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!

The Answer to All Our Questions

“The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.”
Isaiah 40:8

I’m convinced that the only way to know right from wrong in a world gone wrong is to cling to the Word of God.

The Word unchanging.

The Word that changes everything.

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.”
Matthew 24:35

If you’re searching for direction, let the Word of God be your guide. It holds the answers to all our questions.

Prayer:
Father, you have blessed us with your Word. Help us open up the holy pages, open our hearts and allow you to open our eyes to the truth.

Amen.

A Blessing For The Believing

The blinds on the windows are closed today, Nothing much to look at. Just gray skies. A bit of rain. Downright gloomy, you might say.

But I just heard those birds chirping. Seems they decided to sing anyway, to act like it’s spring even when it doesn’t look or feel like it.

FTI Blessed Believers

And it makes me curious. So I peek out, searching in vain for the winged creatures that defy gravity and, at least on this day, common sense.

I cannot see them, but the sound of them lets me know that all is well.

And I imagine the days following Jesus’ ascension into heaven when His followers were waiting behind closed doors, windows shut tight, hearts clinging to invisible hope.

Suddenly, the promised Comforter, The Holy Ghost, God’s Spirit, came upon them, overwhelming their dark with the light of a new day.

But they did not see Him. The first sign of His presence was a sound. The sound of “a mighty rushing wind.”

And the first sign of our faith is the sound of our praise, the songs we sing to God even on dark days.

Listen. Jesus is speaking. His promise still whispers from the holy pages.

“Blessed are they who have not seen and yet have believed.” John 20:29

Blessed are those who put their trust in God, who hope in things unseen, even when it makes no human sense.

Blessed are the believing.

The sun is beginning to drip from the cloud-soaked sky. Can you hear it?

It is the sound of gloom lifting and doubt falling, making way for spring, the joy of a new day dawning.

“And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.” Acts 2:2

Heavenly Father,
When life makes it difficult to see you,
let us hear you. May we be assured that you are
bringing something beautiful our way, even
when it doesn’t look or feel like it.
A new day is about to dawn.
Help us to believe.

How to Be Static-Free

This is me in winter…

Does anyone else get this way?

It’s the one thing about this time of year that really annoys me.

That’s because it hurts, and I don’t like pain!

If you’re not sure what I’m talking about yet, I have two words for you.

STATIC ELECTRICITY

It gets so bad that, basically, I approach touching just about anything with trepidation because I know the effect could very well be a hair-raising experience.

Thank God for Static Guard!

I realize the little guy in the photo doesn’t have this issue; it’s part of his natural charm. But seeing it made me smile and it also got me thinking about spiritual static.

Sometimes life can give us a jolt. Unforeseen circumstances can be a shock to the system. If we’re not careful, fear can attach itself to us and become our pavlovian response to everything.

But we can’t live in a protective bubble forever.
(Trust me, I’ve tried.)

The only solution when we get zapped by life is to zap back! To remember that we have the power of God on our side, and that the way to keep fear from sticking to us is by clinging to His promises.

Here are a few to meditate on from the Psalms:

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1

“For he will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you in all your ways.” Psalm 91:11

“The Lord will keep you from all harm—
    he will watch over your life;
 the Lord will watch over your coming and going
    both now and forevermore.”
Psalm 121:7-8

There’s peace of mind knowing that, no matter what we encounter today, God is “our ever-present help.”

With Him by our side, we can be static-free!

A Graduation Meditation

“This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.”
Joshua 1:8

It’s graduation season. People everywhere are picking up diplomas and moving into a new phase of their lives.

My husband and I attended the graduation ceremony of our nephew in Norman, Oklahoma this weekend. We were just a few miles from where that massive tornado struck last week. Not far from where terrified people sought refuge in underground cellars, bathrooms and closets. Where children clung helplessly to the shaking walls of a school hallway.

And I couldn’t help but look at all those hundreds of soon-to-be former high school students and wonder if they are prepared for the storms to come. Because life is full of them, both literally and figuratively.

“My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body.”
Proverbs 4: 20-22

Graduation

And it’s one thing to have head knowledge, but what about heart wisdom? The thing that will steady you when the wind starts whipping and the earth gets ripped up right under your feet?

If I could, I would tell them this. There is only one safe haven. One true shelter. And that is Almighty God. Keep close to Him and make His Word a priority because it is your life source. Everything you want – Success, Peace, Purpose, Love, Fulfillment – It all begins here.

“Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers.”
Psalm 1:1-3

Feel free to share this with the graduate in your life. Or with someone who could just use a reminder that the forces of nature are no match for the power of God.

Indeed, to know (and obey) His Word is to know a force more powerful than any storm we could ever face.