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.

Life & Breath & Everything Else

FTI graphic Acts 17:25When I was young, I fell off of some contraption I was playing on and lost my ability to breathe. “I got the wind knocked out of me,” as they say. It probably only lasted for a few seconds but I remember it was a scary few seconds.

Getting told you have cancer is sort of like that, only scarier. And it lasts longer.

Our lives are filled with moments like this that seem to come out of nowhere and take us by surprise.

Like the day I learned my sister-in law had lymphoma.

And when I heard of our nephew and niece’s newborn who is currently in the hospital battling a heart condition.

Or when I found out last week that one of our good friends had been diagnosed with leukemia.

In these seconds that feel like hours, everything slows. The heart sinks and the air leaves our lungs as we struggle to make sense of it all.

Then, there are other moments. The ones that remind us of our loving Creator. Soul-transcending times when we are startled by grace. Caught off guard by something so wonderful that we have no choice but to pause and give thanks to the One who made us.

Like the day the Lord mercifully reached down, rescuing my heart and saving me.

And the moment me and my love shared our “I do’s”, becoming husband and wife.

Or all the times during my recent struggles that I’ve encountered the compassion of family, friends and even strangers and realized how truly blessed I am.

I’m reminded of that quote that says, Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

Those breath-stealing moments, they can happen in good times or bad. Either way, they get our attention, opening our eyes to what’s truly important, making us aware that we are alive.

And we are alive because God breathed His very breath into us. So it’s fitting that we should pour out our praise to Him.

That’s what I’m doing now. Thanking God for life and breath and everything else He’s so graciously given. Want to join me?

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Psalm 150:6

Let Him Have All The Praise

“Thus out of small beginnings greater things have been produced by His hand that made all things of nothing, and gives being to all things that are; and as one small candle may light a thousand, so the light here kindled hath shone to many, yea in some sort to our whole nation; let the glorious name of Jehovah have all the praise.”
-William Bradford, Of Plymouth Plantation

I pray you have a blessed Thanksgiving!

Praise Him

After some recent days (more like a lifetime, really) of ups and downs and worry and striving, God once again showed Himself faithful.

And when you’ve seen His power and grace revealed in so many ways, you tend to fall to your knees in thankful praise.

Just like the multitudes of angels and all creatures, great and small, who are sending up an anthem to our great God and King this very minute.

Let’s all join in!

“Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” Revelation 4:11

Joining Sharing His Beauty link up.

Are you singing God’s praises today? Maybe you’d like to share a testimony in the comments.

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A Reason To Sing

I’m sure at some point, like me, you’ve visited one of those churches where the worship is non-existent. Where the congregation sits expressionless through one lifeless song after another and the poor pastor seems resigned to sad fact that the Spirit has left the building.

(Okay, I know that God’s Spirit resides in believers rather than buildings and worship is more than singing songs, but you get the point.)

“The engagement of the heart in worship is the coming alive of the feelings and emotions and affections of the heart.  Where feelings for God are dead, worship is dead.”
John Piper

When we forget the One who has given us a reason to sing, our “house of worship” turns into just a plain, old house. But God desires the honest and heartfelt praises of His people.

But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:23-24

True worship is communion between our spirit and His. It is a life-source for us, like this umbilical connection with the eternal. And it is birthed out of our appreciation of how great He is and how blessed we are for the unmerited grace He has given us.

And when true worshipers gather together, as seen in the video below, it’s a faint glimpse of what I imagine heaven will be like. The redeemed of God, from all over the world, raising up their voices in one inspiring song of praise.

Now that’s a reason to sing!

Chris Tomlin – How Great Is Our God (World Edition) from chris-tomlin on GodTube.

Linking up with Deidra and The Sunday Community

After this I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb. They were clothed in white robes and held palm branches in their hands.
And they were shouting with a great roar,

“Salvation comes from our God who sits on the throne
    and from the Lamb!”

And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living beings. And they fell before the throne with their faces to the ground
and worshiped God.
They sang,

“Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom
    and thanksgiving and honor
and power and strength belong to our God
    forever and ever! Amen.”

Revelation 7:9-12