This Week’s Sermon From The Ranch – A Picture Of Healing

(Each Sunday, This Day’s Thought is blessed to share Eric Elder’s sermons from his wonderful ministry, “The Ranch“)
The Ranch: A Place of Healing and Restoration
A Picture Of Healing

 By Eric Elder

 

Dear Friends,

 

The words “thank you” just don’t seem enough to convey to you how very much we appreciate all of your thoughts and prayers and words of encouragement over these past two weeks since I shared with you that my wife was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer.  How could we not cry and be touched when we get letters like this one from a man we’ve never met, but who is literally rallying the troops to pray for us from a naval ship in Japan

 

“Hello Eric and Lana,

 

I just want to start this email off by thanking you for your “this days thoughts” messages. My Mom has been sending these to me daily and your messages have not only been helping me get closer to GOD but also helping keep in contact with my mom. You see I am currently stationed out in Japan and i can say that i do not get to go to services as much as i would like too but your messages help me out in major ways. It is very stressful out here sometimes but i can honestly say that within this last few week things have gotten a lot better for me and i have no doubt that it is because of your messages. So once again. Thank You.

 

When i read the message about how Lana has breast cancer i immediately stopped what i was doing and began to pray. I can only imagine how difficult it is to for you two to deal with that. I told your story to some of my fellow sailors and soldiers out here and asked them to also pray for you both. They agreed without thinking twice about it. We plan on sending your ministry some donations and as well as little care package for you two. Many times when we are out to sea or deployed we have had many churches and people send us care packages to help lift out spirits. Believe me when i say that it really does lift out spirits. So we decided that we would get some things together from here in japan to lift your spirits. Also i am currently getting the sizes of some people who want to wear the t-shirts(if any are left) and we are going to get a photo of it and send that to you too also.

 

You said that prayers came from Kenya, Ghana, Malaysia, the Bahamas, Qatar and Dubai. Well you now have prays from the troops in Japan too. We hope that our efforts encourage you to stay strong. GOD is going to take care of you. I, and the sailors and soldiers, will pray for you everyday just as you all pray for our safety day in and day out.  Once again thank you for your messages you send out daily! Take Care and God Bless You Both.”

 

Wow! What a perfect picture of the body of Christ in action…people lifting each other up in their time of need.  Here’s another one from a woman from South Wales who was praying for us while waiting for a flight in Hong Kong:

 

“I am sitting here in Hong Kong airport waiting for a flight to Bangkok and thought I would check your developments – Lana your courage and faith take my breath away. I said my prayers for you on the plane yesterday and I keep praying although I am not as familiar with the bible as the other folks! When my holiday is over I am faced with some tests but you have helped me already by your strong commitment to God. As we say in the South Wales valleys (UK) ‘fight the good fight with all thy might’. God Bless and keep you safe.” 

 

Or this short note from a man in South Africa whose three short lines spoke volumes to me on our day of prayer and fasting for my wife’s healing…

 

“Your wife will live.

He is Jehovha rapha [the God who heals]! 
greetings from South Africa.”

 

In fact, my faith was so touched by these words that I wrote them down on a piece of paper and took them to bed with me that night.

 

Right below those lines on my piece of paper, I added these words from Psalm 21, which another friend here in Illinois had sent me later in the day.  She said she had been listening to Psalm 20 on her “Listener’s Bible,” praying through the words of this Psalm for Lana, as I had asked people to do.  She was praying that God would give Lana “the desire of her heart,” which is not just to live, but to live long.  She said she wasn’t paying attention to stop the Bible reading at the end of the chapter, and when it read these verses in Psalm 21, the next chapter, she shouted for joy.  The words record what God did for King David when he first prayed that prayer almost 3,000 years ago…

 

“How great is his joy in the victories You give! You have granted him his heart’s desire and have not withheld the request of his lips. 

 

“He asked You for life, and You gave it to him–length of days, for ever and ever” (Psalm 21:1, 2, 4).

 

Then on Tuesday morning, when our 24 hours of prayer and fasting were just ending, I added one more word to my paper.  It was Merriam-Webster’s “Word of the Day” for Tuesday February 28th, which I’ve been getting in my inbox daily for many years.  The words are totally random each day, but the word for that morning was anything but random!  The word in my inbox was this:

 

“LIVELONG”

 

Praise God!  I’m holding onto each of these three thoughts as special reminders to me that my wife can live, that God can give her the desire of her heart, and that she can “live long.”

 

Some people might worry that I’m holding onto false hope.  But with God, there is no such thing as false hope.  With God, there is infinite hope!  As the Bible says:

 

“For nothing is impossible with God” (Luke 1:37).

 

Believe me, I’m not naive enough to think that this cancer doesn’t have the power to kill my wife.   It does.  The first person I prayed for when I started this ministry seventeen years ago died three weeks later.  And twenty-two years ago today, on March 4th, my own mother died of breast cancer.  I know it’s a killer disease.  Believe me when I say that I cried for 24 hours straight when I first heard the news.

 

But believe me, too, when I say that God gave me a picture of healing last week that renewed my faith and hope in Him that He could do the impossible in this situation still.

 

When Lana and I first found out the lump in her breast was cancerous, we scheduled an appointment with a breast surgeon to meet with him and talk about doing surgery.  The appointment was three weeks away, as he was going to be out of town and his schedule was full.  So we prayed during that three weeks that by the time we met with the surgeon, the lump would be gone and she wouldn’t have to have surgery at all.   Since the biopsy showed that this was a solid mass in her breast that was growing aggressively, the chances of the lump shrinking at all, let alone disappearing completely were little to none.

 

Every day, Lana could feel the lump in her breast, about the size of a marble.  And every few days, she would anoint it with oil and pray that God would take it away.  But every day, it was still there.  Then we got the report that the news was worse than we thought:  the cancer had already spread from Lana’s breast to her lungs, liver and spine.  The oncologist said she was going to cancel our appointment with the surgeon for the next week because it was no longer necessary.  The tumors were now too numerous for it to make any difference to take out just the one lump in her breast.  The news was devastating.

 

That’s when I sent out my note for prayer to all of you, and you began to pray for us. The next day, we went in for a bone biopsy and another conversation with the oncologist.  She reconfirmed the diagnosis that she had told us before, and reiterated that our appointment with the breast surgeon the next day was no longer necessary.

 

But later that night, just before going to bed, Lana went to pray for the lump in her breast as she had done all along.  When she went to find the lump, it had shrunk to the size of a BB, smaller than a pea.  When she woke up again at 4 in the morning, she went to feel it again, and she couldn’t find it at all!  It was completely gone…just as she had prayed it would be, as that was the day we were to meet with the surgeon!  She woke me up to check it out, and I couldn’t find it either!  Perhaps the words of the oncologist weren’t as dire as we had thought, but that they were prophetic:  that she had cancelled the appointment with the surgeon because it really was no longer necessary!

 

I began to cry and praise God, saying that I wasn’t sure if I could even believe it or not, and not knowing what it meant about the other tumors throughout her body.  But it gave me a picture of healing that matched the picture of healing I get from the Bible where the blind see, the lame walk, and the lumps are gone.  I began to pray for Lana’s whole body, that God would take away every lump from everywhere and that He would complete this incredible work that He was doing.

 

I also put my hand on my own forehead, where I had had a mild but constant headache for the previous three weeks.  I assumed it must be from the stress of the diagnosis.  I rarely get headaches, and if I do, they last for a few hours at most.  But this headache had persisted day and night for three straight weeks.  It didn’t cause me severe pain, but enough to be noticeable, and it got worse when I leaned forward or put on my glasses.

 

After praying for my head, I returned to praising God with Lana.  Unsure if we could believe this had really just happened, or if we might find the lump again in the morning, or what might be happening with all the other tumors in her body, we finally laid down to try to sleep again. As I laid down, I took out my Bible to read and put on my glasses.  When I put them on, I expected to feel the pain in my eye again.  But there was no pain.  I leaned forward in the bed, and there was still no pain.  I got out of bed, and leaned my head way down to my toes and there was still no pain.  None whatsoever. The headache that I had felt for three straight weeks was gone, completely gone.

 

I began to cry again, not because of what God had done for my headache, but because it gave me yet another picture of healing and what that would mean for the tumors throughout Lana’s body.  I finally fell asleep, praising God that no matter what, He had restored my faith that He could do anything, absolutely anything.  I finally believed again that with God, nothing is impossible, even the healing of my wife.

 

When we woke up the next morning, we felt for the lump again, and after some time searching, we think we might have found it, much, much smaller than it had been for almost two and a half months straight.  We contacted the doctor to ask if this was normal, for the lump to shrink like this.  The doctor said that the biopsy from three weeks earlier could have caused it to become inflamed, and now the inflammation had gone down.  When I heard those words, the pain in my head returned. I prayed:

 

“God, no matter what’s going on, thank You for giving me a picture of healing, a picture of what it can be like when you heal someone, suddenly and miraculously.  I believe, Lord, that You can heal Lana in an instant, just as You’ve healed me in an instant of other things in the past, and just as I’ve seen You heal others.  Thank You Lord for giving me a picture to hang onto no matter what happens next.”

 

Over the past week, my headache has come and gone, fading in and out, but no longer continuous as it had been.  The lump in Lana’s breast has also seemed to come and go, some days she can find it, and it’s so very small, other days she can’t seem to find it at all.  We’ve scheduled an ultrasound on the lump for tomorrow (Monday, March 5th) with the doctor who originally did the biopsy to see if the technology confirms what we are seeing:  that the tumor has indeed gotten smaller or gone away completely.  I, for one, can’t wait to see the results!

 

But I can also say that my faith this week has soared to the point where it doesn’t much matter what the doctor’s report says.  What matters is that God has shown me that He can do anything, absolutely anything.

 

If you’ve been reading my messages for the past several months, you know that we’ve been studying the book of Romans and looking at the topic of “renewing your mind.”  While I hope to return to our study of the book of Romans again soon, I must also say that this whole experience has been one intense crash course in the importance of getting our thinking in line with God’s.  Every time we get a doctor’s report, or read an article on the internet, or hear a story from someone else who’s died of cancer, we have to take our thoughts captive, and ask God to replace our thoughts with His…that He’s the only one who truly knows how this will turn out in the end.

 

It’s not like I need God to heal Lana for me to continue to believe in Him.  It’s not like He has to keep doing miracles for me to continue to believe in Him.  I’m already in.  I’m fully committed.  I’ve signed on the dotted line and given my whole life to Jesus.  And it’s not like I’m troubled of what will happen to Lana if she dies.  I know she loves Jesus with all of her heart, soul, mind, and strength, and she’ll be with Him forever in heaven and I’ll be with her someday there myself.

 

But what God has done for me these past two weeks, thanks to His help and your prayers, has been to renew my mind and believe in Him again that He can do ALL THINGS.  That truly nothing is impossible with God.  That God can work all things for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.  And that God really can give Lana the desire of her heart, at any time and through any means: to live a long and full life here on earth, and then on into heaven forever.

 

What do the coming weeks hold for us?  I can’t say for sure.  But I can say this:  I’m looking forward to the weeks ahead more than ever before, because I know I’ll be going through them with a God who loves me, and loves Lana, and loves you, more than any of us could possibly imagine.

 

I pray this week that you would know this love of God as well, and if you haven’t put your faith in Christ, that you would do it now, for the forgiveness of your sins so you can live with Him forever, and for everything else in your life, so you can live the abundant life He’s called you to live here on earth.  Like the Apostle Paul, I pray for you, that you would know His immeasurable love and His remarkable power.  As the apostle Paul said:

 

“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge-that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.  

 

“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” (Ephesians 3:14-21).

 

I look forward to sharing another update again with you next week, then I hope to return to our study of Romans again with renewed vigor of the importance of “renewing our minds.”

 

Will you pray with me?

 

Father, thank You for being Jehovah Rapha, the God who heals, and for giving us a picture of healing that we can hang onto.  Lord, we pray that You would continue to heal Lana’s body, completely and gloriously, and through it all, that Your name would be glorified in ways that go beyond all we could ask or imagine.  We pray also that You would use this situation to spark our faith to believe once again that nothing is impossible with You, no matter how dire the circumstances, and no matter how bleak the reports.  We trust and believe that Your report is always good, for You truly can work all things for good for those who love you and who are called according to Your purpose.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

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“Shirley and Marcy” – E-Mail Via Mom – Too Cute and Leaves You Chuckling…

Shirley & Marcy 

A mother was concerned about her kindergarten son, Timmy, walking to school.


He didn’t want his mother to walk with him.

She wanted to give him the feeling that he had some independence but yet know that he was safe.

So she had an idea of how to handle it.

She asked a neighbour if she would please follow him to school in the mornings, staying at a distance, so he probably wouldn’t notice her.

The neighbour said that since she was up early with her toddler anyway, it would be a good way for them to get some exercise as well, so she agreed.

The next school day, the neighbour and her little girl set out following behind Timmy as he walked to school with another neighbour girl he knew.

She did this for the whole week. 
As the two walked and chatted, kicking stones and twigs, Timmy ‘s little friend noticed the same lady was following them as she seemed to do every day all week.

Finally she said to Timmy,

‘Have you noticed that lady following us to school all week? Do you know her?’

Timmy nonchalantly replied, ‘Yeah, I know who she is.’ 
The little girl said, ‘Well, who is she?’

‘That’s just Shirley Goodnest ,’ Timmy replied, ‘and her daughter Marcy …’

‘Shirley Goodnest? Who is she and why is she following us?

‘Well,’ Timmy explained, ‘every night my Mum makes me say the 23rd Psalm with my prayers, ‘cuz she worries about me so much.

And in the Psalm, it says, ‘Shirley Goodnest (surely goodness) and Marcy (mercy) shall follow me all the days of my life’, so I guess I’ll just have to get used to it!’

 

 

The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious unto you;
the Lord lift His countenance upon you, and give you peace. 
May Shirley Goodnest and Marcy be with you today and always
 
 I know you smiled! 
I sure did, Pass this on 
And brighten someone’s day!

Yea Though I Walk

The Lord is my Shepherd
His voice do I heed
and I shall not want
He supplies my every need

As I do lie down
to take my daily rest
there in His green pastures
I know that I am blessed

He leads me by still waters
which brings me greatest peace
and He restores my soul
with grace to never cease

There down the righteous path
does He lead every day
all for His name sake
the Truth, Life and Way

Yea though I walk through
the shadow of death’s valley
it holds no fear therein
for my Shepherd covers me

He is ever by me
with His staff and rod
how they do comfort me
my one and only God

While there does He also
prepare a table before me
giving me the seat of honor
in the presence of my enemy

How my cup runs over
as He anoints my head
and He is to me
my very daily bread

Surely His goodness and mercy
shall then ever follow me
and I will see His face
when I’m in that valley

All the days of my life
His glory will I give
and dwelling in His house
shall I forever live!

Teresa Marie  9/9/11

The Newest Devotion Forwarded From My Daughter

He’s Still the King

God reigns over the nations; God is seated on his holy throne (Psalm 47:8).

Scripture: Psalm 47:5-9
Song: “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee

Whether or not we voted for the current leaders in office, we hope they will do the best for our country. Sometimes it doesn’t work out that way, or at least in our view. We debate, complain, or write letters to our congressmen when we approve or disapprove of a bill on the House floor.

Other nations make their laws under different rules. Some suffer under dictators. These tyrants often lead their people into ruin for the sake of their own greed. Then we despair this world will never recover from the wrongs we inflict upon ourselves.

A friend reminded me recently that even with politicians and governments that are far from God, and act accordingly, God is still in charge. I find that difficult to grasp, but it makes me want to pray all the more for our officials and for God to rule in their decisions.

God knows. God reigns. Current situations may disturb us, but ultimately God will prevail. He can use even evil men and women to accomplish His long-term goals, goals that we can’t see when we’re so bogged down in the here and now.

So . . . lift up your heads. God reigns.

Lord God, sometimes I wonder if You’re really at work in this world. I’m great at worrying about national and international government, and not so great at acknowledging Your supremacy. Give me the long view, or at least a trust that You do reign over this world. May Your kingdom come! In the name of Jesus, amen.

This devotion is from the book, 365 Devotions, brought to you by Standard Publishing.  Buy 365 Devotions and other great resources at www.standardpub.com.

Amen and amen.  Always remember that Jesus died for us because He loves us!

With all due homage to our King,
Teresa Marie

Our Weight of Glory – Today’s Devotion

Courtesy of my daughter:

Our Weight of Glory

Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; bring an offering and come into his courts (Psalm 96:8).

Scripture: Psalm 96
Song: “And Can It Be That I Should Gain?”

One of the meanings of “glory” is: weight, like the heaviness of a warrior returning from battle, weighted down with the spoils of victory. We see the weight of God‘s glory in creation, but there is also a weight to our lives when we are His.

There is a story about a 19th-century circuit-riding evangelist named Peter Cartright. He was asked to preach at a conference led by a very proper seminary student. When Cartright gave the invitation to respond to the gospel, a mountain of a man came forward. This man threw himself down on the floor and began to pray.

He knew he was a sinner and told God so, loudly. The seminary student anxiously rushed up to him imploring, “Compose yourself, brother.”

But Cartright pushed the student aside, slapped the man on the back, and said, “Pray on brother; there’s no composure in hell where you’re going.” The man finally broke through to God and, leaping to his feet, howled with delight, dancing and praising God. The weight of God’s glory in one man’s life was brought to bear on another’s that day. And worship became witness to those who watched.

Dear Heavenly Father, may I be bold! May I not hide my light because of what others might think; instead, may I choose to bring the weight of Your glory into a needy world. In the name of Jesus my Lord. Amen.

This devotion is from the book, 365 Devotions, brought to you by Standard Publishing.  Buy 365 Devotions and other great resources at www.standardpub.com.

Always remember that Jesus died for us because He loves us!

May the glory of God fall upon you today,
Teresa Marie

Stay Thy Heart

 

When you have no helpers, see all your helpers in God. When you have many helpers, see God in all your helpers. When you have nothing but God, see all in God; when you have everything, see God in everything. Under all conditions, stay thy heart only on the Lord.

Charles H. Spurgeon

 

When you have helpers none
See your help in the One
Whom all creation has begun
And the glorious work He’s done

When you have helpers many
See Him in them plenty
Make it more than evidently
As you treat them gently

When you are holding nothing
And very hard you’re working
You wait upon that blessing
That heaven will be sending

But when you have everything
Be careful you’re not missing
The praise you need be singing
With your gratitude in offering

For if you stay thy heart
On the Lord at the start
And from it not depart
You’ll be the one who’s smart!

 

Teresa Marie  5/5/11

My Sunday Thoughts – Under His Wings

I said that I would tell you the story of Peggy’s miracle today but I’m sorry to say that I just can’t do it.  I am in too much pain and too disoriented.  I have said before that, at times like this, I hold on to the promises of Psalm 91.  I received an e-mail today that I am going to re-post here for you.  It it from an organization that I have heard great things about and highly respect.  They quoted the following from another organization that is equally inpressive.  I pray that you will benefit from this as much as I.

The Top 20 Passages In The Bible
Number 5: Psalm 91 – God’s Protection

By Eric Elder
www.theranch.org
 

There’s a difference between “believing in God” and “believing God.”  You can believe in God yet still keep Him at a distance.  But when you believe God–when you take Him at His Word and put what He says into practice in your life–you enter into a relationship with Him, a relationship that is up close and personal;  a relationship where every step you take is wise and purposeful because you’re keeping in step with Him.
 
Psalm 91 describes one of the great benefits of this kind of close relationship with God:  you enter into His divine protection.  Here are some of the things God will do for you when you dwell “in the shelter of the Most High”:
 
“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
   will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say to the LORD, ‘My refuge and my fortress,
   my God, in whom I trust.’
For He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
   and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with His pinions,
   and under His wings you will find refuge;
   His faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
You will not fear the terror of the night,
   nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
   nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
   ten thousand at your right hand,
   but it will not come near you”
       (Psalm 91:1-7).
 
Moses, who many Jewish scholars believe authored this Psalm, saw his share of trouble.  He saw plagues of locusts and plagues of death, threats of famine and threats on his life.  But Moses also saw God’s divine hand of deliverance.  
 
When the angel of death passed through the streets of Egypt, thousands fell, but Moses and his people were saved.  Not only did they believe in God but they also believed God.  They did what He told them to do, putting the blood of a lamb on the doorframes of their homes so the angel of death would “pass over” and spare the lives of those inside (see Exodus 12).  
 
Jesus is our passover lamb, and when you put your faith in Him–staying close to Him and holding on tight–then He’s able to take you under His protective wings.  It’s hard for God to protect you, though, if you keep running back and forth to Him, coming to Him only after disaster strikes.  He wants you to be in a close relationship with Him at all times, dwelling with Him, living with Him, taking up residence in His protective refuge.  When you do, listen to a few more of the ways you’ll be blessed:
 
“Because you have made the LORD your dwelling place–
   the Most High, who is my refuge–
no evil shall be allowed to befall you,
    no plague come near your tent.
For He will command His angels concerning you
   to guard you in all your ways.
On their hands they will bear you up,
   lest you strike your foot against a stone.
You will tread on the lion and the adder;
   the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.
Because he holds fast to Me in love, I will deliver him;
   I will protect him, because he knows My Name.
When he calls to Me, I will answer him;
   I will be with him in trouble;
   I will rescue him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him
   and show him My salvation”
(Psalm 91:9-10, 14-16).
 
It’s good to believe in God, but it’s even better to believe God, drawing near to Him and dwelling in His shelter.  How do you do that?  By calling out to Him when you wake up each morning.  By reading His Word and listening to His Spirit so you can hear back from Him.  By holding on tight to Him throughout the day and taking care to do what He says, stepping where He says to step (and not stepping where He says not to step!).  And when the day is done, be sure to say goodnight again, entrusting Him to hold you tight throughout the night.
 
God loves you and wants to protect you, shield you, and deliver you.  Just be sure to stay under His wings.
 
Let’s pray…
 
Father, thank You for loving us and offering us Your strong hand of protection.  Help us to come closer and closer to You so that we can see what Moses saw, and experience Your deliverance first-hand. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
 
Isn’t this a beautiful way to look at this Psalm!
Always remember that Jesus died for us because He loves us!
May you rest under His wings today and every day,
Teresa Marie
P.S. Look for Peggy’s miracle story tomorrow

A Prayer For Freedom From Fear

I went on Kenneth Copeland Ministries website for prayer and pulled up the Freedom From Fear page and here is what was there:

Father, I pray for my partners. I hold them up before you.  And I stand on your Word, most especially today.  In the 112th Psalm to strengthen us together today, Lord.  We fix our hearts, trusting in you.  We are not afraid of evil tidings.  They don’t frighten us. No, no.  We release our faith, not fear.  We stand on your Word.  Jesus said to Jairus at the most disastrous moment of his life, when somebody came up and said, “Your little daughter has died.  You’re too late.  You didn’t make it.  Ah, yes, Jesus probably could have healed her, if He’d have been there.  But there’s no use troubling him any more.  She’s already died.”  Oh, my goodness, blindsided with bad news.  Oh, but Lord Jesus, the Scripture says You answered, you didn’t even give Jairus time to  talk, thank God.  You git in his mouth.  You answered and said, “Fear not, stop the fear.  Stop the fear, and believe only that she shall be made whole.”  Father, we stand on that, we refuse to contaminate our faith with fear, in Jesus’ name.

Now partner, listen to me.  You can do this thing.  Get in the Word, that closet of prayer that the Bible talks about.  Turn that into a life simulator.  The way that we go into flight simulators.  We train the way we fly, and we fly the way we train.  We’ve done and seen all of these emergencies, and some emergencies happen in the airplane, you know exactly what to do, you are no just blindsided.  God told Joshua to mediate in the Word of God, day and night, and that’s exactly the way you do it.  Fear not, believe only, and you shall be made free.  You serve a mighty God who loves you.  You are not a victim, you are a victor.  The victory is ours in Christ Jesus.  God loves you.  And, Jesus is Lord.

Times of Trouble

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.  Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be removed, and though the mountain be carried into the midst of the sea;… Be still and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.  The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge.  Selah.        Psalm 46: 1-2 & 10-11 (NKJV)

God is our refuge and strength,
  know ye not where to hide?
    A very present help in trouble
      when He is at your side.

So then I need not fear
  at any time or any place,
    because I know He is there
     to cover me with His grace.

And though the mountains be carried
  when the earth rumbles and quakes
    into the midst of the sea
      trust in God for heaven sakes.

Just be still and know
  in every fiber within ye,
    that I AM your God
      Creator of all that be.

I’ll be exalted among the heathens
  who will worship Me with love.
    I’ll be exalted in the earth
      as I am in heaven above.

The Lord of hosts is with us
  in all the things we do.
    The God of Jacob’s our refuge
      that we may hide in too!

Teresa Marie   5/22/09