One lady who wrote for the magazine we published sent this article. I always loved it for the picture it painted in my mind of what I want to be known for. To you who wrote this piece, thank you for sharing with all of us. May it bless each and every rib! Martin
My heart is singing! Even when things are tough He is faithful. Thank you Jesus. Today started off as quick and eventful as things do for a bull out of the starting gate. From the minute my head left the pillow until now I have been charging after one thing and then another.
And I am rejoicing!
I just wanted to share my favorite Bible verse with you. Of course, I have a LOT of favorite verses but right now … this is my favorite.
This is one that I have been hanging on to really tight lately. Life has been a little crazy and wonderful at the same time.
My mom and Gampa are staying with us now while my mom is having chemo for metastasized breast cancer. She had her first treatment on December 1st. At first everything seemed to be going well but then suddenly she was in the hospital near death.
After 9 days she was released – PTL! They are home with us now and what a joy it is to be able to help care for her.
The other thing that is going to make things interesting is that our oldest son (almost 19!) has to have major surgery on his knee … again. Guess when? On Monday.
I bet you thought I forgot that I started off to share my current favorite verse with you. I didn’t. I only wanted to give you a taste of why it means so much to me right now.
Without any further ado, here it is:
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:4-7
So we are to rejoice, be gentle, without worry, and praying even in the midst of “all this”?
Rejoice? Not this morning.
Be gentle? I think I did okay here.
Without worry? Hardly.
Praying? You betcha!
But hold on. What can we expect if we do?
The one thing busy moms need. It’s better than Neosporin on a cut!
Peaceful? Funny as it seems. I do have peace. A kind of crazy thing to feel in the middle of a worrisome situation. A peace for me from the Throne of God. Wow!
At first I was filled with anxiousness. I was caring for mama, talking to doctors, directing children, keeping my siblings up to date, administering drugs, and trying to track down my errant husband who was off helping someone else. Imagine that!
Helping someone else when I needed his help.
Now that I am looking back on this morning I can almost pinpoint the moment the peace came. It felt like a warm, snuggly blanket gently draping itself around me.
What does it do? Not only does peace feel good, the Bible says it protects our hearts and our minds. Thank you Father.
He is so faithful – even though the only thing I am faithful in is to be unfaithful.
That’s it in a nutshell. He is faithful and as a result, I am rejoicing today.