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Can Any Good Thing Come From Pain?

Most of us will experience pain in our life time. Others, like me, will live with chronic pain. The way I see it, we have two choices – 1) Crawl into bed, pull the covers over your head and stay there until your pity party is over. 2) Decide to live in God’s grace and be an overcomer despite the pain. Afterall, God has great plans for you! – Romans 8:28

“God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”         – CS Lewis, The Problem of Pain

Is there value in walking through painful circumstances?                         I have learned the answer is YES! Here are a few reasons why:

  • We can learn to trust God – Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6
  • We can learn to obey God – Before I was afflicted I went astray, But now I keep Your word. Psalm 119:67
  • We can learn more about who God is – God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1
  • We can become more mature in our faith – But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. James 1:4
  • We can be a blessing to others – Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 2 Corinthians 3-4

Pain is real, but so is Hope.

And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away. Rev 21:4
All Scriptures are from NJKV.
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Thank you, Lord, you are a present help in our afflictions.

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Cleanse Me Lord That My Broken Bones Will Rejoice

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.  Make me hear joy and gladness, That the bones You have broken may rejoice. Psalm 51:7-8 

King David felt the weight of his own sin and understood the path of repentance would open the door for God’s forgiveness.

Bones are the strength and framework of the body. At times God must figuratively or literally crush our bones in order to lead us from the path of sin.

This is my testimony – following a misguided search for love and acceptance, I found myself immersed in a biker gang. I was miserable and wanted to escape, but I was trapped. God in His mercy allowed me to become a victim in a biker gang war and made a way of escape for me.

The bullets from M16 rifles inflicted much pain and suffering. The bones in my arm and leg were crushed.  At first, I thought God was punishing me. In the long months in the hospital, my heart began to soften.

Like King David, I cried out to the Lord,  Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51:10

Receiving the inward assurance of God’s forgiveness caused my bones to rejoice. I now dance with joy and gladness on weakened legs because my salvation has been restored.

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart— These, O God, You will not despise. Psalm 51:17

Thank you, Lord, for your forgiveness of sin and your restoration out of brokenness.

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Living a Restored Life in God’s Transforming Love

Among my mother’s keepsakes, I came upon a yellowed and torn article that blessed me abundantly. (author unknown)

broken vessels My daughter’s life reminds me of a beautiful vase that has been dropped and broken. When a broken vase is put back together properly, the cracks still show – like the scars in her life.

 At first, a fractured vase must be handled carefully until it has mended properly. After it has mended, the cracks of the fracture become less and less visible.  With the aging of the vase, new lines appear, and the fracture lines blend with the new lines – enhancing its beauty.

 To new people our daughter meets, the fractures in her life are not seen. They can’t believe they were ever there. To the prayer partners, the lines of God’s grace and love in her life have created new lines that have built faith and hope in their lives.

Do you fear you will never be able to let go of the brokenness in your life? Do you carry the burdens of hopelessness, pain, and sorrow?  Does shame and condemnation from your past hold you captive? You are not alone – God will meet you in your broken places.

The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, and He saves those who have a contrite spirit. (Psalm 34:18)

The best way to heal a broken heart is to give God all the pieces. A contrite heart is one that is not led by self-will, but one that is obedient to the conviction of God’s word and is led by the Spirit of God. The Lord wants you to trust Him and develop a dependent spirit on Him. You will find rest and freedom in yielding a broken, contrite heart to be molded by the hand of God.

I was once devasted by the physical, mental and spiritual trauma in my life. Gently, the Lord opened my heart to the truth of His love, compassion, and grace. His transforming love overwhelmed my brokenness. Friend, you are not too broken, your past does not define you and you can be whole again.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9

 

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Thank You, Lord, for your transforming love that heals my brokenness and restores my life with love, hope, and joy in your salvation.

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Be a Super Hero for Christ

superhero-450419_640A superhero is a character who has super powers and abilities. In the war against evil, a superhero fights for truth and justice.

Over the years, superheroes have appeared in comic books, on television, and in the movies. These days it seems like there is no shortage of superhero characters.

The Lord has equipped us to be superheroes for Him. He wants us to fight for truth and justice. We are to be warriors in the army of God. We don’t need to put on a cape, but rather He has provided for us the armor of God.

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Ephesians 6:11-13 (NKJV)

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As we go out into an uncertain world, always remember to put on the full armor of God; for He is our protector. The belt of truth holds the armor in place and keeps us secure in Christ. The breastplate of righteousness guards our heart. Everywhere we walk we bring the promise of the gospel of peace. The shield of faith quenches all the fiery darts of the wicked. The helmet of salvation protects our minds from the lies of the enemy. The sword of the spirit represents the living word that pierces the darkness. Lastly, stay alert and pray!

 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.                   Ephesians 6:14-18 (NKJV)

Pray EasyThank you, Lord, for shielding us from the evil one. We rest in your protection.

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Once You Choose Hope Anything is Possible

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Looking at the statistics above, it seems likely that we all know someone (if not yourself) that has been diagnosed with breast cancer.  Myself, I can testify to the difficult year I fought breast cancer. The endless tests, surgeries, and depleted energy were all a part of my journey of restoration. Today I can declare I am a survivor!

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Here are some attributes that you will want to hold close to your heart while you are going through your healing.

Love – Choose love over fear.  Love never fails. 1 John 4:16; We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.

Faith – Let your faith be bigger than your circumstances. Have faith in the goodness of God to provide hope for the future. Hebrews 12:2; Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author, and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Strength – While you are healing from the physical scars or the emotional scars that breast cancer brings, meditate on His promises. He is faithful. Isaiah 40:29;  “He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength”

Hope – Hope looks forward. You will be able to break free from any fear and despair and receive healing and restoration. Psalm 39:7; “But now Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you.”

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Hold On Pain Ends – Whatever you are struggling with today, I encourage you to open your heart to the one who is our hope. The Lord is with you  –  be dependent on Him today. Rest in Him and His promise of eternal life. Nothing can separate you from His love for you. Once You Choose Hope Anything is Possible!

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Cultivate Compassion – God has great compassion towards you. Now put your compassion into action. There are many practical ways to help a woman that is suffering. You can lighten her load by preparing a meal, helping with the kids, running errands, and completing household chores. Your encouraging words and prayers will bring hope to the hurting.

Pray-ButtonThank you, Lord, for your love and compassion towards me. Show me those who need my help and compassion.

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Living a Joyful Life

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But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You;
Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them;
Let those also who love Your name Be joyful in You.  Psalm 5:11

Don’t we all long for happiness? Looking at these cute little sheep makes me happy, but happiness is based on things, surroundings, and circumstances. Even the US Declaration of Independence proclaims that we have the right to “the pursuit of happiness.” A common myth is happiness is found “on the other side of the fence where the grass is always greener. ”  (view the previous blog). Nowhere in the Bible does God advise us to pursue happiness. The happiness that we seek is elusive and fleeting, but joy is permanent.

Joy is dependence on God; He is everything we need. Joy is from the Lord, and He gives us the strength to experience joy in the midst of trials and tests.  A fruit of the Spirit, true joy is a special gift that only is available to believers.

God wants us to be ” full of joy.” It is a natural part of our lives when we are connected to Him. Joy is the ever-deepening awareness that our lives are hidden in Christ. This is a unique kind of joy because it is heavenly, not earthly.

You have made known to me the ways of life; You will make me full of joy in Your presence. Acts 2:28

joyful-life4There are 192 Scriptures about JOY in the NKJV of the Bible. That is enough reason to give this fruit of the Spirit some added study. (All Scriptures are from NKJV).

Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.                                                                     Nehemiah 8:10b

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,  knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.         James 1:2-3

 

Pray-ButtonThank you, Lord, for providing us with the gift of true JOY to withstand trials and tests. You have given us everything we need!

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Does Time Heal All Wounds?

time-heals-all-wounds-1087107_640Time is a great healer…so we are told. If we experience a broken heart, let more time pass by and the pain will begin to subside…so we are told. Passing time can bury our hurt, our emotional pain can soften and the effects of physical pain can begin to dissipate over time. It is what we do during the timeframe that affects the quality of our lives.

Time alone can not simply heal anything. The following quote by Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy makes a lot of sense to me:

“It has been said, ‘time heals all wounds.’ I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it is never gone.”

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If all we needed is more time to be healed, we probably would suffer from hope deferred and a heart that becomes sick. (Proverbs 13:12)

But there is hope because Jesus is the great healer. He may ask you to participate in your healing. Do you need to forgive someone? He may require further understanding of a situation where your heart was wounded. Whatever He is calling you to do, spend prayerful time in His healing presence. I’ve discovered the best way to heal a broken heart is to give God all the pieces.

Stand on these healing promises from the Lord:

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He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds. Ps 147:3

 

 

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“And now, Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in You. Ps 39:7

 

Pray-ButtonThank you, Lord, for being such a complete healer. If we suffer from physical infirmities, you will give sufficient grace to the weak.

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The Lord Orders Our Steps

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Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” Whenever you turn to the right hand Or whenever you turn to the left.  (Isaiah 31:21)

If we follow God and seek His will, we can be sure to walk on solid ground. What hope we have in the assurance that He is in control. We might stumble over a few bumps in the road, but if we trust Him, He will take our hand and keep our steps on the right path.

As believers, we walk by faith in the goodness of God. We can walk confidently knowing that He is with us and that we will face nothing alone. We need not worry about what is on the road ahead.  If there is a fork in the road, stop and ask Him to direct your steps and lead you along the path He has destined for you. Look ahead and see Him beckoning you on -step by step.

The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, And He delights in his way. (Psalm 37:23) 

A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps. (Proverbs 16:9)

My husband, Tom, often reminds me to walk confidently. I lean on a cane for support; without it, I risk falling. Sometimes I struggle and call out, “Lord give me steady footing.” The Lord becomes my confidence and my strength to take the next step. 

Uphold my steps in Your paths, That my footsteps may not slip. (Psalm 17:5)  

ChooseWalk confidently to live purposely; let God direct your steps. Walk with integrity (Proverbs 10:9), Walk humbly (Micah 6:8).

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding (Proverbs 3:5)

Now walk in it…

 

Thank you Lord, for the assurance that you are always with us. You will not cause oPray-Buttonur foot to stumble, but you will lead us on our destined path.

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Those Who Wait on God Will Never Be Disappointed

I am waiting wait on Godand anticipating for God to answer a longsuffering prayer. To be honest, I must confess there are times I sigh and grow weary. I want to ask God, “When God, when?”

I don’t know anyone who likes to wait. How we wait is important to God. Will you be frustrated or transformed while you wait? He gives the grace to await His purposes if we trust in Him. In our flesh, we want proof; but our spirit requires faith.

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1) 

Here are some truths to follow while waiting on God: 

Put your hope in His Word.  I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, And in His word I do hope. (Psalm 130:5)

Trust in the Lord, not in your own understanding. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

You have an opportunity to experience God’s goodness. I would have lost heart, unless I had believed That I would see the goodness of the Lord In the land of the living. (Psalm 27:13)

Wait on God’s promise – Don’t go your own wayNow to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us. (Ephesians 3:20)

Be strong and courageousBe of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart, All you who hope in the Lord. (Psalm 31:24)

Be steadfast in prayer and thanksgivingContinue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving. (Colossians 4:2)

Be assured – the blessings are comingTherefore the Lord will wait, that He may be gracious to you; And therefore He will be exalted, that He may have mercy on you. For the Lord is a God of justice; Blessed are all those who wait for Him. (Isaiah 30:18)

Next time you wait impatiently, remind yourself that God always has good reasons for making us wait, and he never asks us to wait without Him.  Isaiah knew this when he wrote:

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But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.        (Isaiah 40:31)

 

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Thank you Lord, for the faith to know that you are in charge of every detail of our lives. Your timing is perfect, and we can trust in you to renew our strength.

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I’ve Never Been This Age Before

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Saturday is my birthday. Ready or not – it will be here, sixty-five! While I must admit, it kind of took me by surprise. Physically, I feel it. Spiritually, I still have much to learn as I grow up in the Lord. Emotionally, I have matured, I have some wisdom to share; is anybody listening?

Psalm 90:12 – So teach us to number our days, That we may gain a heart of wisdom.

Officially I am a senior citizen and carry a Medicare card. I need God’s grace for this season of my life. I want to age gracefully and enjoy life in spite of its aches and pains.

Isaiah 40:29 – He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength.

God has a plan and purpose for us, no matter our age. Jesus reminds us if we abide in Him, we will bear much fruit. Qualifying for fruit-bearing requires abiding in Him and there is no expiration date.

God wants to use older believers to have an impact in their grandchildren’s lives, (Proverbs 17:6). Younger women need and long to be mentored by older women, (Titus 2:2-5). The Lord is not finished with us until that glorious day when we finish our race and receive our crown of righteousness, (2 Timothy 4:7-8).

Proverbs 16:31 – The silver-haired head is a crown of glory, If it is found in the way of righteousness.

Pray-ButtonThank you Lord, even in our senior years, we can bring glory to you through our actions, attitudes, and words. Psalm 71:18 – Now also when I am old and gray-headed, O God, do not forsake me, Until I declare Your strength to this generation, Your power to everyone who is to come.

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