I have found that it is always easy if I try, to fall into negative thinking and "poor me" feelings. But of course in the long run what in the world does that accomplish? Depression and bitterness and worry. As we have gone through the book of James on Thursday mornings I have put MUCH more effort into considering life's trials and tribulations things that I can be thankful for.
James 1:1-2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.
Now goodness knows it goes against our human natures to do such a thing, but honestly it benefits us in a number of ways when we do. It certainly has proven true for me anyway. The more I depend and trust in my God to get me through each day, the easier things always are, and the more I find myself trusting Him, and then resting in His peace. And the more I rest in His peace, the happier I am.
Isa. 26:3 You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is set on You, because he trusts in You.
He can do His greatest work on those whose hearts are grateful, and trusting.
Just this week I read the blog of a friend of Melody's. A young girl (Mel's age I think....she used to work with her at Christian school when Mel was in college) whose husband was diagnosed late last year with cancer of the spine. She has two young babies (one of them just born shortly after Christmas I think it was) He has had the tumor removed but is not only receiving more treatments for cancer, he is having to regain MANY of his physical abilities as the removal of the tumor damaged his spinal column. He is walking again with the use of a walker, but is weak and it is quite difficult. The youngest baby has been quite difficult as she suffers from Acid Reflux, and the two year old has regressed and is waking up every night crying for seemingly no reason. This poor gal has her YOUNG YOUNG hands soo full. And yet, she is a strong Christian and is leaning on Him and her church to get her through. The things she is learning through this experience are both inspirational and humbling. I have no doubt the Lord has great things in mind for her as she obediently trusts in Him. I am praying for them all everyday, as there is little more I can do. This is one of those times I wish I could put more hands and feet to my praying, but I am convinced that prayer accomplishes more than we ever realize. If any of you would like to join me in prayer for this young family, I am sure it would be much appreciated. You can find her blog HERE. I am sure she has little time for blogging, and is really just writing as a way of coping, but like I said, I find her inspiring, and my heart just breaks for her.
Just one more little thing I wanted to share. I got a call today from my little Jeffie. I haven't seen him in a few weeks, and I was thinking about that this afternoon, and wondered if I had time to stop by and see them all on my way home from Bible study. I decided against it, as I really needed to get home and let Elvis out, plus I had a few bills to pay and just haven't seem to find the time for it this week. Anyway, as I was sitting here working on my bills, my phone rang and I answered it expecting it to be my dil when I saw the number on the phone. However, I heard this little voice (why do they always sound sooo young on the phone? haha) saying, "Grandma, is that you? It's me, Jeffie. I haven't seen you in sooo long. Where have you been?" We talked for about 15 minutes or so. Just made my whole day. : ) He has a birthday coming up soon, and I am thinking a WHOLE day with Grandma sounds pretty good.
Hope you all have a wonderful week-end!