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Praying Healing Psalms For a Friend and All Things | FMF & 31 days: day 17


God is LIMITLESS Love

God is LIMITLESS Love

Today’s Prompt for 5 Minute Friday: LONG. Go.

The Psalms are filled with {mostly} David’s desperate cries for help, healing and deliverance! We often long for God to help us, heal us or deliver us. Be for all that longing we neglect sometimes to pray … to cry out our petitions.

David, before and after becoming King David, was one of God’s favorites. Even, as He sinned, in his human-ness God referred to this son of His as “A man after My own heart.”

Well I am here to tell YOU that that is true of each one of us today. We are His favorite, You are His favorite, I am His favorite!

“How?!”

You ask.

Well, it’s because He is LIMITLESS … His very essence is LIMITLESS … His Love for us is LIMITLESS!

We, in our human-ness, put God in a box. A box infinitely smaller than God, in all of His LIMITLESSNESS.

Like small children, we cannot fathom the limitlessness of this Omnipotent, Omnipresent, Infinite God; nor can we fathom that His love for us has those same qualities.

But He DOES!

He DOES!

I find deep and visceral comfort in that. I long for you to feel this, too.

I am writing this particular post after being inspired by a good friend’s struggle today. By this friends perseverance in staying in God’s Word and His presence, today.

This person is struggling with something deeply tragic and emotional; and while that is going on they are doing their level best to stay in God’s Word and presence, today; while feeling like they cannot even breath for the pain and fear. I wanted my friend to know that God LOVES them and while the circumstances are what they are, and regardless of the fact that they cannot seem to feel Him as close, today, that God is, in fact, right there with them.

This is one of those Jesus moments for this friend; that test that reaches within one, viscerally, and actually, when all is said and done, proves within one’s Spirit and Mind that God’s is ALWAYS faithful to His children and His promises.

I have experienced this Jesus moment on several occasions just this year. So I know it is what my friend is experiencing right now. My friend has described, in short, feelings and emotions and fears that I have felt many times this year.

Yet, I came to a place where when my limits on God were destroyed, I became assured of the vastness of His love for me, deeply and permanently. I want that assurance for my friend; for all my friends and loved ones. For everyone.

That place? True Serenity!

The psalmist realized the limitations of man and recognized the limitlessness of God. He expressed these concepts in Psalms 139:7-12: “Where can I go from Thy Spirit? Or where can I flee from Thy presence? If I ascend to heaven, Thou art there, If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, Thou art there, If I take the wings of the dawn, If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, Even there Thy hand will lead me, And Thy right hand will lay hold of me. If I say, ‘Surely the darkness will overwhelm me, And the light around me will be night,’ Even the darkness is not dark to Thee, And the night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light are alike to Thee.” (from: God’s Limitlessness).

So, as I cry out to God for my healing, { You changed my mourning into dancing. You took off my funeral clothes and dressed me up in joy so that my whole being might sing praises to you and never stop. = healing} I’ve added my friend and others in intercession …

I cried out to you, Lord.
I begged my Lord for mercy:
“What is to be gained by my spilled blood,
by my going down into the pit?
Does dust thank you?
Does it proclaim your faithfulness?
Lord, listen and have mercy on me!
Lord, be my helper!”
You changed my mourning into dancing.
You took off my funeral clothes
and dressed me up in joy
so that my whole being
might sing praises to you and never stop.
Lord, my God, I will give thanks to you forever. {AMEN} — Psalm 30:8-12 

Stop!

What is it today that you need God to heal or deliver you from; what do you long for? I encourage you to pray God’s scriptures; pray what He says about your situation today. I have found and can testify to the fact that praying God’s scriptures to Him never fails.

HE.NEVER.FAILS.

God bless.

Thank You for Reading. Andrea

Thank You for Reading.
Andrea

 

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Expecting Everyday Miracles: Beginning Something New


Morning

Morning

I wrote the fifth post for this 31 day challenge basically on the stroke of midnight last night. I really didn’t think I’d rise and be ready to write the sixth. But God ….

He speaks to me, audibly, as well as through … His Word, Devotions and Others … even Others who are not believers. The Word does convey that He will use anyone and any situation to His good will.

So today’s five minutes came in a scripture devotion this morning.

The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. – Psalm 19:8

 

Today we go to the oncologist and get the report from the last CAT scan. I already know The Hubs’ intentions to quit all treatment. My eyes are open, but I am surprised that I am calm and have a joyful heart.

It feels as though we are starting something new today!

And that has me feeling expectant and a bit excited. Not a normal response to the “somethings new” in my life, for me. Yet here I am … feeling as though we are truly done with this cancer trial. And I’m ok with that. I don’t feel apprehensive or frightened.

Maybe it’s that The Hubs has tempered me with his consistent, if not always soothing, reminders that he is done with chemo.

(as I once again remind myself that chemo is not medicine; it’s poison.)

He is done with chemo. He is done feeling trapped by a disease that our faith in God assures us cannot live within him. He is done feeling tired and worn out and old. And he is tired of having no hair.

So I’m going into this day with that joyful heart and open eyes knowing that God goes before us and makes a way in this fallen world, that accepts illness and death from sickness as a norm.

KNOWING that I know that God is about to glorify Himself through a miraculous healing.

YOU see, I believe that we should not be surprised by God’s healing of our illnesses and disease. WE shouldn’t see it as a miracle; in the way the world sees His miracles.

Because the world defines a miracle as an unexpected and an unexplained phenomenon, and it is not.

God’s miracle of healing and of prosperity and of protection, and so many other things are most assuredly explained! And what’s more God’s miracles SHOULD be expected.

All anyone need do. to begin to expect God’s miracles. is to read THE BOOK.

Miracles are an everyday occurrence in the life of the believer who walks in his faith daily. That is not to diminish the wonder of God’s work … I continue to stand in awe daily of God’s amazing work! God’s miracles are amazing, EVERYDAY!

I find God’s daily miracles as amazing as the next man, as much as the non-believer is amazed, or more.

Why?

Because though I’ve come to expect God’s miracles; like my waking and breathing each morning, a miracle is a miracle! I just have the assurance of daily miracles. It’s as amazing as if you received a beautiful gift each morning wrapped in light and gentle breezes, just for your joy.

Like a beautiful fall morning.

Autumn Morning

Autumn Morning

Because even though as a believer I’ve come to expect God daily. I continue to be excited even as I expect Him to amaze me, and He does EVERYDAY!

Expectation does not drain the wonder for seeing God’s hand move in this life. Expectancy simply magnifies the Everyday Miracles!

So today we begin something new here in Hutchland … We move forward EXPECTING His miracle … I can’t wait to see and experience what that might be.

Thanks for reading!

Andrea

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The Heart Breaks …


In the light.

In the light.

Today:
I said: “I hate to see your heart get broken again”.
He said to me “My hearts been broken so many times it can’t be broke no more”.
I said, “That’s not true … the heart breaks and breaks and endures more breaks and still the heart wakes one day to love again and endure”.
See that’s how God built the human heart … how He built the human being.
So proud of the work he is doing. So proud of his heart that is beating to endure and improve one more day. So proud of my boy, this man. He’s been through the wringer, life inflicted and self inflicted … and still he breathes and his heart beats another day and he fights …
Love this kid until my breath is taken!

He was listening to this song, and I was captive in the car at the time … it speaks to him, his desire to get his life back. The lyrics are harsh for some so don’t listen if you will be offended. See God sees Shane’s struggle and doesn’t care what he listens to if it moves him closer to Him. Praise God.


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What Life Looks Like When Trials Prevail


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I loved this poem the first time I read it. Actually I simply read,

“If ever two were one, then surely we.”

It spoke to our relationship … the Hubs and I. I will forever be in awe that we forged this relationship out of other damaged relationship; that we built this life, this love, this family into the wonderful thing that it is. Alive and breathing and changing every moment … a life well lived.

And as if we couldn’t appreciate what we had more this trial has awakened the wonder of who we are as one, him and I.

You see the doctors said the “C” word. In the matter of a week our life changed completely; it changed even how life looked around us. Amazingly it didn’t get darker! Things got brighter, more clear, around us. I stood in wonder at the amazing beauty around me as the doctors insisted my husband wasn’t strong enough to endure what was coming. Well, they didn’t know the Hubs, or who he was, or who we were!

The beauty of fall didn’t die instantly and flutter to the ground in the ashes of the report. The sun continued to shine brightly through the hospital window, illuminating the greens and reds and golds just beginning to color the trees through the rays of light.

I thought for a moment that the bright might be intensified by the silent tears that had filled my eyes, but no, things just became bright. It’s really that simple.

A myriad of thoughts flooded my mind; things us ladies contemplate from time to time while trying to imagine our future and plan. My husband says that men don’t do this to themselves; you know, try to imagine life if their wife was …. gone. However, we girls do this things. And I can tell you, it’s more terrible than we can imagine.

Sometimes I wake up in fear and am compelled to check to see if the Hubs is breathing; sort of like I did when the babies were new. I even wake him up sometimes; he’s so patient and forgiving. And in the morning …

We are more present with each other. He shows his heart more, much more! It’s a joy to see really, him finally, really, living his life present. True and honest emotions that he is now allowing himself.

And that smile and his humor and his laugh. I’ve always said that my favorite sound in the whole world is the Hubs’ laugh … and it’s so true, so much more now. That smile and that laugh hold my heart together. I love that they are and continue to be … even as life changes.

I love this man.

Life is a motion picture and what that picture looks like during lifes trials depend on our personal outlook.

So what does our life look like?

It looks like moving forward in faith. We heard the doctors say the “C” word, we do what needs to be done … but we look like we always did (except for his hair). We are a family, living life to the fullest (now) cherishing each moment, as we should have all along. Trials weed out the frivolous, the drama and the little things; so that we can see the important things.

This trail has truly caused us to live more freely. Life looks like freedom.

How would you live your life?


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Renew the Mind ~ 31 Days of Focus #4


Hello again. Here I am at 10:30 at night getting in my DAY 4 Post for 31 Days of Focus.

My focus today was skewed, as it is sometimes. Got to bed late last night and slept in too long this morning, so I spent an hour praying and thanking God for the day. A good start to a delayed day, I’d say.

Though I prayed my day remained disjointed. I couldn’t shake the funk, so I called my sponsor and she firmly (to my aggravation) told me to stop feeling the way I did about a subject, before I could get my thought out. Well I don’t have this problem with God …

Now don’t get me wrong, my sponsor is an amazing person and has put up with much from me; there was much to fix in me and she was the first to truly work through all of it with me. But … she’s human, and whether she wanted to get me to the point quickly so we could move on or she felt it was the best choice today, that doesn’t work for me.

Sometimes I just need to be heard.

So I was trolling Facebook today and ran across a status from a Pastor on my friends list, it caught me because it sounded like Psalm 91 (my favorite scripture) and I found it inspiring for a day, when once again, I’m not feeling this life of mine.

“I will follow Him one step at a time and that is all He requires of me. If He leads me up a cliff He will equip me thoroughly for the strenuous climb. He has given His angels charge over me, to preserve me in all my ways. I will keep my mind stayed on Him and enjoy His presence regardless my present journey. I will walk by faith and not by sight, trusting Him to open up the way before me. He is God.” ~ Gale Alverez

I copied and shared this as my status today, and it remained my focus.

God is God and remains on the throne and Lord of my life no matter what I go through.

A tornado slams a tree into my house … God is on the throne.

I have high blood pressure and feel physically bad … God is on the throne.

I’m not feeling my life … God is on the throne.

… and he has prepared me for my journey that day!

In Gale’s status she has the line “He has given His angels charge over me, to preserve me in all my ways.”Which is actually line verse 11 in the 91st Psalm. It’s the line the drew me in … not because of the angels, but because I recognized Psalm 91 and I knew He was guiding me on this day of numbness.

I honestly don’t know what’s up. I’m depressed and I truly don’t know why, nothing overt is happening. The trials and transitions in my life, while difficult, are the same as they were yesterday and a month ago. Plus, with sponsoring and God I am quickly working through them.

I’d like to share my favorite part of Psalm 91 with you … it’s the end. The very special thing about this is that it is a personal letter to us from Father God … that’s write, just put your name after the Dear in the letter and sign it on your heart from Father God … it’s for YOU!

Dear Child,

Because you loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue you;
    I will protect you, for you acknowledge my name.
 You will call on me, and I will answer you;
    I will be with you in trouble,
    I will deliver you and honor you.
With long life I will satisfy you
    and show you my salvation.

Love, Father God

This should be our focus … When we focus on the love God has for us … the love that causes Him to answer our call … the love that causes Him to honor us …honor us! When we focus on this we can not help but shine His love to the world.

And when I am loving the world around me all of a sudden the numbness wears off and I can feel this life again.

Renew the mind … not with worldly knowledge … rather with the knowledge of God and focus. 🙂

Blessings.


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Tender


Today was my birthday … It’s been a loooong week, with stress and heartache and me wondering why all this must be. I don’t question God when my tender heart’s wounds are opened and splayed wide by circumstances and by the people I love and then must forgive. I don’t blame God, I tend to blame the one’s I love, who don’t seem to love me back … I don’t know why … and that question will go unanswered, because it’s not that they don’t love … it’s that it isn’t the love I long for. Selfish … maybe … it’s complicated and has left many a tender spot in need of healing.

It always surprises me the depth of healing this heart of mine needs.

Then I remember … they love as best they can in the darkness … and I live in the light, the light of God’s deep and enduring love for me … for ME … and then I remember to pray, first that the tenderness of my wounds would cause me to pray for those I love … who love differently than I … and I pray for forgiveness for my selfish need for this love …

Psalm 25:5-7

5 Guide me in your truth and teach me,    for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. 6 Remember, LORD, your tender mercy and love,    for they are from of old. 7 Do not remember the sins of my youth    and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me,    for you, LORD, are good.

Then … just as I begin to live I’ve done it finally … pushed Him to turn from my sinful nature He, my God, comes along side me and envelopes me in His presence and I realize the tenderness of this heart … is His reminder that I am weak without Him, and that the wounds remind me, though He’d rather I didn’t have them, to press into Him …

So I will remain tender of heart … and I will learn to use this tenderness to press into the light more and shine forth brighter for those that I love that still gravitate to the light …

 Join us over at The Gypsy Mama, where we write, unscripted, unedited, for 5-minutes, each week! This weeks prompt is “Tender” … how does your heart interperet it?Blessings Loves!https://seg.sharethis.com/getSegment.php?purl=https%3A%2F%2Fhopeannfaith.wordpress.com%2Fwp-admin%2Fpost-new.php&jsref=&rnd=1327728401385