6 Years Healed!

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Do you not know? Have you not heard?
The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth
Does not become weary or tired.
His understanding is unsearchable.
He gives strength to the weary,
And to him who lacks might He increases power.
Though youths grow weary and tired,
And vigorous young men stumble badly,
Yet those who wait for the Lord
Will gain new strength;
They will mount up with wings like eagles,
They will run and not get tired,
They will walk and not become weary. Isaiah 40:28-31

Six years ago, I suffered from fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. I was to the point of resigning from the job of my dreams. I believed that God had placed me there to make a difference. But the pills and alternative therapies no longer worked. My doctor wanted to put me on disability, but I refused, so he reduced my days of work. I was devastated. Continue reading 6 Years Healed!

4 Questions About Your Prayers

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“Oh, my lord! As your soul lives, my lord, I am the woman who stood here beside you, praying to the Lord. For this boy I prayed, and the Lord has given me my petition which I asked of Him. So I have also dedicated him to the Lord; as long as he lives he is dedicated to the Lord.”  1 Samuel 26-28

Elkanah had two wives, Hannah and Peninnah. Peninnah had sons and daughters, and Hannah had no sons or daughters. Year after year, the family would go to the house of the Lord to worship and sacrifice to the Lord. Peninnah taunted Hannah because “the Lord closed her womb.”

We know in Chapter 2 of 1 Samuel that Hannah was a Godly woman, and this must have deeply hurt her. First, she wanted a son. Second, she wanted to please God. She must have asked, “God, why have You closed my womb?”

No doubt, Hannah had prayed for a son for years. Perhaps she prayed for a son, so that Peninnah would stop tormenting her. That was a small annoyance. A woman’s natural desire is to give birth to children. Hannah wanted a son to nurse at her breasts, to love, to satisfy her motherly desires.

The family had sons, sons of Elkanah and Peninnah. Yet, Hannah prayed for a son of her own. Hannah was focused on herself.

You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures. James 4:3

One year, Hannah was so distraught that she wept and would not eat. Sitting by the doorpost of the temple, she poured her heart out to the Lord.

Lord of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your maidservant and remember me, and not forget Your maidservant, but will give Your maidservant a son, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and a razor shall never come on his head.” 1 Samuel 1:11

Eli, the priest, saw her lips moving, but heard no words and accused her of being drunk. She told him her desire, and he told her, “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant your petition.” 1 Samuel 1:17

Hannah’s demeanor completely changed. She trusted the word of the priest as a word from God. She went home, ate, and was no longer sad.

Prayer of Dedication

Sitting near the doorpost of the temple crying out to the Lord, Hannah transformed her prayer into a prayer of dedication. She prayed for a son to give back to the Lord for a life of ministry. Now she was focused upon God. Her motives were right.

Personal Application

I had a season of desperate prayers for healing. There was no hope for healing except hope for a miracle from God. God gently brought me to the end of my hope in doctors and in myself, and my prayer changed. The night that I told God that I did not care about healing and all I wanted was more of Him, He healed me of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. God also gave me the desire of my heart … more of Him. That was November 21, 2010. God still heals.

Four Questions to Ask

Whatever your need is, God is there for you.

  1. Have you examined your prayers?
  2. What are the motives behind your prayers?
  3. Are you abiding in God’s Word, His will, in Jesus?
  4. Are you willing to give your fulfilled request back to God?

We pray for our needs, and yet, the greatest need we have is to sit at the feet of Jesus and behold His glory, His majesty, His provision. Whatever the need, give it back to Jesus to serve Him.

God has great plans for His children. They are good and better than we can imagine.

My prayer

Father, thank You for Hannah’s story. We’ve prayed desperate prayers. Some for the wrong motives. Guide us in Your will. Give us Your wisdom. Turn our requests into ones that will glorify Your Name and bring honor to You. Amen.

Please share in the Comment Section how God has worked through your prayers. 

 

 

The Promise Walk Is About Waiting

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My life’s verse was given to me when I was 19 and in the hospital.

but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31

The “wait” is active.

It’s hoping so intensely that action explodes from the hope. It’s looking for the renewal. It’s flexing muscles and feeling the new strength. It’s dreaming of soaring with the eagles. It’s buying running shoes. It’s getting a Fitbit in anticipation of the walk.

It’s all consuming. It’s the name of this blog.

It’s waiting on the Lord.

It’s a promise.

It’s worthy of renewing, mounting up, running, and walking.

I’ve been a Christian for more than 50 years, and I’ve learned to be content in the waiting, trusting that God is in control. And in the waiting, there is much for me to do. After God told Keith, my husband, and me that He was going to heal me of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, we waited two years. Those two years were filled with prayers thanking the Lord for His healing, consuming the Scriptures and books on healing, and walking with God. The wait was intense, filled with gratitude, and anticipation of what it would feel like to be well.

The word “wait” appears 106 times in the Bible. God must value waiting.

Abraham waited 25 years for the promise of Isaac. The Israelites waited for centuries for the Messiah, and God brought Jesus to them at just the right time.

Jesus came into the world as a poor child. He waited to accomplish the work that He came to do. He grew as a child in truth and grace … waiting and preparing for His ministry and for the cross. His mother pushed Him to take care of the wine at the marriage of Cana, and He responded that His time was not yet. When His disciples encouraged Him to go to Jerusalem, He told them that His time had not yet arrived.

Today’s world is focused upon instant gratification. We are able to contact our friends and families instantly through our cell phones and the Internet. Businesses are focused upon providing quality products more conveniently and faster.

Sometimes, we shift that instantaneous approach to our Christian lives, and we’re disappointed that we are not instantly changed. We’re not instantly “holy.” We’re not instantly possessors of God’s promises for us.

The Christian life is not like a business transaction.

It’s a Promise Walk.

A slow walk.

A meditation walk.

A power walk.

A walk waiting for God.

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  • Ask your followers what steps they are taking on their Promise Walk.
  • Tell us what you learned in the Comment Section.

I look forward to learning how your Promise Walk is going.

My prayer

Father of the Promise, thank You for Your great grace. Thank You for showing us throughout Your Word that You are waiting on Your children. Through the waiting, You have chosen to reveal Yourself to us. Bless, we pray, Your followers with the knowledge of the value of waiting in Your presence.  We love You, Lord.

 

How’s your soul today?

Delighting in God

In a sermon in Chicago, A. W. Tozer asked the congregation to pray for him. He asked that they would pray that God would help him live long enough to write a book on the attributes of God devotionally. The Knowledge of the Holy was the answer to that prayer. The Knowledge of the Holy was the last book that Tozer wrote, but he intended to follow the book with Delighting in God. James Snyder, a recognized authority on the life and ministry of Tozer, compiled and edited Delighting in God from Tozer’s sermons, most preached after the publication of The Knowledge of the Holy.

The purpose of this book: to be faithful to point out that the evangelical church today has some serious spiritual problems, the primary one being a loss of the perception of God that has been its hallmark since its inception. (p. 58)
This book is a call to the church, especially to the American church, to return to its first love. Tozer asserts that today’s church has slipped into a Christianity that is mediocre and lacks the passion of the “saints of old.”
In the evangelical church, we seem to have a great deal of passion for everything but God. We look around for activities that consume the resources of our lives. Instead of looking around at the world, we need to look up to the source of our redemption. We are so caught up with all the modern gadgets and methods that we have lost our passion for God. (p. 20)
Tozer is concerned with the church’s worship. Today’s worship, implied by Tozer, is similar to entertainment and a means to “whip up” an emotional experience. He loves the old hymns that celebrate the deep truths of the Christian walk. Each chapter ends with a hymn that depicts the subject.
This book is a call to action to Christians to examine their walk with God based upon their perception of God, asking if their God is too small.
Becoming a Christian is not just nodding to a few truths and then saying, “I accept Jesus.”  It is infusing into your life the divine power, the same power that raised Jesus from the dead. This is the tremendous work of the Holy Spirit to bring you into the divine world of redemption. (p. 18)
The Pursuit of God and The Knowledge of the Holy are special books to me. The Pursuit of God, came to me at a very low time in my life. Fibromyalgia had wrecked my body and destroyed my hope. The Holy Spirit used Tozer’s call to pursue God at all cost to redirect my eyes from fibromyalgia to the magesty of God, so that I wanted nothing else, not even healing. Just God … deeper … more intimate. God was sufficient.
When my cry became “I want more of You, God,” the Lord healed me of fibromyalgia.
God can heal the church today.
Delighting in God is another plea from Tozer to understand that God is bigger than we perceive.  Like the saints of old delighted in God, we can delight in God who is bigger than we can imagine or understand. The Holy Spirit can kindle our  desire for God to cause us to want Him more than anything else in life.
What if we focused upon the spiritual rather than our worldly activities?
What if we asked our Christian brothers and sisters “How’s your soul this Sunday morning?” rather than “Who won the game last night?”
 Might our hearts pant after God “as the deer pants after the water brooks?” (p. 198)
How’s your soul today?
I received Delighting in God from Baker Publishing Group for my honest review.

My prayer

Father, thank you for this call to examine my walk with You. Redirect our focus to pursue You at all costs. Deepen our walk with You, and lead us by the right hand as we walk in Your power and Your authority. You are all we want, and in You is all we need. We love you, Lord. Amen.