Thursday, March 9, 2006

Great is Thy Faithfulness

Last night, I was prompted by the Lord to reread a passage that I had memorized. I memorized Philippians 4:4-8 many years ago when we were going through a very stressful time. I was dealing with panic attacks but refused to take medication and instead relied on the one thing that I had faith would bring me through. Well, as I have shared, there is much going on in our lives right now and so I thought that this passage would come in handy.
I thought I had been saying this passage over and over the right way but found when I read it last night that I had forgotten a very important verse. "Let your forebearing spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near." Oh my goodness! I had the "Rejoice in the Lord always." I even had "Be anxious for nothing" down. But, this passage had escaped me. In the notes to that verse I had written forebearing to mean bearing all things. Suddenly, I realized that I was bearing all things because of the grace of God. I should be shouting it from the mountain tops that God is bringing us through this wilderness. When people ask how I am doing I should be proclaiming the works of my Heavenly Father in our lives. He has given us perfect peace about all that is going on.
I believe that the Holy Spirit uses music in my life to remind me of certain key elements of His faithfulness to me. This morning, "Great is Thy Faithfulness" was running through my mind. As I lay in bed, contemplating getting up, I realized that this chorus summed up my heart:
Great is Thy faithfulness, great is Thy faithfulness
Morning by morning new mercies I see
All I have needed thy hand hath provided
Great is Thy faithfulness Lord unto me.
Could there be a better song to sum up how I feel and remind me once again the truth in Philippians 4:8? My forebearing (bearing all things) spirit is singing Great is His faithfulness....He has provided everything I need!
Rollercoaster of Life March 21, 2006
The Rollercoaster ride began in February when we officially decided to step out in faith and sell our home. For about a week we felt we were clicking our way to the top. You know that feeling? The feeling of anticipation, anxiety, gut-wrenching terror.
The top seems like you are there forever, looking down on the drop ahead. Your mind whirls with questions like "How do I get off this thing?", "Why did I choose the front row?", and "What was I thinking?....I have nothing to prove!"
Well, Friday was our top of the rollercoaster moment. We had a couple come by our house and ask if we were selling. They really want a house on this street and everytime they go and bid on one it is already sold. So, they were being aggressive and finding someone to sell to them. We happily will accept!
And, ever since then we have been going down hill trying to remind ourselves to breathe. It sounds like everything is still a go and so we are meeting with them this Friday. So, we are frantically packing, patching, nailing, cleaning and breathing.
I just can't remember the last time my life whirled around me with such verocity.

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