Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Live Joyfully in the Midst of Struggles
This is what I read in Sarah Young's "Jesus Today" today.... #116
"I am calling you to live joyfully in the midst of your struggles.
You yearn for a freer, more independent way of life than you're currently experiencing.
You pray fervently--and then wait hopefully for the changes you desire.
When I don't answer your prayers according to your will, you sometimes get discouraged.
It's easy for you to feel as if you're doing something wrong--
as if you're missing out on what is best for you.
When you think that way, you are forgetting a most important truth:
That I am Sovereign.
I am in control, and
I am taking care of you."
This past weekend was very stressful for us. As most of you know, we take care of my 93 year old mother in law on the weekends, and she is getting progressively more fragile, dependent and extremely needy. My time is consumed with caring for her needs, and by the end of the weekend I am pretty well exhausted. I was so much so this past weekend that I am still feeling the effects on my body and in my spirit. Those of you who have cared for elderly loved ones can relate. Our whole family is affected by this in a negative way, and we know that some changes are going to have to be made soon. But we are reluctant to take those steps, and I find myself praying that God will intervene for her and on our behalf...and be merciful for His children's sake. I know God understands my heart in this, and I don't believe He thinks badly of me for having these feelings. But He wants me to trust Him to do what is best for all concerned.
This is part of the reason I believe I was directed to choose the word "REST" for my "One Word" for 2017. Not only is it for a spiritual resting in Christ, but also for a physical rest...which actually coincides with the spiritual. Because when our physical bodies need rest, our spirit usually needs rest as well.
Today I was uplifted and blessed to be a part of our monthly gathering of our "Lovely Ladies of the Lord" group. After we meet for a time of prayer, Bible study and sharing our concerns and joys, we usually continue our fellowship at a local restaurant for lunch...
I know the Lord planned this gathering for this week, because I truly needed this time of respite and joy in the midst of my struggles. These ladies always give me a blessing just by their words of love and comfort and prayer. We are there for each other...and I am humbled by the true beautiful hearts of these dear women of the Lord. We all learn so much just from sharing our burdens and cares...and laying them at the feet of Jesus.
I have come away from this meeting today with my burdens lifted, knowing that,
Yes, God IS sovereign, and yes, God IS in control,
and most definitely God IS taking care of me!
And I can live joyfully in the midst of struggles!
"Oh, give thanks to the Lord,
for He is good!
For His mercy endures forever!"