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Thanks so much for dropping by my blog! I share a little bit of everything here on Obtaining Mercy.

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Alesha Kay

 

 

When Pain Brings a New Perspective

Oh, the joys of adrenal insufficiency! My back had been “out” since Saturday. I went today to have it adjusted. The chiro wasn’t pleased with the adjustment & said I needed to come back tomorrow to try to “finish” it. My muscles were so tight, they wouldn’t let the spine move enough.

When I got home, the muscles around one side of my rib cage went into spasm. I could only pant to breathe because a deep breath made the cramp tighter. We did everything we know to do – repositioning and stretching, apple cider vinegar, magnesium oil, dill pickle juice, and finally, medication. The cramps eventually let go & hopefully the meds will keep other cramps at bay for the rest of the evening.
Someone else’s symptoms will probably be different from mine. But that’s what I deal with. Today’s cramps were not the worst. Those are the ones in my inner thighs. They make me cry.
And what brought on this mini “crisis”? Well… all of last week’s hurricane prep & waiting & praying. Then last night, I listened to a college buddy (fellow alumni from Landmark Baptist College) tell of his family’s & church’s loss of everything on the island of Grand Bahama. The pictures were heart-rending. I wept with him as *he* tried to console *us* with the promises of God’s Word.
So, yeah, today’s been kinda yucky. But I have so SO much to be thankful for! And I’m grateful that eventually the spasms stopped. I was able to rest a bit in my big, cushy chair, in my dry, air-conditioned house that has running water & electricity.

Yes. So many things to thank my Jesus for tonight! What has He done for you today?

In Him,

Alesha Kay

Hope in God’s Response to My Cry

Have you been here?

“The sorrows of death compassed me, and the floods of ungodly men made me afraid.
The sorrows of hell compassed me about: the snares of death prevented me.
In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.”  ~Psalm 18:4-6

Facing death? Drowning in fear? Swallowed up in the dark?

The Psalmist David draws such a vivid picture of his despair.

He also lets us know right away what his first response to this trial was – He called out to God, crying for deliverance.

So, how did God respond? I love these phrases! (Emphasis mine):

” Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken, because he was wroth.
There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it.
He bowed the heavens also, and came down: and darkness was under his feet.
And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: yea, he did fly upon the wings of the wind.
He made darkness his secret place; his pavilion round about him were dark waters and thick clouds of the skies.
At the brightness that was before him his thick clouds passed, hail stones and coals of fire.
The LORD also thundered in the heavens, and the Highest gave his voice; hail stones and coals of fire.
Yea, he sent out his arrows, and scattered them; and he shot out lightnings, and discomfited them.
Then the channels of waters were seen, and the foundations of the world were discovered at thy rebuke, O LORD, at the blast of the breath of thy nostrils.” ~Psalm 18:7-15

Whew! When God is touched by the cries of His children, He doesn’t mess around! He MOVES on the behalf of His children.

And even though He has all of nature crashing about in His anger, His actions toward His child are just precious:

“He sent from above, he took me, he drew me out of many waters.
He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them which hated me: for they were too strong for me.
They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the LORD was my stay.
He brought me forth also into a large place; he delivered me, because he delighted in me.” ~Psalm 18:16-19

He draws us to Himself, above the battle’s fray. He delivers us. He holds us steady. He brings us to a safe place.

I don’t know what enemy you’re facing today. I have no idea how much pain you are in, or just what need you have; but I do know your God, if He is this God of the Bible.

He can deliver you. He can bring you into a place of peace. He will show you mercy as you walk in obedience to Him.

“Therefore hath the LORD recompensed me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in his eyesight.
With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful; with an upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright;” ~Psalm 18:24-25

God will bring light into our darkness.

 “For thou wilt light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.” ~Psalm 18:28

No matter your trial today, call out to Him. He will hear and will deliver. Then walk forward in obedience into the light of His presence.

In Him,

Alesha Kay

Hope When It Hurts

Here’s a partial repost of an old blog from 2008. (https://obtainingmercy.com/2008/11/04/hope-in-spite-of-our-feelings/)

Our burdens were quite heavy back then when Isaac’s seizures were uncontrolled and I was suffering so much pain, due to what we now know is Adrenal Insufficiency.

It surprises me how close the Lord walked to me during those days, and mostly likely, how much He carried me, if the truth were known.

When we are filled with negative thoughts, harsh judgments and bitterness, we are only causing further damage to our physical body. God did not make our bodies to harbor these emotions.

Medical science has proven that angry, bitter people are more prone to illnesses and will stay sicker longer than those who have a positive outlook on life.

Unfortunately, some of the most negative people I have ever met have been my fellow Christians. Sadly, sometimes, I have numbered myself with them.

Paul gives us the secret to moving beyond our feelings – whether they are emotional or physical – in this short little verse:

Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. Philippians 4:11

To live out this verse, it is necessary to believe that everything in our life is allowed by God – on purpose, and to trust that He can work it all out for our good.

This includes our physical ailments. God can and will use them to make us more like His Son, if we submit our will to His.

It is not an easy thing to be in physical pain, especially when that pain lasts for many hours a day, or when it is uncontrolled by medications or is especially severe.

Sometimes it is necessary to draw away from others to rest ourselves, to be alone with God and to regain our perspective. Sometimes, we just need to take some medication or herbal remedy and sleep. We need to take care of our bodies as best we can.

When we leave the sick room, though, or when others come to visit us there, we can be pleasant. We can be positive in our words. We can point others to our God Who is helping us through our pain.

Often, hope is a very positive emotion that is birthed from very negative circumstances.

We can hope in God’s plan for our life, even when that plan includes pain, in spite of our feelings.

Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.
Psalm 16:9

Days of pain are never easy. But they are the rich soil that grows the tender leaves of submission, gratefulness, empathy and trust in the garden of our soul.

We can trust the Master Husbandman.

In Him,

Alesha Kay

When Hope is our Anchor

A repost of an earlier blog and a few thoughts to follow:  https://obtainingmercy.com/2012/05/03/hope-because-he-is-in-control/

Psalm 103:19 “The LORD hath prepared his throne in the heavens;

and his kingdom ruleth over all.”

Oh, my friend, why do we murmur?

He has everything under His control.

We have no need to worry or complain, when He has promised He does all for our good.

II Corinthians 2:14a “Now thanks be unto God, which

always causeth us to triumph in Christ…”

“Faith is not a sense, nor sight, nor reason, but a taking God at His Word.” ~Evans, Streams in the Desert

We can trust the One Who shed His blood to be a forgiving atonement for our sins, to lead our lives rightly and well, as we submit them to Him.

No doubts.  No complaining.  No second-guessing.

Just trust it all to Him.

He has given us these truths to give us a strong consolation, to give us something we can run to for refuge, to give us an anchor for our souls:

Hebrews6:[17] Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath:
[18] That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:
[19] Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;

Trust Him. He is worthy.

In Him,

Alesha Kay

Hope in the Dark

Who is among you that feareth the LORD, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the name of the LORD, and stay upon his God. Isaiah 50:10

Excerpt from the blog waaaay back in 2009 (https://obtainingmercy.com/2009/07/22/hope-in-his-help/):

There will be things in our lives that we do not understand.  In fact, we may go to our grave having never fully grasped what God was doing in a certain situation in our life.

We must, however, remember that God’s wisdom and knowledge are so deep that we cannot know them.  We could search our entire lives and never understand His ways.

He is that much greater than we are.

So why is it that we try to tell God how He should do a thing?

I find myself constantly informing God of situations that need His intervention.  Or I go to Him in prayer, only to begin praying out my plan for how He could solve a problem.

What in the world am I thinking?

Ah…maybe that’s the problem:  I am only “in the world”.  I am human.  I am not divine.  I do not have the tiniest inkling of the understanding and wisdom that God has.

Let’s have the faith to stop micromanaging God.  Just let Him take care for things.  Take our hands off the situation, and with a heart full of hope in His promises, give it to our awesome God.

He has promised that He will work it to our good.  Allow this trial to work out a greater faith and trust in your heart as well.

God is still on the throne. Even in the dark, we can trust Him to do His best for us in every situation.

In Him,

Alesha Kay

When the Praises Won’t Come

There are days when the burden is so heavy that I have no strength to praise the Lord.

Just holding my head up and making it through the day is exhausting.

I want to thank the Lord for His goodness and praise Him for his mercy and lovingkindness…

…but I am just t-i-r-e-d.

Those are the days that I am so grateful for the Psalms.

David wrote down his praises and I can just read and enjoy them, and let them echo in my heart and mind as I survive the hard days.

God has also given us great Christian music – psalms, hymns and spiritual songs – that will sing through our soul on the days we can’t find our own songs of worship and praise.

Music that honors God keeps our focus on Him. It stops our sinful, selfish and sad thoughts and reminds us of the truths in God’s Word. It lifts our spirits and puts a little tune in our heart.

So…on the days when your praises won’t come, just borrow someone else’s. 🙂

This song of praise always blesses me. I hope you enjoy it too.

In Him,

Alesha Kay

The Timing of Praise

I was talking about this yesterday with a friend, and I felt I was struggling to express my thoughts. This morning I found the perfect quote by Nancy DeMoss:

 

My praise of God and to God is so powerful in my own life. It pours out blessings that I’d miss otherwise.

This subject of praise is so multi-faceted and there is much to remember. I’m so glad the Lord is patient with me as I re-learn some of these truths.

Alesha Kay