Thursday, March 27, 2008

Famous Verses

Cast all your cares on Him for He cares for you
Count it all joy whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know the testing of your faith produces perseverance
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say rejoice!

How many of us memorized these verses growing up never realizing that the planting of
God's Word in our hearts yields many blessings for our lives?
I am thoroughly ashamed to admit that these verses were brought to mind not to soothe my broken heart but to admonish me. Today I let the burdens of my recent life issues take over and bury me in the dungeon of despair. I was trying to carry a heavy yoke that Jesus promises to take if I will only surrender it.
I feel very assured of my salvation at the moment knowing that these trials are producing perseverance. But, I also feel like raising my hand and questioning God on whether He chose the right person for this path. I am honored that He would ask me to walk this path but doesn't He know how weak I am? I am no super-Christian like Ruth.
As I let the recent news (our van of six months has decided it needs a new transmission and possibly a new engine) sink in I also let the state of our future become fearful rather than a point of rejoicing. That is when I heard the "count it all joy" run through my head. Whether or not I feel like I can handle one more negative possibility I must count it all joy because it is through those negatives that God creates a positive in my own heart.


The Herd said...

On your comment..."I am honored that He would ask me to walk this path but doesn't He know how weak I am? I am no super-Christian like Ruth." I think that Christ would say that you are HIS strength. It's when we think WE are strong that we have a problem. Plus, I don't think Ruth thought she was strong either:)

I love your honestly and I know the Lord does too.

Praying peace over you and your family from down in Texas!

Mrs. Jeannie Mitchell said...

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not unto your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths. He is with you dear one and the body is praying and ready to support you with whatever you need.
Love and prayers,

Laurie said...

"My God shall supply all of your needs according to His riches in Christ Jesus". I can't imagine not being concerned when things go wrong.
You need your van and I know that God will bring the right help to take care of it. Your open honesty is so humbling, and the Lord will not let you down. I can "count it all joy" in knowing He is right there, ready to pick you up each and every time you raise your hand to Him. My prayers are with you and your family today.

Laurie in So. Ca.

countrymomtx said...

Praying your van gets the repairs and that He will supply ALL your needs. As others have said, your honesty is so refreshing, and "being real" about your struggles instead of a mask that all is ok , while inside it is not. It helps to know how to pray and to be able to "Mourn with those who mourn". Hugs to you Heather as you face this trial bravely, Cindy in West Texas

Laura in KY said...

Heather, I just want to thank you for being so very transparent in sharing your journey with us. You could have chosen to grieve very privately, and you would not have been wrong for doing so. However, I am just so thankful for your testimony. Also, what a wonderful gift you are providing for other women who, unfortunately, may have to walk a similar road in the future. Thank you for being real and honest. God is using you in mighty ways.

I also wanted to let you know that I am really praying for you and Brown Sugar. Being acutely aware of the problems that can go along with loss in adopted children, this must be incredibly hard for her and for you. I am praying for her healing and for wisdom and strength as you parent her. I know how hard it is to parent an adopted child that has experienced loss. But I can't even imagine how difficult it is when you are going through your own intense journey of loss. You have my prayers.

Anonymous said...

Heather, I continue to pray for you and your sweet kiddos. Thank you for sharing your heart. I can see God's strength in your writing which can only also be reflected in how you're walking this path, even if you can't see it. God's strength and hand is upon you, holding you, knowing every thought and feeling before, during and after. Praying for you in southern Oregon!

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Sonja said...

God has chosen to remind me of a 2 Chronicles 20 for two days in a row and it seems to be forever indispenable.

Jehoshaphat is up against a wall and has no choice but to lean on God. He cries out to Him, letting Him know that they don't know what to do, but that all eyes were on Him. God responded by letting Jehoshaphat know that this was God's battle and not to be afraid. It's all God's victory.

Of course, this is my run down of the story. I hope you'll have time to read its entirety and be encouraged. It's also important to note that Jehoshaphat initially had fear. It's what he did with that fear that matters. Keep walking, dear sister. :)

Love, Sonja

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