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Dear friends, I am so happy for you to meet Heather.  I’ve known her for awhile now but over the past few months, we’re getting to know one another even better.  I am so often blessed by what she shares on her blog: Musings on the Move

This weekend I was traveling, and taking a ton of photos.  I do that a lot these days, take photos.  But this weekend I noticed something – my favorite type of photo to take is a close-up, a precisely focused image, something composed and clutter free.  

Sounds nice, right? It did to me, until I started thinking about it.  What does this mean about who I am? About my personality, my life? Why am I afraid to look at the big picture sometimes?  Why do I choose to see everything as isolated moments rather than in the proper context? 

I pondered.  I reflected.  I talked to my husband. 

I kept wanting to put a positive spin on things:  “It just means I don’t like clutter….the surroundings distract. I like order. I like calm. I like focus; focus is good. I like beauty, that’s not a bad thing. I don’t like clutter and distractions; that’s a good thing, too, right?”

He hesitated. He waited. He didn’t jump in and agree right away. He gave me time to offer the other view…. 

“….or you think it means I need to stop being so nit-picky? Stop looking at the little things and remember the big picture? You know, sometimes with the boys….I get a little (or a lot) frustrated by the little things they do, and I forget to remember that over all, in the grand scheme of things, they are really good kids…..” 

Yea, this time he nodded in agreement.  I wasn’t thrilled.  But he was right.  I need to shift my focus.

I need to learn to look at the whole person when I look at my child; to look at the whole situation not the one frustrating event. 

 

That’s so hard for me. I spent a while trying to justify this – I’m training them up; it’s my job to teach them, to correct them when their behavior is less than ideal. 

“Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” –Proverbs 22:6

 Right?  Well, it is. That’s true. It’s also my job to focus on the good I see in my children, not the bad.

 “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy —  think about such things.” –Philippians 4:8

 And it is my job to “…spur (them) on to love and good works…” Hebrews 10:24  

…to remember as I correct that I am speaking to a lovingly created human being, a boy becoming a man

 

These frustrating behaviors are only a bit of who they are, a bit of the sin nature we all have. 

 I need to focus on the fact that they are most likely copying that which they see in me – if I model for them things which are praiseworthy, they will in turn model the same, and this vicious cycle will one day see its end.  

I need to remember that focusing on those things which are good applies not just to the culture around me, but to the family around me and the people I encounter. To think on the good in them, not the bad. To see in them the image of my Father, for he tells me it is there in each of us.  To see the big picture, and take the details in context for a change. 

I know my boys will thank me for it, and my home be a more pleasant place when I do. 

Father, help me to see my boys as you do, to love them with my words, actions and tone of voice.  Help me to see the big picture and not focus on the little things all the time, especially when it comes to my boys. I can only do this through your strength. Amen.

I asked Heather to give me an example of a photo she’d taken. Isn’t this beautiful?

 She said the bigger picture was that the entire roadway was lined with these flowers making a blanket of beautiful color!

Thank you Lord for Heather’s insights. Thank you for her heart to share. Pour out your blessings on her today.  Give her safety on her trip and time to ponder the bigger picture. Draw her ever nearer to You Jesus…as she and her husband seek you in raising their little men to become mighty men of God! In Your Holy name, AMEN

 

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to

Fellowship Friday

(even tho it’s Thursday – I was supposed to post this last Friday but my beloved hunny surprised me with a little get away so I wasn’t here…tomorrow we’ll have to go to town so I’m posting today) 

I want to introduce you to a friend of mine, Jenny.  We’ve ‘known’ each other for a number of years now, even though we’ve never actually met.  Jenny has walked with me through more than one valley, we’ve met on mountain tops and we’ve just walked along side one another with quiet peace over the years. I’m so excited for you to meet her!

What season are you in? 

I am writing this during my “quiet time”. 

My 7-month-old daughter woke up an hour early from her nap and is now crawling around on the floor determined to get past the chair and pillow barricade I erected in a futile attempt to keep her away from the electrical outlets.  She is snacking on paper and Kleenexes. 

My 3-year-old daughter and 7-year-old son are arguing about where they want to have their rest time.  My 3 year old is upset with me because I’m not having a poonsee party with her.  (I have no idea what a poonsee party is.) 

I don’t know where in the house my 10-year-old (going on 15) daughter is.  Her life is full of drama right now. 

The power and water are not on, so the laundry won’t get done today and I have a half raw chicken that was supposed to be our dinner sitting in a cold crockpot on the countertop. 

This is the season I am in.

 

God has placed me as a missionary here in South Africa and I’m still not entirely sure why He has chosen this season of my life to do so.  I don’t know if I will be here for 2 years or 22 years…or more, but I am determined to enjoy this season while it lasts.  Every season is different; this season may be worse than the last season, but it may be better than the next! 

Most days I feel that I’ve had a successful day if we all make it to bed alive, have eaten at least one healthy thing during the day and have changed out of our pajamas by noon.  Getting hair and teeth brushed on the same day is a bonus! 

I recently read a quote by Beth Moore;

“An unhappy woman usually needs a change of heart more than a change of circumstances.”

  I wouldn’t say I am characteristically unhappy, but I often don’t live my life with the joy that God wants me to have.  Many times our circumstances can’t be changed, but our hearts always can. 

My circumstances happen to change frequently.  In 13 years of marriage I have moved 15 times.  In that time I have lived in 2 countries and 5 US cities.  My growing kids also change my circumstances regularly. 

I often look to the future, wanting a map or some idea of what to expect so that I can plan accordingly today.  For some reason God has not chosen to reveal those details to me. 

Is. 55:9  For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.

I need to trust that His ways and thoughts are higher than my ways and thoughts. He sees the big picture, the end of the dark tunnel, the other side of the huge mountain.

…My next season.  He is already there. 

 

He has me where He wants me today so that He can get me to where He wants me to be tomorrow. 

I will never again have the exact opportunities I have today.  I will never again have a 10 year old, a 7 year old, a 3 year old and a 7 month old. 

How does God want to change my heart today?  What am I missing out on today by waiting for a change of season? 

You must excuse me now; I am the guest of honor at a poonsee party!

You can learn more about Jenny if you visit her blog; LERATO (love). Leave her a note to say hello!

Dear Jesus, thank you for this sweet friend – a friend who has breathed so much beauty into my own life. Thank you for seasons Lord; for the way that You have all of our seasons perfectly placed to help us to grow evermore into You! Pour out your blessings onto Jenny and her family during this season and fill her heart with a joy that bubbles over onto all she does – to all she meets! Give her purpose – passionate purpose, to do Your will!  Wrap Your arms around her today and show her the warmth of Your love for her. In Jesus name AMEN.

Thank you for being my guest Jenny. Love to you…

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I’ve known Lori for about 4 years now, I think. She’s been an inspiration to me and her love for God pours out, into everything she does.

The Music of my life

I’ve been in a very reflective mind-frame the last week or so. Maybe it’s because of my recent birthday. I just turn 39! And that has caused me to reflect over my life. I’ve been struck by the fact that my life is stressful, busy and often mundane. I’ll never be rich or famous or make much of an impact on the world – outside of my family and a few friends. I’ve been praying about it – that I will be able to see how my life is impacting those around me, for good or for bad. I’ve been praying about the parts of ‘me’ that I gave up when I became a homeschooling mom. I have no regrets, but lately I’ve noticed how the plans I had before we had kids are totally gone. Anyone else ever feel this way? I don’t want to change it – but it is a little like part of me has died.

Any way – we were watching Mr. Holland’s Opus the other day. What a great movie. At the end, one of his former students makes this speech:

Adult Gertrude Lang: Mr. Holland had a profound
influence on my life and on a lot of lives I know. But
I have a feeling that he considers a great part of his
own life misspent. Rumor had it he was always working
on this symphony of his. And this was going to make him
famous, rich, probably both. But Mr. Holland isn’t rich
and he isn’t famous, at least not outside of our little
town. So it might be easy for him to think himself a
failure. But he would be wrong, because I think that
he’s achieved a success far beyond riches and fame.
Look around you. There is not a life in this room that
you have not touched, and each of us is a better person
because of you. We are your symphony Mr. Holland. We
are the melodies and the notes of your opus.

We are the
music of your life
.

All of a sudden I realized that my husband and children are my symphony. They are the notes of the songs I’ll never write. They are the words of the novels I’ll never pen. They are my opus. Christ is allowing me to pour out my life, my heart in them.

They carry the song on.

An instant later I realized something even greater. I am notes in the symphony God is creating. We all are. We are the melodies and notes of His Opus. Why else would He give His only Son – to be sure that this Song goes on. Let’s make our lives a Song of Praise to the Lamb who is worthy.

Revelation 5:9
And they sang a new song: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.”

Dear Lord, thank you so much for Lori’s beautiful heart. Thank you for breathing beauty into her symphony…and thank you that the sweetness of that music, has drifted into my life. What a blessing she is Jesus. Pour Yourself onto her today in a special way and just wrap her in your love.

In Jesus name, AMEN

 

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I want to introduce you to a dear friend of mine, Taylor Madge.  We’ve been friends for years now and even tho she has moved away, she continues to breathe beauty in my heart and our friendship! 

Hello, my name is Taylor and I am a stay at home mom of two beautiful daughters. I also have a small home business that is truly my passion. I get to help people bring out and/or discover their creativity. I meet with groups of ladies and show them how to make handmade paper craft projects. You would be amazed at how many women come and say “I am NOT creative” or “I can never be creative” to which I respond, YOU ARE and YOU CAN!! Very rarely (actually I can’t remember one time in seven years of doing this business) have I had someone leave from a craft night uninspired by their own creativity. They always leave feeling good about what they had made and usually are excited to share it with the ones they love.  It is the look on their face and the shine in their eyes that makes me LOVE what I do.  It is like watching a bud open up into a flower! There is something so appealing about a woman who feels inspired and creative!  

I have realized over the years that this is such a reflection on God’s heart for us women!

Let’s go back to Genesis. In the beginning God created everything.  God just SPOKE and the world was created.  He just SPOKE! I don’t know about you but that makes me shiver almost every time I consider it! All we need do is look around us or go for a walk in the woods to see how creative our God is. From the delicate flowers to the majestic mountains and anything and everything in between! I could go on for days about the uniqueness of animals or insects, or the Northern Lights, or a beautiful ocean sunset. It is all amazing and hugely diverse.   

Some days I just sit and wonder about how awesome our God is!  How He was and is able to bring all this into existence with His words alone. Wow.

God then decided that the Earth was beautiful and amazing, but was missing something.  So he created Adam and Eve. Here is where it gets really good! (Even in God’s own words) In Genesis 1:27 it says “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female he created them”. In 1Tim 4:4 Paul says “For everything God created is good” which means you. Now think about the  the fact that God created us in HIS OWN IMAGE. We are a reflection of Him. Sometimes I believe we look at all the masculine qualities of God and forget about the side of Himself he placed into us women.  That side of God gave us colours to appreciate, and flowers to smell and fruit to taste. None of those things were necessary for the world to function properly, but he created them for us to enjoy and use to further create beauty! As a woman of God, you have inherited His creative ability to make your world more beautiful!  The ladies who leave my events yearning to share their project with someone they care about are a small picture of something deep in our hearts, placed there by God.  He wants us to create beauty and then share it with the people in our lives. He wants us to use our creativity to improve our surroundings and bless those we meet!

Now, of course not everyone is going to be creative with paper, or sewing, or painting. However, we all have something of God inside of us that longs to create. That yearns to make something beautiful. For some it is in the meals they prepare for their family each night. For others it could be a beautiful vegetable garden or the way they do their job each day.  Still for others it could be the way they teach their children or love their husbands.

 I challenge you to dig into the creative side of God.

To truly understand you are made in His image, and find the way or ways you are made to be creative. Find a way to create beauty in your part of the world.  To allow God to use you to bless your family or friends or co-workers in a new way! To show off what God has made you to be.  Find your inherent creativity and let it grow and shine!!

If you want to get to know Tay better, pop over to her blog: Where Have You Come From and Where Are You Going?

Prayer: Lord thank you so much for the friendship you have blessed me with in Taylor. Thank you for her beautiful, tender heart and for the way she sees beauty – inspires me to see beauty!  Pour Yourself into her evermore and continue to grow in her, a woman of strength and beauty.  Bless her today in a very special way Lord.

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Dear friends, today I am SO excited introduce Derek as my guest. He is part of my church family and gave his life message at church a few weeks ago. I was deeply blessed by him. You can go to Evangel’s site  (if you click that link, it will open in a separate window) to hear this message in full…well worth listening to!

Prior to our conversion, I had no real knowledge of God. I lived a fairly average life, living mostly for my wants and desires, having no big plans for my life. I worked in the construction industry with my brother-in-law as a drywall installer/ painter and renovator in the lower mainland.
  My sister and brother-in-law first met Jesus about 6-8 weeks before me. He would come to work and start to share about God and I would shut him down quickly with some pretty harsh words, thankfully that didn’t stop him or God.  He would just continue working away and just drop little things out every now and then. Quite tactful I think!

All the while God was really doing a work in me.

As I think back now the more God started coming closer to my the madder and nastier I got. On a particularly rough day at work with everything going bad, I had come home to my wife and blurted out almost angrily to her, “We’re going to church in the morning!”
  Well, when she picked herself up of the floor from shock her reply was, “Ok?!”… my sister and God had been doing the same thing to her that my brother-in- law was doing to me. We ended up going to a M.B. church, dressed in my finest clothes because I thought that’s what you’re supposed to do. The song service starts and I think about half way through the first song I begin to tear up. Not just a little tear in the corner of my eye, but full blown sobbing, weeping, snot flowing. I was a mess and for all that was in me I could not stop!

God was doing an amazing thing to me.

Mostly I guess was the amazing sense of His love. Over the next 3-4 months we were discipled  by the pastor, with numerous bible studies designed for new believers like us.
  At the end of this 4 month time there we were feeling it was time to move on. We ended up at a church in down town Mission, B.C. where we felt totally at home,

the greeter at the door looked like an ex biker and the people there just simply loved all over us.

(I love that part)…They put hands and feet to Gods love. Our discipleship continued there, with people pouring themselves into our lives. Bible studies, home fellowships, counselling and most of all love.

  Everyday was like walking with Jesus, I had truly been born again, it’s like all my senses had been as well.  It’s like my eyes were made brand new. I saw everything different, the grass was greener the sky bluer, everything was full of life that I hadn’t seen before. God  brought us into His family and didn’t spare anything to show us His love.
   My hearts cry to Jesus was

Lord I give you my life completely. I trust You and give it to You, everything I am is Yours. I want to serve You with all that You have given me.

   4 years we were trained up by the Lord, and we felt the call to come north. We came to Fort St. John, B.C. to serve and build up the body of believers here. Jesus called us to a fellowship that was going through some terrible times.  Our first reaction was to cry out to God “please send us somewhere else” I know not very mature and loving, just honest. We were obedient to the Lord and stayed. We did start to see some break through, signs of unity and wounded hearts being healed. I became so involved with the workings of the church that I came on staff doing everything from cleaning the church to preaching on Sunday.
  Some where along the way I became so busy that I started spending more time doing the work and spending less and less time with Jesus.

This is a good time to check your calendar and see how much time is being spent with Jesus!

Anyway I became so busy that I started drifting away from the Lord, not blatant but very slowly. I have learned that the farther away from Jesus you are the easier it is for the devil to come and mess you up. I started to become bitter with Gods people, not helping enough,

found out that sheep can bite.

And the biggest thing was my finances were being seriously attacked. I started believing a lie that God had failed me, that He wasn’t going to provide for me anymore. So I took things into my own hands and figured I could do a better job than Him. I left the ministry a little bitter and became a welder in the oil patch and started pursuing wealth instead of my first love. I tried to fill the void that was developing in my heart with other activities. I took up adventure racing (still love it) but that wasn’t enough. I started drinking a little at first, just to be social. Which turned into another way of trying to fill the void. I found myself spending more and more time pursuing money and partying with new friends that I was starting to destroy my relationships with my wife and children. My life was spiralling downward out of control. My life had turned into a complete mess.

I had driven my daughter to a youth rally in Edmonton were she was catching a ride back with her youth group. This gave me lots of time to think about my life, and to be honest it was all I could do to not drive my car of the road. Even in my back sliddin state I would listen to the christian radio station on satellite. A song came on by Jeremy Camp called “ I’ll take you back” That was one of the tools that the Lord used to break me and draw me back to Him.

 That was about 4 years ago and if it weren’t for the prayers of my wife, who loves me and who was willing to show me first hand the power of Gods love and forgiveness I might not be here today to share this with you.
 

To close this out there is a few points I would like to make.

First- God is faithful always, He will never leave you nor forsake you.

Second- God hears the prayers of His people, wives never stop praying for your husbands and sons and daughters. He is faithful.

The last, maybe most important, is for us husbands.

God has placed us a the spiritual heads over our families. This is a great honour with great responsibility. When we stand in our rightful place the devil has to go through God and us to get to our families. That’s great protection,

when we turn our backs on God it leaves the door wide open for the devil to come in and mess with our loved ones.

I have seen the effects of this personally. It is sad and tragic and totally avoidable.

  I am happy to say that my walk with the Lord is growing daily. I am not were I would like to be, but I know that God truly does work all things for the good for those He loves and calls.

 
My prayer is that a part of my testimony will inspire you to walk closer and more intimately with Jesus.   

Lord, thank you for Derek’s willingness to be vulnerable and share his story here. Please use every word to touch hearts. Send your ministering angels to the hearts of my readers.  Continue to bless this family and draw each of them ever closer into intimacy with You Father.     

From My Heart (and Derek’s)…To Yours

with love

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Welcome my dear friend, Darcie, as she shares the rest of her story.

Our God is strong and mighty, but He is also a gentleman. I realize that the entire time I was in the “depths of despair,” he was right there crying beside me; patiently waiting to be asked for help.

One thing I have learned about depression is that it has a lot to do with listening to, and believing the lies that the enemy is whispering in our ears. Do you know he will attack us the hardest in the areas we can be the most effective? But God’s purpose for us cannot be overrun by whispered lies! Let God be the still, small voice- of encouragement, strength, peace and love.

And when we ask, He will never let us down. This act of surrender is like none other, and can be so very difficult.

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

This brings me to my third lesson.

A lesson of faith

I can’t do it on my own. Some days I think, If I could just have MORE faith, if I could only believe just a little more… Matthew 17:20, Jesus tells his disciples that they don’t have enough faith, and all they need is an amount as small as a mustard seed in order to move mountains. Does this mean they could have physically moved mountains? (Don’t we expect ourselves to be able to do sometimes?) Or would God move those mountains, cast out those demons, conquer those fears, FOR them? The only amount of faith I need is that which believes that…

My God is able to conquer life’s unconquerable’s

My faith in these circumstances simply need EXIST. And that is a feat in itself in the darkness of a valley. This is not always easy and there have been many times I have felt like giving up. In fact, I think I DID give up. But the glimmer, the small light that is my faith, has never gone out. I have seen that with much patience and perseverance, he WILL move mountains. I am still learning it does not need to happen in my time and my way.

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘Plans to good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

I realize there are seasons in our lives in which faith and hope seem more like verbs than nouns. But at this point in my life, the sweetest thing is, all my Dad wants me to do is hang in there, and let Him do his work.

Surrender – Trust – Believe

The final thing (for now) that God has been showing me, is that it is far more productive to choose to be teachable, rather than fight the teacher. I will be the first to admit I have “some” control-issues in my life. One of my biggest stressors lately has been my plans for my future versus God’s plan (and I happen to know there are some BIG plans coming). I start thinking about what I want to happen and how amazing it would be…then I begin to worry; what if God has different plans? He’s going to ruin everything! 🙂

At this point I turned to my trusty journal to write down what I knew the Lord was saying to me. He said:

  • Do you believe that I can do more than you could ever ask or imagine?
  • Do I not have the BEST plan in mind for your life?
  • Did you ever think that, perhaps, it just might be BEYOND your wildest dreams?

TRUST ME – I AM FOR YOU

 It was a bit of a shock for me to realize I had STOPPED trusting him. I had stopped believing He was for me.  My valley was so deep and dark that I’d started believing lies.

There is a great difference between fumbling around in the dark, and following the One with the lantern

I had to decide (again) to follow my Leader; to listen to His voice, to learn from His lessons. Fumbling around in the dark is no way to get out of a valley.

Romans 8:32-38. V32 Since He did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?

One day at a time, my friends, one day at a time.

Blessings, Darcie

PS- in the time of writing this entry my husband has been put on salary at his job!! Praise God for answered prayer!! We will now have regular income, medical benefits, and a little more peace of mind!

Isn’t it nice to know that, even at our worst, God is still at his best? 🙂

Thank you Jesus for this chance to share Darcie’s heart. Thank you for the ways you work in us, through us. Pour Yourself evermore into this dear friend and continue to draw our friendship closer to you. Make your face shine upon Darcie and her family and just wrap her beneath the tender blanket of your love and mercies. AMEN

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Welcome to

Fellowship Friday

I’d like to introduce a very good friend of mine.  Darcie is wife to Gabe and homeschooling Mom to 4 littles.  She has been my confidant, my prayer partner, my shoulder to cry on and my dear friend, for years. I’ll be sharing her story in two parts so stay tuned for tomorrow’s post as well.

My family had our ups and downs growing up, but there was financial stability in it all. Though I didn’t realize it at the time, that stability was fundamental for me and for my life today. My husband and I have been married nearly 10 years now. We have four beautiful children and are very happy in our home. However, our struggle up to this point has been in our finances. Not because of spending issues mind you,and our debt load is minimal.  My husband had been a youth pastor and our yearly income was about $25,000. We managed quite nicely, as I happen to be great at sticking to a budget!   God was very faithful to us as people randomly brought us groceries, babysat for free, paid for our vehicle repairs. God had other plans for us, it seems, and my husband ended up getting a job in the oil and gas industry.  The security that I was hoping for was not to be found. Our paychecks were not guaranteed and came in uneven numbers, bills paid every OTHER month if we were lucky, and the amount of faith needed in this secular job was more than we’d ever experienced in ministry!

Such a huge lesson to know that our security cannot be sought in our paycheck, from our employer. It MUST come from Him!!

This past 2 years has been a roller coaster ride and has recently brought me to new lows that I didn’t think possible. When Laurel shared about depression, I knew where she was coming from! My valley got so deep these past few months, I didn’t think I could ever get out. So, I thought I would share some of the things God has been revealing to me, in what seems like an ongoing theme.

My first biggest lesson (probably of my lifetime) is that

God does not promise us a life of perfection, carefree and easy.

Psalm 23:4 Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect me and comfort me.

There most certainly will be hard times! He DOES promise to never leave us alone. Valley’s are VERY difficult places to be. In my case, I think I made it harder for myself because I often fight the process the ENTIRE way! It’s in these times that I like to read the book of Job.  He was a man whose valley got so deep he went to hell and back.  I take a twisted kind of comfort in Job’s pain, anguish and sorrow; because, no matter HOW HARD it gets in my life, it is only ever a fraction of what he had to endure!  It might be a bit of an odd perspective – but it is real. It also comforts me to know that others, too, have hard times and I am not alone (no matter what lies I’m listening to)!  Another part I love about Job’s story is that…

Even in the very darkest moments of his life he did not turn his back on God.

I’m not sure that I can honestly say this of myself. Although I have never walked away for good, there have certainly been times when God and I have not been on speaking terms! I feel so alone, unloved and abandoned, confused and hurt, that I, a Daughter of the King, could be in this position!  Yet, I gain strength from Job’s resolve because he NEVER gave up! God has proven to me time and again that relying on my own strength is utterly USELESS in any situation!!

I think this is the second major lesson I have learned thus far…

No matter how many times I try to do things on my own, I fail.

My problem is that I like to think that I know the best way to go about things! I am HORRIBLE at sitting back and letting something unfold as it sometimes must. Drives me crazy!! But as I continue to learn to surrender, trust and obey, the Lord shows me every time that He is “more than able to accomplish what concerns me today”! Eph. 6 tells us to put on the whole Armour of God so we can stand firmly. We can’t fight a battle without the proper protection! As I walked through my very dark valley, I lost hope; and it was a very lonely, scary place to be. It was easy to say all was fine, and then one word, one incident, one ounce of extra pressure sent me right back into depths I couldn’t climb out of on my own. There it is..

ON MY OWN

I had to give in. I had to allow God, whom I was fairly angry with, to have access to my pain. I had to hand over control of ME again which was not an easy task, given my current frame of mind. The decision to ALLOW healing had to be mine. He won’t force Himself on us.

Rev. 3:20 Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in , and we will share a meal together as friends.

Please join me tomorrow was we share the rest of Darcie’s story.

Be blessed friends, From My Heart To Yours

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