I read this in Streams in the Desert:"...Song of triumph, a hymn of victory to the Christ who made us free. Yet the sense of triumph will be born from the memory of our past bondage."
"...He sends sorrow to educate thee, to train thee..."
I'm thinking of another friend who is facing breast
cancer. In her case for a variety of reasons, this trial is crushing her.
Let us remember dear readers, that our trials are not punishments from God, but
learning opportunities. We can chose
to become bitter, broken or better.
When we see loved ones becoming bitter or broken, let
us not sit back in judgement of them. Instead let us look at why this is
Perhaps they lack sufficient support? Perhaps they are battling their own personal demons and this was the last straw? Only God knows.
In my own journey with cancer, I met a lady diagnosed with breast cancer whose
husband left her because of her diagnosis. He couldn't handle the
Perhaps they have a situation from their past they
cannot forgive themselves for? How hurtful....we often say, "I just
can't forgive myself for..." But once we repent and receive God's
forgiveness, let us show ourselves grace and go forth in peace. That can
be so difficult to do, believe me I know...by personal experience I
Breast cancer. Or any cancer for that
matter. Illness. Trauma.
None of these are punishments from God as some believe.
Sheaves are a bundles of grain that have been cut and bound together.
They are produced after a time of growth, of watering,
of being cut and bound.
They are produced after the growing
Let us be like sheaves, like seeds sown in tears who
eventually bring joy to the Gardener and to others.
Let us, for those who struggle, be available to
love them, support them, hug them, reassure them of God's love; all they while
being cognizant of our own
self-care and maintaining our own joy.
How I love to hear the stories of those who have sown in tears and returned with songs of joy! These life stories are encouraging and reminders of the love our Abba Father has for us.
How I love to encourage those in pain. I'm actually being selfish in doing so...you see, I love to witness their triumph and the eventual joy they find in loving and trusting God.
And what of my friend? She'll continue to receive songs, verses, inspiration quotes and love via text messages. (She lives out of town.)
I don't know her future, but I know who holds her future. I'm looking forward to witnesses her triumph and the eventual joy she fill find in loving in trusting her Abba Father.
My Reading Life Due to this little thing called "life", not too much reading has been happening this week.
My Reading Life
liked about kind men in our lives. There have been many kind men in my life, from teachers to my friends' husbands. They show a compassion and integrity that touches my heart. They have encouraged me. Their gentleness is a true sign of being the true macho.