Thursday, September 04, 2008

Thankful Thursday : Trust His Heart












And we know that all things work together
for good to them that love God,
to them who are the called according to His purpose
... in all these things we are more than conquerors
through Him that loved us.
(Romans 8:28, 37)

Dear Friends,

Thanks for stopping by! Thanks for your prayers and encouragements.

♥ Today I am thankful to God as I reflect once again on His love and sovereignty throughout my life. I am thankful to God for His love for me and the way He has sustained and led me through the years ever since I know Him about 18 years ago.

♥ There have been many great challenges in my life in terms of my health, family, church, work, relationships. I am thankful to God for the assurance that He loves me and He is working all things for His glory and my good (Romans 8:28). Though I may not always understand why He allows certain things in my life, I can always trust in His love and sovereignty.

♥ Over the last 2 days I have been sharing about Emily and requested for prayers for her and family. Thanks for praying for Emily and her family.

I just read the latest update on Praying For Emily as at Wednesday 3rd Sept. There is an URGENT prayer request for Emily. Please join me in prayers, if you can. Earlier in the morning, Emily's sodium level was dropping and the doctors said this is critical. Please pray that the sodium level goes up, goes to normal level, and stabilize.

Thank God that by late morning at 11.54am 3rd Sept, Emily's sodium level went up a little bit. Please continue to pray that it consistently go up to the normal level and stabilize. The doctors (or nurses) now describe her condition as "holding" or "maintaining". That is good. Pray that the holding will move to improving and complete recovery. Thank you for praying with me for Emily and her family. Thank God for His goodness and mercies to them and all that love them.

Latest Updates:
Thank God for this latest update by Liza at 6:21pm 3rd September 2008:
1) Latest CT scan shows very slight reduction in swelling. That's good.
2) Sodium level is slowly going up. That's good.
Thank you for continuing to pray for complete healing and recovery.

♥ I am thankful to God that while visiting Praying For Emily, I saw this very encouraging video for the song "Trust His heart" which Liza posted on the website. This is the first time I heard the song and I was greatly uplifted. It ministered to me as I battle with a persistent chronic illness that threatens my life at times. During time of illness and struggles sometimes I question why I have to go through them. The longing to be with the Lord where there is no more suffering is so great. But after each of my recovery from my illness, I realized afresh that God has His purposes in my sufferings. He draws me closer to Him to know His love and mercies. He sanctifies me as He purges away the dross in my life so that I can grow in Him. I saw His mercies in using my suffering to give me a more compassionate heart and to feel for others who are suffering in one way or another. I became a partaker of their sufferings and it enables me to love them and pray for them, that being the least I can do.

I am thankful to God that through my sufferings with my illness, He led me to start this blog to share with other sufferers and their loved ones the goodness of God and the resources made available for our help and recovery. Thank God that providentially through this blog He has led me to know so many of you at Word-Filled Wednesday(WFW), Thankful Thursday (TT) and now the new Mission 4 Monday which Peggy just started on Monday. I am greatly blessed by God's goodness to you as you shared them with me. My life has never been more rich and blessed than this very moment! All praise and glory be to God! Thanks for sharing your friendship with me. Your prayers and encouragements are tokens of God's love for me and I greatly value it.

♥ I am thankful to God once again for providing precious people in my life ie. my family, church, friends and blogging friends who love and care for me in their very wonderful ways.

May this video encourages your heart too in remembrance of God's love and sovereignty. In the afflictions and trials of your life, may you cling unto His love and mercies, even if you can't understand many things. God is too good to be unkind, too wise to be mistaken, when we cannot trace His hand, we can always trust His heart.
Trust His Heart
Written by: Babbie Mason and Eddie Carswell

All things work for our good
though sometimes we can't see how they could
struggles that break our hearts in two
sometimes blinds us to the truth

Our Father knows what's best for us
His ways are not our own
So when your pathway grows dim, and you just can't see Him
Remember you're never alone

God is too wise to be mistaken
God is too good to be unkind
So when you don't understand
When you don't see His plan
When you can't trace His hand
Trust His heart

He sees the master plan
And He holds our future in His hands
So don't live as those who have no hope
All our hope is found in Him

We see the present clearly
But He sees the first and the last
And like a tapestry He's weaving you and me to someday be just like Him

God is too wise to be mistaken
God is too good to be unkind
So when you don't understand
When you don't see His plan
When you can't trace His hand
Trust His heart

He alone is faithful and true
He alone knows what is best for you
So when you don't understand
When you don't see His plan
When you can't trace His hand trust His heart


This video of "Trust His Heart" is posted on Youtube:


May you know God's love and care in very special ways today and everyday!

How about you? How has the Lord blessed you through the past week?

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you have a blessed and thankful day!

For more participants of Thankful Thursday, do visit Iris at Sting My Heart. It will be a very blessed and spiritually uplifting experience for you!




(I took this photo at Hort Park, Singapore)

25 comments:

Denise said...

Thanks for touching my heart, love you.

Pia said...

the "trust His heart" really spoke to me. thank you for sharing.

God bless your good heart.

Amy said...

Having gone through things myself I can relate, I think we can relate to others and learn to help them when we know what they've gone through too.

Joyfulsister said...

Hi Nancie!!
(((Hugz))) it's good to be back and being able to visit my sistah's.. I can totally relate to this post and I just want to say how much I love your heart for the Lord as well for others. I have been blessed reading your words of thankfulness.

Hugz Lorie

Serendipity said...

Nancie, your posts are always so inspiring. Thank you, that is another good reminder for me.

Will be praying for Emily.

Have a blessed day!

sharon said...

Dear Nancie, I love coming to your blog, you really do touch a person's heart. Have a lovely weekend ahead.

Debra said...

Nancie,

How beautiful. May you have a thursday filled with all things Jesus!

Jill said...

Good Morning Sweet Friend!

Thank you for sharing the video and your heart with us!

Trusting in Him has been the theme in my life now for almost 2 years and I can look back seeing how He is 100% faithful - 100% of the time.

Sending you hugs and many blessings today!

FYI - I started Monday Morning Reflections and Fearfully Fabulous Friday a month ago. Care to join me?

Love,
Jill

Beth K. Vogt said...

"Trust His Heart" comforted me during a time of struggle years ago ... thanks for reminding me of the promise that God is trustworthy!
Beth@TheAccodemtalPharisee

Laurie Ann said...

Beautiful post, and I loved Trust His Heart! Happy Thankful Thursday, Nancie.

Charlotte said...

Dear Nancie,
This may be my very favorite scripture. When I look back over my life of 71+ years I can see how God has worked everything for my good. There certainly has been a lot of bad stuff as there is in every life, but oh how he has worked it all for good. I love the words to the song you shared. Thank you for sharing and God bless.
Charlotte

Melanie said...

Hi, Nancie. I love how you always find blessings in your struggles!

May God continue to bless you each and every day, my friend!

Tiffanie said...

I really like that.. "when we cannot trace His hand, we can always trust His heart". Beautiful post as always.

Thanks for your prayers. If baby doesn't come by 10 am tomorrow my doctor wants to induce. So keep em commin.

Blessings.

Marsha said...

Hi Nancie,

Thank you for telling us about Emily. I went to her site and plan on continuing to check in and pray for her.

I love the song Trust His Heart. I've sung this several times over the years. Babbie Mason is a wonderful Christian woman. She was my music mentor during the 90's when I was teaching music at a Christian school and writing a lot of music and children's plays at the time. We met twice a month for 3 years. It was a wonderful time in my life.

Have a blessed weekend.

Jennifer said...

Your blog always encourages me:) I love you!!
Love
Jennifer

Michele Williams said...

So beautiful! You and this song touch by heart! How true.... trust His heart! Thank you so much for ministering to me today. I will share this video for Then Sings my Soul Saturday. I love it! I am even going to give it to our worship leader as well.

Love you dear sister.

becky voyles said...

This was a wonderful post Nancie. I will keep Emily in my prayers. I had a lot to be thankful for this week too.

Peggy said...

Nancie...my dearly beloved friend and sister in the Lord, I'm thankful for your enormous heart and the way you touch my heart!
I am overwhelmed today and so I waited through the day, hoping as
I trust His heart, my own heart will recover. It is too much to explain and not I'm fighting this illness and my weakness. But I know that when and as I am weak, HE is stronger. I'm waiting on is strength! I thank you for your steadfast prayers and watch of Emily! I'm glad that Liza's song touched your heart! It's one of my many favorites! I was heart broken to hear the update and then encouraged so I will just keep them in my prayers! How much more can I do...YOU have inspired me with YOUR thankful, truthful heart!

This awesome and aMazing post has put it altogether this week! TSMSS
song with lyrics and why it moved you, WFW...a new beautiful flower
with your power packed verse... photo excellence! TT~filled with wonderful thankfulness through it all; I worried in one part about your mood when you mentioned your chronic illness struggle and your longing because when I've felt like that I was in the negative spectrum of our illness! I need your prayers greatly right now!

I found a new blog last week and she visitd me again! I checked her sidebar and I think if you do not know her, you should check her out:
http://michele-risingabove.blogspot.com/

Thank you for your many faithful visits and comments on my many posts! You humble me with your energy and encouragement to others!

"I am thankful that God works ALL things together for good" and so I will trust His heart for mine is grieved and recovering right now!
On the mend..sending a BIG HOLY HUG

mama meji said...

I also have moments when and I feel disgruntled and unhappy, and I question God but I'm glad is always patient and faithful to me...above all merciful..it's so good to trust Him.

The Shabby Secret Garden said...

Hi Nancie
What a beautiful post today. Want you to know you are in my prayers, as is Emily.
Blessings
Lea
You have such a HEART for God and always bless and inspire me.
ThankYOU

Rocks said...

hi nancie!

Reading your post never fails to inspired me,whenever I go here, I feel the love and presence of God.I listen to that song "Trust his heart" and I'm so glad I did because I needed that now. Thank you once again and May the Lord keep you and bless you!

Vietta P's Two Cents said...

Thank you Nancie for the reminder in the beautiful video to trust God's heart. It truly ministered to my soul an touched "my" heart. Continue to be steadfast in this ministry of blogging, for it is a blessing to so many of us.

I will be in prayer for Emily.

Be Blessed
Vietta

Annie said...

Nancie, It is good to be back reading your inspirational posts. Your faith and beauty come through in each of your posts. Thank you so much for being you and sharing your relationship with God. Peace, Annie

Cheryl said...

Your post are always so inspiring Nancie. Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend! God Bless~

Nancie said...

Dear all, thanks for your kind comments and encouragements. Take care and God bless!