In His Word 12-31-12

Good Morning Lord...what a simple way to start your day, and yet it brings a smile to my face when I remember to do so.

No matter what I go through each night, trying to sleep through pain, waking to pray for others needs, etc. I know when I awake in the morning my Lord is always there to help me through the day.

Sing praise to the Lord you saints of His and give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name. For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; weeping may endure for the night but Joy comes in the morning. Psalm 30:4-5
Some days I still wake up worried, wondering how I will make it through such a busy or tiresome day ahead. I think it is easy to get 'stressed out' or 'all worked up' over our daily troubles but if we stop to look at Paul's and Peter's journeys we can find that they knew what to do with worries and troubles of the days ahead. The Word of God tells us;
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving , let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things re noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy, meditate on these things...for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content. I now how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all tings through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:6-13

Some times it may seem like we can't take any more trouble, any more suffering or that our results are not what we thought we would get. But just the same we will find that there is help in the Name of Jesus. Whether it is throbbing pain or piles of dishes, broken cars, and dirty laundry; stressful finances or illnesses can add to the pile of troubles but God can take us out of them all.
Sometimes God will heal us and make us still walk through the trial in order to build trust in Him to do as He said.
About ten years ago, I tore my right rotator cuff. I really enjoyed activities with my children at that point, my youngest was about 9 or 10, my oldest 15 or so. We played baseball and went to a water park and between the two I tore it really bad. After months of Physical Therapy I was sent to get it MRI tested to see what was going on in there. The tear they found, and showed me on the screen was quite big. I have the shape and zig-zag picture imbedded I my memory because between that day at the doctor and the day of my surgery to fix said tear God healed it. I felt the 'holy hot glue gun' as it was sealing up the tear. I was ready at first to toss off as my imagination but when a friend asked me if I had received my healing I stopped and said I would not know until the doctor said he could not find it.
My shoulder was healed then, but the muscles still froze and anyone who has had a shoulder injury knows a frozen shoulder is not a good thing. So we went on with surgery, trying to trust God that I would hear the words, yet wondering why I had to go through with the surgery at the same time. This left room for doubt that I was healed up to the point that I awoke from the surgery, “Honey, the doctor said he couldn't find the tear...” my husband said to me unknowing about the words I had spoken.
They did fix a few other problems and my shoulder has never been better! Of course I had to endure hardship and suffering for the glory of God to be revealed in my shoulder. The scar is a daily reminder that the Holy Spirit was at work in me. I have an h shaped scar, so I like to say the Lord left His initial.

The amazing thing to me was not just that I had to walk through the surgery knowing I was healed; but that I was healed in such an amazing way. We do not always feel the healing in such a clear concise manor but this time I did. God knew what He was doing in proving that He had healed me and that yes you can feel the 'fix' as it happens. My trust of His direction has taken me this far in life and it will take me all the way through.
Now when I go through similar pains, I remind myself He was there for me then and He is here for me now. I try to use the past results to influence the future production in my life. Its a bit of statistical math: if this then that.
If I trust God; then He will carry me through the problems.
If I follow Christ's example; then He will direct me in the way that I should go.
If I allow Him to use me: then I will learn what to do when I fall under temptation.
If I walk in His path; then He will make a way when there seems to be no way.
If I Love Him; then He will cause me to have reason to love Him more.
If I seem Him, then I will find Him when I seek Him with my whole heart!

My God is able to deliver me from the enemy, to direct my path, to heal me, to restore me to full living. He is God, Great and Mighty, wonderful counselor, Glorious, is He.
I know today that what I have walked through in the past will strengthen me in the future. I will choose to put my trust, my hope, my faith, and my love in Him.
So why make a changing of the calendar year anything different? Why not take that trust, faith and hope and love that has brought me thus far and bring it in with me? I choose to continue to follow God's direction in the new year.
I will choose to be blessed, not stressed.

Dear Heavenly Father, I choose life in Christ; hope of glory, joy unspeakable, and strength unmeasured; all in you and through you Lord. In Jesus name, amen.
Suggested reading: Philippians 4:1-23, Psalm 1:1-6, and Romans 12:1-21.
Happy New YEAR!