Friday, September 14, 2012

Needing Prayer

Dear Ones:

So I debated to share this news or not. Then I thought about the reasons why I blog. I blog because I love to write. I blog because it is therapeutic for me to get my feelings and thoughts out. I blog because I like connecting with others. I blog to encourage. I blog for support. I blog so people don't feel alone. I blog to share real life and real faith. I blog because I can share my faith and hopefully bring glory to my Savior.

I am needing prayer right now. For three weeks now I have been dealing with an injured back, either a badly pulled muscle or a herniated disc, painful and frustrating to say the least. But yesterday I had some news that was unsettling. I went for my annual gynecologist appointment and the doctor found a fibroid tumor in my uterus and a mass in my left breast. I have a mammogram scheduled for Monday morning.

I can honestly tell you that I was not shocked, as strange as that may seem. I felt the Lord nudging me for a few months now to get myself checked out. But also just as honest is that it does make me vulnerable to fear. I do have a select few near and dear that already know my circumstances and it just has to be their prayers that are holding me up.

For now I won't pour out the vast array of difficult emotions that come at me. I am trying my best to keep them at bay until I have more information. I have a strange sense of peace even in the midst of the unknown.

Still I believe in the power of prayer, so for those of you who also believe will you lift me and my family up if we come to mind?

I will keep you posted. I know God is with me.

"So do not worry, because I am with you. Do not be afraid, because I am your God. I will make you strong and I will help you. I will support you with my right hand that saves you." Isaiah 41:10

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Perspective

Good Morning Dear Ones:


Today I want to share about a lesson I have learned about perspective. I recently started a new bible study with some friends. It is the Unglued study by Lysa Terkeurst. In one of my homework assignments she share about a old folk tale about six blind men who wanted to learn about elephants. Here is the summary she shared:

"As they stand in different places around one of these huge creatures, each man reaches out to touch the animal and feel what it is like. Touching it's side, the first man describes it as solid, like a wall. The second man touches the trunk and decides the creature is much like a snake. The third man touches the tusk and determines that the elephant is sharp, like a spear. The fourth man touches the animals leg and likens the elephant to a large cow. The fifth man runs his hands along the elephants ear  and feels certain the elephant can fly like a bird. The sixth man touches the coarse tail and concludes the elephant is nothing more than an old rope. "

Lysa shared that "Every man's perspective on the elephant has some legitimacy but each perspective is also severely limited and in every case a limited perspective leads the men to wrong conclusions and keeps them from understanding the whole truth about the elephant."

This story brought me comfort and understanding. I was able to relate it to situations in my own life. Areas where I am still working on forgiveness. Area's where all I can see is that which is right in front of me. I was comforted to know that some of what I see is legitimate, but helped to know I really don't see the whole picture.

I am just so thankful for this help. God knows my heart. He knows how I want to be set free from hurt. How I want the choking grip of unforgiveness loosed from my mind and heart. He knows how I want to trust Him when my perspective is limited. When the unknowns flood my mind and try to overwhelm me.

May He transform and renew my thoughts and mind.

"Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is ~ His good, pleasing and perfect will." Romans 12:2

"We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. " 2 Corinthians 10:5

May He give me His perspective.
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