The “Why” Factor

Only Lucy could get me to look at the crack of dawn with a semi-smile on my face. It was a bright golden Lucy morning. God new I needed her this week.

Only Lucy could get me to look at the crack of dawn with a semi-smile on my face. It was a bright golden Lucy morning. God new I needed her this week.

When wrestling with affliction there is no way to grasp or truly comprehend the “Why” factor. Yet, in the throws of pain and the anguish of night after night, turning into week after week, becoming month after month… and then to our horror and heartbreaking disappointment, months become years… We are still plagued with the question as great as our illness. Why? Continue reading

My heart says, “Shout for joy, you heavens; rejoice, you earth; burst into song, you mountains!” and cries, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For the LORD comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones.” ( Isaiah 49:13 & 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NIV)

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Surely this has been a time of challenging physical pain that has lead to emotional drain. It’s been all encompassing, because it’s been every spectrum of my health, and the mountain just seems too big… NO, it IS too big to climb. I don’t want to make “lists” and complain… I know that I am not alone in my suffering. I know that we all partake in our own share of suffering… Some have more than others, but regardless, there is always someone out there that has it worse than we do. So, my point it, we still reach our limits. We still reach our places where we spiritually, emotionally, and for me now it’s even physically sometimes that we can’t even walk. We need to be carried. This is something that our pride HATES. It’s something that when we don’t REALLY need it, we have no problem asking for it, but when we KNOW we need it, we will do EVERYTHING we can to avoid admitting it, and it will break us to finally have to ask God to carry us. Why? I don’t know. Pride, I imagine. Sadly, I think it’s just plain pride. I know if I can’t get my joints in a better place, I am going to have to start looking at walking aids and wheelchairs. It’s humiliating. I think sometimes, we wait until we are broken down spiritually… SO broken down before we cry out for help. And then there are times we are actively serving the LORD, and things just keep crashing… much like they did with Job. And it seems that we just keep crying HELP over and over and over and over. God is sovereign. God is good. God doe NOT make mistakes. God takes joy in His children. God is GOOD. Our adversary, the devil HATES GOD, and our own flesh is at enmity with God… Therefore, it is imperative that we remain ever focused on Jesus Christ. Daily, hourly if necessary in the Holy Scriptures reading and meditating on the Word of God. It’s also essential for our own well being that we give thanks always to our Lord for what He has done, is doing and will continue to do! It is dire that we worship, for in doing so, the Word say that He (the Lord God) inhabits the praises of His people… This DRIVES out the enemy. The wicked one and his cohorts have no place in the presence of Jesus Christ while He is being worshipped. Food for thought.

May the LORD bless and fill your day with His grace, mercy and peace. In the Name of Jesus. So be it.

Don’t Lose Heart! So, the outward man is perishing… but we do know that the inward man is being renewed day by day! So, TAKE COURAGE, and SEE the Invisible!!! Oh, and yes… that is my elbow facing you.

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Yes, that would be my elbow pointing at you.  Only slight more disturbing than it looked was how it felt… Continue reading

My Testimony of Grace ~ by: Amie Joy Wylie

Testimony of Grace

When God calls us to something, should we anticipate complete tranquility and peace of mind, or should we anticipate opposition, warfare, and peace that will and must surpass our understanding?

It is beyond my knowledge what God holds for me. But if I knew, would I then be holding my own life, or would He?

Do I question what is right, because it doesn’t feel right? Yet, it doesn’t feel right because I face opposition. Isn’t opposition a sign that one is living on the battlefield rather than in the dugouts or on the sidelines?

Then… in all of this GRACE brings me back to my knees, the cycle repeats itself, and I realize, this IS God’s will. Continue reading

Walking with God Through Pain and Suffering – A Word to Pastors and Caregivers – and Anyone helping those who are suffering.

Timothy Keller describes the two biggest mistakes we can make when we try to help those who are suffering. The book Walking with God Through Pain and Suffering is available October 2013.

See: timothykeller.com/books/walking_with_god_through_pain_and_suffering/ for more information.

Walking with God Through Pain and Suffering – By: Timothy Keller

This video is a quick preview to a book that I am so eager to read!!! The book “Walking with God Through Pain and Suffering” is available October 2013. Only ONE month to go!

Would any of you be interested in going through this book together? We could read through a chapter, and come back here to comment. What do you think? Can I get your feedback? I would so love do something like that! I think this book is going to be profound…

For more information please visit:
http://timothykeller.com/

I’m looking forward to hearing back from those of you that are interested in reading through this together.

Much Love,

Amie Joy