Brenda's biography is more of a teaching as she shares stories, analogies, sayings and most of all Scripture that has helped her to deal with the different trails and testing we can all go through in this life.
Pain is pain and it hurts just the same whether it is physical, mental or emotional. The needles I endured as a child were nothing compared to the pain of the eleven-and-a-half hour bi-lateral mastectomy. The mastectomy was nothing compared to the eight hour tram flap surgery where I was cut from hipbone to hipbone and my stomach muscles were left intact and stretched up under my skin to become my left breast. However, neither of those surgeries were as painful as the emotional pain of the divorce and the discovery of the doctors leaving the same tumor in my body.
Brenda's strength has always come from Scripture:
Psalms 34:18-19 The Lord is close to the broken hearted and those crushed in spirit. A righteous man has many troubles but the Lord delivers him from them ALL.
Psalms 147:3 He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
1 Peter 5:7 Casting ALL your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
A Deposit Box or New Landscape. As we were beginning our time of worship last week, I was struggling to clear my mind. I felt as if I had pulled in a wagon full of worries, issues and questions. I began talking with the Lord about these and told Him I thought we should have a deposit box near the door as we enter. After we leave our issues in the box, we would be free to worship. Our gracious Father quickly reminded me that He wants us to bring our bag, wagon or truck load of issues, right to the altar. "This is where I want you to deposit everything, at My feet. Bring all of it in. Even the broken pieces. And I will sweep the rest of it in, using all of it to show you Who I am, how I love, and how I can take all of it and make it beautiful. Trust Me with all that you have." I imagined myself and the people around me bringing, dragging and placing, our "stuff" at His feet.
I could almost see the small particles being swept up in a whirlwind around the larger pieces, making an interesting landscape. I thought of how the wind blows the sand in the desert, changing the design. The Lord wants to change the design of how we see our worries, issues and questions. When we bring them to Him, and leave them there, He creates a beautiful landscape for us take a walk through or hike or climb the side of the mountain...always in His view, always guided by Him. No need for a deposit box. Bring all that we have to His feet and watch how He designs a beautiful landscape for us. "You, LORD, are all I have, and you give me all I need; my future is in your hands. How wonderful are your gifts to me; how good they are!" Ps 16:5-6.
Daily Devotions - Julie Wade Kinzer
For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him.
2 Chronicles 16:9
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