Monthly Archives: August 2013

When the Client is YOU!

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“The eternal God is a dwelling place, And underneath are the everlasting arms.”
Deuteronomy 33:27 
 
I experienced a personal situation last week.  A situation that rocked my world. Sadly, I began free-falling into a pit of despair, and felt as if I couldn’t catch my breath.   I was crying out in prayer, assuming I would be crash landing any moment, when suddenly I felt them firmly underneath me.
 
Aww, the everlasting arms.  They were underneath me the entire time!  How could I forget His promise? “It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”
Deuteronomy 31:8 
 
This was Friday morning.  Flash forward to Saturday morning.  I rolled over in bed and set my chirping alarm to snooze.  It was time to get up and minster at the crisis pregnancy center where I volunteer.  As thoughts of pulling the covers over my head filled my mind, I remembered the faces of the girls and their swelling abdomens.  They desperately needed to hear about the eternal God.  They need to learn the feel of His everlasting arms underneath them.  
Yes, I would arise from bed and go and counsel from the heart.
After all, it’s what I do.  
 
When I arrived at the center I viewed the schedule and realized I would be seeing four different girls, all in desperate situations.  Wow, what an opportunity.  
 
The other counselor walked in about 10 minutes after I did.  I told her about our clients, as we organized the material we would be presenting to the girls.  At one point she met my gaze and asked me if I had anything I would like her to pray for me about.  I smiled,  but evaded  the question.  I had met her once before, and we had emailed a few times, but this was my first time to work with her.  I knew immediately that she was a kindred spirit, but I was a “counselor” not a “client”.  I really didn’t want to open up to her.  
 
Yet as the clock ticked on, we both realized the first two girls were going to be no-shows. That is when the Holy Spirit continued to prompt my heart to share my burden with her.  
 
I sheepishly told her that I did indeed have something I needed intersession for.  She replied that she “saw it in my eyes when she walked in.”
 
Slowly but surely I spilled, and she listened, encouraged, exhorted, an prayed.
 
The last two appointments were no-shows as well, and that was when I realized that the client that day was I!  And that was okay.  
 
 

Whiplash Much?

“But thou, O Lord, art a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head.”  Psalm 3:3

Has your head hung low this week, dear reader?  Mine has risen and fallen so many times over the last several days, I feel as if I have whiplash.  

Exciting things happening in my ministry, I raise it high.  Conflict with a friend, I let it drop.

My husband is witnessing numerous conversions while he ministers in Haiti, up it goes.  Devastating news at home, I let it drop as lead.  

Yes, whiplash. That is until I held it still long enough for the Holy Spirit to hit me between the eyes with Psalm 3.  He showed me that I am unable to hold my head in an upright position on my own.  If I continue this vain effort, it will constantly jerk back and forth, depending on my circumstances.  

Don’t let yourself become a ‘jerk’ like me, dear friends. 🙂

 Don’t focus on your circumstances, look up at Him.  It is the Lord who is a ‘shield about us, He is our glory, the lifter of our heads’!

Matthew Henry wrote, “Man has this advantage above the beasts, in the structure of his body, that whereas they are made to look downwards, as their spirits must go, his is made erect to look upwards, because upwards his spirit must shortly go and his thoughts should now rise.”

Look up, dear ones.  Remember, this is not our home.  Satan is buffeting us on all sides, but don’t focus on him.  Jesus is our shield, the lifter of our heads, and He will return to cast out the evil one for good.  

Pray with me, “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done.

“Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil (the evil one).”Image

        "Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come, 
	let this blest assurance control, 
	that Christ has regarded my helpless estate, 
	and hath shed his own blood for my soul. 

It is Well With My Soul, by Horatio Spafford 

 If that doesn’t lift our heads, I don’t know what will!

 

 

 

JEHOVAH RAPHA: The Lord Who Heals

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I stepped into the “Prayer Room” and immediately  felt the presence of the Holy Spirit.  My  heart soared as I encountered the intercessory energy filling the room.  What a privilege to be prayed over!
The setting of this story is a Proverbs 31 Ministries, She Speaks Conference.  
Never heard of a She Speaks Conference?  Look it up.  Most.Amazing.Experience.Ever.
 
What a joy to know that the leaders of this conference had prayed over me by name, using the special title of God,  JEHOVAH RAPHA: The Lord Who Heals. 
Little did they know that God has brought me to a robust confidence in Christ and His healing power through my battle with oppression and anxiety, manifested through undiagnosed physical symptoms.  
 
Psalm 103: 1-3 says, “Bless The Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name; Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget none of His benefits; Who pardons all your iniquities; Who heals all your diseases; Who redeems your life from the pit; Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion; Who satisfies your years with good things, So that your youth is renewed  like the eagle. “
 
JEHOVAH RAPHA has indeed pardoned my iniquity, healed  my diseases, redeemed my life from the pit, and renewed my youth like the eagle!
 
Though I may battle spiritual oppression and undiagnosed physical symptoms till  glory,  I can honestly say that He has healed me physically, spiritually, and emotionally.
 
He has shown me the sufficiency of grace. He has shown me that “when I am weak, then I am strong”.
 
I am now on a quest to see others experience spiritual victory and freedom from bondage, through my JEHOVAH RAPHA, The Lord Who Heals!