Made Glad

As Bettie and I continue to pray and wait on the LORD for direction for Arise and Shine, I would love to share a free will offering of praise with you today.

Thank you for your prayers for me yesterday: you are God’s blessing to me. Look at the verse I opened up my Bible app to in the morning, as I traveled on the train to a hospital in another city for a long day of heart testing:

It reminded me of the visiting opera singer, who felt a prompting to go sing a hymn in a hospital chapel – the chapel my Dad, recovering from a heart bypass operation, felt a strong urge to visit as his heart heaved through waves of grief. My Dad told me she was like the voice of an angel, as that hymn wrapped him in the love and comfort of God.

Funnily my verse to pray through today was about the angel of the LORD encamping around those who fear the Him. That Word angel also means messenger of God and priest. Today, through Christ, each member of His Body are royal priests – each of us are messengers of God to each other- just as that woman was to my Dad.

As I walked in the forest this morning, and reflected on my friend Debbie’s blog post and the Scriptures God spoke through it, a free will offering flowed out of my heart in praise of the God who makes us glad, as He weaves us all together in love.

May it be God’s message of love to you today, in whatever storm you are facing. May you know the truth of God’s Word – that He delivers those whose hearts are broken and whose spirits are crushed. For, He encamps around us in every trial – that is only permitted to reveal His heart to us and in us:

Made Glad

Woven, woven
In your love
In your love
In your love.

Rooted strong
Within the soil
Of Your heart
For us.

Good and perfect
Gifts You bring
From heaven above
Contentment rain.

In each and
Every storm You sway
Your branches firmly
Found in You.

Now rooting us
Ever strongly in
The Vine abiding
Life to give.

Blessed, blessed
Throne above
On Your mercy seat
We're known.

Seated now
In heavenly courts
Your judgments pure
And righteous speak.

No child forsaken
Nor forlorn
In the Son of God
Set free.

Rivers washing
All our sin
All our pain
Away in praise.

Lifting up
Your heart as One
In Your streams
Made glad.

And may this song that my best friend back home sent to me amidst the first waves of Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, as I battled through flashbacks of my Mum’s last days and the accusations of the enemy against me, also wrap around you in love, just as it did me – and still does. May God multiply His blessings in our midst:

6 thoughts on “Made Glad

  1. Lisa Anne Tindal September 23, 2021 / 1:17 pm

    No child forlorn. Thank you. This morning I prayed a prayer I’ve been praying as suggested by my counselor. I wanted Jesus to show me where he was during the times I was weakened by my abuser.

    He answered with a visual of me being carried like a child. Before I was able walk with him, He carried me.

    Last week, I dreamt of Simeon. I can’t recall any other details, just that Simeon was carrying me.

    Yesterday, my two year old granddaughter gazed out the window before singing Jesus Loves Me. She then told me she couldn’t see heaven. She added that she was looking for Jesus. I told her, I am too. Jesus is caring for us.

    I pray you are well.

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    • Anna Smit September 23, 2021 / 1:23 pm

      So so beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing, Lisa. What a gift of God you are to us all. You know, as He has been carrying you your whole life long, He has been carrying others through you too. You are His hand of love and comfort and healing to many. Love you xoxo

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    • Anna Smit September 23, 2021 / 1:34 pm

      And do you know what Jesus is saying to you in that dream? Simeon held baby Jesus in his arms when he blessed Him:

      28 Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:

      29 “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,
      you may now dismiss[c] your servant in peace.
      30 For my eyes have seen your salvation,
      31 which you have prepared in the sight of all nations:
      32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
      and the glory of your people Israel.”

      If Simeon is holding you – then Jesus is telling you, it’s no longer you who lives, but Christ in you. And just as with baby Jesus- you were sent into this world to reveal His glory – His love and light to the world in and through the depths of suffering.

      Love you

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      • Anna Smit September 23, 2021 / 3:47 pm

        That’s my best friend in NZ’s prayers bearing the fruit for which they were sent. When I came home as a Prodigal, God led her to pray this Scripture over me:

        Ephesians 4
        14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being,17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
        20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his powerthat is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

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    • Anna Smit September 23, 2021 / 2:36 pm

      And the name Simeon comes from:

      In Genesis 29:33 Leah, the wife of Jacob, says, “Because Yahweh has heard (shama) that I was hated and he gave me this one also” and she gives him the name שמעון (Shimon #8095), a Hebrew word meaning hearer.”

      Source: https://www.ancient-hebrew.org/names/Simeon.htm

      Isn’t that beautiful? The Jews were indeed afflicted and hated – but God heard their cries and gave them the Messiah (even though many did not recognize Him because He came as a suffering servant to die that we might be given life).

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