Acorns From Oakes

Seeing With Our Father's Eyes

…We Cried Unto Jehovah, He Heard Our Voice…

God has been our help in ages past. God has been and is and ever shall be our Home. My dear family is not my home…God is. My church, even my growing, loving, serving, faithful and friendly church is not my home…God is. America is not my home…God is. This present world is not my home…God is. Physical life is not my home…God is. 

But God has us here now…here where we can love, serve and praise Him so as to draw others to Him. When King David prayed that God not forsake him even when he was grown old, he prayed it for this purpose…that he be spared to tell to yet another generation the strength of Jehovah

We cried out in prayer for God to spare the life of our new sister in Christ, Tina. He heard our voice! Bless His Holy Name! Yesterday she was in an OR for 17 hours. The doctor came out to speak with us after midnight. He was amazed at how well she held up during the long, long ordeal. She spent the night on a ventilator (which may be removed as I write this). She needed no further blood. She was protected from any other crises. She does have a long recovery ahead. How this will affect her life expectancy remains to be seen. But that matter is, for Tina…and for all of us really…in the Hands of our Father GodWho heard our prayers.

If I ever asked myself theoretically what it would feel like to lay your head down one night, knowing that the next day stood a better than even chance that your life would end on a surgery table, I was privileged to see a young Christ-follower do that very thing and come forth to sing, as it were, the praises of her prayer-answering Father God.

I saw a new Christian swimming in a sea of doubts and questions which no one on earth could answer. But I also saw a shining faith which lifted her up to stroll across that dark sea in victory. I saw fear with tears in its eyes. But I also saw amazing courage which ultimately saw her through. I saw in the experience of a young mother some of the horrific uncertainties with which life may face us. But I also saw that “it-is-well-with-my-soul” conviction which made the tough choice possible.

Thank you for having fellowship with us in Tina’s trials…thank you for caring just like Jesus does…thank you for crying out to Jehovah Who hears us. It’s so good to be at home with God and you already, even in our scattered condition upon planet earth. And it’s so good to know that one day we will all be brought together to live with Him forever…one of these days… 

Please…when your heart allows you to remember…speak another word or two for Tina. I knew you would. It’s part of why I love you as I do. But though I love you with all my heart, I have a Father Whose heart beats in rhythm with yours and Whose eyes light up at the thought of you. Feel His pleasure in you today…and always.

 

 

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6 thoughts on “…We Cried Unto Jehovah, He Heard Our Voice…

  1. Oh Praise God! I have been bugging Him about so many things…but He is far more than able to handle it!! I will keep bugging Him about Tina’s recovery. May God give her strength beyond what she can even imagine and bless her in ways she never thought possible!

    Thank you Doug for letting us know…

    btw…I pray that God pour blessings on you as well…for the good that you do and the love that you have for Him.

    God just continues to amaze me…He is so good!

    AMEN…GOD IS GOOD. HE IS GREAT! HE IS GREATLY TO BE PRAISED! LET’S DO IT UP RIGHT THIS WEEKEND AS WE PRAISE HIM WITH OTHERS! LET THE REDEEMED OF THE LORD SAY SO!

  2. Allen was telling me what all they had to do to operate on Tina.
    God was absolutely with Tina. I want God on my side in the tough times and the good times.

    Doug I know this is hard on you to see people go thru things like this.
    God continue to be with you and your caring heart. I want you on my side also for the care you show. Not everyone knows this kind of care, not even me all the time like God would want, but I will keep on keeping on.
    As I am allowed to live on I hope I can be a shoulder to lean on and truly show people love and care.

    Gail
    YOU ARE A SHOULDER AND HAVE ALWAYS BEEN SO. MANY ARE THEY WHO HAVE BEEN BLESSED BY YOUR LOVE FOR AND FAITH IN JESUS.
    AND YES…GOD WAS ABSOLUTELY WITH TINA. I SAW HER YESTERDAY AND SHE HAD BEEN WALKING AND SITTING UP IN A CHAIR. SHE WAS PLANNING, BY PHONE, THE BIRTHDAY PARTY FOR HER 4-YEAR OLD SON, LATER THAT DAY.
    THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERS FOR HER. PRAISE GOD!

  3. Email Girl on said:

    I really can’t begin to imagine what Tina faces in the immediate future…but I’m so grateful she gets to fight on longer. I don’t know this woman, but I feel like God made sure I learned about her. Its funny how people you don’t know can teach you lessons that you didn’t know you needed to be taught. As a new Christian she has been faced with an incredible test of faith….a test I don’t know I could withstand and I’ve been a Christian a long time. I admire this lady that I don’t know and I cant fathom what this has been like for her. I will continue to pray for her during the coming days and weeks….for the struggle, I feel sure, is far from over. God bless you Tina…keep fighting!

    YOU ARE RIGHT…HER STRUGGLE IS FAR FROM OVER. BUT, HOPEFULLY, SHE IS BEING GRANTED BY GOD SOME MUCH NEEDED RELIEF FROM PAIN AS WELL AS PRECIOUS TIME WITH HER CHILDREN. YOUR PRAYERS ARE SO IMPORTANT TO TINA AND TO ME. PRAY FOR HER TO BE ABLE TO KEEP GROWING IN THE GRACE AND KNOWLEDGE OF OUR LORD CHRIST. AND MAY WE ALL DO LIKEWISE.

  4. Doug I want to thank you for giving us the opportunity to know about Tina and to be able to talk to God about her … for her. I’m grateful to have a chance to help someone … encourage someone in any way possible.

    I’m just beginning to really learn how powerful prayer can be. My attitude about prayer … until really just recently … was that it was for my heart. It was to get my heart ready to accept God’s will. I felt like He was going to do whatever He was going to do and our responsibility was to accept it. I believed that, “Prayer doesn’t change God, it changes me.” I’m slowly learning that that is not God’s intention. I still don’t understand it … but I’m learning.

    I know God is holding Tina in His hands protecting her … caring for her. I pray that God helps her feel it … and if she can’t feel it … I pray He gives her the full knowledge of that protection and all that it means for her heart.

    PAIGE,
    THANK YOU FOR BEING WILLING TO ENTER INTO TINA’S TRIALS WITH YOUR FAITHFUL HEART OF LOVE AND CONCERN. IT REALLY DOES HER SO MUCH GOOD TO LEARN OF PEOPLE WITH YOUR KIND OF HEART WHO SUE FOR HEAVEN’S FAVOR FOR HER. TO KNOW THAT YOU AND OTHERS CARE IS REALLY A GIFT. AND I KNOW THAT YOU GIVE THIS WONDERFUL GIFT TO MANY…SO FREELY…IN HIS NAME. THANKS AGAIN. I WILL LET TINA KNOW OF YOUR LOVE AND PRAYERS FOR HER.

  5. Laura C. Disaster Response Team on said:

    Hi Doug,
    I feel as though I know Tina though your blog. My heart aches for her so, being a single mother and having such young children. Maybe someday we’ll know the answer to all the questions, to all the things that seem so unfair. Until then……..we live by faith. Even with all the questions, we still know GOD is Great. I wish I could be there to give her a hug. Will you do that for me? Also, please let her know that all of us (DRT staff) will be praying for her each morning during devo here in Texas.

    HEY LAURA,
    I WILL PASS ON YOUR LOVE FOR TINA. IT WILL MEAN SO MUCH TO HER TO KNOW THAT CHRISTIANS WHO ARE HELPING OTHERS THROUGH THE EFFECTS OF HURRICANE IKE ARE PAUSING FROM THEIR LABORS TO THINK OF HER. WHAT A BLESSING. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. AND THANK YOU FOR HONORING OUR LORD IN ALL YOU DO. LOVE AND PRAYERS, D

  6. Rex Boyles on said:

    Several times in Scripture … immediately after people “cried to Jehovah” the very next word in text is “then” … then God hears … then God comes down … then God answers … then God heals.

    We have prayed for Tina … now we await the “then” with a sense of expectation and celebration.

    YOUR PRAYERS WENT UP BEFORE GOD AS A MEMORIAL. HE DID HEAR. HE DID ACT. HE DID WHAT WAS GOOD. AND TODAY WE ARE PRAISING HIM, AGAIN, AS WE HAVE HAD OCCASION TO DO REGULARLY. AND WE ARE LEARNING…THAT IN THE SAME WAY WE TRUST AND PRAISE HIM FOR THE TIMES HE SAYS, “YES,” SO WE TRUST AND PRAISE HIM WHEN HE SAYS, “NO.” WHO IS SUFFICIENT FOR THESE THINGS? HE IS SUFFICIENT! AND SO ARE WE AS WE ABIDE IN HIS PROTECTION. THANK YOU FOR LOVING, CARING AND PRAYING FOR TINA, AS I KNEW YOU WOULD, EVEN ACROSS THE MILES.

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