Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Looks Are Deceiving


























After returning from a trip to South Carolina, I became ill. For six days I have been plagued with a vicious illness. It does not wish to let go. This morning as I prayed for healing, God reveal greater needs within my body. It's easy to admit we are sick physically, but not always easy to admit we have other issues in need of divine intervention.

 From the outside all appears great. Suddenly, my mouth opens and out spews vile, harsh, crackling, germs. I thought I could contain them. How did they purge their way up and out of my body?

Just as harmful virus' and bacteria invade our bodies and escape without permission into others lives, so do harmful thoughts, patterns, and behaviors. We think we have them carefully hidden, yet out of our hearts they leap injuring those in their path. Looks are certainly deceiving!

It's time for a clean up, a healing of heart, body, and soul.

"The way God designed our bodies is a model for understanding our lives together as a church: every part dependent on every other part, the parts we mention and the parts we don't, the parts we see and the parts we don't. If one part hurts, every other part is involved in the hurt, and in the healing. If one part flourishes, every other part enters into the exuberance." 1 Corinthians 12:25 The Message

"I'm hurt and in pain; Give me space for healing, and mountain air." Psalm 69:29 The Message

"Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don't try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God's voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he's the one who will keep you on track. Don't assume that you know it all. Run to God! Run from evil! Your body will glow with health, your very bones will vibrate with life! Honor God with everything you own; give him the first and the best. Your barns will burst, your wine vats will brim over. But don't, dear friend, resent God's discipline; don't sulk under his loving correction. It's the child he loves that God corrects; a father's delight is behind all this." Proverbs 3:5 The Message

Recognizing our health affects the health of others, lets attempt a clean up. Join me as I:

~Develop a more passionate prayer time!
~Dig deeper in HIS word!
~Purge the unhealthy!
~Embrace GODS presence!
~Seek to become all HE created you to be!

By HIS mercy and in the grip of HIS grace,

Andrea

17 comments:

Girly Muse said...

Great post, Andrea. God is working on me in these areas too. I will definitely join you.

Saleslady371 said...

Confirmation of what the Holy Spirit is telling me. Praying for your health; hope you feel better fast.

Marydon said...

Right now He is holding me up through difficult issues. I pray that my next effort is the right one.

You look marvelous, sweetie.

Next eye surgery tomorrow.
Huggers,
Love you both ~
Marydon

PS ~ So funny, the word verification for me is SKY DR ... message there?! I do believe so.

BLUEBUTTERFLY said...

Oh my goodness, Andrea!!!! Were you in my head this morning? Wow! Praying for complete wellness and joy!

Cathy said...

Good words of wisdom. Hope you're feeling better soon. I love the picture of you. Too cute.

Denise said...

Such a wonderful post.

Diana said...

I hope you find good health soon Andrea. I'm sure God will take care of you. Love Di ♥

Southern Lady said...

Great post, Andrea! I've been seeking out some healing of my own. Carla

Goose Hill Farm said...

AMEN, SISTER! Now is the season for purging on so many levels in my life.

Praying for your healing, sweet friend!

Blessings~
Laura

Sarah (Nikki) said...

sending you tons of hugs and prayers. Feel better sweet friend and you look awesome in this pic.

Sassy Granny ... said...

I hpe you feel better soon. You can know you're in good company, too. God is forever at work on His children. It's such a comfort to know it's a process that sometimes takes awhile ...

Nancy said...

Wonderful words. I like the way you think. I'm believing for healing in all areas for you.

Sonja said...

Oh how every one of us can relate to your honest words, Andrea. There is not a day that goes by that I don't sense the same in my own life. I'm called upon to do the very same things you have listed.

I hope you feel better soon. It's for sure He is at work, healing all of us.

Attic Clutter said...

BIG hugs Andrea(:)
Patty

Magdalena said...

Dear Andrea
I hope you are feeling better, am I am so sorry to feel you haven't been well. I will pray for you and add you to the prayer chain at school.
God Bless
Bunny

Magdalena said...

That 'Magdalena' is suppose to be me Bunny from the paris house

Rebecca said...

I hope you're feeling better physically, Andrea. I have had a little plague of my own but am on the other side of it. But the whole experience HAS alerted me to the need to be more attentive to my body AND mind AND spirit...

It appears that we share an appreciation for The Message! Isn't it an incredible version of The Word?