Tuesday, March 15, 2011


The other night I was sobbing uncontrollably, overcome with grief, shattered by some new revelations (or rather just finally facing some that I had stuffed down deep) and I cried out to God.

I need hope.  I need to know that this will have an end.  That I will have release from THIS.

I simply asked Him for a verse and I heard "Psalm 118:5" whispered in my ear. And, so, I picked up my Bible that rested on the wooden night stand next to me, wondering if I really heard that voice, pleading that there would be encouragement nestled in that verse, craving that my desperation would be known.

And I read:

In my distress I prayed to the Lord,
      and the L
ord answered me and set me free.  Psalm 118: 5

Reading this verse did not immediately solve my problems, but the hope that He would rescue me, that He would at some point set me free, provided enough deliverance for the moment. I could rest in hope, assured that He heard my cries in that very moment, without condemnation, without harsh words, without pull yourself together, girl.  A simple promise that is to come.

Linking up with Tiffini for Word Women Wednesday.


  1. I have been there...have felt that whisper along with the joy of knowing (if nothing else) that I am not alone...that my prayers are heard and that my pain was important to Him.

    Praying for you as you move forward...but happy for you, that He reached down just to remind you:
    You are not alone.


  2. PS...another gorgeous display of your heart!! What's a girl gotta do to get herself one of those?!?!

  3. We are nothing witout hope...a great verse to keep at the forefront of my mind...

  4. hope is where is begins...thank you Jesus that He is the answer to this, hope.

  5. My heart has also been crying out...longing for freedom. As I press in - He is mercifully giving glimpses of His presence, His leading.
    Hope remains.

    Thank you, Jen, for your ever-beautiful words of vulnerable truth.

    Teri @ StumblingAroundInTheLight

  6. That verse is absolutely beautiful. I love when His Words renews our hope and gives our heart peace. I love too how you draw the verses out as your see them. Such wonderful keepsakes that you can see...and know. You really are a fabulous artist! Especially since it comes from your heart!

  7. God is so faithful. Thanking Him for breathing hope into you. Your artwork is beautiful!

  8. I lift up my eyes to the hills- Where does my help come from?
    My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.
    He will not let your foot slip -
    He who watches over you will not slumber;
    Indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
    The LORD watches over you
    The LORD is your shade at your right hand;
    The sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.
    The LORD will keep you from all harm -
    He will watch over your life;
    The LORD will watch over your coming and going
    Both now and forevermore.
    Psalm 121

    Yes, friend, He IS our Rescuer. What good news!!! Praying for you, and thank you!!! for committing to pray for me!

  9. Isn't the Lord just adorably sweet . . . to answer your hearts cry with such a specific verse. I love that.


  10. I know the wilderness well...quite a place isn't it? often those hard times we spend in the wilderness yield the sweetest flowers...hidden at first but come to be seen later.
    I love the way He whispers His truth in our ear for us to hold onto. just enough He is..just enough for the next step. It will be there Jen-freedom. It will come for there is a purpose right now. I love your drawing..I'm sure it helps to draw your way through things. thanks for sharing:)

  11. So thankful He keeps all of His promises...
    Your illustration of this [with words and picture] are beautiful!

  12. Love how the Lord guides us to just the right verse to comfort us! Great post.

  13. one.small.word.from God even in its mystery can carry us a long way. Praying He answers soon.

  14. Oh, Jen. I had a very similar experience not but a few weeks ago, where God showed up in a similar way. I wrote about it too if you want to read it. How faithful He is to meet us where were we are! http://thejohnsonglasshouse.blogspot.com/2011/02/god-my-god.html

  15. I loved being able to read this today. The last part that you wrote reminded me of something we used to say to be "smart" back in middle school. "Is that a threat or a promise".

    I'm so glad to know that those praises in the Hallel are not threats but promises.

    I am going to read and do a little word study on that verse right now. I'm feeling kind of insecure today, and it is the perfect medicine.


    hope this posts...

  16. Love reading about how God is working in your life.

  17. hearing an echo on rest and peace today with emily http://canvaschild.blogspot.com/2011/03/imperfect-prose-on-thursdays-on.html and nancy http://outofmyallegedmind.blogspot.com/2011/03/napping-under-broom-tree-with-elijah.html

    Keep listening for the whisper and looking for the promise.

  18. I hate how the things you are certain you have stuffed always seem to bubble up.

    The "wilderness" is often overwhelming.

  19. And the truth will always set you free, girl. Beautiful drawing, beautiful words.

    Praying for your release.

    Natalie at Mommy on Fire

  20. Poinant picture and post. Hard times, but the promise of our listening God who delivers gives us hope. May God fill your heart with peace until the deliverance shows up.

  21. So nice to meet you from Jennifer's Friday's. I really like the way you illustrated how this verse spoke to your heart. He is so faithful and freedom from you pain IS coming-He promises.

  22. Loved this post! Thanks for sharing!


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