Saturday, March 20, 2010

Will God Take Care of You?

Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful (anxious) in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit. Jeremiah 17:8,9
Those who trust in their own righteousness and strength, and think that they can do without Christ in time of need, make flesh their strength. They cannot, in the arm of flesh, flourish in the things of God or be comforted. Those who make God their Hope, will prosper the Bible says, “Like a tree planted by water.” The roots are fixed in peace and therein, comes solitude and satisfaction of mind. They will not be anxious, worried, or fearful, in the year of drought (distress, devastation or ruin) for God is their Hope.
Blessed, favored, is the man that puts his confidence and assurance in the Lord. To be blessed is to benefit or to be preferred of the Lord as our expectation of Him  increases. When we put our trust in the One who knows about tomorrow we stand assured He will take care of us.
Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's. Psalm 103:1-5

We cannot hope in the things of this world they soon will fade and pass away but we can trust and rely on Almighty God, Who changes not. Keep in mind the words of this wonderful old song that gives hope to those that are discouraged and strength to the heart that is failing.

God Will Take Care of You
by Civilla D. Martin

Be not dismayed what - e’er betide, God will take care of you.
Beneath His wings of love abide, God will take care of you.

Thro’ days of toil, when heart doth fail, God will take care of you.
When dangers fierce your path assail, God will take care of you.

All you may need He will provide, God will take care of you.
Nothing you ask will be denied, God will take care of you.

No matter what may be the test, God will take care of you.
Lean, weary one, upon His breast, God will take care of you.

God will take care of you. Thro’ every day, o’er all the way,
He will take care of you; God will take care of you.
If you are wondering if God will take care of you, the answer is,”Yes!” Rely on His Word and in His promise to you that He will never leave you or forsake you. It may seem long and hard to bear at times, the feeling this trial will never end, but God will take care of you, you can lean upon Him no matter what the test.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

I Am Still Laughing

A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken. All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast. Proverbs 15:13,15 Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh. Luke 6:21b

So many times in my Christian life, even as a Pastor’s wife, I have wept through the night until I could weep no more. I have found that the most memorable things that have happened to me in my life have later made me laugh and others along with me.
I remember one incident that happened to me while attending a marriage retreat. We had a guest speaker come to speak on the topic, “Intimacy in Marriage.” The speaker did an excellent job but the material was such that everyone was very serious (rightfully so) and no one was looking around at anyone else. The group of about 40 to 50 adults was very sullen and you could have cut the air with a knife it was so thick and still in the room.
As I was listening so intently, and my focus was definitely on the content of the message, I took a breath and at that moment a fly flew in my mouth and lodged in my throat. My husband, the pastor, was sitting next to me and heard me beginning to make growling noises in my throat. He leaned next to me and said, “What are you doing, Woman?” I leaned over and said, “I have a fly in my throat.” Then to my surprise and dismay the fly dislodged and slipped down, down, down, into my inner most being. “Oh! No!” I said to myself. About that time my wonderful, compassionate and loving husband, stopped the meeting to let the couples know what had just transpired and what all the commotion was about.
During that explanation, I felt lead to leave the meeting room and look for an appropriate place to deposit my fly. The disposal of that little critter helped me feel much better but I knew that I would have to return to the meeting room. The couples now were laughing and singing, “I’ll Fly Away” while rubbing their hands together resembling a fly. I, of course, laughed along with them, it was really very comical. We dismissed for lunch and I reluctantly walked to the dining hall for lunch. When I arrived at my place setting a bowl wrapped with cellophane was placed at my seat with innumerable amounts of dead flies. The kitchen staff had heard about my fiasco and hurried to the horse barn to find and kill flies for my lunch. What a joy it is to know how much people love you and want to help you in your time of despair.


I have laughed and laughed while telling this story to those with wounded hearts in hopes that they may be helped just a little. Laughing is good for the soul and is a healing agent the Lord gives to relieve tense bodies and relax muscles. Laughing will change your face, the look of your countenance and puts a further luster upon the beauty of holiness making the face to shine. We are cautioned against the hurtful melancholy spirit for it is a great enemy to us. Laughing will help keep you joyful even though you may weep through the night. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. Psalm 30:5b Keep laughing my dear friend,  joy will come in the morning.

Friday, March 5, 2010

What Does It Mean to be a Widow?

A father of the fatherless, and a judge (defender) of the widows, is God in his holy habitation. Psalm 68:5
Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge (defend) the fatherless, plead for the widow.
Isaiah 1:17

Most of you that will read this devotion will not understand the position of the widow. The purpose in writing about the widow is to plead for her and try to explain the tremendous loss along with the overwhelming feelings of grief that accompanies the reality of death. Scripture says, “A judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation.” The word judge means, “defender and advocate.” Here, in His holy habitation, God is her benefactor, guardian, Lord, master, teacher, advisor and counselor. What comfort that brings to the widow in her need of solace.
Numbness is a word I would like to use to explain the aftermath of shock in the passing of life. Some may ask themselves, “Did this really happen or am I dreaming?” “What just happened, am I going to be alright? What will I do now?” The immense feeling of loss begins to take hold and then unexpectedly everything seems to appear in part. Where you use to go to church together you now find yourself traveling to church alone. You use to save a seat for him but now your purse has taken that chair. Bedtime is hard now because you use to share the events of the day together and maybe even laugh a little but there’s no one there on his side, all is still.
Fixing the car, cleaning the garage, opening old boxes with memories of the past flood your heart and there are times you think, “I’ll never make it through this experience.” Everywhere you go now you probably go alone and if you are asked to accompany someone, you make up the third wheel. Nothing is ever the same and now you realize that you will have memories that he will never be a part of. For whatever reason, the mutual friends that you had together, stop calling or don’t call at all.  I am not sure why friends stop contacting you, it may be that they don’t know what to say and so they say nothing.
If you know a widow, please call her, spend time with her, and allow her to cry with you. It does take time to go through the grieving process of death. My Lord was so wonderful to me during this difficult time of my life. He walked me through the valley of the shadow of death and prepared for me a table in the wilderness where my cup was running over. I lingered in the book of Psalm for over a year and through that journey He comforted my soul and He changed me forever. 
One of the greatest gifts my loving Father allowed me to have, during my years of being a widow, was my dear family. How blessed I was to have them close to me so we could share the truths of the Word of God together and encourage each other daily. May I say the death of a spouse is extremely hard and the death of a parent has devastating effects upon the children as well. In remembering the widow, please don’t forget the children, the fatherless, their hearts are broken over the death of their father and they need your lovingkindness and understanding to help in time of need.
One last thought to leave you with. Take into consideration the life of the widow, and those that have lost their fathers, it is a great loss. Remember their pain especially those that have labored together for the cause of Christ. For a wife to loose her husband in ministry is quite overwhelming. The Lord is good to all, especially the widow and the fatherless. He will establish their borders and set in place their boundaries, (their limit) a safe and secure place to be. Proverbs 15:25