We will make the most from our Micah Man when we fight for faith in God.
Faith~ Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1
Without God actively at work in our lives we wouldn't be able to fight for faith – we would have given up long ago, drowned in a sea of sorrow. But because of His steadfast love, His mercies that are new every morning, and the promise that He is good to those who wait for Him and to the soul that seeks Him (Lamentations 3:22-25) we are filled with faith in the one who is faithful. He is the one holding us.
Some days that faith shines bright in our hearts and other days there is only but a glimmer. Each day our hearts are tested as we watch our little one lay quietly on the couch, longing for the times when we would comfort him after he tripped over his Crocs or watch him chow down on nuggets dowsed in barbecue sauce. It is at these times we turn to the Lord, with tears of pain and prayers, pouring out our hearts seeking his comfort, grace, and strength. It is important to fight for faith at these times so that our sorrow which is appropriate does not turn into inappropriate unbelief and doubt of our loving Father. One way we can equip ourselves for our fight for faith is with God's word – we must be reminded of scripture that speak of God's goodness and sovereignty. For example:
"And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose."
"Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
"There is none like God, O Jeshurun, who rides through the heavens to your help, through the skies in his majesty. The eternal God is your dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms."
We also are equipped to fight for faith through each other, our pastors, family and friends in our church – times of prayer together, worship, the giving of biblical faith building books and articles ( e.g. "From Grief to Glory"), emails of encouragement with helpful scripture, postcards with faith-filled quotes (Thanks Britt!), etc. We must by the aid of His Spirit choose to fill our minds and hearts with the truth of His abundant grace and goodness overflowing to us in our time of need. In so doing we will be making the most from our Micah Man... fighting the good fight together!
* Shef thanks so much for helping with this post
~Few specific prayer requests...
~CC has a cold right now, you know the runny green nose and a slight cough, please pray that our Micah doesn't get this, for him things could easily turn to pneumonia. Lil man has been barely drinking and hasn't opened his eye now in a few days, however he does give us a lil laugh and smile now and then. Pray for us
~For Mom... she has surgery the 24th to remove her left kidney, it should be a 2-3 hour procedure. Cindy is having her kidney removed due to a small tumor that was found when she was in the hospital with blood clots earlier this winter. Her docs believe it to be cancer and the thought is that by taking out the entire kidney they will stop the cancer since it doesn't appear to have spread. Please pray for peace for her, that there would be no complications, that her thoughts would not be anxious. She was sharing earlier that it tempting to wonder if they have found everything, apprehension about surgery and what if it spreads to the other kidney , to which we've assured her that we'll give her one =)! But in all seriousness, prayer for a quick recovery and healing, she has been in quite some pain off and on now for a long while.
So appreciate all of your prayers!