There has been so much going on this past month with losing Christie Jacks, moves to new cities, building and buying new houses, scary car wrecks, besties getting married, babies coming into the world, parents overcoming cancer and dealing with cancer, trying to get new jobs and transitions in marriages, friendships etc. It’s hard for me to wrap my mind around everything all the time and to not feel overwhelmed. This gave me some encouragement and I hope it will for y’all too.
Today, I’m praying for tender hearts and for the giants and for the storms- and praying that God will replace pain with healing, brokenness with wholeness and despair with pure, sweet joy.Let this scripture soothe your soul. Let God’s Word soak into your heart- reminding you of who He is, and what He’s doing in even your messiest circumstances. Look for the things He’s replacing- and what He’s replacing them with.
Isaiah 61: “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor. They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations.”
(full post here: http://stephanielouisemay.wordpress.com/2012/10/31/facing-giants/)