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Faith

The piece of armor that our Bible Study is learning about this week is the Shield of Faith.  We are studying the difference between mere belief (head knowledge) and true faith (heart knowledge).

I was reminded of a story that illustrates this principle well.  As a child we listened to stories on old vinyl records. (those were the best)  🙂 One particular story was about the famous tightrope walker who walked over the Niagara Falls. He walked across the Falls several times….. each time with a different daring feat.  The crowd cheered and was amazed.  Finally, he asked if the crowd believed that he could carry a person across in a wheelbarrow.   The crowd cheered “we believe, we believe”, but when he asked for a volunteer – there were none!

Recently I was worried about a certain situation.   A close friend asked how I was doing, and I automatically gave her my quick Sunday School answer, “Oh I’m fine, I’m trusting God”.  She looked right at me and asked kindly “Are you really?”.   Then it hit me, she was right!   I was not fully trusting God – I didn’t have His peace.

True Faith is a deliberate choice to trust God – even when we don’t know how things will turn out.  It’s not always easy, but it is possible with the help of the Holy Spirit.
Faith is…… getting in the wheelbarrow!!!

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Be Still My Soul

One year ago our world was reeling with the diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes for our youngest son.  The first few days/weeks following were some of my darkest.  I knew that our lives had changed forever, but I didn’t know yet what our new normal would be like.

One of the hymns that carried me through those days was “Be Still My Soul” – an ancient hymn, but with timeless truths…..

1 Be still, my soul: the Lord is on thy side;
bear patiently the cross of grief or pain;
leave to thy God to order and provide;
in ev’ry change He faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul: thy best, thy heav’nly Friend
thro’ thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

2 Be still, my soul: thy God doth undertake
to guide the future as He has the past.
Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;
all now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul: the waves and winds still know
His voice, who ruled them while He dwelt below.

It’s been a long year – with lots of finger sticks, shots, and treating high/low sugars.  I saw a T1D sign that said, “Every time your finger bleeds, so does my heart” – so true!!!

I’ve often wondered why God allowed this – I don’t know – but I’m coming to realize that the experiences of life, and the knowledge that Byron is gaining through this trial, is all a part of the process that God has for him.  This will grow him into the young man that God has called him to be.  This will be part of his life’s testimony.

We’ve already witnessed Byron’s faith grow stronger in the past year.  His love for God and for others is so encouraging!   One of Byron’s favorite Bible verses is Ephesians 2:10, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

The diabetes was not a surprise to God.  He was in control the whole time – and He was right there with us; sustaining us, guiding us, and comforting us!   I have full assurance that God will one day use this for our good and for HIS Glory!!

 

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Fear not, I am with thee

Tomorrow is our second Insulin Pump class with Bryon.  I am not a medical person or a techy person, so all of this new education had been very stretching for me.  Have you ever had something that you know you needed to do, but you did so with your feet dragging?  That’s how I feel about these Pump Classes.  I know that it will be good for Byron in the long run, but sometimes change is difficult for me to accept.

This week the timeless truths from an old hymn has really ministered to me…. “How Firm A Foundation”.  I remember singing this song as a child in church, and to be honest I really didn’t like the song (too slow and boring). 😉   But now as I’m growing in my faith journey, the message of this song is so beautiful.  It’s encouraging to know that God will be with us when we go through tough times!  He will strengthen us, help us and supply us with grace.  What a beautiful promise!

If you are going through a tough time, I hope that the message of this song touches your heart too, and that you feel God’s love.

“Fear not, I am with thee, O be not dismayed,
For I am thy God and will still give thee aid;
I’ll strengthen and help thee, and cause thee to stand
Upheld by My righteous, omnipotent hand.

When through the deep waters I call thee to go,
The rivers of woe shall not thee overflow;
For I will be with thee, thy troubles to bless,
And sanctify to thee thy deepest distress.

When through fiery trials thy pathways shall lie,
My grace, all sufficient, shall be thy supply;
The flame shall not hurt thee; I only design
Thy dross to consume, and thy gold to refine.

The soul that on Jesus has leaned for repose,
I will not, I will not desert to its foes;
That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I’ll never, no never, no never forsake.”

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Even If

This has been a rough week for me.  We are coming up on the one-year anniversary of our son, Byron (17), being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.

This week, Byron has started the process of being on an insulin pump that will help manage his blood sugar better.  It’s been very overwhelming learning tons of new information, and it has stirred up the emotions I had from when he was first diagnosed.

When Byron first got sick last year, a friend of mine shared a new song with me that had just been released.  It was by MercyMe, called “Even If”.  I remember leaving Scott to stay with Byron at the hospital at night, I would play this song on the way home and cry the whole way!!   I knew that God was able to heal Byron, but ‘even if’ He didn’t, our hope was still in God alone!

Fast forward to months later, another friend asked me today, “Have you ever heard the story behind ‘Even If”?”   She told me to search it on You Tube.  I was blown away to learn that this song was written by a man whose son was diagnosed with (wait for it)…….. T1D!  It was so cool to know that this song, that has ministered to me so much, was written because of the struggles that this family goes through with Type 1 Diabetes!

T1D still stinks – it’s 24/7.  It never goes away and you never get a break!!  But through all the ups and down, God has been faithful – I truly mean that!   He has showered us with love, mercy, comfort, and yes, given us hope!   “I know the sorrow, and I know the hurt would all go away if You’d just say the word, But even if You don’t, My hope is You alone!”

So no matter what you are facing today, you can know that God IS able, but ‘even if’ He doesn’t, God is still good, and He has a plan for your life!

 

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Jehovah Tsidkenu

I came across this beautiful poem last week.  “Jehovah Tsidkenu”, which means The Lord our Righteousness.  It was written by Robert Murray McCheyne, and it is a beautiful testimony of God’s grace in his life.

I love the rhyme of this poem – it reminds me of the”Night Before Christmas”. :)However, this poem is much more meaningful!!   It moves my heart every time I read it – I hope it does yours as well!

“I once was a stranger to grace and to God,
I knew not my danger, and felt not my load;
Though friends spoke in rapture of Christ on the tree,
Jehovah Tsidkenu was nothing to me.

I oft read with pleasure, to sooth or engage,
Isaiah’s wild measure and John’s simple page;
But e’en when they pictured the blood sprinkled tree
Jehovah Tsidkenu seemed nothing to me.

Like tears from the daughters of Zion that roll,
I wept when the waters went over His soul;
Yet thought not that my sins had nailed to the tree
Jehovah Tsidkenu ’twas nothing to me.

When free grace awoke me, by light from on high,
Then legal fears shook me, I trembled to die;
No refuge, no safety in self could I see
Jehovah Tsidkenu my Saviour must be.

My terrors all vanished before the sweet name;
My guilty fears banished, with boldness I came
To drink at the fountain, life giving and free
Jehovah Tsidkenu is all things to me.

Jehovah Tsidkenu! my treasure and boast,
Jehovah Tsidkenu! I ne’er can be lost;
In thee I shall conquer by flood and by field,
My cable, my anchor, my breast-plate and shield!

Even treading the valley, the shadow of death,
This watchword shall rally my faltering breath;
For while from life’s fever my God sets me free,
Jehovah Tsidkenu, my death song shall be.”

By Robert Murray McCheyne

The past week was a difficult one for our family. Nothing major, just life circumstances. Last night a dear friend prayed a special prayer over our family. She prayed that we would stand still and see God work in our lives. It was a beautiful prayer that was so timely and meaningful! Those words that she prayed brought to my mind an old southern gospel song that I haven’t heard for years….

Stand Still And See His Glory

Verse 1
STAND STILL AND SEE HIS GLORY
WATCH AS HIS MYST’RIES UNFOLD
BASK IN THE SWEETNESS OF PURE LIVING WATERS
REFRESHING, REVIVING THE SOUL
Chorus
STAND STILL AND SEE HIS GLORY
HALLELUJAH ‘TIS WONDROUS
HIS VICT’RIES AND TRIUMPHS
STAND STILL, YE PEOPLE BE SILENT AND SEE HIS GLORY
HALLELUJAH, HIS GLORY, HALLELUJAH
STAND STILL AND SEE HIS GLORY
Verse 2
ALL HAIL HIS INFINITE WISDOM
NONE IS SO MIGHTY AS HE
MASTER, CREATOR OF ALL THINGS ENDURING
NONE ELSE IS SO PRECIOUS TO ME
Chorus
STAND STILL AND SEE HIS GLORY
HALLELUJAH ‘TIS WONDROUS
HIS VICT’RIES AND TRIUMPHS
STAND STILL, YE PEOPLE BE SILENT AND SEE HIS GLORY
HALLELUJAH, HIS GLORY, HALLELUJAH
STAND STILL AND SEE HIS GLORY
(Writer: Dottie Rambo)

Many times in the Old Testament we read of God telling His people to stand still and let Him fight their battles for them, or stand firm and see the deliverance God will bring.

Often (in my human nature) I try to “fix’ my own problems, when really, God just wants me to rely on HIM.  It’s my prayer and my desire that I stand still and see God’s glory!

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of hymns.  Partly because the lyrics are chocked-full of timeless truths!  These ageless songs are poetic and they minister to the soul.  Sometimes when I don’t know how to voice my prayers, I’m led to a hymn that describes my heart perfectly.

Today was one of those times.  This beautiful hymn, written by Benjamin Mansell Ramsy, is a prayer for the Lord to teach and guide us when we don’t know the path to take.  Check out the lyrics – they’re lovely…….

  1. Teach me Thy way, O Lord, teach me Thy way!
    Thy guiding grace afford, teach me Thy way!
    Help me to walk aright, more by faith, less by sight;
    Lead me with heav’nly light, teach me Thy way!
  2. When I am sad at heart, teach me Thy way!
    When earthly joys depart, teach me Thy way!
    In hours of loneliness, in times of dire distress,
    In failure or success, teach me Thy way!
  3. When doubts and fears arise, teach me Thy way!
    When storms o’erspread the skies, teach me Thy way!
    Shine through the cloud and rain, through sorrow, toil, and pain;
    Make Thou my pathway plain, teach me Thy way!
  4. Long as my life shall last, teach me Thy way!
    Where’er my lot be cast, teach me Thy way!
    Until the race is run, until the journey’s done,
    Until the crown is won, teach me Thy way!https://www.hymnal.net/en/hymn/h/406?
    (here is a link to the tune, if you’ve never heard it before – warning, it just may get stuck in your head!)  😉

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