And A Happy New Year

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!

Jesus Calms the Storm

FTI Jesus calms the stormWhen you’re faced with tough decisions that affect your life and health, you can find yourself with a head full of information and a heart still empty of answers. This has been my story. Me, feeling lost and crying out to God, searching the scriptures and trying to listen.

I read again how “God, who gives life to the dead, and calls the things that are not, as though they were spoke the world into existence.

“Let there be light, and there was light.”

I whisper this prayer: Lord, be my Light.

I read again the words of Jesus.

“I am the Good Shepherd. My sheep hear my voice.”

Oh, Lord, let me hear your voice clearly.

I keep meditating on the name of Jesus and His power to save, heal and deliver.

Jesus – Yahweh saves. Yahweh from God’s actual name revealed to Moses, YHWH, I AM.

“I am the resurrection and the life.” Jesus’ declaration just before raising Lazarus from the dead.

“I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!” Jesus’ response to the Leper who asked to be cleansed from his disease.

There came a time this summer when I found myself praying with a new boldness and belief that Jesus was not only able, but willing to do the same for me. That through the cross and resurrection, He had provided salvation for me which was complete in every way. I reached out to Him for healing and prayed that He would bring confirmation for His glory and that my husband would be in full agreement of my desire to rely on the Lord for what I now call my ongoing “supernatural natural” wellness plan.

Later, I began to try to share this with my husband (except the last part, about him being in agreement.) He listened quietly. I wondered if he thought I was a little crazy. Then, a while later, he looked at me and said He felt the Holy Spirit speak this same message to him that very day. When I thought back, it was about the same time I was praying.

I sat there with tears in my eyes and praised God for that moment of relief, that moment when you realize He really is listening and He really does care.

Of course I still have questions. I have much to learn. But God has confirmed over and over that He is in control. Even today, I am rejoicing that blood tests show my cancer markers are in the normal range!

Praise the LORD!

I don’t have all the answers. I’m just trying my best to follow the One who does. Meanwhile, I want to encourage others who may read these words to keep praying, keep seeking, keep believing that God will do the impossible for you.

“Even the winds and the waves obey him!” This was the disciples’ reaction when Jesus calmed the stormy sea raging around them.

I hope this new song by Chris Tomlin will stir your heart as it has mine. May this be the anthem we sing in the middle of life’s storms.

You Have To Start Somewhere

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.”  Mark Twain

I love this quote because it is just so practical. It reminds the perfectionist in me that I don’t have to do it all, be it all or know it all to succeed. I just have to do the first thing. And then the next thing until I accomplish whatever it is I want done.

I am inspired by people that accomplish what they set out to do. That may be because I have a history of stopping before I get started. I often convince myself that the job is too big to tackle. That maybe I’m not equipped, prepared, or talented enough to do this, that or the other.

The Pastor’s sermon this weekend was about the story in Acts 3 of the Apostle Peter healing the lame beggar. The man who was lame from birth was given much more than the couple of coins he must have been expecting when Peter looked at him and spoke these words:

 “Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God.” Acts 3:6-8

The congregation was challenged to do what we can, to give what we have, to take the first small step towards making a difference in someone’s life.

Are you like me? Do you languish so long over the details of how to get to the finish line that you never get off the starting block?

We may not have all the answers but one thing is sure.

We are not alone.

“…since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith…” Hebrews 12:1-2a

It’s a daunting task. To think about running a race, or doing anything for that matter, when your legs won’t work and you’re carrying a load of fear, guilt, shame … (insert whatever may be weighing you down here).

And when it comes to our own strength and ability, aren’t we all like that lame beggar?
 
Yes, but there is hope yet for the weary and weak! And that hope is in Jesus. Our healer. The One who hears our cries for help, looks us in the eyes, takes us by the hand and says, “Walk”.

Lord, whatever task we face today, whether it be in the spiritual or physical realm, may we remember to call on your power to get us started. Then, I pray you would help us run our race with endurance. Run and finish well.

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