I was drinking my coffee. Enjoying a quiet house. and reading fellow bloggers writings. I knew a dear sister needed a word and couldnt find the verse number in my head. So I went and looked it up. Now weve talked about this before. I was given a Message version back when P was working 12 hours away for a year and a half AND I was diagnosed with Lyme Disease. A very very trying time for me to say the least. This Bible and I were as Forest Gump said , " yeah, me a Jenny, we was like peas and carrots." ( I LOVE THAT Quote and say it often to my daughter. She and I ARE like peas and carrots.) Um where was I ??? Oh yeah! So that Bible and its many pieces were right within reach and didnt say what I memorized as a child but OH MY OH MY......... what a beautiful Word. I will share it at the end. ;) Am I setting the hook and reeling you in? I hope so! God continues to be faithful! He is worth of our praise no matter what! That is so beautiful isnt it?!
Many of us struggle with worrying and fretting. That is doing nothing for me sister! (except killing my stomach and giving me gray hair!) How long are we going to keep doing this? Spending valuable time dong something that gets me nowhere?! You are reading into this that I am the pot calling the kettle black right?! There is NO condemnation here. This sister has a plank in her eye. This is a safe place to be real.
But this "Adoption mess" as I call it has taught me so much. I do "capture those thoughts and hold them captive" NUMEROUS times!Let me tell you how , just in case you are like me and need a visual! Grab it by the scruff of the neck, throw it out the door and yell that its not welcome! Go ahead..... Im waiting....... do it. Now doesnt that feel better! ;) We cannot give Satan that precious time. Get your bible...... or multiple Bibles if you are like me, place them out in places to grab in a time of need. I now have them setting all around the house. Places I frequent. They used to have a shelf on the bookcase, all lined up real pretty, on the table by my bed stacked artistically. But that doesnt do anything for me . Lets pause for another visual:Thats like when I get on a frenzy and have to move paintings and stuff around to give the house a new look with the same stuff. There is a whole shed outside FULL of useful tools. But I dont want to take the time to put shoes on, stop what Im doing and walk out there and find the hammer. I just grab a hard heeled shoe and go at it. (You can laugh but its the truth. ) Many many a time I have bent a nail or dented the wall.... in my haste Id rather just do it on my own. How much time would I have saved to use the proper tools?????? God gave us His word. Life changing, living, breathing word of God. Its not doing anything for me if its not right where I can grab it when I am feeling weak or the lies start rolling in. The accuser prowling around...... he knows my weaknesses. I have to be on alert. Ready with my armor to do battle. He is not welcome!
So the verse I needed was Matthew 6:27 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? (or in some texts: a single cubit to his height?)
I dont know how many times I could worry because teenager / adult son isnt in yet. How is E doing in his homeschooling? How is God going to provide to bring "little G" home? When will "little G" come home? HOW will "little G" come home? You and others have had to watch this and I tell you, it has gotten me no where real fast! Do I TRUST God? Do I trust His timing? Worrying about it will not change how its going to be. Praying about it and then leaving it in His hands will. That prayer and stepping back changes things, most importantly, it changes ME.
This is the Message for the day:
"Dont hoard treasure down here where it gets eaten by moths and corroded by rust- or worse!- stolen by burglars. Stockpile treasure in heaven, where its safe from moth and rust and burglars.
It's obvious isnt it? The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being.
Then I went down to verse 30-33:
"If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers- most of which are never even seen- dont you think He will attend to you, Take pride in you, do His best for you? What I am trying to do here is get you to relax, not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God's giving. People who dont know God and the way he works fuss over these things, But you know both God and how He works. ;)
Steep your life in:
Dont worry about missing out.
You'll find your everyday human concerns will be met.
Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and dont get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.
Under His wings,