Friday, October 16, 2015

God's Reminders through the Pain by Stephanie G. Mangum Hoefsmit

This was shared in the Christian Lyme Support group on Facebook. I was so blessed by Stephanie's heart and the beauty of her words.  

Pain courses through my body...like water slowly dripping, wearing away at the rocks and forming ruts in the stone...

 How is it possible for the human body to survive such a continuous torture?

 It seems as though there is no hope in sight. No light at the end of the tunnel, just continuous darkness.

 Then God reminds me of a most beautiful thought. The ocean. The tide that forever rolls in. Crashing on shore in a never ending dance with the sand. The beach never disappears even though for thousands of years it has been pummeled with sea water. The waves offer small treasures that we may stumble upon as we walk along the hemline of this great and awesome thing called the sea.

 Glass that was once sharp and jagged--able to sever veins and tendons--is now a softer color and smooth, rounded and almost soft. If broken glass was found on the sidewalk it would be avoided or discarded, yet after spending time in the ocean being tossed again and again into the sand it is now a treasure sought after and valuable.

 A bottle once used to hold liquid, serving a purpose, broken and shattered by great force, endured such an abrasive experience only to become something unique and beautiful.

 I feel like a bottle shattered, being tossed again and again in the sand as the waves toss me on shore only to suck me back into the edge of the ocean. The process of being remade into something treasured is such a long and tedious process. My God took this shattered shard of a soul and has tossed it into His ocean of love. Each wave of mercy blends my soul with the sand of grace again and again, slowly wearing away what is sharp and vain and softening edges of selfishness and pride. I'm unable to stop the process just as a piece of glass is unable to leap from the ocean and rest untouched on the land. I don't want to be shattered shards of glass on land waiting to be swept and tossed into the garbage serving no purpose but to be a danger to others who come in contact with it. I want to be sea glass. I want to endure the agony of being smoothed and shaped and tarnished. I want to finally be released from the ocean's grasp and picked up by the nail scarred hands and declared a treasure.
I hope I'm found worthy to be called such a thing.
 
 
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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Thankful Life - October 8, 2015

 
“Your beauty and love chase after me every day of my life” ~Psalm 23:6a (The Message)
I am really trying to stay in the Word (listening and hearing)... trust the process and live in hope... as I strive to pursue a Christ-like life, I am assured that He never ceases to pursue me.

These are very hard things to do in this broken body (which we all have because of a fallen state of this world)... b...ut with illness, it's even tougher. As I pray down the group posts yet again, I think on this past week and how I have coped. I really try to keep my mind occupied by things other than dwelling on the daily aches and pains, changes or non-changes symptomatically. It's working! He's strengthing me... and making me tougher.

Art by Shawn Boreta 2015
Removing the Mask...
I am on 'mask' kick right now... and what I learned when I went through Stephen Ministry years ago, is that we all have one (maybe more)... the mask can look like many things, and sometimes they appear to be the "real" you, but when the Holy Spirit moves... and we are open to see Him move, the Christ-like us can be seen... so today, this moment, remove the mask of pain and suffereing to reveal the you that He is working on for the world to see.

I have been able to focus on my art - which is such a lift - as I create, I can dwell on the Creator, pray for others... and imagine my pain lifting as the "canvas" transforms from nothingness to masses of color. That I will one day immerge differently and miraculously out of the pain that exists... to the hope that we are ever surrounded by through His fulfilled work.

"For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God afore prepared that we should walk in them." ~Ephesians 2:10 (American Standard Version)
workmanship: masterpiece, handiwork...

Even in the midst of pain and suffering, our God will provide respite as we pursue to glorify Him as we live out the talents He gives us.

"Now may the God of peace, who brought the great Shepherd of the sheep, our Lord Jesus, back from the dead through the blood of the new everlasting covenant, perfect you in every good work as you work God’s will. May God do in you only those things that are pleasing in His sight through Jesus the Anointed, our Liberating King, to whom we give glory always and forever. Amen." ~Hebrews 13:20-21 (The Voice)

"Even so let your light shine before men; that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven." ~Matthew 5:16 (American Standard Version)

... let our days be filled with "Even so" moments!

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