Thursday, November 10, 2011

women of virtue - cathe laurie

I so needed this today, so of course had to share.  I haven't been spending much time on the computer lately,  or reading through EVERY email either (i subscribe to a lot of things ;0).  Today, I saw this title and was like, OK CLICK PLEASE!  It really ministered to me right now as some of you know that my hubby's basically working two jobs for a few months.  It wasn't easy to begin with and it's getting more and more difficult.  We are approaching the 2 most difficult months of this time (and would very much appreciate your prayers for us!) and I'm just breaking down at the smallest thing, it feels like.  Not a complete bawling session, but 180 in attitude/mood change.  I know that part is only adding to the difficulty Tyler's already experiencing...I try to pray myself out of it as quickly as I can, but my stubbornness (I guess) attaches itself to said mood:(...ANYWAY...unload?! :)  That's where I am today.  Hope you enjoyed!!  And do read on, I hope I didn't ramble too much and change your mind!!

how to be thankful in times of perplexity

November 10th, 2011 | Posted by Cathe Laurie

In everything give thanks… We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair…
This will be a tough Thanksgiving holiday for the Huseman family. There will be two empty places at the table. Somewhere in the desert, near Lake Dolores, Rick and Jeff’s plane crashed. In that moment, they took their last breath on earth, their first breath in heaven. In those final heartbreaking moments, they took turns talking and praying with their mother… and then came a deafening silence on the other end. I can’t imagine this mother’s heartbreak.
We want to know: How is it possible to be thankful and praise God for the things we cannot comprehend? The psalmists show us the way.
The Book of Psalms gives us the permission to ask why, how, when. In one psalm, David cries out, “Wake up God; why are you sleeping?” I love the honesty, the rawness of his prayer. He didn’t tidy it up to impress us. He bares his soul so freely, confident his God will understand. We are in good company; there are many others in Scripture who knew “tears as their food day and night.” After all, the Lord Jesus Christ Himself called from His cross, “My God, My God, why?”
I read in Psalm 42, couched in the midst of the cries and questions, of a tremendous strength. One moment the psalmist pours out his soul to God, and the next he preaches to himself.
“Why are you downcast, O my soul?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and my God” (Psalm 42:11 NIV).
will yet praise him! These are the final verses in the psalm. There was no quick fix, no answer on the horizon; his condition hadn’t changed. But despite his bewilderment, he determines to praise his Savior and God.
Is this some form of holy schizophrenia? Perhaps, but I assure you God is in favor to this kind of “self talk.” We must learn how preach to our hearts in tough times. Try this prescription: instead of running to the pastor, the counselor, your best friend, or the bottle of anti-depressants, talk to yourself.
Greg, when being hit with thoughts of doubt, has used these words: “Greg, shut up!” Strong words I know, but whatever words you choose, you must urge yourself strongly to do more than rehearse your painful situation. Command your heart into obedience, and put your hope in God, who is worthy of our praise.
Maybe with broken hearts, tear-stained faces, and voices hoarse from crying, we can rise above our circumstances and offer thanks, a sacrifice of praise. Because, either we believe God is good and is in control, or we had better quit the charade, pack our bags, and call it a day. Instead, I pray you will join me and many others who continue to believe and give thanks, in spite of how we feel and what we face.
As Nancy Leigh DeMoss writes, “The grateful heart that springs forth in joy is not acquired in a moment; it is the fruit of a thousand choices.”

1 comment:

Cathy/Nani said...

Thanks.. am kind of excited to be able to access Cathee Laurie's blog.
I just ordered from Harvest resources.. some booklets that my boss uses at Urban Hope. Ben Born Again.. a story about Ben... being born again of course. :) Also a new book from Greg.....I now get a blog from Connie.. ..... and this one from you. :)
love them.
I needed this too. Have always heard that you shouldn't speak harshly to yourself.. you know.. you might hurt your self esteem.. blah blah blah.. but this makes more sense to me. I AM STUBBORN.
So, I need to tell myself in no uncertain terms to stop being a baby... stop thinking I am the only right person in my relationships. That life is NOT about me...... and perhaps i will begin to listen to myself ;)Do you think it will work???