Good morning all-
We have been having trouble with the Internet so the boys moved their computers downstairs. I use one of them in the morning to write my blog and now they reside in their rooms. I guess I have to find a new solution so that I can sit and write. You know little obstacles that seem so minor then turn into walls, that's what I have faced all week.
I guess I could let the walls overwhelm me, that would be easy. I'm stubborn though so my nature is to hit the wall head on until it crumbles and normally a portion of it will and the obstacle is more like a rock then a wall. I have hit many walls this week and for the most part they have crumbled, thank goodness. Normally, I wil look for the rainbow but if too many obstacles go up my rainbow turns into a healthy storm full of confusion and anxiety.
I can often turn that anxiety into action but every once in a while it turns the other way. I had a few moments like that this week and then I just stopped my thoughts and asked Jesus to come in and clear my mind. When I look upon Him, I'm often relieved, excited and at peace all at the same time. That's relief! We've talked in the last months about my new responsibilities and the complicated world of small business. It's not easy but it is so rewarding. I now understand what it truly means to support a company and the people that work there and if I didn't have Christ I probably would be on pills to calm the nerves. I often wondered how Peter and Paul could face prison, torture and death with grace and love and now I think I understand. Jesus had taught them how to love, how to find Him and how to rest in Him. I'm sure like all humans there were moments of fear, we all have that but these men knew that their lives weren't about the pleasures of this life. Their lives were meant for so much more.
This week I took one of our new employees to Iowa with me. She is a very courageous young woman. When she was young she made a choice that led her to early motherhood. Fast forward she has three beautiful children and an almost ex-husband. He made a bad choice and she bears the consequences of that choice. We had over 11 hours to be together and it was a wonderful time. I think she understands the power of the cross but wishes God could have saved her from this. I understand and can empathize with her. She wanted to be a good wife and mother and in her mid-twenties she finds herself single with three children under the age of 9.
I guess you could say that her obstacles are high and the walls are tall, but she chooses to live, to love and to move through her pain. She has a heart that won't quit and I hope that God will reward that heart with someone that will cherish it. She is a gem and as long as I'm in her life I will keep remindering her that Jesus is her tower and although we all make bad choices the walls can crumble as long as we look toward Him.
Wishing on a well never got anyone very far. Trusting in Jesus gave a man a son, raised a dead man to life, healed a bleeding woman and gave grace to a Samaritan. I can't think of anything more beautiful than that, can you? So if you're facing a wall go to the tower of strength, mercy and grace. He has powers beyond the imagination. I know that I am going to and as long as I live I will ask Jesus to help me and others see Him for the Savior He is!
I hope today finds you wel and that in all things you find Jesus. Remember to pray for Egypt, Israel, Syria and Palestine, they need our prayers!
Hebrews 11:1 NIV
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance a out what we do not see.
Ephesians 4:1-3 NIV
As prisoners for The Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.
My prayer today:
O, Lord, how great thou are! The walls of life are scaling higher than the clouds and as long as we concentrate on them all will be lost. The time is now to take back what we have lost and concentrate on our Savior. I know the path will not always be easy but with You we are strong, resilient and powerful. I ask You today to guide the hearts of women everywhere and give them a reason to scale the towers of life. We need You Lord in every area of our lives. Bring a rainbow and a promise of Your light in this darkened world. I love You more than I can say. Bring us closer to You as we seek You and guide our every move towards living, loving, and You. In Jesus Name, AMEN