Unexplainable Joy

Yet, I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. Habakkuk 3:18

Good morning!

Have you ever experienced a season of unexplainable joy? You know, those times in your life when it looks as if you have no reason to be joyful. The past ten weeks has been that kind of season for me.

It all began the last Sunday in January when water seeped from the humidifier onto my tile. In less time than it takes to blink, I was on the floor. My foot throbbed from crashing into the riser. Hubby picked me up and sat me on the couch. Then I laughed until I was crying. I didn’t know where it was coming from, but my daughter began laughing with me. When I finally stopped laughing, I tried to stand.

Yes, I thought to walk it off.

But, I couldn’t put my foot on the floor. It felt like my entire leg was being drawn forward and upward with an invisible rope.  Furthermore, my daughter thought my third toe looked odd.

Well, yeah!

So the next morning, we were off to see the doctor. And this is where it gets interesting. While waiting for the results of the X-rays, the words of a song about praising the Lord in the storm drifted through my mind. And my reply was, “This isn’t a storm. Now, 2010…that was a storm.”

 

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The doctor told me I had indeed fractured my third toe. She prescribed an anti-inflammatory for the joint and sent me home.

After I had reached home, I exited the truck, made my way up the steps, and with the help of the crutches catapulted myself backward onto the cement walkway. Again, I landed on my backside, but this time my left arm took the weight of the fall. The bulging tendons told me it wasn’t good.

When Lindsay helped me off the ground and onto the couch, I laughed, again! What was I laughing about? I didn’t know. But, my left foot had hit the porch coming down and was no longer pulling upward. That was something. At least, now I could hobble by myself.

I discarded the useless crutches!

Storm? Yeah! I could see the storm clouds now. I could hear the thunder rolling across the skies. ButI didn’t see what was waiting on the horizon.

After a week of nothing but sitting on the couch, I opted to go outside for the afternoon with hubby and the girl while they worked on the 4-wheeler. Standing beside the trailer, I saw no danger when suddenly, the 4-wheeler decided to lurch forward. The trailer wheel caught the same leg. Same foot. Yep, that happened.

Last X-rays showed I had two fractured toes and a cracked wrist. And that was just the bones.

After each incident, when the house grew quiet, I would begin my nights with crying—half from the pain and half from the frustration of not being able to tend to my everyday needs. Ever been there, dear reader? By the end of the day, your strength is gone. You’re in a heap on the floor and He’s all you have left.

It’s a lonely place to be.

But then, the words of that song would drift through my mind, and I could focus on praising Him. Yes, I could see the upside.  I had fallen twice but hadn’t hit my head once. I’ve done the concussion thing, already. Yes, things could’ve been worse. More importantly, God loves me and has rescued me. Blessed be His Holy name. Yes, I could praise Him in this storm.

And in return I received laughter. Through this whole ordeal, there has been an unexplainable joy bubbling inside.

So I ask you, dearest reader, do we have a reason to be joyful in seasons of sorrow, pain, and loss?

 

 

 

From The Beginning

And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. Genesis 1:28

From the beginning, God had a plan. With that plan, He created our world. But, He didn’t stop with the things visible to us.

He had–has a plan for us, too. Isn’t that amazing!

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And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. Genesis 1:29

Throughout the Bible, we read of His plan. Repentance. Salvation. Adoption. Abundance. Purpose.

Sounds like the beginnings of an exciting adventure, doesn’t it? Yet, when we read about characters like Paul and all that he endured we may wonder if the effort to fulfill our purpose is worth the pain.

And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so. Genesis 1:30

No one ever said it would be easy. At times, we will scale the mountain of heartache, traverse the valley of set backs, sail the dark waters of indecision, and wander the barren lands of loss.

But take courage, my friend. Do not let fear or discouragement keep you from fulfilling your purpose. Together with God, we can do this.

How can I be sure?

And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. Genesis 1:31

Because from the beginning, God had a plan!

Carpe Diem

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Isn’t the view spectacular this time of year? Everywhere you look you catch a glimpse of the Creator’s majestic handiwork. The seasonal changes offer an opportunity to slow down and take a moment to enjoy the blessings around us. Fall is a colorful season resembling the diverse hues on a painter’s palette. Take a moment and enjoy the view and remember the Creator of it all.

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 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Psalm 19:1

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 Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. Psalm 19:2

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There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. Psalm 19:3

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 Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. Psalm 19:4

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Thou crownest the year with thy goodness; and thy paths drop fatness. Psalm 65:11

 

In which season do you enjoy God’s handiwork the most?

 

 

 

Building Walls of Prayer

My propensities to “fix” problems often sets my body in motion to calm my racing mind. But when my hands are no longer busy, and my feet have stopped moving, I often feel helpless. But then, I’m reminded there is still something I can do. I can make a difference through prayer. Prayer gives me a chance to move from helpless to hopeful. From defensive to offensive. From powerless to powerful!

Nehemiah was miles from home when he heard Jerusalem’s walls were broken down and her people were in trouble and disgrace. The walls protected the city. Without walls, the people were defenseless and prey to their invading neighbors. With walls, they were a fortified city–safe and secure. Therefore, the walls had to be rebuilt. But what could he do so far away from home?

And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven, And said,

I beseech thee, O LORD God of heaven, the great and terrible God, that keepeth covenant and mercy for them that love him and observe his commandments:

Let thine ear now be attentive, and thine eyes open, that thou mayest hear the prayer of thy servant, which I pray before thee now, day and night, for the children of Israel thy servants, and confess the sins of the children of Israel, which we have sinned against thee: both I and my father’s house have sinned.

We have dealt very corruptly against thee, and have not kept the commandments, nor the statutes, nor the judgments, which thou commandedst thy servant Moses.

Remember, I beseech thee, the word that thou commandedst thy servant Moses, saying, If ye transgress, I will scatter you abroad among the nations:

But if ye turn unto me, and keep my commandments, and do them; though there were of you cast out unto the uttermost part of the heaven, yet will I gather them from thence, and will bring them unto the place that I have chosen to set my name there.

Now these are thy servants and thy people, whom thou hast redeemed by thy great power, and by thy strong hand.

Neh 1:11  O Lord, I beseech thee, let now thine ear be attentive to the prayer of thy servant, and to the prayer of thy servants, who desire to fear thy name: and prosper, I pray thee, thy servant this day, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man.” For I was the king’s cupbearer. Nehemiah 1:4-11

Prayer changes things.

So the wall was finished in the twenty and fifth day of the month Elul, in fifty and two days. Nehemiah 6:15

Salvation Walls

If you are familiar with Nehemiah’s story, you know this wasn’t an easy task. They were constantly dealing with their enemies.

They which builded on the wall, and they that bare burdens, with those that laded, every one with one of his hands wrought in the work, and with the other hand held a weapon. For the builders, And he that sounded the trumpet was by me.  Nehemiah 4:17-18

Like Nehemiah, we need to pray for our cities. We need to pray for the sins of our country. We need to turn our face to God and seek His counsel. And then we need to put feet to our prayers and make a difference in our communities.

Will you continue to join with me and build a wall of prayer around our nation? Together, we can make a difference!

Seeing and Believing

If my people, which are called by my name, shall 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

In 1998, the movie Prince of Egypt came to theaters and my five-year-old-going-on-thirty watched the familiar story of Moses come to life on the big screen. He empathized with the slaves as the whips came down unmercifully on their backs. His heart ached as he watched Jochebed put her baby son into a basket and release him to the river not knowing if he would survive. And he laughed when the camel pulled Moses from the sand.

child-praying-hands-1510773_1920Of course, he had heard the story many times, but seeing it, brought it to life. Through the animated characters, he was able to experience their struggles and heartaches. So much so, that he wanted the captive set free even if he had to do it himself! “Take that, mister!” But nothing prepared him for the wall-to-wall deliverance in the final scene.

Imagine if you will, Moses and the children of Israel marching to freedom. All seems to be going well until they reach the Red Sea and realize Pharoah hasn’t kept his promise. All eyes turn to Moses. As Pharoah’s army approaches, Moses suddenly gets a familiar look on his face, lifts his rod Heavenward and thrusts it into the water. Suddenly the sea stands up and separates!

At that moment, my son turned to me and declared. “I want to be a Moses!” Throughout the years, I have often thought of my son’s response to God’s deliverance of His people.

So can we be a Moses? Joshua? Deborah? Elijah? Jeremiah? Peter? Paul?

Absolutely! On our knees, we can move mountains, calm seas, and defeat the enemy.

The truth is this world needs to see a miracle! As children of God, we may never turn a river red with blood, or unleash a plague of frogs, or part the waters to walk on dry land. But there is one thing that we can do. We can pray.

Prayer…

  • unleashes the power of God.
  • sets the captive free
  • heals the broken-hearted
  • meets the need
  • changes circumstances
  •  brings victory

Remember, there is nothing too hard for the Lord! Let us lift up a prayer for our world. Together we can make a difference.

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