♕ Today's Promise: “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:18
From ~ Elisa in Brazil
Dear Brides, I am here at this moment in an act of faith! I confess that it is easier to write a praise report when everything is going well, but it is also very important that we give thanks to the Lord when things are not as we would like!
Yesterday we received news that my father has a very serious health problem, and my immediate reaction was to be sad and very frightened!
It is interesting how fragile we are, and in just a few seconds our faith seems to be disappearing! But when I passed the initial fright of this sad news, I started to remember the life lessons that we have studied in the last few months and I was able to reread some of them, like the lesson: “Sleeping in the Storms” - LL 21. And what touched me deeply was what Erin says in the lesson: “This is what He wants for His bride, right? So, instead of fleeing or running from the storm, a storm that no one but Him can control, wait and sleep in where it’s hot and dry, snuggled up to Him. At some point, you can be sure, He will scold and silence the storm, a storm that once seemed so dangerous.”
I am sure that everything has been happening for me to be here, at this moment with my heart prepared to face the moments that are to come. A while ago I would have been disheveling myself, completely desperate and hopeless, but my request to Him is that, with His help, I can sleep in the storm, curl up in His arms and feel safe, find hope and hope in Him. peace until He, at the chosen moment, will calm this storm!
Talking to my Heavenly Husband and I was able to be transparent and sincere with Him. I confess that at this moment my heart is scared and a little sad, I really want to cry a lot and express my feelings, but the truth is that I know that I must behave otherwise. The time has come when I need to behave like someone who really trusts Him! It is now, at this moment that I need to hold on to Him and with every principle that I have learned, I cannot show fear, lack of faith, because it makes no sense to always say that I love Him and that I trust Him, but when the furnace heats up, I despair.
This is the time that I must trust completely, rest my heart and wait for His help, and help my family, encourage them to trust the Lord, because He is the Doctor of doctors, and for Him there is nothing impossible. If it is His will, He can and He will heal my father!
Let's pray, pour out what is on your heart: Dear Lord, I am here and I do not know what it will be like, but I do know, I have this certainty in my heart, that You are here for me! Despite my feelings, I choose to trust You, and I know that Your plans for me, for my family, and especially for my Father are good, perfect and pleasant !! Please don't let fear take hold of me, but let my spirit rest completely in Your power and in the confidence that the Lord is “behind” this whole situation!
I go on trusting You, my Beloved, no matter what lies ahead. May this whole situation be used for Your glory, and to, once again, make our faith grow even more! I love you, my Dear, not for what You can do, but for what You are to us!
“Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:18
"For nothing is impossible for God". Luke 1:37