Thursday, November 9, 2017

Take Courage

I saw this picture yesterday on Facebook and God reminded me that while He protects us, courage is a choice.

There are many times I've let fear win on this journey if health. Every time a new joint hurts, everytime I have to stand, everytime I wake up not knowing how I'll feel, everytime I've lost a friend because I'm in pain or can't join in on something.

I let fear wash over me and can't breathe. The what-ifs overtake me and in the midst, I hear God say fear not, but I ignore Him, I'm in too deep.

Courage is a choice. Especially in this day. Especially with how the world is getting worse. Are we as God's children going to allow fear a foothold or are we going to stand up and say "NO! I will take courage this day. I will praise God this day. He's good and still reigns in His children."

"Say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, and do not fear, for your God is coming to destroy your enemies. He is coming to save you.”
Isaiah 35:4

"This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Joshua 1:9"

Take courage dear heart. The Lord fights FOR us in ways we can't even fathom. One day this world will fade, but until that day come take comfort, He's for you. He's with you. He still has you in His hands.

Uncover your face

He covered his face.

My son, who's 8 screamed a bad word in Church. I wasn't there, I planned to confront him when he got home. Give out punishment for the crime and the embarrassment.

He deserved some talking to right?

Then he covered his face in his coat and cried. Tears that you know come from deep down inside of someplace hurting and sad.

He covered his face and I heard God say,

"This is what you do when you're hurting. You hide from me when I just want to hold you. Uncover your face Mandy, don't hide. I love you, let me comfort you."

And I cried and told my 8 year old little boy uncover your face baby, let me love you...

And we both learned a little about grace last night.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Lord help!

Hungry and thirsty they nearly died. Lord help! They cried out in distress. And He rescued them in thier distress. He led them straight to a city where they could live. Psalm 107:6,7

They were hungry and thirsty. Are you feeling parched? Physically, mentally, spiritually?

Cry out! Lord help!

Some sat in darkness and deepest gloom. They rebelled against the words of God. No one was there to help them as they fell...

Does this sound familiar?

Lord help! Instantly He saved them.

Some were fools, some ran away. It doesn't matter. He helped them. When we get to a position of utter dependence on the Lord, He helps.

What do you need today? Surrender. Let go. Cry out.

Lord, help!

*excerpts from Psalm 107*