Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Wordy Wednesday


The Word For Wednesday
While I am doing my normal daily routine, I often talk to God or think about God-things.    This morning, I was in between talking and thinking, and the thought crossed my mind, “It’s hard to trust God when he really does let bad things happen to us.”

Yeah, I really had that thought.   I’m glad He’s patient with me.   Immediately following the thought (and after the gasp that I actually thought that “out loud” in my head, Job’s words came to my mind:    

Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.
Even so, I will defend my own ways before Him.
(Job 13:15)

God reminded me that trusting Him involves knowing that rather I live or I die, or what hardships come my way, He is to be trusted.  I accept that.



Weight Loss Wednesday
I stepped on the scales this morning.   It’s pretty bad, but the good news is, I have lost 20 pounds!    Well, what I mean is, I have gained all but 20 pounds back of the 90 I lost in 2012-2013.   But…20 is a good head start, yes?   Yes!   Moving right along…




Whiny Wednesday
I was once told that I am a nice person until I get behind the wheel of the car.  It must be true, I can be quite snarky to other drivers.   I even shook my fist the other day at a driver!  Of course, I did it low, so only God and I knew I did it…but God did know.  I repented and I really am working on being a nicer person when no one else is around.   In my defense (if I have one) I do pray for other drivers, too; it’s not as if I’m always a road monster.  Only some of the time.  



The Hope in a Tree

Our lives, my friends, are like the mighty tree,
Standing study and strong against the wind.
Limbs and leaves are like you and me,
We must sometimes learn to bend.
When storms of life come rolling about,
Feeling battered and bruised we stand.
Though life is filled with turmoil and doubt,
We must hold to God’s firm hand.

For the mighty tree, when storms cause aches,
Is never like the slender reed.
The tree won’t bend, so therefore breaks
And a fractured heart will bleed.
The storms of life can shatter a soul
Like the tree ravaged by the wind,
Yield like the reed to the intense flow,
And hold to the hand of a Friend.

When I consider the mighty oak
Toppled by the wind,
It wouldn’t bow, that’s why it broke,
I cry for the loss of a friend.
Weather-beaten by storms, I'm tried,
And often feel life’s broken me
But hope is found, for Jesus died
Hanging on a splintered tree.

~Margaret

Deibert Park, Florence, Alabama

TVA Reservation, The Shoals


7 comments:

  1. We are all a work in progress. Thank goodness for God's love. Also, I enjoyed, The Hope in a Tree... :)

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    1. Thank you, D. Yes....I am very thankful for God's love, and that I am His child.

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  2. The thought about it being hard to trust God. First, there's nothing wrong with having that thought. It is the truth. The verse you quoted in Job, "Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him." Is one of my favorite verses.

    Realize that Job wouldn't have said that, wouldn't have proclaimed his trust no matter what, if there hadn't been a choice in his mind to do otherwise.

    I mean, how often do you say, "I will be a mother to my child." Probably not often, because it is an unchangeable fact. Only when they severely try our patience do we grumble to ourselves that we're still their mom, no matter what.

    I'm not saying Job was grumbling, he was not. He was, however, declaring a decision to trust no matter what. That decision holds within it the thought yo had this morning.

    Weight. Wahoo! 20 pounds is an excellent head start. Yay, you!

    By the way, I keep forgetting to mention how much I like your blog's header. It is not only charmingly whimsical, but the colors are quite pleasing to my eye. I purposely take a moment to look at it every time I pop over here. :)

    Deb

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    1. I'm glad you like my header...sometimes when I do my own design I think they're a little corny and silly looking....sometimes I hit a home run, though!

      I wish I were at the point in my life that I could say I fully rely on Him, fully trust Him, love Him more than life itself...but I don't know that I'm there yet. Again, I'm so thankful he's patient and long-suffering.

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  3. I copied off your poem to share with someone that needs encouragement; if you email me, I'll you the story that I can tell, very good poem!

    I think what is really hard for us about God is we sometimes forget we are here to do his work, his purpose, his plan and his work/purpose/plan involves the past, present, future that he can see where we can know some of the past, live the present, and no nothing about the future. Having said that, what he allows, the good, bad, ugly, is all part of that plan and we have to trust that it is for his purpose, glory, etc., and we might never know why this side of eternity. Jesus didn't say if trouble comes, but when trouble comes. But you are right, it is hard to trust God.

    Great on the 20 pounds gone. Let's not find them again :)

    betty

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    1. You are right...I've said it myself before, it's not about us, it's about Him, and I DO forget that all the time! I almost feel like it's a sin to say it's hard to trust Him! It's probably the fear of what MIGHT happen? I guess we just have to make a conscious choice that indeed we will trust.

      Yeah....I never want to go up again! One day at a time...just one little measly day at a time!

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  4. 20 is a good start. It's all in how you look at things!

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