A Message by Dr. Tony Evans (You can listen to this message by downloading the Tony Evans free app.) Today, I decided to type my notes, then re-write them on the pages of a journal. I have to admit, these hands are becoming less fluid…
A lesson from Dr. Tony Evans
We’ve all been stuck in a boat that is caught in a storm. I’ve been in quite a few…some of my own doing. I STEPPED WILLINGLY INTO THE STORM.
I have a dear friend who has been in the boat such a long time. The thing is, her kids are in the boat with her. Their storm is a very physical one. Medical issues that are unrelenting.
- not yielding in strength, severity, or determination.
My heart aches with her…Her kids are fighting a storm of health issues that are NOT YIELDING IN STRENGTH OR SEVERITY…DAILY. If you are a Mom, you can probably relate to the deep pain you experience, watching your children suffer in ways you cannot relieve…if you could, you’d gladly take this pain from them…but lack the power to do so.
These are the circumstances when we have NO CHOICE but to completely LET GO OF OUR GRIP …we must let go of the stern to take hold of Jesus hand. (Mark 4)
“Mortal words” never make a dent in the wall of suffering some endure…
In an Article by Sarah Walton she says this:
What has gradually changed my perspective on my life, my child, and my family’s struggles is that it’s never been about me. When I believe that life is all about my happiness, when I think that I could do more if I didn’t have this hardship or that I am missing out on what life could have been, I get discontent, anxious, and downcast. But when, by God’s grace, I trust that nothing happens apart from his will and sovereign plan, I am encouraged and strengthened, knowing he is working in and through even my darkest days, to make me more like him. It is in the midst of our darkness that his light shines most brightly to those around us.
As much as we would like answers and help for the painful, confusing, overwhelming circumstances, we must remember that Christ himself is the answer that we need in both an earthly and spiritual sense. He knows each member of our family intimately and is working out his good purposes in each of our lives (including the children he calls home and those living with disability or illness), often in ways we never would have expected. As we learn to trust Christ in our grief, despite what seems hopeless, we can begin to grasp more deeply the profound hope of the gospel.
If you have been entrusted with a road that has been marked by loss in your parenting and are struggling to see beyond the pain, I pray that you will be strengthened by remembering that your family has been divinely chosen to display God’s glorious redemption story. Although we aren’t promised healing (physical or mental) on this earth, we are promised that Christ will not waste one tear we shed over the painful effects of sin and brokenness within our world. You are not hopeless, you are not alone, and your losses will not have the final word.
Entrusted with this pain? How can we ever wrap our human mind around this truth? How did Job do it?
In a recent post, I shared a story Tony Evans told about the Shoe Cobbler.
“I work down here, but I LIVE UP THERE.”
I only know of ONE WAY to reconcile the storms of life we find ourselves in… “THIS IS NOT OUR HOME, and GOD IS GOOD AND ONLY HAS GOOD FOR US.” <—- ok, maybe that’s two ways:)
ONLY the Lord can give us peace in the storm…hope, in the storm, power, in the storm. He promises these things to His children. We either believe Him or we don’t. If we do believe, then the next VERY DIFFICULT STEP is to let go of the stern and trust Him for everything we need to keep moving forward… cause let’s be honest, there are days when taking another step feels absolutely impossible. Our head know that ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE THROUGH CHRIST, but our heart has a bit of trouble with this.
Most days, all I can do is lovingly listen to my friend…then pray. There are no “words.”
I know that there are times when we have weathered a storm so long, that we stop asking for help. Do you know what I mean? We think that others are bored with our struggles and needs…but this is not where a TRUE friend resides.
I am reminded of Moses…
…As long as Moses held up his hands, Israel prevailed; but when he lowered them, Amalek prevailed. When Moses’ hands grew heavy, they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it.Then Aaron and Hur held his hands up, one on eachside, so that his hands remained steady until the sunwent down. -Exodus 17:11,12
Love isn’t love without sacrifice. “Love is ascribing worth to another at cost to oneself.” (Greg Boyd)
The power to extend Selfless love only comes from the author of Love.
Lord, give me the heart and the strength to love what you love…to be like Aaron and Hur…a friend who will stand in the gap…who will hold up some arms.
Bless God’s name for how He’s going to take you to the other side.
He may be calling you to hold up another’s arms. (In His strength)
He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. -Philippians 1:6
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A teaching by Dr. Tony Evans (you can listen to this message on the FREE Tony Evans app)
I have long used this scripture (Joshua 4:1-24) when describing the function of Bible Journaling…to create an altar to the Lord…a lasting memorial of the place where God has met with me. I like to imagine that one day, my children and hopefully their children will read of the great work God has done in my life through the pages of my Bible and my journals.
It was so convicting to hear Dr Evans speak of the generation of people (in the book of Judges) who had not been told of God’s great faithfulness and suffered from that knowledge not being shared with them.
Sharing our stories happens in many forums…in the workplace, church communities, social circles, & even Target:)
It is through our stories, God reveals His glory…and if we don’t speak of it, even the rocks will cry out!
36As He rode along, the people spread their cloaks on the road. 37And as He approached the descent from the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of disciples began to praise God joyfully in a loud voice for all the miracles they had seen:
38“Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
39But some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples!”
40“I tell you,” He answered, “if they remain silent, the very stones will cry out.”
Since my kids were little, I have collected rocks. Mostly from our travels. They remind me of the gift of time the Lord has given us…allowing our family to spend time with one another experiencing His glory in the most beautiful places.
I consider these rocks altars to the Lord, as I am reminded of His provision, His Glory and His Majesty.
God required these altars be built for the people’s good. Our Father knows that we are stupid sheep that are easily lost. We desperately NEED to be reminded of God’s faithfulness, lest we forget! We are easily fooled by our pride into believing that the good work we do is achieved by our meager efforts. Our pride trips us up and causes us to stumble and fall in so many countless ways.
When we are intentional about remembering what God has done in our lives, it gives us confidence in His faithfulness and we can learn to trust Him with more! (Instead of falling back into our old habit of self reliance and self focus)
Find a way that you can build your own altars to the Lord….a collection of “things” that remind you of the moments He has clearly provided for you. (Rocks,feathers,journals,photos, etc.)
Keep these altars in a place you will see them and be reminded.
May they be for the next generation, so that they will HEAR of God’s Glory!
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