Friday, August 16, 2019 6:30 AM

Day 21: Psalm 13

Friday, August 16, 2019 6:30 AM
Friday, August 16, 2019 6:30 AM

MEET JANA

My husband, Chris, and I have been married for 6 years.  We have 2 boys Wilder (5) and Sawyer (3), and 2 babies with Jesus, Colter and Taylor. We are originally from the north Alabama area, but we moved to Texas after just a few months of marriage.  We have been at Lighthouse for nearly 5 years now! Chris serves as the youth pastor on staff and has an incredible team of volunteers. We also co-lead a life group with some of the greatest servants of Christ we’ve ever had the honor to do life with.  A church has never felt more like home than it does with the sweet people we are surrounded by at Lighthouse!

PSALM 13

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=psalm+13&version=ESV

MESSAGE

Have you ever walked through a season of life that seems long and unbearably hard?  Have you ever found yourself crying out to the Lord, throwing all of yourself upon his mercy, and asking Him if he’s even in this with you at all? We recently experienced our 2nd miscarriage, only a handful of months after our 1st miscarriage. During this difficult season, I have questioned God’s goodness in ways I never thought I would.  I realized what I really believed was that because I belong to God, he must owe goodness to me.  But God is good to me because God himself is good, and He distributes that goodness only because He loves me, not because He owes me anything.  This Psalm reminds me of how God is glorified in so many ways.  Not in just our praise, but in our lamenting, in our grief.  “When we pursue God more than our most precious things – our work, our family, our friends, our health, our homes, our money – he is glorified.” – Lindsey Tollefson. God wants us to lean on him in our difficult days.  Jesus knows your suffering. He has experienced suffering in a much greater way.  Being a Christian does not exempt you from suffering.  In fact, the Bible says quite the opposite. Your suffering is not for nothing, it forces your hand to lean on the only One who can deliver you from it! But even better than that, it brings glory to God! (1 Peter 4:12, Philippians 1:29, Colossians 1:24, James 1:2-3)

PRAYER

Lord, I pray that anyone reading this would be drawn close to you. I pray they experience you in a way that leaves them different than before they came across this Psalm.  Suffering cannot be avoided, but our hope is that you will increase our faith, our healing, and our trust in you during these times.  Thank you for the suffering of Jesus and how perfectly He did it. Now we can also suffer knowing that joy will come. Continue to pursue us in ways that have us chasing after you.  Let us be a people who love you and let that love overflow to everyone we encounter.  Thank you for being constant and good, even when we are not. We love you and we pray all these things in the matchless name of Jesus. Amen.

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Marlene Johnson

Thank you, Jana. Thank you for sharing and reminding us that God knows and has a purpose when life doesn't go as we dreamed it would be, yet He is ever present to help us.

Posted on Fri, Aug 16, 2019 @ 11:40 AM CST

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