Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Find You In The Place I'm In...

Disclaimer: I started writing this last night and could not finish due to my eyes closing in tiredness. So I am finishing this up tonight. I am not changing any of it even though some things have passed, because it is now a day later. :) hope this isn't confusing.

Troubles chasing me again,
Breaking down my best defence,
I'm looking, God, I'm looking for you
Weary just won't let me rest and fear is filling up my head.
I'm longing, God I'm longing for you

But I will find you in the place I'm in, find you when I'm at my end,
Find you when there's nothing left of me to offer you except for brokenness.
You lift me up, you'll never leave me thirsty,
When I am weak, when I am lost and searching
I'll find you on my knees.

So what if sorrow shakes my faith,
What if heartache still remains,
I'll trust you, my god I'll trust you.
'Cause You are faithful and

I will find you in the place I'm in, find you when I'm at my end,
Find you when there's nothing left of me to offer you except for brokenness.
You lift me up, you'll never leave me thirsty,
When I am weak, when I am lost and searching
I'll find you on my knees, my knees.

When my hope is gone, when the fear is strong
When the pain is real, when it's hard to heal
When my faith is shaken and my heart is broken and my joy is stolen, God I know that

You lift me up, you'll never leave me thirsty,

Find you in the place I'm in, find you when I'm at my end,
Find you when there's nothing left of me to offer you except for brokenness.
You lift me up, you'll never leave me thirsty,
When I am weak, when I am lost and searching
I'll find you on my knees.

This song has been very instrumental in part my growth over the last few weeks. I am so thankful for the entire album it is on, but as Noah was getting his pacemaker put in over a month ago, I was praying and journaling and a song from the album came on pandora and so I bought the album and found this one. It is incredible and it has been an amazing song for me to cling to in many ways on many days. 

I haven't been able to get Mavah off of my mind or heart. I know that is for a reason. I have been able to lift up her family to the Lord often and I know they are clinging to him now in these moments that are so raw. I have also just been in a place of constant communication with Christ today...I have been "chatting" with him lots. We've talked about Noah, Mavah, Mavah's mom and family, Jeffrey Kelley and his wife and kids, William Taylor and his family, Kyle Henderson and his momma Chanci, Olivia and her parents, Tabor and his parents. All these families have illness and ailments that are frustrating, tiring, depressing, overwhelming and even sorrowful. Mavah is with Jesus now and her mom is still worshiping the Lord, now more than ever, even in her sorrow and hurt. Jeffrey's wife Noelle is a beautiful example of submissive and Godly wife as she finds her security in the Father even when it has to be the scariest time ever as her husband goes into brain surgery tomorrow. Tabor has HLHS and underwent his 2nd heart surgery. We met him and his parents at Cook's on our tour. They are a sweet family. Olivia was just born last week and has had her first surgery for HLHS. She and her parents are sweet and she is a fighter as well. William, our sweet William and his parents. My how they have helped keep us looking up and forward in this journey. We have watched them take up their cross and keep fighting each day as they trust the Lord with their sweet William and all that continues to go on with his brain and the aneurisms he has suffered from. He is going to have surgery on Wednesday for some corrective measures on the shunt he has placed. Kyle has suffered from a brain bleed and is needing a similar shunt and his mom and him are here at Cook's now but are from Canyon. She has endured the NICU with her first baby and is now enduring again with her second. All these people, in my world, who are enduring, trusting, pushing forward through it all. My heart has just been heavy for them, and for my own son as we are still looking at issues that we don't have answers for. 

God is working. He is so capable. He is able. Most important to me is that he is willing. It might not seem like he is working in any of these situations from a worldly point of view. In fact it might seem as though he doesn't care at all. He messed up. He made multiple mistakes with each of these children and in a Godly man. Why would he take a sweet 8 month old girl from her mommy's arms? Why would he allow a Godly man, age 30, with a precious wife and 3 sweet kids go through a long long battle with a brain tumor and now a 10 hour surgery tomorrow. Our friends with babies that have HLHS like Noah. Why do our babies have heart troubles? Why would Kyle have to have a shunt placed? God just fix our loved ones. Our babies. Someone's husband and dad. Lord, are you there? I'll get back to this... but first..

God has been using Philippians 4:4-7 to teach me some very important lessons. Here is the word...
"Rejoice in the Lord always, again I will say, Rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand, do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

This scripture seems to get chopped up more often than not. I have always been comfortable quoting and claiming the part about not being anxious about anything but in everything by prayer and supplication present your requests to God...it feels right and is encouraging. It truly is. BUT, God has been really pushing me to look at the verses surrounding those. 

First, he says to Rejoice. In some study I have found that rejoice is not an activity for a single person, in fact, it says "to share in one's joy". I think that God is trying to first tell us to worship him. First and foremost, come together and share in my joy. He tells us to do so, twice. He repeats himself like he knew we wouldn't believe him. We must worship him first before anything. 

Second, he says, "let your reasonableness be known to everyone". Weird. Reasonableness? The ESV version uses reasonableness. I have also seen, gentleness, moderation, humility. Basically, I feel as though God has been teaching me to be careful what I say, how I say it and to be considerate of all of that as I live life. In any situation, at any time in life. When we rejoice and worship him first, we can't help but have our perspective shifted and put in the right place so that we don't get caught whining, complaining and being ungrateful. There are times for those feelings and frustrations to come out and that is ok, but it says let your reasonableness be known to everyone. That is testimony, witness, living life in front of people as they watch. We must live what we believe. When we come forward in reasonableness and in worship, we can then trust when it says, "the Lord is at hand, do not be anxious about anything but in everything by prayer and supplication present your requests to God" I can come to the Lord confident in my requests and needs because I have worshiped him first, allowed my mind and heart to be reasonable and gentle, and then I can be aware of his presence, I can come to Him without whining and complaining, but with a sincere and humbled heart, pleading in confidence, the desires of my heart. He says, to let your requests me made known to God. When are heart is aligned with his, and we let them be made known to Him he is pleased because our hearts have melded into his and his desires are ours now. When we are in line with God and his will, our requests become so evident that Christ is leading us and in that communion and intimacy with Him we find, Peace of God, which surpasses all understanding". True peace. Peace that no one can know unless they know Christ. Peace that sustains a sweet wife as she sends her husband off to surgery tomorrow morning. Peace that carries a mommy into the next day after day without one of her babies. Peace that allows her to claim victory in Him, to continue to share Christ through her daughter's journey and now her legacy. Peace that keeps myself taking each new step, every day in faith that God has a plan. Peace that allows the darkest of situations to not destroy us. BUT, one of the best parts of this passage of scripture is at the end where it says that peace, "will guard your heart and your minds in Christ Jesus" Important. The peace that we receive from Christ, through our faith actually guards our hearts and minds in him. So, some people don't have a clue how people get through times like losing a child, sending a child into brain surgery, sending your spouse into major surgery, etc. It is in times like those that we are guarded from the negative that so easily seeps in. We can be guarded from that when we are saturated by God's peace, due to our reasonable minds and hearts that are caused by worship and rejoicing. 
This has been revolutionary to me lately. This has allowed me to not be bogged down or depressed by illness or death or surgeries because God's using all of it for his kingdom and his glory. It sounds cliche, but this is life. Hardships will come and it is just a matter of when and we have the opportunity to share Christ through it all. So many people look at Mavah's mom and they are shocked by her attitude and she will be the first to tell you that she is an emotional basketcase but she can be honest with Christ about her baby girl and just hurt and be sad, but in her worship and praise, she finds strength and in turn that helps her to cope. I know Noelle has been through the trenches, but I believe she would tell you that seeing the Body of Christ work lately on behalf of her and Jeffrey has been a tremendous blessing. I know that each of these families are trusting Christ and are thankful for that peace that transcends all understanding. 

I am finishing this a day after I started it. Jeffrey has come through surgery well and they received some wonderfully encouraging news. I know that William is stable right now but still needs prayers for tomorrow. Noah had a great day and is awaiting his heart cath for Friday to see why he is not getting weaned off the oxygen as quickly as we would like. Mavah's celebration of life service is Thursday. I have talked with Kyle's mom and they are doing full work ups on him in every area to make sure they don't miss anything. I'm thankful they are being taken care of and we continue to pray for answers and healing over that sweet boy. 

Today has been a heavy day of intercessory and I am beyond thankful that I am in a place that I can drop everything and just pray for a day. Even as I played with Noah today and held him, I was able to just focus my heart and mind on prayer. I spent a couple of different times today journal praying and reading. I have been reading a new book and it has truly been an inspiration to my prayer life. God is reminding me to pray big prayers. Pray beyond what I comprehend and truly believe that God is able. GOD IS ABLE. GOD IS CAPABLE. GOD IS BEYOND WHAT I KNOW. 
Thank you to all of you for blessing my heart. Especially, Noelle, Jenny, Missy, and Chanci. Yall are amazing women and I thank you for your examples. I know God has big plans ahead for all of us. 

I am resting in Him as I continue to lift up the needs of those close to me. God is able. He is so good, even when we don't understand Him. 

love and blessings,


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