Sunday, April 8, 2018

Our God is "Bigger Than This" ~ Powerful New Song by Jo Dee Messina

"Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for Me?"
Jeremiah 32:27

Sometimes, I think about the people who take time out of their busy lives to visit here and listen to what the Lord places on my heart.
As I think of you, an image comes to mind, and I sort of drift off to an imaginary place.
Just for fun, will you join me today?
Let's say, God has orchestrated the details and made all of the arrangements, and through His Divine intervention, you and I have ended up on the same street corner where two busy boulevards connect.
Somehow, though we have never met face-to-face, we recognize each other instantly, and I say, "Oh, wow!  It's you!", To which you reply, "Cheryl!  Is that you?"
Suddenly the busy hustle and bustle and crowded noise around us come to a screeching halt, and we simultaneously reach for the door of the quaint, little cafe we both just noticed in front of us.
We lock arms, step inside, and find instant reprieve as the quiet so opposite the outside world wraps our souls in a warm blanket of peace and calm.
We choose a cozy table for two in the corner farthest from the door.  It feels like we've known each other for years and there is a sense of familiar ease between us.
Over steaming cups, I inevitably ask, "How are you doing?"

Though we aren't really in that cafe together, I really want to know, you know.
How are you doing?
How are you really doing?
I don't want the "passing-you-on-the-street-too-busy-to-really-care-or-listen" version.
I want to know how you're doing.

What is most bothering you today?  What feels out of balance?  What or who are you worrying about?  What keeps you awake at night?  Why are you crying?  Who hurt you?  What do you most regret?  Who do you miss the most?  How long since you broke out into a full belly laugh or even smiled?

Whatever it is, no matter how huge or horrible or scary or life-altering, here is my answer.

God is bigger.

Ephesians 3:20 says that He is able to do exceeding abundantly above all we can ask or think.

Genesis 18:14 asks, "Is anything too hard for the LORD?"

In Mark 10:27, Jesus said, "With men, it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible."

I John 4:4 says, "Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world."

Romans 8:37 says, "Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us."

In 2 Kings 6:16, Elisha said, "Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them."

In Isaiah 43:1-3, God said, "Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art Mine.  When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.  For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour."

Joshua 1:9 says, "Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest."

Hebrews 13:5 says, "He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee."

Psalm 31:24 says, "Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD."

Isaiah 41:10, "Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness."

In John 14:27, Jesus said, "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."

Psalm 46:1-3, "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble."

Psalm 55:22 says, "Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and He shall sustain thee: He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved."

Romans 8:31 says, "If God be for us, who can be against us?"

Isaiah 40:28- says, "Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of His understanding.  He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might He increaseth strength.
Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:  But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary, and they shall walk, and not faint."

God is with you, my friend.
And, God is bigger than anything and everything you are walking through today.
He is walking through it with you.
Just like Jesus was with the three Hebrew children who were thrown into the fire (Daniel 3:24-25),
Jesus is in your situation and fiery trial with you.
He will not leave the fire one second before you do.

Last September, Jo Dee Messina was going through one of those very fiery trials,
and from the depths of her pain, she wrote a profoundly powerful song.
Please take a moment to listen to her sing it, and pay special attention to Mike Huckabee's introductory explanation of what Jo Dee was going through when she wrote it.

You can download this amazing song, sung so beautifully by Jo Dee, by clicking HERE.

I cannot begin to say how much this song is blessing my family and me right now,
and I know it will be a great encouragement to all who hear it.
Everyone is going through something, and everyone needs to be reminded that 

Let's get the word out and introduce this song to as many people as we can.

Be encouraged, dear friends, and if you ever need to talk or share a prayer request,
I am here.
As I type, I am praying for every person who ever reads these words.
God bless you!


  1. So many years of being in difficult situations with no one to turn to has increased my faith. He gets bigger as we went through each one. Hindsight is insight when God is in it. He loves to show us how big He was working in all thing pertaining to our life when we felt like He was not there. Love the song, the message Cheryl. Praying for sister.

    1. No wonder the Bible talks about going from "faith to faith". Our faith grows and intensifies as we go along, as you said. I am learning more and more about the levels of trusting God. I love what you said about hindsight is insight when God is in it. I love this song, too...oh, it is really encouraging us right now. God bless you, Betty!

  2. Dear Cheryl,
    Thank you for this beautiful post full of such encouraging Scriptures. This is the one that is hitting home for me tonight: "salm 55:22 says, "Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and He shall sustain thee: He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved." I remember the devotional that I read that says to think of the Lord taking your burden, and sustaining you then, as He will carry you, burden and all. I needed this precious reminder tonight with the things that are approaching for us. God is so good!! May He continue to carry you as well! Blessings, love and hugs to you. (P.S. Wouldn't it be so wonderful to meet up at a cafe like you described, and share our prayer requests together? So thankful that God joins us through HIS Spirit!)

    1. I am so thankful the Scriptures ministered to you, my friend! I am praying for you and trusting God to see you through all that lies ahead. Surely, He is so faithful. YES, it would be so wonderful to meet up and share our prayer requests together! We would probably break out into a regular prayer meeting right there, no matter who was around! LOL! So thankful for you and your precious encouragement. May the dear Lord bless you abundantly!

  3. Such a beautiful post today dear Cheryl. Oh, to be able to sit down together and just share our lives as they happen. I am so grateful that God has placed you in my life.
    A small update. Baby Kara is 3 lbs now! Such a miracle. Her actual due date was this past week and she is making such miraculous leaps in her growth. Her Mommy and Daddy put all of the praise to God and the prayers of the Saints, just like you my dear Cheryl. She still has several hurdles she must pass before going home, but she is on her way!
    A bit of bright news in a sometimes gloomy world. Be blessed my friend. Prayers are with you and your dear family.

    1. Yes, it would truly be so wonderful to sit down together and pour out our hearts! I am so very thankful for you, too, sweet friend. Oh, that is WONDERFUL news about Baby Kara! I have been praying faithfully for her. What a little (big) miracle she is!!! Thank you for that bright news!! Sending hugs to you, and may the Lord bless you richly!!

  4. You know, it has taken me a few days to get to this post. I don't like to rush through your posts as there is always so much there to absorb (that's a GOOD thing!). God IS bigger than anything we face. This sounds silly to some but we unexpectedly had to put our little Cocker Spaniel down last night and I am so overwhelmingly sad. As an empty-nester, she was my constant companion during the day, following me from room to room. I know this is not a person, but I'm also grateful that my God hurts when we hurt, no matter what the reason. He cares about the smallest of details of our lives. I sometimes need to be reminded of that. Thank you for this timely post.

    1. Oh, thank you for your kind words, dear Lauren! I am SO deeply sorry for your loss! Oh, that just breaks my heart. I know how much it hurts to lose a precious dog, especially one like your dear loyal and faithful! I want you to know that I am surely praying for you and will continue to. I just answered your email. Keep encouraged, my friend. God is right there with you carrying you through. Sending much love and many hugs your way!

  5. Thank you for sharing this awesome song, Cheryl...I have never heard it before and I must have missed that Huckabee show. What an awesome testimony to His power and glory! Oh how wonderful it would be if your little fantasy would come true. I would love to sit and chat with you in that cozy little spot. I am doing well but just the anticipation of what's down the road concerning my little health issue does weigh on my mind a bit at times. And then there's the dream of building our farmhouse and how those plans are a bit up in the air because of it. Considering everything, I do know that God has a perfect plan but I would be lying if I said it didn't bother me somewhat. When I think of what others are going through and have to deal with, I realize I need to count my blessings more often. God does care about even the smallest things that concern us and I trust that He continues to give me the patience to just keep trusting Him, no matter how long it takes for the answers to come. You are such a precious woman of God and I appreciate so much how you continually keep reaching out to encourage others, even when you have gone and are going through your own trials. I just wish I could reach through this screen and give you a big HUG! Thank you for this beautiful post, my sweet friend. ♥♥♥

    1. Oh, sweet friend! I would love to sit and chat with you, too! What a time we would have!! I am praying for you faithfully, and I am believing God right alongside you that everything is going to work out with your health issues and your move. I know God is in control, and He has wonderful things ahead for you. I wish I could give you a big hug, too! You are a precious encourager and friend to me. Sending much love and gratitude to you today!

  6. Dearest Cheryl, I loved this post and could incision us meeting for tea and sharing our hearts to one another. I also love the song-as soon as I have a new iPad I will down load it-but so anxious to share it with others! Wonderful blessing to me and all who hear it. Hugs, lives and prayers!

    1. Yes, sweet friend, I can just see us there enjoying a cup of coffee, talking, and praying together. I am so happy to know you will download Jo Dee's song and share it with others. It is truly so encouraging and such a blessing. The interview that Mike Huckabee did with Jo Dee right after she sang that song is really good, too...if you get a chance to listen to it, you will be so blessed. Praying for you, my friend, and sending hugs to you today!

  7. Hi, Cheryl!
    I saw Jo Dee on Huckabee Sat night and felt drawn to her voice and testimony! Thank you for sharing her song and your uplifting message to us. Hugs, wonderful friend. Love you.

    1. I felt so drawn to her voice and testimony, too. It means so much to feel that sincerity and humility. I am so blessed by your sweet visit today, and trust Jesus will bless you, dear Mary. Love you, too, my faithful friend!

  8. Good morning, Cheryl! I loved how you started off by painting a picture of us meeting in a cafe, and just chatting. Jo Dee's song is just beautiful, and thank you for sharing that with us, and what she is going through. Also, thank you for praying for each us. Your prayers are greatly appreciated. Prayers are for you and your family, too.

    1. Oh, wouldn't it be so nice to meet like that? I am surely continuing to pray for you, sweet friend, and trusting Jesus to bless you abundantly. Thank you so much for your prayers for us!

  9. Cheryl,
    Somehow your lovely little vision of us meeting on a street corner and visiting a quaint coffee shop together really made me smile! I almost felt as if I was there! :) And if the coffee shop had lovely chandeliers and farmhouse rustic tables and booths -- even better!

    Thank you for always encouraging us with scriptures and words of love and support -- you are a treasure! xoxo

    1. Oh, YES! The chandeliers and farmhouse rustic tables and booths would add so much to our precious time together!! I am SO very thankful for you and your precious support, encouragement, and friendship. Your kind words just bless me more than you will ever know. Sending many hugs to you today, my friend, and praying faithfully for you!

  10. I love how your words match your actions, sister. I appreciate your gift of encouragement that you pour out on every soul that you come in contact with, even amidst your own trials.

    Maybe one day we'll all sit around that worn table and sip coffee and share stories. I'll look forward to it.

    I take cream...

    1. Oh, thank you ever so much, brother! Wouldn't it be a blessing indeed for us all to gather and share our stories and dreams? As I read your words, I couldn't help but think of how one day in Heaven we will indeed do this! And, our dear Lord Jesus will be right there in the center. Can you imagine? I am praying much for you and trusting God to bless you always. Your support and encouragement means so much to us!

  11. Wonderful encouraging words from Scripture! Thanks for sharing them.

    1. Thank you so much for your visit, Cathy! May God bless you. :)

  12. Very encouraging words Cheryl, and very encouraging lyrics to a song. "I find my strength in letting go...because I know my God is bigger than this."
    Thanks Cheryl for always making it worth the while to visit your blog.
    Have a super blessed day!

    1. Oh, thank you, sweet friend! I love those lyrics, too...oh, my they just resonate with me right now. Thank you for your precious support and encouragement, and I am so thankful for your visit. I always love coming to your blog, are a blessing to me. God bless you!

  13. Oh my sweet dear friend! HOW I WISH we could sit together in a little cafe together... we would be there til closing... and then some... so much to talk about, share and pray! Oh yes, I just agree and say amen to your thoughts in this post, such an encouraging list of scriptures to stand upon when the darkness rolls around us. We can stand without fear on the foundation of knowing we are safe in HIS care. Oh yes sweet friend, God is bigger than all this! Thanks for sharing this beautiful song... I've sen it so many times, that deep grief bears upon its knees sweet joy in something new the Lord has done. The Lord takes us down the long dark road to bring us to a new level of light and faith in Him, indeed it is living from faith to faith. So thankful that we don't walk these dark roads alone, but in HIM we can have peace knowing He is bigger. Blessings to you sweet friend!

    1. Oh, yes, indeed, wouldn't it be so wonderful to meet like that, dear friend! I don't think we would ever want to leave! Your prayers and encouragement to me are precious gifts, and I am so thankful for you and your presence in my life. I love that Scripture about going from faith to prayer is that God will help my unbelief. So thankful to visit with you today and sending hugs and much love to you. ;)

  14. God is bigger.

    Whew. Yes! He is.

    "What feels out of balance?"

    This stuff with Syria. It weighs on my heart.

    Glad I ran into you today at the coffee shop of Imaginary Town. :) Not worried about the laundry or the kids or the carbs from last night's Indian food.

    God is bigger. God sees. God knows who are His.

    1. So glad I ran into you, too, today, Sandi! Yes, God is surely bigger...oh, my, all of that weighs on my heart, too. There is so much in this world that is so discouraging, but as you said, God sees and knows who are His, and He looks out for His own. So thankful for your visit and kind words. God bless you!

  15. I feel refreshed and cared for, thanks!

    1. Thank you so much, Amy! I am so thankful for you and your kind words. God bless you!

  16. Cheryl, thank you for coming by the blog.. I have missed you too. Have had quiet a bit of sickness in the last 6 months.. Doing better now.. Proud to be back to blogging, sewing and spending more time with God. hugs. Pray you and your family are doing well. and niece and baby are doing well.

  17. Hi Sweet Friend, As you were describing "our" chance meeting I was thinking, oh how wonderful that would be!

    But truthfully, you make me feel that way with every visit to your blog, every comment on my blog and every email. You are truly a precious, precious friend.

    Thank you for sharing all of those encouraging Scriptures and that song! Wow! I had not heard it before! So powerful!

    I continue to pray for you and your family. May the Lord bless you all.

  18. Good Morning Sweet Friend,
    Thank you for sharing the sweet word of God and these comforting scriptures. This post will be my armor for the day as no matter where we are or what we do, there will always be the forces of darkness that try to steal our joy. What a great introduction that Mr. Huckabee gave of this brave woman and what a voice and what a song!
    Blessings and Friendship to you always,