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Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Something To Look Forward To

When I was in college, I helped with childcare during Wednesday night church. One of those nights, a little boy asked me how old I was. I told him I was 21. He looked shocked, shook his head and said, “No way, you’re not 21!” I laughed at his response and assured him that I was indeed older than I looked. This little 8 or 9-year old boy then paused with a very thoughtful look on his face. Finally, he said, “That means when you’re 82, you’ll only look like you’re 72!” His insight surprised me more than my age had surprised him. I just chuckled and said, “That’s something to look forward to I guess.”

The irony is that I think we do need something to look forward to, even something as silly as that. When life is only difficulty, pain, and suffering, it’s hard to keep getting out of bed each day. 

I’ve been through more than one season in my life when I wondered if I’d ever have anything to look forward to again. Maybe you can relate. Thankfully Jesus has once again refreshed my perspective to encourage me in my current trials. He has reminded me of a few very important things that I can always look forward to…

I can look forward to Jesus keeping all His promises to me. No matter how awful my circumstances, Jesus will never leave me; I can look forward to His presence with me every moment. I can watch with anticipation to see how He will work all things in my life for good, even the awful things. Suffering can’t stop Jesus from being true to His Word. That’s something I can look forward to. 

I can look forward to experiencing Jesus’ grace every day. God’s grace is not only sufficient, it is super-abounding! It never runs out. It never stops. It never fails. And in weakness, hardship, heartache, etc. His grace pours over me, whether I recognize it or not. It’s something I can not only look forward to, but look for and rejoice in every day.  

I can look forward to seeing Jesus do miracles. Maybe they’ll be “small” miracles, like helping me get out of bed when I think I can’t. Or maybe they’ll be “big” miracles like seeing a friend I’ve prayed for finally believe in Jesus. Since God is always working, I can look forward to seeing Him at work in miraculous ways, both in my life and others. 

These are only a few of the things that we can look forward to, regardless of circumstances. The beautiful reality is that everything that is true about God, is something we can look forward to in the future – because He doesn’t change. He will still be with us, still be loving us, still be pouring grace over us, still answering our prayers, still delighting in us, still singing over us…every day from now until we see Him face to face. 

And I wouldn’t be surprised if He threw in a few delightful surprises for us along the way as well. Even in the hardest trial, He still has ways to give us sweet gifts. 

I hope these thoughts have encouraged you today and given you something precious to look forward to. 

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.” -Romans 8:28-30

 

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

A Prayer for a New Year Filled with Healing (Una Oración por un Año Nuevo Lleno de Sanación )

It’s astounding to me how many people are in need of healing right now. Daily I see prayer requests from friends about themselves or someone in their family who is dealing with sickness, accidents, hospitalizations, etc. It feels overwhelming at times. Thankfully, I’ve also been hearing many reports about how God is answering prayers – bringing healing in so many situations, and giving supernatural comfort in others. 

Now that so many people are focused on asking for healing, it makes me wonder if more of us will realize God is interested in so much more than physical healing. Our heavenly Father’s heart longs to bring healing to our souls as well. This is often a harder need to recognize, share, or ask for prayer about. I think too many of us keep the wounds of our souls to ourselves, and we don’t ask for or receive the prayers for healing we so desperately need. 

 

I’ve been on a rather epic healing journey for over 25 years. I’ve experienced numerous physical and soul challenges, wounds, and pain. Thankfully, I’ve also experienced God’s touch in both physical healing and soul healing. The irony is that it seems no matter how much God heals, there is always more to be healed…there is another layer inside to heal, or a new physical challenge, or more painful circumstances we didn’t expect….

 

After everything I’ve been through, I can only say that there is an unexpected blessing in coming to know Jesus more deeply as my Healer. As much as I long for the day when I see Him face to face and everything is healed, I can appreciate the fellowship with Hiim that comes in the midst of the pain and heartache. I think that’s why Psalm 34:18 says “The LORD is close to the broken-hearted….” 

 

Asking for healing means acknowledging that we need help beyond ourselves. And in that place, we are ready to receive grace. 

 

Grace strengthens us when there isn’t relief of physical pain.

Grace carries us when we’re too weak to care.

Grace comforts us when there are no tears left. 

Grace heals things we never expected to be freed from.

Grace touches places deep inside us, breathing new life, peace, and hope into us. 

 

All this comes through our humble Savior – who completely understands our pain, who loves us unconditionally. In His presence, we find healing in ways we didn’t know we needed or ever believed possible. 

 

So, as we start this new year, I have a challenge for us. Let us continue praying for physical healing for our friends and loved ones. But let us also pray for soul healing for others and for ourselves. Let us bravely ask trusted friends to pray for our soul healing as well. Let us discover more of who Jesus is as our Healer. Let us encourage others with our stories of healing. Let us demonstrate with our prayers and our testimonies that the gospel is true and God is still doing miracles among His people. 

 

Will you join me?

 

 

Jesus, 

I thank you that you are our Healer. I praise you for all the ways you have worked healing in my life and those I love. Yet Lord, we are so needy. We need your presence, your grace, and your love. As we begin a new year, we ask you to give us courage to keep praying for healing. Help us see beyond the physical to the soul healing you wish to give. Draw us near to know you better in our pain. And fill us with praise to you, as you do more than we can ask or imagine! We love you, Lord. Amen. 





Una Oración por un Año Nuevo Lleno de Sanación 

 

Me sorprende cuántas personas necesitan curación en este momento. Diariamente veo peticiones de oración de amigos acerca de ellos mismos o de alguien de su familia que está lidiando con enfermedades, accidentes, hospitalizaciones, etc. A veces se siente abrumador. Afortunadamente, también he estado escuchando muchos informes sobre cómo Dios está respondiendo las oraciones, trayendo sanidad en tantas situaciones y brindando consuelo sobrenatural en otras. 

 

Ahora que tantas personas se enfocan en pedir sanidad, me pregunto si más de nosotros nos daremos cuenta de que Dios está interesado en mucho más que la sanidad física. El corazón de nuestro Padre celestial anhela traer sanidad a nuestras almas también. Esta es a menudo una necesidad más difícil de reconocer, compartir o pedir oración. Creo que muchos de nosotros guardamos las heridas de nuestras almas para nosotros mismos, y no pedimos ni recibimos las oraciones de sanación que tan desesperadamente necesitamos. 

 

He estado en un viaje de curación bastante épico durante más de 25 años. He experimentado numerosos desafíos físicos y anímicos, heridas y dolor. Afortunadamente, también he experimentado el toque de Dios tanto en la curación física como en del alma. La ironía es que parece que no importa cuánto sane Dios, siempre hay más por sanar... hay otra capa interior que sanar, o un nuevo desafío físico, o circunstancias más dolorosas que no esperábamos.... 

 

Después de todo lo que he pasado, solo puedo decir que hay una bendición inesperada al llegar a conocer a Jesús más profundamente como mi Sanador. Por mucho que anhele el día en que lo vea cara a cara y todo se sane, puedo apreciar la comunión con Él que surge en medio del dolor y la angustia. Creo que es por eso que el Salmo 34:18 dice “Cercano está Jehová a los quebrantados de corazón;…”

 

Pedir sanación significa reconocer que necesitamos ayuda más allá de nosotros mismos. Y en ese lugar, estamos listos para recibir la gracia. 

  

La gracia nos fortalece cuando no hay alivio del dolor físico. 

La gracia nos lleva cuando somos demasiado débiles para que nos importe. 

La gracia nos consuela cuando ya no quedan lágrimas. 

La gracia cura cosas de las que nunca esperamos ser liberados. 

La gracia toca lugares muy profundos dentro de nosotros, infundiéndonos nueva vida, paz y esperanza. 

 

Todo esto viene a través de nuestro humilde Salvador, quien comprende completamente nuestro dolor, quien nos ama incondicionalmente. En Su presencia, encontramos sanidad en formas que no sabíamos que necesitábamos o que nunca creímos posibles. 

 

Entonces, al comenzar este nuevo año, tengo un desafío para nosotros. Sigamos orando por la sanidad física de nuestros amigos y seres queridos. Pero oremos también por la curación del alma de los demás y de nosotros mismos. Pidámosle valientemente a nuestros amigos de confianza que también oren por la sanación de nuestra alma. Descubramos más de quién es Jesús como nuestro Sanador. Animemos a otros con nuestras historias de sanación. Demostremos con nuestras oraciones y nuestros testimonios que el evangelio es verdadero y que Dios todavía está haciendo milagros entre Su pueblo. 

 

¿Me acompañarás? 

 


Jesús, 

Te agradezco que seas nuestro Sanador. Te alabo por todas las formas en que has trabajado en la sanación de mi vida y la de aquellos a quienes amo. Sin embargo, Señor, estamos tan necesitados. Necesitamos tu presencia, tu gracia y tu amor. Al comenzar un nuevo año, te pedimos que nos des valor para seguir orando por sanidad. Ayúdanos a ver más allá de lo físico hacia la curación del alma que deseas brindar. Acércanos para conocerte mejor en nuestro dolor. ¡Y llénanos de alabanzas a ti, ya que haces más de lo que podemos pedir o imaginar! Te amamos, Señor. Amén.