Friday, March 13, 2009

A Searching, Seeking, Surrendered Heart

Another day.

Another word.

" will search again for the LORD your God. And if you search for him with all your heart and soul, you will find will finally return to the LORD your God and listen to what he tells you. For the LORD your God is a merciful God; he will not abandon you or destroy you..." Deuteronomy 4:29-31

Thank You Lord.

The feeling of being completely forsaken yesterday was met by the loving arms and prayers of so many of you. My sweet friend Melissa reminded me that even Christ prayed and asked His Father, "Why have you forsaken me?"

Yesterday, I never did get to see my Daddy. After 4 phone calls from the hospital, our family was advised not to visit. Daddy had gone so completely violent they didn't feel it was best we come. Our family is caught in "days of Job", each one bringing more bad news. And not only am I watching my Dad suffer, but I'm watching my sweet little Mom have the life torn out of her.

Satan can arouse doubts, infuse anger, make us question, but he cannot, CANNOT claim our hearts, they belong to Christ. Oh for faith, to trust Him more.

Through tears, "This is the day the Lord has made", oh Father please give me the strength to "rejoice and be glad in it".

Thanks again friends for your many words of encouragement and prayers. I can't wait until the day that the Lord breaks through and I have good news to share.

A surrendered heart.

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Sheryl said...

I am so sorry you and your family is going through this. Please know that I am lifting you up in prayer.

Cling to our Father, HE will take care of your father.


Lori said...

Yes, dear sweet sister Joy, Jesus is in your heart! He loves you. It's ok to cry your heart out to Him. I know I'd be laying in a pool of tears. All of us are praying for you and your family.
Lori - Mesa, AZ
PS "Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him. Isa. 30:18

Anonymous said...

Dear Joy,
I am coming over from the Proverbs 31 website to offer this prayer for you and your family.

Dear Heavenly Father,

Sweet Joy, her father and her family are suffering as you know so well. Joy is struggling with her pain and faith. Please provide for them. Help them feel your presence, your love and your healing. Bring them closer to you so you can embrace them in your healing love and peace. Help release their inner turmoil so they may rest in You. I ask this in Jesus' name.

I know I am a stranger to you, but I send you love and compassion through your trials.

On Purpose said...

Joy I know it feels like you are NOT currently sharing good news to those around you because it feels so terrible and devastating to be in the middle of it. But today I have to say your post does share good news...the news that Jesus has a tight hold on you and that HE will not ever let you go. Even in though there is a dark cloud over you and your are shining a VERY bright Jesus light my friend. Praying hard for you! I love you!

Rena Gunther said...


My hearts aches once again for you as I read this.

I am praying for you my dear Sister. I am praying with you and I am crying with you as well.

Hang's not over yet!

Much love,
Rena Gunther