Thursday, June 18, 2009

Remembering Him...

“My soul is downcast within me; therefore I will remember you from the land of the Jordan, the heights of Hermon – from Mount Mizar.” Psalm 42:5b.

This verse rings so true to me this morning as my family faces another round of cancer. Our dad suffers from terminal cancer with a fast-approaching prognosis on the heels of losing our sister to cancer. It seems too much to bear on the normal level but we choose to live on the spiritual level by remembering what God has done for us in the past as a fulfilled promise of what He will do for us in the future.

Grace was there and grace is here when we need it in the sufficient portions on the appropriate days. Remembering what God has done for us in the past builds power into facing impossible situations in both our present and future. Whether we are in the depths of despair or on the mountain tops of joy, remembering Him powers gratitude, faith and humility providing an opening into our hearts for calming, quieting and delivering.

There is a quiet grace that moves within and throughout when the Spirit resides in our hearts and quieting our spirits provides better hearing so we can allow His Spirit to minister to our needs.

One of my favorite pieces of advice is “Don’t look for April grace in February.” Looking ahead with a “chaotic and noisy spirit” misses out on the grace that is ours for that day alone. When “April” comes, there will be sufficient grace required for that time/day/hour alone.

Don't look for April grace in February.

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