STRENGTH

God’s love to me is wonderful,
That He should deign to hear
The faintest whisper of my heart,
Wipe from mine eye the tear;
And though I cannot comprehend
Such love so, great, so deep,
In His strong hands my soul I trust,
He will not fail to keep.
God’s love is wonderful,
God’s love is wonderful,
Wonderful that He should give His Son
To die for me;
God’s love is wonderful!
God’s love to me is wonderful!
My very steps are planned;
When mists of doubt encompass me,
I hold my Father’s hand.
His love as banished every fear,
In freedom I rejoice,
And with my quickened ears I hear
The music of His voice.
God’s love to me is wonderful!
He lights the darkest way;
I now enjoy his fellowship,
‘Twill last through endless day.
My Father doth not ask that I
Great gifts on Him bestow,
But only that I love Him too,
And serve Him here below.

written by Sidney Edward Cox (1887-1975)

(I’ve been away from my computer for a bit…but now I’m back…so let’s get this party rolling again!)

 

 

There are so many areas of our lives where we need strength, to get us through whatever is put before us.

It could be physical    or mental,   

two such areas that I can attest to right now.

 

A month ago I had a hip replacement.  It isn’t my first rodeo, as they say, as I had one done four years ago.  But even having gone though it before, the challenges seem all new.

At times you get to feeling overwhelmed and tears flow.  It’s not a “feeling sorry for yourself” thing, it’s simply that surgery, no matter what kind is serious.  With a hip replacement, a good amount of muscle is cut and a good amount of effort must be put forth to getting that muscle to heal back together again.

Exercise is key and pain management,       with medication, is key. 

A certain amount of physical strength is required to make it all work.

 

 

I have found though, that through this episode of life, having a strong mind, a disciplined mind, is absolutely essential.

For me I say ‘You’ve been through this before, you can do it again.’  I say ‘Just obey the rules, be diligent about exercise and you’ll be as good as new.’  I say ‘You’re strength comes from the Great Physician, whose got you and He’s got this situation.  Keep focused on Him and ask for the calm and rest that He only can give.’

And you know what, He delivers!  Every prayer I’ve uttered through this trial, Jesus has been there.  He’s answered me.  He’s given me the calm for nerves, the calm for sleep, the peace that this shall pass.

Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

It’s like, whatever life hands you, you can see it through because you are not alone when you have Jesus.

“Things have a way of turning out”, we sometimes say when facing difficulty.  Yes, they always do for God’s children, but only because of His redemptive power and grace.  In His providence, trials become disguised blessings that draw us close to Jesus as we learn from Him and lean on Him.  This is only one aspect of my life where Jesus has been there for me.  He has rescued me many a time before.

 

If there is anything you are going through, whether it’s physical or emotional, don’t dispair turn to Jesus.  Zephaniah 3:17 “The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.”  He is always ready to receive your invitation to come into your life, just ask Him, won’t you.