Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Just God.

This morning in my Bible study the verse Philippians 4:6-7 were referenced. Here it is from The Message.

Don't fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God's wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It's wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.

I love this passage and memorized it a few years ago. It is one of those "go to" verses for me. This morning, it was on my mind before my Bible study, but I was applying it to situations in my life. Kind of reminding myself that despite what I "feel", God commands me not to worry.

Then I got a nudge to check twitter. (Which I have been fasting the last week or so) The nudge was stronger, so I checked my phone.

The verse God had put on my mind and in my Study text was not for the circumstances I thought. They were to prepare me to join so many of my sisters in Christ and pray for our dear sister and friend, Joanne. (She had a stroke while running this morning.)

It has been amazing to watch our community drop everything and get on our face on behalf of Joanne and her family. I'm so honored to be part of it.

Now, I ask you to pray for Joanne. For her total and complete healing. For her husband and children. For her parents and siblings.

Pray that God's glory will be seen in and through this situation.

I can hardly complete a sentence because all I want to do is pray. So that is where I'm headed. I just saw that she is out of surgery and headed to ICU. The next few days will tell more, but we know that:

God knit Joanne together in her mother's womb. He is aware of each and every hair on that beautiful head. Not one second of her life is unknown to Him. We are believing God to heal her and to restore her!

Today, more than ever I am clinging to the last part of Philippians 4:7

"It's wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life."

Ephesians 3:20-21

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.