A Little Whisper of God to my Soul

A Little Whisper of God to my Soul

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I’ve been very tearful these past few days. I think that this has been triggered by my birthday – family events are invariably a time when the ’empty chair’ is at its most conspicuous. Thankfully I now have a few days off work where I can just relax, read, eat and sleep – and catch up on some housework. I haven’t been sleeping well recently, so catching up on sleep is definitely high on my list.

A few months ago a website called HOPE SHACK (Finding Hope in the midst of Life’s Struggles) contacted me to say that they would like to feature excerpts from my blog on their website. I willingly agreed to this. I visited their website today and saw that they had featured excerpts from my blog on the 26th May – the very day of my birthday – that’s a lovely encouragement for me. It’s like a little whisper from God to my soul that says “I have not forgotten you.

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I especially love the fact that the song they chose to feature alongside these excerpts is “How He loves us“. This is one of the many songs that Leah and I used to enjoy listening to together. However Leah and I couldn’t agree on whether we liked it best sung by a female voice or by a male voice, so I remember us sitting in the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit in Bristol, first listening to a version by Kim Walker-Smith and then one by David Crowder and debating (in a good-natured way) over which one sounded better! I favoured the David Crowder version:

“How He Loves”
(originally by John Mark McMillan)

He is jealous for me,
Loves like a hurricane, I am a tree,
Bending beneath the weight of His wind and mercy.
When all of a sudden,
I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory,
And I realize just how beautiful You are,
And how great Your affections are for me.

And oh, how He loves us, oh,
Oh, how He loves us,
How He loves us all

He is jealous for me,
Loves like a hurricane, I am a tree,
Bending beneath the weight of His wind and mercy.
When all of a sudden,
I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory,
And I realise just how beautiful You are,
And how great Your affections are for me.

And oh, how He loves us, oh,
Oh, how He loves us,
How He loves us all

Yeah, He loves us,
Oh, how He loves us,
Oh, how He loves us,
Oh, how He loves.

And we are His portion and He is our prize,
Drawn to redemption by the grace in His eyes,
If his grace is an ocean, we’re all sinking.
And Heaven meets earth like an unforeseen kiss,
And my heart turns violently inside of my chest,
I don’t have time to maintain these regrets,
When I think about the way…

That He loves us,
Oh, how He loves us,
Oh, how He loves us,
Oh, how He loves.
Yeah, He loves us,
Oh, how He loves us,
Oh, how He loves us,
Oh, how He loves.

Yeah, He loves us,
Oh, how He loves us…
Oh, how He loves us…
Oh, how He loves us.

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9 thoughts on “A Little Whisper of God to my Soul

  1. I’m so glad you received a special whisper of encouragement just when you really needed it. And that you are going to have some time to rest, read and catch up on sleep. Praying that God gives you sweet rest in these days. I love that song too.

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  2. There are no rights and wrongs in this Vicky pet. Family occasions are always be bittersweet. Keep doing what you’re doing…. getting locked in to grief will only keep you going round and round. Keep lifting your eyes to the horizon and to heaven and your way will be marked for you. You are not alone. Much Love….

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    1. Thank you Urs for such a lovely warm encouraging comment. Sometimes I think I’m coping really well, then other times the scab is once again knocked off the wound of grief and once again I feel like I’m raw and bleeding. It’s been good to have a few days in the house to just ‘still my soul’, as although I enjoy being busy, a balance of activity/inactivity is also required.

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  3. What a sweet Father. Thank-you for this, Vicky You’ve encouraged me by sharing your heart. It looks like God has brought this full circle. You see, I was privileged to write both of the pieces you mentioned, Vicky’s Story (https://goo.gl/4VEyoA) and When Trouble Comes (https://goo.gl/tmqx5U), so I find this especially encouraging. My hope is that many more are encouraged by your story, and that Leah continues to shine a very bright light into this world. Oh….and Happy Birthday. 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much Christina for your ministry into the lives of others.
      1 Corinthians 15:58b “Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labour in the Lord is not in vain.”

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