Sow & Gather

Peace

Spiritual Lifeline in Hard Times

HealingMarci AnthonyComment
God Is Our Lifeline #healing #prayer #sowandgather

Marianne Highley, a guest contributor for Sow & Gather,  is a mom to two kids and has a blog to share her family's journey through pediatric cancer.  She shares updates on her son and encouragements the Lord has given her on her walk with Him through some hard times.  She and her family live in Colorado.  Check out her blog at: http://highleyblessed.weebly.com/

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. Romans 8:26 (ESV)

“I’m sorry, but your son has cancer.”  I sat there completely shell-shocked and held it together until the doctor left the room and then just started shaking and clinging to my husband.  The only words I could get out were, “God no, please, no, please, not my son.”  How do you handle the news that your four year-old has cancer?     

You try to pray, you try to trust that God will heal, but the problem is that you know that God’s healing doesn’t always come in the way and in the time that you want it to. Back in 2010, my father died of cancer.  I prayed and pressed into God during my Dad’s eight year battle. When I didn’t know how to pray for my Dad, the Spirit helped me. God healed my Dad by bringing him home where there is no pain or suffering.  I take comfort in that, but I miss him terribly. 

As I walked through the cancer battle with my son, there were long, dark days when all I could do was weep.  I know the Holy Spirit was interceding for me because there were moments of peace that had nothing to do with my situation.  Sitting next to my son in ICU with the doctors all studying their feet saying, “Well, maybe we could try this,” leaves you in a place where God is your only source of comfort and hope.  You sometimes need prayer just to get through the next 5 minutes.   

After 5 cycles of chemo and 3 months in the hospital with just a few days home in between cycles, my son is healed.  His cancer is in remission and life is getting back to its normal chaotic rhythm.  God’s healing took the form that we most desired-- a whole, healthy, happy child.  But when it does not, do we still call Him good? 

Press into the Holy Spirit when healing doesn’t come and you don’t know how to pray. 

Dig Deeper |

Lamentations 3:22-23

Action Item |

Look at the areas of your life where you need healing and don’t feel like it is coming.  Pray for wisdom to wait on God’s timing and for comfort when the healing doesn’t look like you want it to. 

Prayer |

Heavenly Father, help us to seek You first in times of difficulties and to trust that You will answer our deepest need in the way that will bring You the greatest glory.  Forgive us when we doubt Your goodness in times of struggle, and give us the strength we need for each moment of our day.  Amen

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Finding Peace This Season

Advent 2015Marci AnthonyComment

Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful. John 14:27  ESV

For most of my life I have sought after peace in various things: self-control, books, shopping, trips, religion, money, education, and people. While all those things by themselves are not wrong, the motive to which I have used them is.

Instead of asking my Heavenly Father to pour His peace over me, I seek to find it myself. This may last for a short while, but then I find myself searching again for the next moment of peace or putting my trust in things I believe will bring me peace. 

I was reminded this Advent season of the peace I have with God through His son Jesus Christ (Romans 5:1). At night, when I lay my head down after a long day, my mind is at peace because I have been justified by faith and have been reconciled to Him by His grace.

So why do I try to manufacture peace in my life? The answer is simple. I don’t submit myself daily to the Most High God who will guard my heart and mind through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7). I let myself get troubled by the events in my life and allow them to rule my thoughts and actions. I forget that Jesus is my source and supplier of the only kind of peace that will last. 

Jesus knew we would fight for peace in this world. He knew it would be hard so He told us to not receive the peace from the world, but from Him. We are not to be fearful, anxious, or troubled but to look to Him daily. He tells us that in this world we will have tribulation but we are to have courage because He has overcome the world (John 16:33).

I’m tired of trying to fight the battle on my own. The only way I will overcome it is to believe in Him who died for me and who promised to return as the Prince of Peace.

This season, wherever you are, I pray that first you will have peace with God through His son, Jesus, and that He may fill you with His love, strength, and peace that sustains. Draw close to Him daily, seek His face, ask for wisdom, and say a prayer of thanks for the gift of salvation. Join us next week as we celebrate the love of Christ!

Dig Deeper |

Luke 3:1-7; Luke 1:68-79

ADDITIONAL LITURGICAL ADVENT READINGS | 

Malachi 3:1-4 ; Philippians 1:3-11

Action Item |

What are you using to find peace?  Seek the only true source of peace, Jesus.

Prayer |

Dear Father, I come to you acknowledging my anxious thoughts and fears and I ask that you pour your Holy Spirit into me and fill me with your peace today. Amen

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This post is part of the weekly linkup up with author Susan B. Mead.