Thursday, March 21, 2013

A Promise Is A Promise (Take 2)

I seem like such a lazy blogger lately. Two reposts in two weeks. But I have another good reason... I really wanted to link up with a fellow blogger today. She does a blog link where she gives us one word and that is what we blog about! I LOVE this idea. The word this week is Strength and I just could not think of a better personal story about strength than this one I posted last year. So here it is again... 

A Promise Is A Promise

I was tiny when I was born, 4lb. 11oz. Maybe not by today’s standards. But (ahem) 32 years ago that was pretty small. I had a lot of problems at birth. I am not even sure what all was wrong but the doctors told my parents that I would likely not make it and if I did I would be a vegetable. Obviously grim news. So my dad went to his motel room to pray and God took him to this verse in the bible.

“By faith Sarah herself also received strength...” Hebrews 11:11 

He returned to the hospital and assured my mom that I would be okay because of the promise the Lord had given him. And I was!

In my late teens and early twenties I began seeing a doctor regularly for some medical issues I was having. Every appointment was more of the same bad news. It would be very difficult for me to able to have children if I could even have them at all. It was a huge disappointment. I had spent the past 10+ years day dreaming about someday being a wife and mommy.

Five years later I was married and two months after that I was pregnant. To be honest I wasn’t all that shocked. Surprised because we did not plan on starting a family that quickly? Yes! Surprised that God had gone ahead and done what he wanted in spite of doctors reports? No, not really. It wasn’t until several months later, as I sat pregnant in the babies room writing an article for the Church’s newsletter that God revealed something to me. I was writing about this very same promise God had given my dad all those years ago and I wanted to get the wording just right. So I opened up my bible to Hebrews 11:11 and here is what I saw...

“By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive...” 

Cool, right?! 24 years ago God had given my dad a promise. Little did any of us know that word held more than one promise. And God always keeps His promises. Praise the Lord!

If you can stand it there is even more awesomeness to this story. One weekend, a few weeks before my wedding my mom, sister-in-law, and I were talking baby names. My mom mentioned a name she had recently heard that she thought was so beautiful. Elyse! I fell in love with it instantly! The next morning at church Jarrod informed me that our friends Paige and Lisa had just given birth to their little girl. This got us talking about baby names. Jarrod said, out of the blue, “you know what name I really like? Elyse.” I told him about the conversation I had had with my mom we thought it was a little crazy. When we found out we were having a girl sometime later we felt confident God had already given us a name for her.

So as God gave me this new revelation that night as I worked on the newsletter I looked knowingly over at our daughter’s wall. There hung a poster with her name-to-be, the definition printed under the name.

God’s Oath 

I mean, WOW! First God gave us the oath and then he literally gave us the oath. 

And this was not only a promise of strength for me to maintain life or to conceive. I have a promise of strength to sustain life. Strength when I am overwhelmed by my circumstances, strength when I just do not have the energy to hand out one more consequence to one of my children. Strength to trust when I do not know where the money will come from for the next bill. Even better, the promise of strength is not just for me. It’s for all of us. 

"And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

“but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31

“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

Be strong in His perfect strength! 

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