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Thursday, May 24, 2012

A Fixer-Upper!!!

I've always loved watching the television show "This Old House".  You know the one, where they take an old house that has seen better days and repair it and make it all modern and pretty!!!  Well, that show came to mind yesterday as we headed to the hospital to take my Mom for some tests and x-rays because she's having some additional issues with her heart!!!  I was wondering if I would be able to stay with her during the tests and knew that's what she wanted....then I got to thinking about how I wish I could just "fix" her problems....which led to more thoughts about how with my personality I try to "fix" every problem that rears it's ugly head.  When I get prayer requests, I feel personally responsible for other's health troubles, marriage problems, financial troubles.  As I continued to ponder on these things....
....I felt God speak to me in my heart.  

"Deb....you're not Me".  

Woooaaahhh, Nellie!!!  
Did that ever bring me down off my high horse.  
All this time that I've been trying to "fix" all the things that are wrong, not only in my own life, but others....I was actually, in a way....
...."playing God".  
OUCH!!!
I came to a conclusion....I can't fix everything (duh)!!!
And....like that old house....I'm the one who is actually the 
"fixer-upper"....
....the one in need of repair!!!

Isaiah 64:8
And yet, O Lord, you are our Father.
We are the clay, and you are the potter.
We all are formed by your hand.


In HIS Most Precious Love....and with mine!!!

6 comments:

  1. What a spiritual lesson! I think it's great you want to share these personal thoughts with us.

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  2. Oh Debbie, I know how you feel about feeling responsible for the answered prayers for others. Taking to heart and soul their needs and desires. God has to remind me so often that my job is to pray...His job is to work! Love this post this morning. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  3. Oh Deb, I can SO relate...I try to fix also .....the good to better and the bad to good....and as bold and direct as God spoke to you He has spoken to me....Mind your own business Rhonda ....Happy Thursday Deb

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  4. I'm guilty of the same thing. I know we're supposed to do all we can and then turn the rest over to the Lord, but I tend to forget that second part and try to do it all on my own...which never works. Thanks Deb. Happy Thursday Sweet Sister.

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  5. Hi Deb,

    Lovely song and I have always liked Jim Reeves. I know where you are coming from on this one, interesting post it applies to me too.

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  6. Oh Deb...you are such a Dear...So many of us are
    'fixer uppers.' Isn't is awesome that we belong to the Master Carpenter??? {{hugs}}

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Gracious words are a honeycomb,
sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
Proverbs 16:24