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Monday, September 29, 2008

Is the earth giving way under your feet?

(I wrote this before the fallout on Wall Street yesterday, but I feel that in light of that, I will leave it up today. "Two shall become One" will resume again next week.)

I love this verse:

Ps 46:1-3
God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.

This one has been a lifeline to me on more than one occasion when I felt that I was drowning. One such time was when Stephanie (my now 16 year old) was about 18 months old and she started having seizures. It was so hard. She had grand mal (full blown) and petite seizures (she would fall and then regain conciousness quickly). They would come monthly, then closer together. The doctors could find no real reason and after a year and a half they stopped.

I could tell you story after story of the terror it was to have them happen and rush her in an ambulance to the hospital. But the thing I want to focus on is how the Lord brought peace into my life one day when I was about to completely break down. I just cried out to Him..'please help Lord"...that was profound prayer, just the cry of a mother's heart for her daughter. Then He poured His peace on me like oil flowing over my head and in my heart I heard Him say..."have I let her get hurt? Have I not protected her through this?"

Well, He had. She never had any adverse affects or damage after the seizures and miraculously never hurt her head all the times she fell.

He's our ever present help in trouble...He's RIGHT THERE with us.

We are not to give way to fear...even if the earth right under our feet should crumble.
Even if our marriage...children...finances...all fall apart.
He promises to be our refuge and strength.
I'm so thankful.

I read your emails, I know that some of you reading this are struggling.

He is right there with you, call on His name and let His peace flood your heart.

If you need more encouragement, head over to my friend Melissa's place, you can click the Speak to My Soul Sunday button on the right.


Diane Meyer said...

I think those "Please help me God" are the most eloquent prayers we can utter.
Thanks for this today.

Joan said...

Fear is from the enemy. I have no doubt. Faith is truly the Victory that over comes the world.

I'm so glad your daughter did not have lingering health affects from her seizures.

Have a blessed day!

Praise and Coffee said...

When I wrote this I had no idea that the earth would give way to everyone standing on Wallstreet. Interesting day...

Unknown said...

It seems like it is one thing after another, isn't it? We just had one of our young students drop dead last Monday. Only married for one year. The campus is in shock! We are all looking to God in confusion for's comforting to know that He is in control even when it seems like everything is out of control!!!

Thanks for sharing your story! It is encouraging!

You are a light!

Natalie said...

God is certaintly our refuge and strength. I am so glad to serve such a strong, powerful, Lord.

Anonymous said...

He never changes! His promises are His promises!

Anonymous said...

I am drawn to your steady faithfulness every morning. I want to have a deeper faith (confidence in Him).
Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Did you find it interesting that the $700 billion dollar bailout caused the market to drop 7% for a total point loss of 777? Hmmmm....

Praise and Coffee said...

Thank you Holly, that's so sweet.

Kelly- I did! My husband noticed that last night.

Mary Lou said...

Great post. God is our refuge, our shelter, strong tower. A very present help. Thanks for pointing everyone to Him. He is the one who puts men into power and takes them out...He knows the end of the story, we are to hold on to Him and cry Help, Father...He is waiting for us to turn and repent. You do so much to point others to Jesus. Thank you for sharing about your daughter. It does help to remember how He has helped us in the past..He is faithful.

Karen Hossink said...

It's amazing what happens when His peace floods our hearts.
Yesterday was not a good day with my boys...I was seriously ready to run away.
And then I started singing, "Change my heart, O God. Make it ever new. Change my heart, O God. May I be like You." Do you know that song? As I sang I could really feel peace falling on me.
His power to give peace - to redeem yucky situations - will never stop amazing me. Yes, the earth feels like it's giving way, but HE IS GOOD.

Praise and Coffee said...

Karen, I do know that song and have prayed it on many occasions. :)

Anonymous said...

Great message, Sue...
I am so thankful that I have a Daddy who is holding my hand everyday!

God is good?
And all the time?

Praise and Coffee said...

...all the time

...God is good. :)

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