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Sunday, May 29, 2011

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I always think I know myself so well, full of firm faith, believer in prayer, encouraging others, marching onward!  So I'm always surprised when I've been blind to something.  Especially this.  Recently, God had me hop up on the examining table.  It was like looking down upon an operating table from above--as though it were someone else's body.  He shone His light down into my heart, searching and as, together, we peered, He said,

"There, do you see it?"

Though my eyes squinted to see what He wanted me to see, I was blinded to it, so I asked,

"What is it, Lord?"

He looked at me.  His look was tender, and drew me to look deeper with Him to see what it was He saw.
Wide-eyed, I looked deep within my heart.  Finally, I saw it:  a wide band.  It was wrapped 'round and 'round my heart.  Constricting.  Tighter and tighter.

"Lord?  That can't isn't...Worry?  Fear?  But...I'm not a 'worrier'!"

Once diagnosed, it took no time until God had faithfully performed the surgery needed.  There were actually several bands, each one relatively small, but left unchecked, had been able to be woven together into one large band.

"The patient" is recovering, taking the prescribed doses of love, faith and hope, ("Perfect love casts out fear") applying prayer and supplication (Philippians 4:6) with the salve of thanksgiving, daily as needed.  God is so loving and kind.
"Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth
take heed lest he fall.
There hath no temptation taken you
but such as is common to man:
but God is faithful,
who will not suffer you to be
tempted above that ye are able;
but will with the temptation also make
a way to escape,
that ye may be able to bear it."
1 Corinthians 10:12-13

He fed my heart the food of friendship on earth, and let me walk with Him and talk with Him and pour out my heart to Him.  The Great Physician humbled me so that grace could be poured out, removed what pride, envy, bitterness, or other impurities were clogging the arteries enabling the blood to flow, and revived my sin-sick heart.

"My soul, wait thou only upon God;
for my expectation is from him.
 He only is my rock and my salvation:
he is my defence; I shall not be moved.
 In God is my salvation and my glory:
the rock of my strength, and my refuge,
is in God.
 Trust in him at all times; ye people,
pour out your heart before him:
God is a refuge for us. Selah."
Psalm 62:5-8

"What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee."
Psalm 56:3
Encouragement comes in many forms.  How did God encourage you this past week or weekend?
Please leave a comment or link up your post on Mondays Are G.R.E.A.T.!
(I am Glad, Rejoicing, Encouraged and Thankful!)

Are you anxious or worried about anything?  Take it to the Lord in prayer.  There is none like Him, Who is so faithful.  He will hear you when you call and answer your faintest cry.  You are not alone.

"Courage doesn't always roar.
Sometimes courage is the
 quiet voice at the end of the day saying,
'I will try again tomorrow.'"

Mary Anne Radmacher

Today is Memorial Day, and as we remember those who have fought and sacrificed their very lives for our freedoms, I am reminded of this quote,
"Courage is not the absence of fear,
but rather the judgment that
something else is more important than fear." 
Ambrose Redmoon
We honor you today.
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Blogger Sharon said...

Great post, Wendy! Goodness, I have had to have that band of worry removed on more than one occasion! Worry is my biggest faith battle - and I've been in a season lately where it's been a tough battle. Thank you for your very encouraging post...


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May 30, 2011 at 7:11 PM  

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