I cannot tell you how many times, in my adult life, I searched and searched for this song, but I could never find it! God led me right to it tonight! In my teenage years, I was so messed up and so hurting, but God used a very special man (who provided and hosted very special seminars and retreats in a very special house and who played this very special song) to DEEPLY minister to and TOUCH my hurting, broken, bleeding and guilty heart! It was always such an intense time of deep conviction, deep love, and cleansing forgiveness...laying my burden down at the Cross! Oh, the memories that come flooding back into my heart! I can see my teenage-self in that little "chapel room." Oh, wow...God gave me an INCREDIBLE BLESSING tonight! THANK YOU to "that man" who provided those experiences for me and for many, many teens! I have NEVER forgotten those seminars and retreats!
Recently, there arose a situation in which some people in the body of Christ selfishly hurt me. I asked for forgiveness in how I responded in my heart. I have forgiven and have been faced with the prospect of "what the enemy meant for harm, God is attempting to show me that He is using for good."
Instead of me depending on other people to "arise and fight FOR me," God is showing me that He wants me to "arise and fight" for myself. This is certainly harder and takes much more strength...strength I do NOT feel I have right now; but, our strength does not come from how much we "FEEL" we have.
Our strength comes from the LORD. "I lift up my eyes to the mountains-- where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth." (Psalm 121:1-2).
Yes, He wants ME to arise and fight for myself. There most certainly IS a time to have others fight for us, but sometimes we are allowed to be hurt and/or isolated so we can learn to lean more on the TRUE source of our strength rather than lean on others.
Arise, Warrior! Join me in forgiving those who have disappointed us...and join me in the FIGHT in the strength of THE LORD!
Someone greatly hurt Larissa and me due to this person's lack of understanding and compassion for the missionary heart. PRAISE GOD for the gift of forgiveness! Larissa and I were able to forgive this person and release this person from our desire to have (this person) understand. This person may never understand the call of the missionary, and Larissa and I have let it go. Oh, the joy of forgiveness...It's FREEING! :)
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