Sunday, September 21, 2008

Because of Great Tribulation

I was working in my shop Thursday(I am pretty busy) and I was talking to the Lord as I worked. I was having another melt down day, seems that I am having them a little too often, and I was talking, ok complaining to the Lord. Through my tears and sobs I was telling HIM about all the things that are causing me heartache. Now listen ladies, I said that I was talking to or complaining to and not sharing with HIM....not asking for HIS help or HIS guidance. I was just complaining.......Somewhere mid complaint I was abruptly stopped by the sound of HIS voice. It was quite simple really what HE said but it was enough to cause me to break down and cry and ask for forgiveness. "It was because of great tribulation that brought you to me."

My journey through the years to the Lord was full of great trials and dark places... I certainly am not going through any of that now.......On that journey I found myself on my face more times than not crying out to the Lord for HIS mercy and HIS help. Now I found myself only complaining .......... How soon we forget that when faced with hardship and heartache it is turning to the ONE that can not just lift our burden, but help us endure through it. How quickly I lost touch of the reality of my life and that reality is Christ and HIS ability to take what I pour out and return in it's place peace amid the storm. Not always releasing us of the burden but helping us lift. Yes it was through much tribulation that took me on the pathway that ended up in HIS arms and today I remember that. Today instead of crying out that this burden be lifted from me but that HE help me lift. I pray that HE return to me the memory of where I began and I began on my knees with a burden that I could no longer carry.

When the burden of what we carry pushes us to our knees we need to remember that most likely it is where we started. It was with the burdens and the weight of the world that led me to Christ and it is the burden of today and the weight of the world that will keep me always looking to HIM.

It is through much tribulation that the child of God walks....... but it was through greater tribulation that HE walked before us..........


Tracy said...

I also at times tend to forget the terrible burdens i have had and that turned me to the Lord. Great post Denise as always. Thank you for sharing such heartfelt personal talks with the Lord, and letting us hear also what you have heard him tell you.

Hugs and blessings sent your way.

Love Bears All Things said...

I like the font you used. What is it?

Beautiful....There's a song that came to mind: Remind Me, Dear Lord. Do you know it? There is a line that goes: Remind me where you brought me from. And where I could've been. Remember, I'm human and humans forget. So remind me, remind me dear Lord.
I have a poem that I want to share with you. I'll email it. You may have it but it also come to mind as I read your post. It is in my files.
Love, Mama Bear

Sharon said...

It seems that the heat is being turned up on Christians lately to burn off the dross and see who comes forth shining. I loved what you shared with us and recently being through a trial ourselves, I realized that God is the only One who can carry us through the flames and that we can do NOTHING without HIM!

I'm sorry the html isn't working for you! I'm not smart enough to figure that out. I just followed their directions and it happened to work out for me. Wish I could be of more help.

Mimi said...

thanks for sharing your heart... many times we fail to remember that God is there to carry us through the times of hardship and turmoil..
He even understands our complaining...because He knows our true heart...

Laurie Ann said...

Powerful post. It reminded me of the Israelites grumbling in the desert, even after the blessings the Lord had given them. Thank you for sharing and being so transparent and honest in this, and thank you so much for your comment At the Well this morning.

Mary said...


We all forget the tribulations that we went through in the past. This is human nature, for sure.

I just saw where Mama Bear wrote about the song Remind Me, Dear Lord. One of my favorites.

I enjoyed your post and am praying for you, my dear friend. I hope God sends you peace and that you have a wonderful week.


Flip Flop Floozie said...

TESTS don't we just love them? No, of course we don't but they happen. As a Christian of many years I know that they have to happen..I know they need to happen to keep me going in the right path!! It is amazing how God will take you through it..Just know this...Sandy

JC said...

Great post. I so appreciate your gift of communication and your willingness to share your heart. I've been broken many times by his gentle reminders. Grace and blessings to you. said...

I hate the test but when it is over we sure are better! You do good by the way you can share your heart! Thanks!
I am going through one now and it is hard! But we will make it!! Love Grams

Janera said...

great post -- got me thinkin'.

Anonymous said...

I like that you said ( not sharing) but complaining. Oh I am guilty of that also. Yes this post is a thinker. Thanks:)

Hootin' Anni said...

You say: "I pour out and return in it's place peace amid the storm."

You're tops Denise!!!

Angie said...

Oh Denise---I loved that. I know from my own times of easy it is just to pick that burden right back up and continue carrying it around. He is OUR burden LIFTER! Everything you said here is ministering to aching hearts and souls! (it did mine!)

For whatever we may be holding onto today---not released yet...may we all realize that until and UNLESS we release it to HIM...He can't do the FULL work in our lives!

You are SUCH a blessing! I love you sister!

MelanieJoy said...

Guilty with that here too. Hope you are feeling better...seems we may have been in the same boat. I'm up and going again after a lonnngggg weekend. He is our Sword and Strength!

Mississippi Songbird said...

Wonderful post. I always am uplifted from you blog entries.. Bunches of hugs. and God Bless!

valerie said...

I've been going through something that I've been talking to the Lord about. It's nothing serious...but very something that's been bothering me for a long time. Last night at our Bible study the lesson was on strongholds. In the past I've always felt like what I deal with stems from a stronghold, but last night I just felt like God was so tender with me about this. I felt his sweet embrace....just like he was telling me "It's ok....I understand your feelings on this. Go ahead and cry to me and pour out your heart."
I realize what you're saying...I do complain to Him sometimes and I know He listens and then I hear Him gently say.."Ok, are you quite finished?" :)
I'm just so thankful that last night when I was feeling very heavy hearted, He was so tender.
Thank you for sharing this beautiful post. I'll be thinking and praying for you.
Thanks for thinking of me when you passed through town the other day.
We'll have to meet up one of these times.
Love ya,

Hootin' Anni said...

Hi again dear Denise...
to answer your question you left in my comments, yes I DO make animations. The animated countdown on my blog for Halloween was made by me. I love to make them. Problem is, if you don't have a fast connection on the internet browsing, the animated graphics can slow loading time. That is why I don't make them often, but I do like to make them.

Have a super Wednesday.

Sharon Brumfield said...

I was talking to someone else about things that bring us to our knees.
We were talking about the fact that some of those things He will never take away.
Because He knows we those things touch our lives they remind us of where we would be without Him. That we need Him.

Keep keeping it never know who might be able to move forward because of what you are sharing.
Love ya girl

Anonymous said...

RYC: Prim Prissy churches, huh? I've not heard them described as such but cute name just the same. Prim Prissy. How funny!

'Tart said...

Thank you for the reminder, Denise!!:)

'Tart said...

I came back today and saw your "Fall edition" of the blog. How very nifty and pretty!! Hugs & blessings to you, Denise.

And I must tell you that I really like the quote from Isaiah, for I have been feeling weak, and this reminds me Who is on my side, ready to pick me up. Thank you for putting it up. It helps.

Vicki said...

Oh yes, those burdens do keep us on our knees, don't they? Just reading your post reminded me I need to do less complaining and more trusting. So thankful for His grace that helps me you, girl