Thursday, March 31, 2011

Observe and Understand His Lovingkindness

You don't have to be in ministry very long before you come across hurting people. At times the wounds and burdens of others can be overwhelming.  

It can be difficult to know what to say and how to minister to each individual hurt and need. 

Some hurts are so deep that you don't even dare say you understand.  

How can you possibly 

identify with

and understand 

the bone-deep 

heart ache 

that people go through?

What words are there for the mother who has lost her young son?  What can you say to heal the hurt of the girl with an abusive father?  What lofty speech can mend the broken marriages, lost jobs, miscarriages, lost homes, lost loved ones, broken dreams, disappointments, 

b r o k e n, 

h u r t i n g 

p e o p l e... 

who am I to help them?

I find hope. 

I find peace. 

I find healing in this one fact:

The day that I forget that, is the day I will wound those coming to me for comfort, hope, peace, and a listening ear.  

May I never see the day that I have the answers for hurting people.

Psalm 107 ministered these thoughts to me.  It's a Psalm exhorting people to praise God for His mercy and redemption. It speaks of the hungry, thirsty, those who sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, those at their wit's end.  They call upon the Lord and He hears and heals them with His word.

Psalm 107:43 -

Whoever is wise will observe these things,
And they will understand the lovingkindness of the Lord.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Head in the Clouds

I have a lot of things I would like to share on this blog, but I figured starting where I am right now is a good place.

Emotional DetachmentAnytime that my husband teaches there is a sort of emotional detachment that comes between us.  His emotions and mind are very much elsewhere.  They are zoned in and focused on what the Lord has to say and teach at that particular study. I used the word emotions rather than heart because his heart is with me, his focus is just elsewhere.

It's during these times that we need to be extra vigilant to spend all the more time in HIS presence, getting that connection and love from THE ONE who can fulfill all our needs and desires.

We carry a great privilege in having husbands that LOVE God deeply and want to give ALL for HIM.  They have a deep, deep passion for the lost and we are an integral part of enabling them to fulfill their call when we come alongside them in prayer and support and really just cheering them on. 

Lifting them up with God's promises when they come home defeated and rejoicing with them when they have great victory.  All of this means that we need to be deeply rooted and built up in JESUS so that when they come home we are ready and willing to minister to them rather then dumping our baggage on them!

Your husband doesn't have to be a pastor to experience these times of separation, any deadline or project or business trip can cause this and in those times our Lord is wanting all the more to minister to us and provide for us in a special way. In turn, we will have nothing but joyful overflow to pour out on our husbands!

And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. - 2 Corinthians 9:8