But if his heart is closed to you, then go to him again, taking one or two others with you. You’ll be fulfilling what the Scripture teaches when it says, ‘Every word may be verified by the testimony of two or three witnesses. Matthew 18: 16 TPT
I think there are some folks who are bothered by the fact that I try to encourage others using two very different blogs.
They are very different.
In woundresser I talk about where I’ve come from; the things I’ve come through. While womenwithdestiny speaks to where I believe God is taking me.
Simply put, woundresser is all about “the difficult journey of preparation for destiny,” while womenwithdestiny is all about “seeking out and pursuing that destiny,” with all our hearts.
They are two opposite sides of the same coin.
God wants to take everything that you have gone through, (Or are presently going through!) and use it, for His kingdom purposes.
Yes, they are “witnesses” to two very different places!
And, I hope they both encourage others—to believe in, trust wholeheartedly, and then follow and obey Jesus our Shepherd—and “the call of God” He has for their own lives.
The ONE GOAL is always—encouragement for others—in whatever stage of their journey they find themselves.
I suppose woundresser is the most misunderstood of the two.
I have had people “encourage me?” to forget the past, speak only of the present or the future, because they believe the past should be left behind.
But we are not all in the same place, are we?
Some of us are ready to take on the mountaintop, and “Go-for-it!” with all that our God-given destiny requires.
But some of us are in the valley, stumbling and struggling, and I don’t want those who are still there to be forgotten or left behind.
The poem below was the genesis for woundresser.
In it you will hear the real reason, why she speaks.
I want anyone to know, they are loved and valued wherever they are. And yes, they are priceless! Whether they are now on The High Places, or still dwelling in The Valley of Humiliation. Their Shepherd loves them and has great plans for them!
(Hannah Hurnard’s book, Hinds Feet on High Places, had a huge impact on my life!)
I see BOTH places as valid experiences.
Yes, both are useful, and valuable to serve our LORD.
By day the moving glory-cloud led them FORWARD.
And all through the night the fire-cloud STOOD as a sentry of light.
Psalm 78:14 ~ The Passion Translation
This will be a time for you to serve as witnesses. —Luke 21:13
Life is a steep climb, and it does the heart good to have somebody “call back” and cheerily beckon us on up the high hill. We are all climbers together, and we must help one another. This mountain climbing is serious business, but glorious. It takes strength and steady step to find the summits. The outlook widens with the altitude. If anyone among us has found anything worth while, we ought to “call back.”
If you have gone a little way ahead of me, call back—
’Twill cheer my heart and help my feet along the stony track;
And if, perchance, Faith’s light is dim, because the oil is low,
Your call will guide my lagging course as wearily I go.
Call back, and tell me that He went with you into the storm;
Call back, and say He kept you when the forest’s roots were torn;
That, when the heavens thunder and the earthquake shook the hill,
He bore you up and held you where the very air was still.
Oh, friend, call back, and tell me for I cannot see your face,
They say it glows with triumph, and your feet bound in the race;
But there are mists between us and my spirit eyes are dim,
And I cannot see the glory, though I long for word of Him.
But if you’ll say He heard you when your prayer was but a cry,
And if you’ll say He saw you through the night’s sin-darkened sky
If you have gone a little way ahead, oh, friend, call back—
’Twill cheer my heart and help my feet along the stony track.
Poem taken from the excellent devotional:
Streams In The Desert, by Mrs. L. B. Cowman.
I have used this devotional for many years. It is a 365 day devotional and considered by many to be a Christian classic.
Pictured is the updated edition in today’s language.
I believe the original version is still in print.
Both versions are available on Amazon.