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CHANGES EVERYWHERE AND A LESSON ON FAITH...

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

It just seems like life is getting the best of people everywhere I turn... Last week I emailed the head leader on a team where I co-lead. I needed to tell her that, due to baby coming, I would be stepping down as co-leader. But then I found out that she's stepping down too. So many health issues, family members dying, incredible stress and heartache... And then I find out that it seems pretty certain that our other co-leader will be stepping down too. Seriously? Life is just tough all around right now! Finances and economy, relationships breaking up due to infidelity or just unreconcilable differences, people being hit with major health issues...

My ex-pastor (we just switched churches about 4 months ago) preached a memorable sermon last year. It was about asking God to take us deeper in our relationship with Him. He and his wife both like to garden, but don't have a large space. They do love tomatoes though, and have a few plants behind their house. Pastor was saying that they had read in a gardening magazine that you shouldn't water tomato plants too much. Give them JUST ENOUGH and make them work for it. If you overwater tomato plants then they always have what they need right at the top of the soil. Their roots have no REASON to grow deeper. If you water them just enough then the water sinks into the soil and it forces the roots to drive themselves deeper for water - making a much stronger rooted plant in the end. Pastor challenged each of us to be like that plant. He challenged us to ask God to take us deeper in our relationship with him. He warned us that sometimes God uses hard circumstances to give us opportunity to lean on Him and GROW in Him. And it will make us stronger. But to be prepared for things to get harder...

Well, that day I did sincerely pray that God would take me to a deeper place of trust and faith and commitment in Him. I told God that I was willing to go through harder times because I meant this prayer and whatever He needed to use I was open to. I had no idea what that would mean... After that it seemed like whatever COULD go wrong, did. I had some REALLY hard things happen in my marriage and I just kept leaning on God. Asking Him to give me the strength to forgive. Asking Him to give me patience. Asking Him to continue to be my All in All because I knew that this situation would have been totally different if I didn't have Him to lean on for that strength every single day. And when no one else knew or could understand - He knew. The Bible talks about how God doesn't even need to hear our prayers - He knows our heart even through our groanings (that is VERY loosely paraphrased). Even when all I could do was cry - God knew. And my faith grew. I see people around me struggle each day. Wondering if they'll make it through. Wondering how they will make ends meet. Wondering why they got sick with cancer. Wondering why they've had to deal with a cheating husband for 10 years. Wondering why they had to lose their job when their wife is having a baby and their other child is in the hospital and they are ready to lose their house. Wondering how they can live through another heart break...

What is the point of this blog? God knows where we are at. I would have never gotten though this last year without knowing that even when I didn't feel like I could talk to anyone else - God could hear me every minute of every day - even when I didn't speak. He was my comfort. This is an excerpt from a blog I wrote a few months ago - but it's worth repeating because it's SO VERY TRUE. "But through every situation - the physical pain, the emotional pain, the stress, the tears, the confusion, the disappointment - and even the depression - God never let me down. He has never failed me. God has given me joy unspeakable even in the hardest times when I thought for sure that my heart could take no more. My constant prayer was that God would give me joy in a time that I had no happiness. That God would give me strength in a time when I felt utterly weak. That God would give me peace in a time that my whole life seemed to be chaos. The Bible says that "You have not, because you ask not." (James 4:2). And so I ask. And so He answers."

And, for those of you who know me and my blogs, I am going to add in a song to finish off this blog. This is ABSOLUTELY my favorite song right now (and if I've used it in a blog before - sorry! but it's a good one!) You can listen to it on this guy's blog (scroll down to the bottom of the blog where it gives you a chance to play it) elsebody.blogspot.com/20
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I'D NEED A SAVIOR
from Among the Thirsty

How many names
Can I use to explain
The love of my Jesus
The life that He gave
And so many times
Will I praise You today
I lift up my life
Cause You’re always the same
And my offering
To you I bring


Your name is Jesus
Your name is Jesus
You’re the wonderful, counselor, my friend
YOU'RE WHAT I HOLD ON TO
I KNOW THAT YOU'VE BROUGHT ME THROUGH
All the days of loss and to the cross, You knew
That I’d need a Savior

How many songs
Can I sing to proclaim
Your wondrous love
Oh and beauty so great
OH AND WHAT WOULD I SAY
IF YOU BROUGHT DOWN THE RAIN
AND EVERY DAY I WALKED THROUGH THE PAIN
MY HEART WOULD STILL SAY...

You're name is Jesus
You're name is Jesus
You're the wonderful, counselor, my friend
YOU'RE WHAT I HOLD ON TO
I KNOW THAT YOU'VE BROUGHT ME THROUGH
All the days of loss, and to the cross You knew,
That I'd Need a Savior
Well, I'd need a Savior....woah
...You're what I hold onto, I know that You brought me through
All the days of loss and to the cross You knew,
That I'd need a Savior
I'd need a Savior,
I NEED YOU SAVIOR.
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  • ZIRCADIA
    HEY! Thanks for visiting me! I've missed you, too! I'm glad to hear from you and know that you're ok even if things are tough and that baby is making it tough for you to get around. :) Don't worry, I will definitely still be here in May. :D hehehe. *HUGS*
    4291 days ago
  • SHANSHE
    THANK-YOU Sarah! May God CONTINUE to use you through all of life's ups and downs in all our lives.

    I LOVE the tomato plant analogy!

    Hugs,
    Shan
    4299 days ago
  • PRESENTTIME
    Well said. The song is beautiful.
    4299 days ago
  • PARTICLEGIRL22
    I needed this blog today. Thank you.
    4299 days ago
  • USMAWIFE
    What a beautiful inspiring blog. Makes me think a lot today
    4299 days ago
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