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As you browse through the links, I pray God uses the words written here to encourage you and to equip you for your life journey. I am a woman just like you - with all of the same human frailties. My weaknesses and broken places are many. I am learning to embrace and even celebrate each one as an opportunity for God to show up and show off in my life. I certainly don't have all of the answers. In fact, I don't even know all of the questions. But one thing I do know is that God will do what He promises to do in His Word. He is able and willing and waiting to meet you at the point of your greatest need.
Your heart may be broken and your spirit crushed. God will heal and restore you if you come to Him. Come just as you are and abandon yourself to Him.
You will be amazed at what He does through your willingness to take one tiny step of faith. You really can trust Him.He is your Shepherd and Friend of your wounded heart.
Psalm 40:1-3 "I waited patiently for the Lord; He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in Him."
A few thoughts for you to consider ...
Job was an extraordinary man, husband, father, and leader who served God faithfully. His faithfulness to God in prosperity was a powerful testimony, but His faithfulness to God in the face of death, pain and despair was even more powerful.
Did Job doubt and question God?
Did Job openly and honestly grieve his loss and weep in his pain?
But Job remained faithful to God, even when he did not understand why God would let him endure such suffering.
Job stood firm in his faith even when his heart and body was broken. God was pleased with Job and rewarded him for his faithfulness.
The LORD blessed the latter part of Job's life more than the first (Job 42:11).
You are no stranger to trials. The lab report came back malignant. The school called, demanding that you pick up your child who has just been expelled. Your husband informed you that he no longer wants to be married to you. Your boss called you into his office to let you know that you are being fired. Financial disaster seems certain while dependable friends seem to vanish. Yes, storms will come, and bad things will happen – even to fully devoted followers of God.
No one would call George Smith a coward. Smith was a daring jet test pilot in the 1950's when the sound barrier was first being broken. He could face anything - until he had to bail out of a jet going 805 miles per hour. Smith survived, but was hospitalized for weeks. Smith shared his fear of ever flying again with one of the nurses who had become a friend. The nurse smiled and said, “I have an antidote to fear. It is courage. To have courage is to know the worst, and to discover that, in God's economy, the very worst can't really hurt you." Exactly!
God doesn’t always deliver us immediately.
God doesn’t always deliver us in a logical way.
God doesn’t always deliver us like we want to be delivered.
God sometimes delivers us from our trials but more often than not, He delivers us in our trials.
If we count on strength from anyone or anything other than God Himself, we will be miserably disappointed. He is our safe place. Jeremiah 16:19 offers a prayer of thanksgiving for God’s hand of deliverance: “Lord, You are my strength and my protection. You are a safe place for me to run to in times of trouble.”
Trials are an important part of life. We desperately try to avoid any and all pain. When a crisis hits, we search frantically for the nearest exit.
Here is a truth about trials and troubles. The most beautiful life is often the most broken life. The ashes of death may very well be the fertile soil from which a new life of victory and promise will grow. God is forever covering each pain with His infinite love and mercy, bringing hope and encouragement where there was once only despair and death.
Where is God when the winds pick up and the churning waters pummel your rocking boat?
God is where He has always been and always will be – right there with you in the midst of every stormy circumstance. Run into His waiting arms when you are afraid. Trust Him and rest in the amazing truth that He is with you.