Keep Climbing: “Into the Word” Week 34

Have you ever felt too tired to keep climbing?  My phone just rang, and the voice on the other end of the line shared very difficult news.  After a week of battling for every step, I wonder how I will carry on.  My heart aches.  My spirit is defeated and weary.  I am struggling on so many levels — physically, emotionally, and psychologically.  I need a touch from God.  I need His healing hand.  I long for His intervention.  Can you relate?

This week as I pushed through and tried to dig “Into the Word”  I discovered a fellow weary sojourner.  In I Kings 19, I empathized with tired Elijah, hiding under a tree in defeat.  But you know what I discovered?  God met him there.   God spoke to him in his defeat.  God provided for him and nourished him.  God encouraged him to stand:

 Then He said, “Go out,

and stand on the mountain before the Lord.”

And behold, the Lord passed by,

and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains

and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord,

but the Lord was not in the wind;

and after the wind an earthquake,

but the Lord was not in the earthquake;

and after the earthquake a fire,

but the Lord was not in the fire;

and after the fire a still small voice.

(vv. 11-12, NKJV)

God will speak gently to you if you go stand before Him on the mountain.  You must keep climbing.  His glory lies ahead.

Q4U:  Have you heard His still small voice on the mountaintop?  How has God encouraged you through a weary season? How do you keep climbing?

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.

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Due Season: “Into the Word” Week 33

This week has been tough.  Every day has been a battle to survive.  Have you had a week like that recently?  I pray that you have not.  Daily, I cry out to the Lord and ask for His favor, His healing, His mercy.  In the midst of it all, I attempted to “do the normal.”  I put one foot in front of the other and kept walking — a wobbly walk, but I asked Him to carry me forward.  Most importantly, I attempted to dig  “Into the Word”.  And do you know what verse jumped off the page and smacked me right in the gut?

 And let us not grow weary

while doing good,

for in due season

we shall reap

if we do not lose heart.

Galatians 6:9, NKJV

Guzik’s commentary on Galatians explains that losing heart here implies being like a woman in painful labor who has not yet delivered — the journey is unfinished and unrewarded, but we must patiently persevere and manage our resources for His glory.  The harvest lingers ahead.  It will not come so easily.  Oh, how I pray that God fills me with His Spirit and helps me stay the course.

Q4U:  What harvest are you waiting to reap?  How do you keep from losing heart?

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.

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The Alabaster Life: “Into the Word” Week 23

Over the last couple of months, I have been hospitalized twice.  I am learning much about daily dependence on the Lord.  I don’t want to lose this connection — this urgent need to tap into His strength, His wisdom, His direction.  This hunger for Him is a gift that I am clinging to and never want to lose. 

This week as I was digging “Into the Word,” I was reminded of how important it is to be wholly His as I re-read the story of Mary and the Alabaster Jar.   I love how Christ defends her to the naysayers:

But Jesus said, “Let her alone.

Why are you giving her a hard time?

She has just done something

wonderfully significant for me.

You will have the poor

with you every day for the rest of your lives.

Whenever you feel like it,

you can do something for them.

Not so with me.

She did what she could when she could—

she pre-anointed my body for burial.

And you can be sure

that wherever in the whole world

the Message is preached,

what she just did

is going to be talked about admiringly.

Mark 14:6-9 MSG

Mary laid her life at His feet and gave her all, in total dependence.  Jesus responded with love, compassion, and understanding.  I pray that I may continue to live an “alabaster life.” 

Q4U:  How do you combat self-sufficiency in your daily life as you strive to give your treasure to Him?

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.

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Life Saver: “Into the Word” Week 20

A couple of days after my surgery, the Gospel-singing LPN returned.   Her theme on this day was Psalm 121.  I thanked her for her musical ministry as tears welled up in my eyes.  God had once again sent her to sing exactly what I needed to hear:  “My Help comes from the Lord.”

Since that day, the image of God as my Help keeps popping up off the pages of my Bible — comforting me, assuring me, surrounding me with the reminder that God is my Life Saver.  This week, as I was digging “Into the Word,” I discovered Hebrews 13:6:

Therefore, we may boldly say:

The Lord is my Helper;

I will not be afraid.

What can man do to me?

The word “help” in  the original Greek implies “bringing aid at the right time to meet an urgent, real need.”  I need not worry because God, my Help is present and able to meet any need that may arise.  What urgent need are you facing this week?  Let me assure you, God is your Life Saver.  Hang on to Him.

Q4U:  How has God been a “Helper” to you?

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 Faith Filled Friday, Thought Provoking Thursdays, Life in Bloom, Good Morning Girls, God -Bumps and God-Incidences, On Your Heart Tuesdays, Soli Deo Gloria @ Finding Heaven, Playdates with God and “Hear it on Sunday, Use it on Monday!” 

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