Monday, July 18, 2011

In the fight

byShellyAu_1626-2

I am learning a whole new level of battle these days.  The thick of a fight that is causing me to gasp for air to breathe out lies and breathe in Him.  His truth.  His hope to shed light upon the miry clay pit I’ve fallen into.

I was greatly heartened this morning to find out that I am in good company:

As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?

My tears have been my food day and night, while people say to me all day long, “Where is your God?”
These things I remember as I pour out my soul: how I used to go to the house of God under the protection of the Mighty One with shouts of joy and praise among the festive throng.

Why, my soul, are you downcast?   Why so disturbed within me?  Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.

My soul is downcast within me; therefore I will remember you from the land of the Jordan, the heights of Hermon—from Mount Mizar.
Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me.

By day the LORD directs his love, at night his song is with me— a prayer to the God of my life.

I say to God my Rock, “Why have you forgotten me? Why must I go about mourning,
oppressed by the enemy?”
My bones suffer mortal agony as my foes taunt me, saying to me all day long, “Where is your God?”

Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.

~Psalm 42

Can’t you just hear the battle?

The dark words are the battle with the doubts and lies and the red bolded are how the psalmist is fighting with truth and desire for God.  I found myself resonating so deeply with this same battle.

I was also encouraged to read this:

“Your only hope is to look up and see the Light of My Presence shining down on you.  Though the light looks dim from your perspective, deep in the pit, those rays of hope can reach you at any depth.  While you focus on me in trust, you rise ever so slowly…Finally, you can reach up and grasp my hand.  I will pull you into the Light again.  I will gently cleanse you, washing off the clinging mire.  I will cover you with my righteousness and walk with you down the path of Life.”

~Jesus Calling (Sarah Young, July 16)

And then to read this Francois Fenelon quote here:

“[A]ll our falls are useful if they strip us of a disastrous confidence in ourselves . . . God never makes us sensible of our weakness except to give us of His strength.”

In the midst of the fight of my life, I am so encouraged that it is truly working for my good.  I am in great company and soon I will be on higher ground.  Perhaps the pit is what I fell into on the latest ascent upon that spiritual mountain I’ve been climbing.  Though it is a pit and there is mud and muck, it is at a higher place than I’ve been before and a more pure light than I’ve ever seen is what revives my soul. 

It’s the reminders of sure victory like this, that stir the deep to not lose heart and keep fighting.

What about you?  Are you in a spiritual fight?  What has our Great God been teaching you about the journey and most of all, His love?

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Praise You God Who is My Only Hope:

  • Your love WILL SEE ME THROUGH.
  • Nothing can separate me from Your love.
  • No one can pluck me from Your hand.
  • You are ‘not picking on me, but perfecting me’ {a quote from the National Director of Student Venture as he shared from his heart on Saturday}
  • A forebearing husband…reflecting Your heart in the midst of the fray and the ‘friendly fire’ that has wounded him.
  • Opportunities to be encouraged in how the Student Venture ministry is expanding in the U.S. AND around the globe!
  • Sweet friends to re-connect.
  • This wonderful woman, Cherry, who You’ve knit my heart to through blogging—face-to-face meeting and picking up right where our blogs left offSmile
  • My kids:
    • That they love me even when I’m a struggling Mommy
    • That they love lap cuddles and hair smoothing still
    • That JJ feels lost and expresses his emotions about it
    • That Susie is not feeling the same things
    • The ways that they call me daily to depend on you
    • For son loving to ride daughter’s pink and purple tricycle
    • For daughter’s wild-eyed zest for life!
  • For all that you are doing for the days ahead—making me ready to thrive in a foreign land
  • That You don’t call us to see everything, just what’s before us—this moment!
  • The Best, Yes, Lord, the Best YET TO COME!!!  My soul hopes in and waits for YOU!!!

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