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Healer of the Heart

HEALER OF THE HEART

By Carolyn Dale Newell

Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart,

Luke 18:1 NKJV

Waves crashed upon the boat as the men trembled. They were seasoned fishermen, but this was no ordinary storm. They feared for their lives. How could Jesus sleep in the boat while the tempest raged? The disciples needed Him now!

They roused Jesus from His nap, and He reminded them about their “little faith”. I doubt His voice was condemning. Possibly, He consoled the terrified disciples, telling them it would be OK. Jesus was on the scene, as He hushed the winds and waves.

Friend, it is going to be OK for you too. We all experience weaknesses, the particular ordeals which create anxiety and heartache. Our minds know God never leaves us, but sometimes, we feel abandoned. We have quoted verses to friends and family, but during our storms, we doubt these promises. We have felt peace beyond understanding, but now peace eludes us.? We know Scripture by heart, but today, our heart does not sense it.

In our verse, Jesus said that we ought to pray and not lose heart. There are seasons when we lose heart. His promises feel unattainable in moments of brokenness. He promised not to put more on us than we can bear. True, but He is our burden-bearer since He commanded us to cast our cares on Him.

When you have lost your spouse and the tears are unceasing. When the squall of depression rips you apart. When the doctors offer no hope. When your child strays. When the pressures boil. We lose heart, but we can pray.

Friend, if you feel helpless, you are not hopeless. These hearts are still human. Persist in prayer! Pray until peace envelops your soul. Pray until the winds are silenced. Pray until the waves stop churning. The Healer of hearts is on the scene, like He was that long-ago night. Can you hear Him whisper, “It’s gonna be OK.”?

Jesus, Jesus, sometimes all I can do is say Your precious name. At this moment, I don’t feel strong. I don’t feel at peace. I don’t even feel Your presence, but I know You are here. I won’t stop praying until You manifest Yourself to me. I need Your grace to see me through this storm. So I will be still and listen… Amen.

DIG DEEPER

When we lose heart, we need some reminders. Here are some well-known promises from God:

 

  • 1 Corinthians 10:13
  • 2 Corinthians 12:9
  • Philippians 4:6-7, 19
  • 1 Peter 5:7

HIKING THE TRAIL

Never believe you have failed as a Jesus girl or a godly man because you experience momentary weakness. You are human, and it is normal. In the end, you will be stronger for it.

Copyright 2016 Carolyn Dale Newell.

Remaining Cool in the Heat of the Battle

NEW BOOK COMING SOON…

“Incense Rising: 60 Days To Powerful Prayer”

 

REMAINING COOL IN THE HEAT OF THE BATTLE

By Carolyn Dale Newell

 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding,

Will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Phil. 4:7 NKJV

Christians can endure severe tragedies with peace and calmness. How? Believers must totally trust in God’s promises. God will never leave us nor forsake us. He will never put more on us than we are able to bear. His all sufficient grace is always present. Jesus said, “My peace I give to you…” (John 14:27).

As we pray, like Paul commanded in verse 6 of this same chapter, and we give thanks to God, He will fill us with peace. Many times we concentrate on the answer to our prayers, but the ultimate result of prayer is peace.

It is a peace that comes from God, and the world cannot understand it. It is not found in this world. It guards us – protects us –from fear, worry, frustration, and doubt.

“You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” (Is. 26:3).

This verse gives us two essentials for peace – focus and trust. As we trust God, and we know that He is faithful, we must never lose focus on Him. Often we look at the severity of the situation, and we take our eyes off God. We even go as far as to borrow trouble by looking at the “what if’s”. When we are placed in circumstances which no one, but God can control, we can do one of two things. We can spiral out of control with fear and worry, or we can pray, trust God and focus on Him. That is when we will feel His peace.

The battle may be raging around you, but you will be calm. God has drenched your soul with peace.

Heavenly Father, help me continually focus on You rather than my problems. You are the problem-solver and nothing is too hard for You. Thank You for the precious gift of peace. Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read Ps. 4:8, Ps. 29:11, Jer. 29:11, and Col. 3:15.

HIKING THE TRAIL

As soon as you determine to focus on God and trust Him completely, Satan will turn up the heat. How can you remain focused and trusting when that occurs?

Copyright 2013 Carolyn Dale Newell.