Today your blogger is Renée Berry, a very wise staff member of mine who has ministered to hundreds of people in her 18 years with us. She continues in a powerful way through her recently released book, “Invite Him In: Jesus in Seasons of Adversity”. In it, she shares candidly about the struggle to experience Jesus as our “enough” when life is really hard. The book was forged from the crucible of her own experience when she was afflicted with cancer. But she writes not only for those who’ve had cancer, but for all of us who’ve experienced our own seasons of adversity. Be encouraged.Mark Maulding, President and Founder
Jesus, I Invite You In to this horror story I am living on earth; this terrible disease that has been unleashed. Why does an enemy exist who is allowed to torment me, cause me to decay so quickly in a cancerous state? My body may have cancer, or a long-term illness, or my heart might have a hole in it because of a loss, but I do not want to succumb to cancer of the soul (my mind, will and emotions)! I have pain and grief that attacks in hurricane style to seemingly wash me away. I am angry that this is what You, Lord, have allowed. Here I am face to face with You and I have a choice as to where to look. Do I desire answers to age old angry questions that even King David asked, or do I hunger for You in this moment? Do I desire understanding, or do I want to experience intimacy with You? I would so much rather be in Your lap than shaking an angry fist at You! I hear You gently, faithfully, lovingly whisper, “Invite Me In!”
As I choose to Invite You In, I find it’s okay to be angry, even with You, Lord. You were big enough to handle it with King David; You are big enough to handle it with me. For today, I guess I’ve written my own Psalm 13! Now please get me to the, “But I have trusted…!”
Psalm 13:1, 5 – How long will You forget me, O Lord? Forever? But I have trusted, leaned on, and been confident in Your mercy and loving-kindness…
Renée H. Berry
Author: “INVITE HIM IN: Jesus in Seasons of Adversity”
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