Saturday, June 21, 2008

Waiting with hope

 

I know that things just arent going well for me. Sometimes I feel as if the Lord has turned his back on me but I know deep inside that this isnt the case. I know he is with me. I am just praying that he will give me the strength to get through this. I just wish I could get my physical health better so that I can think more clearly. I have alot of people and animals relying on me to make the right decision. That is ALOT on my shoulders. The atavan really isnt working for me so I am going to try other alternatives that doesnt include medications to calm myself down. I am going to try to go for a walk today with the dogs and just look at the nature around me. There is a preserve right down the street that I could go for quietness and deep thought. Maybe  I wll go there this weekend and read or write. The last couple of days have been horrible. I am hoping that I can get these physical symptoms of stress under control. It is unbelievable what stress has done to my body. I had no clue that it could make you feel this way. I thought back in time and thougth about all the tough times that I have somehow gotten through. Part of me knows that I will get through this as well. It will take me some time but I will prevail. Thank you to all who have been there for my in your prayers and your comments. I know I say thank you alot but I can never say enough how much I appreciate everyone. I just hope we can all get through the crisis of the gas and food prices in one piece. Prayers are with everyone.

God bless the troops. Keep them safe.

Here is something that was sent to me that I wanted to share.:

Delay is not rejection

Although Jesus loved Martha, Mary, and Lazarus, he stayed where he was for the next two days and did not go to them. Finally, after two days, he said to his disciples, "Let's go to Judea again."

John 11:5-7 NLT

God often delays His response out of love, as He works all things together for good.
Jeanne Zornes

Waiting with hope

Mary and Martha had sent their friendJesus a message about the critical condition of their brother, Lazarus, and their urgent need for his help: "Lord, the one you love is very sick" (John 11:3). But instead of rushing off to Bethany, Jesus stayed where he was for two days before responding to Mary and Martha's plea. When he did arrive, he raised Lazarus from the dead in a magnificent display of his power.

Just as Mary and Martha struggled when Jesus answered their prayers for Lazarus in a time and way different from what they had expected, we get frustrated when the Lord delays in coming to us and answering our prayers.

As it did for the grieving sisters, two days (or two months or two years) of waiting can seem like an eternity to us. But in the midst of the "delay," God is not inactive. He is teaching us patience, perseverance, and faith and is planning to glorify himself in our circumstances. While we are waiting, he wants to cleanse our hearts and refocus us on Jesus. The Spirit always knows what will glorify God, and we can trust him when we're in the waiting room.

6 comments:

salemslot9 said...

amen

luvrte66 said...

I think it's a great idea to take a walk and "commune with nature." I know that sounds like of joke-y, but I also know it works for me. When I was working, there were some days that were almost unbearable when it came to the workload and stress level I and my fellow coworkers were under. As I was driving home, the closer I got to our place, the more I felt things fall away from me. I would spend a little time just sitting on the deck and enjoying the beauty around me. It really put things in perspective, and sort of made me feel "grounded." I hope it does the same for you, Christine.

Hugs,
Beth

rdautumnsage said...

There is something that was said to me once by a Shaman, his words to me were, "When you learn to quiet the noise in your head and listen with your heart, then will you learn to live." Words of wisdom. Taking a walk with the dogs, and communing with nature will help quiet the static running through your head. (Hugs)Indigo

bojgill4375 said...

Christine.. remember the poem FootPrints In The Sand?  A lady without arms, legs and etc. wrote that. I am hoping that God is carrying you right now. Try this for me... put a song in your heart. Let the songs go through your mind when things are bothering you. Try it for a few days. Maybe the kids would even like to sing with you. Simple little songs like Jesus Love Me. Just do it when your thoughts are over bearing. I am going to send you a link to someones journal and she felt just like you. Now she is doing great. One thing she did to change her life was go to church even when she did not feel comfortable. Hugs and prayers, Janie

jckfrstross said...

hang in there:) keeping you in prayer remember Foot prints in the sand

Deb

pprrrr39 said...

No matter how hard it may seem do not give up. I know there are times when you feel that you are on your own and things just seem so hard, but you just have to carry on.
My thoughts and prayers are with you
hugs Jayne