Closer To My Goal!

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Today, September 28 marks 4 months into this year long journey of mine.  I purposed to write a devotion daily about divine healing, mainly because I am in need. Sometimes my faith needs bolstering and I thought this may be a way to keep me steady.

One third of the way to my goal!  I had no expectations going in as to what this would do for me or anyone else for that matter.  But I have learned some things that have proven very valuable in other areas of my life.

1.   God’s word is not going to jump up off my shelf and force me to read it.

2.    Waiting stinks.

3.    Writing a daily devotional is hard work.

4.    I have wanted to bag the whole thing more times than I can count.

5.    My faith is stronger but my healing hasn’t come.

On the plus side:

1.    I have grown closer to God as a result of this blog.

2.    My blood pressure is down to a healthy range without medication for the first time in years.

3.    I sleep more nights than I don’t, which is the reverse of what was going on in May when I started this.

4.    Words of encouragement fall more easily from my lips.

5.    Most days, my pain level is radically reduced from what it was (I still have bad days).

6.    I have learned not to offer pat answers to someone who is going through a trial.

7.    I laugh more, cry less, and feel more at peace than I have in years.

8.    I have learned there is no better medicine than the word of God.

9.    Prayers roll off my tongue more easily.

10.  Praise rises freely in my heart more often.

There’s probably more that escapes my mind right now.  It’s been worth it.  If this blog has blessed you in any way, I sure would like to hear from you.

Thank You Lord, for the journey this blog has been.  Thank You for the encouraging words I have received from others and the people You have allowed me to meet because of this blog.  It’s only You, isn’t it?  The measure of healing that has come into my life has only come because of You and Your word and Your faithfulness to Your word.  I can’t wait to see what the next eight months bring; following You is a journey I would not want to miss.  Thanks from the bottom of my heart, Amen.

 

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Watch Those Promises

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Then the Lord said to me, “You have seen well, for I am watching over my Word to perform it”.  Jeremiah 1:12

God doesn’t give His word lightly.  He doesn’t make promises and then change His mind.  I have learned the hard way how difficult it can be to keep promises.  My son reminds me from time to time of promises I’ve made that have slipped my mind.  They don’t slip his mind, let me tell you.  He definitely watches over my word to see me perform it.  I am held accountable for what I promised and I have learned not to make promises anymore but to just say, we will see when the time comes.  That drives him nuts, but it keeps me out of trouble.

God’s memory functions better than mine; He remembers His promises.  He actually watches over His word to see it come to life in us, to produce what He sent it to produce in the appropriate time.  Somewhere it is written that we need to put God in remembrance of His word but I think it is more likely that we need to put ourselves in remembrance of what He has spoken.  That’s where memorizing and confessing scriptures can help us.   Here are just a few of His many promises:

Proverbs 1:33
“But whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm.

Psalms 46:1
 GOD is our refuge and strength, and ever present help in trouble.

John 14:27
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

The joy of the Lord is my strength.  Nehemiah 8:10

Greater is He that is in me than He that is in the world.  I John 4:4

Goodness and mercy follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.  Psalm 23

I, the Lord, am your Healer.  Exodus 15:26

Whatever you may be going through right now, I encourage you to find what God says about it.  Let His word sink deeply into your heart and meditate on it.  He is watching over it to perform it in your life, to help you through the times you’d rather not have to go through.  Pick a promise that speaks to you, that touches you deep in your heart and hold on to it, knowing that the God who spoke it meant it, He can be trusted to keep His word.

Faithful God, how I love Your word.  It is my meditation all throughout the day.  Thank You for watching over Your word to perform it in my live and in the lives of my loved ones.  You are so gracious and kind and merciful to even consider me and my needs.  Like a child believing his parents’ promises, I am believing Yours.  I trust You with the timing of them coming to pass in my life.  In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Never Run Dry

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How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the path of sinners,
Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
2But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
 He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season
And its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers.

Psalm 1:1-3

I live in the Pacific Northwest where it rains.  A lot.  The ground is able to soak up the water and seldom is there standing water on the ground.  That’s good when it rains but not so good for my yard when it doesn’t.  It seems like my yard goes from lush and soft and green to pale and crunchy and yellow in no time at all when the hot weather hits.  I spend more time watering it than I would like and it doesn’t seem to make much difference.  Apparently, what my yard needs is rain to thrive.

I thought of this verse today as I was watering.   It tells me that if God’s Word is my focus day and night then I will be like my yard in the rainy season – growing abundantly and lush and vibrant.  There will be fruit in my life and whatever I do, I will prosper.  Apparently, what I need to thrive is daily waterings from the Word of God.

According to this verse I also need to watch who I give heed to.  I have learned the hard way that when you are believing God for a miracle based on His Word, it is wisdom to watch the company you keep.  Not everyone will be in agreement with you.  Not everyone needs an opportunity to voice their opinion about your faith.  Obviously don’t walk with sinners or follow after the counsel of the wicked but don’t sit with the scoffers either.  And some scoffers may be in the house of God.  Or your family.

The promise of prospering in this verse is contingent upon making careful choices about whose advice we follow and daily meditating on the Word of God.  Like my yard that needs rain from heaven to prosper, I need the daily and nightly washing of the Word if I am going to prosper.  Prosper means (among other things)  “to have a successful journey through life.”   The Hebrew word shalom  can be translated prosperous also; and carries the connotation of completeness, safety, health, soundness, and contentment.  Need any of that?  I know I do.  This verse tells me I can have these as I meditate of the Word of God and carefully chose who I go to for counsel.

Jehovah Shalom, You are my peace, my wisdom, my counselor, my soon and coming king, my closest friend, my healer and I thank You.  Your provision for my healing in all aspects of my life is more than I can fathom at times, thank You that your ways are so much higher than mine.  Help me as I meditate on Your word to delight in You and Your word.  Plant me as You will and cause me to be fruitful for Your purposes, I ask in Jesus’ name, Amen