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I wrote this in August, 2014 as I witnessed the Holy Spirit move in a beautiful woman God has allowed me to call “friend, mentor, sister”. I am SO grateful for her ministry, her example, and her love for me and the lost. Thank you for giving to the Lord, Susan Brogan. I AM a life that was changed!!

Psalm 41:1-2 (NIV) – Blessed are those who have regard for the weak; the Lord delivers them in times of trouble. 2 The Lord protects and preserves them—they are counted among the blessed in the land—he does not give them over to the desire of their foes.

burden4I had the opportunity to run the camera at church recently and what I saw through that lens changed by entire perspective on Jacob’s Well Ministries. The floodgates of gratitude were opened up. As the end of the service drew near, Susan made an altar call for those who needed to let go of the weight of unforgiveness. She said, “When we carry unforgiveness we are tired, we are burdened, and we are carrying around on our back all those who hurt us.”

burden1Usually, I am the first person down at the altar in moments of sweet release and surrender, but I was bound by my service and unable to move. So I quietly observed. What the Lord showed me through the tiny lens changed everything. I saw a lot of hurting women, a sea of tears dropping to the floor, hands raised in surrender, and chains breaking. I heard the cries of the desperate, a loud wail of deliverance, and I saw captives walking out of jail cells of their own making. I saw some doubled over from the pain of release, and some kneeling in reverant awe. On the altar stood my friend. I saw her surrounded by the multitude and for the first time I understood her beautiful burden, the responsibility laid on her by God to bear witness to the people and help the Lord raise up an army. Every single person at that altar is a soldier in training, each of them following now the Commander of the Heavenly Host!!

burden3As tears were streaming down my face and neck, I was completely overcome with a plethera of emotions. God is LOVE. I was reminded of the prophet, Jeremiah. He was sick, unable to eat, tired, and ridiculed; but, he was always doing God’s will to speak truth into the lives of the people inhabiting his beloved city. “Turn back from your wicked ways, PLEASE! I am begging you!” would be his cry over and over and over again.

Psalm 42:5 (NIV) – Why, my soul are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.

You can read Psalm 41-44 and bask in the beautiful poetic musical prayers of those long ago at www.biblegateway.com. What a testimony to God’s favor and mercy upon us all! Join in the discussion by posting comments or questions below and let’s do this together!! #ReadtheBible #bgbg2 #BibleGateway #newbeginnings #Psalm

To further your reading, consider this from:

Jeremiah 29:10-14 (NIV) – This is what the Lord says: “When burden5seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my good promise to bring you back to this place. 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you and hope and future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exhile.”

He was set apart by his mission for God, but he was also one of them. His burdensome love for Jerusalem made him cringe everytime he spoke of what was to come. All the people had to do was listen to God and obey. But they didn’t. They were marched right out of the streets of their beloved home and right back into captivity. The beautiful women of Jacob’s Well have a choice, as do I. Follow the leader, or go back into slavery, yet still so many choose the easy way out. Don’t do that. Live in a way that is difficult, but so very worth it!

Related Scriptures: Lamentations 3:24; Proverbs 14:21; Matthew 7:7