02202014

There are times when we may think that God is not giving us what we need. But how could the God who loves us so much deprive us of anything good? How could the God who gave us His only begotten Son withhold His generosity from us? Whenever we think that God is withholding something good from us, He is only being far more generous than we could ever imagine Him to be!

The Lord, your God, is in your midst,
    a warrior who gives victory;
he will rejoice over you with gladness,
    he will renew you in his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing
as on a day of festival.
I will remove disaster from you,
    so that you will not bear reproach for it.
 I will deal with all your oppressors
    at that time.
And I will save the lame
    and gather the outcast,
and I will change their shame into praise
    and renown in all the earth.
At that time I will bring you home,
    at the time when I gather you;
for I will make you renowned and praised
    among all the peoples of the earth,
when I restore your fortunes
    before your eyes, says the Lord.
-ZEPHANIAH 3:17-20

 

LETTER TO JOYCE

My problem has gone on since 1992 and has gotten worst instead of better. I have been battling one chronic illness followed by another. The illnesses have placed quite a few limitations on my life and this is beginning to take a toll on me. I am a chronic asthmatic and I also have mixed connective tissue disease which is symptoms of RA and lupus. I also have fibromyalgia and generalized arthritis. In December, I was diagnosed with Sella empty syndrome which is excessive fluid that builds up in your brain and flattens your pituitary gland and the portion of the skull that covers it. I underwent surgery on February 21 and am having compilations related to the surgery. I know that God is with me because without him, I sincerely believe that I would not be typing this request for prayer and for a listening and understanding ear. Sometimes I am so overwhelmed with my health issues that it has caused me to deal with depression and anxiety at times.

I refuse to let these illnesses control my life because I know that God has greater things planned for me. I just need to weather the storm and keep my eyes on the prize – eternal life with my Lord and Savior. Please pray for me so that I will start utilizing my God given talents. To let go of my fears and self doubt and let the Lord guide me. I am single without children and I feel the loneliness more and more. I am praying for God to send me a companion that understands what I am going through and accepts me for me. Please pray that I always keep God first in my life and always remember that I can lean on him no matter what. I need a push to motivate me to make the best of each and every day because God did not have to choose me to marvel at his creations. And by doing this I know that he is not done with me yet, even when I want to be done with me sometimes. I need to be strengthen sometimes, motivated sometimes, feel loved sometimes, feel like I have something worthwhile to contribute sometimes and most of all have God to create in me a pure heart and renew my spirit all of the times. Please pray for. Thanks for your help.

From Joyce

RESPONSE FROM JOYCE

Dear Joyce,

Thank you for writing, Joyce! I can see that we have the same name. Your letter has inspired me today, because I felt I’ve just met a person who has a strong faith despite all the trials she is going through.

I have prayed for you, and I pray for all that’s best in your life, but most of all, that you would always have faith in the God who strengthens you and loves you.

There are times when we may not feel that love, but that doesn’t mean we are not embraced in His great love. We always are closer to the love and mercy of God than we could ever imagine.

Joyce, I am also a single person as you are. And I can very well relate to the loneliness one could feel from time to time. How good it is to have someone to be there for you and to support you, especially in trying times. My comfort is in knowing that whatever God withholds, He provides in a far more generous way. If there is no person yet to be that channel of His love for me, that could only mean that He is already providing that love in another way, in a greater way.

I remember how one Valentine’s Day, I asked God to give me even a single rose, for I knew there was nobody else who could give me that. You know what? What He gave was far more than that single flower that I longed for! You can read more about it in my previous article WHEN I ASKED FOR A ROSE.

Let us continue to hope in prayer that God may continue to send His love in the most blessed ways, through people who will support us, and through His ways direct and mysterious that will take our breath away!

With Love,
Joyce