Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Shoulder News

Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, Your Savior; I gave Egypt for your ransom, Ethiopia and Seba in your place. Since you were precious in my sight, You have been honored, and I have loved you.
Isaiah 43: 2-4

Eight weeks ago I had shoulder surgery. It has been a long eight weeks! 
Lots of pain.
Yet, God has healed my shoulder and my heart. And, it has been very good.
I saw the doctor last week and he said all is well. Nine more weeks and my shoulder pain level should be much less. (clap please)
Physical therapy is down to one  day a week, which I will find more manageable. (more cheers)
Last Saturday, I held my grandson. By this, I mean, I carried him around the room in my arms. This is a joy I have not been able to participate in for months. (cartwheels, cheers, and claps)
So, yes, it has been challenging. God has given me so much support through my husband. And, I have another friend that always takes the wheel when we go somewhere, so I get a break. 
And, so much more.
I'm praising God for His healing. 
I'm praising God for the support He has brought into my life.
I'm praising God for redemption!
Say That Again!

The Fountain

Last week as I was reading my Bible and worshiping, God gave me an image of a bubbling fountain. It was inviting, beautiful, and invigorating.
In Revelation 21: 6-7 He talks about the fountain:
And He said to me "It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God, and he shall be my son."
It says that He will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts!
I don't know about you, but I am thirsty EVERY, SINGLE. DAY.
I'm taking the drink; it's free!
If I don't take the drink, I won't overcome. 
Jesus is inviting. Jesus is beautiful. Jesus is invigorating.
Jesus is the Overcomer.
I have a shirt that says "A BLOOD DONOR SAVED MY LIFE"
that would be Jesus. 
His blood, on the Cross, has opened up eternity for me. He took my past, present, and future upon Himself, so I could be an Overcomer and live with Him for all eternity!
This is amazing news!
Take courage, my friends, and drink today from the fountain. He is there for you.
Say That Again, Sweet Jesus!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Deep unto Deep

Deep calls unto deep at the noise of Your waterfalls; all Your waves and billows have gone over me. The Lord will command His loving kindness in the daytime, and the night His song shall be with me-a prayer to the God of my life.
Psalms 42:7, 8

This last week my husband and I took a step of faith. It felt scary to me in a lot of ways, and we had to pray through it. I also needed to ask a couple friends to pray with me, because I was not feeling calm, and I wanted calm. God brought this verse to me immediately and I began to feel waves of calm come over me as we moved forward with our decision. I even woke up in the night, feeling assured that God was with me, singing me His lullaby.
Near the end of the week, God sent a friend with a gift for us; it completely redeemed our step of faith! It was so incredible and once again I am amazed by what God does and who He is!
He continues to call me into deeper places, because He is deep. He assures me that He will be there all of the day with His lovingkindness. And, when  the nightfalls He will still be there, singing His sweet song over me. It will be so constant, it will be the prayer of my life!
Before this step, He kept repeating to me "Hope in God" and each time I would open my Bible it would seem to fall to Psalms 43:5
Hope in God
For I shall yet praise Him, 
the help of my countenance and my God.
Deep places require hope, and all hope comes from God. I am learning that more and more. Praises to the name of God!
So today I will Say That Again!