Tuesday, April 23, 2013

A prayer of thanks for surgery and scars

A friend wrote me an email, reflecting on her one year surgery anniversary. I was so encouraged by it, I asked her if I could share:

"Yes, Praise Him, praise Him for how He has watched over and protected us both through surgery. It still brings tears to my eyes to think about how He heard each prayer, each groan when I could not pray, He saw each tear and had His hand upon me each step of the way. I was reading Psalm 139 this morning and reminded of how He makes no mistakes in how He creates us… He knew from moment 1 of my life that this would happen 24 years later… and knew from moment 1 of yours that you would have surgery like a month later!

What a good God we serve. Thankful that He persevered me through so many years of pain, when left on my own I surely would've turned angry and bitter. Thankful for this scar…and yours!

Love you friend!"

Monday, April 22, 2013

His works are in weight, number, time and order. All of them.

Last week a friend sent me these promises from a little book our pastor often gives away called Precious Promises of the Gospel.  Let me just say that in trials my biggest temptation is to lean on my own strength and understanding.  But unlike our bodies, our hearts are strengthened and grow not by physical training, but by spiritual training. I learn to trust by God providing opportunities for me to trust. By his grace and through his Spirit, he fans the flame of love and trust in my heart one day at a time (more like one moment at a time!). 

I love the part of this quote that talks about God forfeiting his reputation... his promises and word will never fail. It's like he is saying, "you will fail, but I will never fail to turn this into your good." Isn't that what Romans 8 is all about for the Christian? 

"I know how to deliver the Godly out of temptation, and to reserve the unjust to the day of judgment to be punished...

Trust in me with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. 

I am God, who performs all things for you. 

I will forfeit the reputation of my wisdom if I do not make you to acknowledge, when you see the end of the Lord

--though at present you wonder at 
and do not understand the meaning of my proceedings--

that ALL my works are 
in weight, 
in number, 
in time, 
and in order;

if I do not cause you to cry out, 

"Manifold are thy works; in wisdom hast thou made them all." 
(Psalm 33:4; 104:24; 145:10). 

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Lord, help me bear up under various trials. Help me to see them as the testing of my faith and the proof that I am yours forever. Build my confidence in you, and help me to not lean on my own understanding.