Monday, August 31, 2009

Survival


















"Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine! When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you. For I am the Lord Your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior..."
Isaiah 43:1b-3a



Today, I share one of the most important verses GOD has used in my life. Simply, GOD promises me "survival." No matter how bad it gets, HE will see me through to the other side. I am HIS and HE will never abandon me.

If you are struggling today, I pray you will find comfort in these verses. There was a season in my life when I slept with GOD's word. Yes, I held my big study Bible in my arms at night. My pain during that time was deep and yet, I survived. I am here today as a witness of GOD's love and protection.

By HIS mercy and in the grip of HIS grace,

Andrea

45 comments:

RenJac said...

Morning Andrea;
Thank You so much for sharing this :)

Karen said...

What an encouraging reminder...just what I needed to read today....

Mich said...

Great verse.

I'm thankful for a God who doesn't just love us during the good times, but walks with us (or carries us) during the hard ones too.

Courtney said...

This is a great reminder, thanks so much.

Denise said...

Such a powerful reminder, bless you.

LisaShaw said...

Amen!

Survival and beyond...VICTORY!

Praise the LORD!

Love and blessings.

Nancy said...

Loving His word. That's what it's all about. I'm still with you about the wedding and your health concerns. May you have a secial encouraging word from our great Encourager today.

COUNTRY MOM said...

Amen. What a great post and Bible verse. I pray you feel better soon. Thank You for all your prayers for my daughter. You are a blessing and I pray for you daily.

Diane said...

Thank you. It's hard when things go on for so long and you think God must have forgotten about you or some ridiculous thought like that. Good reminder! :O)

RCUBEs said...

Amen. Well, Sitka told us he'll keep you company as you rest. Praying for you sister. Hope you are up on your feet in no time! May you get the rest that you need...God bless you and sending you some cyber soup to make you feel better. Love you in Christ.

Lori Stanley Roeleveld said...

When things are really awful, I think about Christian women who survived the Holocaust and Christian women who were slaves and I know that if God could hold them through it all and if they could love and praise Jesus through their trials, I can hold on and praise Him through mine.

An Imperfect Perfection said...

Beautiful post and verse! Love it!

Heart2Heart said...

Andrea,

This is the verse that got me through one of the toughest challenges life handed me. I just need to keep my eyes on Him and not on problems. He will carry us through to the very end.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Edie said...

He does bring us through our storms as we journey home. This is a wonderful reminder.

I so enjoyed our talk yesterday Andrea. It's good to get to know you a little better.

Much love to you!

Frank Jenkins said...

Really enjoyed looking around at your page for the first time. As my ministry is growing, I love looking at others that are encouraging people just as I am trying to do. I love almost everything on the right column of your page too. It's so well done.

Frank Jenkins
One Man Revival Ministries

Chester said...

Andrea, thank you for this beautiful testimony of His love.
Chester's Mom

Sitka: I am positive you are much better behaved than some people's children! The neighbors actually wouldn'ta minded me comin' to their pig roast but Mom and Dad know I would help myself to all the human foods and be a nuisance to everybody. Thanks for stoppin' by my blog!
Chester ;0=)

Wanda's Wings said...

Just found your blog and it brings peaceful thoughts.

Daveda said...

"I have called you by name; you are mine." This is my favorite part, we are His! His to care for, His to tend to, His to watch over, His to protect, His to provide for, His to teach, His to love...AHHH

As I write this comment I am listening to your song on here...tears are welling in my eyes as I think of my grandma...flying to heaven on the wings of angels, walking with Jesus, smiling and saying...Daveda, don't worry about me :)

Warren Baldwin said...

Thanks, we can never get enough of this kind of encouragement. With the economic situation and international war, we need to remember that God is bigger than all of these things! We are in his protective care, no matter what. Good post.

Kelly Combs said...

I love that verse, and I'm so glad you not only survived, but are thriving!

sarah said...

I love this scripture and I feel a stronger bond with you knowing you too have survived deep pain. Thanks Andrea for being real and sharing your heart. Sarah

Laurie said...

I love the verse, too Andrea:) I often clinged to it when pregnant and with my babies!!! I looked at (and followed) the blogs you mentioned via email. I am amazed at your ministry here on your blogs sister. I wanted to get the award you mentioned on your blog, but my computer is taking like FOREVER to do anything on it right now, so I am going to retire for the evening. (Sorry it took me so long to look for the award.) Love you much, Laurie

Debra said...

Andrea,

I've so been there, my friend. I've witnessed to many people that when you've got nothing else...you will find He is all you need!

Blessings to you, my friend.

Loriann said...

Wow, what wonderful verses.
What an encouragement.
I updated Hannahs info today, lots of new questions, we go back the 9th. Thank you for praying.
Much Love and prayers,
Lori

Gaia said...

Hi Andrea, gee thanks for following my blog too.
This particular post struck a chord.God had redeemed me time and time again. He has always been with me, I know it. But I can be such a stubborn disciple, and I know at times I do disappoint him. But I do hope he will forgive me and just continue to give me the strength and heart to perservere.

God Bless you and your family.

Hi! I'm Grace said...

This is such a lovely post. Thanks for sharing your thoughts to us, Andrea. :)

Just Be Real said...

Amen. Need to hear not to fear! Thanks dear Andrea for sharing and your blog is truly a blessing......

Being Me said...

I will survive, thanks for the reminder.

SmilingSally said...

This reminds me of the verse, "No man will pluck them out of the Father's hand."

Terri Tiffany said...

Thank you for this encouragement today. We are in survival mode here in Florida and need to be reminded often that God still cares.

Jeanette Levellie said...

Andrea: I'm glad shared about sleeping with your Bible; I've thought of doing that! I have hugged and kissed God's word as I thanked Him for it's life and light.
Many blessings on you as you follow after Him and not just survive but come through the valley to eventually thrive.
Love you,
Jen
Audience of ONE

Mari said...

Hi Andrea, thanks for stopping at my blog. We had a message on these verses a few months ago and it really struck me. What a wonderful promise!

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

Hi Andrea,
Wonderful verses! We used to sing those verses once upon a time. I miss those old songs. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your day, my friend.

Blessings,
Sandi

Five Moms & A Blog said...

I love those verses. I like to personalize them a bit, like "when you pass through the waters of _____" and I put in whatever personal difficulty I'm praying about in the blank. Then I pray them back to the Lord, thanking Him for His promises!

I hope you are feeling better soon, my friend.

~ Nan

Mimmy said...

Beautiful scripture, beautiful commentary. Thank you so much for sharing and for your kind comments on my last post. It is so encouraging to know that there are readers who enjoy my work. It is a motivation that keeps me writing. If it weren't for my faith that God will get us through anything, I would not make it from day to day.

Thank you again and God Bless,
Mimmy

the wild raspberry said...

lovely reminder...

thanks~~~

chasity

Jenny said...

beautiful scripture, so comforting to know the lord is always with us.

Silver said...

:)

~Silver

Kelly's Ideas said...

You have blessed me with this post -thank you
Love,
Kelly

Billy Coffey said...

Ah, just what I needed today, Andrea. Thanks so much!

Girly Muse said...

I love this passage of Scripture. And I needed to hear once again that I will survive. It's something I know, but still need reminding.

Be blessed today.

RCUBEs said...

Just popping over to let you know that I'm thinking and praying about your strength and comfort and order among the busy preparation you and your hubby are involved with. Have a wonderful day and rest in His faithful love. Blessings and love to you sister.

Loren said...

I am clinging to this verse today and in the days to come Andrea thankyou for this timely post!

So praising the Lord for bringing you through your trial and giving you victory and for the beautiful way he uses you here with us DAILY!

BLESSINGS

Christine said...

Reading all your comments, you must have struck a nerve. We all needed to hear your words and wisdom.
Thanks for being here to witness and remind us to turn to God.

christy rose said...

I WILL SURVIVE! I WILL SEE VICTORY!
Thanks for the reminder Andrea!