...I have been laid up for the last three months, but as I slowly
improve I realize all the more just how precious that time was with
the Lord. It has been a time of learning, of quietness, of chastening...experiencing
God's love, a time of meditation and prayer. It
has been a good thing... It
is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy
statutes. Psalms 119:71
There were many times I wondered 'how can I do this?', which
seemed strange, because I wasn't doing anything, but that was the
problem! Suddenly, I went from living a busy life to laying in bed,
being waited on, no more housework to do, no more cooking, no more
anything. Sounds pretty good doesn't it -- I was living a life of
leisure. But I thought, Lord, you have touched one of the hardest
things in my life -- slowing me down. Suddenly I realized
just how precious it was to me to be able to take care of the daily
responsibilities. I wanted to take care of my family. Ladies, you
can't imagine how much bending you do unless you can't do it any
There were days I was cast down, in distress, but God was always
faithful in His mercy and grace as He showed me in His Word, ...thou
hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and
hear my prayer. Psalm 4:1. Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and
why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall
yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.
May I take this time to thank all of you for ye
did communicate with my affliction... Philippians 4:14 through
cares, scripture, prayers, gifts, house cleaning, meeting personal
needs, flowers, visits, phone calls, and meals. A special thank
you, first of all, to my wonderful family who lovingly pitched in
taking care of all the daily responsibilities of home and me
and then to our church family. It has been my prayer that you
have been blessed in you giving.
May I take this time also to share a burden
I have. As I read my husband's article (see -----) I realized
once again how thankful I am, first of all for God's mercy and grace
that He bestows on each of us and secondly, how much we need it!
I know there are women who live daily
with hurts in their marriages, and my heart aches for them, but
I'm coming to realize that we can be each other's greatest enemy
as we tend to share with each other and sympathize with each other.
Are we really helping each other, or are we fueling the fire of
discontent? I know what it is to spend hours in tears; wanting to
run away, even die. Wherefore
be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. Ephesians
Dear women, we all need to look at whatever situation we find
ourselves in right now (good or bad) and pray as our Lord prayed,
He went away
again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this
cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.
Matthew 26:42. As we choose to see that God
is with us and wants to bless us even in the worst situations, we
can find the peace which
passeth all understanding, Philippians 4:7.
Get into God's Word and claim His promises -- they are God's personal
gift to you, Whereby
are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by
these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped
the corruption that is in the world through lust. 2 Peter 1:4.
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply
all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
All needs: emotional, physical, and material.
Romans 8:28 And we know that all things
work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the
called according to his purpose. All things.
2 Chronicles 20:15,
17 And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants
of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the LORD unto
you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude;
for the battle is not yours, but God's...Ye shall not need to fight
in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation
of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed;
to morrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you.
The battle is not ours, but God's!
Psalms 30:5 For his anger endureth but
a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night,
but joy cometh in the morning. Joy comes!
Isaiah 43:2 When thou passest through
the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall
not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt
not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
I will be with thee.
2 Corinthians 12:9 And he said unto me,
My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect
in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities,
that the power of Christ may rest upon me. God's grace is
sufficient, whether I think so or not.
Mark 9:23 Jesus said unto him, If thou
canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. All
things are possible.
Galatians 6:9 And
let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap,
if we faint not. We shall reap!
Psalms 34:19 Many are the afflictions
of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.
God delivers us from our afflictions.
2 Corinthians 4:17 For our light affliction,
which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and
eternal weight of glory; God works for us!
These are just a few of the exceeding great and precious promises
I've found. Get into the Word yourself and be blessed. I'm still
learning -- learn with me.