When I think about this blog, I always think of the title. I think about why I chose the title, and why it is so appropriate for my life. I think too about Joyce Meyer and how she always says that it’s not about where we’re at but where we’re headed. That comforts me. It comforts me, because as a very old Christian (at least 27 years +), I still trip and fall on a daily basis. I still struggle with the basics of Christianity. And yet this year, God has really been working on me in the basic areas of trust and believing. Praise the Lord! I’m such a thinker, such a have to get my mind around it type person that it really gets me into trouble. Just last night, as Mark was painting and I was sitting and sharing my struggles with him, I said (in total frustration), “Mark, I need a brain transplant!” He laughed, but he knows it’s true. And he also knows that the only way to get a brain transplant is through renewing our minds in the Word. Yet my husband didn’t remind me of that, as he knows that I already know that, he just sat and listened. He just let his wife talk and work through her struggles, and that is why he is the best husband in the world for me. 🙂 And I’m going down the bunny trail of what a great friend my hubby is . . . .
Anyway, so back to the point . . . . Mark is working this morning, and Ryde and Z have both settled down for a morning nap, which allows for me to drink my coffee and renew my mind. (Thank the Lord for quiet times as they keep a mama sane!!) Recently, my dad gave me a study Bible that was put together by all the old preachers. And by “old” I mean the preachers that were going strong when I was born. So sadly, 30 years later, that makes them old. I dug through the Bible to find where the teaching on healing is as this has been a big topic/struggle for me this year. And most recently, my c-section area has been flaring up again and aching, so I’ve really been digging into healing. Simply put, I’m sick of pain. So I settled on the couch and began working through the study by T.L. Osborn. And I wish I could type the whole thing out, but I can’t. So you’ll have to trust me when I say that it is good!! He worked me through the scriptures on healing, on faith, on believing, and on receiving while I took notes. And the study ended with this (my favorite and much read Psalm), which I will type for you –
“Because you have set your love upon me,” God says, “therefore will I deliver you: I will set you on high, because you have known my name. You shall call upon me, and I will answer you: I will be with you in trouble; I will deliver you, and honor you. With long life I will satisfy you, and show you my salvation.”
As I read that, I had to grin on the inside as this was God pointing me to a well-read verse that answers the recent cries of my heart. It’s funny how we see things every day, but until a light is shown on it and the Holy Spirit gives revelation, we don’t really see it. You know? So I saw it today. I saw the Lord show me how this is the answer, the verses, the promises of His that I need to cling to. This is Him speaking to my heart. How good is that?! So I wrote it down, and I’ll be posting it on my mirror where I will read it over and over until it is deeply imprinted on my heart and my mind is renewed with it. And as I finished my reading and prayers, this song also came to me (teach your kids as many of the old hymns as you can!! They speak so much truth, and they stick with us our whole lives.) –
’Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to take Him at His Word;
Just to rest upon His promise,
And to know, “Thus saith the Lord!”
Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!
How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er;
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!
Oh, for grace to trust Him more!
Oh, for grace to trust Him more . . . that is my progress for this year. May I trust Him more at the end of 2010 than I have in my whole life. As He is so sweet and so trustworthy. 🙂 Thanking the Lord for the beauty of progress and for a bit of a brain transplant today.