Monday, July 14, 2008

His Love Sustains me...

Sustain as defined in Webster's dictionary is: 1. to hold up 2. to bear a burden 3. to endure 4. to keep a person, and the mind, from giving way, as under affliction. 5. to keep going

I went with my friend Annie today to her doctor's appointment in a nearby town. Annie and her son went in the gas station to get a soda before going to her appointment. As I was sitting in the car waiting, I saw a middle aged lady come out from the station and watched her as she walked to her car. She could barely move and it took her a full minute to get to her car. You could see the pain wash over her face in waves. As she got in her broken down jeep I saw her put her head on her steering well and she began to cry.
God spoke to my heart to go and encourage her.

I felt odd about approaching a complete stranger but I did it anyway.

I said, "Mam, I feel like the Lord wants me to encourage you. Whatever it is you are going through please don't give up."

She started to cry even harder and I asked her if I could give her a hug.
She said yes.
After hugging her she told me she had been praying for God to send someone to encourage her because she just felt like giving up.

But she said she was happy that the Lord had heard her prayer. She told me of how she had filed for disability and was waiting for it to go through. And how she suffered tremendously from pain that never let up and how she couldn't afford to get her pain medication filled because she had no money to do it.

My heart was so heavy for her, but I told her not to give up because God had heard her prayer for someone to encourage her, and He would hear her prayer for help for the disability and to help her get her prescription filled.
She smiled such a bright smile then, even through her tears..

She drove off in her little broken down jeep with the broken windshield, but she drove off with hope. God hears our prayers even when we don't think He does..

Psalm 34:18
The Lord is close to the broken hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

Psalm 147:3
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

I say a prayer tonight for all those in the world who do not have money to fill their prescriptions, who have no food, who have no hope, who cannot go to the doctor or dentist, who have no friends. I pray that the Lord God of mercy will hear their cry and answer it. That the God of infinite grace will put people in their path to help them.. Amen


Tonight's song, Blessed Be Your Name by Matt Redman
1st video, 1st clip

If you have time, please listen to this song, you will be blessed by it..

John taught me the meaning of this song..

He praised God even in his suffering.

30 comments: said...

Yes and amen...


Joni said...

I am touched by your compassion and motivation to reach out to my friend, are an angel.

I love the song you chose to accompany this's one of my favorites!

Patti said...

You are amazing and I just love you and your great big heart.

God Bless You my friend.

Karen said...

What a wonderful story. It's amazing how God works. I love looking up definitions in Websters. You were there to help this woman bear her burden. God sustains us through each other

Thrifty Miss Priss said...

you do have a HUGE heart Nita! Thats why I like you so much! It took a lot of courage to do what you did! I'm sure that sweet woman will never forget it...(nor you!)

Brenda said...

What a glorious and beautiful thing you did.

Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

What an inspiring, miraculous story, Nita. And how you inspire me to look for ways to spread God's love. I'm adding my prayer than God will take care of that lady.

Donna said...

What a beautiful thing to do...feels good doesn't it...that's what it's all about...this thing called, life. Love 'ya sugar!hughugs

Rose said...

God Bless you!

Nonnie said...

beautiful, amazing how He works....
hugs and prayers,

Joanne Kennedy said...

I got chills as I read your post today. It's so wonderful to read about people who actually act when they hear God speak to them. Most people would have given into their fear and just let the lady drive off.

What a wonderful person you are. So blessed to have God working through you touching many in this life.

God bless you!


Flassie's Fil'a said...

Amen to that!!!

Lifting You Up in Prayer!!!

God Bless You and Yours!!!


Jeanne said...

OMG Nita. Thank God you were there to offer encouragement to that poor woman. You have used your own pain and sorrow to reach out and ease the pain and sorrow others are feeling and that's an amazing thing. Off to listen to your song for today. {{HUGS}}

Sandi McBride said...

Very moving post.

Annette said...

you know God put you at that spot at that time for reason....and I am so happy that you were obiedent to his voice...this makes him happy and he will bless you greatley for this! Dosent it feel great to know you made someones day brighter, you are such an angel on this earth. you are truley a remarkable lady.
I love the song.
Love to you always

Nita Jo said...


Thank you for sharing that with us. Compassion often takes courage, and you are courageous!
The scriptures and the song were perfect too!

Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

Sweet Nita, you are so special. I am always so inspired by you and so blessed to call you a friend.


Jeannene said...


I am convinced more then ever the reason why we "God's Children" are here is to be a disciple's for him shining a light ever so bright for him to reach a hurt, and dieing world.

You were such an example of this and how powerful we can be and use to the Lord if we just stop and listen to him and reach out to others.

Thank you for inspiring me today!

PS. Come by and see a new site called "In Her Shoes", I share this with another wonderful Arthur. Gina. Come visit we would be so blessed to have you. In fact, I have been moved in my heart to write about this exact thing lately.
Here is the link;

Love your heart,

Jeannene & Gina said...

Hi Nita,

I hope you come by and visit "In Her Shoes", I just posted something and included your link to this story. You are an example of what I was writing about in my Post Today..

Much Love,

Jann said...

You're an inspiration, Nita--God had you sitting there at just the right place and time, all the while knowing that you were the perfect person for the job! God Bless You--Hugs, Jann

Jeanne said...

Nita had a chance to listen to your song and it is just beautiful. Thank you so for sharing it. Also there's something for you over at my blog. {{HUGS}}

Classic Charm said...

You are an angel among us. God Bless you for your kindness. Your post today made me smile.

Sandi McBride said...

Just stopped back in to say congratulations on your award!

Karen M said...

That was a beautiful story. I can tell you are a very special lady with lots of love and compassion. You were also very, very blessed to have a man you loved so deeply.

Now, to tell you how to embed the You Tube. Go to You Tube, find the video you want and then find the code that is on the right side of the screen. I think it says something about embed. Copy the line and then paste it in your post. I hope it works for you.

Patti said...

Thanks for your comment on my retirement collage. Also for the comment on Momma but it is not my Momma it is Cookie Sunshine's Momma. My Momma passed away in February remember. I posted about Cookies Mother because she ask me for help in getting her Mother moved to Hospice. All the emails worked. She will be accepted into Hospice this week!
Hugs and God Bless you

Mya said...

What a beautiful post and a very beautiful and inspiring thing that you did. I am so glad that you had the courage and heart to reach out to her. I have an award for you on my blog. Please come see.
You deserve it.
Hugs to you,

Laura said...

You are an inspiration... Really, you are. Many hugs.

joan said...

Hi Nita,

How wonderful that you reached out to her. It probably meant more to her then you'll ever know. I love that you listened to the Lord when he spoke to your heart. I think sometimes we feel like we are intruding on people when they are hurting but that's when they probably need us the most. Wonderful post.

Sandra Evertson said...

We sustain each other... :)
Sandra Evertson

Anonymous said...

God Bless You Nita. Praise God there are people who encourage and pray for one are one of them!


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