An elderly friend was not doing so well after emergency surgery to alleviate pressure from a blood clot that was slowly cutting off her airway. One of our pastors prayed over her that God would perform a miracle and heal her so that God could be glorified. God answered that prayer and within hours she was taken off all the machines and was smiling and breathing without the trachea. WOW, God is so awesome.
Within a couple of hours of hearing this wonderful news, I received a text that another lady (my dear friend’s sister) that we had been praying for since December 6th went home to be with the Lord. She had been dealing with complications from not being treated properly for pneumonia by the first hospital she visited and complications set in causing a domino affect of additional health issues.
I don’t understand it. I don’t understand why God answers some prayers and doesn’t answer others. I don’t know how to explain it when people ask that question and I don’t know how to comfort when they don’t understand.
What I do know is that Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 tells us there is a time for everything, a season for every activity under the heaven including a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance.
I also know that Paul tells us in Romans 8:28 that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him.
I don’t understand and I can’t explain it to someone to help them understand. The only thing I know is that God is faithful, true and loving and hates to see us hurt. But when we do, He is there to comfort and use every single thing to bring good to us through Him. Trust in Him through all seasons.
Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.
How does a car know to send you a dashboard warning that driving conditions could be hazardous?
Technology just amazes me. The sensors on my car knew that it was drizzling rain and that the temperature was close to 32 degrees. It knew that those two factors together should produce a warning message to let me know to be careful while driving because ice could be possible. Although I didn’t see any signs of ice, I was thankful for the warning to be cautious.
I was thinking how awesome it would be if every time we started to make wrong choices, a little neon light would flash before us warning us of the dangers ahead. Then I remembered a conversation I had recently where the person said, “deep inside my gut, I know it just isn’t right.”
There it is! Our conscience. The Holy Spirit. God’s leading. We do have it. I believe that deep down inside, our human technology processes when the environment, the conditions, the choices we have to make are hard and together with our right-versus-wrong temperature, our inner conscience gives us the warning.
Keep your eyes wide open today, your heart on guard and don’t let the devil’s dangerous conditions steer you off course. Drive with caution through your day and let God lead you safely through the icy patches.
Alarm clock screaming bare feet hit the floor.
It’s off to the races everybody out the door.
I’m feeling like I’m falling behind, it’s a crazy life.
Ninety miles an hour going fast as I can.
Trying to push a little harder trying to get the upper hand.
So much to do in so little time, it’s a crazy life.
It’s ready, set, go it’s another wild day
When the stress is on the rise in my heart I feel you say
Just breathe, just breathe.
Come and rest at my feet.
And be, just be.
Chaos calls but all you really need
Is to just breathe.
What wonderful words from the song, Just Breathe by Jonny Diaz. This is just the first part of the song where the pace of the song is ramping up, music getting louder and pounding of piano getting harder. As you listen to the song you feel that all-too familiar heart-racing feeling of going ninety miles an hour exactly as he describes.
And then he gets to the chorus and there is no fast or hard pounding and no hurried feeling. But rather just a soft piano with a whisper of a voice and you can almost physically feel your body melt into the “Calgon take me away” mode of peace.
That’s Jesus. That’s Peace. Our days are chaotic. Our feet hit the floor running. We go ninety miles an hour. But if we can just breathe. Deeply. And rest at His feet for 10 minutes before we get the call from Mr. Chaos, I promise the day will feel much smoother.
Try it today. When chaos calls, politely hang up and just breathe!
My favorite all-time Christian singer, Natalie Grant, posted a video yesterday letting us know that she is battling a benign thyroid tumor. They are very hopeful that after surgery tests will show that there is still no cancer! She is scared of course, as we all would be, but is very optimistic that she will be singing on stage again before year end.
My heart broke for her. I was reminded of her visit to our little town of Greensburg, Indiana and the amazing concerts she performed while here. But I was also again reminded of how that journey of faith to bring her here changed my life. It was a huge leap of faith but one I knew God was calling me to start and even though it was tough, He never failed me. He grew me in my Christian faith more than I can ever explain. That journey, and Natalie Grant, truly changed my life.
I guess that’s why I get so sad and teary as I think about her going through this. She is human even though we sometimes put humans on a pedestal and believe they are “super human”. Nope. She’s a wife, a mommy of 3 beautiful girls, a Christian, a career woman and a friend to many who just also happens to be well-known around the world.
In her video last night she talked about her song, King of the World. She said something like, “I can’t just sing about the King of the World. I have to believe that He is and trust Him through this journey. And I do.” [paraphrased]
Whatever journey you are on; whatever is testing your faith and pulling you down; whatever is causing you worry and pain today – know that God is the REAL King of the World and we have to trust Him to carry us through!
Join me as I commit to pray for Natalie each day that God will heal her completely so that she can continue to bring honor and glory to Him through her story and her beautiful voice.
Gooey, rich hot fudge dripping off of a scoop… no wait – TWO SCOOPS of mint chocolate chip ice cream. The fudge just warm enough to melt a little of the ice cream as the mint flavor swirls into the thick richness of the chocolate.
HOLY COW……..somebody get me a hot fudge sundae and quick!
Can you envision this beautiful masterpiece of delicious delight? There’s no other dessert that I love better than something with hot fudge. Hot fudge is the king! Hot fudge is the ultimate reward. Hot fudge is the “icing” on the cake – or rather the topping on the sundae!
How excited I get for hot fudge. So silly isn’t it? But God blesses us every day with His own extra hot fudge. We ask for blessings from Him, for answers to prayers and He just smiles because we have no idea that we are only asking for a little in comparison to the rich, flowing, hot fudge of blessings He has in store for us. His love is the extra hot fudge. It’s more than we can ever imagine.
Believe today that God can answer your prayers and bless your life with an overabundance, overflowing richness that can come only from Him. He wants to bless us with extra hot fudge in the ice cream sundae bowl of life! Talk to Him. Ask Him. Believe Him. Love Him.
Ephesians 3:20 – Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory…forever and ever.
Join me today in celebrating answers to prayers, blessings from above… and mint chocolate chip ice cream with extra hot fudge!
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It was 14 years ago today that the biggest battle on the war of terrorism began in New York City. I remember where I was standing when we realized exactly what was going on. I’m sure you do, too.
I remember almost everything being cancelled around the country. Every single airport was closed. Strangers bonded together as we had a common battle to fight nationwide. This country came together not only standing tall to fight against the enemy but falling on their knees to pray for higher intervention.
We are still fighting the world-wide war on terror! But we cannot forget that we are also fighting our own war against the devil in our everyday lives. We went to see the movie War Room last night and what appropriate timing as today is 9-11. The movie is a story of a couple that is growing apart and the ways of the world are about to destroy the family unit. But the “war room” in the movie allows individuals to see the power of prayer while fighting the everyday battles and letting God win the war!
Today let us remember those families who lost loved ones in the 9-11 attack and those people who gave their lives for freedom for our country as well as those people who are fighting for us right now at this very moment.
Let us also remember to continue to “STAND TALL and kneel down” to pray flaming arrows against the devil; to never ever give up crying out to God for help with the battle; and continue to praise Him everyday as He wins a War against evil. The devil is GOING DOWN!!! GOD WILL WIN THE WAR! STAND TALL and Kneel Down!
Psalm 46:9-10 – He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth; He breaks the bow and shatters the spear, He burns the shields with fire. Be still and know that I am God! I will be exalted among the nations. I will be exalted in the earth!
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14
Our church is participating in a journey called Pray 31. The purpose of this initiative is for Christians to pray for America with a strategic purpose across the land. As I was reading the pamphlet in preparation for the prayer journey, I was moved by how much prayer can accomplish. I pray all the time, both asking for things and thanking God for things. I pray for our country’s leadership sometimes but as I read the pamphlet to prepare for this challenge, I realized how little I do pray for our country, our states and our local governments and the leaders in those governing bodies.
As I sat in church yesterday, I was reminded of how many people are suffering with their health. Of those listed on our prayer list in the bulletin, there were EIGHT who were suffering from cancer. While dealing with some other issues in prayer last night, I received a call from a friend who was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
I used to go to my mother-in-law for advice on different things that a mother just seems to know about. She was always so careful to not overstep her boundaries as a mother-in-law but give me good, sound advice to my questions. Since she passed away, there are times I certainly wish she were here to give me that third-party sound advice.
I can’t remember exactly how this came about but a butterfly became our families’ symbol of remembrance of Genieve after she passed away. Anytime we see a butterfly we think of her. For me, a yellow butterfly is the specific symbol that she is with me and one always seems to show up at just the right time.
Today as I was riding my bike, I was praying about a specific thing for which I normally would have gone to Genieve for advice. I felt like I knew the answer but was still praying for direction. I asked God to help me feel peace about the decision and to somehow show me a sign.
I love riding my bike on a crisp “end of summer/start of autumn” day, sun shining bright, fields of crops showing signs of harvest, birds singing………and butterflies flying……oh my…..yes, yellow butterflies – about 20 of them all along my riding path. Prayers answered. Direction confirmed. Thank you, God for confirmation and peace……and thank you, Genieve.
I love yellow butterflies.
Don’t have your concert first and tune your instrument afterwards. – Hudson Taylor
In other words, don’t get up and take off running into your busy day without some fine tuning first. We need to tune our thoughts and attitude towards God and godly things as soon as we get up in the morning. We need to start our day with quiet time in prayer and scripture reading.
Sometimes we go barrelling head-first into the day with our own agenda, already hyperventilating for the day ahead and for the worries and hustle and bustle we have in front of us.
What if everyday we started out with reading a daily devotional and a few passages of scripture and spent 5 minutes in prayer asking God for direction for the day?
I challenge you to do this for the next 10 days. I hope you will see the immediate difference and realize waking up just a few minutes earlier each day can give your day a fresh start and take away all those anxieties. God’s already up and waiting for you.
Now go tune your instrument and get ready for the concert. It’s going to be a lovely show!
Have you ever said “let’s do lunch sometime” to a friend but never made the time to go?
Have you ever said, “I’ll call you soon” but never picked up the phone to call?
Have you ever said, “we have GOT to get together” but never arranged for a gathering?
Sometimes we say these things because it seems the politically correct thing to say at the time but we never really follow through. Life and our to-do lists get in the way and we don’t ever call or go to lunch or plan a get-together.