Daily Archives: September 4, 2008

Praise HIM in the STORM!

This [is] the day [which] the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24 KJV

What feels like a hundred weekends ago–but in reality it has only been thirty something, as Jeff and I were driving home from Gainesville, Florida…leaving a very weak sister behind…my heart was the heaviest I had felt for some time.

This song came on the radio and my tears fell like the rain that was pelting the windshield of the car, as my heart wept for the “unknown”. Our family had been in this place with her before. Watching Wanda struggle. Watching the enemy try and drain her very life from her body. But friends, family and even complete strangers began to pray. People that didn’t know Wanda began to call on the Father on her behalf….and Wanda’s little body began to strengthen—for a time…until her time came.

She had some very tough times…but her strength was amazing. Her faith was incredible. She held on to her faith when it seemed I had to search sometimes for mine. Hers remained steadfast and strong.

I am reminded of her faith and strength especially on these days when I have troubles arise and I look to the heavens for my help. I KNOW where it comes from…it comes from the LORD, the maker of heaven and earth. There is not a day that passes that I don’t think of Wanda in some way. I probably always will. That is okay. For I will soon see her! That is a promise we have from the scriptures. I cling ever so tightly to that.

If you haven’t been on the Sisters of Faith site for any of the Bible Study yet, I encourage you to meet me over there. I have found the LORD so real and amazing! He has delivered His message into our hearts from the words penned by Beth Moore in her book, 90 Days with the One and Only. I have been blessed….and I FEEL what He is doing in my life. I also feel the enemy balking and trying to discourage me in my journey….but I carry on!

Denise, my melt down came yesterday. A bit lingered today…but I carry on. I grasp on to the hem of His garment and allow Him to pull me to my feet and we walk ahead. Ever reaching…ever stretching….ever running to the mark—to the place He has laid out for me—the place that takes me home. Home. Heaven.

Take His hand dear friend….He will never leave you nor forsake you…but will fill your cup as you lift it up…of HIS incredible annointing…CARRY ON!

Day Four

Can you feel the excitement in Mary’s words? When I was reading the scripture text Luke 1:46-55, I could sense Mary realizing the blessings God had given her. Notice: Mary stopped to praise. In verse 46 she said”My soul doth magnify the Lord.” She may have been a humble handmaiden, but she had a way of expressing her praise and gratitude to the Lord that surpasses any teenager I have heard today, let alone any adult. She had a profound ability of edifying her Lord and Saviour.
The words in verse 48 speaks volumes to me as Mary said, “For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.” Within herself, she recognized she was a “lowly handmaiden,” but in Him she was “blessed.” I too am nothing without Him! Today is “Thankful Thursday,” and I’m thankful “He Looked Beyond My Faults and Saw My Need.” – I guess this could be my song!
As I was thinking about everything Mary was saying to Martha, it dawned on me this thought: God provided someone to believe Mary’s story and someone to share in her excitement, that would understand. It is so special to have a friend that you can tell your secrets to, someone that accepts you. I’m sure Mary felt rejection from some in her family and others probably doubted her story, but God gave her Elizabeth. God understands a woman’s needs and provided for her. Ain’t God good?!
Beth stated, “Mary’s song reflects twelve different Old Testament passages.” His word was in her heart. What song is in your heart- one of hurt, one of despair, or one of praise? Let’s sing praise!
Keeping the Faith,