"And I must borrow every changing shape to find expression." -- T.S. Eliot
Renew Me by Avalon
I heard this song on the radio this morning on the way to church and it came on like a present from God to me to help me worship Him. I’ve been struggling a lot with truly experiencing God’s love for me and, as a result, I have had such a hard time finding joy in making the sacrifices Christ calls us to make when we follow Him. However, something about this song really spoke to that sensitive core inside me that needed to feel God’s presence intimately with me — in the past, now and always. It was like a hug wrapped in a melody; God knew I needed Him and He knew just the way to reach me.
May you also know with certainty that God loves YOU deeply and personally and will answer you when you cry out to Him in such perfectly personal ways that we can only begin to fathom how He will move us.
“For women, much of our pain arises from unsatisfied desires for good things. For instance, a single woman may yearn for a husband, a married woman feel despondent about not having children, or a woman with children feel tortured by their rebellion. To be clear, we may righteously desire that God has called good, including a husband, children, and godly offspring. But when unfulfilled these things can cause significant pain and suffering in this life and represent some of the major issues with which believing women struggle. How can it be that something God has called good would be withheld from his children?
Those can be hard providences, to be sure, but rightly surrendered to God, they turn the satisfaction of our longings from humans to him. These lessons are hard but necessary, since life is only truly good when God is the chief object of our desires. Time and again we seek to get our needs met through people, putting them in the place of God, only to be hurt and disappointed. We must be trained anew to run to the Lover of our souls, where real security and happiness can be found.”
“How can you be content when right things go wrong? God has supplied and equipped us through the gospel to do good in the face of evil. The gospel doesn’t obligate you to contentment; it equips you for contentment.”
from “Review: The Gospel-Centered Woman” by Donna Dobbs
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