I woke up in the middle of the night. I tried to go back to sleep but my mind started to race as fear and panic gripped my heart.
We live on an island surrounded by water... What were we thinking?! Austin will be taking scuba lessons soon... What if something happens to him? Oh Lord, will we have to live through loss from drowning once again? And this baby that you have been so good to give us, will he be taken from us too one day? I can't do this, God! When will it be easy? When will these crazy, tiresome thoughts finally end?
So many stories of loss and suffering... too much knowledge of what could go wrong... I want to hold tight to what I have. Yet the tighter I hold, the greater the fear... and the greater the foolishness in thinking that it is all up to me.
Christmas is a time of giving and receiving.
How easy it is for me to take for granted that the true owner of all that I have is God.
Thine, O LORD is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all. -I Chronicles 29:11
The view of the sky from my window...
My home, my body, my husband, my children...
Christmas 2007 - Our last Christmas together this side of Heaven
(That was such a fun Christmas! What a gift!)
Ian - 30 wks 5 days, 3 lbs 10 oz (How amazing is that?!) :-)
What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. -I Corinthians 6:19-20
All the material things that I have, all the joy of the spirit that I have, all the comfort in sorrow that I have-- it is a GIFT from God.
I am not entitled, I am not deserving... and yet He gives.
How many times has He offered me gifts only to have me refuse, walk away or throw a fit? He offers to carry my burdens and tells me to trust Him. Isn't trust a gift?
To be able to trust... to have a God that is so Holy, just, right, loving, capable, all-knowing... and He is telling little, unworthy, fickle, emotional, bratty me that He WILL take care of me. That I can trust Him with my most prized possessions, my deepest hurts, my most fragile worries and fears.
Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
"It is God's will that I should castOn Him my care each day;He also bids me not to castMy confidence away.But, Oh! I am so stupid, thatWhen taken unawares,I cast away all my confidence,And carry all my cares."-Author Unknown
GOD IS FAITHFUL.
How much better we would be if we would only trust Him and seek His face, if we would choose to look for His hand and blessings in our lives, rather than turn a blind eye in a tantrum when things don't happen the way we want them to happen?
Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today and forever.
Remember God's track record. Remember His faithfulness in the past. See His faithfulness and care for you today. Don't turn a blind eye, but choose to SEE and acknowledge Him. Trust Him with your future.
God never fails, even when all seems lost and dark.
Don't continue to carry burdens that you were not meant to carry. Give it to God and receive peace in return.