God is teaching me as well as you.

“Learn to sing in the dark.” I read this on a website about faith today. I think they mean to say that we all have dark times when we don’t see or feel God because we go through sad or difficult things. Or the state of our life is so bad all we can do is cry and be angry with God. And ask why? Why? Why? We may never know why and sometimes it is best for us if we don’t. Matthew 5:45 tells us that it rains on the just and the unjust. But I can tell you that we can learn to sing and worship God during these times. He is still with you. And if we sing loudly and long enough it will help us see Him more clearly. I have been at a point where all I wanted to do is go hide in a closet and not come out again until all my problems went away. But unfortunately, that usually doesn’t happen unless you are present and participating in the situation. But when it’s darkest, that is when God loves to prove Himself worthy. He wants us to see that He is faithful and will stay by our side with His presence with a virtual hug, a friend’s hug or help from your church family.
It’s now the day after I wrote that last paragraph and I’m going to have to read it again and again. I went to the doctor and she told me that my blood sugar average or A1C (some of you may know what that is) is too high. Basically, even though I have been eating a low sugar, low carbohydrate, mostly vegetarian diet, it hasn’t helped. My diabetes is taking over and despite all my attempts to prevent it, I am going to have to go on diabetes medication. I was controlling it for several years with diet alone but that is not doing anymore. So I’m now shaking my fist at God and asking, “Why?” He’s probably not going to tell me and my body is just getting older (closer to 50) and genetics are taking over. And my lack of exercise is not helping either. So now I have to add exercise and medicine to my daily routine, plus some healing prayers. Some praise songs wouldn’t hurt either… so join me, my friends, learn to sing in the dark times. He will never leave or forsake us.

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Jesus’s Rescue

I was reading Ps. 130:7 today for my devotional and it says, “… The Lord’s unfailing love is full redemption.” Redeem in the dictionary means to buy or pay off and redemption is the act of redeeming for a fault or mistake: a rescue. And that is surely what Jesus has done. He rescued us from the guilt, shame and consequence of having to go to the devil’s home after we sin. Because of Jesus’ rescue all we have to do is ask and we will be forgiven for all those ugly, stupid decisions we have made. He will even forget about them and toss them in to the Sea of Forgetfulness. We may bring them up in our minds but He also says in His word that He is not condemning us and hitting us over the head with them. He wants us to forget them too, not bring them up over and over again. So friends, let Jesus rescue you from your past and your sins. And forget them as He has.

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Joy in Troubles?

I read that verse again today, “Count it all joy when you face troubles of many kinds…” James 1:2

Usually, my first thought is REALLY? It seems I’ve had so many trials and troubles that I just want to pitch a fit, lay down on the ground and scream and cry, or at least kick a tire or two. BUT NOOOOOOOO, God wants us to be joyful when our muscles hurt or we can’t find work, or we have cancer or our children are growing up too fast and they want to join the military and move away from you (like two of mine are.)

So I may grumble a little and let off some steam but realize that their career choices will be good for them, make me proud and get them some money to go to college too. My husband went without work for awhile last year and we were biting our fingernails but God came through and gave him a job. We may have to wait sometimes. Or God could be saying I have something better for you down the road. He may be saying flat out NO because that course of action is not the right one for you.

In verse 3 it says, “the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.” And isn’t that a good thing in this helter skelter, chaotic, unpredictable world? God wants us to be witnesses to His good works and one of those ways is to be calm in the  midst of the storms of life. We can show others how He gives us peace. So be joyful folks even when it doesn’t seem possible. Ask God to give you peace and steadfastness.

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We are God’s masterpiece.

This is the question many people ask. They ask themselves. They ask others. They ask God. Well, I found the verse that answers that question. Ephesians 2:10 “For we are God’s Masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.” First, the verse says we are His masterpiece. We are a work of art, a unique and wonderful person unlike any other. We might have a twin but they are still different than us in personality. He made every part whether you like it or not. And He is pleased with all of it.

Then it says God sent His son Jesus to make us new, not perfect but able to do what He asks,  able to do His will and fulfill His plan on this earth. It may be to become a preacher, a nurse, a doctor, an engineer or a writer. He has given each of us a gift to share with others, those who are of God and also those who need Him. So I pray friends that you will ask God to reveal His gift to you and give you the confidence and ability to do his will. Go in peace.

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After surgery

Here it is 12 hours after my surgery and my eyesight with one “fixed” eye is better than both eyes with corrective lenses that were becoming ineffective. Praise God for modern medicine!

As I said I need my previous posts I was anxious before the surgery but they did give me an anti-anxiety drug which helped tremendously. Then I could concentrate on what the dr was asking me to do and not on pain or my surroundings. That’s how God’s Word helps us sometimes isn’t it? Don’t get me wrong, but I’m not comparing God’s Word to drugs… But in order for me to be comfortable on that hospital bed and allow the dr to take a knife to my eye without me kicking and screaming, I needed something to keep me calm. The Bible can give us those words of love, and comfort, and Words straight from God’s own heart to ours to give us peace and love. I hope you will continue to seek God and His Word each day for those things whatever the situation in your life.

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Before surgery 2

It was my intention to make three posts before my surgery, one for each week. But I got sick several days after the first post. I have been sick for two whole weeks with a sinus infection and miserable. But after the first week I went to the Dr and got some antibiotics. So my prayers have gone from heal me to comfort me and then back to heal me after the surgery. But in my devotions and daily scripture emails I have seen several scriptures about fear which have told me to be “strong and courageous”  and “feat not!” And 4 verses that say, “What can man do to me if God is on my side?/with me?” So I may have to repeat these things over and over in my head during surgery but God is good and He will be with me! The countdown begins. Surgery is in 4 days, Wednesday at 8:45 am. Pray for me if you can, thank you.

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Before Surgery 1

Three weeks from today I’m going to have cataract surgery. You are probably thinking, “Isn’t she a little young to have cataracts?” The answer is yes. Even the ophthalmologist I went to was skeptical until he looked at my eyes, even though an optometrist (the eye glass doctor) sent me with a referral. I was told at the age of forty that I had cataracts and they said, “You shouldn’t have any vision problems for 15 or 20 years.” But it is SEVEN years later and I could tell my vision was getting rapidly worse. So I went to the eye doctor and she said one eye had gone from 1.25 magnification to 2.5 and the right eye went from 1.5 to 5.0!! I have to tell you it’s really scary.

I have had surgery before, with two of my children. But i didn’t have to watch it. In this case, the doctor will be pointing a scalpel at my eye. I have looked up all the verses on fear and of course the one that stand out is the one that says, “Love drives out fear.” I am so glad God loves me so much. I am really going to need it during this time. I’m sure there are Christians that have been in much more fearful situations than cataract surgery and cried out to God for His help and mercy. Isn’t He awesome that He will always be with us to take away our fear and give us mercy when we don’t deserve it?

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Life will never be perfect

My seventeen year old daughter was in an accident two days ago. As a parent your first reaction is always panic when you get that phone call. To make matters worse, we had driven to the coast, which is an hour away so we weren’t near the scene and had to find out what was going on only via telephone (praise God for technology right?!) We finally arrived at the hospital and were relieved to see that she only had a few cuts from broken glass and bruises on her arm from the impact. God was watching over her because it could have been much worse.

A friend and I were just commenting the other day that life is never calm and easy. We just have to keep relying on God to get us through things that come our way. “In this world you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

So life may not be perfect, (after all, if it were, then we would already be in Heaven) but we have a loving God who has a plan that will show us a way to have a joyful and fulfilling life. Pray and ask Him what He wants you to do.

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