Can We Trust God Enough to Say “Thy Will Be Done?”

Thy Will Be Done PicI hope what is written here and the song that follows will encourage you today.

 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!  Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:4-7

That’s exactly what I need. Peace. A safeguard from dark, negative thoughts and a gateway to joy.

Matthew Henry, in his commentary of this passage, writes:

“Observe, It is our duty and privilege to rejoice in God, and to rejoice in him always; at all times, in all conditions; even when we suffer for him, or are afflicted by him. We must not think the worse of him or of his ways for the hardships we meet with in his service.”

I’ve been thinking about the statement at the end of that video I shared in my last post…the part about how if he loses his sister, he knows he will get angry with God, but that basically God would understand. (I’m very much paraphrasing and summarizing here.)

I think he is trying to express his belief in God’s relentless love for us in spite of our doubt-ridden hearts. I get that. At the same time, in case anyone is unclear, I think we all understand that turning away from God in our despair is never a real option, because He is our ONLY hope.

I’ve heard it said that our suffering does not nullify the goodness of God. He is unchanging, after all. So, may our grieving cause us to hold tight to Him, to the truth of His word and to the faith He has given us. May we trust Him enough to say, “Thy will be done,” just as Jesus taught us to pray.

This journey the Lord has me on right now is not easy. My surgery is scheduled for this week and It seems fear and anxiety are popping up at every turn. But Jesus promised that he would never leave me and, with His help, I can do this.

Rejoice. Pray. Ask. Give Thanks. Find Peace.

Life is hard but God is here and He is my hope. I’m thankful that, even when things look bad, I can choose to dwell on the good.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
Philippians 4:8

I’m listening to and loving this new song by Hillary Scott! It’s a timely message for me and anyone else out there who is facing a challenge in their life. If that’s you, take a moment to watch this and be blessed!

Part of the lyric says this:

I know you see me;
I know you hear me, Lord.Your plans are for me;
Goodness you have in store.
So, Thy will be done…

Are you discouraged? I pray the Lord gives you the peace you are seeking right now. Reach out to Him. He sees you. He hears you. He loves you.

Finding God in the Ruins – A New Journey Begins

Psalm 121 FTI
I saw this video and wept. Maybe because the song is so beautiful.

Maybe because the sentiment is so honest and timely for me to hear since my own recent diagnosis of cancer.

Breast cancer.

It’s hard for me to type those words much less admit that this is really happening to me.

But it is.

And so begins a new journey for me, one I hope I will be able to walk through with grace so that God is glorified in the process.

At the moment, all I see is a body broken, the life I once knew crumbling around me. But I know there’s more to the story, that God has a plan to redeem this pain; and I pray a better me will emerge after finding Him in the ruins.

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.

And The Saints Keep Marching On…

FTI Faith WaterfallWhen life gets hard and it feels like we’re losing battles left and right, it can help to read again the stories of all the brave saints who have gone before us.

To let our minds travel back in time, with the author of Hebrews 11, so that the testimony of the faithful can reignite the faith in our own hearts.

It’s good to remember we’re not alone and that the grace God has poured out on his children throughout history continues today.

 

If you are discouraged, I hope this song by Sara Groves will inspire you to keep marching on.

Sara Groves – When The Saints (Official) from sara-groves on GodTube.

The Irreplaceable Truth

Irreplaceable MovieThis Tuesday, May 6th, marks the release of an documentary called Irreplaceable. It seeks to answer questions about the definition of family and the significant role it plays in our society.

Sadly, I’m not surprised to learn that there has been a nasty campaign against the release of this film. Read more on that as well as the full review here.

It seems that we are now living in a society that seeks to deny free speech to Christians. Censorship is condoned as time-honored beliefs become equated to “propaganda” and believers are increasingly referred to as “hateful bigots.”

But their words do not matter. It’s God’s Word that defines us and His Spirit that compels us to speak the truth. The irreplaceable truth that God gave us rules to live by because He loves us and wants to protect us.

It is why we will support this film and others like it, to remind the world that it’s never been about hate. No matter what anyone says, it’s always been about love.

To learn more or to find out where the film is showing near you, visit the Irreplaceable Movie website.

Meanwhile, you can watch the trailer below (it’s different than the one I posted earlier) for a glimpse of what this documentary is all about.

And, by the way, if you’re wondering…I’m getting nothing from this little promo except the satisfaction of helping spread a message I believe in.

You can too!

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“If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples,and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” ~ Jesus (John 8:31-32)