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Saturday, September 5, 2009

Spiritual Sundays



This week has proven to be one of the most precious yet hard weeks I have experienced. To say I have been crying out to Jesus is an understatement. My emotions have been on a rollercoaster and getting on that plane tomorrow will be one of the hardest things I have done EVER. Today Dad has had a really rough day. He is weak. He is feeble. It is so hard to watch my strong Daddy who has fought this so valiantly just not have the strength to do so right now. I soo appreciate Nancy Guthrie who takes Gods Word and speaks to us in a way that is so comforting in her book called "hearing Jesus speak into your Sorrow." These words are taken from Mark 15:33-34, Matthew 28:20, Mark 6:50, John 16:13-15, John 14:16-26 and John 1:14. This is titled
Hear Jesus Speak to you as HE reminds you He is with you! I praise HIM that HE has been with me this week, with my Brother and Stepmom and especially with my Dad even though they may be unaware....HE IS! Thankyou Jesus.

I know this situation you're going through can cause you to wonder if God, our Father, has abandoned you, if he has left you alone. But you can be confident that he will never turn away from you or leave you on your own. Anything and everything that could come between you and the Father was placed on me when I hung on the cross. It was then that he turned away from me ~ but only so he would never have to turn away from you. He abandoned me that day so he could open his arms to you forever. And he will never let you go.

Even though you may sometimes feel like you are on your own, your feelings don't tell the whole story. You are not on your own. I am with you always ~ in every situation and in every moment. In your darkest, lowest experience. I am right beside you. When everyone else falls away, I will still be here. So you don't have to be afraid.

My HOLY SPIRIT is with you and within you. HE is the one who helps you hear my voice and understand it. He is the Counselor, showing you what is true and what is false so that you can embrace the truth of who I am and what I'm holding out to you. HE is the Advocate who turns the words on the pages of your Bible into something powerful and personal that can penetrate your soul and change your heart. He is the Comforter who soothes your troubled thoughts with whispers of my love for you.

Whenver you feel alone, remember that I came to make my home with you. I'm here with you even now, and I will never leave you.

Don't you just love how Nancy puts Gods words into these personal beautiful words .....I pray if anyone is having a rough week that these words will wash over you with Gods promises and HIS love will comfort you.

For other Spiritual Sundays posts please visit Charlotte and Ginger here
Love and blessings to you all!

24 comments:

rcubes

It is a beautiful and truthful message as it is from His Word. How comforting to know that He is always there, going through our trials with us.

May the Lord give you comfort and strength as you head back to your family. May He watch over your dad and praying your dad will discover what the Lord had willed for him despite this difficult journey he's in, may he find the joy that comes from knowing the Lord.

Courage is not about climbing the tallest mountain, swimming the deepest of the seas...Courage is knowing you are limited and accepting the fact that you're weak but deep inside, you know that the Lord's power is in you. To obey to what He willed for you, despite the circumstances that surround you, that is being courageous...like how you are.

Love you sister and praying for you and your family always. Take care of yourself.

PS.
This is from one of my songs for you [chorus part from Matthew 28:20]:

I'm with you always, you're never alone
I'm always by your side, no matter the season
I'm with you always, keep this thought with you
Just call on Me...I will be here...for you...

Andrea

Loren,
This is a beautiful post about GOD's presence in our lives. Your strength is a testimony to all of us. God in you is amazing! We all love you and are praying for you.
Sending lots of love, hugs, prayers, and blessings, andrea

Warren Baldwin

Wonderful testimony of your faith and God's faithfulness. Thanks for sharing your personal experience.

Prayers continue for your dad and family. wb

Clif

Beautiful! I too love Nancy and the words from her splendid book are strengthening. Keep holding on to His hand and know that many are praying for you and yours. I am reading Randy Alcorn's new book, If God Is Good--Faith in the midst of Suffering and Evil. It is wonderful. Love in Him!

Kathy C.

Loren, this is a lovely post, thank you. Please know that my heart goes out to you, and I am praying for you...not only for strenth and comfort, but also for peace. Be strong dear sister.

Jillian

Yes, it is comforting! Thank you for sharing your feelings with us. Prayers for you and your family.

Charlotte

I so agree with you about Nancy's book. I'm so glad you had these words to help you through this difficult time. Bless you as you continue to minister to those who need your love and caring.
Charlotte

Cathy

Wonderful, beautiful Words of encouragement ~ Praying for you, your Dad and family ~

chicamom85

That was a beautiful post, thank you. I found comfort in it. I hope you are finding comfort also.

God bless you Anne

Denise

Such a precious post. I am praying for you and your family sweetie.

enchanting cottage

I have not read any of Nancy's books but I think I may have to buy one. This sounds like a beautiful book that would help at a time of need. Thank-you so much for sharing this. I will be praying for your dad.
God Bless,
Ginger

Karen

Thankful that God has given us Holy Spirit,
comforter and friend! Praying for you

Mevely317

'Just wanted to say, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers ... asking our Savior to grant you some measure of peace in the coming days.

Saleslady371

Nancy's words are such a comfort at this time. I feel for you, little one. Know I've got your back and won't forget that you need prayer today and especially tomorrow when you fly home. Wish I could be there to give you a big hug! Love you much.

Under the Florida Sun

What a beautiful post. I so needed that today. Though I know you were typing it out for yourself..
I pray these same things right back to you. May God's overwhelming peace and comfort flood your soul and spirit tomorrow!!

Jennifer

Thank you for sharing those beautiful words with us. Safe travels and as always, you are in my prayers.
Love you!!

Susan

He never leaves us nor forsakes us. We have that promise and it is a comfort in times of trouble and sorrow.
Susan

Heart2Heart

Loren,

Our prayers continue non stop for both you and your family. I am hoping that God continues to provide much needed opportunities for your dad to get to know the Lord we all serve. I know in my heart it would give you so much more peace to know this but I am confident God isn't done working in your dads life just yet!

You will have a surprise hopefully shortly coming in the mail when you return home!

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

nannykim

God's presence in the valley is awesome. I pray your family will know and feel it--it transforms the situation.

LisaShaw

Precious, I continue to pray for your Daddy and for you and your family.

Beautiful sharing of Nancy's words. Great comfort. My arms of prayer are around you and your Daddy.

I love you and be safe in your travels.

Beth.. One Blessed Nana

Beautiful Loren. I am praying doubly for your sweet Dad.

My sweet friend J.D. went to be with Jesus today. He is now in the arms of our precious Lord.

Lifting you up mightily to our God and King.

Sandi@ My Yellow Door

Hi Loren,
Sorry, I'm a bit late getting around to everyone on Spiritual Sundays. Thank you for sharing from your heart. It has been a rough summer for me too as my mother had undergone two serious surgeries. So I understand your pain. I will pray for you, your father, and your family. May you feel His arms of comfort around you even now.

Blessings,
Sandi

christy rose

It is amazing to me how encouraging that you are to everyone even as you are going through so much with your dad. I know you are probably home by now. I think it is a really great thing that you got to go spend another short time with your dad. I am glad that he has experienced some good news and I will continue to pray that he recovers daily. God is good and He loves your dad even more than you. His salvation is your promise. Rest and know that God is faithful.
Love,
Christy

chili pepper

It is during the most trying times and greatest struggles of my life that I have felt God's presence the most.

Glad you were able to be with your dad a bit more and still praying for his salvation, as for my own dear father and father-in-law.

Kat

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