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It IS Well With Our Souls…

Uncertainty… fear… worry… pending crisis… facing the unknown.

We all struggle with these.  Some seasons feel more intense than others.  Where do you go when we are living in these uncertain times?  Whom do you call?  Do you face them alone?

This morning I awoke with some uncertain fears and worries on my mind.  I immediately found myself on the patio with a warm blanket and coffee… ready to spend some time praying and processing those things weighing heavy on my heart.  As I opened my ipad to head to Jesus Calling, a message popped up from a very dear friend.  She was on her knees crying out to Jesus with her own pending crisis… facing the unknown.  She was crying out to Jesus and asking me to join her in prayer.

Suddenly, my struggles were not my focus and I began to encourage her and intercede in prayer on her behalf.  The weight of my struggles lessened as did the weight of hers.

Why?

Because we both brought our needs to the Father and in that moment we shared the load.  We cut the burden in half – each taking a part.  It might be a silly analogy, but it works.  If your load is heavy and you give someone half… your load becomes lighter.

I went to the throne room on behalf of my friend and was able to leave some of my stuff there with hers!  My early morning quiet time was interrupted by what seemed a greater need.  Now, I’m not saying one need is greater than the other… what’s ours is ours.  We can’t compare.  But I was able to re-adjust my focus and get to the place of surrender without letting it overwhelm me or letting the enemy in. When we reach up and out, we push satan away and he has no room in our lives.  He has lost.

We think that when we go to God with our “stuff” that we are trying to win the battle.  Truth be told, the battle has already been won.  When there is a battle, the king sits on the throne, they don’t pace or run around fighting.  It’s the same for our King.  The battle has already been won and now Jesus sits at the right hand of His Father.  He has won the battle for us by dying on the cross.  Now we can know that peace… even amidst our battles.

By the end of our time together (via the ipad) this morning, my friend and I both felt more peaceful about our situations.  We joined together and brought them to the Father, and He, from His throne of grace, came down and comforted us both.  What a gift!

It is difficult, at times, to reach out when you are hurting.  My encouragement to you is just do it.  My friend and I have learned that we are always there and willing to share the burden of the other.  God always meets us and walks us through our valleys and gives us courage to endure what the rest of the day brings.  We come away knowing that no matter what… It IS well with our souls.

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Healing · Prayers · Seasons · Struggles · The Journey

Heavenly Royalty…

Saturday morning.  It’s early and my emotions are high.  I’m not really sure why.  I’m at the end of my 28 day commitment to better health.   Now I have to decide if I am worth continuing or will I go back to my old ways.  Yes, you read that correctly – “if I am worth continuing.”

For whatever reason and circumstances of my life, I’ve grown up to be one that thinks of you long before I think of me.  In that way of thinking I’ve missed the piece about me being so worth it that I should take care of myself.  No matter what I’ve done over the years, after a time, I sabotage my efforts.  Something in me just gives up and that’s that.

For the past year and a half I’ve been making more efforts to battle that and change.  It’s not easy when it’s been your MO for 50+ years.  I’m learning that I am worth it and I do deserve to be healthy and happy.

I began my morning worrying about all of the “stuff” that I need to be doing.  It was one of those early morning awakenings that came long before the sun was up.  I relented, got up and took care of one of them.  Whew!  One down… 500 more to go!  It’s a start!

Upon completion of my pre-dawn task, I sat down with a cup of coffee and my iPad.  My devotional is around Lent.  As soon as I began reading I was deeply moved.  It was comparing the Queen of England to Jesus.  She has had 62 years of pomp and circumstance.  Jesus did not have that.  He rode on a donkey with a soldiers cloak thrown over him and his crown… his crown was thorns.  The blood that ran down his face was that of a man… and of God.

“Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”  (Luke 19:38)

His parade route ended at the Mount of Olives.  There was not a huge celebration with cameras and cheery on-lookers.  This is where He ascended into heaven.  His humility was replaced with glory.  Ten thousand times ten thousand angels were now at His side.  His Spirit filled the universe.  He was (and is) the ruler of all things.

Because of his death and resurrection, we became royalty.  I am royalty… heavenly royalty.

So, as I wept this morning over all of the things I have not accomplished… the things I continue to struggle with… the dreams that were left to die… the piece of my self-worth that I somehow missed… I was encouraged.  I am royalty… His royalty.  I AM worth it.  His death on the cross… those horrific six hours one Friday… they were for ME… and YOU…

Now as I venture into my day, I have a little more courage to face the battles that are ahead.  I know that there will be struggles and celebrations.  I know that I will doubt my worth again.  Temptations will knock.  Tears will fall.  I need to keep my eyes on what is important and His love and strength will continue to find me…flowing down from His thrown of grace.

Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of Heaven’s Armies!  The whole earth is filled with his glory!
(Isaiah 6:3  NLT)

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