Monday, November 7, 2011

Learning to Appreciate

"Learn to appreciate difficult days."

That was the first sentence in my Jesus Calling Devotional today.

Jesus knew I would need to read that today--the day of all difficult days.


Scale of 1-10, my body feels like a horrible 9.


But I am not here to focus on whatever disease is wrecking havoc on my outer shell of a body...a body that will one day wither away...

it's my soul that I am here to give attention to.

The soul that will live forever

for eternity

because of my Savior

the one that will someday never again feel the way I do today...

Yes, THAT soul.

 "Be stimulated by the challenges you encounter along your way.  As you journey through rough terrain with Me, gain confidence from your knowledge that together we can handle anything."

isaiah 41_edited-1

"The knowledge is comprised of three parts; your relationship with Me, promises in the Bible, and past experiences of coping successfully during difficult times.  Look back on your life and see how I have helped you through difficult days.  If you are tempted to think, 'Yes, but that was then, and this is now, remember who I AM!"

Psalm 102_edited-1

"Although you and your circumstances may change dramatically, I remain the same throughout time and eternity.  This is the basis of your confidence." 

acts 17_edited-1

What an amazing devotional

on an ordinary day

a day that I need His strength the most. 

Each moment throughout Tim's brain injury and recovery

Each moment of financial struggle

Each sick moment throughout the first 4 years of Chelsea's life

with pain and weakness that sometimes makes it hard to even sit 

He is there.  He has always been there.  He always will be.  He got us through so much.  He will get us through this.   

 romans 8_edited-2

I Praise Him for simply being HIM.

One Thousand Gift List:
#199. Jesus Calling Devotional
#200. For speaking exactly what I need to hear, when I need to hear it
#201. For teaching me to appreciate difficult days
#202. For always being there for us, for always taking care of us, through every moment we've encountered, through every difficult and enjoyable circumstance
#203. For my cane and back brace
#204. For my IV fluids and medications
#205. That nothing can separate us from YOU
#206. That my soul will live forever with you
#207. That someday, my body will no longer hurt
#208. That you are the same and will never change

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