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

When God Does Math

“In every situation…

“When prayer teams up with gratitude, when we open our eyes wide enough to see God’s mercies even in the midst of our pain, and when we exercise faith and give Him thanks even when we can’t see those mercies, He meets us with His indescribable peace. It’s a promise.”  ~Nancy Leigh DeMoss, Choosing Gratitude, Your Journey to Joy

When the Burden Gets too Heavy


The heart, mind & body can only bear so much sorrow before the body begins to break down in some way.

Those who are grieving a loss, those who are caregivers for aging family members, those who are interceding for children or grandchildren who have gone astray, those who bear the load when sickness comes…They all need to understand the importance of self care.
Our bodies weren’t meant to continue to live with a constant burden of sorrow. When what is meant to be temporary becomes long-term, a breakdown of some kind is to be expected.
Please love one another well. Watch out for each other. Bear one another’s burden.
Offer to take someone to a doctor’s appointment when they are neglecting their own health to care for someone else’s, sit with a loved one so the caregiver can take a walk, offer the Hope of Heaven to those who are facing a terminal diagnosis for a family member.
Bring joy & laughter back the life of someone who is carrying a load that is breaking them down.
Galatians 6:2, 10 (KJV) Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ..
As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.