November 12, 2007
I have said before that this battle I am facing is constant. Every single day I have to fight my own natural human thoughts... fighting the things Satan would just love for me to believe. I am always paying close attention to my body. Any new aches or pains? And if so, what would cause them? When I first started getting pain in my chest and in my neck in the beginning of August, my first brief thought was the worst. But I had to remind myself that regardless of what it was, God is in control and He already knows what is going on. In September of 2005, God gave me a verse in Psalm that I held onto, and claimed it as my life verse.
Psalm 16:8-9 "I have set the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore, my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure."
Tonight, again, I have had a hard time sleeping. My neck has been bothering me, so naturally, my thoughts sometimes go where they shouldn't. I am always asking for God's help to overcome this. That is how I am able to maintain my faith and the joy He has given me. Tonight, I was reading out of Acts. I think I have read through this book about twenty times, but I came across a few verses that I never remembered reading before.
Acts 2: 25-26 David said about him: " I saw the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will live in hope."
The verses are so similar, but different enough that I got new meaning from them tonight. Two years ago, I set the Lord before me. Now I can see him there. Not only has He given me the ability to rest secure, but also to live in hope. I am thankful for the reminder tonight.
On a side note, my brother in law, Jason, came home yesterday after serving his third tour of duty in Iraq. We are thankful for his willingness to serve, and also God's protection over him.
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