I read that in a devotion the day after the battle I shared in my last post. Reaching out in prayer first to the Lord, then asking for prayer from my sisters in Christ, gave me the strength I needed for victory. To continue my story, I have a special friend in my life that I was in a Bible study with 30 years ago. I hadn't seen her since that time, but periodically, often with many years in between, she will call me out of the blue and say, "The Lord gave me a song for you in my quiet time", and then she sings to me of His love and compassion for me just when I need it most. Or she'll say, "God gave me scripture for you," or "I have a Word from the Lord for you," and she will speak directly into my situation which she couldn't possibly know because we haven't had contact in years. That's how I always know its really the Lord.
On the very day of my battle I had asked the Lord to send me someone to encourage me and to give me a Word from Him. I told you about the friends who called, and the visit from my daughter-in-law, but what I didn't tell you was that the phone rang later that day and a familiar voice said, "OK, what's going on; I've been praying for you like crazy!" It was my prophetic friend just calling "out of the blue"! I said, "No, you tell me what you've been hearing from the Lord and then I'll know its from Him". Everything she said was spot on, and two of the scriptures really resonated with me. One was Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope." The other was Zechariah 4:6-7, "Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the LORD of hosts. Who are you, O great mountain? Before Patty you shall become a plain!"
The devotion spoke of the discouragement of the the people of Israel after the captivity when they returned to Jerusalem to find a mountain of rubble. Then the word of the Lord came to them from Zechariah and He encouraged them that by God's power the mountain would become a flat plain. It went on to say, "You may be facing a mountain today---a financial mountain, a health mountain, or maybe a relationship mountain. You have tried your hardest to remove the rubble, but you are tired, and weary, and ready to give up. It's good when you come to the end of yourself. That is when you finally reach for God. Ask the Holy Spirit for help. Let God show Himself strong on your behalf. Drop your shovel, stand back, and watch Him move that mountain!"
Since I read that devotion, I have seen and heard references to mountains everywhere! As I've stopped trying so hard to MAKE things happen, I've seen God working more and more, and the mountain of debt rubble is beginning to shrink! We have a long way to go but my hope is restored. He is giving me hope and a future. When I think about all of the beautiful, loving people He set into motion just to encourage me in my time of need, I am completely in awe. All praise and glory goes to Him, and my love goes to Him and to all of you who were there for me. May He repay you in ways I can't.