Hello everyone…and how are you doing today? The first thing I want to say, is that it's so good to be back! Satan attempted to take me down and out of commission with this ministry, due to a kidney stone and a major sinus infection; but from what I'm seeing…the Lord won once again…and I praise Him for that!
The other day, while I was getting around for the evening, God began to speak deep within my heart and He was reminding me that true trust and faith in Him, should not only come when the sun is shining and everything is going well; but true trust and faith in Him should also come when the storms of circumstance are rolling in, just as I have been experiencing lately.
A while back, while spending some quiet moments alone with God, I began to speak these words in a prayer to Him…and I said… "Lord, take me to a place that's beyond where I am…to find hope." Immediately, after speaking those words, I wrote them down and have had them on my computer stand, to view every day. Never did I know that I would need these words throughout this past week of illness.
One day, as I was struggling with all that I was experiencing at the time…my eye began to notice that small prayer that I had written down awhile back…and as I began to speak the words of that prayer once more, I began to feel even more deeply connected with God…and from there, I began to see Him work through those troubled moments, in ways that I had never seen before. There were times when His still small voice instantly became thoughts that led me to just what I needed at that time, which truly brought my soul alive and made me feel that He was there…caring just for me.
You know…I think that there can be times when we tend to focus on all that is wrong…to the place that we find ourselves stuck in the muck and mire of our problems. The thing that I came to see last week…is that I did not want to remain where I was, with all the pain and illness that was racking my body, so I did something…and I allowed this prayer to be my message to God…and from there, He lifted me up and He carried me beyond all that was taking place at the time…to care for me and give me hope. It wasn't the words of this prayer alone that caught His attention; but rather, it was the longing and desire of my heart that accompanied those words…and caught His attention.
You know…we don't always understand why this great big God allows these difficult times to enter our lives; but I have come to see that these are the times when we learn much along the way…and the more I endure in this life of mine…the more I see a faith and trust in Him that has truly grown stronger over time.
While I was bedridden for a while, God led me to a beautiful song, titled… "No One Ever Cared For Me Like Jesus"…and a little of the lyrics goes like this… "If my heart could tell a story…if my life would sing a song…if I have a testimony…if I have anything at all. No one ever cared for me like Jesus. His faithful hand has held me all this way…and when I'm old and grey and all my days are numbered on the earth…let it be known…in you alone, my joy was found." This is my testimony to you today; for if my heart could tell a story to you right now, I would say that through all I've endured…no one ever cared for me like Jesus…and the longer I serve Him, the sweeter He grows.
Maybe today, you are also facing some very hard and difficult times in your life…and maybe you're even wondering where God is right now. May I encourage you to reach out to Him…just as I have and ask Him to truly lift you out of the muck and mire of your problems and take you to a place where He can love you…care for you and give you the hope you need, so you can continue to press on. One thing I can say for sure…He will do just that.
Well, it's time for me to go for now; but I sure have enjoyed our visit…and especially the thorn that I have now placed into the flesh of Satan; for I have come to see that when we press on through whatever we may be facing at the time; that this is when we truly bring Satan to his knees, rather than the other way around. So…until we meet again…for another visit tomorrow, I pray that God will truly bless your day with His very best! Take care and God bless!
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