I was absolutely blown away by your e-mails and response after my Praying Down the Tracks post. Please know I have spent the past few days praying for you (rather than blogging)! Laying down tracks for…
* Karried by His Love who is being bombarded with lies from the enemy (and the many women who are faced with similar challenges). May we all be women of Truth, Freedom and Victory!
* My dear East coast sister who’s husband of 15+ years has left her and their 5 young kids for another woman. May God comfort this dear family as only He can, and surround them with helpful, gracious friends during this difficult time.
* Another dear Florida friend who is busy ministering with her husband on the other side of the world. May God empower and equip them ~ and all of my ministry friends around the nation/world ~ for amazing, Kingdom advancing opportunities!
* For my dear friends who are wrestling with health issues, and who are in desperate need of a correct diagnosis and plan. Oh God, we call on You as our Great Physician and ask for Your divine wisdom and guidance!!
I could go on and on… I have lifted every prayer request before the Throne individually and specifically. What comfort and hope to know that prayer really does work ~ and that we can lay down the tracks for God’s comfort, strength, and hope to come roaring through! God IS faithful, trustworthy, and True!! Woo Hoo!!
Personally, I’m wrestling with my own “stuff” these days. Hard conversations. Wounds re-opened. Hurt feelings. Overwhelming To-Do lists. In addition, I’ll soon be experiencing significant loss, and start to cry just thinking about the loneliness. In many ways, this season just doesn’t look like I had hoped that it would.
Life can be hard sometimes, huh??
And so I turn to God’s Word (don’t worry…I am reading God’s Word with a venti Starbucks latte in my hand ~ some things haven’t changed! :)). I love Phillipians 4:13 in the Amplified Bible which reads…
I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me – I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses inner strength into me…
That’s what I need today ~ an infusion of His inner strength into me! I picture myself in my comfy purple chair with my arms stretched out, palms facing upward, and an IV of His strength slowly dripping right into me.
Infuse me with Your STRENGTH, O Lord…, and I think about how STRONG and MIGHTY He is…
Infuse me with Your PEACE…, and I reflect on His peace, His perfect peace (shalom shalom), that surpasses all understanding…even in the midst of disappointment and dispair
Infuse me with Your PATIENCE, O God…, and I think about how patient He has been with me. Always. Even when I didn’t deserve it…one bit.
Infuse me with Your GRACE…, and I am overwhelmed as I ponder His amazing grace. His grace that saved a wretch like me. May my life (and my thoughts and actions) reflect His grace to all who encounter me today.
Let’s be honest. My circumstances have not changed. My heart still needs healing. Relationships still need mending. And my loss is still coming (I’ll share more details later….)
What about for you?? Could you use an infusion today? An infusion of God’s strength? His patience? An extra dose of His peace? May I encourage you to sit back, rest in Him, and allow God to infuse you with everything that you need. He is able….of this I am sure.