Scripture Motto

"Let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father." Matthew 5:16

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Eye-opening, Veil-lifting, Faith-reviving

Last week, after reading only the introduction from a book received free for my Kindle, my day began with the most positive, joyful, hopeful heart I’ve had in a year or more.

I was excited to continue reading and I was not disappointed. Chapter one opened my eyes, lifted the veil, and revived my faith. Confession of sin and remorse rose from within.

Surely you know. Surely you have heard.
The Lord is the God who lives forever,
who created all the world.
He does not become tired or need to rest.
No one can understand how great his wisdom is.”
Isaiah 40:28 (ncv)

Blind-sighted. Overwhelmed.

I hate that my eyes were blinded by the enemy and I didn’t recognize the full truth. By God’s grace and mercy, I know I am forgiven, cleansed, and my spiritual sight restored.

Seventeen months ago my life was hit by a tidal wave of change, and I got pulled into the undercurrent…a wave which came after a year of exhilarating mountaintop experiences.

He gives strength to those who are tired
    and more power to those who are weak.
Isaiah 40:29 (ncv)

Rock slide. Off-balance.

I know better. Whenever I have a spiritual mountaintop experience, the enemy trips me, and I tumble down the other side. I was not prepared. I wasn’t armed with God’s armor. My focus was still on the mountaintop not the road ahead. My energy level not refueled. I allowed myself to become vulnerable for the ultimate attack.

I was swept into depression like never before in my life. Fear and anxiety drowned the breath from my life.

“Even children become tired and need to rest,
    and young people trip and fall.”
Isaiah 40:30 (ncv)

Despair. Misery.

The blinders fell off today after finding the right book to awaken my heart. Yes, it was written my human hands—heart and hands inspired by God Almighty—to write straightforward words of His Truth which revived my faith.

I’ll tell you more about the book later...the lessons gleaned and the renewed strength to walk by faith and not by sight. For now, I owe you, those who come here for inspiration, encouragement, and the challenge to Live Out Loud for Jesus, an apology. I am sorry for dragging you through my sea of despair and misery. Thank you for your prayers and encouragement.

“…the people who trust the Lord will become strong again.

They will rise up as an eagle in the sky;
    they will run and not need rest;
    they will walk and not become tired.”
Isaiah 40:31 (ncv)

      One step at a time…
                             always forward and upward…
                                                     equipped with the Lord’s full armor…

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