Verse of the Day ~ November 24, 2015

Psalm 28:7

The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.

Psalm 28:7

The Lord is my strength . . . my shield . . . my heart . . . Oh, how I praise Him each morning and evening and all the minutes in between.  I praise Him in my happy times and in my sad ones because He is completely praiseworthy! I lean on Him for direction as I seek for ways to serve Him.

Currently, He is showing me how to minister to people who have cancer. It’s not a pretty ministry, but one that He has called me to. My dad, brother, and uncle all died from cancer and years earlier I had malignant melanoma. Plus, I’ve been involved with three girl friends who had cancer and I sat with them at most of their Chemo appointments.  Little did I know how God would use this in my life. But He did.

A few months ago a darling, joyful little boy named Atticus died and my heart broke, giving way to the floodgates of tears for days. Atticus had cancer in his brain and he was not yet two years old. While my heart was breaking, his Mommy and Daddy were completely devastated with grief. They believe in the Lord fully, but they are human like me.  Like you. And grief is a process and a pain we humans must endure at times. Sometimes forever.

Grief shows we care. We love. We mourn.  We miss.

 I will still cling to the Lord during horrible pain because the Lord is my strength and my shield. I totally trust in Him and He is helping me every day as I learn new ways to serve Him, even in my pain.

So while my heart doesn’t leap for joy that my loved ones have left earth for heaven, it leaps for joy that I have the Lord loving me, caring for me, comforting me, and blessing me with courage. He is using this pain and teaching me how to pray and minister better so I can help others in their sorrow.

And so I can say my heart leaps for joy and with my song I praise Him!

Psalm 28:7

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