I heard this song last night & it reminded me of this blog I began around Thanksgiving Day, but never finished. I came home & finished it last night & I would like to share it today, on this Thankful Thursday:
Have you ever had one of THOSE days!?! In this case…it’s one of those days where you KNOW God is working in your life. He directs your steps & YOU really can hear from God!
Well…yesterday was “just one of THOSE days”.
I am so thankful & would like to share it with you.
I was listening to the radio after dropping the girls off at school & had the thought…”You should put one of those praise & worship CD’s in that Matt made you a long time ago.” I really didn’t want to, but when the thought didn’t go away I decided to anyway. I just reached in the console & pulled out a random CD & popped it in. It only had 3 songs on it, but two of them were some of my favorites! “Your Love is Unconditional” & “When I Think about the Lord”, both by Christ for the Nations. When the second song played it just got stuck in my spirit. I played it the rest of the way home. In fact, I played it ALL DAY long! When Emily got home from school I was still playing it, and kept saying “I’m just going to play it one more time”. She caught me later STILL playing it, BUT I had turned it down very low so not to annoy her. This is the song:
That evening we had a special Thanksgiving service at church. Of course I snuck my song in a few more times on the drive there. Emily just smiled & shook her head at me. As praise & worship began the words to the song flashed on the screen at the front of the sanctuary. Emily said, “Oh my goodness…I think I just saw the words to your song!” I laughed and said, “I doubt it!” Well…it WAS! Not only that, after we sang it once…they decided to sing it AGAIN!!!
That is all I had written. Here is the rest of the story:
Being a special Thanksgiving service, the rest of the evening was spent with people sharing what they were Thankful for. As each person took their turn, it quickly turned into an evening of people sharing their personal testimony, of how the Lord did just what the words of the song stated. “How He picked me up and turned me around How He placed my feet, on solid ground…”
WOW. It was a beautiful time of remembering the faithfulness of God to each of us. There were stories of VICTORY over alcoholism, abuse, lack, job situations, expectations of others, great loss…many things we didn’t know about each other. Different situations, same devil. Same feelings of utter hopelesness. Same God who restores(just as if I’d never missed it), fills us(with His presence, peace, love), heals us(to the uttermost…even better than our own dreams for our lives)! It was a blessing to us to reflect, and in turn gave hope to those currently in those situations who thought they were alone in their struggles.
Then there was that couple who’s testimony I’ll never forget. I should have written my thoughts that night, but this is the best I can remember.
She was thankful to be part of a crying church. A place where it is common to see people cry. In some places of worship, people might think there is something terribly wrong. At our church, it most likely means the Lord is really working & blessing you. She said there was a time about 8 years ago when all she could do was come to church & cry. Not because she felt the presence of the Lord…but just because that’s where she was in life. AND SHE WAS THE YOUTH PASTOR’S WIFE! It truly was a “sacrifice of praise”. To make herself utter the words of praise, when all her senses told her not to. She thought it was pointless….a feeling of hopelesness.
She was thankful that the Lord loved her & as she allowed Him to…in his sometimes unusual & creative ways…the Lord was faithful to wake her up & bring her out of the darkness. All these years later, as she stood in the back of the church the last week…doing a job she DOESN’T LIKE, but KNOWS it’s importance(greeting people as they come in the door)…she was able to witness a beautiful sight. Her church family praising the Lord from the heart…each in their own way.
As she stood there, she realized the Lord had replaced the heaviness with HIS joy & she was able to enter into praise with a happy heart. Her point? Keep doing what God is telling you, what you know is right, even when you don’t feel it. You do your part, God does the rest. He is faithful.
There was a time when he had experienced great loss. Some from his own poor choices, some from things beyond his control. The whole time he was serving the Lord & doing what He thought the Lord was leading him to do. He felt that he had let his wife, kids & GOD down. The devil tried to tell him he was a failure & just to end it all…that everyone would be better off without him.
God sent a missionary to his church, who simply said something like this(the Julia translation), “You are God’s son, He loves you & there is nothing you have to DO to be well pleasing to him. You please him, just because you are his kid.” The husband’s message that night was, “Don’t quit. Don’t listen to the lies from the devil. What does God’s Word say about you & your situation? That can be the only standard for your life. God says you are a winner!” He went on to say, that as he continued to follow God, the Lord has & is restoring what the devil stole. While it wasn’t/isn’t always easy or fun…You do your part, God does the rest. He is faithful.
Of course, I’ll never forget that couples testimony, because it was mine & Matt’s.
Many times in life the devil would have us to believe it’s the end & leave us in utter hopelesness. I marvel at the extreme measures the Lord goes through to help us all, His children. I am so thankful for the people, places & events that He puts in our paths to encourage us in our journey…but that’s a whole other blog!
The devil is a liar, pants on fire….
GOD IS FAITHFUL! There’s so much more! God always has a “NEXT” for you.
Don’t forget it!
….and I’m thankful that I had “Just one of THOSE days!” I love it when God does things like that, don’t you?
From my heart, filled with love & thankfulness….
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” -Ephesians 3:20-21
“When I think about the Lord, How He saved me, How He raised me
How He filled me, With the Holy Ghost How He healed me, to the utter most
When I think about the Lord,
How He picked me up and turned me around
How He placed my feet, on solid ground
It makes me wanna shout Hallelujah, Thank you Jesus
Lord You’re worthy Of all the Glory, and all the Honor And all the praise”