Psalms 66-68: Comfort

52 week Bible Reading Program (almost halfway through) sent me to
Psalms 66-68 this morning. They are psalms of praise and incantations
of God’s Glorious omnipotence.

Praise be to God, who has preserved our lives, provided for us, and ruled justly over us!

If the truth be known, I skipped ahead one study because I knew I
needed comfort…comfort that only God provides. I am a stranger to
most of you, Mary Carol and John’s mom to others, but here at home (in NC) I am a
50 something, Cancer Survivor, Christian Conservative Blogger, Wife of
retired LEO, empty-nest 7XGrandmom active in local politics. (whew!) I think
Harry Reid would snarl and spit and call me a “domestic terrorist.”

Anyway, I wrote an article relative to the local sheriff’s race and it
put me under Satan’s attack all day long. The final blow came yesterday
evening when someone claiming to “know” me called me “a fat, lazy
blogger with bad hair.” I
will admit, it truly hurt my feelings. I have no idea who this person
was. But it hurt.

I didn’t respond but boy howdy did I want too.
My first urge was to talk ugly back. By God’s grace, I was reminded
that Satan is a liar. Rather than open my mouth, I deleted the comment.

But that person has no idea. No idea what happened to my body
because Cancer starting growing in my breast. No idea what it feels
like to look in the mirror and see scars instead of the soft curves so
crucial to my female identity. No idea of how hard it has been to be
unable to live an active full life because of surgery recovery or loss
of function. No idea that on top of cancer, I had a serious break in my
arm that seems to be taking forever to heal. No idea that I struggle
daily with self image issues over my weight. No idea that I struggle to
fix my hair because my arm doesn’t work since I broke it back in

Does anybody here relate?

How easy it is to
fall in Satan’s trap. My first urge was to cry about it…complain
(does the former paragraph sound like a complaint LOL)…have a “woe is
me” pity party.

Then I am reminded by these awesome words in my Scripture this morning.

“Come and listen, all you who fear God,
let me tell you what he has done for me.”

GOD has saved my body from CANCER, he has saved my soul from Hell, He
has brought SALVATION to my CHILDREN (Praise be to HIS HOLY NAME!) He is
allowing my arm to heal. By his grace I HAVE hair and not the bald
head of most cancer patients. He has preserved my ability to speak,
write, love, share, and Pray. I have clarity of mind, a family, a
husband who loves and cares for me.

“I cried out to him with my mouth; his praise was on my tongue,
If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened,
but God has surely listened and heart my voice in prayer.”

I have struggles. Yet through them, GOD has tested me and refined me
like silver and gold in order to bring me into great abundance!

“Praise be to God who has not rejected my prayer
or withheld his love from me” (Ps 66:16-20)

I would like to end my “sermon” (sorry about unloading here but I do
feel much better!) with a song of praise to our awesome God. Because HE
LOVES ME and YOU, we can reject the sin (and ugliness) of this world
and be ASSURED of our inheritance through Christ Jesus. AMEN and

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