Monday, June 23, 2008


My heart is full to overflowing this morning. I honestly find my fingers still, unable to pen the joy that is drenching delight over my soul. No words can fully describe ALL that God has done over the last couple of days. God's Hand didn't just touch my life, He held it, embraced it, changed it.

Today, before I hurry off to work this morning, I just want to thank so many of you for your love and prayers. Before I left home on Friday I printed off 31 pages of prayers, quotes, bible verses and encouraging words to hold with me as a reminder of God's love flowing through each of you - to me - a very ordinary girl on the other side of a computer screen. Thank you all for reminding me that I was surrounded in God's care, protection and security as I stepped out in faith and trusted Him. You were all a part of this journey and I pray the Lord will bless each of you abundantly for the very precious kindness you have shown me.

Your prayers were answered my sweet friends. Over the next several days I will share my journey with you. For today I want to encourage you that God IS ABLE! Believe that. Trust that. Regardless of how things look and as threatening as they may feel, God's Hand is guiding and He is in control.

With arms open wide my heart sings:

My faithful Father, enduring Friend
Your tender mercy is like a river with no wind
It overwhelms me covers my sin
Each time I come into your presence I stand in wonder once again

Your grace still amazes me
Your love is still a mystery
Each day I fall on my knees
'Cause your grace still amazes me
Your grace still amazes me

Oh patient Savior, You make me whole
You are the author and the healer of my soul
What can I give you Lord what can I say
I know there's no way to repay You only to offer You my praise

Your grace still amazes me
Your love is still a mystery
Each day I fall on my knees
'Cause your grace still amazes me
Your grace still amazes me

It's deeper, it's wider, it's stronger, it's higher
It's deeper, it's wider, it's stronger, it's higher
Than anything my eyes can see

Your grace still amazes me
Your love is still a mystery
Each day I fall on my kness
'Cause your grace still amazes me
Your grace still amazes me

(Phillips, Craig and Dean)

Be sure to check out my other blog, Pondering in His Presence for more of this journey!


Yolanda said...

God is ABLE

I needed that reminder today as I struggle with a Pharaoh God has allowed in my life. You'll understand this more when you check your email.

God is ABLE!



Marilyn said...

With tears of JOY I rejoice with you and can't wait to hear all about it. It's so great to see how God has blessed you. It's just another reminder that I can cling to in those days when I myself have fears and doubts!
So glad you're home and will be sharing God's victory in your life with us!

Your friend in MS,

Paula (SweetPea) said...

Oh how I love those three words: God is able! Yes, indeed, He is MORE than able. He does more than we could ever imagine. Eph 3:20.

I'm so glad you were blessed with God's presence and He showered His love and peace on you.
Look forward to more.

I like your new pic on your profile. The previous one was a little dark and hard to see.
Love, Paula

Tracy said...

Rejoicing right along with you, Joy! Thanks for sharing this with us! Can't wait to hear more.

That song is so very of my favorites!


Laurie Ann said...

Rejoicing along with you. God is so good. His love and grace never ceases to amaze me either. God bless you for sharing your heart with us. I love that song, too!

Sheryl said...

I'm so glad it was a great weekend. Can't wait to hear all that God showed you. I know it will be good!!

Thankful said...

Dear Sis...wish I was a fly on the wall at home tonight to hear all the news after you have just returned....LOVE YOU LOTS....I KNEW you could do it!!! You are wee but HE is mighty!!!Love ya ...see you at the end of the week..

Sita said...

Rejoicing with you...

Catherine said...

God is GOOD! Praising God for answering the prayers of many.

Looking forward to hearing all about your weekend!

Love you friend.

Renee Swope said...

I stand amazed with you at all that God has done. You are on His mind girl!!

It was so great to see you in person and get to hug your neck! Thank you so much for your prayers for my Saturday night message. Boy could I feel them and boy did God show up!!!

Thanks, too, for my gift. You are so thoughtful and sweet!