Monday, July 19, 2010

Broken heart

My heart is heavy for a family here that lost their 3 year old girl today. She drown in a family swimming pool. I cannot imagine the hurt of losing a child. This situation has brought back a lot of emotions and feelings from 1997. Sweet Justin Aaron. The hurt from losing a family member never leaves completely. I counted myself a part of the Raburn family....and still do. I lost so very many people in my life that year, but a baby???! I never will have answers as to why, and hate when people say that God needed a new angel. Blah. While searching for the right things to pray over this family, God put Psalms 107:29 in my mind. I looked it up.

Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and He brought them out of their distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the seas were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm, and He guided them to their desired haven. Let them give thanks to the Lord for His unfailing love and His wonderful deeds for men! Let them exalt Him in the assembly of the people and praise Him in the council of the elders.

I pray for God to whisper and clam this family. Please pray for the Hendrix/Ortega families. Remember to praise Him in the storm.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010


How amazing is it, that God- the one who created the entire earth- gives us strength and power?

I have been praying for a dear friend named Rich. He lives in England, has an awesome family, amazing ministry, and cancer. They have done all the treatment they can do, with no change in the physical. I am not sure how I would react to being in that situation. I have used quotes from him before and talked about his encouragement, but his strength is the most amazing thing. There is nothing more for Dr.s to do....but he is still so strong.
Jesus tells us over and over in the Bible to be strong and courageous, put your hopes in the Lord, do not fear...and so on. Easier said than done, but He repeats it time and time again. Must be important. Example, our electricity went out the other night during a storm. We held our kids and told them- no worries. We are here together, we are safe, and it will all be ok. They fully trusted us. Now, they may have held tight to us, but they were ok. The trust that they showed is the trust we as children of God need to have.
In daily battles, emotional battles, financial battles, family battles, job battles, spiritual battles, or health battles, we need to remember where our strength comes from. I can't imagine being Moses. Walking up to a sea and having faith in the strength that God gave me to part the water. Or, David. Facing a giant, and having faith in the strength that God gave me to defeat him. I can think of several more... We are strong in the Lord. period. He will get us through whatever mountain we face. Now that is something to be thankful for.

"It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he enables me to stand on the heights. He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You give me your shield of victory, and your right hand sustains me; you stoop down to make me great. You broaden the path beneath me, so that my ankles do not turn."
Psalm 18:32-36