Ephesians 3:16-18

I pray that from His glorious, unlimited resources He will empower you with inner strength through His Spirit. Then Christ will make His home in your
hearts as you trust in Him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is (Ephesians 3:16-18).

Thursday, May 17, 2012

I asked

Yesterday was extremely difficult for me.  My husband and I were ready to go to the emergency room at 3 a.m. this morning, but thankfully it did not come to that.  I cried in shame at the weakness of my flesh and heart.  I cried out saying Father please give me strength. I haven't slept well five nights in a row and the trash can is now my best friend. I then saw Isaiah 41:10 which says, "Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
At times it seems God is far away, I wonder if He cares when we hurt.  I know the answer is YES, He does care.  I know there is a reason His children face trials and tribulations. I believe He wishes it could be different, but it can't. At some point today many of the questions I have asked God lately were answered.

I asked God for grace. He said, "My grace is sufficient for you." I asked for strength.  He said, "My power is made perfect in your weakness."  I asked for rest.  He said, "Rest in me child."  I asked why so much hurt and pain in this world?  He said, "Trust me dear child for only I know the plans I have for each of you.  For My thoughts are not your thoughts, and your ways are not My ways.  For as heaven is higher than earth, so My ways are higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts."
It is so easy for me to forget that the greatest lessons in life are often learned in the most difficult times.  My heart and flesh want to give up.  In those times, I do feel as though God has forgotten me, but if I don't give into the flesh and keep fighting, He always will let me know He does care.  Sometimes He uses family and friends and sometimes He uses scriptures or songs. On occasion He just uses His still small voice to speak and it is the mots beautiful experience in the world.

I am weak and at times I want to give up.  I want to stop praying and pushing myself.  My desire fades and it scares me.  I always need You more than breath.  I want to seek You with my whole heart even though it is difficult.  I am thankful that You never give up on me.  I am thankful this is not our permanent home.
"Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.” (John 14:1-4)

This hymn was written by Joh Newton. He wrote this song after his dear friend William Cowper had a break down.  Newton wrote that it seemed as though God was going out of his way to make life difficult for him then realized that even through adversity, God continues to work.

1. I asked the Lord that I might grow
In faith and love and every grace
Might more of His salvation know
And seek more earnestly His face

2. Twas He who taught me thus to pray
And He I trust has answered prayer
But it has been in such a way
As almost drove me to despair

3. I hoped that in some favored hour
At once He’d answer my request
And by His love’s constraining power
Subdue my sins and give me rest

4. Instead of this He made me feel
The hidden evils of my heart
And let the angry powers of Hell
Assault my soul in every part

5. Yea more with His own hand He seemed
Intent to aggravate my woe
Crossed all the fair designs I schemed,
Cast out my feelings, laid me low

6. Lord why is this, I trembling cried
Wilt Thou pursue thy worm to death?
“Tis in this way” The Lord replied
“I answer prayer for grace and faith”

7. “These inward trials I employ
From self and pride to set thee free
And break thy schemes of earthly joy
That thou mayest seek thy all in me,
That thou mayest seek thy all in me.”



Emily grapes said...

Ah friend, so sorry you're going through this. I can't imagine how tough it is. So thankful you didn't have to go the ER and even more so He's answering your questions.

That prayer I could say verbatim for myself right now!! Thank you for these encouraging verses.

Still praying. :)

Megan said...

Oh Casey, I'm so sorry that you are still so sick. You are in my prayers and I just adore your heart for the Lord.

Mrs. Pancakes said...

Just came across your blog...hope you are feeling better soon...our God is sooooo faithful!