Hello everyone…I truly hope and pray that your Tuesday has been going well! This afternoon, I thought I’d stop by for a bit and spend some time with you before doing some other ministry work.
Let’s see…this morning, I did some cooking and I made chicken cabbage rolls for dinner tonight. It’s a recipe that I kind of put together on my own, which Keith and I enjoy…so that and some chicken flavored rice is what is for dinner tonight. Once I finished in the kitchen…Keith and I had an early lunch and now I’m writing you and Keith is getting ready to mow the yard before it rains.
While having lunch, I was thinking on what I should share with you today…and God was reminding me of one thing that He has been working with me on, while going through the struggles of arm and leg pain. In fact, last night…before going to bed, I truly had my eyes opened, as to how these ailments are more about what Satan is up to, as a means of keeping me distant from this ministry.
You know…I remember many times, in the past 18 years of ministry work, when I would press on through pain and tiredness…and it was amazing as to how the pain would simmer down, after the work was completed. Anyways…lately, God has been reminding me of those moments, when I truly did rise above the despair in my life, to accomplish much for Him.
Today, as I’m sharing my heart with you, I would also like to share some of my favorite Bible verses with you from Philippians 3:12-15…and we read, “Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. 13) Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14) I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. 15) Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in anything ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.”
With all that is going on in this world right now, I have come to see that we can easily fall prey to what we are experiencing; but one thing I have truly learned…we will never make any headway in life, if we sit in the midst of it all and let the problem control us. Maybe we may lack strength…and maybe we are finding it difficult to have the desire we once had to press on; but I definitely know a God who will be strength for us…that is, if we are willing to let Him do that for us.
You know…through all that I have had to endure lately; I have also been reminded that we can find ourselves focusing too much on every symptom of the problem…to the place where we completely bypass the One who longs to help us…walk with us and lead us away from these moments of despair. Maybe we aren’t perfect in our ways…and maybe we haven’t taken hold of everything in life; but when we can let go of everything except for God; that is when our focus will be on Him, rather than everything else that surrounds us, which will make it that much easier to press on and focus on the prize that will soon await us in the end.
Today, the problems due to this Coronavirus may be piling up high around you…or maybe you are going through a personal problem; but remember one thing…even though life may change…God never does…and He is more than able to help you and give you the strength you need to keep pressing on; so let go of everything that is attempting to make you give up on life.
Have a very blessed day and God bless!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Diane K Hiltz Chamberlain