Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Battered and Beautiful
I don't even know where to begin, except to say that I have an incredible group of females that surround my life. Women who love the LORD, are passionate about the things that God is passionate about, love with all they have, give away of themselves in a way that touches the heart to let you know you are not alone. They are brave, true, beautiful, and strong. Yet, for all of these women they have come across seasons and situations that leave them bruised, battered, and feeling alone. My heart breaks for their stories and I carry the weight (a weight I know I should not) but I think if handled carefully it is a part of God that He has given to me, to truly feel the brokenness of these women in a way that enables me to pray for them with true and genuine emotion and fervor.
To you, the women I love and I am so thankful to call family these words of affirmation and encouragement are for you.
"Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer. From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe." Psalm 61:1-3
"Because he loves me, says the LORD, I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation." Psalm 91: 14-16
"If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish and it will be given you. This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples." John 15:7 & 8
"Since you are precious and honored in my sight and because I love you, I will give men in exchange for you, and people in exchange for your life. Do not be afraid for I am with you..." Isaiah 43: 4-5a
This is the truth that we so often discuss and exchange with one another. As you sleep I pray it resonates within you so that you are filled with hope. A hope and a protection that can not come from any other.
I love you. Sleep well dear friends.