Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Forget Not All His Benefits

It has been quite awhile since I last blogged so a post is long overdue. With all that’s bouncing around in my brain, I am sure that this will be a lot of rambling, so bear with me…

Over the course of the past few weeks, I was much busier with schoolwork. I had two major assignments that were not coming together so, at the last minute, I changed the topics for both papers, hoping that somehow the information would gel. By God’s grace, I got A’s on both and am now officially done with school until 2011! I am so grateful to the Lord for helping me with these assignments. I actually enjoyed writing them. I was able to incorporate bits of my testimony into the papers and was encouraged to read about what God has done in my own life. He has done so much! I was reminded of all the ways He has touched and healed me. It’s been a crazy journey to say the least. To be where I am today is a testimony of God’s faithfulness. These papers were a reminder to not forget any of His benefits!

Something else that was made real to me as a result of writing these papers was that God cares just as much about helping me with my studies as he does mending my broken heart and healing my body. There is nothing to big or too small for the Lord. He loves us all so much and is mindful about every area of our life – heart, mind, body, soul. He wants to grow us and strengthen us in every area and make us whole. I thank God that when He says we can come boldly to His throne of grace, it’s not for some things it’s for all things. Trust me when I tell you, I went boldly to Him for lots of school-related stuff. And He helped me, for which I give Him the glory.

I also thank God for my parents. They allowed me to move back home to concentrate on school and I am so grateful. I know I would not have done as well if I were still juggling all the responsibilities and cares I had in Chicago. I definitely would not have enjoyed my studies; they would have been a burden. I am finally enjoying school and I appreciate my parents so much for allowing me this opportunity. It is a blessing and a joy.

I’m getting sleepy so I should bring this to a close. Before I go, let me share the psalm that I have on my heart…

Praise the LORD, my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the LORD, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
The LORD works righteousness
and justice for all the oppressed.
He made known his ways to Moses,
his deeds to the people of Israel:
The LORD is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger, abounding in love.
He will not always accuse,
nor will he harbor his anger forever;
he does not treat us as our sins deserve
or repay us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his love for those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
As a father has compassion on his children,
so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;
for he knows how we are formed,
he remembers that we are dust.
The life of mortals is like grass,
they flourish like a flower of the field;
the wind blows over it and it is gone,
and its place remembers it no more.
But from everlasting to everlasting
the LORD’s love is with those who fear him,
and his righteousness with their children’s children—
with those who keep his covenant
and remember to obey his precepts.
The LORD has established his throne in heaven,
and his kingdom rules over all.
Praise the LORD, you his angels,
you mighty ones who do his bidding,
who obey his word.
Praise the LORD, all his heavenly hosts,
you his servants who do his will.
Praise the LORD, all his works
everywhere in his dominion.
Praise the LORD, my soul.

- Psalm 103

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