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Good Evening Friends,
My heart is full this afternoon. I sit here, in deep thought, thinking about all the situations that I have experienced in my 50 years. There have been times that I have felt alone, lost or forsaken by people. But, through it all, I never felt that the Lord left my side. People, situations and circumstances can make us feel alone, but we must know that we are so very loved and favored by Jesus. There are so many memories at the forefront of my mind. Some memories are filled with pain and others are filled with joy. And, I must tell you that I am thankful for the cuts and scars that I have "won" during my walk, for I would not be here, writing to you, if I had not weathered those storms. Even as the storm raged-on around me, I sat securely at His feet, in tears, love and praise. You see, these wounds of the heart and soul, have brought me closer to my Savior. For, each time a storm arose or a nail pierced my side, He lifted me up. And, he continues to lift me. I don't expect to free of storms and trials because of my faith. But, I do expect to be better able to weather the storms because of Who holds me in the palms of His hands.
What I want you to take-away from this, is that I stayed at His feet, opening my arms and allowing Him to tend my wounds. I want you to do this, too. This afternoon, I want you to take the time to think back over your life. Think of the joyful and hurtful times. Then, give thanks to Jesus for all of those times. Sometimes, we tend to linger on the negative circumstances that have crowded our lives. STOP IT! You are only giving more power to satan and he loves it! So, turn over a new leaf in your mind and heart. Here are a few things to do to get you started on a road to recovery. Notice, I said "recovery" and not a "perfectly cheerful life." The only true and perfect existence, without worries and cares, will be when we join our Father in heaven. Until then, we have to run this race, stick together and lift each other in prayer.
Think, feel, pray, listen to your heart and write:
1. Make a list of the joyful times in your life. Why were they full of joy? What can you remember about those times? During those joy-filled times, were you steeped in His Word and prayer? Were those times full of deep soul-stirring contentment or a shallow happiness?
2. Would those joyful experiences fit who you are, today? Would you have more faith in God, if those times or those feelings returned? Does your faith depend on what's happening to you or around you?Why or why not?
I am praying for you and asking the Lord to send His Holy Spirit to comfort you...to comfort you and grow your faith, through your storms. You are not alone. Please, lift me in prayer, also. Prayer works! We need each other. Private prayer requests are welcome.
Isaiah 49: 14-16
God Will Remember Zion
But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me,
And my Lord has forgotten me.”15
“Can a woman forget her nursing child,
And not have compassion on the son of her womb?
Surely they may forget,
Yet I will not forget you.16
See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands;
Your walls are continually before Me.
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