"Annointed Pillow Talk "
James 1:7 says " Consider it pure joy , my brothers when ever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance."
. It isn't easy to " be joyous when we have trials, but God says that He would never leave us or forsake us. Sometimes we think that the reason the storms come is because we were disobediedent to God, but that is not so. That is not to say that we don't have consequences to our disobedience, but storms come even when we are living in God's will. God never promised us as Christians that life would be easy, but He did promise us that He would be there with us and carry us through the storms.Sometimes storms come one after the other and overlap. I am no stranger to storms and having them overlap one after another. From 2007 to 2009, I had one storm after another, from my husband's job loss, & the next day our roof caved in -literally! ( We had planned to get a new roof , but the contractor never did the work, after we paid for part of it ) Two months later, right after my husband completed his CDL training, I found out I had breast cancer & had to have surgery. I had chemo-therapy for 2 months & less than 3 months later my husband had a heart attack & pneumonia at the same time when he was 500 miles away ( while he was driving his truck) and was in the hospital for a week . A couple weeks after he got home he collapsed on the back porch & we found out he fluid around his heart, and pheumonia again, so he ended up back in the VA hospital in DC. Then almost a year after his heart attack, he had a freak accident with his truck that ultimately caused his death. Through all these storms, it was very hard, but I had to depend on God, otherwise I would have never made it through all these things. It brought me closer to God, as I could see small miracles happen during these two years. God was taking care of both of us physically & financially, and He was in control. As far as his death, I may never understand why God allowed that to happen, this side of heaven, but I do know that because of his injuries from his accident were so severe, and he was in so much pain, ultimately, this was God's way of healing him. The Lord has helped me through the past 3 years, and He has brought some wonderful friends into my life to encourage me .& my church family has been there as well, for me in so many ways. God has made me stronger in my faith, and I know He is with me always, and will comfort me during the bad times. Having gone through these storms myself, I can be there to encourage others in similar siturations.
James 1:12 - " Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial because when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him."
Prayer for Daily Life August 5, 2012
This is from Colossians 1 :9 - 14
These verses give us a prayer that we can pray for ourselves and others close to us. I have paraphrased it.
Dear God , please fill me with knowledge of Your will through spiritual wisdom and understanding. Help me to live a life worthy of the Lord, and to please You and Honor You, God and bear fruit. Help me to grow in the knowledge of God, and be strengthened with God's power, so I can have endurance and patience. Help me to always have joy,( the joy of Christ) and to give thanks to the Father always. For You have rescued me from the power of darkness, and brought me into the kingdom You love, in whom we have forgiveness of our sins. Amen.
"God's Peace" July 12, 2012
"Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble and He delivered them from their distress. " Psalm 107:6 ( NIV)
Wow! Did you know that verse was in the Bible 4 times? In Psalm 107, it is verses 6, 13, 19, & 28. My Bible says in verse 6- "delivered", 13 & 19 - "saved them from", and verse 28 " the Lord brought them out of their distress".
I came across this verse the other day and it just hit me. Do you ever feel exhausted or overwhelmed by life?? Things going on in your life that happen , that for the most part you have no control over? That's exactly how I have felt for the past several weeks. I have had some family issues that have been very overwhelmingly stressful! Yesterday, I literally thought something was physically wrong with me because I was so exhausted. Then I read this verse and decided to cry out to the Lord. I wrote in my prayer journal and poured my heart out to God. He heard my cry and " delivered" me.
After journaling & crying out to God, I got up and began my day. Somehow the Lord gave me the " energy" I needed to work all morning cleaning my very dirty, cluttered house! ( Because of feeling overwhelmed , cleaning my house was something I had been struggling to get done for a while.) To my surprise, I was able to finish most of it & I actually felt better!
God had delivered my from my distress in two ways. First of all, I no longer felt exhausted, but actually felt energized! I then felt like I had the energy to finish cleaning the rest of the house. God had also delivered me from my distress because I was able to " let go" and step away from all the family issues. I realized that I can't control these things that happen in my family. The key is just to "accept" them and do what you can with God's help and to let go of the things that you can't change or have no control over! Wow, what a big lesson to learn! The biggest thing God did for me that day was to give me peace.
"Peace, I leave with you; My peace I give to you, not as the world gives, do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful. " John 14: 27 ( NAS)
" Too Blessed to Be Stressed" 2-28-12
As I type this, I am sitting here looking at a button ( pin) that says" Too Blessed to be Stressed", and it has a cross in the middle of it. I remember when I bought it I was living in Texas, in 1999, and was going through the very hardest trial in my life at the time. I started wearing it every day just to remind myself to stay positive and I knew God was in control. Even though things seemed very bleak at the time, I somehow knew that God was there, and He was going to pull me through this ordeal.
"Blessed is the man who perserveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, He will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those that love him. " James 1: 12
I do feel blessed and I have perservered through many more big trials since then more recently- unfortunately. BUT . . . God has pulled me through every single one of them and I know He is working all things out for His good. ( Romans 8:28) I have to just keep my eyes on Him and ask Him to give me the strength to persevere. Recently, I got very stressed over some things in my life that were pretty minor and the Lord helped me to get back my perspective back. I had to look back at all the major trials that God had brought me through and realize this was just a bump in the road compared to what God had brought me through in the past. Then, I remembered that with God I am " Too Blessed to Be Stressed ".
An Uncluttered Mind 2-29-12
"Whatsoever is true, whatsoever is noble, whatsoever is right, whatsoever is pure, whatsoever is lovely, whatsoever is admirable -if anything is excellent or praisworthy, think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me or seen in me- put into practice . And the peace of God will be with you. Philippians 4:8-9
These verses spoke to me recently when I realized there were some things that I was doing that weren't lovely or praiseworthy. I realized that the shows that I had been watching on TV were not praiseworthy and definitely not " Lovely". I also came to the conclusion that they were actually cluttering my mind and bringing me down. I knew that there was so many other ways that I needed to be spending my time than watching nighttime TV dramas and sitcoms. I decided to fill that time with Godly things instead of earthly things. Recently, my pastor said that in order to hear from God, we need to be quiet and get rid of the " static" in our lives. I can say honestly that I have had better communication with God since I cut out nighttime TV programs and I don't even miss watching them. I have spent more time in Bible study, listening to Christian books on CD, and other worthwhile things. We all need to ask God from time to time if there is something in our lives that is cluttering our minds that could be affecting our relationship with Christ, and what He wants us to do about it.