Hopes, Trials and Dreams All In One

Well I can honestly say my body has literally rebelled against me this week. I got a sore throat on Mon and by Wed I was down with a serious fever, chills, aches, coughs, sinus pain!  My boss sent me home Tue and told me to stay home till I was better. I went to the docs, got meds (which I hate – why are the pills getting bigger?) Today I went to work and it was a looooong day!   I had more body aches this week than I care to remember. 

I have had a bit of hopeful news this week. It has been a 3-year prayer request to my family and friends.  My church family has been consistantly praying for this and we have had no news until yesterday.  I have seen God answer many long term prayers so I know it will be in his time.  I am not sure which way He will answer it but I am trusting Him for what ever it will be.  I was just excited to finally get some news.  Please if you think about it raise my unspoken request up during your prayer time, thank you ahead of time.

I also had some dissappointing news this week.  It involved a family member. Just when I thought our relationship was healing I find out it was not.  And I can not be objective…so another prayer request goes out for this situation.   I can not go into detail but know my heart is burdened for them and their eternal well being.  I have held out hope for God  to do many things in their life and I have even seen His hand in an event or two.  But I have to tell you this is a hard case.  I know nothing is too big for God but I am afraid that I am getting in the way.  I did not intend to but through circumstances I have been put in a position that is not favorable to them and so my actions are seen as self-serving instead of equitable.  I really honestly thought I was doing the right thing.  I was trusting God to lead me and now my Christianity is being attacked and my motives.  I tried to defend myself but ultimately that was all thrown back to me in disdain.

I need to speak truth and I want to speak it in love. But how can one who does not know the Lord hear truth and understand it.  The scripture clearly states that a lost man can not.  This is the hardest thing to live with when you are witnessing to others.  You want so bad for them to hear you and understand you but you know that it is only by the Holy Spirit will come understanding and salvation. 

Romans 10:17
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

So looking back over the last week I can venture to say it was not pleasant but somehow there is the feeling that all is well with my soul.  How did I arrive here?  Oh My, I am not sure but it is good that I am not giving up or turning away.  I am reaching up and still hoping through the trials that my dreams will come true! Can I get an amen?

Grace to each one of you stopping by

Shell

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4 thoughts on “Hopes, Trials and Dreams All In One

  1. Thanks for stopping by my space….May your health be very well and those cold symptoms be long gone.
    Yes, family members more easily receive Godly wisdom from others than from their own family members.
    It\’s usually better for us to just lead by example and make sure of the proper words at only the appropriate times.
    May those bumps in the road smooth out real quickly, Greg
     

  2. Beloved, I wish above all things you prosper and be in health even as your soul prospers!  3 John 1:2
     
    The only answer is the one that Jesus once gave a man confronted with an impossible situation: his daughter was dead.  And the answer to that impossible situation was: "Fear not.  Only believe."
     
    Believe and keep believing, and don\’t trust what you see and hear from that person and from people who know the person.  These are just circumstances.  And circumstances are subject to change.  The Word of God is not subject to change.  Not now.  Not ever!  Trust that God is true, that His Word is true, and that He cannot lie.  If we abide in Jesus and His Word abides in us, we will ask whatever we will and it will be given to us.  Just ask Father\’s forgiveness for the things you did wrong and don\’t allow the enemy to keep you in bondage to condemnation concerning these things.  Believe that God\’s word is true which says: "For we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God who are the called according to His purpose."  (Romans 8-something, lol)  That\’s you, and that\’s me.  We love God, and we are the called according to His purpose, so…You\’re good to go then, eh???
    Love ya!!!
    Carol 🙂

  3. Do you know why you long for the days of God\’s power revealed among His people?  Because you and I are supposed to be living in the days of God\’s power revealed in the church!  So don\’t long for it as if it\’s in good ol\’ days gone by never to return again, but be in expectation of God\’s power being unleashed once again among His people!  It\’s our inheritance!  And cranial, dead-letter, people-pleasing, ear-tickling religion has tried to rob us of our rightful inheritance which was purchased for us with Jesus\’ own blood!!! 
     
    Jesus told His followers just before He was taken up right before their eyes into heaven that they were witnesses of His resurretion but that they could not witness – or provide proof – of this until they were endued with power from on high (Luke 24:46-49 and Acts 1:4-8).
     
    I\’m pressing in to be conformed to the image of Christ so that I can be part of that great army Joel saw and prophesied of in Joel 2.  Where it says in verse 3: "A fire devours before them, and behind them a flame burns; the land is as a garden of Eden before them and behind them a desolate wilderness; yes, nothing shall escape them"  Jesus said in John 4:35-36: "Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest."  And He talks about laborers gathering in His harvest in the following verses as well as in Matthew 9:37-38 & Luke 10:2.  Joel 2:3 is what the last days\’ harvesters look like!  They look up and see those fields white for harvest, and they leave nothing in their wake when they go in to gather in the Lord\’s harvest – not even the dirt!  The earth hasn\’t seen this army yet!  Doesn\’t that stir you to defect from the world and enlist in this army???  It does me!
     
    Love ya!!!
    Carol 🙂
     
     

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