He Will Carry You Through: “Into the Word” Week 17

On Thursday evening, I asked my husband to drive me to the ER.   Acid reflux had been plaguing me for a couple of weeks.  Three days full of tests have ensued.  This morning, as I snuggled up with the hospital blankets in my adjustable bed, I felt uncertain about the week ahead with no clear diagnosis.  Gently, the Lord spoke to me.  Well, actually, the LPN served as His mouthpiece as she changed the linens for the bed next door.  Apparently, this sweet servant is a sister, and her lilting voice could not help but sing out His praises as she turned the sheets.  She sang an old Gospel hymn with a refrain that washed over my weary spirit:  “He will carry you though…”  Oh, how I needed to hear that tune!

  What load are you carrying today?

… health issue?

… broken relationship?

… financial instability?

Sister, He will carry you through.  He sees you right where you are, and He is walking with you and ready to carry your burden.  If you listen closely, you will hear His voice singing softly over you.

Yesterday, as I was digging “Into the Word,” I found a couple of verses that encouraged my heart and gave my stay here in the hospital some focus:

But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me,

so that the message

might be preached fully through me,

and that all the Gentiles might hear.

Also I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.

And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work

and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom.

To Him be glory forever and ever. Amen!

I Timothy 4:17-18, NKJV

Paul, the author of this letter, knew about pain and suffering:  Imprisoned, stoned, and falsely accused, He let nothing deter Him from His calling — to share the Gospel wherever He went.  So today, I am sharing Jesus from my bed in 405b.  I am praying for the patients on this floor, joyfully interacting with the nursing staff, and asking God to open up doors for me to be a light right here where He has placed me.  I am holding on to the promise that He will carry me through a tricky gall bladder surgery on Monday and resting in the fact that my God will deliver me from all harm.

Q4U:  What has God carried you through?  Have you heard Him singing a song over you?

Psst…. I am giving away copies of two great books by Max Lucado and Beth Moore here.

Every Monday we will be working our way through Anne Graham Lotz’s 52-week study “Into the Word.”    Hop on over to the 3dLessons4Life Blog Facebook Page to join us as we dig into God’s Word together.

Linking up with a like-minded sisters at Do Not Depart and “Hear it on Sunday, Use it on Monday!” 

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God’s Story, Your Story: April Reading List “Net Out” and A GIVEAWAY!

In case you forgot, I love to read.  Stacks of books seem to pile up all over the house — most of them half read.  Other women buy shoes; I buy books.  For 2012,  I am purposing to be a bit more intentional about my reading plan.  I hope to read 12 books and post a “Net Out” here on the blog using a  format similar to Michael Hyatt’s.

God’s Story, Your Story:  When His Story Becomes Yours by Max Lucado beautifully unpacks the redemption story.  Lucado proposes that as our faith journey is colored by God’s grander plan — that the Master storyteller is weaving His eternal plot in and through our day to day temporal events to create a beautiful epic.

Here are some “take away” truths that captured my attention:

  • Because Heaven is our home, we must ever pursue eternal things to satisfy our hungering hearts while here on earth:  “Those who are content with nothing more than joy in the journey are settling for to little satisfaction.  Our hearts tell us there is more to this life that this life.  We, like E.T., lift bent fingers to the sky” (p.60).
  • God does not want us to live lives wracked with guilt and self condemnation: “When you make God’s story yours, He covers you in Christ.  You wear him like a vest.  Old labels no longer apply — only labels that would be appropriately worn by Jesus Christ” (p.87). 
  • God works all things together for His good — every time.  You can count on it:  “Jesus transformed Paul, the card-carrying legalist, into a champion for mercy.  Who would have thought?  Yet who would be better qualified?  Paul could write epistles of grace by digging his pen into the inkwell of his own heart” (p.144).

Lucado is one of my all-time favorite authors, and this book does not disappoint.  The pages of this book hold sweet encouragement and create a beautiful portrait of Christ’s heart for us.  My heart hungers more for Him after reading this book, and that is a good thing, my friends. 

Up next will be Get Out of That Pit by Beth Moore, a book that unpacks the keys to securing deliverance from spiritual strongholds.   Want to read it with me?  I will be posting about it on May 25th.

I would love to hear about what you are reading.  Feel free to share in the comment section below to be entered in a Giveaway — I will be giving away a copy of each of these 2 great books.

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UPDATE:  Congratulations to Michelle E. (Max Lucado) and Karen Sue (Beth Moore)!!!!

Keeping Company 

My husband intensely dislikes social settings. We go to parties, and he smiles and tells jokes. You would never know that inside he is a big ball of nerves…

I am honored to be guest posting today at Start Marriage Right.com.  To read the rest of this post, head on over here.