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A Cup of Comfort Devotional for Mothers and Daughters (Adams Media, 2009)
Chicken Soup: What I Learned from the Dog (2009)
Love is a Flame (Bethany House, 2010)
Extraordinary answers to Prayer (Guideposts, 2010)
Love is a Verb (Bethany House, 2011)
Big Dreams from Small Spaces (Group Publishing, 2012)

Thursday, April 12, 2012

For Annie, God's Compassions Never Fail

"Great is Thy faithfulness, O God, my Father.
There is no shadow of turning with Thee.
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not.
As Thou hast been, Thou forever will be." (Great is Thy Faithfulness by Chisholm/Runyan)

Nine of us ladies from Calvary church surrounded our friend, Annie, and sang as she lay in the pre-surgery bay, waiting for the surgery that might restore function and alleviate pain.
We prayed first, then sang. Since we're all choir people, we sounded pretty good.
Even Annie joined along and sang alto.
We prayed that God would surround her with His presence and give her great peace.

But God had already prepared her heart and mind. She said that she felt complete peace.

Whatever the outcome, whether she regains sensation, whether or not her pain is better afterward, Annie knows God will never turn His face from her. The same God who loves her today is the same God who will love her and uphold her into eternity.
Annie will never experience a shadow where once the brightness of God's face shone upon her.
She knows that in spite of her feelings, she can rely on the truth of His Word:

"Ever perfect gift is from God, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights who does not change like shifting shadows." (James 1:17 NIV Bible)

"Because of the Lord's great love, we are not consumed,
for His compassions never fail.
They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness." (Lamentations 3:22)

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