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HOPE Lost & Found

11 Feb

Boys Arguing, Fighting, Scowling
And it’s SUNDAY! We’re on our way to church!!

Praying
Asking them, “What do you need to do to make things right?
Answer: “I don’t want to.”
Hard heart

More praying – a little more intense
Parking. He sees friends.
Yippee.
Now he can smile.
All’s well.

No.
That’s not an attitude change
it’s a circumstance change.

Still unresolved, unconfessed sin.
“I don’t care.”
“I don’t want to.”
Still a hard heart.

More Praying – God I need WISDOM!!
Do I push to resolve the issue?
Do we sit in the car and miss worship and the message?
I can’t change the heart anyway!

God reminded me – Praise makes the enemy SHUT UP!
OK. In we go –  l a t e  – with arms crossed and a scowl on one face
I’m struggling with FEELING the worship in the middle of battle

We sing “I love You Lord. I worship You”
And I raise my hands in the discipline of worship
You are our God. You alone are good.”
And I continue to pray more urgently
Claiming God’s character, claiming His strength as we sing

You ARE God
You ARE Good
You ARE LORD
I am wavering in my faith
I ask You to break the will and soften the heart
I need You!

“HOPE WHICH WAS LOST
NOW STANDS RENEWED”

and the tears fall at that sweet whisper to my soul, as I surrender.
God, my hope seems lost, but You will renew!
And I keep praying through communion,
through the rest of worship,
as the message begins.

Halfway through the message he leans over and says, “I’m sorry.”
As I look at my notes, I realize God softened the heart
Right before the point He needed him to hear!

And I’m overwhelmed beyond words!
“HOPE which was LOST
was absolutely FOUND”!!

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14 responses to “HOPE Lost & Found

  1. Erin

    February 11, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    Beautiful! ❤

     
  2. Dolly@Soulstops

    February 11, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    What an awesome story, Michelle 🙂 I wrote about hope today also…Blessings to you 🙂

     
    • Michelle Eichner

      February 11, 2013 at 10:39 pm

      I saw your post, Dolly, and enjoyed it as always! Hugs 🙂

       
  3. 3dLessons4Life

    February 11, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    Love it! The battle is won while we praise and worship. 🙂

     
    • Michelle Eichner

      February 11, 2013 at 10:40 pm

      So true, Lyli. Funny – I didn’t even make that connection until you mentioned it!! Thanks a ton 🙂

       
  4. Dionne

    February 12, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Amen, amen, amen!

     
  5. daddystractor

    February 12, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Just like the reminder God sends me all the time– He cares about my kids even more than I do. Why is that so amazing? Why is it so hard to REMEMBER!

     
    • Michelle Eichner

      February 15, 2013 at 2:22 pm

      So very true – on ALL accounts! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.

       
  6. laura

    February 14, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    I just love a happy ending :). So glad to know the end of the Big Story too. But in the meantime, I could use a few more happy endings in this little story of mine 🙂

     
    • Michelle Eichner

      February 15, 2013 at 2:23 pm

      I was VERY thankful for this happy ending for sure!! Glad to share it, too. Hugs 🙂

       
  7. dukeslee

    February 14, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    Michelle, It’s like you crawled up inside my brain one Sunday morning! Thank you for your story, and for showing us the miracle that happens when we praise. Loved this.

     
    • Michelle Eichner

      February 15, 2013 at 2:24 pm

      Thanks, Jennifer. It was such a sweet experience for me – the knowing God’s presence & the ending, that is!! Glad you were encouraged. I appreciate your listening ear.

       

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