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Often, I ask the Lord to speak to me as I sleep. "Whisper to me things You want me to know, Lord. Remind me of the things You have taught me."
Several night ago, I fell asleep with these very words on my lips.
The next morning when I awoke, I heard the scripture over and over in my heart, "Walk by faith, not by sight, Jill."
Little did I know how I would cling to these words in the days to come.
Sight tells me that things change.
Sight tells me that no matter how hard I want to hang on to something, time eventually takes it away. Sight tells me that heartbreak is real. And painful.
Faith tells me it will be okay.
Faith tells me that Joy is coming.
Faith tells me that His Ways are higher than my ways.
Faith tells me that He goes before me and behind me.
Faith tells me that He will never ever leave me or forsake me.
Faith tells me that His yoke is easy and His burden is light.
As I was praying to the Lord yesterday, I prayed for the fruits of the spirit to clothe me. I need the fruits, Lord. I need them now. Wash me in the fruits of Your Spirit.
I repeated them to the Lord, "clothe me with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control."
As soon as the words spilled out of my mouth, I fell back on the word "faithfulness".
Give me faithfulness in abundance, Lord. Yes. That's what I need the most. Flood me with faithfulness.
Sometimes the valleys we walk through are so personal and intimate that only the Lord gets it. Only our Father in Heaven understands the depths of the pain. Words cannot convey properly the ache of our spirits. The groans of a heart in desperate need of faith.
So, we go to the One Who knows. The One who understands. The One who gets it.
In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words Romans 8:26
Really, I don't know how to end this post.
So, I will just let God's Word end it for me...
"I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us." Romans 8:18
"God is watching over His Word to perform it." Jeremiah 1:12
"He will perfect that which concerns you" Psalm 138:8