Hello everyone…and a very happy and blessed Friday to you all! Praise God…just for who He truly is…a God who can give us strength beyond our own…and a God whose strength can take us beyond despair…Amen!
As we begin our time together today, I would like to share some thoughts from God’s heart to yours…thoughts that can lift you to your feet, with a hope that can truly help you to keep pressing on…despite what you may be facing at this time.
You know…one thing I’ve truly learned over the past 30 years; is how a circumstance can become a road block in our lives…one that can stop life…and even our relationship with Christ. In fact…these circumstances we face at times can even dictate our lives and tell us what we can and cannot do…and before we realize it; we have allowed them to manipulate our lives, until they have become a roadblock that keeps us from living.
For those of you who may not know…I have lived with two bad knees…over the past 50 years of my life. It was at a very young age, when I first discovered that my knee joints weren’t formed properly at birth, which only led me to many dislocations…surgeries and much pain. Now…if I would have allowed all of that to control my life; then I would have missed out on over 50 years of living. Yes…it hasn’t been easy; but I have truly learned a lot along this steep mountainous climb…and the one thing I have truly taken hold of; is to go beyond the problems I’ve experience with these legs…to do what I am able to do.
Yesterday…after finishing the ministry work and a little cooking, I decided to pull out a few cabinets in my dining room and give the room a different look for spring and summer. I have to admit that I wasn’t feeling my best…and the one leg was hurting; but I decided to get up off the couch and do what I could do…and now as I sit here this morning, I have a clean dining room, with a brand new beautiful look…and that would have never happened, if I would have allowed this situation to control my life.
You know…as we live each day, we must truly remember the words in I Corinthians 4:8, which reads… “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9) persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” I think that if we could see our lives according to this Bible verse; then our minds wouldn’t be focused on what we can’t do; but rather, our minds would take us further beyond the circumstance…to see that we can still accomplish something, even if it’s not in the same way as others do it.
There was a time before the ministry began, when I truly enjoyed planting flowers in the backyard…that is, until the trees got bigger and there was more shade. Anyways…one day, I was out there weeding around the flowers that I had planted…and in order for me to do that, I bend over from my waist because I can’t squat, due to the condition of my legs.
As I was enjoying my time out back, my neighbor came running out, to see if I was alright…and I said, “Yes…why?” …and she said, “I saw you bent over and thought something was wrong.” I said… “Oh no…this is how I have to weed my flowers, due to the condition of my legs.” Even though times like these haven’t always been easy on me…my situation hasn’t crushed me or placed me in total despair, so why should I not do what I can and enjoy life?
One thing I have truly come to see; is that when we make life it’s best; that is when God will meet us there and help us the rest of the way…and you know what…I have also come to see that this is when the road blocks…set up by Satan through these circumstances, can be pushed out of the way…to clear a path that can lead us to new possibilities; that we probably would have never expected to experience along the way.
You know…I’m sure that we have all memorized Philippians 4:13, which says that “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”; but do we realize what these words can actually do for us, when applied to our everyday lives? Just think…even though a circumstance may attempt to put up a road block and convince us that this is where life ends…we can go beyond it and still experience some form of life…and why…because it’s Christ’s strength that pushes out the road blocks, so we can go beyond the moments that are attempting to bring us to a sudden halt.
Maybe today, you are about to give up on life because you feel as though everything has gone wrong. Believe when I say…I know where you’re coming from; but you know what…I think you’ve wanted to give up because you just don’t have the strength within yourself to go through one more thing. May I encourage you today…to look beyond the circumstance, instead of being caught up in it. In this way…Satan can’t use the circumstance to manipulate your life; and once you’re reached this point…ask God to step in and be the strength that you can’t be for yourself…and one thing I know; that as you trust God…that is when the road blocks will move…and you will truly begin to see that even though you feel hard pressed on every side; that you are not crushed…and even though you feel struck down, you have not been destroyed, which from there will help you to go beyond what you can’t do…to do the things that God can truly give you the strength to do…Amen!!
Have a very blessed day…and never give up; because God is there to help you…I know!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Diane K Hiltz Chamberlain