My blessed friends and fellow writers, I just could not resist sharing this with you:
In a recent article, I spoke of some trials that I have been trudging my way through lately, trials with an unknown-to-me outcome, but that I have been fully depending and believing in the Lord, who DOES know the outcome, to see me faithfully through them. Here is a quote from that article and following is a testimony:
"Iím going through some pretty rough trials at the moment. And I donít know what tomorrow is going to look like. I know that today it is raining hard outside."
It is, by the way, thundering and raining hard outside right now. So much so that my cable tv just shut off. I must hurry, then, should my electricity go as well and cut me off.
"My lawn needs to be mown badly, but Iím sure my plants are loving every drop. I choose to be thankful for Godís perfect plans. Though I oftentimes donít understand them. Maybe weíre not always supposed to understand. Thatís where trust comes in. I trust Him in the midst of these storms. Whatever damage is done, I know that He always works all things together for my good."
And now I'm trusting Him to let me finish this testimony. :)
To add fuel to the fire, so to speak, on top of all the other trials I've been going through lately, my son, Daniel, went through a little fire himself this weekend after having his nose operated on Friday morning. It's been a tough, tough weekend thus far. But glory to God, he's seen the hand of God at work! And how gracious of my King to surround me with prayer warriors for friends. You all know who you are and I love you deeply!
We spent all day at the hospital when it should have taken no more than two hours. Daniel's blood pressure refused to regulate and that, therefore, caused his nose to bleed more than it would have otherwise. Thank God he did not have to have a blood transfusion! He gave us a good scare. But the greatest calm came over me when the nurse and I both looked at what we had thought was a sleeping boy only to find him lip-syncing a personalized version of the familiar prayer that we suddenly realized was coming from the nearby little tv. "My Father, who art in heaven..." A few minutes later, they sent us home.
It brings blessed tears to my eyes even now. Yes, God showed Himself to be very present. And when we finally did make it home, I was both humbled and amazed by what I found. My neighbor, Nona, who is going through a terrible trial of her own, was mowing my lawn.
I didn't know what to do to say "thank you" to her. But I knew I had to do something. I cut her a big bouquet of daises and cleaned the stems. I suppose she thought I was doing so for myself. Though I argued that she needn't bother, she went and got her leaf blower and cleaned all the loose grass off my porch and sidewalk. When she was done, I handed her the bouquet.
"Ah, you didn't have to do that. I'm not even going to be here this weekend to enjoy them."
I said "Put them in ice water and they'll keep for many, many days. I did have to do it. I needed to say thank you somehow for what you've done."
Her reply was quite humbling. "No you didn't. That's just what neighbors are for."
My friends, I love you all so, so much. The Word teaches us that faith without works is dead. But when we cannot stretch our hands out to lend a helping hand, the work which is prayer goes a long, long way. Prayer, by the way, is really no work at all, but a blessing to be called to. I wish I could send you, each and every one, a huge bouquet of daisies to brighten your day for the moments you have spent lately just lifting Daniel and myself up in prayer. But alas, I cannot. So I send a prayer up to my Father instead...
God, bless my friends. Bless them all, each and every one, above measure. In Jesus' Name, amen.
God must have wanted me to pray that tiny, but heartfelt prayer of blessings for you. The thunder is rolling in the distance. My cable is back on. Either it is just sprinkling outside, or that's the leftovers dripping from the eaves. God, my friends, is truly ever present and I know that I know that I KNOW He takes pleasure in blessing His own. So please do receive a huge bouquet of blessings.
All my love,
PLEASE ENCOURAGE AUTHOR,
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