Friday, September 26, 2008

Words to Live By.......

May my teaching drop as the rain, my speech distil as the dew, as the gentle rain upon the tender grass, and as the showers upon the herb. For I will proclaim the name of the Lord. Ascribe greatness to our God!

Deuteronomy 32:2-3

The Revised Standard Version

Don't give until it hurts. Give until it feels good.

James Kidd

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..........