Major Miracle

A very dear friend of mine just had a major miracle in her life. It was not one easy in coming. In fact, it was like pulling teeth. Rather than come together smoothly, intense prayer and effort in the natural were extended and after she had done all that she could do – she waited. Now it was God’s turn.

But suddenly at a time unexpected, I got a call. The miracle happened. When I got off the phone, I simply returned to caring for the children. It didn’t really sink in. It reminds me of Psalm 126:1; “When the Lord brought back the captive ones of Zion, we were like those who dream.”

I think the psalmist is saying that the release from long captivity felt surreal, like a dream, and they were too numb to enjoy it right away. Some struggles work us into a place so small and dark it is hard to comprehend when the door is finally opened. But THEN…

“Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with joyful shouting.” Now we find that we are slowly loosening up. Joy and thankfulness and laughter are beginning to burst forth. We are excitedly talking about what a wonderful miracle this is and how great is God’s faithfulness.

“The Lord has done great things for us; We are glad.”  Oh, yes indeed. We are very glad! Amen!

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Soul Food

I must admit like many of you that I’m a pretty good cook. One of my all time favorite dishes is macaroni and cheese, and a close second would be a great grilled cheese sandwich with soup.  Mmmm!  Really, is there anything better than good old-fashioned southern comfort food?

What about comfort food for the soul? Sometimes the soul is cold and sore. Sometimes it’s gloomy outside and rain is falling and circumstances are hard. Sometimes our soul needs to crawl up in a ball with a blanket and feel some soothing warmth.

God has such comfort food for an ailing soul. There are many passages in his Word that are a healing balm to me. Mine are easy to tell: they are highlighted and marked and dated over and over with notes inserted every which way.

Do you need comfort right now? Let me share some of my favorite recipes with you.

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”  (Psalms 46:1)

“This I know, that God is for me.”  (Psalm 56:9)

“When he falls, he shall not be hurled headlong; because the Lord is the One who holds his hand.” (Psalm 37:24)

“Cast your burden upon the Lord, and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.” (Psalm 55:22)

“Neither has the eye seen a God besides Thee, who acts in behalf of the one who waits for Him.” (Isaiah 64:4)

Those are good for openers. Of course there’s much more where that came from. With a good meal under your belt you can start your own recipe box.

~Blessings and Love

Words that Hurt

An issue that regularly pops into my email box surrounds people’s self esteem and how they’re struggling to cope when words hurt them. This is not an issue that is restricted to any particular age group and it happens in lots of different contexts.

It’s not just the hurtful words that people may fling at one another when they’re going through a relationship breakdown, or the malicious words that an unpleasant colleague may make at work to undermine someone, or the cruel names young kids may make to each other, in a playground that hurt. It’s also the thoughtless, throwaway remarks that many people make about someone’s weight, their appearance or their abilities, that can chip away at people’s self esteem and rip a huge cut in their heart. In some ways it doesn’t matter whether someone means to hurt you or they don’t, when words hurt they can hurt like mad, and it can be very difficult indeed to let them go.  However, hurtful…we have to let it go.

I had a friend who was so blown away recently by the words of someone that didn’t know anything about her, except through hearsay from others that too didn’t really know much about her either.  Although the words were stated indirectly, she knew that the individual had referenced and was referencing her a ” bad” woman and that she should be left alone.  She was totally devastated by this persons words, and she said that they even referred to Luke 20: 27-40 to make the point.  She said that she cried for hours, thinking that someone would actually think such awful things about her.  She asked the question, “Why would a Christian brother/sister say such awful things about another person without knowing them?”  

I lovingly told her that to be mindful… that we are NOT to tear one another down, by our words or actions!  And that by hanging onto those hurt feelings will be emotionally draining and damaging, and that she should let it go!  And going further to say that praying for that person(s) is important to ensure that she is able to keep them in the proper light.  The same light that our Savior keeps us in when we fall short.

In Titus 3:1-15 ESV it says:

Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people. For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, …

And in Colossians 3:8 ESV… “But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.”

So, if you too have been hurt by the words of others. (Or if you have hurt others by your own spoken words)  Please remember that our words can either harm or heal others.  We should all aim at healing with our words and actions.  We should NEVER do anything to hurt/harm another person.  Unlike my friend…some people may not heal, and their blood will forever be on our hands.

If you have been hurt by the words of someone, Matthew 6:14-15 makes it plain….” For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”

When words hurt it’s important to take any actions possible to minimise the effect and stop them from doing long term damage to your self esteem. Whether the words come from someone at work, or from a close relative or friend try to let them go as soon as possible. We should always assume that the person who uttered them has long since forgotten and moved on. It’s what we need to try and do too.

If you too have been hurt by the words or actions of someone… Go ahead and forgive them and put it behind you!

Heart of God

Ever have something happen in your life and wonder how you got black listed by God? Oh, you might not have expressed it that way and maybe you dared not even speak it aloud. BUT, deep in your heart, there it was.

After all, it´s a fine line we walk between God´s sovereignty over events and the wiles of the devil wrecking havoc for us and whatever decisions we make on our own which lead to disaster. Well, when something bad happens, which is it?

True enough that nothing happens to us without God´s permission. Ultimately, God is omnipotent; all-powerful. Yet, evil is not from God and he never plans bad things for us. NEVER. I say it so strongly because he says it himself: “If anyone fiercely assails you it will not be from Me.” (Isaiah 54:15)

The ” heart of God” is always good toward us. He takes no pleasure in our unhappiness, grief, catastrophe, collapse or tragedy, and neither should we towards others . Permission is not approval like we often think. In fact, there is always a silver lining, which God providentially plans along with anything that comes our way.

Really, in addition to God using any evil for good, the very evil schemed will bring down the perpetrator. Listen to the verse following the one above: “Whoever assails you will fall because of you.” Ultimately you won´t suffer but those who wish suffering upon you will.

With that in mind, you might want to serve notice to anyone who dares assail you anytime soon. They will only be assuring their own downfall.

June 8-16

Thank you for your support; and for all of the love shown for Tea Among Family.  It warms my heart to see that so many lives are being touched with a “cup of tea.” 

In celebration of my youngest child graduating from High School on June 8.  I will be away and traveling June 8-16.

Therefore, I “may not” get a chance to post a “daily” blog.  

Please know that you will be in my thoughts and prayers next week, and I solicit your prayers too.   

Melissa

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