Good morning, precious moms.
As I write this today (Tuesday, October 22, 2013) my palms are sweaty and my heart is racing—because I’m facing my own battle. Tomorrow, I will have surgery to address some major health issues, and one surgery includes a hysterectomy. I wrote about the initial diagnosis a few months ago. You can find that post here. Four doctors have all told me the same thing: this is the best course of action at this time. At some point, a decision has to be made. And we have prayerfully made it.
My husband and I took a few days off to be quiet together these past two days. We talked about our years of having children—and rejoiced over the gifts God has blessed us with. We marvel, frankly that my body has held up so well. :) Jay says I’m held together by “duct tape and bailing wire.” I love that man. I held on tight to his hand as we walked and talked, but still, I battled fear of the unknown. Fear is a crippler. A thief. Fear is NOT from God.
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7
Today, I find myself running to God’s Word again. As I pray, I am reminded of the struggles facing others around me, and of my own frailty. I say out loud: ”God.Is.Faithful!” While satan would have us feel defeated and afraid, God would have us at peace.
”Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27
My devotion today was recorded several weeks ago, in anticipation of my being “out of commission” for a while. As I listened to it today, tears ran down my face—because even before my surgery was scheduled, God was preparing my heart through Gideon’s story of struggle and faith. I especially loved God’s tender heart toward Gideon’s doubt and fear.
Are you struggling with a fearful situation like the story I’m reading about Gideon today? If you are, remember that nothing we encounter escapes God’s tender care. He never sleeps. The Bible says He even cares about the sparrow.
“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” Matthew 10:29-31
Can you imagine? The God of the universe—cares about us! He is trustworthy. He is good. He is the ultimate healer.
Trust Him with me today, busy mom.
I do covet your prayers for the next few days. My surgery will be tomorrow (Oct 23) at 2:30 p.m. pacific.
—-Quiet Times for Busy Moms—- Faith for the Fight
I want to go back for a few minutes today to the book of Judges, chapter seven. I’m not going to read the whole thing to you, so if you’d like, you can read the story here, or you can open your Bible to Judges 7 and read the story of the battle that Gideon fights against the Midianites. As you read, you’ll discover that Gideon wins the battle with only 300 men.
This is my point: there is no battle so big that God is not able to fight it for us on our behalf. Gideon started with a bazillion men and God pared his army down to just 300 men and Gideon still won the battle! It’s as if God was saying, “I’m trustworthy!”
I love that God didn’t get angry at Gideon’s lack of faith, but He encouraged him by giving him access to the thoughts of his enemy. God is after your heart, busy mom–so you really can live the big assignments to Him. He’s trustworthy. He’s proven Himself, over and over again. At the end of the day, we either trust Him, or we don’t. We’re either like Gideon or we’re not.
Today, whatever circumstance you’re facing, whether it’s a financial difficulty or a struggling marriage or a struggle with a particular child or a big decision that you have to make, you can trust your decisions, your marriage, your finances, your children to the living God. He is trustworthy. He’s proven Himself before and He’ll do it again. You can trust Him.