Thursday, January 25, 2007

My Helper

Isaiah 40:11 "He will tend his flock like a sheperd; he will gather the lambs in his arms; he will carry them in his bosom and gently lead those that are with young." verse 28..." He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint." Isaiah 41:13 "For I the Lord your God, hold your right hand; It is I who say to you, "Fear not, I am the one who helps you.".......... With this truth, how can I become overwhelmed? I have, many times recently, been tempted to grow weary, frustrated, and self centered. I have many times succumbed to this temptation. It is these times I am especially grateful for a gracious husband and a toddler with a short memory. Shame on me for trying to hide behind pregnancy or anything else to feel content with my sin. As our dear friend C.H. Spurgeon reminds us "There must surely be some precious milestone along the road of life not quite grown over with moss, on which thou canst read a happy memorial of His mercy towards thee? What, didst thou never have a sickness like that which thou art suffering now, and did He not restore thee? Wert thou never poor before, and did He not supply thy wants? Wast thou never in straits before, and did He not deliver thee? Arise, go to the river of thine experience, and pull up a few bulrushes, and plait them into an ark, wherein thine infant- faith may float safely on the stream. Forget not what thy God has done for thee; turn over the book of thy remembrance, and consider the days of old." I pray I will grow in my steadfastness, in discpline of the mind. That I might even Force myself at times to stop feeling sorry for myself, to stop fearing, and to REMEMBER!!!! REMEMBER, Stephanie!!! There is so much to recall. No matter what this day brings, great or small struggle, I resolve to hide in the truth of Isaiah that God himself is the one who helps me! No amount of vacation time my husband takes, no amount of maids or nannies, or pedicures can compare. This is TRUE help, this is REAL help. This is help without limits. Help from the creator who holds the stars in place will help me and give me strength for dishes, laundry,organizing, keeping committments, loving others. I am left without excuse, and grateful for it. Join with me ladies. Lets fight our emotions, our hormones, and anything else that competes with the glory of God in your life..................."Hast thou never been helped in time of need? Nay, I know thou hast. Go back, then, a little way to the choice mercies of yesterday, and though all may be dark now, light up the lamps of the past, they shall glitter through the darkness, and thou shalt trust in the Lord till the day break and the shadows flee away. "Remember, O Lord, thy tender mercies and thy lovingkindnesses, for they have been ever of old." -C.H. Spurgeon

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