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We have a new key ring around here, if you know what I mean...... • • “Yes, I truly have reason to bless the Lord for abundant supplies; His treasury has been wide open to me, His riches have constantly outweighed my necessities. He has multiplied His mercies above all my desires.” -Susannah Spurgeon
“I am afflicted and in pain; let Your salvation, O God, set me on high! I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify Him with thanksgiving. This will please the Lord more than an ox or a bull with horns and hoofs. When the humble see it they will be glad; you who seek God, let your hearts revive. For the Lord hears the needy and does not despise His own people who are prisoners.“ -Psalm 69:29-33 That last verse holds more weight for me than it ever has. But, more than that, as I read this passage this morning, I realized how appropriate and applicable it is for the current landscape of our national state of emergency and the worldwide pandemic called the coronavirus. So many words have been spilled on this topic and I don’t presume to add any additional wisdom to those of medical professionals, trusted church leaders, or those with greater insight than I into what is going on. I don’t know any of that. What I do know is that which I am compelled (and commanded) to say. So here I stand (sit), joining my voice with thousands of others by proclaiming what we pray and believe is more pleasing to the Lord than a sacrifice of ox or bulls, and that is this: God has not left the throne. He has not and will not ever abdicate. He faithfully remains in sovereign control over every molecule in this universe. Therefore, we have every reason to praise our God with a song and magnify Him with thanksgiving. We should let our hearts revive by commanding them to bless the Lord and forget not all His benefits (Psalm 103) because He hears the needy (spoiler: that’s us all the time, not just in a global crisis). He does not despise his people who are prisoners—whether imprisoned in a jail cell or in isolation or by physical ailments wracking their body. He does not despise His own people. Period. End of story. Christ’s blood is too precious for God to waste by despising those purchased and covered by it. Therefore: “Let heaven and earth praise Him, the seas and everything that moves in them.” -Psalm 69:34 No caveats. No conditions. He is worthy.

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“…let this needle pass…” My first experience giving blood

blood

It was going so well… then she said, “OK, you can look away now.”

And in the needle went.

Out the blood came.

And down I went.

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I remember saying, “I’m feeling a little lightheaded,” to the nurse with the bobbed hair almost immediately after she stuck me.

“Already?” she asked in disbelief.

Apparently so.

The next thing I remember is waking up to water pouring on my face and six (s-i-x) people standing over me, all talking at once, with one shoving a straw in my mouth trying to get sugar into my system.

My hair was wet, my clothes were wet, but I was conscious and everyone in the room was rejoicing because of it (except me).

“God,” I silently prayed (half serious, half joking), “I know this is nothing compared to what Jesus suffered on the cross for me, but if it’s Your will, let this cup pass from me.”

But the cup didn’t pass. They kept shoving it—full of Sprite—in my face and telling me to “sip not gulp.”

Then my vein blew.

And more people came over. A new nurse tried to re-stick me but to no avail.

Apparently I have weak veins. Who knew?

The good news is that I got a free package of raisins out of the deal. #perks

So now, here I am sitting in Panera with a swollen and bruised forearm trying to remember why I wanted to give blood in the first place.

Oh, yeah, it saves lives.

Except mine didn’t, because they didn’t get enough.

I know this might seem like a really insignificant and weak comparison, but this experience makes me so grateful that Jesus’ blood was sufficient.

His sacrifice was enough.

He didn’t get off the cross to find God telling Him that His veins blew so they couldn’t get enough blood to cover all the sins.

No, His blood was enough.

It covers every trace of sin for those who believe.. Every mark. Every stain. Every smudge. All atoned for, perfectly and completely.

And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, He sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time until His enemies should be made a footstool for His feet. For by a single offering He has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified. (Hebrews 10:11-14 ESV)

2 comments on ““…let this needle pass…” My first experience giving blood

  1. iasb31 says:

    I love when the Spirit speaks truth to us in the seemingly every day mundane things…thanks for sharing. I’m so grateful for the sufficient blood sacrifice that has washed away all my sin.

    1. Thank YOU for taking time to comment! Such an encouragement. Praise the Lord for His blood that never loses its power. 🙂

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