... persecuted but not abandoned"
- 2 Corinthians 4:8
Delay. Waiting. Living. Delay. Success. Mess up. Energized. Exhausted. Delay. Frustrated. Alone. Comforted. Comforted.
Pressed... but not crushed.
**[I'm not EVEN going to use the second part when referring to myself because what I'm experiencing is in NO WAY persecution.]
So there has been a theme in my life as of late concerning me moving to PNG and that is - delays and setbacks.
I really don't want to go into them, but I do want to make the point that, though this has been one of the GREATEST testings of my patience and ultimately my trust in God, I have gleaned some wise tools from God through some beautiful people. And also, when I do find myself unwillingly settling into trust even when I wish to fight to find an answer, Yah almost ALWAYS has sent some beautiful encouragement from His followers. [Example: Got another setback the other day and received a FB message from my Grandpas brothers daughter in law telling me that she has and will be powerfully praying for me!!! Wow, God is good!!]
Here are some battle verses that I intend to use when I become stressed, confused, weak:
My eyes are ever toward the LORD, for he will pluck my feet out of the net. Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. The troubles of my heart are enlarged; bring me out of my distresses.
When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul.
1 Corinthians 2:16
"For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?" But we have the mind of Christ.
2 Corinthians 10:5b
We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
2 Timothy 1:7
for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am languishing; heal me, O LORD, for my bones are troubled.
Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved, for you are my praise.
He sent out his word and healed them, and delivered them from their destruction.
who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases,
Compiled by Rabbi Greg Hershberg
Don't give up the fight