Loving God’s People

Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit
unto unfeigned love of the brethren,
see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently.
1 Peter 1:22

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As believers in Jesus Christ we ought to be walking in harmony and holiness, 
and yet we often struggle with our relationships with one another - we struggle with showing love.
Unfortunately, we don’t always get along with everyone,
but from God’s divine point of view there is only one body.

There is one body, and one Spirit,
even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;

One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
One God and Father of all, who is above all,
through all, and in you all.
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. . . unto unfeigned love of the brethren.

We should not attempt to “manufacture” love,
but the the love we share with each other must be generated by the Holy Spirit.
This is not only a spiritual love, but a sincere and fervent love.
We must strive with all of our energy to bestow love unto the brethren.
We show love to others when we treat them the same way God treats us.
It is not a matter of feeling but of willing, and this is something we must constantly work at
if we are to succeed.

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. . . see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently.

pure heart ought to be in each one of us
and it should encourage us to build and maintain unity among God’s precious people.

St. Augustine said it perfectly,
In essentials, unity.
In nonessentials, liberty.

In all things, charity.

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May your week be blessed, dear friends!

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5 Ways to Build Edifying Relationships

Relationships with the Body of Christ can be a frustrating thing…though it’s a necessary part of our walk with Christ. As Christians, we’re called to be in edifying relationships with other believers. However, there’s a lot of division, favoritism, backbiting, hate, and gossip that goes on in the Church that causes harm to the Body of Christ. I’ve not always dealt in a godly way in some of my friendships with members of the Body of Christ.

The Word of God has some things to say about Christ-honoring relationships among His Bride. It was His desire that we use our friendships to build each other up in the Lord and point each other to Him. These are just a few ways He’s called us to go deeper in our relationships.

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1. Invest in other Christians without expecting anything in return. Do we develop friendships because we get something from them? Or do we genuinely love the Body of Christ & unselfishly desire to serve them? It’s comfortable to find relationships that feed our insecurity and our need for acceptance. Being in a friendship because we’re getting something out of it is a selfish and empty way to live our lives. However, these relationships often end in frustration and emptiness. Instead, learning to give and serve others without expectations will bring true and lasting joy to our hearts. Genuine love for others may not always be reciprocated, as I’ve found out before, but I’m learning that it is better to give than receive.

Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, (1 Peter 1:22 ESV)

2. Give relationships space. It’s easy to have our “foots in our neighbor’s house” in today’s instant communication. Most of our relationships are a mere text, phone call, tweet, email, Facebook message away. Have you ever just wanted some distance in a demanding relationship? I know I have…when I’m constantly getting texts/emails/etc. from someone. It’s made me realize that part of edifying relationships is giving people rest from outside voices, including our own. Being respectful of our friends’ time and priorities is part of genuine love. It’s okay if we don’t hear back from them in the same hour, afternoon, day, or week.

“Let your foot be seldom in your neighbor’s house, lest he have his fill of you and hate you.” (Proverbs 25:17 ESV)

3. Speak Truth in love into your friends’ life. I’m realizing I’m a bit too eager to please in my relationships. It’s gotten me into a couple messy situations I could have avoided if I was willing to stand up for the Truth. In all of our relationships, whether it be with family or close friends, we are called to build up one another in Christ. Part of loving others is encouraging them and exhorting them to pursue Christ. It’s okay for Christians to gently and humbly discuss different opinions and thoughts on the Word of God. It grows us. We shouldn’t be afraid of reproof or debate…if someone is brave enough to humbly point out something to us they feel is contrary to the Bible, then we should be grateful they love us that much! Hopefully, we will be able to do the same for others. And…it’s actually good for us to have people who we’re close to that disagree with us on issues…”likemindedness” can actually be a warning sign for a mediocre Body.

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Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. (Ephesians 4:15-16 ESV)
 
Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy. (Proverbs 27:6 ESV)
 
4. Let go of relationships that harm our relationship with Christ. There is a point when we have to let go of a friendship that destroys other relationships in our lives. If a person who claims the name of Christ is dragging us down spiritually, not encouraging us in our walk with Christ, not listening to Biblical counsel and encouragement, and is being a distraction to pursuing a deeper relationship with God, it may be time to let that go. If a person makes us feel guilty for not spending more time with them, it’s time to let it go. When relationships with other believers cause more harm than good, it’s not a sin to walk away and we should seek to do it peacefully and humbly.
I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. (Romans 16:17 ESV)
5. Pursue a deeper walk with Christ. The biggest cause of conflict in relationships is a lack of Christlikeness. The cure for this is for us to grow in our own relationship with Christ. We need to be seeking Him first, before we seek out relationship with others. The quality of our relationships will often reflect how much we desire a closer walk with God. If we want quality, deep friendships, we need to be developing a deeper abiding in Christ.
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What are some ways you have found to build Christlike relationships with other Christians? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
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Friends Are Flowers

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I have no two friends alike. There are a scant few I’ve known for the same long amount of time. Others I’ve known for a comparatively less amount of time but am inexplicably close to. Each of my relationships-friends & family-has had their share of ups & downs. As all the beautiful flowers & even the bright dandelions in the yard now that spring’s finally sprung-each of our relationships, present, past & future-serve a purpose.

This purpose is God’s alone. One we may never be able to see, even looking back, until we reach Paradise. When I was younger, I wanted so much to have a whole big crowd of friends to do things with every week & be invited to their birthday parties & sleepovers. As I grew older & saw that many of the girls who went to school together every day were a little inclusive, my shyness morphed partly into being overly sensitive & feeling slighted at the littlest thing. All the while in these formative years I made friends in other avenues, wrote letters back & forth, made up stories & plays & make-believe. And I am blessed to say two of these friends I slightly took for granted at a young impressionable age I am still close friends with. And next year I’ll stand beside one as a maid of honor.

My friends & I  have had our misunderstandings & issues we’ve needed to air. For my long distance sisters, it’s increasingly bittersweet to not be able to visit or see each other in person for special events & moments. But because of each & everyone of my friends, I have been challenged. Encouraged. Embraced even across the miles. I’ve been taught. I’ve been accepted & loved for just who I am. My friends are the hands, feet & heart of Jesus to me.

Think back on the times of utter happiness & the heartbreaking times when your friends were there. When they spoke God’s truth to you even if you didn’t want to hear it but God spoke through them. If you have broken friendships in your past that left scars on your heart, thank God for how He drew you closer to Himself & how He brought your current heart-sisters into your life.

Thank our gracious Lord for those friends who continue to love you unconditionally continuously.
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A thought or two on Godly friendships

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For many, many years, I prayed that the Lord would send me Godly friends.

Over the past couple of years, the Lord has been so very gracious and answered my prayer in abundance. He has sent specific people into my life at the most perfect moments.

When it seemed as if my family and I were the only ones walking along a particular path, He sent a special group of friends to me that I “met” online. I’m still writing back and forth with several of those ladies, and each one of them hold a special place in my heart. There were many times when I would be having a particularly rough day, and I would have a letter or email from one of them in my mailbox or inbox. It literally brightened my whole day! These ladies have shown the love of Christ to me in incredible ways, and while many of them I haven’t yet had the privilege to meet in person, I pray the Lord will allow me to meet each one of them if it is His will.

Along with these special online friends, over the past year especially, He began to bring ladies into my life that I see in person quite often now. It is so wonderful to get together with them and simply fellowship, or if the situation arises, to stop and pray for one another. There have been a couple of girls in particular who have literally stopped what they are doing right then to pray for me, and made it a point to encourage me if I had been struggling with something. They have prayed faithfully and diligently for us as my family has walked through some rather difficult situations over the past year, many of them making themselves available to help with things as we have had needs arise.

It’s really made me think a lot about the blessing that the Lord has given us through Godly friendships, so I was excited to see that our topic for the month here at Meditations of His Love is “Godly Relationships”. I’m going to focus specifically on Godly friendships today.

In the scriptures, there is a lot of value placed upon having Godly relationships with others.

We are encouraged to seek out relationships with those who are of like-mindedness to us. We, as Christians, should be constantly seeking to encourage other believers to strive ever more in the pursuit of Christ, and in becoming more like Him each and every day. We need to love each other. REALLY love each other. Not the lovey-dovey sort of love portrayed in sappy Hallmark movies, but with a sincere, sacrificial  love. A mirror of the love the Lord showed us when He took upon Himself the burden of *our* sins, that we might live a life unshackled by the chains and bondage of sin, so that we will go one day to live with Him in heaven for eternity. We should seek to show the beautiful, sacrificial love of Christ however we can to encourage and edify other believers, encouraging them to seek the higher things of the Lord.

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” - Hebrews 10:24-25

Sometimes, it is difficult to put aside our wants, needs or desires to be a servant to others. To love them, even when they are at their most unlovable. However, it’s not up to us to choose whom we will show love and grace to and whom we won’t.

“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud,but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.” - Romans 12:9-16

“You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat.- Romans 14:10

“Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister.” - Romans 14:13

We are to put aside our selfishness and pride, and endeavor to show our brothers and sisters the love and mercy the Lord has shown to us.

“We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up. For even Christ did not please himself but, as it is written: “The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.”  For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.” - Romans 15:7

“No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.” -1st Corinthians 10:24

I’m so thankful for the grace the Lord showed us when He chose us to be His very own. I feel overwhelmed with joy and awe that He would choose us, despite our wickedness and sinful natures. I’m awestruck that He continues to pour out His love and mercy. To even further demonstrate how much He loves us, He set apart a people for Himself, and equipped them to minister and love one another so that we might all be mutually encouraged in the faith. What an extraordinary blessing! <3

May we all seek to show the love of Christ to one another in our relationships with others, faithfully seeking to show His mercy and grace in our day-to-day walk alongside each other. Remember to pray for one another, and look for ways you can be an encouragement in someone’s life. You may never know how big of a blessing you are to them while they are struggling.

~Miss Court

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Sharing from a Silver Platter

photo (8)Lately, I’ve been thinking about all the things the Lord has graciously done in my life that have been detrimental to my faith. I was born to Christian parents who did their best to raise me in the fear of the Lord. Since infancy I’ve been surrounded by the Body of Christ; people who love me and value the deepening of my faith as much as I do. And at a very young age, I began developing a thirst for Christ that sent me searching for a God who continues to let me find Him (Deut. 4:49, ESV).

All of these, I realize, are gifts from a divine Father. We do not have to look far into the world to see that not everyone is born into a Christian family. Not everyone is surrounded by the Body of Christ—by people who are able, or willing, to invest in them spiritually. Not everyone has the Holy Spirit, giving them an instinctive desire to know Jesus and obey, thus making elementary truths easy to understand.

In the slain and risen Lamb, we have been given EVERYTHING we will ever need for living a life pleasing to God, and ultimately, eternal life. What I’m saying is that there are many of us, like myself, who have “seemingly” been handed the things of the Kingdom on a silver platter. There are certainly people who come from ungodly lifestyles, non-Christian families and no church family who come to know Christ! This is the beautiful work of the Spirit.

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But when I read Peter’s reminder to be diligent (2 Peter 1:15, 1:10) with our faith and the gift of being called—I have an urgency not to squander what I’ve been given in Jesus, because it’s seemed so easy for me. Our world is full of people who don’t have the silver platter; we need to be a Church that is filling the world with people who are “neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1:8b, NASB).

Sisters, let’s not squander or waste the riches made available to us in Jesus by being complacent and fruitless. Let’s grow in the knowledge of God, diligently working out our salvation (making our salvation evident) so that He “who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure” (Phil. 2:13, ESV) will make us fruitful by His Spirit in us. We have been given the silver platter of riches in Christ and it is a well that will never run dry. The world desperately needs us to share it.

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God’s Refining Fire

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O Lord, we pray “Thy will be done” or “Master, here am I.”
We pray You’d do a mighty work that to the flesh we’d die.
And when the answer comes to us in form of trial and test,
We fail to see Your loving hand, refining fire is best.

That I may stand when You appear, abide till Your return.
O place the fire perfectly that all the dross be burned.
Whether furnace of affliction, Lord, or unfulfilled desire,.
Bring forth a vessel pure and tried by Your refining fire.

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God’s refining fire, God’s refining fire.
May it purge me now and make of me what You require.
O Lord, feed the fire, Your refining fire.
Now as gold and silver must be tried, Lord, may my heart be purified.
Lord, send Your great refining fire.
~ Mac Lynch ~

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Trials meet needs. . . 

Trials can discipline us when we have disobeyed God’s will
and at other times , trials prepare us for spiritual growth.
We may not always know the need being met, but we can trust God to know what is best.

Trials are varied. . .

No matter what “color” our day may be - a “blue” Monday or a “gray” Tuesday -
God has grace sufficient to meet the need.
We must not think that because we have overcome one kind of trial
that we will automatically “win them all.”
Trials are varied, and God matches the trial to our strengths and needs.

Trials are not easy. . .

Peter did not suggest that we take a careless attitude toward trials,
because this would be deceitful.
Trials produce what he called “heaviness.”
The word means “to experience grief or pain.”
There will be difficult trials in life, something we must accept as a believer.

Trials are controlled by God. . .

They do not last forever; they are “for a season.”
When God permits His children to go through the furnace,
He keeps His eye on the clock and His hand on the thermostat.
When we submit to Him, He does not allow us to suffer one minute too long.

Our trying experiences today are preparing us for glory tomorrow.

Just as the assayer tests the gold to see if it is pure gold or counterfeit,
so the trials of life test our faith to prove its sincerity.

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The patriarch Job went through many painful trials, all of them with God’s approval;
and yet he understood somewhat of this truth about the refiner’s fire.
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But he knoweth the way that I take; when he hath tried me,
I shall come forth as gold.
Job 23:10

We are born for glory, kept for glory, and being prepared for glory.

May we come forth as gold, dear friends!

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Precious Promises

His divine power has granted to us…His precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. (2 Peter 1:3-4 ESV)

Life can be…disappointing. During those times of trial, looking to Jesus and His promises to us is one of the most comforting things we can do. I thought I’d just name a few of the precious promises of our Lord with the references. I pray it’s an encouragement to y’all!

Christ is with us always. (Matthew 28:20)
 
He will reveal to us His Truth. (John 8:31-32)
 
He hears our prayers of faith. (John 14:12-14) (John 15:7)
 
His truth will bring us joy. (John 15:11)
 
He fulfills our longings. (Matthew 5:6, John 6:35)
 
The Truth will set us free. (John 8:32)
 
Our death to self & service to Him will be honored. (John 12:25-26)
 
You will abide in His love. (John 15:10)
 
He comforts those who mourn. (Matthew 5:4)
 
The Kingdom of God is revealed to those who seek Him. (Matthew 6:33)
 
He will give the weary rest. (Matthew 11:28-30)
 
He shows us mercy. (Matthew 5:8)
 
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There are many more promises of God found in the Bible. Here is a great list of some of the promises of Jesus. It would be good to print off a list of some of the promises of our Savior and review them in times of sorrow. Many times, we’re simply having a old-fashioned “pity-party” and simply need to cling to the Truth of Jesus Christ instead of looking at our problems!

What are some promises of Jesus that have gotten you through some difficult times? What are some of your favorite verses that bring hope and healing to your heart?

Dear sisters, May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. (Romans 15:13)

 

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Hallelujah, He is Risen!

He is risen! He is risen indeed.

A blessed Resurrection day to you & yours!

Praise God from whom all blessings flow. When Jesus gave up His last breath on Calvary, the veil of separation was torn in two & we are now gifted with the priceless gift of unadulterated communion with the Lord. When Jesus ascended into heaven, He sent the Holy Spirit at Pentecost to give His disciples & followers power to carry out the great commission. I’m here to share with you, sisters, that that same Pentecostal power they were given in tongues of fire is ours.

Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.
Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 2nd Peter 1:1-15

What does this look like in the day to day? Certainly appears to be a tall order. *smile* It’s so much more than an inspirational encouragement but the calling on all of our lives, in every season. In every moment. Through every trial, triumph, joy & even times of despair. We are new creations. We weren’t once new creations, nor are we trying to attain a brand new identity. We have been cleansed from our sins forever & the Lord casts them as far as the east is from the west. It’s a perpetual, & ongoing renewing, adding all these things to the next in the Scripture above.

These verses are God-inspired, & are a call to rise as He is risen this day. We are vessels made to declare His rule & reign over history, the present & our individual stories. On this blessed Easter morning, I encourage you to breathe deep & let it out. Bask in the Lord’s resurrection power & then, after you pray for these fruits to be cultivated in your day to day, you prepare. Prepare your heart to be tested with gifts disguised as trying people, situations or trials. When I pray for patience, the Lord sends me another short-tempered person or difficult personality or another waiting game to test that prayer.

The Lord does not call the already-equipped; He doesn’t bestow upon us the gifts of His grace & the Holy Spirit’s work in our hearts like pixie dust. The Lord equips the called; day by day even in the mundane, we-His daughters & part of His beloved Bride-are refined as gold.

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Little Ways

This month, our topical theme here at Meditations of His Love is Experience Produces Character. Melinda asked that we share some of the different experiences that we have had through the years as we have walked with Christ.

This past year, my grandmother was diagnosed with and died from cancer. I wrote the following blog post shortly after she passed away, sharing about one of the unique and special ways the Lord encouraged my family and I through His word, as we walked through what was *undoubtedly* one of the hardest times in our lives. Perhaps you, dear friend, are walking through a struggle of your own. I pray that this testimony of the Lord providing encouragement to me during that time will be a blessing and encouragement to you. May we always trust in the Lord and seek to stay faithful to Him, even when it is hard. <3

~Miss C

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From June 10th, 2013:

 

It has been interesting to look back at many of the ways the LORD has sent encouragement to us over the past several weeks.

When I look back over the past few months, I can see where the LORD really spoke to my heart through very specific Bible verses. During the weeks following after we learned about my grandmother’s cancer, and then continuing on as we cared for her until her homecoming, the LORD revealed scriptural truths  to me as I sought comfort in His word. As they were laid on my heart, I felt led to write down those verses and hang them beside the sink, so that I could work on memorizing them while doing dishes or cooking during the day.

“The day we found out she had cancer, February 14th, the verse that came to mind after much prayer was James 1:2-4 :

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

While it was hard to see at the time of my grandmother’s cancer diagnosis, and admittedly, is still very hard to see at times now, we are to completely and totally rely on God and trust in Him. Even when situations seem to be at their absolute worst, we are to TRUST Him. Really, really trust Him- with our whole heart. God never sends us trials or situations greater than what His grace will allow us to bear. Never will He leave us or desert us in our time of need. We are to REJOICE when He sends trials to us. We should always seek to rejoice in the sanctification that comes from bearing burdens here on earth and know that working through those difficult situations in a godly manner is ultimately a manner or refining for us. A way of making us more like our beloved Saviour. It is so hard to rejoice in the midst of troubles….of worries…. of burdens that feel too large to bear, but through God’s grace, I pray that we all weary not of doing right and seeking to consider even the largest of burdens a JOY.

The second verse that God placed on my heart was Ecclesiastes 3:1-8:

“There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.”

I believe God was continuing to reveal to me that this season of my grandmother struggling with cancer wouldn’t last forever. Like many other things in life, this was a season and it too would pass. There were days when it was all I could do not to weep as the enormity of situation began to sink in. There were many nights when I cried myself to sleep thinking over all of the what-ifs and possible scenarios…

And that is when God laid Psalm 27:13-14 on my heart:

“I remain confident of this:
I will see the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living.
Wait for the Lord;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the Lord.”

At this time, as we were approaching the second chemo treatment, we were watching my grandmother begin to slip away as the cancer began to take its toll. I can’t even begin to explain what it is like to watch someone suffer the way she was beginning to suffer. The pain that began to show itself on her face… watching the difficulty she was beginning to have just walking around our home. I found myself constantly praying the second part of that verse: “Be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.. Lord, please help me to wait for you- please help me to be strong and take heart and wait for you.

The next verse that was laid on my heart was 1st Thessalonians 5:18:

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

The day I felt led to write out this verse and add it to the others beside the sink was the day before my grandmother passed away.

God’s timing in things is always perfect. Oftentimes, we can’t see why He directs things a certain way or puts specific situations in our paths, but we can rest in the fact that HE does know and that His ways are always perfect! What an amazing peace it is to know God directs all and that He has already numbered our every step here on this earth! I believe His timing in revealing that verse to me was perfect. I certainly didn’t know that God would take my grandmother home the next day, but God was telling me to rejoice in my circumstances whatever they might be. While my family and I are still suffering the loss of my precious grandmother, we can rejoice in the fact that she is no longer suffering- no longer in pain. She is in the joyous presence of our heavenly Father, and what a blessed thought that is!

Which leads me to the last verse I wrote out and hung beside the sink- Jeremiah 17:14:

“Heal me, Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.”

God revealed this verse to me through a Bible study I was doing a few weeks ago. I felt very strongly God was showing me that verse specifically as a balm for our wounds. An encouragement that healing would indeed come. We serve such a faithful and merciful God- it is so true that His mercies are anew each morning! As we continue through both of these seasons of mourning and healing, I know that through His mercies, our hearts will be restored. I am so thankful He continues to whisper His truths to us each day, in the most amazing of ways. What a mighty God we serve!”

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It Is Well With My Soul

This heart-stirring hymn has been my ultimate favorite song throughout the years.
The story behind these words is incredibly saddening,
but also very empowering to read of the strength of the Spafford family.

This hymn was written after many traumatic events in Spafford’s life.
The first was the death of his son at the age of four by scarlet fever.
Shortly after that the Great Chicago Fire took place and ruined him financially-
he had been a very successful lawyer.

Then in 1873 Horatio Spafford planned on traveling to Europe
with his family aboard the SS’Ville du Havre’,
but sent his family ahead since he was delayed by business.

While crossing the Atlantic, the ship that his family was on sank rapidly
after a collision with a sea vessel called the ‘Loch Earn’.
All four of Spafford’s daughters perished while his wife, Anna,
was saved by a plank which floated beneath her unconscious  body and propped her up.
She sent Horatio the now famous telegram, “Saved alone. . .”

Shortly afterwards, Spafford boarded the next ship out of New York to meet his grieving wife.
During his voyage, the captain of the ship had called him to the bridge.
A careful reckoning has been made,” he said,
“and I believe we are now passing the place where the de Havre was wrecked.
The water is three miles deep.”
Horatio Spafford then returned to his cabin and was inspired to write the lyrics of his great hymn.

It would be extremely difficult to predict how we would react under circumstances
similar to those experienced by Horatio and his wife,
but we do know that the God who sustained them would be with us
and keep us in the palm of His hand.
The trials Horatio and Anna endured only made them stronger in their faith
and their character steady.

No matter what difficulties overtake us may we be able to say with Horatio Spafford. . .

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IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL

When peace like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll -
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

Tho Satan should buffet. tho trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.

My sin - O the bliss of this glorious tho’t -
My sin, not in part, but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more:
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

And, Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll:
The trump shall resound and the Lord shall descend,
“Even so” - it is well with my soul.

Chorus
It is well (it is well)
With my soul (with my soul),
IT IS WELL, IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL.

Horatio G. Spafford
1828 - 1888

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A special thanks for the kind birthday wishes - you ladies blessed my heart
and made my birthday even more special :)

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