As I sit here writing you, I am thanking God for this daybed, where I can sit and relax this morning, as Saturday was a very busy day for me. It's amazing, as to how a person can plan a weekend of rest…never realizing that an idea may just pop into their head to do something else.
Anyways…it was Friday evening, while relaxing and watching a little YouTube; that this idea began to pop into my head, to move a table in the living room that I had been wanting to move for quite some time. As I shared my idea with Keith, we both agreed that if we could take care of it at that moment; then I could have my Saturday off.
After going into the living room to move this table, it seemed like one thing led to another, until I found myself redoing my extended kitchen on Saturday morning…or should I say throughout the day. I'll tell you…by time I was done, I felt like I could hardly walk. Oh yes…the kitchen looked beautiful and the table had now been moved from the living room into the extended kitchen; but I was definitely feeling the after effects of this work. All I can say is thank God for His strength…and a husband who helped me more than he will ever know.
Later that night, as I sat in my office…quietly sharing my day with God; He began to show me one thing…and that is how He allows unplanned moments to enter our lives like this, so we can continue to discover new strength…and lessons learned; that can not only help us at that time…but also for times to come.
Before sharing my heart with God that evening, I spent some time in His word…and a bible verse that truly hit me that night is found in Psalm 142:3, which reads… "When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then thou knewest my path. In the way wherein I walked have they privily laid a snare for me." I guess the reason why this bible verse hit me so much that night; is because it was that day, when I felt overwhelmed by everything that needed to be finished…but you know what, God already knew that painful path I was on and He came to me…to minister to my heart and give me the strength I needed to keep going.
As I look back on Saturday, I remember moments when my body was experiencing so much pain; that I just wanted to leave everything the way it was and just quit. As I sat on the couch…ready to do so; God was reminding me, as to how I have overcome so much in my life…and it wasn't because I gave up; but rather, it was because I trusted Him to see me through those difficult moments. So from there, I got up and finished what started out to be a simple task…one that ended up being a test of my faith, in what God can truly do, if we are willing to let Him do that.
One thing that I have been reminded of lately; is that even though we may experience moments of struggle…and even though these difficult times may attempt to convince us that it would be easier to quit…we need to stop for a minute and think on what really comes out of quitting and giving into the problem? Do we find relief from these struggles, when we give into them? From what I have come to see and learn within my own life; is that the situation only remains the same or it worsens with time. We need to remember that it's what we believe in and pursue; that will bring us what we long for.
This morning…before writing you, I was thinking on how everything that we long for in our life isn't going to be easy. In fact, I don't know about you; but anything good that I have ever wanted, has always been a battle; but one thing I'm being reminded of more and more, is that if I walk away from that battle and lay my sword of faith down; then the enemy will win…and I guess that this is the thought that reminds me to keep going and never give up.
As I close this letter to you, I pray that you will truly come to see that all things are possible…but only to those who truly believe and pursue, with the strength of almighty God. I truly hope that these words have been of encouragement to you today…and that you will come back again tomorrow, as I will have another letter of encouragement waiting just for you! Have a very blessed day!
With love & prayers…
It's Always & Only Because of Him…