(courtesy of www.timsinspiration.com)
Same Kind of Different as Me" that I wanted to tell you all about....and when I got to looking....they're pretty much one and the same!!!! There was a homeless man in the book and one of the workers at the shelter couldn't understand why he was always so happy....so she asked him....and he simply stated....
How many times have I told you that God totally amazes me?!?!?! I had saved the above from an e-mail that I received and wanted to share it with you all....then.....I also had something that I read in "
Don't you think that he meant that he was happy simply because he woke up that morning? His happiness certainly didn't depend on material things because this man had nothing. He was described in the book as being very unclean....and unshaven.....and even had food caked in his beard....but, he was still happy!!!!
Another way to look at "I woke up"....at least for me....was that I had one of those light-bulb moments where things seemed to become clearer. This day and time....with our economy like it is....it's so difficult to make ends meet. It's also very hard for families to make it on one income....but, that's what God asked of me and Pappy going on 3 years ago. I questioned and I calculated and I tried to tell God that it just wouldn't work...but I knew enough to obey. Never in my wildest dreams would I have ever thought that I wouldn't work. I had always thought that I would continue to work until retirement age....but God....BUT GOD....had another plan altogether for me and Pappy. I hope HE knows how very much I appreciate my time at home....the time I've been able to spend with our grandsons and our daughter....but, also the time that He's allowed me to spend with Him...and working for Him. I know, without a doubt, that I wouldn't be as close to my precious Lord today if I had continued to work....especially if I had not listened to that "still small voice". Every time that I questioned and doubted, Jeremiah 29:11 would come into my thoughts. Turning in my notice was one of the most difficult things that I've ever had to do. My boss didn't take it well....I didn't handle the situation well myself....and to this day I regret not just being totally out in the open with her. Has it been easy on us financially? I'll have to be honest and say "no"...but God has provided. He's sent us money in ways that I would never have expected....and at just the time we needed it!!!! God has been so, so good to us....and there might come a day that He wants me to work on a public job once again...but, until then, I'll continue to do what I can for Him....and for those He places in my path!!
Thank you, God....thank You so much for helping me to be able to say "I woke up"....not only "I woke up" this morning...blessed with yet another day of health...but also "I woke up" to realize that as long as I obey You...and trust in You...You're going to provide for us!!!
I love You, Lord....and I again, I thank You....for EVERYTHING!!!
Lamentations 3:20-25 (NLT)
I will never forget this awful time, as I grieve over my loss. Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!” The Lord is good to those who depend on him, to those who search for him.
thank you god that my momma gets to spend time with me, and help me so much!ReplyDelete
i don't know what i'd do without her!
This is so good Deb! It is right where God has me at in my life. Happiness is a decision we make the minute we arise to a new day. I can "choose" to dwell on all the things of the past ~ yesterday ~ scriptures commands us "forgetting those things behind us"..OR I can choose to thinnk about all the Love God gave me through, friends, family, work, finances, a butterfly, the scent of a Rose and for me a good pot of Folgers brewing LOL ....My choice ....ReplyDelete
I choose Happiness even as Paul and Silas chose to express their Happiness in the LORD with Praise I pray I shall do the same as these two awesome men of God.
Love your post today...excellent Bravo Bravo