Missing my walk ended up being a good thing. Got some sweet time drawing with my daughter and a good talk with my son. And had some great time talking to the Lord Jesus Christ, my very best friend and only Savior, and doing art through quilting, mowing (got rained out yesterday), going to IHOP with my family for brunch, measuring out the back porch with my hubby and planning for them to start working on making a concrete slap patio a sunroom complete with hot tub. I am not sure how this day could have been better. And the most beautiful part of the day was that it was an answer to prayer. I have had several really difficult days, horrible even at times, hard days, ugly even in moments. So I talked to Jesus, my Heavenly Father, about this. I asked Him to help. I was not sure how exactly, but He knows my heart and what I need even before I ask Him. And He gave me a very good day today, a happy husband, a good daughter, a happy son, a wonderful day. This is how good God is and how wonderful it is to have such a beautiful personal relationship with Jesus. He is so much more than my Savior who died and arose to give me a way to be saved and assured of heaven, but He walks and talks with me as I humbly pray, He is my best friend, my confidant, my comforter, the peace and joy and love in my soul. I so honored that He loves me. I am so honored to be His!! ❤❤❤
So, the concrete for the sidewalk was ordered to arrive tomorrow and my husband and Joe (our handyman) and I were going to mix it and pour it in this heat, and it would have been an all day killer workout but horrible. And honestly, would have probably immobilized my husband (who has bad knees) for a few days. So, this was the anticipation. This morning, the neighbors (fixing their house up to sell it) had a little concrete work done around their pool. So, one conversation later, they are happy for the qork and have all the tools and can pour it today!!! So it is done now!!!! Praise God for providing!!! He is truly great and worthy of praise!!! One more major thing checked off the list and on to roofing and screening in the back porch!!! Woo hoo!!!! God is so good! God always provides!!! ❤❤❤
As I have aged, like a fine wine or tasty cheese (lol), the peace of God has become such a treasure to me. God, not Buddha, not Allah, not Hindi, not any other false god on the planet promotes and provides eternal peace. God is peace and gives it. And peace is not stillness or quiet or the absence of conflict. Peace is inner assurance and confidence that God is in control and has our eternity secure no matter what storms are raging around us. We have that security by accepting Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection as the sacrifice for our sins. And humbly accepting His necessary gift of Himself makes us secure and loved and provided for and we have this instant peace, security no matter what. Wars could rage around me and the peace would be there. Peace is knowing who God is and that His promises in the Bible are absolutely true. I am His and my confidence lies in Him exclusively. This is peace. It is perfect because from God and mixes with joy to be the internal strength that can do anything through Christ and the Holy Spirit. Nothing seems more precious right now, with maybe the exception of the love and truth which brings it about. These things are our beautiful hope and blessed assurrance. God is so good!!!! I am so thankful!!!! ❤❤❤
Psalm 116:1. “I love the Lord, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. 2. Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live. 3. The cords of death entangled me, the anguish of the grave came over me; I was overcome by distress and sorrow. 4. Then I called on the name of the Lord: “Lord, save me!” 5. The Lord is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion. 6. The Lord protects the unwary; when I was brought low, he saved me. 7. Return to your rest, my soul, for the Lord has been good to you. 8. For you, Lord, have delivered me from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling, 9. that I may walk before the Lord in the land of the living. 10. I trusted in the Lord when I said, “I am greatly afflicted”; 11. in my alarm I said, “Everyone is a liar.” 12. What shall I return to the Lord for all his goodness to me? 13. I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord. 14. I will fulfill my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people. 15. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful servants. 16. Truly I am your servant, Lord; I serve you just as my mother did; you have freed me from my chains. 17. I will sacrifice a thank offering to you and call on the name of the Lord. 18. I will fulfill my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people, 19. in the courts of the house of the Lord— in your midst, Jerusalem. Praise the Lord.”
Small or life or death large or any sized problem in between, here is how to solve it. 1. Pray and ask God for help because He has the big picture and details from the past, now and the future in view at all times and at once and love you and wants to help and is strong enough to do it and wise enough to do it best. That was an excellent run on sentence, but said what I want so I am not changing it. Lol Start the prayer with these words or attitude, “Dear Hravrnly Father, I have a problem that you know the answer/solution to and I don’t know the right one. I need Your help. Please help me and give me wisdom and understanding and guide me to the right solution. In Jesus’ name, amen.” 2. Read any verse of the Bible (even unrelated) because truth is truth and wisdom is wisdom and it fosters truth and answers. 3. Do something else. Either think of something or take a walk or glance through a magazine or do some sewing or take a scenic drive. And take me with you on the drive. Lol 4. Come back to the problem with a new, fresh perspective and think about pros and cons for optional solutions. 5. If you cannot be objective because you are too invested emotionally, consult an objective friend or professional or pastor or whoever fits. 6. Repeat all steps as necessary but in the same order.
Most of the time now, I am myself again, an altered form of me. I laugh again finally but still not as much as I once did. I am joyful and peaceful and decide to be happy but sometimes I still miss him. He was my support system, and I guess it takes a long time to support yourself with God’s help rather than relying on your support system. I have my family and friends but no one can replace him. He was my encouragement when discouragement surrounded. His smile and approval were all I would need to take on whole armies. His strength was my freedom. Knowing he believed in me made everyone else’s criticism and disapproval bearable. Now sometimes I figured it out with God’s help but sometimes I still fight to not need or rely on those things. Maybe it will always be that way, the missing of someone I love deeply. Maybe it always comes and goes. I don’t know because it had never happened before. But I know that as I draw closer and closer to God, He provides more and more. As I worship Him, He makes me feel more and more loved.
Food. It is something we have to have to live. It gives us energy and nutrition. It promotes a healthy life and balance of mood. It also gives pleasure to the mind. And just as important if not more than the food we eat with our mouths is the food we eat with our Bible study and acceptance of teaching in prayer and Godliness. We need to take in God’s Word for the same reasons we need to eat. ❤