We All Need Somebody

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Today, when I got out of bed, I experienced severe pain.  The doctor’s use a scale that goes to 10 to determine pain levels, with 10 being debilitating, unbearable pain.  I believe the pain this morning would be a 12.  I could barely walk, the pain was so intense.  I’d like to say I got up and began confessing healing scriptures and praising God and thanking Him for my healing.  Those would have been great things to do, but I didn’t do those.  I murmured and complained and wondered how I would get through the day like this.  I had a very small crisis of faith.  For a few moments, only a few, I questioned if healing was really for everyone.  I know better, but pain makes me think crazy things at times.

I considered posting on Facebook and asking friends and family to pray for me, but I didn’t do that either.  Some people who love me would worry and I didn’t want that. I know this will pass.

I texted my friend and prayer partner and let her know I wouldn’t make to prayer this morning because of pain.  I didn’t ask her to pray.   I didn’t ask because I knew I didn’t need to.  She would pray because that is what prayer warriors do – they pray.  I knew she would pray because she is my friend and that is what friends do – pray  for their hurting friends.

She texted her prayer to me, she prayed that God’s Kingdom would come to my body in Jesus’ name.  A kingdom that doesn’t include sickness, pain, suffering, mental torment, lack of any sort.  A kingdom of blessings that only God can bring to a broken life or body.

What is the hurt that has come your way? 

Disease, sickness, financial lack, betrayal, relational problems?

Are you just sick and tired of being sick and tired? 

Have you asked for prayer? 

Do you have a go to person that you can lean on during this difficult season of your life?

Could you be blessed by having the kingdom of God bursting loose upon your life bringing healing and joy and peace and abundance?

Having pain and suffering and lack and relational problems and financial woes and disease and being in need doesn’t make you a less than person; it just means you are human and life sometimes brings these things to all of us.

Don’t suffer alone; don’t suffer in silence.  Don’t let pain isolate you from others.  We all need somebody, sometime.

If you need someone to pray for you or someone to lean on, can I suggest you ask God to show you that person?  If you need someone to pray for you and someone to lean on, I volunteer.  You lean on me and I will lean on you and together we will see God’s kingdom here on earth!

Lord Jesus, thank You for putting people in my life that I can lean on.  And thank You for the people that feel they can lean on me.  Thank You, too, that my crisis of faith is shorter lived than ones I have had in the past.  I pray for my family and friends that Your kingdom would explode upon their lives and we would all be able to say, only because of God!  Only God!  Help me to be the prayer warrior and friend that my family and friends can count on, in Your name, I pray, Amen.

Focus

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I used to take tons of photographs in the days before digital cameras.  This meant finishing out the roll of film, taking it somewhere to be developed and waiting the allotted time and going back to get them.  I would grab the package and eagerly open it to see my pictures for the first time.  Some were disappointing and others were great.  One thing I would notice though from time to time is that people’s heads were cut off in my pictures.  I was so busy looking at their faces that I failed to look and see how their faces fit in the camera.  I ruined a number of pictures that way.  Digital cameras help me see my mistakes so much faster and I like that.  But still I make mistakes and forget that the camera sees what I forget to look at.  With cameras, what I focus on is what will develop and that’s not necessarily the same as what I want to have developed.

Focus means to direct one’s attention to something.  We focus on things throughout our day.  Things we purpose to focus on and things that just intrude into our field of vision.  Regardless of whether these things are there by default or design, our focus can determine what will develop in our lives.

What are you focusing on?   Pain, prescriptions, symptoms,  bills stacking up, the doctor’s report?  Or are you focusing on the promises and character of God?

I can’t always control what comes into my field of vision, but I can purpose to focus on what I want to see developed in my life.  For me, that is the character of God, the promises of God, including healing, the peace of God, the joy of God.  Those can’t develop in my life if I don’t focus on them.

Father, when my focus needs adjusting, would you nudge me?  Would you whisper in my ear, get my attention off of the things that take my eyes off You and Your goodness?  Please develop in me what You planned and purposed for me from before the foundations of the world as I train my eyes on You.  Amen.

Are We There Yet?

There is an appointed time for everything.  And there is a time for every event under heaven … a time to heal.  Ecclesiastes 3: 1, 3

You have probably done road trips with kids who are constantly asking, “are we there yet?”  In the days before every kid owned some kind of electronic device to keep them busy or cars came with movie screens, I would pack up things for them to do while we were driving.  No matter how carefully I planned for their entertainment, they were still asking that same question.  Constantly.   Are we there yet? Generally, my response would be, “would we still be driving if we were there?”

If healing is my destination, this verse assures me that I will get there.  Am I there yet?  No. But there is an appointed time for my healing and for yours.  My timetable isn’t the same as God’s; much as I would like Him to heal on my schedule, He hasn’t.  But healing delayed is not healing denied. I have had arthritis in my knees for forty years but I still believe there is an appointed time for me to walk without pain.  I will make it to my destination.  What is your destination?

When I read further on in this chapter of Ecclesiastes I find where Solomon, full of wisdom, comes to this conclusion – that there is nothing better for them (you, me) than to rejoice and to do good in one’s lifetime; moreover, that every man (woman, child) who eats and drinks sees good in all his labor – it is the gift of God.

If our life is like a road trip, we can spend it asking the question – are we there yet? or we can spend it seeing good in all our labor and rejoicing and doing good in our lifetime.  If we are preoccupied with the destination, we miss the journey.  I have heard that referred to as Destination Disease!  Like any disease it is one that eats away at the good things in our lives and purposes to keep our thoughts and attentions away from finding joy in this present moment.

Focusing on this present moment requires intention.  It requires that we stop asking the question about our arrival and start finding something to celebrate right here, right now.  By God’s grace we can do that, one present moment at a time.  We will arrive at our destination – there is an appointed time for it.  The question becomes will we make the most of our trip or wish it away focusing on the destination?

Thank You Father, that there is appointed time for my healing.  Forgive me for my impatience and my willingness to let go of this moment because I am so focused on some future moment.  I am so grateful that You hold all my moments and Your plans come to pass in my life in your timetable.  Grant me the grace I need as I chose to rejoice in this day, the day You have made and leave my destination in Your hands.  Amen

The What Abouts

Today as I write this, there are symptoms of pain in my body. These symptoms would tell me I am not healed or worse, that maybe, God doesn’t really heal everyone anymore or even worse still, maybe God doesn’t love me enough to heal me. I have to reject these thoughts, often many times throughout the day and even into the late hours of the night when I can’t sleep.  Instead, I have to think on what I know to be true.   Among the things I know to be true is this:  my experience or lack of experience doesn’t change the truth I find in God’s Word. Neither do my past experiences of receiving healing prove that truth any more than these symptoms of pain deny that truth. God’s Word is true regardless of my experiences.

When healing is delayed it is all to easy to get caught up in doubts and the what abouts.  Right now, my what abouts sound like this -what about this pain? What about the sleepless nights? What about the time I had faith filled people lay hands on me and pray and yet…pain? What about the scriptures I memorized and meditate on and still, I experience pain? What about when I was anointed with oil and still I need my pain meds?

I don’t have pat answers for the what about questions and I would be suspicious of anyone who did.  But I know this, the more I ask these questions, the more I waiver in my faith.

Today as we were driving along, our son who thinks he will be driving soon (not) asked me where I keep my eyes when I am driving, what part of the road.  I explained to him that I look at where I am going farther up the road.  He questioned why don’t I just look over the hood to the road directly in front of the car.  I told him that when I do that, not only is my vision limited, but I start to wobble more and more in my lane but if I keep my eyes up ahead to where I want to be going, I can see more of what is around me and I can remain steady in my course.

My goal is Jesus, to be like Him, to be with Him, to serve Him and also to receive all of what He purchased for me on that cross if for no other reason than for the fact that it cost Him everything.  And so healing is a part of my destination.

Trying to answer the what abouts is like trying to drive when all I am looking at is what is directly in front of my hood. I lose vision and my course becomes wobbly.  I can make peace with the fact that I don’t have all the answers because I know the One who does. The what about questions lead me astray, take my eyes off Jesus and His sacrifice on the cross and put my eyes back on what I can see or, in my case, feel.  I will make it to my destination by God’s grace and my body will be free of the symptoms that try to tell me otherwise.

Thank You Lord Jesus that You lead my in paths that are right for me.  Thank You that as I keep my eyes on You, the what abouts become dim.  May You be the only destination I desire, may You be where my path always leads.  When my eyes wander would You whisper to me, nudge me, interrupt me, whatever it takes, to help me get my eyes back on You.  Amen

Do you need healing?  I would love to pray for you/with you.  Please let me know.

Do you have a healing testimony?  I would love to share it with others.

 

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