Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Restoration

Good evening, my dears! This has been a wonderfully unusual week. For the second day in a row, I spent a good portion of my day outside. It was windy and warm and wonderful. Our yard is a mess. I don't know how many trees are in the yard, but there are about 15 too many. We've let the leaves pile up and pile up, and it was finally time to do something about them. So, I started. I didn't finish because we have a very big yard, but I started. It feels so good to start something that I've put off for SO long. It's a sense of accomplishment and purpose that invigorates me. And, more than that, I COULD do it. For weeks, I've been feeling rundown and exhausted. I haven't been sleeping well at night, and a workday has robbed me of any extra energy that I needed to work on the things that truly have my heart, like my home. But this week, in the freedom of spring break, I could do it. I was well enough and feeling normal enough to do it. Wow! My God is my Healer and my Portion.

He made that very clear to me today as I read Psalm 46. I've been meditating on a Psalm a day, well, for 46 days. I'm not following any study guide or devotion book. Right now, I don't want anyone else's words. I just want God's word, and that's all. This was my reading today (Read it aloud, and with purpose!):


1 God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.

2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,

3 though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.
Selah

4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.

5 God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.

6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

7 The LORD Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.
Selah

8 Come and see the works of the LORD,
the desolations he has brought on the earth.

9 He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth;
he breaks the bow and shatters the spear,
he burns the shields with fire.

10 "Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth."

11 The LORD Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.
Selah


Are those not the most powerful words that you've heard all day? Maybe all week. As I read these today, I thought, "What have I to fear? I only need to sit quietly before the Lord and wait for Him to save the day."

So, that's exactly what I plan to do. I do not plan to live for cancer, but to live for the Lord's purpose through cancer. And, I encourage you to do the same. Think about what's devastating you today. What is consuming your thoughts and your mind? What is giving you grief and causing worry? If you are not sitting quietly before the Lord, then you are not hearing truth. You are hearing Satan's lies. These lies are to steal, kill, and destroy you. But, God's truth is to prosper you and to give you a hope and future (Jeremiah 29:11).

Let's allow God to restore us today.


7 comments:

Lisa said...

Thank you for this inspiring post! I'm so glad you are feeling better and able to do things that make you feel so accomplished :) I know I am a happier person when I feel that I have achieved something. I hope the Lord continues to renew your strength.

Anonymous said...

love those verses. i'm praying for you

Barbara said...

Lindsey,

I love reading your blog! Today God truly spoke through you. Thank you for being obedient to HIM! Bless you we continue to pray for you and Brain!

Barbara Dunton

Becky said...

I love that Scripture too and I love it when you can read it and put that conviction in it because you know that you know that you know that it is TRUTH. It puts so much in perspective. I continue to think of you and pray for you. Continue finding strength in God's Word, it is so precious, isn't it?

Emily said...

Oh,Lindsey, this post was for me! I am going through my own health scare right now(will know the outcome next week) and this Psalm was JUST what I needed! Thank you for being so transparent and doing God's work through your struggles!

Julie-CA said...

I'm glad you were able to be outside and enjoy the nice warm weather and I'm glad you enjoyed some alone time and sense of accomplishment from your afternoon. :) Thank you for sharing with us all this precious Psalm from our Lord's precious Word.

Suzanne Moore said...

Lindsey, I am praying for you daily, visiting your blog to check on you. the Lord is showing me through your blog what others experienced with mine. As I see your "knowing" not just believing that He is your Healer, He is your deliverer and He is doing a mighty work. No, cancer is not what any of us want but it is only a circumstance He is using to show His glory to those who need to see it physically manifest. I hope you are feeling restored after your break. that your Spirit is refreshed and that you get a whole new glimpse into the Redeemer's plan for your life and the life of Brian and your family. You are so important and are making a huge difference in the lives of so many. My prayer is for a supernatural strength, productiveness and a renewed energy and motivation. Keep fighting, it's worth it my friend. Blessings, Suzanne Moore (www.caringbridge.org, suzannemoore) Proverbs 3:5-6:)