Tuesday, July 15, 2008

SACRED MOMENTS THAT MATTER

Milton, here for Kristy:

There is an unusually holy awareness of the presence of God in our home. From the beginning of our relationship Christ has been the center, but there is something very sacred happening here. It is hard to describe.

Some have said they have felt angels were present in our home and bedroom. Well, IF you believe the Bible then that's easy to accept.

Some have walked past our house and said they have felt God's presence.

Visitor's have come and gone saying that something is different here.

Daily we have welcomed The Holy Spirit of God into our lives and home. Kristy's praise and declaration that God is good welcomes His presence.

Even as we hold hands and enjoy sweet kisses there is a sacredness that is felt.

The Lord has been speaking to me deep within my spirit not the miss the moments of God's visitation. I have tried to keep my heart open and my ears attune to the voice of the Holy Spirit. As I have written these posts, I have listened to the voice of the Spirit to guide what I should write.

For some, because I have not written a lot of Scripture or spoken "faith" words over and over in these writings, there might be some question as to if God's Spirit has guided my thoughts or not. I have written about real life and real occurrences--the romance, the humor, the flaws and weaknesses, the family, the sorrow, the wonderful memories, and the special moments. I have written to the best of my ability in the manner I felt Kristy would have me share. It comes with a bass voice but it is harmonizing with her. Not a lot of frills, just the facts, Mam, just the facts.

But I know down deep that He is working, and speaking, and moving in some very unusual and sacred ways. I know He has moved my fingers and guided my thoughts. I know He is speaking to someone reading this now to encourage you and let you know He is the mighty God of your life.

He is a Holy God. He works in holy ways. He is righteous and just. He is faithful. He has not failed Kristy and He is alive in her and in us.

Let Him be alive in you today.

Monday I was extremely blue and down. I have felt weak and helpless. I will admit it, but there is something sacred happening even in the sorrow and brokenness. God is at work. We haven't given up and we have felt His grace and mercy. It is just hard.

These are sacred moments. Oh, I pray that we will not miss what He will do.

***

How is Kristy?

She was up to going into the family room Monday afternoon and we watched some HG TV together. There is more confusion but there is also real faith in the face of this adversity. She is still spunky. She didn't say "Yes sir" to me today. I really didn't think she would say that again.

Oh, this woman loves me and I love her.

18 Comments:

At 9:21 AM, Anonymous Sharon Bailey said...

Thank you so much for the beautiful words. How wonderful to feel God's presence and the presence of angels in your home ... how sad for the many who walk through life and never accept this precious gift. Praying for you and your family. I know that God the Holy Spirit is using your words to reach souls for Christ. As I've your blog these past months, I've grown closer to God and am appreciating the small things in life more. Still praying and will continue to pray for you and your precious family.

 
At 9:46 AM, Blogger B. J. Brooks said...

I was anxious to come to work this morning and check on Kristy, as is my habit. My home computer is having issues at the moment.

Anyway I dreamed of Kristy during the early hours of this morning. It was as if I were in the room with her, speaking to her, and praying over her. In the dream there was a red table cloth on a table, so similar to one my mother used and I have tucked away in the closet, not sure how that even related but it was there, and flowers in the center of the table. I spoke with Jennifer and she showed me around, lots of people in the dream.

Such an unusual dream that upon awakening it still remained with me.

I pray that Kristy rests easy today, it seemed in the dream that she was curled up but then seemed to be relaxed and she stretched out.

There is so much life in your blog. So "MANY BLESSINGS," which I have used for sometime above my signature when I send emails or sign off on my books.

God is so Good, and you are so blessed to have each other now, in the past, and the future.

Many Blessings
B.J. Brooks
(Robinson)

 
At 9:47 AM, Blogger Arlene said...

Praying for Kristy and family and sending love.

 
At 10:19 AM, Blogger Richard Mabry said...

Milton,
First, be assured that our prayers are joining the countless others offered up in support of you, Kristy, and your family.

It's natural to be down in this situation. I understand, although I had two weeks of it, while you've had months. Even the staunchest Christian grieves as the weight of these matters presses down. You're no less "spiritual" nor is your Christianity flawed when you cry out, "Why, God?"

May God grant you both the gift of strength and peace in this trying time.

I'll close with the tag Kristy gave me some time ago. Blessings from "Dr. Richard"

 
At 10:28 AM, Anonymous Nicole said...

Words fail even the most astute wordsmiths. All I can say is God continue to bless you both in this ongoing journey with His presence, His fellowship, His divine protection, and His never ending love and mercy. In the Name, Blood, and Authority of Jesus Christ, Amen, and by His Spirit.

 
At 10:30 AM, Blogger Kathy Collard Miller said...

I'm grateful to God that grieving and "being down" doesn't necessarily mean there is a lack of faith and trust. Thank you, Milton, for being honest about your feelings. We are human yet spiritual. I'm praising God for His provision of His Spirit and Presence to strengthen you. How wonderful to be reminded that He is always with us, everywhere, but let's us sense His presence even more powerfully in difficult circumstances.

 
At 10:37 AM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Milton,
What a beautiful post! Your writing illustrates God's presence whether you use scripture or not~that is a gift that you have.

Recently, I have gone through a myriad of emotions questioning whether my own faith was real or just something that I wanted to be true. Your experiences echo some of the things I have felt before, so I knew that it wasn't something that I had imagined. Thank-you for your encouraging post! By the way, I think your writing is also humorous at times...I loved the bug story!

Hugs and prayers to both you and Kristy! I pray that you continue to feel that comforting presence of God throughout each day.

Stephanie Adams

 
At 11:01 AM, Blogger nanatrish said...

Milton, You don't have to quote scriptures to show spiritually. We read the love of Christ in your words. You have been going through so much the last few months. Watching a loved one go through these things is so difficult. I was a little girl when my daddy went through something similar for two years and it takes a toll on you. You are human and make sure you get your rest. We are all praying for you and thank you for keeping us updated on Kristy. She is a sweetheart and please tell her we love you guys so much.

 
At 11:21 AM, Blogger GloreyB said...

Spoken by a wise lady that I know...this was on the message board in the ministry class I am taking. I thought it would be wise word to you this day. God is in control. One day is His courts is worth a thousand elsewhere. There are people praying for you all over the world. Isn't God's love amazing.
"In our times of crisis, our emotions are cannot be trusted; we dare not gauge our outcome during a time of unstable thinking. In a crisis, we might feel like we are being put to the test; God is testing our faith. But during my reading today, it came to my mind that in actuality it is God who is being tested; He is the One who is being tested. "Will God be able to keep and bring me through my time of crisis? Will He pass the test?"

When our faith is unstable, God is unshaken. When our faith is weak, God is strong. When our faith is surrounded by evil, God is still righteous. Our faith, at this time of crisis, should not be in our ability but in God's ability. It is His name we praise not our own. He does what He does for His own name's sake. He can be depended upon even when our emotions are damaged. Our trust is in Him and Him alone."

 
At 12:58 PM, Blogger Rachel Overton said...

Milton,

Your words have clearly shown your faith and trust through the real issues of this disease. I find them far more believable and touching than someone speaking "Christianese" just to sound "right." God knows your heart, and your transparency has shared it with us as well.

Music speaks deeply to me--I am imagining that it does the same to you, since it obviously plays a large role in your lives. I sent you a link a week or two ago to www.talleytree-o.com, where you can listen to a new album in progress from the Talley Trio. The most recent song they've posted is called "Comfort Me." I hope you can stop by and listen to it. I believe it will minister to your hearts.

Many prayers.
Rachel Overton

 
At 1:36 PM, Blogger Carrie Turansky said...

Dear friends,
What a wonderful post. Thank you, Milton for sharing so honestly. It is good to hear you talking about God's wonderful presence and also about your own weakness and struggles. He knows we are human and He knows how we grieve and question, yet how we also hold on to Him and trust Him in times like this.

The comments have also been very encouraging to read. It is clear that you have many wise and caring friends who are praying and waiting on God with you. I think the sense of angels and God's presence is a result of your prayers and the prayers of so many. He is surrounding you with His love and peace. He is watching over you and Kristy and all those who are with you, to care for you and give you the strength you need.

In my Bible study have been learning about living a life that glorifies God, and I only had to think of you and Kristy to see a true life example of this.

Love and prayers,
Carrie in NJ

 
At 2:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Milton,

Ever since first hearing about Kristy I have been reading your posts and praying for her. Recently, I began getting discouraged when I see how weak she is. I asked my daughter who is a very spiritual young woman, why? Why when so many people are praying for Kristy, why isn't He healing her? She answered, "Maybe this isn't about Kristy, but God wants to get people back to praying."

By reading your posts, I know people are praying. I know you and Kristy are touching lives across so many different avenues of faith.

But I still pray for you and your family. I am still praying for a miracle for Kristy. I know she would give all the Glory where it belongs, to God.

Thank you for your posts and honest emotions. When I read your post about Romance, I cried, it was so beautiful. Your love story is a beautiful one and thank you for sharing your raw and rich emotions. You both are an inspiration to us all.

Beth

 
At 3:39 PM, Anonymous Deborah Anderson said...

You said: "For some, because I have not written a lot of Scripture or spoken "faith" words over and over in these writings, there might be some question as to if God's Spirit has guided my thoughts or not."

I've no question as to whether God's Spirit has guided your thoughts or not. I know He has.

Just had another thought. Kristy would be proud of you, Milton. You did what every writer strives to do. You've "shown," not "told."

Actually, shouldn't we all do that in our faith? Shouldn't others see Christ in us without us having to tout it around all the time?

Just because you've not written a lot of Scripture or spoken "faith" words over and over, does not mean it has not been seen. I've seen it, felt it, and heard it, and so have others.

God bless you, brother.

((((((((((Milton & Kristy))))))))))

 
At 4:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All the comments have encouraged Kristy and me, but they have especially helped me today.

We have wanted so much for our lives to gorify God. This is incredibly important to Kristy that now even in trial that Jesus is lifted up.

Milton

 
At 5:06 PM, Blogger Barbara J. Robinson said...

The blog shows God has guided you. He is alive and in us. He is doing miracles and working through you, Kristy, and the blog, as He has already done through her writing. God is good. God is awesome, and He will always be with you no matter what. We do not walk through this world alone.

There is nothing like the feel of the Holy Spirit. I can feel Him when I read your blogs and when I respond. God bless. Prayers and blessings,
Barb

 
At 8:48 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

Jesus most often ministered without words, meeting needs. He didn't have to deliver a sermon or quote the Scriptures. He often did but not always. :)

Daily I remember you and Kristy to our Father.

 
At 12:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

None of us knows what a day will bring. God does. I'm asking him to strengthen your family for the days ahead, and to use this blog as a sacred testament of his faithfulness.

This hymn by James Rowe blessed my heart today. I'm pasting the words here, because they are timely for us all.

Dread not the things that are ahead,
The burdens great, the sinking sands,
The thorns that o’er the path are spread,
God holds the future in His hands.

Refrain

God holds the future in His hands
And every heart He understands.
On Him depend,
He is your Friend,
He holds the future in His hands.

We know not what tomorrow hides,
Of sun or storm or good or ill;
We only know His dear hand guides,
And He will be our Father still.

Refrain

His hand created earth and sky,
The zephyrs and the storms that rage,
And years to come and years gone by
To Him are but an open page.

Refrain

Live close to Him and trust His love,
Assured that while on earth we roam,
Whate’er may come, He bends above
To guide His children safely home.

Refrain

 
At 7:19 AM, Anonymous Eva Marie Everson said...

Prayers abound...

 

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