Wednesday, April 6, 2016

The Life She Had Imagined

Ever since God sent me the promise found in the Psalms that speaks of being covered by His feathers, I have held it close as my own.

"He will cover you with His feathers 
and under His wings you will find refuge."
Psalm 91:4

When I asked God for confirmation on going ahead with radiation after surgery for breast cancer, I asked Him to send me a feather as confirmation.  I looked everywhere we walked last fall, seeking that feather. Then one day when I went to Facebook, there it was.  A friend had posted a beautiful photo of a feather and written a powerful post to go with it.  It spoke to me.   I carried this promise and virtual feather close to my heart through six weeks of radiation and all that came with that.  I held the promise close through my slow recovery and even the two cataract surgeries. Even though I have not had a feather fall from the sky............yet......., I seem to have them show up in other ways.  Yesterday it was this quote that got my attention, at first because of the feather, but then the words drew me in.

And so, she decided to start living the life she'd imagined.  

How would I incorporate these powerful words into a my journey where I'm the "she"?  As I thought about it, my story formed quickly.
Jesus whispered quietly to her, "I have come so that you may have life, and have it more abundantly." (John 10:10) I have healed you (Is. 53:4) and set you free from the life of isolation you existed in, because it is for freedom from cancer, Lyme, MCS, and more that I set you free. (Galatians 5:1) I love you, My child, with a deep abiding love. (Ephesians 3:18)  I want you with Me and My Father. (John 3:16) My Father created you with a unique purpose.  He has placed dreams upon your heart to help Him fulfill those plans. (Jeremiah 29:11)  Do not fear, I am with you always ( Matt. 28:20) ) and delight in you. (Zeph. 3:17).

And so, she decided to start living the life she'd imagined.

And what does this mean for you?  What promises stir you to live the life you had imagined?  What dreams has God laid on your heart?


1 comment:

Debbie Huffaker said...

WOW!!! I love how God has showed up with the feathers, although not a "real" one....yet! ;-) The Bible study I'm doing with other ladies at our church has really made me realize how I've allowed satan to infiltrate my thoughts and actions and filled me with certain fears and anxiety. (blog post about this tomorrow). I love my Mother....but, I do have my doubts as to whether she has truly loved anybody but herself. She has lived a very sad, joyless life (her choice), and has nothing to do with me, my brother, her grandchildren, or great grandchildren....only chooses to be kind to basically one person in her life and that's a man who she's befriended....married 3 times and does not know Christ....very sad situation. I've allowed her to make me feel so very less than a person (my choosing, I know) and I'm overcoming that, little by little, day by day. I'm not perfect, by any definition of the word....only Christ in me is perfect....but I do know Him and know that He protects me (did during my childhood beatings and emotional abuse). Please pray for my Mother that before she dies she can feel the true joy of the Lord! I don't know why I'm sharing this with has to be a God prompt! Thanks for listening.