Sunday, April 10, 2016

Praising God~


Luke 17:11-19

"Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee.  As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, "Jesus, Master, have pity on us!"

When he saw them, he said, "Go, show yourselves to the priests." And as they went, they were cleansed.

One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice.  He threw himself at Jesus' feet and thanked him -- and he was a Samaritan.

Jesus asked, "Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?" Then he said to him, "Rise and go; your faith has made you well."

Praising God for what He is doing for my back!!!!

God has the POWER to heal the way he chooses. And He also chooses WHEN to heal as His timing is perfect!
Sometimes he heals immediately
Other times he chooses NOT to heal and then other times he chooses to heal SLOWLY.
His thoughts and ways are higher than our thoughts and ways.  IF & when He decides to heal and HOW he chooses to heal; it is for the purpose of HIS glory.

I often seek out prayer in my weakest, darkest moments & in my most excruciating pain. But do I remember to be thankful? Do I remember to give God's name credit for what He is doing in my life?  Do I share the praises to those who take the time to pray for me, so that they can share in the blessing and the joy that an answered prayer provides?

I want to be that one leper who after God answers a prayer I return to Him Thankful, Blessed, Amazed at His goodness!!

I have gone from temporary paralyzes, to being limited in movement to being able to play volleyball two nights in a row!!
I cry from feeling overjoyed and overwhelmed at HIS goodness and mercies.  All those times I have sat on the sidelines not able to partcipate feeling sad as I had to watch my family enjoy each other. I would beg and cry for the Lord to heal me so that I could once again have full range of motion so I no longer had to sacrifice.

Although God has NOT chosen to heal me comletely (yet) I will be thankful for each moment I get that I am able to play. We surely take it for granted. I sit here sobbing having the opportunity to play a game I have always had much passion. While I'm hooked to the TENS unit (Maybe I over did it :( ) I am still blessed that God has showed me mercy. 

I shout it to the rooftop that God is still in the business of healing. It may not look like you want it to look; but each day that I can get out of bed myself, put my socks on myself, tie my shoes, walk, and even play some volleyball I will always look at it as a gift God has given me! I am so undeserving, so unworthy but HIS compassion and love for each of His children are more than we will ever deserve or understand. For that I am grateful! I am blessed! I am thankful!

So Lord Jesus Thank You for...
the goodness you show
the healing you provide
the mercies you extend and
the love you lavish on not only me but all your children!!!!!

Monday, April 4, 2016

Experienced vs Inexperienced

~My baby girl is driving as most people know since I posted a picture on Facebook a couple days ago of her getting her permit.  We've taken her out on the roads, actually driving, a few times and she does good for the most part; however there have been a few times where I have thought  "Jesus Take the Wheel"

It's extremely hard to see her excitment and eagerness to learn, because she is growing up!  On top of that feeling the nervousness that a new student driver brings. Not only because of the inexperience but also because of the lack of knowledge to the rules of driving as well.

For example today as she was waiting at a stop sign to turn into traffic a few biker dudes were honking their horns at us. Because she was flustered she was going to go and I yelled "Don't GO". I proceeded to roll down my window, stick out my arm and hold up my hand as a STOP SIGNAL! Seriously, why don't other drivers have more patience! I explained to my daughter that it is very important not to let other drivers intimidate us, that we can not make a decision based out of fear. I further explained that it wasn't her fault I yelled but that I needed her to know that as an experienced driver my job is to make certain she makes correct decisions, that learning to drive isnt simply getting behind the wheel and driving but that it is also important to learn the rules of driving as she goes along. I instantly became distracted therefore I didn't want her making a decsion until my focus was where it needed to be!

God is like this. He may let us drive the vehicle but he is definitely the experienced driver. He allow us to go about out spiritual walks of faith guiding and directing us. Occasionally we become intimidated, often times we make decisions out of fear or even loose our focus. The great thing about a loving, patient God is that he lovingly and gently will whisper what to do If we should loose our focus.

The more experienced and familiar we become as the driver the more Satan will try to distract us. He doesn't want us knowing what to do. He doesn't want us trusting an experienced driver.

He uses same old tactics such as business, doubt, pride, unforgiveness, resentment, anger, bitterness  to honk their horns at us. We can choose to react in fear and run into danger or we can stop for a moment by calling on, and leading into the only one who can rescue, deliver and save us from what steals our focus.

As we become more and more familiar with the rules of Christian living the less we will be distracted or tempted without having the knowledge of fighting off the temptation. 

When we made a commitment to follow Christ He never said We wouldn't  have trouble... as a matter of fact the Scriptures say....

"In this world WE WILL HAVE TROUBLE but have peace because Jesus has overcome the world"!!!!!! 

I love having Jesus as my experienced driver in this inexperienced spiritual journey I am on......