Tuesday, March 25, 2014

I Can’t Handle Anymore!

Have you ever wanted to look to the Heavens and say, “that’s it God, I can’t handle anymore”?  Sometimes things just pile up on us and we can’t see a way out, but we know that God provides us an escape route every time.

1 Corinthians 10:13There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to beat it.

That is where I am right now.  I know God has my back, but……  Isn’t it odd how things always come at you together and at the same time?  Death, heartbreak, loss of a job, financial problems, vehicles breaking down, home repairs and any other thing you can think of.  Day after day you wake up and something else shows up on your door step. 

It happens to all of us, none of us can free our self from these times in our lives, but how to get through them is the question. Of course there is prayer and we know we will survive, but how to manage our day during these times calls for real strength.  What if you are not strong?  It is OK; acknowledging that you are not strong right now is being smart and taking control of the situation.  You are allowed to hurt, you are allowed to cry and feel low.  Take the day and close off the world and be with yourself (remember you are not really alone, God is there), do what your mind and body needs.  Cry, take a long walk, take a long bath, and watch movies – whatever is needed to get you through that day.  Just remember tomorrow is another day, but you can’t repeat this method every day or it would not be healthy.  I normally only need one or two days at the most, then – yup, up go the “big girl panties” and I move on and deal with the problems one by one.

Pretty soon the sun is shining again in my soul and my life reverts back to its abnormal way.  Because normal is just a setting on the dryer – not real life.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

God Delights in you!

Today's Verse
"For the LORD delights in his people;
  he crowns the humble with victory.
Let the faithful rejoice that he honors them.
  Let them sing for joy as they lie on their beds."

Psalm 149:4–5

Encouragement for Today

Do you feel in your heart that God delights in you? This passage says that God actually enjoys who you are. He is thrilled with you as one of his people—especially as you trust in him humbly. That just makes God want to crown you with all kinds of honor and victory. Can you let this honor become a cause for rejoicing, even as you lie down for the night? Sweet sleep can come with this kind of meditation.
—Diane Eble, author of Abundant Gifts: A Daybook of Grace-Filled Devotions