Hello! There have been so many changes in our family in the last few months. Our little boy has been going to a therapy center for two months now and is finally adjusting. He wanted to come home initially and now loves it there and when he comes home, wants to cuddle all the time. This mama’s heart is full!
My little girl is getting so mature and sees! She sees a need or a hurting heart and rushes to fill it , with whatever is in her hand at that time. She saw a friend of my son who was sad because his father was late(mine gets upset when I’m late to pick him up too!) and so she gave the little boy some of her modeling clay that she had with her. Another time at her speech class, she let her friend win at a game because she hadn’t won in awhile. This she does on a daily basis with no prompting whatsoever. This mama’s heart is overflowing!
My husband and I are learning to stay connected to each other and stay the path God has us on( learning because this married life is always a learning curve!), this wife’s heart is secure and joyful! (Many of the things we’ve learnt and are learning are private. Sometimes we share with select godly friends and mentors, but most of the time it’s between us. When my husband feels like it’s something I can share, I do so on the blog. Thank you for your understanding.)
I. I have started classes at the University and am having so much fun! I’m studying and preparing for quizzes and finishing homework and I’m having the time of my life. There have been other things I’ve had to work out( We have a baby sitter for 30 minutes to an hour on those evenings and she’s with them till my husband comes back. He puts them to bed and I come back late in the night. I cook for the whole week on the weekend and it’s in the fridge so that it’s easier on my husband. He stills needs to make different food for my son though.) It has been 9 years since I graduated from medical school and it’s unlikely that I had so much fun studying! but this time around I am 🙂 On the flip side I’ve done something to my back and have been in near constant pain for the last few weeks and so I’m on painkillers, muscle relaxants and am going to start physical therapy. If you remember me, I would appreciate prayers for my back. Thank you 🙂
So why did I finally decide to pop in? Because my pastor this past Sunday shared this beautiful and very timely message from Isaiah 35. This passage only 10 verses long talks about revival, refreshing, renewal, growth, beauty, peace, strength, courage, holiness and JOY in the desert. You read that right.
Joy and rejoicing and gladness in the desert.
He talked about revival in our state( and how he’s seen God’s faithfulness in the 21 years he’s ministered here), and renewal in our marriages, and rejoicing in our relationships. Our pastor talked about the desert living again and everlasting joy on our heads and sorrow and sighing fleeing away.
He gave six marks of revival that we can see from this passage. Like I said the revival could be in the Christian Church, our marriages, those difficult relationships that we can’t get out of, our wayward or lost children, our broken hearts, our sorrow-filled circumstances, our pain, our anguish, our grief.
Any of these places that you feel like it’s a desert.
Dry, dead, cracked, parched, barren.
These are the places that GOD WILL RESTORE.
He will bring healing.
He will bring life again.
He will make it grow and it will become verdant and fertile again.
He will produce beauty there, enough and more that others around you can see it.
He will bring back the joy.
He will give us everlasting gladness.
He will take our sorrows away.
I’m going to add those marks of revival to this post. I’ve also created images for each verse in this chapter. Feel free to share all or some of them with those you know who could use a reminder.
Marks of Revival
Some other words that are used in this very chapter are gladness, rejoicing, everlasting joy.
Other verses that talk about joy and gladness and rejoicing:
You love righteousness and hate wickedness;
therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions
by anointing you with the oil of joy. Psalm 45:7
Instead of your shame
you will receive a double portion,
and instead of disgrace
you will rejoice in your inheritance.
And so you will inherit a double portion in your land,
and everlasting joy will be yours. Isaiah 61:7
You make known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand. Psalm 16:11
2. GLORY OF GOD
The glory of God is the tangible and manifest Presence of God.
Other verses that talk about the Glory of God or the Presence of God are:
The Lord replied, ‘My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.’ Then Moses said to him, ‘If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. Exodus 33:14-15
Then Moses said, ‘Now show me your glory.’ And the Lord said, ‘I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the Lord, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. But,’ he said, ‘you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.’ Exodus 33:18-20
And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3: 18
For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord
as the waters cover the sea. Habakkuk 2:14
The salvation of those who are far from God is a true mark of revival. The lost begin to get saved. As in Gideon’s story in the Bible, God can deliver a city or a nation by many or by a few people.
Other verses to mediate on which talk about salvation are:
For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.’ Luke 19:10
In this chapter the highway is called a ‘Holy Highway, Highway of Holiness or The King’s Highway’ in various translations of the Bible. But one thing remains clear, the unclean, the unjust, the unrighteous, the immoral will NOT be able to walk on it. This path will be only for the holy people. God is the only one who makes us Holy.
Other verses to mediate on holiness are :
1 Peter 1:15-16 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: ‘Be holy, because I am holy.’
to make her holy, cleansing[a] her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. Ephesians 5:26-27
If you’ve read my blog for any length of time, you know that I absolutely love to write on worship and am making worship a part of my daily life in the season I am in right now. Some time in the future I will do a word study on worship, but for now I’ll leave you with my pastor’s words.
Other verses to mediate on worship are:
Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshippers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshippers the Father seeks. John 4:23
One of the most noticeable change of revival is the healing seen in the people. Our LORD and Healer loves to restore people, but He knows that day and time and method.
Thank you for being on this journey with me.
With gratitude and until next time,
(PS The song below is called the Holy Highway and perfectly describes this chapter in Isaiah).