I was sharing with Chris (my husband) last night, it's amazing how so much seems to work just like a light switch, and surges. I am grateful to be walking, albiet it labored and painful.
Gracious and merciful Father, thank You for the many gifts I receive. The new granddaughter I get to enjoy, cherish and love intently. Thank You for friends here, who in their own struggles encourage, pray for and console my heart, soul and mind. Thank You God for Your Word, Your mercies seen, unseen and to come. Thank You for giving me life and hope and assurance. In this trial LORD, thank You for the glimpses of Your favor and mercy, for the heart that desires to seek You more and hold onto and live out Your HOPE. Help us Father to never lose sight of Your gift of life everlasting, hope eternal, grace abounding and You IN US. Help us to struggle victoriously and go through the valleys and desert with EYES UP, hearts open and arms outstretched to receive all that YOU HAVE FOR US. Help us to be grateful in the downs and even spiral downs. Help us to hold dear the Spirit of life that dwells so beautifully in us. Let the pain be a conduit for us to see You more clearly and wholly. Let us live out Christ-like in BOLD AND ATTRACTIVE ways, in the strength and wholeness of the Spirit. Amen...
Isaiah 55New American Standard Bible (NASB)
The Free Offer of Mercy
55 “Ho! Every one who thirsts, come to the waters;
And you who have no [a]money come, buy and eat.
Come, buy wine and milk
Without money and without cost.
2 “Why do you [b]spend money for what is not bread,
And your wages for what does not satisfy?
Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good,
And delight yourself in abundance.
3 “Incline your ear and come to Me.
Listen, that [c]you may live;
And I will make an everlasting covenant with you,
According to the faithful mercies [d]shown to David.
4 “Behold, I have made him a witness to the peoples,
A leader and commander for the peoples.
5 “Behold, you will call a nation you do not know,
And a nation which knows you not will run to you,
Because of the Lord your God, even the Holy One of Israel;
For He has glorified you.”
6 Seek the Lord while He may be found;
Call upon Him while He is near.
7 Let the wicked forsake his way
And the unrighteous man his thoughts;
And let him return to the Lord,
And He will have compassion on him,
And to our God,
For He will abundantly pardon.
8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord.
9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways
And My thoughts than your thoughts.
10 “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven,
And do not return there without watering the earth
And making it bear and sprout,
And furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater;
11 So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth;
It will not return to Me empty,
Without accomplishing what I desire,
And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.
12 “For you will go out with joy
And be led forth with peace;
The mountains and the hills will break forth into shouts of joy before you,
And all the trees of the field will clap their hands.
13 “Instead of the thorn bush the cypress will come up,
And instead of the nettle the myrtle will come up,
And [e]it will be a [f]memorial to the Lord,
For an everlasting sign which will not be cut off.”