This past weekend, I attended a one-day conference featuring musician and song-writer Laura Story as the main speaker.
The Word ALL featured in the tale of her husband Martin’s brain tumor, uncertain prognosis for his healing after surgery, doubt they could ever have a child, an adoption betrayal and more. The ALLs in scripture were Laura’s comfort, and we were reminded, ours as well.
Rather than resting on the bouncing ball of emotions, or the confirmation of our hopelessness from others (if they believe it it must be true), we were reminded to understand that even those testings and trials could be blessings. When I see injustice, I want to react, and to stop it. Most times it is not in my power to do so.
The challenge to rest on the TRUTH of God’s Word instead of emotions was a great reminder for me. And though I may say or do hurtful things I cannot take back or break promises, or sin by not doing something I should do, and though others may not be as perfect as I’d believed them to be, I know that God is ALL that I want to be, all that I need, all that others cannot be, and more.
If you too, are experiencing some of those dramatic or tragic challenges of life, I pass on the encouragement to you. Above all, know that God has not forgotten you, and He will not abandon you.
Deut. 4:31 GOD, your God, is above all a compassionate God. In the end he will not abandon you, he won’t bring you to ruin, he won’t forget the covenant with your ancestors which he swore to them.
If you too feel held down by other people or other powers, praise the Lord, for the heart cannot contain both bitterness and praise. Head for the comfort of His people and those who will join you in praising God for Blessings that you see, and the trials that as of yet do not look or feel like blessings.
Psa. 27:6 God holds me head and shoulders
above all who try to pull me down.
I’m headed for his place to offer anthems
that will raise the roof!
Already I’m singing God-songs;
I’m making music to GOD.
If you too have come through deep trials, share your story with me, and with others!
Psa. 135:5 I too give witness to the greatness of GOD,
our Lord, high above all other gods.
If you too, are in a place wondering how you will get through the other end of that long, dark tunnel, start here:
Prov. 4:7 Above all and before all, do this: Get Wisdom!
Write this at the top of your list: Get Understanding!
And I believe this prayer for you too that in ALL things, God will be with you, and will deliver you and bring you blessings.
I Rom. 15:13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
If you have not yet heard Laura Story’s testimony or heard her music, go here: Laura Story’s Website.
and Facebook – Laura Story OR listen now to her song, Blessings: Blessings Song – Laura Story