Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Victory!

Good Evening, My Friends!

I decided to steal a few minutes with the computer to give you an update on your prayers for me. I love you for so many reasons, but your prayers for me must be the most important one.

Things have been busy, busy, busy here on Pleasant Drive, but in a good way. I've been doing so many things that I've put off in the recent months, due to the Big C. It's so refreshing to have health enough to do what I want to do.

Anyway, this morning I got up early, thanks to Wally's need to relieve. I decided to just stay up, rather than go back to bed. I had a million and one things on my to-do list for today, and one of them was sealing our newly-stained courtyard floor (pictures to come).

But, before all of that began, I knew that I needed to spend some time with the Lord. I started a new Bible study yesterday. It's called His Story, My Story. I'll be meeting with a group of women throughout the summer, as we learn how to tell about the Lord's work in us. I couldn't be more excited about what the Lord has in store! And, I was so happy to find that I'm, by far, the youngest woman in the group, like by 20 years. It's awesome! I love to hear godly women tell about God's work.

Anyway, I settled in with day 2 of the study to find that the scripture came from Matthew 15:

21Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. 22A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, "Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is suffering terribly from demon-possession."

23Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, "Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us."

24He answered, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel."

25The woman came and knelt before him. "Lord, help me!" she said.

26He replied, "It is not right to take the children's bread and toss it to their dogs."

27"Yes, Lord," she said, "but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters' table."

28Then Jesus answered, "Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted." And her daughter was healed from that very hour.

Relevant? I think so!

Then, the next passage was Matthew 6:25-34:

25"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his lifeb]" style=" line-height: 0.5em; ">[b]?

28"And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' 32For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

I couldn't help but smile, as a wave of peace washed over me in that very moment. His mercies truly ARE new every morning!

I finished up my devotional and some tasks at home, and then I headed to the hospital for the scan. After waiting just a few short minutes, they called me back and quickly began the process.

I might add that the nurse was able to start the IV on her first try! See, prayer does change things!

They pumped me full of the juice, and then I rested for the required hour of resting. There's nothing like an hour alone in a dark hospital room to get your mind going.

In these moments, I felt a spiritual battle like I've never felt before. It was almost as if I could hear the argument going on. "What's it going to be? Fear or faith? It can't be both! One or the other!" I slowly exhaled and whispered, "Do not fear, for He is with me. His rod and His staff are protecting me." At once, the battle ended and I drifted off to a light sleep for the remainder of the time.

Once I was in the tube, I pretty much dozed my way through that, too.

God is good! I will praise Him in the storm!

I should receive the results in a couple of days. However, they seem somehow unimportant. I praise God for teaching me that my future isn't determined by test results. He is a god who is planning a future of hope and prosperity for me and for you (Jeremiah 29:11).



6 comments:

The Skaggs said...

Awesome! Praising God for your peace today! Love you!

katie beth said...

What a message! As always, thanks for sharing. You continue to encourage me. (I think I say that every time I comment, but it is because it is true).

Camille said...

Praise Him for your peace and your gift for sharing it with us.

Erin said...

Thanks for sharing this. Praying for you!!!

daviscourtneyg said...

Amen - thank you for sharing.

prashant said...

Praying for you!!!
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