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Month: December 2015

Three Truths for the Hurting Heart

Three Truths for the Hurting Heart

I dropped in the overstuffed chair in our living room of the home we were renting and with a heavy heart prayed, “Lord, teach me to glorify and praise you, even when it is difficult, help me to keep praising you.”

Giving praise to God, the One who allows trials to take place in our lives, seems like it would go against our very being, doesn’t it?  I mean, God, the One who could change the situation we are in, yet sometimes chooses to not do so and wants us to still give Him praise.  How in the world are we supposed to do that?

Heat up that cup of coffee once more, sit with me awhile, and in our few moments together, can I share a few thoughts with you?

First, even though our hearts are hurting, God still longs to hear us praise Him.  Remember that verse we learned as children?  Philippians 4:4, “Rejoice in the Lord alway, and again I say rejoice!”  Ya, that one.  Well, I took to the dictionary to look up the word “alway” and you know what I found?  And I quote {thank you google!} “at all times, for all time, at any time”.  God wants to hear us praise Him, even when we are smack dab in the middle of a situation that has us puffy eyed from the numerous tears we shed.  He wants us to praise Him, not with a begrudging, “I’m doing this because I have to” kind of heart, but with a genuine heart of praise.

 

Next, if we ask the Lord to help us praise Him, He will do just that!  When we come to Christ and humbly admit that we just don’t even know how to keep praising Him as we walk through our trial, He will graciously help us!  Because He longs for us to praise Him, when we ask humbly for His help, He lovingly teaches us how.  James 4:6, “But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.” 

Last, God knows that continuous praise through difficult times can tough, but that sacrifice of praise is so sweet to our God!   He never said it would be easy to keep praising Him, He understands us so much better than we often realize.  Psalm 103:14, “For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.”  I am so thankful we have a God who truly understands us and shows compassion on us.  He knows we are weak, and yet His strength shines greater in our weakness!  Though it may be tough, the more we practice praising Him, the better we will get at it!

Let’s purpose to praise Him more!  As the Psalmist David wrote in Psalm 34:1, ” I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.”  Let’s purpose to praise God, let’s ask for His help to keep praising, and let’s remember, He understands it can be difficult, but through it all, let’s learn to bless the Lord at all times!

Many Blessings,

Wendy

 

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When our Hearts Hurt

When our Hearts Hurt

This past week I found myself briefly scrolling through social media and it seemed there was one glaring truth staring back at me from the glow of my screen.

There are so many hurting people right now.  So many heavy burdens, life and death burdens, people are carrying with them each and every day.

Mama’s weeping for the loss of their unborn babies, parents begging God to heal their gravely ill little ones, missionaries searching for answers to health problems of their spouse, marriages in trouble, poverty abounding, orphans abandoned, and on the list went.

It wasn’t long until my own heart was heavy for them, many of whom I do not even know personally, yet their stories squeezed my heart.

I found myself on the brink of tears and prayed,  “God, Please, please intervene! Heal what is hurting and broken! Restore and renew, please! Work Your perfect will.”

There have been many times in my life when I have asked the Lord to do this very thing for me and my family!  I begged God to please heal, to make whole, to give back what was taken!  Sometimes those answers came quickly, other times healing took much longer than I dared to think.

We believe God can heal, so we pray with faith sometimes as tiny as a grain of mustard seed and we wait for an answer.

How many of us have found ourselves praying, “Lord, please help my life to glorify you!”  But we don’t really think about what it may cost to actually bring glory to Him.

What if it would bring more glory to God if He did not heal instantly?  What if our praise to Him through the waiting process is what would make our light shine brighter for Him?

Are we still willing to glorify God even if the hurt sticks around for awhile?

I’m reminded of Paul in the book of 2 Corinthians chapter 12 when he shares that he also asked God to remove a thorn in his flesh.  Now Scripture doesn’t tell us what that thorn is, but it caused him some pain and trouble!  Let’s look at verses 7-9,

And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.  And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Paul asked God to remove his thorn and God said in essence, “I can use you greater if that thorn stays right where it is.  Instead of me removing it, let my grace surround you!  Let me use your weakness to reveal my strength!”
How can we glorify God through our pain?  How can we continue to let Him shine through us when His answer to our request is the opposite of our prayer for instant healing?
Come back in the coming days and let’s look together in God’s Word for three truths for the hurting heart.
Many Blessings,
Wendy
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Guest Posting Today….

Guest Posting Today….

Today I am making a guest appearance over at my friend Hannah’s blog!  I look forward to seeing you there!
Special Guest: Wendy Carr

Something I’d like to do periodically on this blog is share posts featuring some of my writing friends. Today, I’d like to introduce you to Wendy Carr. 🙂

Wendy and I went to high school together, and I had the privilege of connecting with her again on Facebook a year or so ago. Wendy has just published her first book, Made Only For Heaven.

1. Welcome! Could you please introduce yourself?

Hello! My name is Wendy Carr and I am the adoring wife of my husband Chad. I am a California girl that has been transplanted to the south! My husband is the Senior Pastor of our church and we have three children who are 8,6, and 2! It is a busy but wonderful life!

2. Share 5 random or interesting facts about yourself.

1. I have zero craft skills.  🙂 Though Pinterest has been helpful in this area, crafting is something I admire, but have no skills in. 🙂

2. I have a deep love for the Christmas season! We are one of “those” families who have their tree up rather early each year! There are no Scrooges in this house! 🙂

3. I love my cup of warmed up creamer with a little bit of coffee each morning. 😉

Finish reading this post and find out about a giveaway over on my friend Hannah’s blog!  Click the link here!

Two Calming Truths in the Chaos of Christmas

Two Calming Truths in the Chaos of Christmas

As we looked over our calendar for the month of December I was ready to crawl under the covers and hide.  Our to do list was a mile long and various events were scribbled across most of the days on our calendar, leading up to our favorite holiday, Christmas!Tree

It is such a magical time of year, isn’t it?

The dazzling Christmas tree and twinkling lights that draw us in and beckon us to come and rest for awhile.  Yet, our schedules hold hardly any time to actually sit down, much less take advantage of some needed rest!

Do you think the busyness of the year is actually a tactic of our enemy?

Remember, anything that will take our eyes off of Christ, no matter what it may be, that is his goal. Keeping our schedules tightly packed in order to keep us from being still and resting in Christ’s presence, is a delight to our enemy for sure.

In the few moments we have to share together, can I speak some calming truths directly to our hearts?

First, let’s remember to stop, be still, and reflectGod has not designed our bodies to keep going and going like the energizer bunny.  He has designed our bodies to need rest.  When we are still and quiet, after we have unplugged from the noise of the outside world, we find ourselves able to nativityponder the unimaginable truth of what Christmas is really all about.

God, our very Creator, came down from Heaven in the form of a tiny baby, and His soul purpose for coming was to be our Savior. A plan He had formulated from before time even began, was now taking place.

What love! 

The depth of this love is beyond human comprehension!

In the midst of all that is going on, let’s take the time to simply be still and let our minds dwell on the truth of what Christmas {and life!} is really all about.

Second, let’s be okay with the fact that we can’t do it allLearning the art of saying “no” can be a difficult lesson for people pleasers, like myself to learn. We want to make everyone happy {even though we really do know that is impossible to do, but goodness gracious we will give it our best shot!} and every time someone asks something of us, we have a hard time simply saying “no, not this time”.

It is so important to figure out what events can be done that will not drain our resources mentally, emotionally, physically, and/or financially!  As Lysa Terkeurst so beautifully stated it in her book, The Best Yes, we have to learn to say “yes” to the best thing and be okay with saying no to others.

Totally easier said than done, I get it!  However, it is completely possible to learn to say “no”, and it is okay to do so!  With God’s help, we can do this!

So as we settle in for the month of December, take some time to reflect, to be still, and enjoy this time.  As the song goes, it really can be the most wonderful time of the year!

 

Many Blessings,

Wendy

 

 

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