There is no question in my mind that God is good! I can sing whole heartedly that “He’s a good, good, Father, yes He is”. But sometimes I struggle with just how much pain His goodness will allow. It’s okay to ponder these things. God can handle our questions. Jeremiah, David, Joseph and most of the prophets, patriarchs and others in scripture have hit this question head on.

David cried out all the time in his pain. Physical pain, emotional pain, relationship pain, national pain…. Let’s face it. Pain hurts, period. No one knew this more than Jesus Christ Himself when He sweat drops of blood at Gethsemane, knowing that He would bear the sins of the world in His very human body. That fact still “wow’s” me, greater love has no man than this, that he lay his life down for his friends. And Jesus accomplished what no other could do for us.

So pain is a part of the living process and it does often work out for our good. God allows pain, but it’s the devil that tries to completely crush us and it’s important to know the difference.

I remember walking into the hospital for my 3rd surgery. I had had a vision a few months back seeing myself sitting in a hospital bed, again. I said to the Lord, “NO”! But He calmly said, “This will be over quickly and everything will be alright.” Of course I wanted Him to zap me with an instant miracle (which He has done before), but it was not to be this time. I needed my gallbladder removed and it was probably pretty important because my mother and grandfather both died from complications from a burst gallbladder.

So I was walking willingly into the hospital, thinking, “I’m willingly going in here to be cut open, body part removed and it’s gonna hurt at some point, but here I go.” Just then like a light bulb from heaven, I understood what courage meant. Not just with my head, but with my whole being, I got it. Courage is doing something that will bring good, even though it will hurt.

It is also noteworthy to mention that when I went in for pre-op a few days before, I sat beside a woman with terminal cancer who was waiting to get her chemo. I was able to strike up a conversation with her and she was so receptive to prayer and to hear about the Lord. I had a salvation track in my purse to give her and she said she would read it during her treatment. Without a doubt, she drew close to the Lord that day and whether she survived her illness or not….she encountered Jesus and His truth that day in the hospital.

I would not have encountered her if I had not been there. It warmed my heart and made everything seem worthwhile. Was that my purpose there? I don’t know anything except Romans 8:28 that God can work all things together for good.

There have been times when all things were going well and I would get hit with crushing pain or physical illness that I knew was straight from hell. The times when I cried out and God rescued me , eventually. I don’t like the “waiting” part, but face it, that is part of life and it tests and grows our faith. I have to admit that often I crumble….but I’m still growing like all of us are.

God IS a good Father and won’t let us be tempted beyond what we can bear.

1 Corinthians 10:13
“No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”

So it’s okay to “cry out”, just read how often David did this in the Psalms. It’s the human condition. God did not make it this way in the garden of Eden and in heaven when things are set right again….there will be no crying or pain.

Revelation 21:4
And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”

Pain is temporary….thank God!!! As long as you choose to dwell with God in heaven by receiving His Son as Lord. He is the only door to heaven.

Rest and be at peace. Don’t go through any pain alone. Cry out. Talk to God, others and pray. This will soon pass away and be no more, and that my friends is good news!

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When all hope is lost
There You are
Shining on me like a beautiful star

Though I scream
With angers rage
Not understanding the current page

It doesn’t deter You
You can handle my pain
You never leave me, You remain the same

When my broken heart
Is bleeding mad
You stay with me, Lord, just like You said

You are not fickle
Don’t run away
Like so many others, yet You choose to stay

How can you love me
When there’s ugliness there
You look right past it, see my heart laid bare

You’d rather have an honest spit
Than a fakeness that comes
From lying lips

It’s with You Jesus
That I can get real
And not be afraid that You’ll leave me still

You’re promise is
That You will stay
And see me through another day

Your love so deep
We’ve never seen
Even when we’ve been so mean

You are not a fair weather friend
Your love so deep
That it never ends

Beyond the veil
We must go
And not be afraid our truth to show

Be it bad or be it good
You will still love us
That must be understood

Our problems seem great
But to You it’s not so
Because Your commitment is more than we know

In the morning You will be there
The price You have paid
Our sins to erase

copyright 2017 Jean Chamblee

Hebrews 13:5  “For Jesus has said, ‘I will NEVER leave you or forsake you.”

I am poured out
Like water that flows
Hoping somehow
My life in Christ shows

Wanting to bless
Sometimes I fall short
But I get up and try again
His love to report

Mercies are new
Every morning they are
Satan tries hard
To remove mornings Star

Battle upon battle
In prayer I must go
Thanking our Father
For the Holy Spirits flow

Without Him I am nothing
Nor ever shall be
But in His arms safely
My soul shall be free

He made me uniquely
Like all of His own
It makes me smile sweetly
That in His eyes I’m known

copyright 2017 Jean Chamblee Thomas

The devil is really good about bringing up our past and rubbing our noses in it and he is even better at spinning the lie that you can’t turn things around in your life. BUT God is good at helping us get back up on our feet and He delights to see us come through things and reach the other side. Check out these great scriptures:

Psalm 25:6,7 “Remember, O lord, Your tender mercies and Your loving kindnesses, For they are from of old. Do not remember the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions, according to Your mercy remember me. For Your goodness sake, Oh Lord.”

Isaiah 54:8
“With a little wrath I hid My face from you for a moment;
But with everlasting kindness I will have mercy on you,”
Says the Lord, your Redeemer.”

There is always a fresh start with Jesus…His mercies are new every morning. Never buy into the lie that you have gone too far or that God could not forgive you, or that you have gone too far into darkness to be set free. That’s a lie. God is not that way. But don’t wait…..call on Him while He may be found. Let Him nourish your broken heart back into sweet fellowship with Him. “He is near to the broken hearted” Stop being so hard on yourself too. Forgiving yourself can be really hard…..but God wants you to do just that and remember that He casts our sins away as far as the east is to the west. I pray that you will allow Him to love you…..allow Him back in to that tender place with you and let Him heal your wounds, because that is exactly what He wants to do. Rom. 8:31 “If God is FOR US, who can be against us?”  Take what He is offering! Forgiveness!!

Your are greatly loved by Him!!

VINDICATION—— it means “to have been proved right when one has been right all along” Vindication means that your name has been cleared, that the accusations were false and ill-posed —what they said about you was not true – and your name is completely restored.

Not only has God said that He will do that for us….in His time, and in His way. But God Himself will be vindicated of all the false accusations that Satan and deceived people have leveled against Him.

How many accusations have we heard from Gods own creation? Egged on by Satan….
How can a loving God let this happen, if He’s all powerful, why didn’t He stop this or that? But one day…..every eye shall see…”Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess to God” (Romans 14:11)

It will all make sense some day, when the blinders come off. All will know that God truly is a God that loves justice and mercy. His kingdom is a kingdom of justice. It’s the “time” factor that messes most people up. Look at Joseph…..it took over 15 years for him to be vindicated. But he was vindicated in such a spectacular way that even he couldn’t have imagined it. (Genesis 37-47)

God sees, and God hears….and we must trust His plan. His kingdom IS a kingdom of justice, where wickedness is punished and goodness is rewarded. Which is why in His mercy….He sent Jesus to help us out and give us a way to escape our just punishment for those that confess their sins and repent. Forgiveness can only be attained through what Jesus legally purchased for us. His ways are higher than ours so we may not see it from our earthly perspective. That is where trust comes in.

Be at peace…..it will all make sense some day!
Blessings to you!

QUIET TIMES – Poetry

December 4, 2016

Calmly walking by the bay
The mist is rising up
It crests the rocks and scatters ‘round
And peace, it fills my cup

As I walk and seek You
Silent and alone
My soul it lifts to meet You
My heart lifts to Your throne

Standing in your presence
Your warmth shines on my face
Just as real as earth is
I’m home here in this place

These moments are so holy
Sweet and set apart
As I see reflections face
Your love it fills my heart

Solid our connection
Fruitful are Your words
As they speak into my soul
My place with You assured

Don’t let it break away now
As I enter back inside
A place in our society
It seems no place to hide

Yet it takes a moment
To close my eyes and see
Our beautiful collection
Of quiet times with Thee

copyright 2016 Jean Chamblee Thomas

A CLEAN SLATE – Poetry

November 3, 2016

Painful past
Mistakes made
Can’t change
The path was laid

Ironclad grip
Pulling down
Crying out
In tears drowned

Spinning round
A sinking ship
Life’s a mess
Can’t get a grip

What if there
Was really a way
A gift for you
A completely clean slate

If you can get past
Prejudices made
Open your mind
The price was paid

Forget religion
Not what it’s about
Embrace the Truth
That will let you cry out

Forget the steeple
The Easter parade
Jesus is deep
It’s no charade

The blood He shed
Is no laughing matter
Such a shame He’s been treated
With a light hearted manner

Love so deep
Heart so good
He gave it for you
He shed His own blood

So you could have
Another chance
Get free from your past
Set free to dance

Dance a new life
Leave the old behind
Take hold of His hand
He will take off the blinds

That’s right it’s a kick
Jesus is the Way
You’ve heard it all along
Thought it was a cliche’

Don’t need to be religious
To talk to the One
That loves you so much
Had me write this sweet poem

So guess what precious one?
He’s waiting on you
To give a clean slate
Start your life brand new

copyright Jean Chamblee 2010

1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Psalm 103:11-13
For as the heavens are high above the earth,
So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;

As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.

THE CANDLE OF MY LIFE

October 30, 2016

In a dark and lonely room
With a fire in my heart
I close my eyes and think of You

With unquenchable hunger
I call out to You
You are the union I crave

One taste of Your love
One drink of Your soul
My quest will last forever

Though clouded by flesh
Surrounded by worldliness
Like a flower buried beneath the snow

The enemy rages to rip us apart
Moments are stolen, some slip away
But light always returns
And melts away the baracade that tries to keep us apart

And that thing deep inside
First contact never dies
It twists and turns and cries out to survive

With conquering force
Breaks down all the lies
And sets free the heart , the love and the cries

The candle inside -the Love of my life
So much more than a Savior
His essence abides

Jesus, Jesus
Love of my life
May Your heart know how I hunger for You tonight

copyright 2009 Jean Chamblee

A THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

September 22, 2016

James 1:2 “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials. knowing the the testing of your faith produces patience.

We’ve most likely read this dozens of times and marveled at how James could ask us to count trials a “joyful” thing. I have always read that and said to myself “that’s deep, and I’m not even close to that level of maturity” and ha ha….I still say that! But I found something interesting this morning as I read this. I stopped and looked up the word “patience” in the Greek (which the new testament was translated from) It is the word “hupomone” which means “an abiding under”! Wow!! that totally changed it for me!!

Follow this thought…. our trials drive us to “abide under” . To run to God and seek Him out in a closer and deeper way. In light of that….trials produce really good fruit. As we continue to follow James line of thought….. 1:4 “But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing!”

I don’t know about you…..but I would love to be made complete and lack nothing in the sight of God. Am I asking for trials?? NOOO!!! But…I know they will come to me and to all of us. We are meant to grow to maturity as human beings and as spiritual beings….the children of God.

James, as our older brother in Christ and a man approved of God has given us some pretty awesome wisdom. Actually if you follow his next thought he encourages us to ask for wisdom from God in faith….. an interesting thought to follow what he just said. I think when we get into trials….we NEED God’s wisdom to understand and navigate them in a way that pleases God.

At any rate…..trials will come…..to take James advice and at least try to “count it all joy” looking past the immediate trial and seeing a beautiful fruit that will be gained if we do it God’s way will help us in this life. Patience and endurance….beautiful fruit in God’s eyes. May God help us to “abide under” Him at all times, but especially as we traverse difficult times. Amen!