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!

My Top Five Favorite Inspirational Easter Songs

Easter is right around the corner so I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite tunes for this holiday.

Here’s my TOP FIVE FAVORITE Inspirational Easter Songs (in no particular order):

I love both the Keith Green version as well as the original performed by the group 2nd Chapter of Acts. But could not find a very good version of the latter so here you go…Keith Green singing, The Easter Song!

I think Dolly does a great rendition of this Don Francisco classic, He’s Alive!

How could I leave out one of the most popular inspirational hits of all time? Here’s Dallas Holm singing, Rise Again!

This is another gem by Keith Green. The record is great, but seeing a live performance from back in the day is a treat. Enjoy listening to The Victor!

Finally, this Matt Papa tune reminds us why the Easter message is so important and challenges those of us who say we believe Jesus is alive, to live like it. Take a moment and be blessed by This Changes Everything!

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE EASTER SONG?

Finding The Inspiring Just In Time For Christmas

If you search, as I do each year, for some glimpse of the true meaning of Christmas amongst the gloss and glitter of this well-marketed holiday, you’ve come to the right place.

I’ve put together a few links that will hopefully bless and inspire you!

Photo: The Nativity Story

Photo: The Nativity Story

Start here – Read this touching news story about the response to a man who asked for a friend at Christmas.

And listen to this sweet song from Matthew West and Amy Grant. It might make you want to “Give this Christmas Away.”

If you’re looking for ideas on how to keep Christ in Christmas, here’s a fun list of 30 ways to do just that.

I’ve talked about this song here before but I can’t get enough of it. Enjoy “Winter Snow” with Audrey Assad & Chris Tomlin.

And, it may seem like this doesn’t fit at first, but I love this message in the new Hallmark  commercial. If you want to see it, click here.

Maybe this Christmas we could give the simple gift of sharing with loved ones the sentiments we sometimes forget to express.

Along those lines, this might come in handy…

I happened to see this $5 Coupon from Hallmark online. Thought you would like to have it too! 🙂

Have a blessed Christmas!

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:10-11