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!

Be Kind To Yourself

“We love because He first loved us.” 1 John 4:19

I can’t remember where I first heard the phrase, “Hurting people hurt people.” But I know it’s true because I’ve been on both sides. The hurt-er and the hurt-ee. And judging by the level of hostility and violence in the world, I think there’s a whole lot of other hurting people out there too.

But things could be different. We could stop treating ourselves as our own worst enemy and start believing that the God who made us really and truly loves us.

We could listen as Andrew Peterson sings this song he wrote for his daughter and hear the voice of our Heavenly Father singing over us, assuring us of His love, comforting us in our weakness and healing our wounded hearts.

Lord, help us accept Your kindness so that we can learn to be kind to ourselves and in so doing extend that kindness to others along the way.

When You Need To Be Carried

He’s got the whole world in his hands…

Did you ever sing that song when you were a kid? Me too.

But I know some days it can feel as if the weight of the world is sitting heavy on your shoulders. So if that’s where you are, and you don’t think you have the energy to take another step, maybe you could just do this.

Close your eyes, breathe deep and remember.

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Remember what it was like to hang out on the swing set.

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Remember how it felt to splash around in the pool.

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Remember the thrill of riding high on the shoulders of someone you trusted, before your own became burdened down with the cares of life.

Today, you can pray and trust your Heavenly Father to lift you up.

Yes, He has the whole world in His hands. But those hands are plenty strong to hold you, and loving enough to carry you safely home.

“Listen to me, you descendants of Jacob,
    all the remnant of the people of Israel,
you whom I have upheld since your birth,
    and have carried since you were born.
Even to your old age and gray hairs
    I am he, I am he who will sustain you.
I have made you and I will carry you;
    I will sustain you and I will rescue you.

Isaiah 46:3-4

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God’s Handwriting

FTI pin Beauty Emerson

I have some of my best childhood scribblings and doodles and other handmade “art” stored away in a plastic box – scrapbook evidence of a mother’s love and the fact that beauty truly IS in the eye of the beholder.

Don’t we all tend to prize most those things created for us, crafted by the hands of those we love? Maybe that’s because we know that the time and thought taken to give us that gift is an expression of the heart, the purest form of affection.

Like this new day we’ve been given.

When we understand that every bit of beauty we see is a letter from God, in his own handwriting, to us – His beloved children, we begin to understand His heart.

And when we rejoice in the blessing of His good gifts, we bless the Giver. Our “thank you” to Him is in the cherishing of all these keepsake days.

We give thanks to You, O God, we give thanks!
For Your wondrous works declare that Your name is near.
Psalm 75:1

Learning About Love on a Word-Filled Wednesday

“God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.”
1 John 4:16b

February has become known as the month of love so I thought it fitting on this first day of February to reflect on the meaning of true love. And I realize that if I want to know anything about love I must go to the source.
So I pour over the pages of the holy book, read for myself the greatest love story ever written. And I pray that the Creator, the One who IS love, will teach me how to love.

“We love because he first loved us.”
1 John 4:19
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