You Have to Know Him for Yourself

Jesus answered him, “Are you speaking for yourself about this, or did others tell you this concerning Me?”

Johannes 18:34

LORD Jesus, we praise You for opening our eyes to the Truth, the Way, the Life, so we can spend eternity with You, O God our Savior. Guide us in Your Truth, and keep us on the everlasting Way. Teach us to lead others to You so that they will also find this Life. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen.

Sunrise at the Irish Sea in June 2020

Watching the sun rise at the horizon of the Irish Sea is just so incredible. I want to capture and enjoy every single moment of it. Most of the time I’m tempted to take out my camera and start taking pictures. But you know what? By now I know that I shouldn’t. Instead I need to take hold of the very moments and enjoy each one of them right there.

And so do you, precious sister in Christ.

A photo of the sunrise can only give a glimpse into what has happened there and then. It’s indescribable! We have to be at the scene to be able to fully enjoy each moment of it.

You have to be there — in the presence of Christ Jesus — to fully enjoy Him.

Even though it was a time of darkness due to the night the sun never disappeared. We just couldn’t see it during the night-time. The sunrise at our horizon will call us to stand in awe of it. Will we capture and enjoy each moment of it?

When the Son calls us and brightens up our life do we stand still and know that He is God?

When our nights are dark do we know that the Son is not gone — He promised that He will never leave us nor forsake us.

When the dark night ends and the Son rises at our horizon will we stand in awe of Him and praise Him for guiding us through the suffering and pain?

Seek the LORD. Get to know Him more and more each day.

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We Are Weak But God Is Strong

The LORD shall preserve your going out and your coming in
From this time forth, and even forevermore.

Psalm 121:8

LORD Jesus, we praise You for another week that You have kept us in Your Love. Great is Your Faithfulness and wonderful is Your Mercy. Thank You, LORD, for loving us, for going to Calvary so that we may live, and for caring for us no matter what storm we are facing in our lives. Help us, O LORD, to cling to You and to draw near to You, so that we can face the day in the knowledge that You will never leave us nor forsake us. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen.

This morning I’m taking a view moments to look back to my post from last Saturday: Lessons From the Garden — Leave it in God’s Hands Last week I posted about my worry over the greenhouse in the garden. Back then I certainly did not expect that I would have to face a much greater sorrow in my life just a few hours later.

“All I could do was to trust the LORD and leave everything in His hands.”

Abuse, financial problems, sickness, miscarriage, death — those are the things others are going through. These hardships strike in other people’s lives. We are not affected by such troublesome times, are we?

It’s easy for me to pass on advice on how to keep your eyes on the LORD while I’m not going through what you are facing these days. Jesus on board or not, when hardship strikes in my own life then my boat gets rocked quite a bit. And then things start to look very different.

First I was in denial, saying, “This can’t be real. This is not happening, is it?” If it wouldn’t have been for the current lockdown, my next step would have been: Okay, let’s work it out. That next phase never came, though.

Instead, I felt so very helpless and weak — I had to give it all into God’s Hands. I just had to! There was absolutely nothing I could have done besides clinging to my LORD and Savior. But you know what? I felt more free than ever — to praise Him, to talk to Him, and to trust Him in all that lies ahead of me.

It was like before a major surgery: Watching the anesthetist to administer the anesthetic, putting myself in the care of the medical team, and trusting that I will wake up again. There was nothing I could have done but to give myself in the everlasting Arms of Jesus. He is, was, and forever will be in control. Hallelujah!

Trust the LORD! Praise Christ Jesus! Talk to God in prayer!

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How to Survive Something Like This — Part 3

I will lift up my eyes to the hills—From whence comes my help?
My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth.
He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, He who keeps Israel Shall neither slumber nor sleep.
The LORD is your keeper; The LORD is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day, Nor the moon by night.
The LORD shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul.
The LORD shall preserve your going out and your coming in From this time forth, and even forevermore.

Psalm 121

LORD Jesus, we praise You for Your everlasting Love and what You have done for us on the Cross. If it wouldn’t have been for You we would die and never be with God the Father again. Help us to look to You and to stay near the Cross. Remind us, O LORD, that You do understand because You know what it means to be alone and to suffer. Forgive us that we so often forget this. Guide us and keep us in Your Word and on the right way until we reach our final home to spend all eternity with You. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen.

Remember what I have said in: How to Survive Something Like This — Part 1?

“The past few days were some of the hardest in my life. This rollercoaster ride of emotions was tense. Having to stay alone at home wasn’t as bad as not being able to be with the one that needed my attention the most during this time. Waving goodbye as the ambulance left, I had to let him go. Trusting that the LORD Jesus would be right there for him wasn’t easy to do.”

Don’t despair. There is HELP!

You’ll Need Jesus, Exercise, and a Small Circle of Sisters in Christ

I knew I had to keep my focus on Jesus and so do you, precious sister in Christ! Something else I did was to start to do more physical exercise to stay in good mental health. And I needed to pick a few of my girls from church who I would feel comfortable with to share my lows and highs. You might wrestle with that at first. Don’t worry about it. I did, too. My small circle of sisters in Christ turned out to be such a blessing to me!

You’ll Need a Good Cry. Seriously!

Some of the most healing moments I was going through were times of crying my heart out. Here is a serious question for you to think about: What will help you to cry? Of course, you’ll still need to be strong and hold back your tears most of the time; but you will also need a time when you can freely let these tears run down your cheeks.

For me it was a certain song that triggered my tears. I listened to it while going for a walk and in need of a good cry. Some of its words reminded me that even though this time of my life is a dark time I know that I’m not forsaken and that my Saviour is here right beside me.

You’ll Need a Snack Now and Then

One of my sisters kept reminding me that I have to have some snacks. I didn’t feel like eating. There was no way I could have eaten a meal. The last things I would have thought about were snacks. But, my girl was right!

For me it was oranges. Choose a fruit which you can eat anytime and anywhere — while out and about or while reading a book. Something light and juicy worked well for me. What works for you?

You’ll Need to Stay Close to the LORD

The best encouragement and healing words will always come from Christ Jesus. Draw near to Him. Seek His strength and comfort and peace each and every day. Yes, stay in His Word, but not so much for the daily task. If you’ve missed to read a portion of Scripture don’t worry about it. The most important thing right now is that whatever you are facing will drive you into the Arms of Jesus and not for you to be or stay strong. Face the challenge in His Strength and not in your own.

Remember: He who keeps you will not slumber. God is with you!

 

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