Category Archives: WordStudy

To Be Fully Satisfied

My hearing loss has been impacting my life in a big way recently, as it gradually gets worse. Over the last 2 years I went from scoring a 52% on a word discrimination test, WITH the help of my hearing aids, to just a few weeks ago scoring a 38%. What that means is… communication is HARD, and getting harder. Without hearing aids I’m almost completely deaf, and with them, the strongest available, I still only hear about 38% of what people are saying. I rely on body language, facial expressions, lip reading, and it’s a great deal of work. Some days I feel defeated and end up in tears, exhausted by the effort of trying to decipher the day’s sounds.

But some days… I sit in sweet fellowship with my God and tell him thank you. Thank you for the silence. Because He speaks in the silence, and I love to hear His voice. When all the other voices are fading around me, His whisper has become louder in my life. His words clearer. He has drawn me in closer and revealed himself to me in ways that I may never have known without the experience of my loss. My commitment to him has grown deeper because of it. My dependence on him in even the most average of moments keeps showing me clearly how faithful and good He is. He keeps showing up and showing himself strong for me.

“The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to give strong support to those whose hearts are committed to him.” 2Chronicles 16:9

He truly does seek opportunity to support us when we sincerely desire the strength of his presence. He is faithfully by our side in the midst of every moment, extraordinary, difficult, or mundane. He will never leave us.

One of the hardships of hearing loss is the extreme loneliness that can be felt. Even with hundreds of people surrounding you, and so many conversations in your midst, it is normal with hearing loss to feel alone in the middle of it all. To sit in the midst of family and friends and desperately wish you could be part of their conversation, but no matter how hard you try you just can’t hear enough to figure out what is being said, can be the loneliest feeling. But God whispers loud in those moments and reminds me He is there. I pray for those who I can’t hear, and God’s peace settles over me. The prayer life that God has grown in me is one of the sweet blessings that cause me to thank him for my loss. When I start to feel alone, but turn to him, I find that his presence fully satisfies.

A precious friend recommended a wonderful book to me called He Speaks In The Silence, by Diane Comer. She shares her story of hearing loss, and how through her loss she finds greater intimacy with God. The first half of the book is her unique story, but the second half is both of ours, because it’s mostly about how God shows up, and He is good. Reading her book blessed me! Or rather, reminded me of how I’m blessed!

“The word translated as blessing in the New Testament is derived from the Greek word, makarismos, which means “to be indwelt by God through the Holy Spirit and, therefore, because of His indwelling to be fully satisfied in spite of the afflictions of life.” (Zodhiates, The Complete Word Study Dictionary: New Testament) To be blessed actually means to be fully satisfied. To thrive on the inside even if life is falling apart on the outside. To be so filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit within, that we are able to endure and taste the sweetness of His love even in the midst of bitter reality. Even when it hurts, even when we do not understand.” ~from He Speaks In The Silence, chapter 6.

God is good. ALL the time.

Shared from my heart ~ Stacy

Breathe

Life has been full lately. Really full. And I’m not the kind of person who thrives with busyness. The only thing that keeps me from hyperventilating is prayer. Prayer for the Holy Spirit to permeate my life, to calm my every thought as I breathe Him in deeply. Yes, deeply… expelling fully every last bit of stagnant air from the depths of my soul and replacing it with the clean vital oxygen of the Holy Spirit. 

I find that it’s not a coincidence to read the Hebrew word for breath… “ruwach”, 

“And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath (ruwach) of life; and man became a living soul.” Genesis 2:7

and then find the very same Hebrew word, “ruwach”, later translated Spirit

I will pour my Spirit (ruwach) upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring.” Isaiah 44:3

God’s Holy Spirit is our very breath. Like oxygen for our lungs, He is for our soul. Breathe in God, breathe out the stresses, worries, and unclean thoughts of this world that leave our Spiritual walks in a place of stagnancy.

The difference between a stagnant Christianity and a healthy Spiritual life, filled with vitality is the depth of our ruwach. Prayer and worship are how we breathe more deeply. Pray these words with me friends…

(originally posted at encourage365.com.)

Shared from my heart ~ Stacy

Walking in His Grace

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“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith, and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.” Ephesians 2:8

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.” Ephesians 1:3

“Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.” 1Corinthians 12:7
“For the LORD  takes pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation.” Psalm 149:4

“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace” Ephesians 1:7


“I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.” 2Corinthians 6:2b

“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.” James 4:10

“I pray that you… may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge…” Ephesians 3:17-19

“But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.” Titus 3:4,5

“God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth…” 2Thessalonians 2:13

“The LORD is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.” Psalm 145:9

“You will be enriched in every way for great generosity.” 2Corinthians 9:11

“…for  charity shall cover the multitude of sin.” 1Peter 4:8

“…you were cut out of an olive tree that is wild by nature, and contrary to nature were grafted into a cultivated olive tree…” Romans 11:24

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:2-4

“I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are my people,’ and they will say, ‘The LORD is our God.'” Zechariah 13:9

And we receive…
A crown of blessing.  Proverbs 10:6

A crown of joy.  Isaiah 35:10

“… a crown of beauty instead of ashes.” Isaiah 61:3

“… the crown of righteousness, which the Lord,… will award to…  all who have longed for his appearing.” 2Timothy 4:8

“…the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.” James 1:12

“And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.” 1Peter 5:4

The Sound of His Voice

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I can hear the rush of the water long before I feel it’s mist upon my face. It catches my attention and makes me stop to listen.

It is a beautiful sound.

The sound of a flowing river. A strong rushing current of cool, refreshing waters. Where is it coming from? Where does it lead? The sound draws me. It is both peaceful and invigorating. I long to stand before it and see it’s power, feel it’s cleansing coolness on my aching soul.

It is a beautiful sound.
The word Son, in Latin, means sound.

 

Jesus is the Son of God.
He is the sound of His voice.
Do you hear Him calling out to you? Have you stopped to listen?
He is a beautiful sound.