I don’t know about you but, have you ever been in an amazing place in your life where everything seems to be going incredibly well, meanwhile you have thoughts of, “Oh no, something bad is going to happen.“ or “This is too good to be true!“ ?
If I am being completely transparent… I have and if I’m not careful it could overwhelm my mind.
I truly am living proof of the Lord’s goodness, mercy and grace. Just as the words Paul tried so diligently to convey to the Ephesians to describe our Lord he said, “Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us,…” Ephesians 3:20 (NIV)
Some of the other transliterations use these strong adjectives like…
Above and beyond
Far more than you can imagine
There was a time, a few years ago, when my Stephen Minister had given me an exercise to do. She asked that I write down any big events that happened in my life, good or bad. I did just that. In looking at the ink stained parchment paper before me I began to cry. I counted the years; …three, four … eleven, twelve … sixteen, seventeen. Seventeen years, minus two years I can’t account for. Seventeen years existing of trauma in some form like divorce, a near fatal car crash involving my oldest son resulting in a traumatic brain injury (TBI), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, ex-husband frivolous lawsuits…5 of those, death of my momma, wayward children, death of my daddy, and just when I knew that “this was going to be my year.”, “I’m taking my joy back.” came what felt like a final blow… a Breast cancer diagnosis followed by six surgeries in ten months, including a serious infection leading to final recovery.
It is all a matter of perspective. While I would love to be known for my faith as being immovable in purpose or will: adamant, die-hard, relentless, stubborn, unbendable, unrelenting, unyielding. However, I have almost always been one to not dwell on the bad things that are happening but to focus on the good. I am still very much that way today.
“I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.” Philippians 4:11 (NIV)
As of Spring 2016 I no longer walk in that winter season. Praise God. He healed me from cancer and I am married to the love of my life, Mark who loves the Lord first and with all his heart. We are healthy and well as are our kids are healthy. God is faithful all the time.
Being present is a gift and realizing this I Sing a New Song.
If God had showed me the road ahead of me what I would? What would you do? Would we stand paralyzed with fear unable to step forward like the Israelites facing the Jordan river or would we run to the battle line just as young David did ready to defeat Goliath?
My desire continues to be as passionate, full of faith and courageous as young King David was running up to the battle line that day. He is my inspiration for OneStoneAway.com.
45 David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. 47 All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”
48 As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. 49 Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground.
50 So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him.
51 David ran and stood over him. He took hold of the Philistine’s sword and drew it from the sheath. After he killed him, he cut off his head with the sword… 1 Samuel 17:45-51 (NIV)
Who in the Bible inspires you?
Ruth and Esther also inspire me.
I have an idea. Moving forward in today let’s encourage each other to focus on the strength God has poured into us to overcome everything from a bad situation to the battle going on in our minds. He has fully equipped us to not just overcome but to triumph over anything that stands before us.
Whether spoken or unspoken, whether known or unknown, I always appreciate you praying over me, over us. I do not necessarily need specifics about the prayer requests for because God knows every intricate detail of your life and mine. So, I will go forward today praying for each of you. Thank you for your prayers also.
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