Sunday, April 18, 2010


I simply cannot put into words the beautiful work my Father is doing in my heart. He has been so gracious to give me glimpses of His hand throughout this whole process, but even now He has given me a much larger glimpse. I wish, oh how I wish, I could put into words the treasures, the healing, the shaping.

Unless Your law had been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction. (Ps. 119:92)

We live in an age when we want to run from the afflictions He sends. It scares us and we wrongly credit too much of it to the enemy. We want out! We think, 'we shouldn't have to suffer like this, it is not right, it is not fair.'

I know I have said this before and I confess I waiver in my weakness, but I would not trade these 'treasures' for perfect health if these 'treasures' are what He has for me now!

He holds my very life in His hands. It would cost Him no effort to quicken and heal my body in less than an instant. No, there is a precious purpose in all of this. Not only for myself, but others also.

I desire health, certainly, but I want health, body, mind and soul!

Flinch as I might, don't stop, Father, until You are pleased with what You see.

It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I might learn Your statutes.
I know, O Lord, that Your judgments are right and righteous, and that in FAITHFULNESS You have afflicted me.

(Ps. 119:71, 75)


Rachel said...

What a beautiful, beautiful post. Your honesty and realness are such a blessing to me. You are right...we live in a time where instead of confronting and looking at pain and problems we can become passive and avoid dealing with them . In healing comes hope and truth.

God bless you!


Cass said...

Beautiful message, thank for sharing and you are right we are always quick to put blame on the enemy when something messes up, when really, I believe He's molding, shaping and strengthening us to draw closer to Him.

Have a peaceful day!

Josh said...

What wonderful spiritual encouragement! Thank you Mrs. G. for addressing the issue of trials and how God uses them to grow and strengthen us. I myself am experiencing this right now in my life. When many times, I feel like I am about to be overtaken, all I simply need to do, is remember that in His faithfulness, He afflicts us! It is very painful, but from it, we can grow, and praise the Lord for refining us!

God Bless you,

Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

I have learned this lesson the hard way. I too have now come to a point where I can thank God for my "thorn". For without that thorn, I would have never pressed in to Him as I did. Only He can heal my heart, and satisfy my soul with good things even when life is not perfect and people hurt me.

A truly wonderful post. Thank you!

Natalieh said...

Wow. You are a blessing. Amein and Amein!

Regan Family Farm said...

So when can I come and help you while you rest and spend more time gleaning treasures??? You are a joy and I'm so thankful the Lord is encouraging you through the trial. I tend to think "it shouldn't be this way..."
Love you~

Mrs.B said...

Thank you so much for sharing.

Very well said

In HIS Keeping

Jenn said...

Michelle, this post shows the beautiful work He is doing in your life. Thank you so much for sharing this. I know that I am learning through you and your words.

Thank You!

Camille said...

How precious that the LORD is teaching you all these things while you are yet in the midst of the trial! HIS WORD is so WONDERFUL!! I is HE that brings these things into our lives for HIS good purposes ~ for our good and for HIS glory!!

Continue to REST in HIM and soak yourself in HIS infallible are going to the right SOURCE for all you need!

With Love,