“Don’t Give Up (On The Brink Of A Miracle)” by Mike Adkins

I have shared two of the three songs I loved hearing the Hicks sing at a Southern Gospel Jubilee years ago.  The first two were “No Need To Doubt Him Now” and “In His Time.”  The third is what I call a fighting song.  I love the words.  Fighting songs keep you going when things look bleak and the results don’t seem very promising.     

“Don’t Give Up (On The Brink Of A Miracle)”

By Mike Adkins

 

Satan would have you look

at the trials of life that surround you,

And he tries to appear, and he brings

doubt and fear all around you.

Don’t look with your eye or listen with your ear.

Just cry out to God; He is always near,

And in your darkest hour, your miracle is here.

 

Oh, the devil is a thief

and he sends these troubles to confound you.

And he lies and he says,

“This time there’s no way you’ll make it through.”

But you remember God’s true Word, the battle is the Lord’s.

Don’t give in to fear; Think on things that are pure.

And praise the Lord, you’re miracle is here.

 

Don’t give up on the brink of a miracle.

Don’t give in; God is still on His throne.

Oh, don’t give up on the brink of a miracle.

Don’t give in; Remember you’re not alone.

 

On February 2nd of 2005, we had our first IVF-ICSI attempt.  I woke up feeling like something good was about to happen – our embryo transfer was at 10:45 am.  I was staying at my sister and brother-in-law’s house, and my sweet, five-year old nephew gave me two roses, one a melon color and the other yellow.  How special he (and my sister) made me feel!

The embryologist had called the day before and said we would have a transfer in the morning; one morula was ready, and he thought the 10-cell would be ready so we could transfer two.  The other two embryos had slowed down, but we were hoping they would be able to freeze them if they reached blastocyst by day 6 – the day after transfer.

At the procedure, I saw my embryos on a TV screen.  For some reason, I wrote in my journal that it was neat but not as exciting as I thought it would be.  My doctor mentioned that they were morulas, not blastocysts (optimum maturity) and that probably had to do with the condition of my eggs.  The other two embryos did not continue to develop.  This really discouraged me, and after we were alone, I cried.  I woke up at 4 am the next morning to use the bathroom and cried some more.  I sang to myself the songs I heard the Hicks sing – “No Need To Doubt Him Now” and “Don’t Give Up On The Brink Of A Miracle,” as well as Guy Penrod singing “I Just Feel Like Something Good Is About To Happen.”  I quoted Psalm 113 and my poem of faith, rejoicing, and trust, and then I remembered the words of a friend, “Stay encouraged, stay in His Word, and praise Him.”  God brought to mind our pastor’s most recent sermon from James.  I didn’t want my faith to be like the wind, driven by circumstances.  Faith and tears of doubt don’t go together.  I was encouraged in the Lord.

Yet, eight days later, my results were negative.  It was hard to hear.  My husband’s words were that he was still confident I would get pregnant, so we would just sail on.  We didn’t give up.

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Be A Self-Encourager: Encouraging Yourself Through Scripture

David gave us the example of encouraging himself in the Lord through solitude in prayer to God.  Because of his distresses, many of the Psalms were written.  When going through a difficult day or a trying time, this may be the only book I want to read.

 “This book (Psalms) brings us into the sanctuary and directs us into communion with God, by solacing and reposing our souls in him, lifting up and letting out our hearts towards him.”  Matthew Henry

I am sharing some of my favorite Psalms of petition, promise, and praise.  You need not be afraid of opening your heart to God.  He hears you.

Psalms of Petition

Psalm 39:7 “And now, Lord, what wait I for?  My hope is in thee.”

Psalm 56:3 “What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.”

Psalm 61:1-2 “Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer.  From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”

Psalm 102:2 “Hide not thy face from me in the day when I am in trouble; incline thine ear unto me: in the day when I call answer me speedily.”

Psalm 119:49 “Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope.”

Psalm 138:3 “In the day when I cried thou answeredst me, and strengthened me with strength in my soul.”

Psalm 141:1-2 “Lord, I cry unto thee: make haste unto me; give ear unto my voice, when I cry unto thee.  Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.”

Psalm 143:7-8 “Hear me speedily, O Lord; my spirit faileth: hide not thy face from me, lest I be like unto them that go down in to the pit.  Cause me to hear thy loving kindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.”

Psalms of Promise

Psalm 27:14 “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.”

Psalm 30:5b “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.”

Psalm 37:4-5 “Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.  Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him, and he shall bring it to pass.”

Psalm 42:11, “Why art thou cast down, O my soul?  And why art thou disquieted within me?  Hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.”

Psalm 46:1 “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”

Psalm 84:11-12 “For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.  O Lord of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.”

Psalm 112:7 “He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord.”

Psalm 145:19 “He will fulfill the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them.”

Psalms of Praise

 

Psalm 21:2 “Thou hast given him his heart’s desire, and hast not withholden the request of his lips.”

Psalm 30:12 “To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent.  O Lord my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.”

Psalm 86:10 “For thou art great, and doest wondrous things: thou art God alone.”

Psalm 106:1-2 “Praise ye the Lord.  O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth forever.  Who can utter the mighty acts of the Lord:  Who can shew forth all his praise?

Psalm 118:23 “This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.”

Psalm 126:3 “The Lord hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.”

Psalm 136:3-4,23 “O give thanks unto the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth forever.  To him alone doeth great wonders: for his mercy endureth forever.  Who remembered us in our low estate: for his mercy endureth forever.”

Psalm 145:3-4 “Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable.  One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts.”

My favorite Psalm of Promise and Praise!

Psalm 113:1-9 “Praise ye the Lord.  Praise, O ye servants of the Lord, praise the name of the Lord.  Blessed be the name of the Lord from this time forth and for evermore.  From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the Lord’s name is to be praised.  The Lord is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens.  Who is like unto the Lord our God, who dwelleth on high.  Who humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven and in the earth!  He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth the needy out of the dunghill; That he may set him with princes, even with the princes of his people.  He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children.  Praise ye the Lord.”

I Prayed For You Today

One July morning, the Lord gave me a verse, a hope to cling to, a quiet confidence.  That day was July 23, 2000.  The 23rd day of every month will always be one of my favorite days.  You can call me sentimental.  I am.  Before God gave us our son, every day that I realized was the 23rd day of the month brought me hope and faith.  Now it brings me joy, and I praise Him.

I wrote about this in one of my earlier posts:  Psalm 113:9 God’s Promise.  If you read 5 Psalms a day each month, you will come to Psalms 111-115 on the 23rd day.   That particular day on July 23rd in 2000, I read Psalm 113:9 – “He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children.  Praise ye the Lord.”

Most months, the 23rd day passed without incident, but sometimes – a couple of times a year – that day proved to be very difficult regarding our infertility.  I would look to God for hope or encouragement or reassurance and realize it was the 23rd.  If I had missed reading Psalms that day, I would soon realize what verses I would be covering.  It would make me smile – or smile and cry at the same time.  I knew God was still in control, and my heart would be comforted.

I want you to know you can count on me to be praying for you on the 23rd day of every month until you have a baby.  I pray for the barren women I know by name and their particular situation or specific prayer request.  Even if I don’t know you by name, I pray for everyone who has subscribed to my blog or who might read this post and beg God to do the same for you and turn your hope and faith into joy and praise.

“I Just Feel Like Something Good Is About To Happen” by William Gaither

If you need to listen to a good pick-me-up song, this is it!  My CD has Guy Penrod singing this as a solo, and I remember listening to it practically all the way home after one of my four-hour trips to the fertility center.  It lifted my spirits!

I Just Feel Like Something Good Is About To Happen

Words and Music by William Gaither

I just feel like something good is about to happen.
I just feel like something good is on it’s way.
He has promised that He’d open all of heaven,
And brother it could happen any day.
When God’s people humble themselves to call on Jesus,
And they look to heaven expecting as they pray.
I just feel like something good is about to happen
And brother, this could be that very day.

I have learned in all that happens just to praise Him
For I know He’s working all things for my good.
Every tear I shed is worth all the investment
For I know He’ll see me through, He said He would.
He has promised eye nor ear can hardly fathom
All the things He has in store for those who pray.
I just feel like something good is about to happen
And brother, this could be the very day.

Yes I’ve noticed all the bad news in the paper,
And it seems like things are bleaker every day.
But for this child of God it makes no difference,
For things are bound to get better either way.
I’ve never been more thrilled about tomorrow.
Sunshine’s always bursting through the skies of gray.
I just feel like something good is about to happen
And brother this could be that very day.

Click on the link below to listen to the song as performed by the Bill Gaither Trio.


I Just Feel Like Something Good Is About To Happen

Deliverance Demands A Den

We were out of town one weekend and visited a sister church, pastored by a good friend of ours.  The message was very good and worth remembering.  The text was from Daniel 6.  We’re all probably familiar with the biblical story of Daniel and the Lions’ Den.  Here are a few points to remember:

Don’t take a snapshot in the den and judge your life by it.

Our trials (“dens”) are seasons in our life.  Seasons have an end, thankfully.  The end of our season of infertility is deliverance.  Hopefully, a baby!

I remember how dark the season was at times.  I was in my den when I heard this message.  You don’t always understand why you’re in the den.  But most people, if not all,  I have talked to who have gone through difficult trials are very thankful for them and wouldn’t even trade it for anything.  How could they come out of the den thinking that way?  Only Jesus.

I Peter 1:6-7  “Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:  That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.”

Deliverance often demands a den.

I read a quote that said faith untested is not faith.  This is one reason we may be going through this trial.  God wants to show Himself strong to us as well as to those around us and deliver us.

“For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.”  II Chronicles 16:9a

Give God a reason to deliver you.

To deliver: to produce the promised, desired, or expected results; to come through, make sure he delivers on his promise.  (Webster’s)

What reasons can we give God?  Daniel gave himself unto prayer.  Even Darius encouraged Daniel to trust in God.   We must also remember it is not about us, but about Him.

Matthew Henry’s Commentary on Daniel 6:26-27 describes God who “delivers his faithful servants from trouble and rescues them out of trouble; he works signs and wonders, quite above the utmost power of nature to effect, both in heaven and on earth, by which it appears that he is sovereign Lord of both.  He has given a fresh proof of all this in delivering Daniel from the power of the lions.  This miracle, and that of the delivering of the three children, were wrought in the eyes of the world, were seen, published, and attested by two of the greatest monarchs that ever were, and were illustrious confirmations of the first principles of religion.”

“Now unto HIM that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto HIM be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end.  Amen!”  Ephesians 3:20-21

Daniel’s account was triumphant.  God performed a miracle and was glorified.  Believe in the power of God.  May God be glorified by our den.

With Patience, Wait.

Several years ago on my journey of infertility, I had read the February 21st Streams in the Desert entry and was encouraged by the devotion on waiting patiently.  After reading it in the morning and coming home that evening, somewhere in-between, I had forgotten what I had read and probably experienced all the w’s in just a few short hours!  How weak in the flesh that made me feel!  Thankfully, God is patient with me.

This devotion is for those who have “prayed and prayed and waited and waited, and still there is no manifestation”, who are “tired of seeing nothing move”, and who are “just at the point of giving it all up”.  The author tells us we are not waiting in the right way.  We must wait with patience.  These are not my thoughts, just the excerpts of the devotion that encouraged me to keep waiting and doing it patiently.

Romans 8:25 says, “But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.”

  • Worry – Patience takes away worry. He said He would come, and His promise is equal to His presence.
  • Weeping – Patience takes away weeping.  Why feel sad and despondent?  He knows our needs better than we do, and His purpose in waiting is to bring more glory out of it all.
  • Works – Patience takes away self-works. The work He desires is that we believe and when we believe, we may then know that all is well.
  • Want – Patience takes away all want. Our desire for the thing we wish for is perhaps stronger than our desire for the will of God to be fulfilled in its arrival.
  • Weakening – Patience takes away all weakening. Instead of having the delaying time, a time of letting go, know that God is getting a larger supply ready and must get you ready too.
  • Wobbling – Patience takes away all wobbling. God’s foundations are steady; and when His patience is within, we are steady while we wait.
  • Worship – Patience gives worship. A praiseful patience – sometimes “longsuffering with joyfulness” –  is the best part of it all!

By C.H.P., Streams in the Desert, February 21st

“God’s Been Good” by Legacy Five

God’s Been Good

Solo by Tim Parton, Legacy Five

…………………….

Lately I’ve been looking back, along this winding road

To the old familiar markers of the mercies I have known.

I know it may sound simple but it’s more than a cliche’.

There’s no better way to tell you, than to say,

…………………….

God’s been good in my life.

I feel blessed beyond my wildest dreams

when I go to sleep each night.

And though I’ve had my share of hard times,

I wouldn’t change them if I could

‘Cause through it all, God’s been good.

…………………….

Times replay and I can see that I’ve cried some bitter tears.

But I felt His arms around me, as I faced my greatest fears.

You see I’ve had more gains than losses

and I’ve known more joy than hurt.

As His grace rolled down upon me undeserved.

…………………….

God’s been good in my life.

I feel blessed beyond my wildest dreams

when I go to sleep each night.

And though I’ve had my share of hard times,

I wouldn’t change them if I could

‘Cause through it all, God’s been good.

…………………….

For God has been my Father, my Savior and my Friend.

His love was my beginning, and His love will be my end.

I could spend forever trying to tell you everything He is.

But the best way that I can say it is this –

…………………….

God’s been good in my life.

I feel blessed beyond my wildest dreams

when I go to sleep each night.

And though I’ve had my share of hard times,

I wouldn’t change them if I could

‘Cause through it all, God’s been good.

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