The Lord satisfies YOU!

Bless the LORD, O my soul, And all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget none of His benefits; Who pardons all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases; Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion; Who satisfies your years with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle.  Psalm 103:1-5

Five promises within five verses; these promises require nothing on my part, but everything on the part of our Great God.

I have 26 rose bushes. Most weekends, you will find me tending to my roses. Some of the bushes have long, prickly thorns, and many times, as I reach to prune a dead rose, the thorns lunge at me and scratch me, or lodge in my arm. The resulting bright red blood plops on the stones surrounding the roses. No worries. I love my roses. I cherish my roses. I feed them, I weed around them, and I adorn my house with roses. They bring me pleasure and satisfy me.

Isn’t that the way the Lord is? We sin, and He pardons that sin. He nourishes us and heals us from our diseases. Our sin had to be dealt with just as the thorn had to be plucked from my arm. Blood resulted. Not only did Jesus redeem us from the pit with His blood, but He has also crowned us with lovingkindness and compassion.

Think of what a crown of lovingkindness and compassion might look like. Would it be a gold crown encrusted with jewels? Would it be a laurel wreath? I imagine my crown as a wreath of fragrant red roses.

Walk with the crown you have imagined on your head. Won’t that satisfy you and give you a smile?

The Lord Heals

“But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31

When I was 19-years-old, a Methodist minister visited me in the hospital and gave me this verse; it  became my life’s verse. I held onto that promise, and God always renewed my strength. He was always there for me and my family.

In 2001, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia; later, I was also diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome. Pain and fatigue dominated my life as well as pills and injections.

I waited on the Lord … for answers … for healing … for wisdom. I learned to see the blessings in the waiting. Without the fibromyalgia, I would not have had the demonstration of my husband’s great love as he selflessly cared for me.

In 2008, the Lord impressed upon Keith and me that He was going to heal me. We both pressed into the Lord, read all the healing scriptures, prayed, and read books on healing. Two years went by as we waited on the Lord, trusting that He would renew my strength.

Yet, I got worse, and my doctor put me on a reduced work schedule.

On November 21, 2010 I mentioned to Keith, “There’s that healing service tonight. Want to go?” “Sure.” No further discussion.

That night, after people we knew were healed, the pastor called for those in chronic pain. Keith grabbed my arm and led me to the front. We prayed; the pastor laid hands on me, and I was healed! Peace. No pain.

The next day, I told my physician. He asked me about the service and the other people who were healed—one person’s cataracts were healed (she was scheduled for surgery that Tuesday), and another person’s deafness was healed—people we knew who attended church with us. He said, “This could be good. What do you want to do?”

I returned to work and began reducing my medications under my doctor’s advice. He has confirmed this as a miraculous healing.

Since then, I have run on the beach, rough-housed with a Great Dane, walked up and down the hilly and crooked streets of San Francisco, and climbed half-way up the Great Wall of China.

Indeed, we waited on the Lord’s perfect timing, and He healed; He renewed my strength, and He gave Keith and me a much deeper relationship with Him.

Whatever your wait involves, rest in Him for He is faithful to complete it, and He will renew your strength.

May the Lord richly bless you and your family.