Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Blessed be the tie that binds.

Have you ever faced something in your life and felt totally alone? I know I sure have. Maybe there's been times you've gone thru things and it seems that no one in your "loop" is facing anything like it. We all know the Sunday School answer that we serve a God that knows. A God who has been there. All of that is true and believe me, I'm not slighting Him in the least here, but sometimes it's good to look into the face, or to actually hear an audible voice say "Girl, I know how you feel".

I remember when I lost my first baby. I knew lots of people who had lost a baby, but it just seemed that no one "around me" understood. I kept hearing "Just be thankful for the ones you have" - like I wasn't already. But then the Lord brought some friends into my life who were already mom's who had been where I had been. It just made things easier knowing someone "got it".

Well today the Lord brought 2 more of those people into my life. He introduced me to 2 ladies who shared a bit of their testimonies with me and I can tell you - I sat there with my jaw hanging open! As they shared things like - losing their homes, parent dying from cancer, moving somewhere they never thought they would - I was blown away at how good God is! How He so beautifully takes the things in our lives and turns them around for our good. AMAZING!! If we could only shift our focus from how bad things seem to seeing our problems as an opportunity for His glory - oh the pain we could spare ourselves!

So, what about you? Has the Lord placed someone in your life recently who has walked where you're currently walking or they're on a path you've been down before? Would you be willing to leave me a comment and give Him a "shout out" for it? (doesn't have to be too detailed) I just love to see the Lord's hand moving and given all we're dealing with, I just need to focus on praising Him and this seemed like a good avenue to explore today. So let me know and let's give Him some PRAISE!!

It brought the old hymn to my mind

Blessed be the tie that binds
Our hearts in Christian love
The fellowship of kindred minds
Is like that to that above.

(To my new sisters, if you're reading this, know that I'm honored to lift you to the throne and blessed to get to know you. I look forward to seeing the Lord use us for His glory!!)


Melissa said...

Funny you ask this. I met a woman today that has an autistic son and she was saying that she knows lots of people who don't have a church home because no one has a place for their handicapped children! It's amazing when the Lord brings people into your life that point you to the blessings that you have isn't it? Her son was sweet, and you could tell that he was loved, but he struggled. And then to hear that they are just hungry spiritually because there's not a place that will help care for their child just made me realize what a blessing our church is and what a blessing my child is. Even though she struggles with some things it could be LOTS worse! And it's not. And I am grateful.

HeatherMichelle said...

Hey there - i will have to email you soon; but wanted to leave the "shout out" you mentioned as I am truly blessed to know YOU!!!

talk to you soon - love this post & know I read it and thought of you. :-)
keeping you in prayer - and thanks for yours as always!