September 16, 2018 hiswarringhandmaid No comments exist

Handle with Care

“Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing.” ~ 1 Peter 3:8-9

It is NOT a lack of faith to also simultaneously feel fear, hurt, pain or deep suffering. A quick read through a few of the Psalms will teach us that.

Faith is a great thing that pleases God, but it is not to be confused with lacking sensitivity towards others and sensitivity to the Holy Spirit when dealing with those who are hurting or have suffered from trauma.

I’ve seen fellow Christ followers condemn and squash a hurting soul and accuse them of having no faith and lashing out at them with a ‘just suck it up’ attitude and ‘stop living in the past’ mentality.

Each person heals at a different pace, and only the person going through knows the depths of darkness and sorrow they are going through depending of the level of affliction they endured and sometimes for how long. Though, one traumatizing incident can take years for Jesus to walk a person through to healing.

Having great faith in God doesn’t mean we aren’t allowed to grieve and have time to heal, and it definitely doesn’t mean putting down a child of God who is at a different place in their faith than we are. We are only at the place of faith we are at to begin with by the grace of God alone. We mustn’t be dismissive, disregarding, and lacking in empathy in the name of faith.

In cases of PTSD that can’t just be ‘faithed’ away. God understands, and He will bring healing in His time and way when we look to Him and lean on Him through it. Little by little.

We must be careful not to treat others through OUR single lens or perspective, or filter the Word of God through our own personality and making it what it’s not. 

“And be kind to one another, tenderhearted…” ~ Ephesians 4:32

This is just once example, but this can happen when a pastor (male) is counseling a female. He can filter the situation through how he’d handle it as a male instead of using the Word of God as a guide. What is that? Kind. Tenderhearted. Full of mercy.

I loved this when I saw it, and it inspired this article. Lord, why can people see this about animals but often not their fellow human beings, including their brothers and sisters in Christ?

hanlde with care monkey

I went through many years of abuse and trauma, and I am still in my healing process with Jesus – full of mercy and grace and no condemnation from Him about any of it.

I love the caption, ‘had to be handled carefully at first by the humans because he had NO IDEA how to be held or loved’. 

Some of us have really gone through and can be in a place where we have ‘no idea how to be held or loved’ – not a reason to blame the person, but a great reason to love them through all the more – as Jesus would – with kindness and an utterly tender heart. And remember the power of prayer and fervently cover them and bring them before the Lord.

September 15, 2018 hiswarringhandmaid No comments exist

This is a new blog…initially named Inside Out People. I thought the Lord had given me an original idea, but then I happened upon another ministry with the same name, then did a search and behold, the angel of the Lord, just kidding, behold, there were several ministries with that name.

So, before I go any further, I’m changing my site name. I was very influenced by the Truth Project bible study I’m doing and the giftings the Lord has blessed me with by His grace in the naming of this blog.

My passions:

  • Jesus
  • God’s truth, biblical worldview (timeless and what God says, not what the world says)
  • Prayer, lots of persistent and fervent prayer
  • Faith and increasing faith, childlike faith, and not putting God in a box
  • His Word and living by it
  • Working out our salvation with fear and trembling before Him, from glory to glory, and much grace
  • Desiring Spiritual gifts
  • and more

I always want to be led by the Lord and believe we’ve each walked through things that will become or have been our training and preparation for our specific ministries. The more we walk with Jesus, the more we will feel for what He feels. The more we won’t be able to deny His truth, not matter how hard His saying is about them are, the more we won’t be able to look away and harden our hearts.

Prayerfully listening to what He’d have me say.

 

 

September 13, 2018 hiswarringhandmaid No comments exist

way maker

When there seems to be no way, God can.

Lord, help us to forget the ‘hows’ of things and look to You and Your Word to be reminded that You specialize in the impossible – all that man cannot do. All throughout Your Word, You bowed the heavens and the earth and did wonders for Your people. You still do. We praise You. We look to You and not our own might and strength. Once again, do wonders on our behalf. We believe in Jesus’ name, amen.

September 13, 2018 hiswarringhandmaid No comments exist

Numbers 14 24

“But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it.” ~ Numbers 14:24

Lord, I long for more of You in every way. I don’t want to be like the world or limited by what my eyes see. You are mighty and mighty to save. NOTHING is impossible for You. Help me walk in childlike faith all the days of my life and have faith that is pleasing to You in Jesus’ name amen.

September 11, 2018 hiswarringhandmaid No comments exist

 

Exodus 14 13

“Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord.” ~ Exodus 14:13

My teenage son has autism, there are SO MANY things in his life and the parenting of him that are massive God-sized problems that I can’t fix, change, or touch without His help.

Often, there’s nothing I can do in my power to rescue my son or ease his suffering other than to love him through it, but I know the One who can, and I know how to cry out to Him. And YES, I have seen the Lord step in and touch my son and bring him, rest, relief, deliverance, and even healing from issues that used to afflict him.

In life, we will all find ourselves in one or many Red Sea moments with no way out but God. An incredible testing of our faith.

Sometimes, doing nothing but standing still and seeing the salvation of the Lord is the only thing we can ‘do’ and is exactly where He wants us – the place where He can be glorified, where our hearts pound in the waiting, but when the way is opened for us, we will testify and praise Him, “Only You, God,” humbled, amazed, and testifying that God and God alone did this great thing.

“‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts.” ~ Zechariah 4:6