Soooo thankful for all of your precious prayers, friendships, and encouragement for my pains and aches. God is so good [as usual!]. My pain started easing up yesterday, as soon as I read the first comment left by sister Lisa. I was able to go to work last night. Everything went smoothly. Despite the usual busyness, I knew, the Lord was with me, guiding me, strengthening me.
Thank you for all of your petitions that boldly arrived at His throne! My neck is achy but that’s the norm for me ever since I sustained that neck injury from the hospital back in 1997.
I always treasure your comments and sometimes, I go back and read them again and again when I need encouragement. It truly helps to know that I’m not alone in this journey.
Sister Mary’s comment got stuck in my mind:
“If I was there, I'd give you my mineral ice too and add to your new perfume tray. I love that stuff! But long distance, I hold you in my heart and pray God's healing over your aching neck and shoulder. It's a pleasure to stand in the gap for you, my friend. I'm believing for a pain free, quiet weekend and favor of God everywhere you step. We're close in thought and spirit.”
It reminded me of that broken alabaster jar [Mark 14:3], where the expensive perfume was poured on the Lord’s head. As if I could see the broken jar laying on the floor near Jesus’ feet, that’s how I feel. Broken. An aging process! But I can only hope that despite me being a broken vessel, I pray that I’m letting out the sweet aroma that is pleasing to the Lord. If I'm always just going to have pains and my joints will be rusty, I might as well just bring this broken vessel daily and surrender to His feet.
Oh, to have that distinct aroma pleasing to You Oh Lord. I want to remain broken and empty so that Your glory can shine through me, Oh Lord. When I’m broken You empower me. When I’m empty, You fill me up. Thank You Lord for Your mercy and love. Help me to do the right things and may everything I do or say glorify You, Lord. May the essence of my worship regard You with my utmost love and respect. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
How wonderful that must be if all of His children are walking around, emitting that distinct aroma that not only pleases the Lord, but draws others to Jesus, through those broken vessels!
“14But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him. 15For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. 16To the one we are the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life. And who is equal to such a task? 17Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit. On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, like men sent from God.” ~ 2 Cor.2:14-17 [NIV]
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