7 thoughts on “Presence

  1. Caddo

    This is especially meaningful today, following the tornado in IL yesterday–where our dear sis Deb lives. Please pray for them–Deb’s home was untouched, but her mother’s was demolished. We are praising God that He spared their lives, and will restore whatever they need. God bless you BIG today–love, sis Caddo


    1. I hear you, Caddo. After a tough year in our family with severe trials (including natural disaster that left our son’s house sitting in flood water for weeks) I am learning that the only thing that gets us through this stuff is knowing who we are in Christ, that He loves us and that we do not pray from a position of fear or come to Him as beggars. As Graham Cooke would say, we need to learn to pray as brides and not as widows. God does restore, not always the way we want, but always with something better for us. He is all about “instead.” The safest place in the world is close to Him. Even when all our material wealth is drowned or blown away He is our refuge.
      I will certainly pray for Deb’s family in IL.
      We ourselves also face another test as our precious beautiful young granddaughter became ill and was rushed to hospital yesterday. God has gotten us through many battles this year, and it will be interesting to see how He does it this time, but I am bold enough to ask Him for another miracle. He’s not on a budget. Would you pray for her as well?


      1. Caddo

        Oh YES, I’ll pray for this precious baby girl!! You said so many rich and wonderful things here: pray as “brides, not widows”–oh my goodness, that blesses me BIG. And that He is all about “instead”–I love that too! WOW. You have been through a brutal time, and yet GOD IS BIGGER, and clearly He’s expanding your wonderful Faith in Him. It is to His glory and praise that I’m thankful this minute to be able to fellowship and pray with you, dear Sister. much love, sis Caddo


      2. Thank you, friend. It’s actually our oldest granddaughter.
        I have been reading Jesus’ mission statement when he said this passage in Isaiah 61 was fulfilled when he read it in the temple:
        “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.


      3. Caddo

        In the southern states here, where I have my roots, we call children of almost any age, “baby”–a term of affection, and doesn’t accurately reflect their years! Thank you for reminding about the “insteads”–He is So GOOD. Rest well in Him tonight.


      4. Ah. Thanks for the translation from Southernese. We have our own expressions as well which might easily be misunderstood elsewhere. My spelling corrector simply does not comprehend our erratic British and/or American spelling habits. It cannot differentiate between practice (the noun) and practise (the verb),for example, and continues to try to remove the u from honour and colour and favour -but I put it right back in anyway, eh.
        I shall try to rest. Thanks.


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