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When I Cry (Psalm 57:2)

Not if, but when.

I heard it said growing up, and I hear it said still today, “Real men don’t cry.” What nonsense!

Who was more of a man than Jesus? Yet He, the One who left the realms of glory to walk the path to Calvary, who willingly laid down his life for sinners, wept (John 11:35).

The Omnipotent Word made flesh; the King of Kings; the Resurrection and the Life cried at the tomb of Lazarus. If he could cry, then so will I.

And when I do…

“I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth [all things] for me” (Psalm 57:2).

Jesus wept because of a broken heart for others. I usually weep as a result of my own needs and failures. He was all-sufficient, while I am totally dependent. I need Him more than I usually admit.

And when I come to the point of crying out, if I call upon the One who hears my prayers, my cries are not in vain, nor will they be ignored. I do not call out as stranger, but as a son to his Father (Romans 8:15).

Abba! Daddy! Help!”

Did any of you, parents, ever hear your child wake from sleep with some panic, or fear, and shriek the mother’s name through the darkness? Was not that a more powerful appeal than all words? And, depend upon it, that the soul which cries aloud on God, The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, though it have “no language but a cry,” will never call in vain. – Alexander Maclaren (1826-1910)

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Last Post of 2011

What a Year!

2011 was definitely one for the record books. So many things happened in the last 12 months that it would take a year to talk about – ha!

Thankfully, this blog has grown and adapted to some changes in my life and ministry, and along the way attracted some new friends. Next year will be even better.

Over the last year my family has experienced a lot of pain, trials, and temptations. We have been tested sore, but have passed the grade. Though the enemy sought to destroy, God’s grace was sufficient and His strength made us more than conquerors through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 8:37).

What a God!

As I look back, without a doubt I should have been defeated or dead long ago; however, my God promised never to leave me or forsake me (Hebrews 13:5). As a matter of fact, I should have never worried, for my God promises to carry me through…

Fear thou not; for I [am] with thee: be not dismayed; for I [am] thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. – Isa 41:10 KJV

What a Family!

I would not be the man that I am today without my lovely, faithful, ever-forgiving wife, Valerie. She has stood by my side and encouraged me as only a God-given helpmate could do. She has always deserved far better than me.

I would also be a poorer father if it weren’t for my children. They are not perfect, of course; but neither am I. Thankfully, even though I have made mistakes along the way, they have not sought a new husband for their mom, nor did they seek to divorce me.

What Friends!

As far as I can tell, I am ending the year with more friends than I started it with. To the best of my knowledge, I only lost one or two along the way, which only goes to show they probably weren’t my real friends to begin with.

A couple of the friends that I started the year with got married along the way. As a matter of fact, I performed the ceremony on this very day, New Years Eve, 2010. Praise God! They are still married!

A Final Thought

We cannot change the past, but we can trust God with the future. During one particular trial this year, I latched on to a verse of Scripture, Psalm 57:2, and claimed it as my life verse. Here it is in a few versions…

I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth [all things] for me. – KJV

I will cry out to God Most High, To God who performs [all things] for me. – NKJV

I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me. – ESV

When I cry, I will cry out to God, for He will not only hear, but He can do something about it. I hope you do the same.

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