I look at it this way…everything that tastes good is fatty. Just sayin’.
I’ve been having a very weird school year. Lots of personal and professional stress has made me a bit of a pill. I came to the realization this evening that I need to stop thinking about everything. I’ve been thinking so much that it is literally hurting my brain. I just need to stop and trust that God will make a way for everything that has been dominating my prayers. Sometimes all you can say is that you, “just have to believe.” Sometimes you can’t even verbalize what it is you want to pray…it is there, but it just doesn’t present itself. Those are times you just have to be still. Maybe that’s what God is showing me right now. In the meantime, I’m shutting down the overuse of the thinking device.
Feeling like this makes me listen to music, especially by people whose voices I find soothing. I decided to look for music by Merle Haggard…yeah…I know talking about prayer and Merle Haggard in the same post probably seems strange…welcome to my life.
Well, anyway…here is a song that gave me a little lift. Hope it does the same for you.
I have been scrolling through old posts. This one is from March 2011 – I still believe and have hope in God. This past year has been one of deep, sorrowful lows, but with a promise of blessings. While things seem so hard and dark right now. I have to believe that God’s faithfulness will power through the muck. God is my never-bending refuge from storms. When everything around me feels so out of control, I know God controls everything.
“The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him…”
Lately, the world seems to be experiencing more distress, whether it be by man or nature, than we have seen in our lifetimes. It is scary. All of these things are beyond our control.
We do not have power to control the huge things in life; we also do not have all of the power and control we think we have even in our day-to-day personal lives.
When I think about the poor people in Japan, I think about how they were going about their everyday lives: working, loving, praying, eating, sleeping, shopping, caring, etc. . . These are things we all do, but do we give thought to the next second? No…we aren’t wired that way. The events of the past few weeks remind us how little we are and how much we do not have within our grasp to control.
The only one with any of the power we think we have even .01 oz. of, is God.
There have been a couple of times in my life when I have lost everything: financial stability, employment, and a large portion of my health…once due to a car accident and another to undiagnosed issues leading to bigger issues (still coming back from that one). Those were very isolating times; wherein, I was reminded that I cannot control anything (aside from my own behavior). During the first bout of these issues, I came across the verse I have posted for today’s Sunday song. Fifteen years later, it is a verse that still means a lot to me.
God is good. He will become real to many people through all of the strife that we see going on in the world. However, God does not need the “big” world events to show Himself. If you seek Him, and if you ask Him to reveal Himself to you, He will.
Have a wonderful day, and remember to count your blessings. Pray for those around the world facing hardship, because it could just as easily be us.
It is time for the weekly caption contest! 🙂 Enter your witty captions by Tuesday afternoon, and I will post winners Tuesday evening. Have a wonderful weekend!
(H/T: People of Walmart)
This week’s caption contest winner is. . .
“Dang I cast spell just a half hour ago… Now I feel the need to cast another…”
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Not going to lie: I’m on just about three hours of sleep and beat up from working out at the gym for an hour this evening. Not even sure how I wrote that sentence. 🙂
I will post winners tomorrow, when I can think a little better.
Our country needs your prayers. If you take a look at the news for even a few minutes, the overwhelming display of misguided leadership and the need for God’s guidance is starkly evident. Pray that God works through our leadership, whether they know Him or not.
There is a lot of strife in the world. Please pray that God uses it for His good, for those countries to come closer to a knowledge of Him.
Pray for your family and friends. We are all feeling the stress of our lives, the events of the moment and the angst the comes with it all.
Please pray for those in the military and their families. They are highly overused, overworked, unappreciated by so many and they face even more possibilies of overseas action rather than seeing things wind down.
It’s that time! Here is this week’s caption contest. Provide your witty captions, and I will post winners Tuesday evening. 🙂 Have a great weekend!
3. Rodney Dill
Talk to me Goose.
2. Cowboy Blob
Flying the Predator after the Chili Cook-off and Squadron Picnic.
This week’s winner is. . .
In an effort to improve recruitment for its remotely piloted aircraft squadrons, the Air Force introduced the military’s first combat telecommuting program.
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