His Comforts

“Just as the sufferings of Christ overflow in your lives, so do the comforts.” (I Cor. 1:5) I am experiencing the truth of this verse in new ways these days. And though this year has brought suffering, it has also brought His comforts.

img_1352His Word. A Bible verse that has brought me comfort me over and over again in this journey is I Tim.4:17: “But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength.” Knowing that He could stand even when I couldn’t comforted me. Knowing that He stood beside my bed brought comfort when I felt alone, as one often does in pain or suffering. He has stood by me through each stage of this journey. What a comfort! (Thankful for friends who gave me this early on in my journey. It continues to hang in our living room as a daily reminder)

img_2285Aslan. Another source of comfort to me has come in the form of a small stuffed lion. It was a gift from my grandson, Jaden. We named him Aslan after the good, though not tame, lion in C.S Lewis’s Narnia books.  Aslan went with me everywhere. During one of my transfers, the ambulance driver asked, “Does he go too?” “He goes wherever I go,” I answered.  As in Narnia, the presence of Aslan makes everything alright. I could imagine Jesus with me, just as Aslan was, everywhere I went. And every time they moved me, I knew that God was with me, fighting for me, standing with me. Aslan is still never far from me. He reminds me that I am loved and “I am His”, and He has been beside me through it all, giving me strength. What a comfort!

Music. Especially in the early days of recovery, when reading was difficult, music was a real comfort. Here is one song, among many, that brought and continues to bring comfort. Chris Tomlin – The Roar

flowersGifts. I am always blessed and amazed at how perfectly timed His comforts are. One example (among many) occurred just this past week, shortly after my fall. I was returning from a doctor visit and feeling particularly tired and discouraged only to be greeted by a beautiful bouquet of flowers from cousins that live on the other side of the world. What a comfort!

img_2280Beauty/Memories of His goodness. Near my chair, where I spend most of my time, I have pictures of the lavender fields from the South of France. They remind me not only of the amazing beauty of God’s creation but of a wonderful long weekend spent in France with my daughter just a few months before my stroke. What a comfort to be reminded of His goodness to me!

I have heard that in the wilderness of the Sinai peninsula (where the Israelites spent so much time) that there are few,if any, signs of life, except for the broom trees that dot the landscape. These trees provide the only shade from the sun and the only cover when night falls. Their wood also provides for fires when the cool of night comes. Broom trees! That’s what God gives us in the midst of the most barren places of our lives. Broom trees like a special verse, ambulance drivers, stuffed lions, grandchildren, family, friends who show up when I need them most, etc. Each brings comfort in His name and encouragement along the desert journey.

I have seen His comforts again and again and have learned not to despise even the smallest of comforts in the midst of trials. “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for you are with me; your rod and your staff they comfort me.”Psalm 23:4  His rod and staff will and do bring comfort. I pray that we all have eyes to see His many comforts even in the midst of suffering.

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28 thoughts on “His Comforts

  1. Thank you again, dear Katy, for blessing me as you share how God has been with you — and that you have been able to see Him and thank Him even in the midst of pain and sorrow.

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  2. Your strength amazes me.. your faith in the storm fortifies our faith. Praying for total healing for you and every provision met!

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  3. Dear Katy, You are still in my daily prayers. I was distressed to learn of your fall. Perhaps because if the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much, what does that say about me! How typical that it is always about me… Your lovely blog, your wise thoughts about this life experience comfort all of us with whom you share them. Love to both you and Stan, Bill

    On Thu, Jan 26, 2017 at 9:35 AM, Journey with Katy wrote:

    > lizlind posted: ““Just as the sufferings of Christ overflow in your lives, > so do the comforts.” (I Cor. 1:5) I am experiencing the truth of this verse > in new ways these days. And though this year has brought suffering, it has > also brought His comforts. His Word. A Bible ” >

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    1. Bill, your fervent prayers are being heard and answered. Apart from bruises n breaks, I am doing well, just not quite well enough to make my way to Africa yet! But I am still confident that day will come . If it’s my first time ever to fly first class, think what a comfort that will be! Lots of sufferings, but lots of comforts. You and Judy are two of my comforts! No uestion about it. See you in Africa next, okay?
      Katy

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  4. Reading about Joseph today. And so many reminders that God is always in the midst, behind the veil. I thank Him with you for the many ways He has chosen to use others to remind you of His ever-presence. Praying for healing and joy in the midst of the trials. “By day the Lord directs his love, at night his song is with me–a prayer to the God of my life.” psalm 42:8

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  5. My mother died last night. Can you imagine me receiving a message from you this morning entitled, “His Comforts”?! It took my breath away as it felt like a direct love note from God’s hand to me! I want you to also know that my mother kept many of your blogs that I had printed off for her next to her and looked to them again and again for comfort, courage and strength. Your ongoing impact on my life, on our lives, truly cannot be measured! I am so grateful to God for how He speaks through you!!

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    1. I’m not sure which Kathy this may be, but while I am sad to hear of the passing of your mother, I am deeply touched by your reference to her reading the blogs. If we can be even a very small comfort to each other in the valleys of life, we have done something eternal ,like Jesus, so it is my desire to be a comfort along the painful journeys of others.. thank you for your own humility to learn from me and others those lessons of life that make life worth living. I can imagine you miss your mother because few love us like our own mothers. May God send His comforts to you as He has to me I am indebted to you for prayers for me! Katy

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  6. Katy, we continue to hold you in our prayers and are blessed by your sharing this time in your life with us. Wish we lived closer to be a help to you. Much love, Dorena

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    1. Dorena, you are kind even to read and keep up it’s my journey. I suspect your havemany in your own church who are walking through desert or valley times and I’m sure you have had your own! While NJ seems far, we’re grateful for sightings of you here from time to time. Pls give my love to your girls ok?
      Katy

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  7. Katy,
    My eyes are filled with tears after reading your post! Just was with my Christian sisters in a Bible Study… 1st Peter … and sometimes we go off a bi on tangents… spiritual ones of course… but a question arose as to why God allows tragedies, especially to His children, and we don’t understand it, so how can the unbelieving world? Good question… but we have faith in His sovereignty … so even when cannot see His Hand we have to trust His Heart! I am having trouble doing that somedays… then I get your post and I ask myself those same questions… a saint like you… why Lord…thank you for sharing from your incredible heart of faith!!
    May God bring healing to your body!
    In His Love,
    Rena Doran

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    1. Rena, oh how my heart goes out to you. I read your comments and long to reach out and touch you, hug you, talk with you. What a dear soul you are and heart you have,reading my blogs with tears. I ache for your heartache but trust God to provide His comforts for you as He has, and does, for me.
      It’s meant so much to me to be in touch this way. I though my wings are clipped and I am grounded now, I long to return there for a visit……..in His time.
      Katy

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  8. Katy, You are such an inspiration to me, as I’m still going through treatments for cancer. So grateful that we have our God to lean on.

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    1. Ellen, oh may our God comfort you with His comforts, rod and staff,as you continue treatments.we persevere together, keeping our eyes on Him. Love, katy

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  9. I wrote a comment and somehow lost it. Clever of me. Anyway, Katy, I thought we were supposed to be comforting you, and instead your posts comfort us. Thank you!

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    1. John n Trish, it’s so good to be in touch again. Thank you for your most encouraging notes and comments! On espere a vous Renoir un jour!
      KTy

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  10. We are so privileged to know you and walk this journey with you, praying that God will continue to conform us more into the likeness of His son, Jesus, who we love. YOU are an encouragement and comfort to many and I feel so blessed to have you in my life, as I am sure many others feel similar. Praising God for you and Pastor Stan, praying for these daily graces (comforts) to overflow as you heal and become more whole. You have and still comfort me with such words of truth and grace.

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  11. Thank you, Katie. These words are especially “undergirding” right now. When we were reading Daniel in December, I would imagine being in the lion’s den and have the Lord right beside me. We have the Chief Lion standing with us, thank you for your perspective. You are such a blessing to me. Carolyn

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  12. Just want to say good to hear from you again…Love you and may God’s blessing be with you all the time…. You are in my prayers nightly
    Joan Bellanger

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  13. Thank you. Such words of encouragement. I a. One from Cherry Run Camp Meeting who sends out weekly prayer reminders. I just want you to know we are all praying for both you and your husband. In His Hands, Alice Jean Parker

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    1. Alice, ow very kind of you to include me on your list of prayer requests. I am humbled n very grateful.
      Thanks for the ministry you have through Cherry Run camp! Katy

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