November 16, 2011

Random Thoughts

It's been a tough week.  The kind of week that could really let you get discouraged.  Unless you take a stand and know that God has great plans for you.  Hmmm. . .I wonder what He's up to??

H. has been sick. 

On Friday, she woke up and refused to get out of bed.  She wouldn't speak, wouldn't even nod her head.  Since she'd been throwing up the day before, I figured it was time to call the doctor.  When they said come in NOW, I panicked.  (Her doctor's office never does anything quickly!) I sent a text to my prayer warriors and had over 20 responses between home and the doctor.  I am convinced that God intervened.  She's fine now.  And just as sweet as ever  : )

And now, my sweet hubby is sick. 

When it rains, it pours!!  I think he has actually been out of work for illness maybe four days in 17 years.  So, when he calls me and says he left work not feeling well, I know it's bad.  He spent the day in bed.  I hope he feels well soon. . .our house just doesn't function well without him.

Last night was our last night of Women's Bible Study at church. 

I must admit, it was really depressing.  That's the highlight of my week, being able to spend time with women talking about God and realizing, I am not the only person who deals with lots of day-to-day issues.  I am really going to miss this group of ladies on Tuesday nights!!

And now, to top it all off, I am sitting up working on my blog at 1am because. . . you guessed it. . .

Now I'm not feeling well!!

But. . .

I am learning that complaining is not the way to look at these things!  I know God will use every instance for His good! (Romans 8:28)  Did He make us sick on purpose?  Nah.  But, He is allowing our bodies a chance to rest and recover from daily hassles!  Does He want me to be down and out about Bible study ending?  Certainly not!  He wants me to get out of my comfort zone and USE what He's taught me!

A sweet friend of mine shared something with me earlier this week that I just can't shake.  She is stepping out on faith and doing some writing that God is leading her to pursue.  After some persuasion, she allowed me to read what she wrote.  The basic principle that she was addressing was how women get caught in a trap of comparing themselves to other women and forgetting to be thankful of the woman they are and the talents they have.  I do that a LOT.  A LOT.  Did I mention a LOT?!?!?  And, God is slowly showing me that admitting my talents and finding my spiritual gifts are part of His plan.  I need to focus more on ME. . .not in a boastful, selfish kind of way, but in a really-look-inside-and-see-what-He-has-given-me sort of way. 

I need to appreciate my God-given gifts more and USE them to serve Him, rather than dwell on the gifts I don't have (or at least that I don't think I have). I want her to know that I really appreciate her willingness to share with me.  I needed that reminder.  And I am so thankful to have her in my life. 

Use the gifts you have, ladies!  Help your children find their own God-given talents.  Be a Barnabas!!!

1 comment :

Elaine said...

I love this post, Lynn. Thank you for sharing what God has lain on your heart. The powerful thing about blogging is that our posts have the ability to reach an entire world we don't know--who are struggling with the same issues. You are going to be such an inspiration to others. Keep doing what you are doing--you ARE using your talents!