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Because we Trust the Lord

Kathy — They had called out to God during the battle, and he answered their prayers because they trusted him, (1Chron. 5:20).  There’s a lot of reasons we cry YellingAtSkyout to God during battle.  Pain, fear, offense, anger, pity, grief and hopelessness are some understandable causes for a “cry out”, but if we park on any of those causes, the battle can become a stalled storm we cannot see beyond.  If we sit in neutral gear feeling helpless, the siege continues to smother. Crying out in “park” or “neutral” gear and racing the motor and burning fuel doesn’t get us anywhere.  But if we cry out because we trust the Lord to hear, to care and to do something, we shift into a gear to move forward.  Trust moves us into the momentum of His answer and gets us on the road to His outcome. 


Mourning and Comfort

SadMan.jpeg“Blessed are they that mourn for they shall be drawn into the Lord’s comfort.” (Matt.5:4)  It seems illogical that anyone would not welcome comfort. But comfort requires change and change is not always welcomed. As hard as grief is, change is sometimes harder. But wounds do not heal unless we receive comfort.—Kathy Gabler


Positive Resolve Of Anger

CrutchFreeWe cannot deny we are angry and hurt when someone wounds us; and a desire for revenge is normal, maybe even justifiable.  But neither denial or justifiable revenge is positive resolve of anger.  For example: a husband with a roving eye continually wounds his wife.  She can deny her anger and it will affect her own mind and body eventually.   Or she can feel anything from an inadequate failure to pure rage, (and her feelings are understandable and justifiable).  Forgiveness will probably be the last thing on her mind.  WHY shouldn’t she hurt him in return?  Because His SIN would then CRIPPLE her!  Sin reveals a problem in the sinner – not in those he sins against. Why make His problem her problem?  Whatever other choices she must make in her individual situation, she can ultimately choose to forgive her husband and be released from the cycle of grief and pain.

(This is the sixteenth excerpt from Kathy’s article “Healing The Parts To Be Whole“ which was published in SEEC Magazine [Marty and Kathy’s ministry magazine]. More excerpts will be posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Previous excerpts may be read by scrolling down this page.)


To listen to Marty and Kathy’s teachings and Worship Music:  CLICK HERE


Recognizing Anger In Grief

CloudLightSunINABILITY or REFUSAL to be comforted can be a sign that the roots of grief have become infected with  anger and unforgiveness.  It is sometimes difficult to recognize anger or unforgiveness because they have many faces.  Anger can SEEM like a responsibility. ‘I must stay angry to protect my family.  I must stay angry to protect myself from this ever happening again.’  Or, ‘I must stay angry to insure the guilty party does not go unpunished!’  Anger can even seem to be a positive force and be used as a form of power or control in chaotic times.  However, the long range repercussions are not good.   James 1:20, “For man’s anger does NOT bring about the righteous life that God desires. (NIV)

(This is the ninth excerpt from Kathy’s article “Healing The Parts To Be Whole“ which was published in SEEC Magazine [Marty and Kathy’s ministry magazine]. More excerpts will be posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Previous excerpts may be read by scrolling down this page.)


To listen to Marty and Kathy’s teachings and Worship Music:  CLICK HERE


Living Beyond Grief

LookingIntoDistanceIf we do not receive comfort, we become CRIPPLED by GRIEF.  One of the tell-tale signs that GRIEF has crippled a person is they continually rehearse their trials until the listener fully understands and relives their experience.  They usually believe their experience is so unique that no one else can fully understand or sympathize.  Another mark of grief being in residence too long is one physical battle after another.  Receiving comfort closes the door on calamity or loss.  Continued grief keeps the door open, so calamity keeps coming! Hopelessness is not just emptiness, it is a vacuum that sucks in despair.  Likewise Grief can become a vacuum that draws more tragedy.  WE CANNOT LIVE THERE!

(This is the eighth excerpt from Kathy’s article “Healing The Parts To Be Whole“ which was published in SEEC Magazine [Marty and Kathy’s ministry magazine]. More excerpts will be posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Previous excerpts may be read by scrolling down this page.)


Marty & Kathy Gabler invite you to read their
articles in the latest issue of SEEC Magazine.
Volume 19 Issue 3
CLICK ON LINK BELOW TO READ:
SEEC Magazine Volume 19 Issue 3


From Forfeit To Future

WomanWalkPathI know a lady who always viewed herself as a “Pastor’s Wife”.  When her husband died, the “pastor” died and she suddenly had no identity!  She mourned but did not move on to comfort.  In the heavy fog of grief she even considered suicide; but God “called her sons to her side to speak to her, encourage and instruct.”  She received the comfort and CHANGED from a woman in her 70’s wanting to forfeit her future to a woman who is passionately building the future as she travels and ministers to many!
(This is the seventh excerpt from Kathy’s article “Healing The Parts To Be Whole“ which was published in SEEC Magazine [Marty and Kathy’s ministry magazine]. More excerpts will be posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Previous excerpts may be read by scrolling down this page.)


Marty & Kathy Gabler invite you to read their
articles in the latest issue of SEEC Magazine.
Volume 19 Issue 3
CLICK ON LINK BELOW TO READ:
SEEC Magazine Volume 19 Issue 3


Grief And Change

ButterflyBlueGrief can feel like the right thing to do.  We can get used to grief until it begins to feel “normal;” and normal is comfortable!  So, as hard as GRIEF is, CHANGE is harder.  True comfort will mean change of position and perspective and change of heart.  One of the original meanings of “shall be comforted” is 1) to call to one’s side, (Strong/Thayer).  As God calls us to His side, we CHANGE positions, moving from our view of the situation to God’s view or moving from our view of self  to God’s view of us. 2) “Shall be comforted” also means to speak to, instruct, to encourage, to teach.  We CHANGE from debating our cause to hearing the truth.  We CHANGE from reacting to feelings to responding to truth.
(This is the sixth excerpt from Kathy’s article “Healing The Parts To Be Whole“ which was published in SEEC Magazine [Marty and Kathy’s ministry magazine]. More excerpts will be posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Previous excerpts may be read by scrolling down this page.)


Listen to a short audio file of MELISSA GABLER speaking.
CLICK ON THIS LINK: “Everything Is Set Up For You To Cross The Finish Line.”