The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all; he protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken.
Hurting Healing Women…..I am heart-heavy for the women around me today. Ladies are hurting: depression, loss of a companion or child, striving for significance, grappling with past failures and choices, past hurts and mistakes, health challenges,a child battling addiction, and fear and uncertainty. The women I speak of are Christian women. Women who know God’s Word and His promises to work for the good of those who love Him. Yet, when deep in these moments they (WE…myself included)have arms outstretched….reaching for Him, but we just can’t seem to grasp His will, His desires and plans for us. These feelings press upon us and rob us of the abundant life and joy God wants us to experience.
Subtle tools of Satan to keep us down and ineffective.
These feelings that we experience don’t mean that we are less Christian….but rather, that we are more human. This fact emphasizes our need for Him. He is our Great Physician, healer, lifter of spirits, truth teller, sustain-er, Rock and Lord. Only He can lead us through the darkness that we sometimes find ourselves in. When in the storm-He will be the patch of sun piercing the clouds that loom around us.
Don’t look back in regret; look back only to see where you were…where he has brought you FROM and delivered you TO.
I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. I will remember them and my soul is downcast within me. Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope. Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” Lamentations 3:19-24
When I said, “My foot is slipping,” your love, O Lord, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul. Psalm 94:18-19 (I saw this verse four times yesterday!)
Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. Isaiah 43:1-2
Walking through church yesterday I noticed something; we all seem to hide these feelings well. We are all clinging to the Lord as he guides us and leads us through these moments. I feel a pull on my heart-strings this morning to remind people to encourage your brothers and sisters in Christ and all others surrounding you- Even if it looks like they are doing just fine. Yes, these feelings may be a daily challenge but every day is new! Don’t look around at others or the situations that surround us, don’t look back at the past, don’t look down at your feet in shame…that’s not where you’ll find the Lord. We are at HIS feet….look up. He is constant, unfailing, unchanging….Look up! That is where you’ll find the Lord.
An aside for the morning:
I can’t express to you how much I love my son and his view on the world. He shows me things that I should see with child-like faith and clear lenses. He has the gift of encouragement -always making cards and pictures for me and others and it’s a gift I hope he never fails to use.I want to share something my son made at school with you. This school assignment required that he choose and write about a Hero. He didn’t choose a man who is a hero by man’s standards or legendary person in history. His view was much more broad and far more simple.