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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

How do you spell relief?


O-B-E-D-I-E-N-C-E
Remember this post....At A Crossroads?
I went back and re-read it and some of the things that I was struggling with last September....trying to find an answer to....was right in my heart all along!!!  We knew even then what God was asking of us....but we waited....and prayed....and when it was in His time, not ours....everything fell right into place.  I told Pappy the day after my Mamaw went to heaven that I felt God would give us His final answer that following week....and He did.  There were some things that He wanted to reveal to us before we stepped out on faith....trusted....and obeyed!!
Did that make the decision any easier?
Yes and no....yes, because we had made a decision....but no, because it meant leaving behind some sweet people we came to know and love during the last eight years.
 So, to help explain some of the evasiveness during the past several months....Pappy and I left our church family....to follow God's will for our lives and HOPEfully find another group of people to love and adore.....
.....in HIS time!!!
I wonder, though....how many of the struggles during the last 9 months could have been avoided....if we had listened to our hearts way back when?!?
But....it had to be all about HIM....
....and, not about us!!! 
 I just had a terribly difficult time leaving 
my Ladies of Faith Sunday school class  
:*(
But....the peace we feel because we trusted and obeyed....is just AMAZING.  And, it's served to draw me and Pappy even closer together than before!!!  Never underestimate the power of allowing your husband to be the spiritual leader....as it should be!!!
  Psalm 84:11-12
For the Lord God is our sun and our shield.
      He gives us grace and glory.
   The Lord will withhold no good thing
      from those who do what is right.
 O Lord of Heaven’s Armies,
      what joy for those who trust in you.
  So....besides Pappy finding out he is loosing his job....and the fact that I don't work (at least not for pay)....the loss of my precious Mamaw....and God leading us away from our church family....and a few things related to health....all of this plus the fact that I  sometimes battle depression....other than all of that....
LIFE IS SO GOOD!!!
And, I really mean that when I say it. I'm not trying to pretend....or cover up....or sugar coat....I truly can say with conviction that....
LIFE IS SO GOOD!!!
I came across this quote yesterday....and oh, how it spoke to my heart....
 "The hard times in life are designed to make you better....not bitter."
I know Who is in control....and I know that He loves me....and I know that no matter what happens in my life....HE wants what's best for me!!!
And, He knows what's best far better than I do!!! 
 HOPE you have a great Wednesday, sweet readers!!
In His Most Precious Love....and with mine!!!

9 comments:

  1. Morn Deb! As I was reading your post I thought of Jacob and how his mother told him he needed to go far away to an unknown land b/c his brother, Esau was planning to kill him....he was obedient to follow the wisdom of his mother, packed up a bit of goods and headed off trusting the Lord to lead him every step, protect him every step ....look at his testimony....HIS NAME WAS CHANGED! God gave him a new name due to his surrender to be obedient...I know God has his hand upon you and your sweet man....and you will find that complete place of rest in the obedience you both have at this time in your life.

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  3. Good morning, Sweet Deb!

    A dear, transparent post written from the heart of a trusting believer! If you ever need some encouragement concerning a husbands unemployment, just ask. Our journey was a very long one, a true desert journey that God brought us through.

    Love, Lorraine

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  4. Love this post! He has a plan for all of us!

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  6. This is very encouraging for me today as I struggle to trust God with our future...the timing of when to move, the place to move...and my own health issues...Your blog is always an uplifting place to visit...your openess, honesty and love for Jesus always shines through.

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  7. This is a hard lesson to learn but learning it certainly brings peace. I'm glad you shared your heart with us.
    Blessings,
    Charlotte

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  8. Thanks you for your words. May the Lord bless you in your journey. Keep following Him and you can never go wrong.

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