Thursday, January 23, 2014
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Psalm 119:116-117 – Sustain me according to your promise, and I will live; do not let my hopes be dashed. Uphold me, and I will be delivered; I will always have regard for your decrees. (NIV)

It has become difficult for me to position my left hand over the keyboard. I keep on finding new words coming out that do not make any sense. It is like having a strange limb that does not know what it is doing. I am, of course, asking God how this new handicap is to be taken. Am I to do all I can to help out this shaking arm and be patient with its behaviour? Everything was fine until recently, so it is puzzling at the least.

Likewise, how does God see me in my spiritual behaviour? How much is He overlooking my shaking faith and trembling trust in Him? How saddened is God by my wavering faith and weak obedience? The evidence shows a lack of regular time with God. It is apparent that this is a time to test my faith.

In such a low state of mind, I went to the pages of the Bible, knowing that it is the only place to go to for real help. I could not find any help for my shaking hand, but I did find something better to sustain me, to give support, to help, and to comfort.

Psalm 27:13-14 – I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord! (NKJV)

In God's Word, we have the answers for all the perplexing questions. Just a couple of verses, word by word, bounce blessings and healing. "The goodness of the Lord" is just such a help. I am one who is in the land of the living, so I must count, and I can be of good courage.

Basically, what I found was that since I was in such a place with my faith, it was a time to reconnect and reaffirm my real place in faith and trust in God. It was an opportunity to recover the pattern of teaching that claimed me into allegiance with Jesus Christ.

My arm still has tremors, but my heart is quiet before the Lord! My hand does not get things done the way it used to, but I treat it now as an invalid in my care.

I thank God that He has also treated me as an invalid in His care, reaching me in new ways, for my benefit, to look up to Him in time of need and deep trial, and to find in Jesus what I had been missing.

As we place our faith in the God Who so loved the world that He gave His only beloved Son to die the death we deserved, we shall overcome and find Jesus to be our caregiver, with His presence and power and healing. We make it through by the grace of God! Amen!

Let this day be the first day or the hundredth day of redemption from sin and doubt. Let this be the day of renewal and salvation!

Prayer: Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever! Amen! (1 Timothy 1:17 NIV)

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thank you, very nice.

    Good timing for your message today. Thanks.

    Bless you Kirsti. Praying for you as God continues to use you.

    This picture reminds me of a very comforting hymn, “Under His Wings.” I hope you find it a word of encouragement, sent with love & prayers.

    Dear Kirsti
    I’ll pray for you today. How brave & faithful you are!
    God bless.

    “We were a silent, hidden thought in the folds of oblivion, and we have become a voice that causes the heavens to tremble.” Kahlil Gibran

    May God bless you and give you strength and courage.
    Thank you for showing us how to live with our problems.
    This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

    Dear Kristi,
    Your devotional was an inspiration to me today. It reminded me of the song “Faith is the Victory.” Thank you for sharing your faith.

    Powerful message Kirsti. Thank you.
    We make quite a pair. You, with your l/arm tremors and me with my r/wrist broken.
    Praying for you, dear PCC friend.

    Your devotional is very interesting. Thank you for writing the devotional. My left hand is gone except for my thumb and I too get funny and odd words but God has given me His words to write devotionals. We are both blessed by our Heavenly Father.

    I have no idea of your age but as a care giver I would suggest you have this arm phenomena checked to be sure it isn’t the beginning of something like Parkinson”s disease. I like you trust God with my future but even more we can trust Him with our future because He not only knows our future be He will be on the journey with us.

    Hi Kirsti,
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts and your faith in that devotional.
    Today is my birthday and I was glad to start it off by reading your inspirational message so clearly and so well thought out.
    May God continue to bless you as you walk the life of faith.

    Dear Kirsti,
    Thanks for the thought for today. It is good to be at peace with God.
    I pray that you may know God’s hand on your life to direct your paths and let you know of His joy and pleasure in you as you walk with Him.
    I pray also that the tremors you have known may be removed and that the nerves in your hand and arm are restored to full working order, in Jesus’ name, amen.
    All things are possible in Jesus, amen.

    Hello Kirsti. I just want to let you know how much I enjoy your devotionals, and how much your spiritual maturity has impacted my life.
    No, I cannot give you any concrete examples, but it seems that every time I read a devotional that “grabs” me, it’s almost always yours.
    It is with sorrow I read of your left arm & hand developing a life of its own – maybe you can teach it new tricks?? In a way, your life is probably getting exciting – your New Life and New Home are getting closer! Wow!! What a delicious thought.
    Anyway, I just wished to let you know that God is using you in mighty ways, and I am grateful for it.

    Good Morning Kirsti. Thank you for sharing how you are dealing with your new challenge by way of this Devotional. It reminded me of when my Nana had a debilitating stroke. One side was paralized. I was only young when she died, and we lived far away from her. I always remembered my mum coming back from the service and telling me that Nana had kept her Bible open to the story of the withered hand.
    I have found three references: Matthew 12:10-13,Mark 3:1-5, and Luke6:6-10. Maybe these passages will add to your affirmation that He is with you.

    This was a very thought-provoking devotional Kirsti. I notice that you didn’t mention checking out the cause of the tremor with your doctor.
    I have a friend who got MS. Her strong trust in the Lord enabled her to raise her family despite agonizing pain and betrayal.
    Bless you.

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