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Joys of the healing journey: The tenderness of the Lord


December 9, 2012
Isaiah 41:10  Don’t be afraid, because I am with you. Don’t be intimidated; I am your God. I will strengthen you. I will help you. I will support you with my victorious right hand.



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·       Injury.
·       Hospitalization.
·       Incapacitation.
·       Loss of independence.
·       Long and painful rehabilitation.

It’s easy to be overwhelmed when we tumble into deep, unexpected valleys and find ourselves with interrupted lives.

Why not write?
The journey has been interesting for me because I didn't let go of the hand of God. I screamed out in pain, I never doubted God was with me through my trauma. So why did I stop blogging and writing about the journey?  

I had not been able to put into words what God revealed to me during my most painful times.

The tenderness of Jesus
I learned that Jesus wanted me to hold Him – to hold on to His strength and tenderness. When we hold on to a tender God, his strength gives us the strength to go forward. 

Honestly, it surprised me. 

After all these years of seeing and knowing many of the tangible results of my relationship with the Lord, this specific revelation left me…well…surprised? 

I felt the Lord’s transfer of vulnerability to me…there are no better words to describe it.

We have to care
I realized that I was trying to stay strong for myself. But if the Lord of the universe counted on other humans – His disciples, family and friends – then I needed to move past Blanca’s own strength. 

It made me realize that Jesus had those same feelings of needing to be cared for and encouraged. I wanted to be his Mary in my Martha world -- always wanting to get things done. This was a life-changing revelation for me because I saw the tenderness of God. I felt the tenderness of God.

I saw His desire for me to understand His heart.

I will never be the same. Never ever.

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Scriptures for life

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These are a few of my favorite Scriptures. I cannot live my life without God and his word. I keep a 3x5 wire bound note diary of verses that pop off the pages of my Bibles. This helps me in case I need to comfort someone with a specific verse. Start your own collection!


Comfort

Psalm 119:76 Comfort me with your love, as you promised me, your servant.
Job 4:4 Your words have comforted those who fell, and you have strengthened those who could not stand.
Strength

Psalm 18:1 I love you, LORD. You give me strength.
Psalm 29:11 The Lord gives his people strength. The Lord blesses them with peace.
Psalm 118:14 The Lord gives me strength and a song. He has saved me.
Isaiah 40:29 The LORD gives strength to those who are weary.
Deuteronomy 33:27 The eternal God is your shelter, and his everlasting arms support you.
1 Corinthians 15:58 … don’t let anyone move you off the foundation of your faith.
Psalm 31:24 Be strong, all who wait with hope for the LORD, and let your heart be courag…

Sin on the journey

Before I know it, sin drips from my mouth and floods my mind. Oh the struggle.
Romans 7:22-23 I love to do God’s will so far as my new nature is concerned; but there is something else deep within me, in my lower nature, that is at war with my mind and wins the fight and makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. In my mind I want to be God’s willing servant, but instead I find myself still enslaved to sin. So you see how it is: my new life tells me to do right, but the old nature that is still inside me loves to sin. Oh, what a terrible predicament I’m in! Who will free me from my slavery to this deadly lower nature? Thank God! It has been done by Jesus Christ our Lord. He has set me free. 
My current struggle is in not easily recognizing the extent of my sinfulness. I can easily preach it, but continuous righteous living eludes me.
Ouch. It hurts. I reveal this because I love the Lord with all my heart, mind and soul, but the sinner in me wins. It's the same struggle the A…