My Mess and God’s Mercy

FTI The Lord is close to the brokenhearted

So, once again, I was home just a couple of days after surgery and I was a mess – an overwhelmed, distraught, weeping mess. I thought I was losing it!

But…

God proved faithful to answer my cries for help, and the remainder of this post is my testimony to the fact that The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18 (By the way, other than my husband, none of the people mentioned below knew anything of the anguish I had been dealing with, so I knew God was speaking to me through them, giving just what I needed at the perfect time.)

First, he used my husband to counsel and console and pray with me. Every once in a while I’d hear him singing that old hymn….“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning, new every morning, great is thy faithfulness, Oh Lord. Great is thy faithfulness.”

What a privilege to be married to a man of God!

Then, I got a text from a friend with a song that spoke to me of God’s restoration, mercy and redemption, and I felt Him drawing closer to me. If you haven’t heard Clean by Natalie Grant, watch the video below. Wow!

Next, I got a text from my sister. It was a photo of the Grand Canyon and you could make out a faint image of a man standing on the edge above it. She followed with this:

“It strikes me that from our human perspective, we can sometimes feel so small and insignificant relative to seemingly insurmountable obstacles in our path. When we arrive at the very edge of where our human ability can take us, we are reminded that God is with us. He is always with us, offering to carry us with the very hands that carved these vast canyons.”

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

A bit later, my husband came to me with something he felt the Lord impressed on him to share with me – a promise from God spoken years earlier would now, through this battle, be fulfilled. He then played a song he just discovered by Lauren Daigle, My Revival, with the very words of that promise in the lyric. Here’s a link to listen. By the way, all the songs I’ve heard are incredible!

As I listened and poured out my heart to my Father, I knew I don’t need all the answers I’ve been struggling to find, I just need Him. His promises are true. I will soar and when I do, “I will soar on wings like eagles,” praising the living God who sees me and hears my desperate prayers and answers with whispers of mercy.

But that wasn’t all. Our extravagant God, who lavishes grace on those who call on Him, decided to send over a couple from our church. They brought food and we visited and they prayed over me.  Then, before leaving, there was another word from the Lord – a clear confirmation of something prophesied over me years ago. I felt His angels all around me – the visible and the invisible ones.

So, at the risk of making this long post even longer, I feel the urgency to share this. With whatever time He gives me on this earth, I want to be a messenger. To tell people about our Lord, speak truth and share grace.

His return is at hand and I believe another Great Awakening is coming. Many will hear the Word, repent of sin and turn to God because they are weary of substitutes. The idols we’ve made will crumble and we will return to our Creator, drawn to His enduring love for us, His infinite glory and the promise of eternal life made possible through the sacrifice of Jesus.

To all who have taken time to read this, I hope the Holy Spirit will translate my testimony into supernatural blessings that are very specific to you so that you will know He is near to you, to save and to help you in your time of need. Truly, His love never ceases and His mercies are new every morning.

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Lord, I pray that it will not be my words but Yours that people hear. Help me, like John, the Baptizer, be “A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for Him.'” And I pray all those you are calling to follow you, will gladly embrace fellowship with you and find rest from their struggles. Let it be so. Amen!

12 thoughts on “My Mess and God’s Mercy

  1. Wow, Angel!! I loved reading these words of truth and inspiration from you as you testify of our awesome God!!! All testimonies are wonderful, but there’s something extra special when someone who is going through the fire can testify to God’s goodness. I know He is faithful and is upholding you with His righteous right hand. Continuing to pray for His great faithfulness to follow you and sustain and encourage you. You are the apple of His eye. Never doubt that!!!!

    • Thank you Aimee! You are a bright light and such an encouragement to me. God bless!

  2. God is by your side, and He truly is all you need. Love and prayers, Kelly

  3. Angel…
    Betty Jo read your beautiful testimonial words (obviously born in your heart/spirit) this morning; then asked me to be sure and read them & listen to both songs…and I’ve just finished that now (8:30pm). What comes to mind is the first name we learn of God (ELOHIM) in the first sentence of the first book of the Bible. Elohim is yours/Rick’s, ours, and every believer’s “CREATOR” God! As Genesis 1:1 reveals, Elohim is a Master at “creating THINGS out of NO-THINGS”!!! Or better said when we find ourselves viewing a most difficult circumstance…in which there seems to be NO WAY (and NO RAY) of HOPE!! Such was the case of the (famous Red Sea experience) nation of Israel. BUT (all caps because when the name of ELOHIM is introduced into a “NO WIN” circumstance, ALL things are changed) Out of their NO WAY future came a MIRACLE WAY that no man had ever witnessed before!! He created a way, where there appeared to be no way!! So “RISE” and SEE ELOHIM’S “Miracle Way” as you (and Rick: two become one) travel this journey. Your words-of-testimony have already impacted many…for God’s Glory; and many others will be blessed as you see (and witness to others) the MIRACLE VICTORY ELOHIM is creating for YOU…day by day!!!
    With our prayers and love…D/BJ

  4. Wonderful encouragement not only for you with all you’ve gone through but for us who read this. May you heal quickly.

    • I marvel at the unmerited mercy and grace of God! His strength truly is made perfect in our weakness, and all for His glory. Thanks for stopping by!

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