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Former Bad Girl, grateful for the grace God offers. Happy wife of Bill, one of the Good Guys. Proud mom of two grown-up kids with tender hearts. Lame housekeeper. Marginal cook. Pitiful gardener. Stuff I love? Encouraging my sisters in Christ—across the page, from the platform, online, in person. Unpacking...

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  1. I can relate. Absolutely could not sing for 2 years, although I embedded the words in my heart during the worship in church. However God loves and slowly, I hv been able to sing again.

  2. What a beautiful image of our Father’s protective and emboldening Love for us. And so stunning how God gifted you that verse for this very moment. Yesterday, I read this Scripture from Isaiah 51 (The Message) with new eyes: “For I am GOD, your very own God, who stirs up the sea and whips up the waves, named GOD-of-the-Angel-Armies. I teach you how to talk, word by word, and personally watch over you, Even while I’m unfurling the skies, setting earth on solid foundations, and greeting Zion: ‘Welcome, my people!'” The night before, you see, I’d stood emotionally overcome surveying the starry skies and thinking of the promises made to Abraham that are now being fulfilled. The God who placed this blanket of stunning stars in the sky is also the God, who stoops down to “Kneel[ing] close beside [us]” to wrap[ped] [his] arm around [our] waist” and give us voice. So, so incredible and how easily we lose the wonder of this spectacular loving kindness showered upon us. Thank you for these powerful words here.

  3. Liz,
    I needed this message today. I’ve been having one of those weeks where I feel like I suck at life sometimes. I love working for Redeemer Christian Foundation, Inc. I believe in our mission, our purpose, our reaching out with love to hurting orphans. I just haven’t been very good, this week, at holding back a little of that love for myself. I often wonder, God, why did you choose me? I am SO inept technically. If it were up to me to have advanced technology, we’d still be in the stone age. I often joke that I was born in the wrong century. This was a wonderful reminder that God sings with us/me. Our weaknesses are not an obstacle for Him – for me maybe – but, not for Him. This was a perfect piece of grace and just the right moment…thank you!
    Blessings,
    Bev

    • Bev, as soon as I read this, I rejoiced because I immediately thought of you! (Then I thought of me) It is perfect. I’m reminded also of the message God gave His people at one point in Deut 7, He loved Israel, and chose them, and they were the smallest of the nations, and He gave them what they needed to do the job He gave them because of the promise He gave them. Love, Joanne

      • Thanks Joanne…I’m feeling like little Israel right now. But if God is for me…even my laptop can be against me…and I will prevail in God’s strength and abiding patience!! Once again, I’m taken back to a place of reliance and dependence – where I need to be!! Love you sweet friend, B

    • Bev,
      Prayers that the computer will keep working! God chose wisely! He knew your heart would be in this and you would work tirelessly to get this off the ground! You are precious person and loved by many!

      • Thank you, Beth, your words are a sweet balm to my soul. You really made my day!! Thank you for the vote of confidence!!
        Bev xoxo

  4. Lovely encouragement,here Liz. I’m so glad to read this word. I had missed your posts in January and just checked back at your blog now and see what a challenging time you’ve had recently. May the Lord continue to strengthen you, encouragement, and make you a blessing as you serve Him. You are such a voice of joy and strength in the Lord. Thank you.

    • Bless you, Betsy, for checking up on me! I confess, November through January were a bit gloomy at the Higgs house, but all is looking MUCH brighter now that my new knee is behaving, my heart is mending, and our Lord is constantly reminding me that “in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28). HOORAY!

  5. Liz, I cried. I would have loved to have been there to see this play out. The congregation clapping for this little boy, and the singing with one voice with Mom, then moving away. How lovely……This is perfect for today. What I do, and what I’m being moved to do is bigger than me, and overwhelming if I think too hard about it. How beautiful to be singing a duet, and Him smiling through His tears of pride for us. Just like a Dad. Blessings, and Happy Valentines Day! Joanne

    • What a lesson you’ve taught us, Joanne: “Don’t think too hard about those BIG THINGS God is asking us to do!” He’s already thought them through, as it were. We just need to say YES and GO!

  6. Liz, this is so beautiful. I’m surprised that I’m not in tears. It is especially close to me, I was the one who never made it through her piano lessons, I was singing in the Christmas program, my mother worried that the person behind me would catch my hair on fire with a lit candle, then I was the chubby girl who couldn’t find the matching clothes to wear for the sign language program, then I was away from church but never Jesus, I never stopped singing, I’m glad to know He’s singing with me. Thank you so very much for sharing this.

    • Oh, Rebecca, I soooo understand everything you are describing. I love that you’ve never stopped singing. And I rejoice that God has never stopped singing over you! “He will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17 CEB

  7. Oh, my. Tears flowed on this one, Liz. As you (artfully!) unfolded the scene for us, I felt the courage of that little boy, the fierce, supportive love of his mother, and the gracious caring of the congregation. Such a heart-touching story! And thank you for reminding us that “He sings when we can’t sing. He does what we can’t do. He gives us strength. He remains by our side.” I’ve lived long enough, experienced enough, to add a hearty “Amen!” to that!

  8. Liz,
    This sentence resonated with me: “This is what God does for us, beloved. He sings when we can’t sing. He does what we can’t do. He gives us strength. He remains by our side.” I am forever grateful that God gives us strength to carry on. You see this year has been super stressful for me. I’m dealing with my aging dad’s health issues-many & varied. Without the love and comfort from God I don’t know that I could have gotten this far! It has been draining to say the least!!
    Blessings 🙂

    • We’re walking that same path with you in our family, Beth, and I know many of our (in)courage sisters here would affirm how very hard it is. God truly can do what we can’t do. Our part is to have steadfast faith in His love for us and trust Him for the strength we need. He is with you!

  9. Very good reminder that no matter what we are going through we are never alone.

  10. I was part of this congregation and witnessed these beautiful moments of grace, encouragement, and love.

  11. Thankyou for this. I feel like God has asked me to step into the limelight but I’m not sure what He wants me to sing. I know He’s asked me to share my story but I’m not sure how or if there’s anyone listening. But I’m encouraged to remember that He put the song in my heart and it’s the story of His grace in my life. If He is the only one listening then I’ll still sing!!