{Ministry Mom} Worth More Than Diamonds

MandyWritten by: Mandy Lawrence-Hill

….worth far more than diamonds. (Proverbs 31:10 MSG)

The definition of worth is: “the level at which someone or something deserves to be valued or rated.

Our culture is insistent that we find our ‘worth’ in various ways. Where do you find your worth?

Do you find worth in your education? Perhaps you have a degree or two from a prominent university, framed and boldly centered on your office wall. Do you find your worth in your job? Maybe you’ve climbed the ladder and have worked REALLY hard to earn the position you possess today. Do you find your worth in a growing platform? Maybe you have double the number of fans on Facebook or Twitter as your competitors. Do you find your worth in your family? I’ll bet you are pretty proud of the hard-working husband and beautiful children you call your own. What about a car? A boat? Your hair? Your home? Your passion? Your talent? Your ministry? (Ouch)

Now, what if the very thing in which you found your worth was stripped away. Would you still be worthy?

What if you have none of these things? Does that make you worthless?

1 Peter 1: 3-7 says this: God has something stored up for you in heaven, where it will never decay or be ruined or disappear. You have faith in God, whose power will protect you until the last day. Then he will save you, just as he has always planned to do. On that day you will be glad, even if you have to go through many hard trials for a while. Your faith will be like gold that has been tested in a fire. And these trials will prove that your faith is worth much more than gold that can be destroyed. They will show that you will be given praise and honor and glory when Jesus Christ returns. (CEV)

Worth has nothing to do with anything you can possess or obtain in the physical sense. Nothing you can buy, earn or create on this earth will increase or decrease your worth. The value you feel in any of the things I mentioned above, or anything else other than God Himself will soon fade away.

It is only when you put your hope and faith in God, without reservation, without holding back, that your worth is far greater than diamonds, my friend.

Don’t settle for anything less.

{Ministry Mom} Do Not Play Fair

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Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.Ephesians 4:32

Of the many things that our children have picked up from school, our least favourite these days is the saying; “NO FAIR!!!!” Oh, how those two little words make us cringe when we hear them because they are usually followed by the sudden outbreak of war…in our home. Brother.

We live in a world where justice is very important. Good is rewarded; bad is revenged. In other words, “I’ll be nice to you so long as you are nice to me; but if you treat me wrong, I’ll treat you wrong back.

Justice.

Unfortunately, that is exactly the problem.

You see, Jesus calls us to be different. He says in Matthew 5:39; “But I say to you, do not resist the evildoer. But whoever strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other to him as well.

I recently felt challenged by this verse in relation to parenting my kids. We are parenting them to seek justice….when Christ calls us to be more than that. “He has told you what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.(Micah 6:8)

God calls us to DO justice; not seek justice.

So, what is the difference between doing and seeking justice? Seeking justice is going after what is fair. Doing justice is being a part of what is right. How amazing is it that God has called us to be directly involved in doing justice?

So how do we teach this to our kids?! Well I think the first thing we need to do is live it out in our own lives. If we want our kids to do justice, we have to do justice too. After that, I think we just need to take it day by day; lesson by lesson all while allowing God to lead us.

Don’t play fair anymore. Do better than fair; love abundantly, even if that love is not returned.

Father God, thank You for Your love and mercy. Thank You that we do not need to seek justice, but instead we can seek You as You are just. Jesus, when it comes to our kids, let us be a living example of doer’s of justice, rather than those seeking justice. Please also guide us as we desire to raise our kids in a manner which will honour and glorify You. We ask these things in Your precious name, amen,

{Faith} Be Bold and Courageous: Say Yes!

Written by: Mandy Hill

“Up to the time of Samuel the prophet, God provided judges to lead them. But then they asked for a king, and God gave them Saul, son of Kish, out of the tribe of Benjamin. After Saul had ruled forty years, God removed him from office and put King David in his place, with this commendation: ‘I’ve searched the land and found this David, son of Jesse. He’s a man whose heart beats to my heart, a man who will do what I tell him.’ (Acts 13:21-22)

I am learning lots about being obedient to Gods calling on my life. I love this quote “We need not fear what our obedience will cause to happen in our life. We should only fear what our disobedience will cause us to miss.” –Lysa TerKeurst, What Happens When Women Walk In Faith.

Isn’t that so true?! How many times has God called you to do something and you were hesitant to be obedient because of what comfort you would need to sacrifice, or what it might cost you.

If God is calling you to do something, he promises to take care of you. Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.

I don’t know about you but I certainly want all the good that God has for me and my family! Sometimes God asks something small, sometimes He asks us to do something big; something radical. Whichever the case, we need to be open and willing to be obedient to His call however that looks, regardless of what it will cost us.

We must also seriously consider the fact that we will be missing out on God’s rich goodness and provision if we chose to disobey.

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Is there something God is asking you to do? Does it require making a sacrifice? Whether big or small, say YES to God. Persevere through the ever-so-tempting choice to remain in your ‘comfy place’ and step out in obedience to the darling of heaven! Dare to be a woman who like David, did what God told him and had aligned his heart with The Lord himself.

Father God, we are so thankful for Your provision when You ask us to do something for You. We are thankful for the promise that when You call us to serve You in any way, big or small, You will work things together for our good. I know God that You are calling some of us to take steps of faith in our life journey’s and I pray for my sisters who are in that scary place of ‘deciding’. I pray for confirmation, clarity and a boldness of courage. Thank You God for calling ordinary women to do extraordinary things for You. We love You so much! Amen.

{Faith} Answering the Call.

Written by: Mandy Hill

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2014 has taught me a few valuable lessons when it comes to the callings that God has on my life. It’s truly been a wonderful year, even with it’s tough times; but through it all my God was very present, faithful and full of grace.

Here are my top three lessons learned.

1) It’s never about my little dreams; it’s ALL about His BIG dreams.
Boy, have I been stretched in the area of my dreams. Whenever I chase after my Mandy-sized dreams, I’ve discovered I am missing out on so very much. God’s dreams for me and my life are SO much better than the ones I could ever come up with. In 2014 a few circumstances arose that totally left me heartbroken, but God was right there to heal, restore and show me His plans. It was during those circumstances that my God gently drew me closer to His side, once again grooming my character.

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2) Trust is the glue of life. It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It’s the foundational principle that holds all relationships. Stephen Covey
Sometimes God asks us to do hard things; things that require an abundance of obedience and trust. When you’re certain you’ve heard from God, let no one stand in your way of seeing His plans accomplished. “[Most] blessed is the man who believes in, trusts in, and relies on the Lord, and whose hope and confidence the Lord is.” (‭Jeremiah‬ ‭17‬:‭7‬ AMP) Do you have a word to share with someone? Speak it in love. Are you being asked to bless someone in a certain way?Bless them and then some. Is God calling you to a new ministry? Accept His calling and give it your all without reserve or disdain. Keep your eyes on Jesus and step out in faith and trust to do that which He asks of you. Trusting and following God’s will will strengthen and grow your relationship with Him in incredible ways.

3) Grace. We all need it. We also need to give it.
I admit, God has grown me the most in the area of grace this year. People mess up. People make mistakes. People hurt you; sometimes intentionally, sometimes unintentionally. However, I am not exempt from mistake-making or feeling-hurting. When I find myself in a situation that sucks, it helps to have this verse tucked into my heart: “And as you would like and desire that [people] would do to you, do exactly so to them.” (Luke‬ ‭6‬:‭31‬ AMP) The ugly reality is, the majority of people don’t think or act this way. People will be people. Don’t let that stop you from living a life full of grace.

Father God, thank You so much for the lessons You teach us along life’s journey. Thank You for Your dreams, for the incredible way Your dreams fit my life so much better than my own. Thank You for circumstances that deepen my trust in You. Yes, thank You even for the yucky circumstances, because it is in those that I can see You the clearest. Finally, thank You for Your example of grace; the ultimate example. I pray that You will help me to extend grace in all situations, especially the situations that are the hardest. Thank You, Jesus! Amen.

{Ministry Mom} Living with Purpose.

By: Mandy Hill

Don’t you see that children are God ‘s best gift? the fruit of the womb his generous legacy? Like a warrior’s fistful of arrows are the children of a vigorous youth. Oh, how blessed are you parents, with your quivers full of children! (Psalm 127:3-4)

Family requires intentional effort.

Work schedules, school schedules, marriage, ministry, and just life in general can sometimes cloud our eyes from seeing the need to pour into these little lives we have been so beautifully blessed with.

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A few years ago now, husband and I sat down one cold day in January and really examined our priorities?! There were four things that needed special attention and we put our best efforts into prioritizing them well….our marriage, our family, our ministry and our finances were the things at the very top and we decided we needed to be more intentional about giving attention to them consistently. From these discussions birthed our “Family Fridays!”

Family Fridays started out at a local McDonalds play place. Every Friday night after my husband got off work we would head into the city and the kids would get a happy meal, play time on the jungle gym and the beloved McDonalds toy! More than that, they got their Mommy and Daddy’s undivided attention. This time was THEIR time. We have since, broadened our activities but the point is this time was devoted to THEM. I believe that it has been one of our best decisions as their parents.

I believe that our children are beautiful treasures from God himself. My husband and I want our children to know that they are worth so much more than co-existing in life with the same last name and blood type as us! They are fearfully and wonderfully made by the Almighty God and we are so excited for them to learn this. {For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. (Psalm 139:13-14)} We want them to know this not just because we have told them so; but because we have shown them so. Worth our time. Worth our efforts. Created BY God, for a great purpose.

How better to show them this than to give them our undivided attention and time on a consistent basis?

Father God, thank You so much for blessing us with our four beautiful treasures. I pray that You will help us to show them how much You love and value them by exemplifying a love like Yours. Please help us as we endeavour to raise our children in the way they should go; Your way. I pray for my sisters and their families….I know that life is crazy busy and that scheduling a whole day or evening where everyone’s schedules match can be difficult, but I also know it’s so important and worth it!! Help us to truly treasure our families in ways that honour You and bring You glory! I pray this in Your name, Amen.

{Ministry Mom} Fingerprints.

By: Mandy Hill

Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

Parenting is one of those privileges that offers a mixed plate of emotions.

I was thinking about this recently as I watched the excitement on my two and a half year old son’s face as he smeared his teeny little adorable handprint…..all over my freshly Windex’d window. How quickly we loose sight of the plethora of reasons we have to give thanks, when something doesn’t go as perfectly as we’d hoped!!

“Nooooo!” I said as I watched my efforts fade away into a smudged mess. As quickly as I said it, he turned and walked toward me offering me a tender hug of apology. Afterward he quickly returned to his fresh canvas and continued to make the window ‘his own’.

As I watched Spencer completely discount the work I put into making my window sparkle….I couldn’t help but sit back and thank God for his precious life and his incredibly adorable smile! As I spectated, I realized just how proud he was of this ‘mess’ he was making! He was bursting with pride as he’d look from the window to me, summoning my approval! I walked over and sat beside him and played along, filling his little heart to the brim. “Momm-ee” he’d say, and point.

Sisters, when those fingerprints start to fade away, I don’t want to look back and regret wasting so much time trying to wash them away! I want to embrace each moment, each smudge, each smile and tuck each one into my heart.

My daughter brought home a Christmas ornament from school with this beautiful poem tucked inside:

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Sometimes you get discouraged
Because I am so small,
And always leave my fingerprints
On furniture and walls.
But everyday I am growing,
-I’ll be grown up someday,
And all these tiny handprints
Will simply fade away.
So here’s a little handprint
Just so you can recall,
Exactly how my fingers looked
When I was very small.

Yes, parenting is a mixed plate of emotions! Some days that plate is piled high 🙂 But, even on the hardest of days, I want to be found thanking and praising my God for every single moment.

Thank You, Jesus, for the the precious lives that You have entrusted to our care. Thank You for every smile, every finger smudge, every tender hug. I pray that we will always give thanks; in all our circumstances. I am so overwhelmed by Your love and the many blessings You have given to me; thanks doesn’t even begin to cut it! I love you so much, Jesus, amen!

{Ministry Mom} Worst day ever.

By: Mandy Hill

“How priceless is your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.” Psalm 36:7

Yesterday was a day where I felt like I was on the set of the movie “The Perfect Storm.” My two oldest children were expressing theirs wills at every opportunity, my third child is not feeling well, and the baby is having a growth spurt (which means he’s eating a lot more frequently!!). On top of all that, my hubby is sick, and we all know that a grown man with a cold is the biggest baby of all! Needless to say, there was a whole lot of fussin’ going on around here!!! And whining. And complaining. And arguing. And crankin’. And regarding ministry….don’t even get me started!!

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It’s on days like this when; it feels like my husbands funny jokes are attacking my heart, when I start doubting I have what it takes to be a good Mama to my beautiful babes, and when I wonder if I’m really cut out for ministry at all. I slowly start to morph into a cranky bear. A cranky bear with tears of defeat.

Have you ever had one of those days?!

My husband had a meeting last night, so after my children were bathed and tucked into bed for the night I thought I would get some reading and writing done. I was incredibly exhausted and felt The Lord nudging me to give this time over to Him. To just take refuge in the shadow of His wings, because His love was/is enough to steady my heart.

As I shut the door of my bedroom and began to pray, The Lord met me right then and there. His beautiful presence flooded my weary soul and He began to satisfy with his priceless and unfailing love.

I felt him nudge me again to pray for those very people in my life that perhaps played lead roles in my version of ‘The Perfect Storm’ that very day. To really pour my heart into blessing them with prayer, no matter how my heart felt. To pray blessings over their lives and to let them bring out the best in me, not the worst.

“To you who are ready for the truth, I say this: Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer for that person.” (Luke 6:28)

As I prayed blessings into the lives of those who I felt had contributed to my bad day, I felt like God picked me up and removed me from the shadows of my doubt, and placed me safely and securely in the shadow of His wings. How beautiful is that?

I started the evening feeling worn down, defeated and so weary. I ended the night with renewed strength and bright hope for tomorrow.

Sister, don’t let a bad day carry on. Stop. Devote some time to our incredible God and allow him to pick you up from the shadows of your doubt and place you in the shadows of His wings. He is just waiting for you to ask! Will you allow Him to renew your strength today?!

Thank You, God for Your promptings and Your priceless, unfailing love. Thank You God that You would not allow me to wallow in pity from a terrible day, but that You would lead me to a place in You where I can take refuge from the storms of life. Thank You for my children and the blessings that they are to me. Thank You for a wonderful husband that works alongside me to raise these blessings. I pray for my sisters who are too, experiencing those ‘bad days’ like I talked about. Please flood their souls with Your presence and quench their thirst with Your love. Thank You so much God, in Your name, Amen.

{Ministry Mom} Ministry can be yucky.

By: Mandy Hill

For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. (Ephesians 6:12-13)

Way too often ministry gets yucky, and becomes a very lonely place. Sometimes the yucky is all-consuming and physically debilitating even.
I’ve found myself thinking on these things lately, and felt impressed to share how The Lord helps me through these stormy times.

1) I put on every piece of God’s armor….
The yucky battles feel even yuckier when I am not disciplined in my own spiritual life. This is absolutely an experienced truth. Immersing myself in the wisdom found in the Word of God, taking everything to God in prayer, etc always helps me to stand firm and keeps me prepared to resist the storms the enemy will try to use to destroy me. The bible says:

“Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” (Ephesians 6:10-18)

Thinking back recently on how differently the yucky of ministry has felt on ‘an empty stomach’ versus how it feels when I’m daily prioritizing my time with God, is enough to motivate me to keep my priorities God-driven. I’m desperate for the peace that comes from a prevalent relationship with Christ; this peace is something I have learned to be invaluable.

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2) I feel yucky, because I care; but, I need to take it to The Lord in prayer.
I don’t believe that God would call a person into ministry that doesn’t care. But, because I care about people, I will naturally share in their burdens. It’s wise to remember in ministry, however, that we are not God. While I do naturally share in people’s burdens (through prayer, counsel, and even in practical ways); I must never carry their burdens. I love how the author of the hymn “What a friend we have in Jesus!” penned this wisdom:

What a Friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.

God never called us to a place of ministry to stockpile burdens. Don’t forfeit your peace, or needlessly bear pain, sister. Take those burdens to The Lord in prayer.

3) I am very careful not to discuss any of the yucky, in front of my children.
….or anyone other than my spouse, for that matter. My children are still in the very early stages of growing their faith and forming their own opinion of the church. It isn’t wise to transfer any of the yuck over onto them. I’m not naive to think they will never be exposed to, or experience the yuck in their lifetime; I understand it goes with the territory. But for now, I’d like to help them grow in their faith so when they do experience the yuck for themselves, their faith can withstand it.

4) I remember that with ministry ALSO comes great joy.
Not all moments in ministry are yucky. It can certainly feel that way in the midst of a storm….but that is not realistic. There are way more moments that bring joy, than those that bring grief and/or sorrow. It’s also comforting to know that God is already victorious over our situation, and that He is moulding and shaping our character in His likeness during the storms. He WILL see to it that good wins.
“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” (Romans 8:18)
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (‭Romans‬ ‭8‬:‭28‬)

So sisters, no matter what you’re dealing with in your ministries; just remember who you serve, and serve Him with all your might!

Father God, thank You for the wonderful privilege to serve You in ministry. Thank You that even in the yucky, You are sovereign; You are good. I pray that we will always keep our relationship with You at the forefront of our lives. Please help us remember to daily clothe ourselves with Your armour, as we serve Your people! Please bless our ministries and fill our lives with that peace and joy that only come from You! In Your name, Jesus! Amen.

{Ministry Mom} Wait Hate.

By: Mandy Hill

“Wait for The Lord; be strong and take heart and WAIT for The Lord!” Psalm 27:14

I start getting jittery when my kids dilly dally at the door when it’s time to leave for school in the morning, or when I’m doing research online and the Internet is slow, or when I ask my hubby to take out the garbage and its not done an hour later, or when I know a box from home has been sent in the mail and I know I have to wait a week to peek inside, or even when I have prayed for something and don’t hear an instant answer. I struggle with having patience….they don’t come easy for me!

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In our hurry-up, need it, gotta-have-it-now culture, it’s so easy to think we should not have to wait. That way of thinking comes naturally as we are bombarded with short-cuts in all aspects of our every day life. Just take a moment and ponder our reality: in just a few moments I will click “publish” and thousands of you out there will instantly be free to read this post, in seconds we can know the weather anywhere around the globe because of Internet technology, by the click of a button we can pre-warm our vehicles while we scurry around the house getting ready for work, we can move dinner from the freezer to the table in 5 minutes thanks to microwaves, we can even eliminate a trip to the mall and shop from almost anywhere online! No wonder waiting is hard!!!

If we allow it, our waiting will bring us to an intimate knowledge of God, one that we would not have if ‘the wait’ was eliminated. Have you ever heard yourself asking “Why did God allow this to happen to me?!”

God does not ignore the cries of his children. King David cried out, begged and pleaded with God for help, intervention and defence throughout the psalms. God never let him down.

Our waiting has purpose.

What a great example King David’s life is for ‘waiting.’ Waiting is more comforting and less difficult when we allow God in to do his work during the waiting season. When we are more open to see how faithful He is to bring His plans for our lives into fullness, our children will too see this and treasure God’s faithfulness.

I love the saying “If he will bring you to it, he will bring you through it.” I’ve seen very real examples of that in my ministry as well as many times throughout my own life. How faithful and true our God is!!!

God, Please help me with ‘the wait.’ Please remind me that there is divine purpose for this period of time that my flesh so wants to resist. I want to wait well. I want to be patient as You bring Your plans for my life into fullness. I can’t do this life without You. In Your name, Amen.

{Turning tragedy into Thanksgiving} Margie's Story.

Written by: Margie Aud

I love Thanksgiving, I think it might just be my favourite holiday of the year. There are lots of reasons for that, most of them preferences, not anything deep! I love the early autumn weather, turkey, baking (and eating) pumpkin pies and then there is the summer savory in the dressing. If you’re not a Maritimer, you won’t recognize this spice, but we always use it. If I was living in Ontario, I would love being at our daughter’s for the weekend and enjoying family. I do miss that right now, but this is a season, not forever.

Mandy asked me to write about thanks-giving (small “t”) and the season when I experienced the big C – Cancer. Wow, that made me think!

I have to give you a little family history here so you will know my point of reference. I have lost both of my parents and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins to cancer. Many differing types of cancer, and many ages when they succumbed to it, but all the same result, suffering and ultimately losing the battle. Thankfully, my parents both were devoted Christians and I have the wonderful hope and surety that I will see them again, and they will be whole!

Now, back to me and my cancer. I have had two bouts with it. One, the first was skin cancer and not life threatening. I will tell you, it is still hard to hear that diagnosis. Our minds always go where they shouldn’t, even temporarily. We are human, and God knows that. He made us! I am so thankful that “I have a Father, He knows my name. He never leaves me, No matter where I go”. I am thinking this “going” is not always geographical, but sometimes where we go in our minds.

My second C-diagnosis happened when we were living and pastoring in Montreal, nine years ago. This one was more serious and potentially life threatening. I’d like to tell you that I was brave all the time, but I wasn’t. I was just “me”. I wavered, but mostly I had good days.

My first miracle associated with the cancer was that they discovered it at all! It was not the type that would show up with the yearly examination that we all should have. I went to the doctor feeling very tired and run down. She, through blood work discovered that I was anemic, and quickly sent me to the Royal Victoria Hospital to a specialist for further biopsy and testing. You know how you just know something by the other person’s reaction? Well, that day as I was in the hospital, I knew that everything was not fine and I pretty much guessed the diagnosis even before hearing it officially. That was the day that I got on the cancer bandwagon. I didn’t have to do anything, just keep following the directions from all the doctors and technologists that were soon involved. It takes on a life of its own. My surgeon was one of the top doctors in Canada, and that gave me confidence. But, it was very intimidating going through this whole pre-op process. Many of you can relate, I’m sure!

The official diagnosis came in; Endometrial Cancer. The second miracle was that I was to be operated on in less than three weeks. Believe me, I have no problems with the Canadian medical system! I’m thankful for it, and all that were involved in helping me during that time.

I was scheduled to have the operation on a Tuesday. Some of you know the unpleasantness that the Monday held, taking a gallon – yes, gallon of something called Go Litely. Enough said. Naturally, I was homebound that day with my husband. We were both nervous, wondering what our future held, both immediate and long range. I am so glad that we decided to play some Christian music. We put on a DVD of Donnie McClurkin, Live in London, England. Simple, faith building songs. As we listened, the sweet spirit of the Lord came into our living room and flooded our hearts! The song still speaks to me every time I think of it, it became so real to me that day. “I am under the Rock. Rock that’s higher than I. Jehovah hide me, I am under the Rock. Go tell my enemy, I am under the Rock. Jehovah hide me, I am under the Rock.” In true Jamaican style, it was sung multiple times, and I was glad! Very unsophisticated music and style, but just what I needed! I had peace, and confidence even though nothing had changed, but I knew I was under that Rock! That made all the difference.

Tuesday, and the day of surgery came. I am thankful to say, nine years in the past now, they got all the cancer and it had not spread!
It was a happy day when the surgeon gave her final comments. They were, “it doesn’t get any better than this”. Wow, and PTL! We were still under the Rock.

Why does cancer come? Why does it take some and leave others? I have no answers to those questions. But I do know that His Purpose will be fulfilled in our lives as we yield to Him and His ways. Do we understand this? Not always. Someday we will, but I wonder if we will really even care when that Day arrives.

Trust Him. He knows you, He cares for you, and underneath are the Everlasting Arms. You can lean on them. They are strong enough to hold you!

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Margie and her husband Michael have been married for 42 years and have been in ministry practically all of those years. She does love celebrating Thanksgiving and every other holiday and occasion that she can find! Her special joy is in her children and now eight grand children who range in age from 8 weeks to 18 years. If you want to get her talking, just ask her about them – lol!