Thursday, November 20, 2008

An Old Post, That Just Fits Today

This is a post from earlier this year. Today..I have no words and as I skimmed through old posts looking for something to share..this one, well. This one was written for this time.

Please pray for our extended family as we mourn the loss of a family member. Thanks...

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; John 10:10a

He is at it again. This thief makes me so mad. I was reminded of this verse yesterday. When I went to look it up all I was concentrating on was the first part, the part above.

There is a second part to this verse and this powerful. It gives hope,

I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10b

There is something about that second part. Our Jesus doesn't settle for just living, He offers us a full life. Wow. I'm blown away at what He does for me. He takes an interest in our life, the good, the bad and the ugly.

I love that we have a Savior that is interceding on our behalf. CONSTANTLY talking to God for and about us. How I love Him.

Even knowing this and knowing that God desires for us to live an abundant life..there are times we struggle. Times we hurt in deep places we had no idea existed. We feel desperate and hopeless, blinded by an enemy who specializes in a lie. We feel like the next step is just too hard. We've all been there at some point.

But Psalm 3 tells me that even when my enemy surrounds me and whispers those lies in my heart that my God is there. He is a shield around me, and when I cry out to Him He hears AND He answers.

His word says that I can rest because He will sustain and protect me.

But here is my favorite part of Psalm 3. It's found in verse 3 and it says that my God will bestow glory on me and will lift up my head.

I sure could use a little glory bestowed on my head this morning!

Psalm 18:16-19 has me standing up to type this morning as I pray this over my family and friends this morning.

He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes who were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support. He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me!Verse 35 says You give me your shield of victory and your right hand sustains me; you stoop down to make me great.

I rejoice this morning as I read Psalm 23 and think of Beth Moore telling the story of her daughter calling her to share that our God is going to anoint our head with oil and make the enemy watch while He does it! Verse 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

Oh friends, no matter how huge this trial seems, you have a warrior Savior who is interceding on your behalf. He has fought for you. It may be a hard and difficult battle but our God wins. He is enough.

Lift up your head this morning and let Him bestow some Glory on you today.


darla said...

I love you Princess! this is a timely reminder, and as I read it I remembered reading it before, had the same effect on me, and again I needed it today. thanks! somehow, I think we will always be fighting the enemies lies, and we will always be putting up the truth of God..until that glorious day comes...saying a prayer for you and me

Anonymous said...

Saw your post on Darla's blog. Praying for you all.

Still Learning said...

Amen sister!!

Lora said...

Stephanie, I have *God bumps* (like goosebumps) after reading this. Amen, siesta, Amen.

Praying the God of all comfort surrounds you.

jodi said...

Thanks for posting this again. I needed to read the Truth in it. The enemy is very real over here lately.

Praying for your darling family.

darla said...

Came to check on you...wanted you to know I am praying for you and your family...please email and let me know who to better pray for you..Princess to Princess..Love you!

Dori said...


Coming over from your sweet comment at The Siesta blog and wanted you to know that you and your family, not matter what it is you are facing, are not forgotten.

He hears, sees and feels everything that you are going through and He will be glorified in it.

You are such a sweet testimony to His faithfulness. It shows in the words that you write and the encouragement that you give!

I'm praising Him for you today and praying for you, as well.

Blessings, friend!