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The Lord Will Provide

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Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.” Genesis 22:13-14 (NIV)

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Today I am looking back over the past few days and acknowledging that although it was mostly a time of frustration and inconvenience, it was also a time of great provision.  God never forgot me, especially on those days when I literally told Him: “God I have no idea how I am going to manage today; please send somebody (or some bodies) to help me!”  As one day merged into another I didn’t only ask for help but found myself relying on God to make decisions for me.

Have you ever found yourself saying: “Ok God, there are these three things I need to do.  Please ease the tightness in my chest and show me which one is the real priority here while giving me the peace of mind in knowing that this is what I should be doing at this exact time.”  Or maybe you used these words instead: “God, I have absolutely no clue what to do in this situation!  I can’t think straight and I just can’t decide … so you’re going to have to take the steering wheel on this one while I sit in the passenger seat.”  Can you relate?  I am sure it’s not just me that has these types of conversations with our Father.

A friend told me recently that God builds and tests our muscles in the valley so that we will be fit enough to make the trip to the top of the mountain.  She is so right!  I guess all we have to do is focus on being obedient to God while resisting the many temptations that the devil sends to distract us from staying on the true path.

Our heavenly Father is our Yahweh Yireh, a name which means ‘the Lord will provide’ and as I encourage myself to stand firm in the knowledge that God will provide for me whether I am down in the valley or up on the mountain top, so do I encourage you to stand firm and to look for that ram in the thicket just as Abraham did – because it will without a doubt be right there waiting for you.  Do I hear an ‘amen’?

So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:12-13 (NIV)

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Turning Trials Into Testimonies

 

Photo by Gale E

Photo by Gale E

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:2-4 (NIV)

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Do you see your trials as opportunities for growth or potential acts of terrorism on your life? When you see a situation coming hard and fast do you run eagerly towards it or sprint hastily away?

I am the latter; I admit it. I despise drama of any sort, conflict of any sort and what I term ‘unnecessary stress which could have been avoided if others had done what they were supposed to do when they were supposed to do it’ situations of any sort. But the saying “perception is reality” is very true and our attitude towards our trials can either make us or break us.

In my Daily Wisdom for Women devotional I remember being told:

“However, instead of shunning trials, let’s rest in the Lord and run toward Him, believing that the things that test us lead us to maturity … and deep, deep joy.”

Wow! We’re being asked to embrace something we would rather not have in the first place.  It’s a tall order but even though I may sigh and through my hands in the air ever so often, I will be like the man who brought his son to Jesus in Mark 9:17-24 and proclaim to my heavenly Father: “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

Have a Thankful Thursday … and believe (like, really believe)!

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The Battle

Fighting cancer. It’s like a battle. A very serious one. Sometimes we come out alive. Sometimes we die. Thankfully this sweet blogger is a survivor. She doesn’t only remember but is brave enough to share her battle. My mom didn’t make it. I miss her. A lot.

SNIPS & SNAPS

Where am I?

Faced down,

It’s hot.

I’m parched.

Dusty ditch?

Roadside gutter?

Who’s territory?

What war?

What uniform?

What happened?

Missile, land mine?

Shock

confusion

exhaustion

eyes closed

attached at wrist?

Gun?

Can’t feel my body

Voices nearing

don’t flinch

play dead.

English words

sigh with relief…

women hurry

to my aid

turn me over

place mask over mouth

I breath

They leave

I pass out

Waking later

gagging, coughing

alone

in hospital room

attached to breathing apparatus

hooked to a drip-stand

get up and fight

never give up

It’s a battle with Cancer

© Southampton Old Lady 2013

I often wondered why people referred to it as a “battle” with Cancer.  It is very much fight or flee combat. While staying in hospital and undergoing chemotherapy for Hodgkins Lymphoma,  I hallucinated that I was at war. Two nurses arrived and put a breathing apparatus on me while I was semi-conscious…

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Whoever thinks money can’t buy happiness is dead wrong

 

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“Be happy with what you have and are, be generous with both, and you won’t have to hunt for happiness.”
William E. Gladstone

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I found this article by Dr. Ken Nedd to be most interesting but the question to ask yourself after reading it is this: can money indeed buy happiness? What do you think? Continue reading