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How Great Thou Art – Overcoming Loss

Father'sMarci AnthonyComment
How Great Thou Art. What is Man That You take though of him. #sowandgather

When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained; What is man that You take thought of him, And the son of man that You care for him? Psalm 8:3-4 NKJV

I assured myself I was over it. My insides would not well-up and overflow the next time we sang "How Great Thou Art" at church. So much for that promise.   

It was a surprise punch in the gut. We were singing a completely different song and then plopped right in the middle of a chorus. Then sings my soul, my Savior God to Thee, how great Thou art, how great Thou art. I stopped singing to choke back the sobs. My sister next to me keeps singing and I can hear our Daddy's strong voice along with hers. She stops, hugs me tight, and in a hoarse whisper I say, "This time I thought it would be alright." 

God has spoken clearly to me about giving Him my grief. Seven years after our father's death I am still raw with grief. If I learned anything from a grief recovery class, it's that we all grieve differently and for different amounts of times. Was there anything earth shattering about seven years? I've thought perhaps it was the biblical number 7 as a sign of perfection.  

I really think for me the length of time has been my lack of obedience to God. Letting go of my grief means I let go of one more piece of my father. Like sea billows roll . . . It's time. I know that grief can jump up at me like a big wave in the ocean and surprise me. That was today. I also know that God is big enough. He's big enough to wash the grief away. If I allow God to be in control, those waves will no longer crash into and over me, making me toss and tumble.   

Today, I feel the gentle lapping of the waves refreshing my spirit and whispering My God, how great Thou art. 

When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation, and take me home, what joy shall fill my heart! Then I shall bow in humble adoration, and there proclaim, my God, how great Thou art!
— How Great Thou Art

             

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Psalm 145; Psalm 8:3-4; Psalm 68:5 

Action Item |

Write down and share a praise today on how God has demonstratedHis greatness to you. 

Prayer: |

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for being a Father to those without a father on this earth. Amen.

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What Can I Do When My Faith Is So Weak?

Faith, New BeginningsMarci Anthony3 Comments
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Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s. II Chronicles 20:15b NIV

I find it amazing that God has to remind me often that He wants to be involved in my daily life. I don’t know about you, but I simply forget that He’s standing by, just waiting for me to turn to Him and let Him guide me through my problems. He constantly has to remind me that if I’m willing, my battles are not mine…they're His!

In II Chronicles, King Jehoshaphat hears that three armies have united and are on the march toward Jerusalem! He knows his army has no chance to stand against them, so he makes an appeal of protection to the Lord. “O Lord, God of our fathers…we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.”

God’s reply is immediate and wonderful: They don’t need to be afraid or discouraged because the battle is His.

But . . . ”Go out to face them tomorrow.” What?! God says He will fight the battle, but we still have to march up against an army that’s at least three times our size?!

For King Jehoshaphat and all his fellow soldiers, it becomes a distinct matter of faith. Is their faith in God real . . . real enough to march toward an army that will surely decimate them, unless God keeps His promise and enters the battle Himself?

The way they respond is exemplary! First, they all fall down and worship the Lord, then early the next morning they march – straight toward the enemy. But then they set the bar really high for all believers who would follow in centuries to come (that’s us!), for not only do they exhibit great faith by marching toward this vast army, they also appoint a men’s choir to lead the way! And as they march, with the choir in front, they sing praise to God for the splendor of His holiness! Now that’s faith. Simply amazing, life-on-the-line faith!

Of course, God was faithful to His promise. He ambushed the enemy armies and caused them to completely destroy each other.

And I must remember that those soldiers were people just like me. Same fears, same struggles. But they sure stepped up to the plate and showed me what it means to put my life in the hands of my faithful God!

Dig Deeper |

II Chronicles 20:1-30; Ephesians 6:16

Action Item |

Do you sometimes feel that a vast army is coming up against you? Do you truly believe God is willing to act on your behalf? Pick up our shield of faith each morning before the day begins and allow Him to guide you throughout the day.

Prayer |

Lord, many times my faith is so weak. Please help my unbelief. Help me to take that first, hard step, believing that you will carry me the rest of the way. And, Lord, help me to sing your praises as I go!! Amen.

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This post is part of A Little R-n-R Wednesdays A Linky Party and #livefreethursday with Suzie Eller