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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Not My Size...


In his book Hearing God Through the Storm, A Gentle Thunder, Max Lacado says, “This world wears like a borrowed shirt. Heaven, however, will fit like one tailor-made.” One day while having lunch with a friend, I said, “I’m uncomfortable in my body.” It was the first and only time I expressed this to anyone. She gave me a funny look.

You’ve scrunched up your face haven’t you?

Do I sound like a nut-case? I assure you I’m not. I’ve dealt with a lot of physical ailments. I’m fidgety and at times just plain uncomfortable. After all, this tent is not my home.

It’s worn, fading and beginning to sag. It’s scarred, been broken and repaired. It’s about to undergo a twelfth surgical procedure. This tent also has a disease.

Am I looking forward to a new and improved model?

You bet I am!

My pastor once said, “People who suffer have a longing for heaven that most of us don’t understand.” Personally, I’m grateful for such a longing. I wish all people not only understood it, but longed for heaven as well.
During the storms that have ravaged my body, mind or soul, the Lord has spoken to me; I have felt His presence, and enjoyed His peace that passes understanding.

Are you homesick for heaven like I am?

Phil. 4:13 says we can do everything through Him who gives us strength.

Lord, help us endure to the end. Many who are reading this are ravaged by troubles, sickness, or pain. I ask that your Spirit touch the depths of their heart and bring healing, hope and joy. Help them look ahead to the Promised Land where rust and moth will not destroy, nor thief come and steal; where there is neither sickness or pain or tears. Give them strength to hang on to the hope of life eternal in your glorious presence. In Jesus name. Amen.

Blessings, Friends!
Danie

6 comments:

  1. Thank you Danie, for sending an encouraging word after reading a comment I left on Elaine's blog. My loss...my husband of nearly 30 years passed away on Christmas Eve of this past year. I can say I have good days and bad. I try to remember to stay of the computer on bad days yet every once in awhile I just can't help myself.! Anyway, I appreciate you making a connection and I appreciate your prayers! I think I may need to find the book you spoke of in this blog post!

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  2. Cindy ~ I'm so sorry for your loss. I believe the Lord had a plan in us connecting and that Max's book will bring you inspiration and a different perspective on life. If you don't have Jesus Calling by Sarah Young, pick that up too. Be blessed sister and know you are loved by Jesus more than you know! I love you too!

    Blessings ~ Danie

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  3. I long for my new "tent." For now, I'm content to live what the old, knowing that even in the old, God dwells with me, using me most days in spite of me!

    Praying God's peace and presence as you undergo new challenges to your flesh, sister.

    ~elaine

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  4. Haha! No, you don't sound like a nut case, but how many women can say they've only expressed this feeling once? I definitely look forward to a new body that can dance and jump and bow and move without hesitation!

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  5. Thank you Elaine, and I concur, God uses me in spite of my flesh too. I can't imagine human suffering without Him! *hugs*

    Danie

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  6. Shavarim, Thanks for stopping by, great to see you here! And thanks for understanding that I'm not a nutcase!

    Blessings ~ Danie

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