Elisha who, when facing a great army, said this in response to his nervous aide’s question “What shall we do?”

“’Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.’ And Elisha prayed, and said, ‘Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.’ Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.” 2 Kings 6: 16-17

How awesome to know that my God is greater than any foe!  When I cry out to Him, He answers just like Elisa…”Do not fear.”

I only have to be still to recognize God’s presence.

Because, it’s in the stillness where Mary sits at Jesus’ feet, listening to His words, recipient of a gift that “would not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:42

It’s in the quiet, where David writes the 23rd Psalm, recording for all time the beautiful metaphor of the Lord as a Shepherd who “restores my soul”. Psalm 23: 1-6

It’s in the solitary places where Jesus goes to pray, gaining strength to sustain Him in the fulfillment of His earthly mission; “For that is why I have come.” Mark 1: 35-39

It’s where I found myself as I was watching this video of a song by the late Rich Mullins, marveling at the stunning images and lyrics, caught up in the greatness and grandeur of Almighty God.

In the middle of trying circumstances, questions abound; God, where are you? What do I do? 

But when we quiet our souls and find Him in the stillness, there is an abundance of peace.

Where is God? In this holy hush, I see. I hear. I understand.

God is in me, and all around me.

I don’t have to wonder, when His wonders are everywhere.

* I invite you to pause whatever you’re doing and enjoy this time of stillness. I hope you are able to connect with with God. I pray you will hear Him calling out your name, even as you are calling out for Him.

Calling Out Your Name

Well the moon moved past Nebraska
And spilled laughter on them cold Dakota Hills
And angels danced on Jacob’s stairs
Yeah, they danced on Jacob’s stairs
There is this silence in the Badlands
And over Kansas the whole universe was stilled
By the whisper of a prayer
The whisper of a prayer

And a single hawk bursts into flight
And in the east the whole horizon is in flames
I feel thunder in the sky
I see the sky about to rain
And I hear the prairies calling out Your name

I can feel the earth tremble
Beneath the rumbling of the buffalo hooves
And the fury in the pheasant’s wings
And there’s fury in a pheasant’s wings
And it tells me the Lord is in His temple
And there is still a faith that can make the mountains move
And a love that can make the heavens ring
And I’ve seen love make heaven ring

Where the sacred rivers meet
Beneath the shadow of the Keeper of the plains
I feel thunder in the sky
I see the sky about to rain
And I hear the prairies calling out Your name

From the place where morning gathers
You can look sometimes forever ’til you see
What time may never know
What time may never know
How the Lord takes by its corners this old world
And shakes us forward and shakes us free
To run wild with the hope
To run wild with the hope

The hope that this thirst will not last long
That it will soon drown in a song not sung in vain
And I feel thunder in the sky
I see the sky about to rain
And I hear the prairies calling out Your name

And I know this thirst will not last long
That it will soon drown in the song not sung in vain
I feel the thunder in the sky
I see the sky about to rain
And with the prairies I am calling out Your name