When Death Was Arrested

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“…You are never beyond God’s love, and you are never alone. God is present even in the midst of your greatest need, your greatest weakness, and your greatest failures. Grace would have it no other way.”  (Written in a https://thorncrown.com/ brochure)

 

I read an interesting article yesterday that I appreciated about true comfort that does not white-wash pain:
Beth, I so appreciate the great stuff you share.  Thanks!

 

 

Death Was Arrested
“Alone in my sorrow and dead in my sin
Lost without hope with no place to begin
Your love Made a way to let mercy come in
When death was arrested and my life began
Ash was redeemed only beauty remains
My orphan heart was given a name
My mourning grew quiet my feet rose to dance
When death was arrested and my life began
Oh, Your grace so free
Washes over me
You have made me new
Now life begins with You
It’s your endless love
Pouring down on us
You have made us new
Now life begins with You
Released from my chains I’m a prisoner no more
My shame was a ransom He faithfully bore
He cancelled my debt and He called me His friend
When death was arrested and my life began
Oh, Your grace so free
Washes over me
You have made me new
Now life begins with You
It’s your endless love
Pouring down on us
You have made us new
Now life begins with You
Our savior displayed on a criminal’s cross
Darkness rejoiced as though heaven had lost
But then Jesus arose with our freedom in hand
That’s when death was arrested and my life began
Oh, Your grace so free
Washes over me
You have made me new
Now life begins with You
It’s your endless love
Pouring down on us
You have made us new
Now life begins with You
Oh, we’re free, free
Forever we’re free
Come join the song
Of all the redeemed
Yes, we’re free free
Forever amen
When death was arrested and my life began
Oh, we’re free, free
Forever we’re free
Come join the song
Of all the redeemed
Yes, we’re free free
Forever amen
When death was arrested and my life began
When death was arrested and my life began
When death was arrested and my life began”
Songwriters: Ryan Heath Balltzglier / Adam Kersh / Paul Taylor Smith / Brandon Coker

“Do it Again” (Love This Song)

Do It Again
Walking around these walls
I thought by now they’d fall
But You have never failed me yet
Waiting for change to come
Knowing the battle’s won
For You have never failed me yet
Your promise still stands
Great is Your faithfulness, faithfulness
I’m still in Your hands
This is my confidence, You’ve never failed me yet
I know the night won’t last
Your Word will come to pass
My heart will sing Your praise again
Jesus, You’re still enough
Keep me within Your love
My heart will sing Your praise again
Your promise still stands
Great is Your faithfulness, faithfulness
I’m still in Your hands
This is my confidence, You never failed
Your promise still stands
Great is Your faithfulness, faithfulness
I’m still in Your hands
This is my confidence, You never failed me yet
I’ve seen You move, come move the mountains
And I believe, I’ll see You do it again
You made a way, where there was no way
And I believe, I’ll see You do it again
I’ve seen You move, come move the mountains
And I believe, I’ll see You do it again
You made a way, where there was no way
And I believe, I’ll see You do it again
I’ve seen You move, come move the mountains
And I believe, I’ll see You do it again
You made a way, where there was no way
And I believe, I’ll see You do it again
I’ll see You do it again
Oh-oh
Your promise still stands
Great is Your faithfulness, faithfulness
I’m still in Your hands
This is my confidence, You never failed
Your promise still stands
Great is Your faithfulness, faithfulness
I’m still in Your hands
This is my confidence, You never failed me yet
And You never failed me yet
I never will forget
You never failed me yet
And I never will forget
Songwriters: George Veikoso / Michael Stevenson / Nicholas Matthew Balding / Christopher Maurice Brown / Mark Kragen / Marc Randolph Griffin / Pia Mia Perez / Jerry Afemata

 

I am a Cancer Patient
by Amy Breitman

I am a cancer patient.
I am also a mother, a wife, a daughter, a friend.
I have fears and uncertainty,
and days of boundless joy and deep emotion.

I am a cancer patient.
I have a career and goals and a past filled with memories.
I have days I wonder who will care for my children if I am gone-
And days I am certain I will live forever.

I am a cancer patient.
I am also a survivor, an inspiration, an advocate.
I have hope and courage
As well as nights of restless sleep
and days of fierce doubt and deep rage.

I am a cancer patient.
I am experienced in enduring medical procedures and treatments
and feeling exposed to total strangers in whose hands I lay my future.
I have moments of complete confusion and some of total understanding.

I am a cancer patient.
I am skilled at disguising my physical signs of illness
With wigs and hats and makeup and smiles-
But do not be fooled. . . I am afraid.

I am a cancer patient.
I enjoy peaceful moments amidst the uncertainty that is my life.
I am viewed with pity, with awe, and a certain misunderstanding
By those who have not shared my journey.

I am a cancer patient.
And I am blessed because I live life larger than most
because I am acutely aware of life’s preciousness.
I am a product of a tenuous and difficult challenge.
And I am most thankful for the side effects that have helped me become
A better mother, a wife, a daughter, and a friend.

Bio:
“Amy Breitmann is trained as a counselor and teacher, and is a 9-year survivor of ovarian cancer. She is one of the founders of The Lydia Project, Inc. based in Augusta, Georgia. Amy received her B.S. in English Education and M.S. in Community Agency Counseling from Bowling Green State University in northern Ohio. While facing her own diagnosis of cancer at the age of 29, she began to feel a calling to support other women facing this devastating illness. She founded The Lydia Project, Inc. with her business partners in 2003.

Amy now serves as the Development Director for The Lydia Project, Inc., an agency that provides tote bags to women facing cancer. Each tote is monogrammed with “faith,” “hope,” or “love” and is made by the loving hands of volunteers as a sign of spiritual support. She is passionate about reaching out to women in the midst of a diagnosis and connecting them with the needed resources during this challenging time.”

Amy is married to Troy and has two children, Shelby (8) and Mitchell (5.)

Visit the Lydia Project at www.thelydiaproject.org.
Contact Amy: development@thelydiaproject.org

 

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“Speak”

Lord, “I wanna hear You, louder than the noise.  I wanna feel You, closer than the air….”

I love the words to this worship song.

 

Some hospital gown humor:

“I was sitting here minding my business,
Kind of letting my mind go slack,
When in comes a nurse with a bright sunny smile
And a gown with a split down the back.
“Take a shower,” she said,
“And get ready. And then jump into this sack.”
What she’s really talking about
Was the gown with the split down the back.
“They’re coming to do some tests,” she said.
They’re going to stretch me out on a rack
With nothing twixt me and the cold, cruel world
But a gown that’s split down the back!
It comes only to the knees in front.
In the sides there is no lack.
But by far the greatest shortcoming
Is that blooming split down the back.
Whoever designed this garment
For humor had a great knack,
But I fail to see anything funny
About a gown that is split down the back.
I hear them coming to get me,
The wheels going clickety clack.
I’ll ride through the halls on a table
In a gown with a split down the back.
When I get to heaven, I’ll make me no odds
If my robe is white, red, or black,
The only thing I ask is please!
Give me one with no split down the back.”

Source: Jeremiah, David (2013-10-01). What Are You Afraid Of?: Facing Down Your Fears with Faith (pp. 35-36). Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

“These Walls”

 

 

Psalm 40:1-3a

I waited patiently for the Lord;
    he turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
    out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
    and gave me a firm place to stand.
He put a new song in my mouth,
    a hymn of praise to our God.

 

 

Be Still and Know That He is God

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This morning I am meditating on Psalm 46:10…a great place to hang my hat and think about awhile.  This is a beautiful song referring to that verse:

Psalm 46:10 (NIV)

10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth.”

God calls me:

To “Be still” (   from רפה râphâh in Hebrew –  it means  to cast down; to let fall; to let hang down; then, to be relaxed, slackened, especially the hands)

-To be at a place of quiet rest in my heart, letting go, releasing, being at peace, calm, tranquil, it is to stop my striving and settle down and rest and trust

-It’s a  a ceasing of my own striving, a setting to rest all frantic activity, submitting myself to God, to allow God to quiet my noisy soul

-It’s chilling out and relaxing, letting go and dropping the stuff and such at His Feet that weigh me down

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…and KNOW that He is God

-To Know in this context means “to properly ascertain by seeing” and “acknowledge, be aware.”

-Taking ownership that He is who He says He is, believing it, applying it

-It’s being calmly confident in Him, His character, who He is, what He can do…not just “head knowledge” but way down deep in my heart

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He is exalted, lifted up, valued honored, glorified among the nations in all the earth as well as in my own life.

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It looks like there was a glitch and  some people who are subscribed to this blog did not get the one that was posted yesterday.  It is here if you missed getting it and you’d like to read it:

http://jpoliver.com/wordpress/archives/2215

 

Paula



Worry Carries Tomorrow’s Load With Today’s Strength

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http://readthearc.com/the-battle-of-my-life-by-joni-eareckson-tada/

 

 

The Lord is good, a strong refuge when trouble comes. He is close to those who trust in him. -Nahum 1:7


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God is good,
    a hiding place in tough times.
He recognizes and welcomes
    anyone looking for help (Nahum: 1:7 Msg)


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Nahum 1:7(AMP)

The Lord is good,
A strength and stronghold in the day of trouble;
He knows [He recognizes, cares for, and understands fully] those who take refuge and trust in Him.

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Putting these versions  and a few others together and personalizing Nahum 1:7 a la Paula:

My Lord God is GOOD, totally and completely and absolutely good.  When the tough times and the trouble comes, He’s my strength, my refuge to run to right away, my stronghold, my protection, my place of safety and shelter.   He is THE #1 place for me to go.  He welcomes me, knows me to the core, understands me fully, and cares for me.  His Arms are wide open to me and He draws me in close and keeps me snuggled secure in His embrace as I trust Him .

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Solid Rock Under My Feet, Breathing Room for my Soul (Ps 62:5-8)

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Pondering different versions of Psalm 62:5-8

Psalm 62:5-8  (MSG)

God, the one and only—
    I’ll wait as long as he says.
Everything I hope for comes from him,
    so why not?
He’s solid rock under my feet,
    breathing room for my soul,
An impregnable castle:
    I’m set for life.

7-8 My help and glory are in God
    —granite-strength and safe-harbor-God—
So trust him absolutely, people;
    lay your lives on the line for him.
    God is a safe place to be.

Psalm 62:5-8  (NLT)

Let all that I am wait quietly before God,
    for my hope is in him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
    my fortress where I will not be shaken.
My victory and honor come from God alone.
    He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me.
O my people, trust in him at all times.
    Pour out your heart to him,
    for God is our refuge.

Psalm 62:5-8 (AMP)


For God alone my soul waits in silence and quietly submits to Him,
For my hope is from Him.

He only is my rock and my salvation;
My fortress and my defense, I will not be shaken or discouraged.

On God my salvation and my glory rest;
He is my rock of [unyielding] strength, my refuge is in God.

Trust [confidently] in Him at all times, O people;
Pour out your heart before Him.
God is a refuge for us.

Psalm 62:5-8 (CEV)

Only God gives inward peace,
    and I depend on him.
God alone is the mighty rock
    that keeps me safe,
    and he is the fortress
    where I feel secure.
God saves me and honors me.
    He is that mighty rock
    where I find safety.

Trust God, my friends,
    and always tell him
each one of your concerns.
    God is our place of safety.

33 Verses to Remind Us We Do Not Need to Fear ANYTHING!

 

33 Verses to Remind Us – We Do Not Have to Fear

 http://www.crosswalk.com/blogs/debbie-mcdaniel/33-verses-to-remind-us–we-do-not-have-to-fear.html  (This is a good article)

 

1.  “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

2.  “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” Psalm 56:3

3.  “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

4.  “Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid.” John 14:27

5.  “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7

6.  “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” 1 John 4:18

7.  “When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.” Psalm 94:19

8.  “But now, this is what the Lord says…Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.” Isaiah 43:1

9.  “An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.” Proverbs 12:25

10. “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4

11. “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

12. “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34

13. “Humble yourselves, then, under God’s mighty hand, so that he will lift you up in his own good time.  Leave all your worries with him, because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7

14. “Tell everyone who is discouraged, Be strong and don’t be afraid! God is coming to your rescue…” Isaiah 35:4

15. “Do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear.  Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.  Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!  Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?  Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?” Luke 12:22-26

16. “The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear?  The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1

17. “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.” Psalm 55:22

18. “Immediately he spoke to them and said, ‘Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.’” Mark 6:50

19. “Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6

20. “’For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.  Do not be afraid, for I myself will help you,’ declares the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.” Isaiah 41:13-14

21. “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1

22. “The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid.  What can man do to me?  The Lord is with me; he is my helper.” Psalm 118:6-7

23. “Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.” Proverbs 29:25

24. “He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.  He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” Mark 4:39-40

25. “The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them.” Psalm 34:7

26. “But even if you suffer for doing what is right, God will reward you for it. So don’t worry or be afraid of their threats.” 1 Peter 3:14

27. “I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me.  He freed me from all my fears.” Psalm 34:4

28. “Do not be afraid of them; the Lord your God himself will fight for you.” Deuteronomy 3:22

29. “Then he placed his right hand on me and said: ‘Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last.’” Revelation 1:17

30. “Jesus told him, ‘Don’t be afraid; just believe.’” Mark 5:36

31. “And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.” Romans 8:38-39

32. “The Lord your God is in your midst, A victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.” Zephaniah 3:17

33. “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”…He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.  You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.  A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you…For he will command his angels concerning you, to guard you in all your ways…“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.  He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him…” from Psalm 91:1-16

“Be assured, He is with you in whatever you face, in the turmoil and struggles, amidst the anxious thoughts and the worries of life. He is there, strengthening, helping, and He holds you in His hands.

God is greater. He gives us the power to live courageously, boldly, fearlessly in this life, when many things that surround us would tell us to be afraid. His truth whispers strong and sure to the deepest core of our spirits:

“Do not fear.”

–Debbie McDaniel at  http://www.crosswalk.com/blogs/debbie-mcdaniel/33-verses-to-remind-us–we-do-not-have-to-fear.html

“I Will Trust in You”

 

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I love this song:

 

 

 

So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever.  2 Cor 4:16-18 (MSG)

 

16 Therefore we do not become discouraged [spiritless, disappointed, or afraid]. Though our outer self is [progressively] wasting away, yet our inner self is being [progressively] renewed day by day. 17 For our momentary, light distress [this passing trouble] is producing for us an eternal weight of glory [a fullness] beyond all measure [surpassing all comparisons, a transcendent splendor and an endless blessedness]!18 So we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are unseen; for the things which are visible are temporal [just brief and fleeting], but the things which are invisible are everlasting and imperishable. 2 Cor 4:16-18 (AMP)

 

 

“Today, will I surrender my fears, my future, my what ifs, my life to the God of the heavens? The sovereign one with whom there are no accidents. With whom truth gives way, shining its light on the very core of my fears. With whom His very Word, that which we can hold in our fingertips, and take into the inner places of our beings…..brings hope, love, truth, comfort, encouragement, courage, forgiveness, healing, strength and endurance…and the ability to surrender to Him.”
Although I am very tired these days and I’m dealing with some side effects from the chemo, I’m so thankful to be doing  really well overall.  Thank you for praying for me and my precious family.  As I think about those verses in 2 Cor  above, it’s neat to know  that any and every hard thing we’ll ever go through is “small potatoes” to the Lord and the best is yet to be!  🙂
 
 
Paula