Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled

Many find comfort in these words – but for me, they can cause angst.  It’s the word “let” that causes problems for me.  I mean, what am I supposed to do when the trials and problems of life really do give me pause or cause me to have fear?

I know – I know –  I know what you Christian folk are saying, “Jan! take the thought captive, bring the thought into submission with the will of God!” Trust me – I KNOW!!  But that word “let” still gives me a lump in my throat.

I joyfully minister to many. There are issues where the money is just not nearly enough to meet the obligation. There are issues where the illness cannot be defeated. Marriages that are dying. Loss of loved ones that cause family issues in the midst of grief. OR – Maybe your life is on course and you are not only joyful but prosperous.  That is what I tell myself when I encounter people who tell me not to allow myself to worry.  I say to myself that they have no idea what it is like to be in my shoes! What about you!?

Well, I Thank God for His Word!  These words were spoken by the very Son of God, and knowing that Jesus said the words tells me that it really is possible for me to disallow my heart from fainting at the first sign of trouble.

I go on to read Christ’s words in Matthew 24 as he describes the perilous times the world will face but he reminds those that follow Him that they are not alone.  And then I remember that the Word of God gave me another “let” that gives me power and strength – “Let this mind be in you that was also in Christ Jesus”  (Philippians 2:5)– and as I continue to read His Word and allow Him to speak to me I am reminded that if I have the mind of Christ I cannot be troubled for it is against the mind of Christ for me to have a troubled heart or mind even when all around me seems full of trouble.  Then I remember that He also told me that if I could only remember at all times that He has already overcome the world – I will know that I too will overcome.

Now, let me say that my heart began to feel lighter and the lump in my throat was less uncomfortable.  Let me also be clear that though my situation may not have changed – I am hopeful, truly, that He desires to, and will indeed, work it all out for my good and for His glory.  So today, you know – later on after I start thinking about my trouble again – the moment it seems that my heart just might faint, I will not let my heart be troubled, instead I will start singing, clapping, dancing and praising Him in advance of my deliverance!  As I praise – it will lift my heart from trouble to a place of triumph and I will not be able to stop myself from rejoicing.

Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled! As my mama always told me,  “Just trust in the Good Lord!”

Leaving on a jet plane …

Guess what? I’m sitting in the Nairobi, Kenya airport right now!!! It has been 9 months since I have been approved to travel to Africa, and now I’m back to work fully. Friday morning I had my 6 month follow-up with the neurosurgeon, Dr. Tandon. He says that the MRI is Perfect!! EEG is Normal!! Dr. Tandon and the entire team was overjoyed that I was getting ready to travel. They found it so funny – and in line with my new personality – that the flight was leaving just hours after I left the office. 🙂 AND … they have freed me! I don’t have to visit the neurosurgeon’s office again!!!! I do have more followups with the neurologist, Dr. Hope, and with the neuropsychologist, Dr. Brier. But I Am Feeling Healed and Delivered!

Y’all … God is So Amazing!!! Amazing Healer! Amazing Way Maker! I have not sang in almost two years because I wasn’t able to remember lyrics, but I’ve been singing and worshipping even on the plane! I’ve been singing this song most …

Lord, I thank You for Your mercy; and I thank You for Your grace; for all You’ve done for me – I could never repay! But here’s all I am, please use me! I’ve been created for Your glory. And with my whole heart I’ll worship You all of my days. For You are Faithful! So Faithful! All my needs You never fail to provide! So underserving, You still adore me! So with my whole heart I’ll worship You all of my days!!

Pray with & for me. I’m out of of the USA from April 6th – May 11th. Back just in time for Mother’s Day!

  • Kenya (Malindi, Mombasa & Nairobi)
  • Malawi (Lilongwe)
  • South Africa (Kempton Park)

I’ll send pictures as I am able.

O, Lord, I know that I am blessed because I have learned to praise you with passion and strong reality. I walk in the light of Your presence, desiring to feel you with me each and every day. I rejoice in Your name, O God, every day and all of the day. I exalt in Your righteousness. Through Jesus, Your son, I will continually offer to You a true sacrifice of praise with my own lips, so that my thanks, yes my gratefulness, will lift You up in a way that everyone can see!

Encouraged … believing the healing is coming

When dealing with this kind of healing – a situation where my salvation in Christ and my strong dependence upon the Father and my strong listening to the Holy Spirit is real – there is just no way for me to be in fear.

My rules from the doctor in these first two weeks is quite real – I have to study regular language; I have to practice the names of my family; I have to rehearse and reintroduce the names of my friends, neighbors, and others that are in my regular community.

I’m enjoying hearing from people that love me deeply and who just want to be close and understand the journey! I haven’t been able to see everyone physically, but it has been amazing joy knowing that they’ve come by or called.

I’m enjoying the beauty of waking up each day desiring my Father; my Savior; and the Spirit that works in me in amazing ways!!!

It’s only week one – but I’ll be great! I know the survived Jan be used in amazing ways by the God who called me!

Keep praying!

Christ I have nothing but encouragement from being united with You, my Savior I have no doubt at all that Your love is comforting me. I have no doubt, that my Father is ensuring my connection with the Holy Spirit. Father God, Jesus, and Holy Spirit I have no doubt that depending upon you means that I will be like-minded with you, that I will be having the same love that you have placed in my heart and that I will be one in spirit and one in purpose for the sake of my belief in You!! (Philippians 2: 1–2)

Just Be Grateful!

If we If we would all wake up daily just grateful!

  • Grateful that we are alive
  • Grateful that we are living somewhere
  • Grateful that we are on some type of electronic device
  • Grateful for our family/friends
  • Grateful for jobs
  • Grateful for something to eat
  • Grateful for salvation
  • Grateful for mercy
  • Grateful for grace

You add to this list things you’re grateful for personally.

As for me I would add to that list so much more! I’m grateful for a joyful marriage, for a 91 year old mother that’s in great health and has a good mind, grateful for sons that know and love Jesus: for a home that lets me minister to others; for an incredible church family – more than I could list here, He has been so good to me!

If we spent our time thanking The Almighty for all of the things we are grateful for, maybe we’d have less time to participate in the foolishness of the flesh. You know what I mean? When I say foolishness of the flesh I mean – desiring someone that isn’t your spouse, hanging out with your friends in places that expose you to immorality as a normal thing, joining in conversations that belittle people, using our mouths to speak things that dishonor the God who blesses and keeps us – You Know What I Mean.

I encourage you to take time daily and throughout each day to keep in your mind how good God has been to you. I guarantee you that it will refocus you and turn your heart and mind toward things that bring Him honor!

Lord, please help your children live without even a hint of depravity, or any defilement or covetousness, because it is not befitting our commitment to You! Help us, Father, not to be vulgur; help our words not to be stupid.  Help us not to find laughter in things that are lowdown and dirty.  But instead let our minds, our hearts, our souls be in the habit of giving thanks to You!  You are so worthy! 

(Ephesians 5: 3–4)

Sacrifice of Praise

Christ has offered the greatest sacrifice that could ever be offered … His life! And what does God require of us? Acknowledgement of the gift through prayer, praise, and adoration to God alone. Sounds easy, doesn’t it?

Truth is that our hearts often turn in worship toward many other things – much like our Old Testament brothers. Material things, the world’s success, etc.

If you want to give the sacrifice of praise, you can’t wait until you get to church – you have to do it every day from your heart! Give God praise in the name of Jesus as you work in your office; as you wash your car; as you care for the children; as you drive … all day!!

He deserves it!