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Organizing a jumbled brain..impossible?

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Confusion surrounds me.  A jumble of thoughts on so many things I think I want to blog about.  But the words get away before I can write them.   A lot of ideas and notes in my journal but what do they mean?  My goodness, do I sound like a crazy woman who is losing her mind?  Wow I hope not.  Rather I hope my brain is just on overload.  So many things on my mind like impending knee replacement surgery, desires and plans to move by the end of the year and how to accomplish that, as well as my weight loss issues and so many different things I think about in regards to my walk with the Lord and what God is trying to teach me with the repetitious messages that keep coming my way via Bible reading and studies, reading other blogs, sermons and just everyday things that cross my path.

First things first.  I know that taking all of these issues to God in prayer has to be my first priority.  I know so well that He is a willing guide for all of us if we just ask.   Spending more time in His word and in prayer and just being quiet and listening for His wise answers will be the most important thing I can do. I know He loves me and His plans for me are the best.

As for my impending surgery, though there is the very normal fear of being under an anesthetic and having a major surgical procedure, I know that God is the great physician and the outcome is in His hands.  I actually look forward to having this procedure done.  Once I have recovered, I will be able to do so much more!  I will be able to walk more than a thousand feet without pain, be on my feet for more than 15 or 20 minutes at a time before having to sit down and will be able to straighten my leg.  I consider myself fortunate to be able to improve my life in this way.  there are so many less fortunate than me. 

My move?  Well that will happen in God’s perfect timing if it is in His plan for me.  He knows best and I rest in that assurance.

All of the other jumbled up thoughts l have will, I pray, begin to make sense in good time and I can again begin to make sense in my blog posts.  Loving God gives me strength;  Mark 12:30.NIV  Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.   Leaning on God I will not be tired.   Isaiah 40:31 NIV but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on the wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

I hope I have not completely bored you with this and have not proven myself to just be a crazy woman!  😀 Thanks for listening dear friends.

What road do you want to travel on?

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A positive mind strengthens itself .  A negative mind strengthens its barriers.  unknown author

I came across the above quote this morning on the internet and it started me thinking about the two choices we have of the roads we choose to travel;  the road of negativity or positivity.    Which one do you choose?

It is so easy sometimes to choose the negative road.  We start out our day by saying ” Well it will probably be just another bad day!  Nothing ever goes right in my life!”    I know of a few people who begin each day of their lives with this self-defeating prophesy.  I’ve done it myself as well from time to time.  At the end of the day we can often see that we were right — it was a bad day!  Why?  Because we decided it would be before the day ever began.  I dislike it when I take that attitude and definitely prefer not to be around others who do as well.
Our other option is to start out our day on a positive basis.   Include the Lord in our life every day.  Psalms 118:24 This [is] the day [which] the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.  A great verse to remember each day.  Does it mean that our day will be perfect? that nothing will go wrong and we will get all we wish for?  No, life is not perfect and we don’t get everything we want, but do we increase our chances of a better day?  Can we feel a lot better at the end of the day about even those things that don’t turn out quite the way we want them to?  Yes, I believe that.   Certainly, if we start out our day trusting in God and knowing He is in control at all times, our chances of a positive day are increased in great  measure!

We should try to remind ourselves daily that as he says in Matthew 19:26,   ‘with God all things are possible’.     I wish you a wonderfully positive day, every day!    May you always view your glass as being half full or more, not half empty or less.

Have a great day!

God is My Strength – Helping a Friend

I came across this verse tonight while reading another person’s blog post  which listed multiple encouraging Bible verses, every one a real blessing as always.   This verse, however, particularly got my attention because of a conversation with a friend who came knocking on my door earlier this evening asking me to pray with her.  My friend was visibly distressed, in tears and just looked so forlorn. My heart was breaking for her.

She and i spent a little time talking about what was troubling her.  I won’t get into that out of respect for her privacy, but needless to say, it was not good at all.  She is just totally distraught, unhappy and wondering why she is even alive and has had thoughts of changing that status.  Wow!  What do I say?  How do I respond to her besides the obvious–telling her NO she cannot do that!  I reminded her of my experience with losing my son to suicide and how it feels for those of us left behind.  i told her she cannot do that to her family and those of us who love her.

As we talked I reminded her several times to lean on the Lord, to trust him; bring her trials to him; that he is her strength if she allows him to be.   He is our salvation and we need not be afraid.  He will not turn us away and in fact, will welcome us with open arms when we come to him. She assured me that she has done that; however, I also hear in her words that like the rest of us, she gives her problems to God and then takes them back again thinking she can do better.     She said she is a believer and that she is trying to live God’s plan for her but fails all the time and then punishes herself.   She is her own worse enemy (her words).

We prayed together and made sure to thank God for the blessings he has given to each of us as well as asking Him to put a hedge of protection around her, to show her the way back out of the darkness and into the light. to let her know she IS loved not just by her family and friends but more importantly, the Lord.

I know he heard the prayer and is ready and willing to take on her burdens if she will let him.   I pray that she does give it to him and lets him in.   I have been in her shoes, (not suicidal) and I know that when I turn to God and give Him  my  burdens that he has given me rest.  He has sent people into my life to be an encouragement; he has helped me to get back on the right track and He will do the same for her.

So friends I am asking tonight that you pray for my friend.  I wont give her name, again to protect her privacy but God knows who she is and what is troubling her.    l also  request, if I may, prayer for me that I can be a good friend and a good witness to her and not say or do the wrong things.   I am trying to encourage her to go to  church with me and I hope one day she will do that.  I would love for her to meet the wonderful people at my church and to know that despite any issues that she thinks  would not make her welcome , she would be very much welcomed!   My church family is full of love and kindness and loves to share it!

Edited.  note to self–Do not stay up so late writing a post!  lol   Forgot to give it a title and my proofreading was terrible!

Courage and Strength

ImagePsalm 31:24 – “Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord.” –

My pastor’s wife added this to the end of an email she sent out to all the members of church requesting prayer for many different people. She does this as a regular habit .   This verse she sent today spoke to my heart when I read it.

My life verse that I have adopted is Phil 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.  KJV    Keeping this verse in my heart has gotten me through many trials and helped me meet some goals I have set for myself and it works in my life constantly.  The Lord is always setting people on the path I travel -his angels on earth- to help me persevere and always being with me, loving me, guiding me.

The verse from the Psalms is so similar to my life verse and speaks not only of strength but of courage-the courage to keep going despite the obstacles placed before us, sometimes by chance, sometimes by others, more often by ourselves when we tell ourselves that our trials are insurmountable.  And yes, some of them we have no control over.   They are huge and do seem insurmountable such as the death of a loved one, especially a spouse or a child; a very serious illness that threatens our lives or the lives of those we love.  I do not believe the obstacles can possibly be any harder to overcome than these.  It is so easy to be despondent, impatient and feel like giving up.  But we have hope.  Believing in God gives us hope if we are strong (courageous) and put our faith in him. He will strengthen us and bring us to a  place of restoration and healing.