My Dear Friends,
I want to thank all of you who have been praying for me during the past several months.
You can’t imagine how much your prayers have meant to me during my recent illness.
The Lord knows who you are and I pray that He will give you a crown of glory someday for your faithful intercession.
One of my medical team remarked when he saw the level of pain I was enduring each day, “Either you must pray a lot or there are a lot of people praying for you.”
“A lot of both!” I told him.
This medical professional witnessed your faithfulness in prayer and gave glory to God!
I want you to know that your lives are beautiful blessings to me, to the Lord Jesus Christ, and to all whose lives you touch each day.
May you know that you have continued to be in my prayers daily. Even though I have not been able to post or visit you for many months now, you have always been in my heart.
Just before I became so ill with a severe flare up of the auto-immune illnesses that I suffer from, the Lord had given me a beautiful song, “Eye Has Not Seen.”
It was inspired by a beautiful scripture: “But as it is written, eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither has it entered into the heart of man, the things that God has prepared for those who love Him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9)
The song is about what the Word Of God promises.
Not long before I’d recorded it, a person had written to me that I should not “quote platitudes that were not true.”
A platitude is a beautiful, usually moral statement, that has been quoted so often it has lost its meaning.
How could I tell this person that the promises in the Bible were not platitudes~that all of the promises of God in Christ Jesus were true.
I believed this because the Bible said so and I had experienced God’s faithfulness to His Word many times throughout my life. Yet I had no way of convincing anyone of what it takes faith to believe.
The Word of God reveals that all faith, if it is genuine, must be tested.
“So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.” 1 Peter 1:6-7 -NLT
These Scriptures along with many others, teach us that God tests our faith through trials and suffering.
“Dear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you. Instead, be very glad—for these trials make you partners with Christ in his suffering, so that you will have the wonderful joy of seeing his glory when it is revealed to all the world.” 1 Peter 4:12-13 NLT
Our suffering and trials also bond us together with our Lord Jesus in a special way, so we should rejoice in them, Peter wrote.
Not long after I had written “Eye Has Not Seen” and all of the songs for my Easter Album “Paths Of Grace,” it was as if the Lord took me to “God’s School of Affliction,” and then I literally felt like I had died and gone to hell. 😦
Many times I felt like Jesus crying out on the cross, “My God, my God, Why hast Thou forsaken me!”
The good news is, despite my long dark sojourn in the worst pit of my life (so far) ~ Jesus never failed to comfort me in my pain and agony.
And I have every confidence that He will be with me no matter what nightmare I have yet to endure. God truly IS in control!
For He has taught me through my trials and suffering, that as long as I have Jesus, though I might lose everything else, I have everything when I have Him.
To have Jesus Christ is to have Heaven right here on earth. Though I may lose my health, possess no wealth, no prosperity, lose my ability to work, live in chronic pain day and night, my Jesus is still with me and He won’t ever leave me. He won’t give up on me.
Though I may be able to do nothing for Him, He still loves me and He will go on loving me because He suffered and died on the cross to ransom me to become His very own. And when I suffer, I am sharing a bond with Him that I would never have known otherwise.
This is why the Apostle Paul wrote:
“For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake.” Philippians 1:29
Again, I can’t thank all who prayed for me enough. You will never know this side of eternity what you mean to me.
May God bless you all with a thousand reminders of His immeasurable love for you, and meet your every need, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Thank you, thank you, thank you again for your prayers!!!
Love Always & Forever in Christ,
Here is the Music Video “Eye Has Not Seen” May the Lord use this song and video to bless and encourage you today!
Original Music Video “Eye Has Not Seen” © ℗ 2018 SD Harden All rights reserved. All Glory to God.
Angel Song © 2018 Suzanne Davis Harden All Rights Reserved. Scripture Painting © 2018 SD Harden All Glory To God. Original Music Video “Eye Has Not Seen” © ℗ 2018 SD Harden All rights reserved. All Glory to God. Scripture references: King James version Bible, New Living Translation © 2007 Tyndale House Foundation All Rights Reserved.