This is news- This is not truth

Your prayers and notes have been such wonderful gifts to me. And not just to me. Last night, I found Art sitting at the sticky farm table reading your blog comments and prayers. (And let me tell you there is hardly anything more sexy to me than my man caring enough to read my blog and the comments. Oh yes ma’am!)

Over sharing I know, but we’re among friends here, right? And you are wonderful friends for caring so much about me.

Thank you.

Seriously, thank you.

One of the emails I got was from my friend, Shaunti Feldhahn. It contained one line that stirred me so much I just had to share it… “Lysa this is news. This is not truth.”


I’ve always thought of news and truth as one in the same. What the doctor gave me was news. Honest news based on test results and medical facts.

But what I have access to is a truth that transcends news. What is impossible with man’s limitations is always possible for a limitless God.

So, I find myself looking at the word impossible a little differently today.

Impossible when looked at in light of Shaunti’s note to me could be completely different if I just stick a little apostrophe between the first two letters. Then it becomes I’m-possible. God is the great I AM. Therefore He is my possibility for hope and healing.

I’m-Possible is a much more comforting way to look at anything that feels quite impossible.

I suspect many of us have things in our life that feel impossible. Maybe you just got some bad news. News of an impossible financial situation. News of an impossible job situation. News of an impossible kid situation. News of an impossible friend situation. News of an impossible medical situation.

Whatever news you just got or will get, I pray Shaunti’s advice helps you too. This is news. This isn’t truth.

This is truth:

John 14:6-“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Psalm 146:6—“He is the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them-he remains faithful forever.”

Isaiah 41:10–“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Psalm 73:23—“Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand.”

Psalm 32:7—“You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.”

If there is any comfort for me with this on going hearing loss and screeching noise constantly screaming in my ear, it’s knowing that somehow God will use this for good. And that God will be my possible in the midst of what can sometimes feel so stinkin’ impossible.

Of course, I still have those less spiritually secure moments where I feel like I’m going to lose my mind. And cry. And pitch a little hissy fit.

So, please keep praying for me.

And let me know how I can pray for you.


  1. Melinda says

    Hi,..I pray that you are found well,and in always in Christ. And that for the many who have left messages,whether in hardships or joy,will have recieved peace where there was turmoil. I too,suffered a failed marriage,and the loss of the one I was married to. I forgave him,and the one the affair happened with,..whom was my sister,who also passed away. My life has not been an easy one;yet I still see the good that’s in the hearts of those who love the Lord,but live vicariously. I am not perfect,I just claim my inheritance in such a bold manner,that when offended,I know where my strength lies. All the hurts,the

    pain,and irritations of life,cannot compare to the joy of being in Christ. The knowing that he is the great “I Am” lets me know I”m possible

  2. Melinda says

    Continuing:…Knowing the great “I Am”,helps me to understand,that, “Im-possible” on so many levels. There are no impossibilities with our Lord; Our Saviour. Give him those limited areas of your life,and watch the boundaries fly away.

  3. Diane C. Kennedy says

    Hi Lysa….I enjoyed this….in the state and mood I am in right now I am “ready” for a radical change in my life. I accepted the Lord Nov. 3rd, 1974….I have “enjoyed” each the step of the way with Him….I’ve learned alot, I’ve cried a lot, I’ve “lived” life on Life’s terms….and of recent, I feel as thou I am a bubble ready to “burst” forth….I am so ready for a radical change in my life…to “see” God “move”…..unfortunately, me being the person that “I AM” I have managed to follow a certain “pattern” in my life and once again…here I am repeating history and I am “tired”. I see the world as it is and it’s frightening to see a “President” who openly acepts gay marriages….but then he is a “worldly” leader…what else would I expect? It’s like seeing the scripture come alive where God said not to call good, that which is evil, and evil, that which is good…..the world has become topsy-turvey….I guess I am just TIRED….I live with an alcoholic who does not want help….I do what I need to do…but I am tired…..I’m 59 years old now….and I am tired! I go to a Women’s Retreat tomorrow…for 2 days and I can not “wait” to go….I love your “sassiness” in asking God to do the impossible! The sassiness is “my” terminolgy for being “free” and not bound! I don’t know “what” it is…but I am just “so” ready for a “freeness” and radical change in my life….so many people who I have loved over the years, who have watched me and I have flubbed up….so mnay people that I wanna see changed and come to know the Lord! I just feel like the heart is “bursting” forth and I don’t know what to do….I am so sick and tired of being quiet! I don’t know what it is…but I sure wish God would do it! And No….I don’t believe in the “plastic” patterns and answers of life either! God…I just wanna be free….free in my Spirit…free in my Life and free in my love! Pray for me…that whatever it is….God does help me to “see” and to set me “free”……thanks….and In His Love…only, always and forever!

  4. Mary says

    We just received the news that recent tests indicate that my husband’s lung cancer has returned (he had part of his lung removed this past December). A biopsy will take place possibly next week. If indeed the cancer has returned, they will aggressively treat it with radiology and chemo as this will be the one shot at keeping the cancer from spreading further. I know that nothing is impossible with God so right now I’m clinging to His truth. However, even more than physical healing, I pray for mental, spiritual and emotional healing to take place. Our God is a good God and He has a purpose even for rough times like this.

  5. Mary says

    We just learned yesterday that my husband’s lung cancer has returned (he had part of his lung removed in December). They will do a biopsy next week to confirm it. If the cancer has returned, they will aggressively treat it with a combination of radiation and chemo as this is the one shot to prevent it from spreading further. I know that nothing is impossible with God but I also know that He works all things unto good. He has a purpose for all this. Please pray that our faith remains strong and that healing comes… whether it comes as physical, mental, spiritual, or emotional healing. God is good all the time… all the time God is good!!

  6. Bea says

    Lisa, I always enjoy your devotionals, especially today on God making the impossibilities possibilities. I received Jesus as my Savior on April 5, 1989 when I was 43 yo. I’ve had a hard time with my family and friends who knew me before I was saved. I’ve tried to be a witness to them, but I’ve had to come to the realization that I cannot save them; only God can. Unless the Holy Spirit works in their hearts and draws them to Jesus Christ, they won’t be saved. I cannot tell you how impossible it seems to me; however, after reading your devotional about your sister, I have hope. I may not live to see my children and grandchildren come to Jesus, but I have hope that they will. I lost my sister last year, and can only hope that I’ll see her again. Today, I lost my best friend of 55 years, and, again, I can only hope I’ll see her again. Please pray for me that I can reflect Jesus in my life and for my children and grandchildren to be saved. God bless you, sweet lady.

  7. Kaye says

    I had back surgery in Oct and all was going well until I caught a cold in Dec, sneezed, and now I have a new disc problem and lots of nerve feelings in my legs. I’ve had a cortisone shot which didn’t help. The Dr isn’t sure what to do. I’m really tired of pain every day. It’s very scary. I was so active before and now can’t do anything. I would love to be healed. I would appreciate your prayers. Thank you. And God bless

  8. Leanne says

    I really liked this article about “news not being truth”. So often when I hear news on the TV or radio, I take it as truth; and so often, it is not the truth. The only absolute truth is God’s Word, and that’s the truth that has set us free!! Also, I completely got a new perspective on the word “impossible” by placing the apostrophe between the m and p in the word impossible to make it im’possible. Im possible or “I am possible” meaning the Great I Am. And nothing is impossible with God (the Great I Am). I know that because in my life of 44 years, God has seen me through a life of medical problems even when I wasn’t walking with Him. I am going to list my medical trials, not to ask for sympathy, but rather to show everyone that God is the God of making impossible possible for us. When I was eight years old, soon after I accepted Jesus as my personal Savior, I was diagnosed a juvenile diabetic. I didn’t ever get sent to a specialist, and the doc I was seeing, being only a pediatrician, told me he wanted me to live a “normal childhood” and to eat whatever a child eats–regular soda, cookies, sugar of all kinds, etc. By the age of 14, because I was not maturing as a young lady should be, I was sent to Yale New Haven Medical Center to be in one of the very first insulin pump trials. When I got there, my blood sugar was over 1000, normal being between 70 and 100. Because of the lack of control all those years, I went blind at 17, had kidney failure and subsequent dialysis at 19, first kidney transplant at 21 (from my mom), bilateral hip replacements at 21 because of the steroids I had to take for the transplant, loss of that kidney in 1994 with subsequent dialysis for eight months before my new, wonderful, Godly and loving husband of less than one year gave me one of his kidneys, bilateral shoulder replacements twice, four more hip replacements on the right and two more on the left, ovarian cystectomy, back on dialysis in 2002 and continuing, and latest in 2009 a right below-knee amputation. My latest trial is my left leg has very poor circulation and a third toe wound which is not healing. What I’m trying to prove is that when you think what you’re going through is impossible to get through, God makes a way and gives you the strength. If it were not because of my Father’s strength, grace and love, I would not be where I am today because human strength is never enough. And now I am trusting Him for, and many people are praying for, another miracle that an unsaved person would think would be an impossibility… for God to heal my left leg, to open up arteries and veins so that my wound heals and I don’t have to have that leg amputated. I am asking God to perform what the world thinks is impossible, and I would ask all my fellow Christian family to pray for me when you’re asking God to perform your own impossibilities. Thank you in advance, and I will keep everyone posted as to how God works in my life and answers our prayers. Praise God!!.

  9. Frekiva Bailey says

    Hi this is more like a prayer request rather than a comment. After reading your blog, This is News – This is not Truth, I’ve made up my mind to finally pray on a situation in my life that everyone can clearly see is impossible to fix or even believe can change, and that is my Mom. My mother is bipolar schizophrenic, been smoking since she was 12, and she has health problems also, and to top it all off she is in her early 50’s, so she is pretty much set in her ways. After reading this blog, I thought “it’s about time to start praying for GOD to heal my Mom all around, and stop accepting that the best results I’ll get out of my Mom is when she takes her medicine.” I want to finally believe that one impossible thing that I come close in contact with all the time, that I KNOW, which from human standpoint, is very IMPOSSIBLE, in my and everyone else around me eyes, that my Mom can be cured from mental and physical illnesses. I want to believe that all that IMPOSSIBLENESS can be made POSSIBLE by my All Mighty FATHER IN HEAVEN!!!! I believe in GOD and Jesus Christ, and I’ve witnessed his work in my life on many accounts, but not a miracle to this magnitude. I DO believe the word, and that the word reigns truth, but I have to be honest, at least with myself, I barely have an ounce of faith in what I’m about to commit to and ask others for. I’ve made up my mind to take each day and pray that GOD will restore my Mothers mental and physical health to a state where she won’t have to take anymore medicines. I know it takes great faith as Abraham to just believe GOD will deliver as he said with out doubting, but the bible also said if I have faith as a mustard seed I could move mountains and trees, so I’m praying also my faith will be strengthened in petitioning for my Mother, I pray whoever reads my comment wouldn’t mind saying a prayer for my Mother and I. Thank you and may GOD bless you!!!

  10. Katherine says

    Lysa, I have read alot of your articles sent by Proverbs 31 and i have been greatly moved, your are real and yet in christ! Keep up the great work.

  11. Kristy M. says

    On April 15th my sister, only 37 years old, had a serious of strokes leaving her unable to move (the strokes hit both sides of her brain), unable to breath and she lay in a coma. This was devastating to her husband, 4 young kids and our family. The prognosis looked poor and we went through the first weeks feeling like God was against us. She needed a tracheostomy to breathe, a feeding tube to get nutrition and our Kendra seemed gone. Her husband, who had become complacent in his faith, was filled with guilt and cried out to our Father. While she was unresponsive and when she awoke her morning started with the devotions from P31. Today, while she is in rehab, re-learning to talk, eat, move and today even stood for 15 minutes, P31 has been a huge inspiration. At the beginning of this journey they started every post with the scripture from P31 and had everyone following your ministry so all the supportors, friends and even strangers could start the day together with the devotion and a time of prayer. Your ministry has brought together so many people.
    Kendra’s journey continues but God has been faithful, even in the hard times. He is doing miracles in her recovery and they are able to share Him with so many people they meet. She has a long way to go, but she has come so far. And we know that with Him ALL things are possible. Her story is: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/kendradrummond. Please continue to pray for her recovery and that God would touch so many lives through her story. Thank you for all you do.