Lord, Help me to Endure This Trial

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Are Your Wings Heavy?

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Are Your Wings Heavy?
Do you ever feel like you are carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders? Are you cumbered with many burdens?

I think this is common for women, for we wear many hats. We are constantly multi-tasking. Being that we are caregivers by nature, it is only natural for us to try to carry our own burdens, as well as the burdens of others. We even carry these heavy loads to bed with us each night, making it very difficult for us to rest and refresh.

I recently went through a time where I felt completely overwhelmed with the daily tasks before me, along with other situations I was facing – situations of which I had no control. Oh, control! Now there’s another issue which is hard for us! We like to control things. We have so many responsibilities that rest upon us that we try our best to control situations, even when it is impossible to do so!

Isaiah 40:31 tells us that we will mount up with wings like eagles. However, when facing my own struggles, I sure didn’t feel like I was soaring like an eagle. In fact, my spiritual wings felt heavy and I couldn’t take flight. However, if we back up a bit on that verse, there is a key point for us. First, we must wait on the Lord, then He renews our strength.

Waiting on the Lord is not a passive action. In my waiting, I read the Word, prayed, read the Word, listened to encouraging scriptural music, and read the Word some more. Notice that I didn’t say I watched Christian television or read Christian books. I got alone with God! I didn’t want to hear what someone else had to say! I wanted to hear from God. As I read the Word, I was careful to listen for His gentle voice to speak to me, giving me a nugget of wisdom to help me.

Now nothing has changed about the situation I mentioned. The tasks are still the same. The other difficult situation still looms. However, my wings are lighter and my strength has been renewed! I am finding my joy and peace in the Lord, regardless of my circumstances. Another wonderful benefit of hiding myself in the Lord during this tumultuous time is that I am now able to sleep in peace because I know the Lord will keep me safe. (Psalm 4:8)

Are you wings heavy? Do you need to get alone with the Father?
© 2018, Stacy R. Miller

A Beautiful Recipe

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A Beautiful Recipe
 
Recipes have several ingredients.  If you ate just one of the ingredients, such as unsweetened chocolate, it wouldn’t taste good.  In fact, it would be very bitter. However, after you mix it with the eggs, sugar, oil, flour, salt, and other necessary ingredients, it tastes delicious!  It’s the same in a spiritual sense with us.
 
Life’s trials can be very bitter experiences. No one likes to go through difficult times. Some will emerge from those troublesome times, like a dish that has been overbaked. Their countenance is hard and crusty. Their words often drip with bitterness.
 
Yet, there are others who come forth from those bitter trials with an entirely different result. I have had the personal experience of knowing some of these women.
 
One came through a nasty divorce where abuse and adultery were common. She even found herself and her two sons homeless during this arduous time. She emerged with such an elegant grace and heart of wisdom.
 
Another woman faced a similar situation, but also lost several loved ones in a very short period. She too has a heart of wisdom, but is also graced with a compassion unlike anything I have ever seen. Her trials have also made her a tremendous prayer warrior.
 
I watched as another dear sister battled cancer. An attitude of peace, trust, and a deep love of God exuded from her until she took her final breath and went into the presence of Jesus.
 
I am currently watching as another precious sister is dealing with being a caregiver for a husband with Parkinson’s disease. Just recently, she received the distressing news that her daughter is only expected to live for a few more months. Yet when you look at her countenance, she glows with the glory of the Lord. Such purity and joy radiates through her countenance, in spite of the difficulties.
 
What makes the difference for these women? Those experiences by themselves are horrendous.  However, when mixed with the love, grace, mercy, and wisdom of God, they make a beautiful recipe!
 
If you are struggling with the trials in your own life, turn them over to Jesus and watch Him make a beautiful recipe in your own life!
© 2018, Stacy R. Miller

 

When Ice Forms on Your Wings

This is an excellent message!  I found it especially encouraging because I have recently gotten back to my passion — writing.  Just last week, I wrote some devotions dealing with the topic of wings, as well as the topic of waiting on the Lord and how it is not a passive action.  And Pastor Conlon addresses both of those topics here.  The confirmation was sweet to my soul.  Stay tuned — those devotions will be posted once I get them copyrighted this week.

Unshakeable Last Day Worship

The Other Side of the Storm

This is a fabulous message!  He has such a way of looking at simple things in scripture and adding a spiritual perspective to it.

Watchman, What of the Night?

This is a fabulous message!  He gives great insights into what is ahead for us and how to maneuver through them.

Watchman What of the Night 
A Sermon by Nathan Leal

Are you Downtrodden? Struggling in your faith? Confused?

Do you need Spiritual encouragement in this late hour?
This audio sermon examines Isaiah’s calling to be a watchman for his people who were afraid, and offers hope and encouragement for you.
This sermon comes with a promise to touch those who are hungry for God.
In His Service,
Nathan Leal

 

Download the Audio by right clicking this link to save to you PC.

 

http://watchmanscry.com/audio/sermon_watchman_what_of_the_night.mp3

Nathan Leal,
Watchman’s Cry

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