It really helps to have good things in your head before the dark times come when you need them.
Claiming verses and singing songs. God wants to hear you sing....when despair is all you see.... Helping to remember who is in control and already knows the end.
Reminds me of, "Rejoice in The Lord. He makes no mistakes. He knoweth the end of each path that I take. For when I am tried and purified, I shall come forth as gold...." Ron Hamilton
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- Personally, I’ve had more peace during this most chaotic time in my life, than I had in the previous year. Philippians 4:7 - Claimed and Proven (I stole it from a sermon where an old saint had written that “code” over and over next to verses in her Bible). How crazy was I to stress and worry over small things like how to pay a bill, when I should have been counting my blessings: my husband, children, pets, sufficient food to eat - some times provided in obscure ways or even at that “last minute”, but if it wasn’t one thing, I had found something else to worry about. Now, I’ve finally learned that if I just give it over to God and let him worry about it, if the worst happens…. well, I trusted God and rested; when the miracles happen, I was trusting in God and resting…. In the end, when all is said and done. God is in control. He’s seen this from beginning to end. He’s involved in every tiny aspect of my life, and there’s no better person to trust in control. That doesn’t mean that I don’t do anything. Only that I do what I need to do today, and trust God to take care of (while taking care of today as well).
- I no longer take my family, health, life for granted. I’m thankful for the time that I have with them. I realize it is precious, and could be gone in an instant.
- I’ve learned so many spiritual lessons during this time: thankfulness, pride, selfishness, life is a vapor, worry is sin (not trusting God to be in control), bickering/backbiting/gossip - what are we really accomplishing in our petty little squabbles that we have other than destroying ourselves and each other, and most likely innocent by-standers like our children. I could go on and on with the lessons I’ve been dealt with on. I am by no means “cured” of these, only more aware of them and determined to make that conscious effort to do better with God’s help and grace.
- With Dave, I’ve seen more spiritual and emotional changes in Dave in the last two months than ever before. He now has the softest heart, wants to read his Bible more, talk about God more, pray more. His love and appreciation for our children and myself is now expressed verbally many times over. Every time he prays, he thanks God verbally for allowing him another day to live. He’s even thanked God multiple times for this “accident” and everything he’s going through. (The Bible says, In everything give thanks for this is the will of God…. - we’ve claimed it) I’ve listened to him tell God, I’d really like to ____ (multiple things), but if you (God) never want me to again, I’ll be happy with that. He just wants God’s will for his life. Romans , James 1, Romans 5. He’s fully surrendered to God. To have a spiritually strong husband, or a physically strong husband…. for a Christian wife and mother, there’s no contest which one is better.
- Philippians - Dave’s verse that he exercises to. We’ve claimed this verse over and over. God does keep providing the strength to get through. He didn’t give us more than we could handle. He hands out the strength, mercy and grace as they’re needed. Handfuls of purpose...