A local pastor here in Castle Rock attended Christianity 21 in Denver a few weeks ago – he had heard me present on “A New Matriarch” and sought me out the next day to ask if I would consider doing another spoken word at his church. He was preaching on Paul’s letter to the Philippians and wanted to incorporate more creative expressions of our response to remain confident in the Lord, even while we may be suffering.
I love it when God does this. He prompts us to extend an invitation to another, without even knowing how or why they were highlighted to us. And then, we hear their story, and go,” Oh wow, that was so God!”
Welp, this was one of those moments.
For many who know my family, this message to the Philippians to hold fast to the Joy of our Salvation, is completely in line with our journey through Leukemia. There were so many testimonies of Gods faithfulness, supernatural peace and unrelenting joy – that we were able to remain steadfast in our faith, and eventually stand victorious.
So, I chose 10 words from the passage in Philippians that he was speaking on (verses 12-26) and chose photographs of our journey that matched our stance in response to Paul’s invitation.
I have posted the link to the video presentation here, but I thought it would be neat to write out the words with the pictures.
At first I thought this would be easy, until I started rooting through old photos. It was tough. Memories of fears, worries and weaknesses surfaced even though the pictures were full of joy and peace. What a miraculous triumph and a sweet reminder of how good our God is.
LOVE: I pray that your love will overflow– more and more – and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding …through the testimony of my family.
GOOD NEWS: We must ask ourselves, does the good news remain good, when news we receive is bad? Can the goodness of Christ stay at the forefront when all else is overwhelmingly devastating?
CHAINS: We find ourselves bound in chains: whether a diagnosis, circumstance or a limitation – defining and restricting our freedoms.
IMPRISONMENT: The truth is: our limited abilities will never be a limitation of our faith. What this world may take from us, our faith – it cannot touch.
DEFENSE: And so we stand. Rooted in our Savior, for our strength comes from the Lord.
REJOICE: And the glory of a living God remains a triumphant celebration – though we may be walking through the valley of the shadow of death.
HOPE: And just as David cried out amidst his suffering, “As for me, I will always have hope”. So must we proclaim our trust – our hope – in the goodness of our Father
COURAGE: And through this hope, we grow courage. Courage to face another day – whatever it may hold –wherever it may lead. Allowing our hope to overshadow weaknesses and fears
REMAIN: And we remain… rooted in community, surrounded by those who’s trust in the Lord intercedes on our behalf. We carry one another’s burdens and lead each other towards greater unity
BOAST: So that we may boast, in the goodness of the Lord. We may proclaim his mercies… his provision… his supernatural peace, in our life. Our testimony is a living sacrifice – painting a portrait of hope for this world to see.