This year. It’s been eventful, to say the least. Filled with lots of doctor visits and lots of prayers.
My husband has told me many times when faced with a decision, “Follow the peace.” Both of us have been trying to do just that. And we’ve learned so much about the grace of God, the power of His Word and listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit.
We’ve learned that healing begins with forgiveness, letting go of the past and embracing the future. Trusting that God will lead the way, right what is wrong and make all things new.
I think 2016 will go down as the year we cried more tears than ever before. Not just for us. It’s been a hard year for many of our family and friends.
But, as difficult as this year has been, we are both so grateful for the lessons learned, for the love we’ve received from our Savior and from so many of you and we are looking forward to a brand new year.
Our prayer for you and for ourselves is that 2017 will be an incredibly blessed. May we all have a very happy and UNeventful year!
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
I 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.
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